Haining replaces Fagerson for Scotland
25/03/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,144
Scotland are forced to replace number eight Matt Fagerson with Nick Haining on the eve of Friday's Six Nations finale against France.
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24/03/2021 14:30:03 7 23
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Hard luck Scotland.
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24/03/2021 14:43:36 14 5
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Ask your dad if you can stay up to watch it!? ??
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24/03/2021 14:30:21 13 5
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Good luck Scotland.... lions places at stake. Amazed Jones is only on the bench. I hope it doesn’t dash his chances of a seat on the plane.
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24/03/2021 14:55:11 4 8
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If he can’t get in the Scotland team he’s nowhere near the Lions
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25/03/2021 11:53:24 0 0
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I think Harris offers more consistent and stronger defensive qualities; Jones maybe the impact choice laterin the match.
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24/03/2021 14:31:44 3 17
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If there are any Scottish players hoping to go on a Lions tour can you let them know Longleat opens on April 12th
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24/03/2021 14:59:48 5 1
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Least you’ve got your Triple Frown dear boy!
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25/03/2021 09:35:49 0 0
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They can join the England players. Though I doubt there are many spare seats on England's coach trip.
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GIN
24/03/2021 14:32:15 36 0
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Something good to watch on Friday evening.
Looking forward to a good tight match
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LH
24/03/2021 16:03:35 19 4
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Yes, better than LAST Friday night's offering: Red Doze Day!!!!
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24/03/2021 14:32:40 10 3
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Looks a mighty strong French 23. Scotland will have to be on their game to even keep close to them, but with the weight of all the neutrals rooting for them Scotland might just pull something remarkable off.

Here’s hoping!!
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
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Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:47:21 28 31
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Let it go
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:49:03 2 1
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Scotland will be in a good position with all their fans and also welsh fans supporting them.
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24/03/2021 14:56:36 11 1
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Well said David...least we didn’t win the Triple Frown!? ????
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24/03/2021 15:05:37 11 6
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So you blew it in 50% of games played to date. Ok
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24/03/2021 15:16:07 8 3
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It's even more annoying when you remember last season's two defining moments which cost us a possible slam, Hogg fumbling the ball against England and Ireland......
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24/03/2021 16:41:47 7 4
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Really think you "blew it" against Ireland? Well beaten over the 80, although you did very well to draw level before the final penalty.
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You
24/03/2021 16:43:37 5 3
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For me it was a management failure. We showed up well against England but how much of that was down to their abject performance? Even then were didn't beat them by much. Then we lose in typical fashion to Wales and Ireland, committing the same basic errors we've always done so that hasn't been addressed. A win over kicking boys Italy means nothing. 2 wins against zero level opponents on the day
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24/03/2021 17:00:49 3 4
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If Jones had started from the very beginning, we probably would have been. What a waste.
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24/03/2021 17:36:13 8 4
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You didn't just blow it, that sounds a bit flattering. You just weren't good enough. Accept it and get over it! Move on.
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24/03/2021 17:50:19 8 4
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What a pathetic and unsporting comment, Jeez, how 40+ people can agree with that whine I can't fathom. Seriously, churlish sour grapes like this make my blood boil; other team wins, then congratulate them, otherwise you sound like a sad fanboy.
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24/03/2021 18:21:50 4 0
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Were you planning on changing the order of the matches as well then?
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24/03/2021 18:25:12 4 1
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David I understand your upset about Scotland. Unfortunately they were not good enough to close the game out against wales and they gave Ireland a good lead in the first half. It's those things Scotland need to put right if they are to win the 6N in the future. Scotland are good for 60 mins but they switch off. They will do well v france but I still think they will lose by 12 points.
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24/03/2021 19:39:25 1 0
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Oh so true unfortunately
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24/03/2021 19:54:19 1 0
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Ha,ha, you were lucky to come 4th
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24/03/2021 21:25:03 2 0
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Move on M8. Its a game no b*gger died.
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25/03/2021 18:48:51 0 0
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And England blew it against Scotland.
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24/03/2021 14:34:09 10 14
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Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 14:48:32 13 3
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Les Bleus
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24/03/2021 14:54:54 1 0
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Poor you winning the Triple Frown! ??
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24/03/2021 14:35:42 25 11
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Come on Scotland the rest of the rugby World wants you to win this one!!!! (Just responding to all the comments wanting France to beat wales) :^)
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24/03/2021 14:48:34 21 17
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the depth of feeling on the BBC about wanting France to bear Wales was easy to understand. In England, its easier to accept France as being a mighty team in resurgence than to admit Wales are STILL the most successful 6 nations team in this century. Simple innit.
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24/03/2021 14:52:37 3 6
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Speak for yourself. Allez les blues
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24/03/2021 14:53:54 7 8
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Nope, England will want France to win so Whales don't take the cup as they do not deserve it. Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 14:37:51 41 7
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Get intae them big style Scotland, leave absolutely nothing out there and make us proud! ?????????????????????????????????????????? COYS......
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24/03/2021 16:08:09 3 6
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Brave losers as always. The French are a great side and will probably do it.
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24/03/2021 18:48:25 0 1
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ALB
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24/03/2021 14:40:17 30 1
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Given how many people were turned off rugby in a stodgy autumn, it’s great we can extend our reignited love affair with the game for one weekend more!!
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24/03/2021 14:41:12 16 2
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Think I would of sacrificed Harris for Maitland to be in the squad.
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24/03/2021 15:13:55 27 0
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"have" not "of"
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24/03/2021 15:53:07 0 0
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That's would have.
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Bob
24/03/2021 14:43:33 51 2
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HUW JONES

Must play a lot better than he trains.

Time and time again he has proved he is the man to step up. Should have been at the World Cup too.
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LH
24/03/2021 15:58:29 3 17
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... and then Scotland would have won it, yes??!!
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24/03/2021 16:51:34 1 0
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I think it's more a decision based on his defence against Vakatawa coming through on him. Harris is a better defender, but Jones a better attacker.
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25/03/2021 17:25:58 0 0
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The guy has been pants in defence for a couple of years.
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24/03/2021 14:30:03 7 23
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Hard luck Scotland.
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24/03/2021 14:43:36 14 5
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Ask your dad if you can stay up to watch it!? ??
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24/03/2021 16:06:13 1 3
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Are you miffed because I don't think Scotland are going to beat France in France? Grow up. I would imagine the majority of rugby fans think likewise.
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24/03/2021 14:44:46 36 1
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This could be a really fun game, France have no option other than all-out attack and we could be on for a high scoring game.
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LH
24/03/2021 16:01:29 6 52
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Yep, France to win by 21 point with FOUR tries: 22-0!!
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24/03/2021 14:45:50 73 3
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Why is Huw Jones not starting? What does he have to do to keep his place in the Scotland side? Clearly playing much better than Harris is not important.
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AG
24/03/2021 14:54:44 73 2
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Harris is better in defence. He will keep Vakatawa under wraps for the first 55-60 minutes and then we will release a fresh Huw on the (hopefully) tiring French.
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24/03/2021 15:07:05 5 1
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Good going forward not so good in defence maybe.
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LH
24/03/2021 15:56:57 2 2
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Why do you ASK a question, and then ANSWER it YOURSELF??!!
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24/03/2021 16:01:09 2 24
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Huw Jones? Gotta be Welsh, what's that? English, no, grew up in SA, no, never been to Scotland until he joined up with the squad, you're kidding me.
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24/03/2021 16:04:07 0 2
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Maybe it's his Welsh name that's the problem.
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24/03/2021 17:33:55 4 0
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I'd prefer Jones as well but picking Price who will box kick possession away we'll have France running at us for the 60 mins he's on.
25/03/2021 20:27:05 0 0
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Absolutely agree
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24/03/2021 14:46:12 46 9
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C’mon Scotland. Time to settle with Wales for 1999!
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24/03/2021 16:18:28 8 3
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Yes!
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24/03/2021 19:17:31 3 0
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we're on it!
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24/03/2021 22:26:07 4 0
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Be nice to see Hugh jones come on and side step his way through .. Scott Gibbs style at the death for the winner
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24/03/2021 14:46:48 13 7
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Come on Scotland, a lot to play for. You lost two other games by a total of 4 points to Wales and Ireland. Best ever finish and imagine how upset Ireland and England will be as make-weights in this tournament. Even with the win v England there is only 9 points difference in all your games put together.
Wales/Scotland 1/2. The media will be sick and of course the 6N written off as a poor one ;)
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24/03/2021 16:22:26 4 11
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And there you have a perfectly balanced Scot. Chips on both shoulders.
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
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Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:47:21 28 31
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Let it go
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24/03/2021 14:50:59 13 8
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Let what go?

The truth..
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24/03/2021 14:34:09 10 14
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Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 14:48:32 13 3
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Les Bleus
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24/03/2021 14:54:54 0 2
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Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 14:35:42 25 11
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Come on Scotland the rest of the rugby World wants you to win this one!!!! (Just responding to all the comments wanting France to beat wales) :^)
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24/03/2021 14:48:34 21 17
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the depth of feeling on the BBC about wanting France to bear Wales was easy to understand. In England, its easier to accept France as being a mighty team in resurgence than to admit Wales are STILL the most successful 6 nations team in this century. Simple innit.
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24/03/2021 14:54:38 4 7
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England are the most successful, more Grand Slams and Triple Crowns, don't state BS.
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24/03/2021 15:03:35 3 4
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England have seven 6N titles whereas Wales have five. Someone can't count...
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24/03/2021 18:13:58 1 0
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If every 21th century 6 nations finishing position are taken into account England are the best 6 nations team followed by in order Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland and Italy
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24/03/2021 14:48:48 152 23
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So we are "allowed" to play 5 English based players, despite France breaking the Covid rules, which should have lead to a 28-0 win for us. Can anyone understand why we might be a little chippy when we cant play the team of our choosing?
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24/03/2021 14:51:12 49 13
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Ditto that Chris absolutely shocking treatment for us
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LH
24/03/2021 16:03:05 2 31
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You do NOT get to choose who you play, the opposition selects its OWN team!!!!
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24/03/2021 16:13:53 12 32
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So you want a given score of 28 nil with no game, How sad is that?
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L_W
24/03/2021 16:32:52 37 4
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Welsh fan here. Much as I love how this French team is playing, there should have been sanctions in place for any team which broke Covid rules. Josh Adams was rightly side lined for breaking the rules & not allowed back into the team bubble.
I wish you guys all the best for Friday's match & will be willing the boys on! Hope my nails survive this one!!
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24/03/2021 18:46:48 15 30
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It's very sad when people want to get a result by trying to get a team sanctioned rather than based on a match between teams.
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24/03/2021 18:47:04 7 1
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Shocking, let’s go for a pizza, should have been a Scotland win, although I have not agreed with the 28 nil rule for the premiership or Europe, 4 polnts was a reasonable punisement
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25/03/2021 06:35:18 7 1
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Let’s be honest about the situation .... it is only Sean Maitland that is affected by this that would have been a starter.

Bhatti maybe for the bench - but that is it
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25/03/2021 09:13:10 2 9
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No. If you want to select the tea of your choosing then you can always employ them all directly. You should be grateful that English money is subsidising your national team. And hurting England's btw.
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Seb
25/03/2021 10:35:24 0 0
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Above all, can the SRU really do without the revenue from the game on Friday? Think about it
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25/03/2021 14:19:20 2 1
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France clearly breached rules. It should just be a forfeit. NO way Scotland should field a team not of their choice due to French stupidity & incompetence.
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25/03/2021 14:25:46 1 1
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Would be a case of we have more money and influence, world rugby is let's face it inept at best corrupt at worst. Its disciplinary and citing is a joke.
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25/03/2021 15:56:57 0 0
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I can. France probably should have forfeited the game. I also question why Maitland is not playing, Saracens are not a Premiership team. As a neutral (English) I still hope that as the game is on that it’s a cracker. Would like to see Watson at 7 make the Lions.
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25/03/2021 18:10:41 0 1
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Les bleus fan here !
Come on dear scot friends !
Are you so afraid not to take pleasure watching a good Rugby match ?
25/03/2021 21:01:59 0 0
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Sounds like the English are holding a grudge
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
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Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:49:03 2 1
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Scotland will be in a good position with all their fans and also welsh fans supporting them.
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24/03/2021 14:54:51 12 7
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If the Welsh could have won it on their own accord they couldn’t give a monkeys about Scotland, so because they couldn’t they will be supporting Scotland...

Oh I see now...
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24/03/2021 15:47:59 1 0
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I don't get that as there will be no fans there!
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LH
24/03/2021 15:59:16 0 1
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I see what you did, there!!!!!
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24/03/2021 14:50:49 14 1
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Shame for Huw Jones. He's been great with ball in hand but France will be throwing their wrecking balls down the midfield channel. Chris Harris' superior defence must've got him the nod. Good luck boys, hoping for a big finish!!
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:47:21 28 31
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Let it go
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24/03/2021 14:50:59 13 8
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Let what go?

The truth..
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24/03/2021 18:42:56 1 0
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Let it go, let it go
Can't win the slam anymore
Let it go, let it go
You know that slam's out the door
I don't care who they're going to play
Let the game go on
Defeat never bothered me anyway
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Gaz
24/03/2021 18:58:39 2 1
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Some you win some you lose. Going through life moaning about what coupd have been is a waste of time.
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Rob
25/03/2021 13:43:27 0 0
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Truth being that England were shocking and should get the wooden spoon for their arrogance.
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So we are "allowed" to play 5 English based players, despite France breaking the Covid rules, which should have lead to a 28-0 win for us. Can anyone understand why we might be a little chippy when we cant play the team of our choosing?
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24/03/2021 14:51:12 49 13
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Ditto that Chris absolutely shocking treatment for us
Perhaps you could try to sue them like at the World Cup ? Sums up the Scots as a nation. Removed
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24/03/2021 19:27:14 8 16
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It’s all part of the anti- Scottish conspiracy that has existed in the world of rugby for years. I blame Gatland. There, does that make you feel better?
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24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
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"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
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24/03/2021 14:57:16 27 40
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The agreement was in place long ago
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24/03/2021 14:57:23 4 7
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Yup!
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24/03/2021 14:59:47 7 4
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Correct on all points. Merde upon merde from France and the Six Nations authority. And additionally, did SRU contribute to RFU Prem Clubs compen£action? Merde!!!
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24/03/2021 15:03:56 17 10
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No need for the Anglophobia, particularly in these troubled times.
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24/03/2021 15:32:29 4 6
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yes your correct and they have there own rules for selecting player only from the Prem - so no shite it would of been different, but lets be offended
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LH
24/03/2021 15:53:23 4 2
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Oh dear, that old one again!!!
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24/03/2021 15:59:19 15 0
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I'm glad they were released, but it was farcical. The French should have been made to pay release fees to English/French clubs for these players that otherwise would have been available for the fixture back in February.

The COVID outbreak wasn't some freak occurrence, it was the result of players and coaches with their bubble breaking rules they wanted implemented pre-tournament for safety.
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24/03/2021 16:04:19 6 4
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Given how hamstrung England were by the covid bubble agreed with the clubs, it is quite frankly bizarre to suggest that premiership rugby would change the rules to help the national team.

Even pre-covid the England team has to deal with rules imposed by the clubs
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24/03/2021 16:29:42 4 5
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but scotland have also benefitted by gaining players back from injury/bans. so should these have been excluded as they werent available for the original fixture.
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CPG
24/03/2021 16:30:12 4 3
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An ill informed (but typical) comment.
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24/03/2021 17:46:23 4 9
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No sympathy whatsoever. Nobody forced Scottish qualified players to join English clubs. The SRU should keep them in Scotland by saying if you want to play for Scotland you stay in Scotland, bit like the RFU does with English players. What’s more important - playing for your country or more money. Obviously the latter in case of Hogg, Gray etc etc
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24/03/2021 18:44:05 0 0
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Agree, they would
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24/03/2021 21:23:25 1 4
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Who else would you have picked from the Premiership,and let’s be fair they didn’t have to release anybody and France didn’t have to release Russell it’s called goodwill.
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24/03/2021 21:29:32 2 0
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Come on , you beat us fair and square. You played well in all the other games & werent the only ones to have someone sent off against.....hmm oh yes it was Wales. Having seen some of the refereeing England received (some not all) you Guys really shouldnt be going all victim on us. Good luck for Friday - think you will need it
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24/03/2021 21:44:55 1 0
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What has this got to do with England?
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25/03/2021 08:39:54 2 0
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Shades of Scotland management's embarrassing position at RWC? Basically, they're only NOT changing the rules because we're Scotland.
The rules ARE wrong and teams with such a sloppy attitude towards the tournament and their opponents should be sanctioned.
But the rules were all agreed before the tournament.
Scotland have every right to be miffed...but don't drag England into this.
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25/03/2021 08:40:25 0 0
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Why should Premiership clubs release key players outside of the international window with big games this weekend? Lucky to have five.
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25/03/2021 08:51:25 0 0
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But Mons Laporte is the V/P of World Rugby, how dare you talk like that. Galthie only broke the rules a little bit, but he's the head coach and does what he likes. Laporte will run for President next time, hopefully his actions to date will go against him. Few in France support him. Thank god its not a French referee. There's hope!!!!!
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25/03/2021 14:33:16 1 0
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Please don't try and blame the English for everything. Most fans in England have sympathy for Scotland on this Covid impact.
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25/03/2021 17:20:47 0 0
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You're obviously not in touch with your feelings.
25/03/2021 23:07:07 0 0
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Cry harder
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24/03/2021 14:35:42 25 11
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Come on Scotland the rest of the rugby World wants you to win this one!!!! (Just responding to all the comments wanting France to beat wales) :^)
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24/03/2021 14:52:37 3 6
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Speak for yourself. Allez les blues
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24/03/2021 14:37:51 41 7
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Get intae them big style Scotland, leave absolutely nothing out there and make us proud! ?????????????????????????????????????????? COYS......
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24/03/2021 14:53:27 5 0
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What a strange French team. Only one winger with one on the bench. Only one second row with one on the bench. Cameron Woki not in the squad (is he injured?) Jelonch from Castres is parachuted in at 6. Very strange selections, unless there are a few injuries we don't know about.
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24/03/2021 17:54:49 1 0
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Agreed. Teddy Thomas on the bench in spite of playing well this 6 Nations and scoring 2 tries v Scotland in 2018, then Penaud has swapped wings to accommodate Fickou on the other wing in a move from centre, where he has been playing well...
Think the selectors might have hit the Burgundy a little too hard at the pre match meeting.
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24/03/2021 14:35:42 25 11
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Come on Scotland the rest of the rugby World wants you to win this one!!!! (Just responding to all the comments wanting France to beat wales) :^)
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24/03/2021 14:53:54 7 8
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Nope, England will want France to win so Whales don't take the cup as they do not deserve it. Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 15:11:15 3 2
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Is that right engurlund will want France to win? Well if not a championship then the triple crown still feels good it must hurt you engurlund supporters so much!! I hate footie fans on rugby a hys!!
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24/03/2021 14:48:34 21 17
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the depth of feeling on the BBC about wanting France to bear Wales was easy to understand. In England, its easier to accept France as being a mighty team in resurgence than to admit Wales are STILL the most successful 6 nations team in this century. Simple innit.
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24/03/2021 14:54:38 4 7
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England are the most successful, more Grand Slams and Triple Crowns, don't state BS.
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24/03/2021 15:04:21 5 3
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Triple Frowners dear boy, biggest playing base in the whole rugby world, biggest underachievers end of
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24/03/2021 19:04:02 1 1
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England 2 slams this century, Wales 4.
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24/03/2021 14:45:50 73 3
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Why is Huw Jones not starting? What does he have to do to keep his place in the Scotland side? Clearly playing much better than Harris is not important.
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AG
24/03/2021 14:54:44 73 2
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Harris is better in defence. He will keep Vakatawa under wraps for the first 55-60 minutes and then we will release a fresh Huw on the (hopefully) tiring French.
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24/03/2021 15:06:58 1 0
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Fingers, toes and other things crossed!
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Gaz
24/03/2021 14:49:03 2 1
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Scotland will be in a good position with all their fans and also welsh fans supporting them.
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24/03/2021 14:54:51 12 7
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If the Welsh could have won it on their own accord they couldn’t give a monkeys about Scotland, so because they couldn’t they will be supporting Scotland...

Oh I see now...
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24/03/2021 15:08:03 6 2
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Not at all mate! Scottish grand father! And no ties to France so Scotland all the way for me!! Not to mention the amazing times I've had in Scotland playing and watching rugby!
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24/03/2021 14:34:09 10 14
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Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 14:54:54 1 0
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Poor you winning the Triple Frown! ??
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24/03/2021 14:48:32 13 3
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Les Bleus
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Les Bleu.
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NM
24/03/2021 16:03:31 3 0
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So, supporting Scotland then, as we'll be the ones in blue/bleu.
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24/03/2021 16:10:22 0 1
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Les Bleux, surely, like Les Gateaux and Les Bolleaux?
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24/03/2021 18:10:39 0 0
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Nope. It's "les bleus".
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24/03/2021 14:54:59 27 7
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Ali Price made two mistakes against Ireland effectively losing Scotland the match. Huw Jones has scored tries and an ability to beat his man which Harris really can’t match. Very poor from Townsend but typical of him.
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24/03/2021 16:04:37 12 2
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Price always seems to do something stupid in every match, I guess they just have to hope they get away with it and it doesn't cost too many points when it does happen. Horne injured I take it? Too early for dobie? SH doesn't seem a strong area for Scots just now.
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25/03/2021 18:24:13 1 0
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Ali Price also has the longest wind up of a box kick of any NH international scrum half. You just know he'll get charged down at least once, probably more...
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25/03/2021 18:34:50 0 0
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Townsend puts on the players he likes, and not the players on form. I'd have put on the same starting side, but Russell on for Hogg with Hogg on ter bench. I'd rather have had Maitland at fullback than Craig on the bench.
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24/03/2021 14:30:21 13 5
bbc
Good luck Scotland.... lions places at stake. Amazed Jones is only on the bench. I hope it doesn’t dash his chances of a seat on the plane.
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24/03/2021 14:55:11 4 8
bbc
If he can’t get in the Scotland team he’s nowhere near the Lions
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24/03/2021 15:04:49 4 1
bbc
If you are right l guess the welsh, Scottish and Irish will have to provide the lions centres without him which is a shame.
25/03/2021 22:21:59 0 0
bbc
@harrydash, you're one of these clowns who think that if team A beat team B 7-0, and team B beat team C 14-7, then team A will beat team C 21-7.
The Jones/Harris situation is about selecting for the circumstance in order to get the correct result, nothing else.
Plus as previous Lions tours have proved, there are plenty of irregular internationalists who make great tourists
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24/03/2021 14:55:26 104 6
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected following an agreement with the Premiership, with Saracens winger Maitland among those left out."

What have Saracens got to do with the Premiership? ;)
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AG
24/03/2021 14:58:18 26 4
bbc
They are a shareholder.
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24/03/2021 15:00:33 3 0
bbc
They're just having a holiday from it....
49
24/03/2021 15:00:38 1 6
bbc
Saracens are still share holders of the Prem / Also the % agreement was between all parties - who's not to say that the SRU was offered more at the cost of X
63
24/03/2021 15:09:15 9 0
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Totally agree, ps if results go in the English Championship Saracens will be still there at least for another season
Removed
565
24/03/2021 23:40:50 2 0
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If that is true then it is a despicable agreement to the detriment of Rubgy's shop window of what should be a classic match. It was not the fault of the tournament or Sco. Did the Eng based Sco players have to go back to the clubs after the Fra game was cancelled? The World Rugby International window should be extended.
639
25/03/2021 08:52:28 2 0
bbc
And given the choice I'd sooner have him than Hastings or maybe even Harris in the squad
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25/03/2021 17:19:49 0 0
bbc
A mystery why a Championship player should be excluded because of an arrangement with the Premiership. I' m sure somewhere some jobsworth will be able to justify it. I hope it motivates Scotland.
25/03/2021 21:30:47 1 0
bbc
I have Maitland pencilled in as a potential Lion .. very poor that he has not been allowed to play by the bureaucrats of English Rugby. Shame on them!!
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
bbc
Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
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24/03/2021 14:56:36 11 1
bbc
Well said David...least we didn’t win the Triple Frown!? ????
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24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
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24/03/2021 14:57:16 27 40
bbc
The agreement was in place long ago
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LH
24/03/2021 15:54:12 0 0
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This argument sounds a bit like the EU/UK/AZ 'problem'!!
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24/03/2021 16:15:10 4 0
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No it wasn’t. The rule is English clubs only need to release players in set international periods. After France’s Covid breaches and postponement, deal was struck to release max 5 players and compensation will be paid as date is outside the international window.
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24/03/2021 16:19:17 5 1
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The agreement was put in place on Saturday evening. The arrangement regarding selection of players on dates outside of recognised international windows has been in place for some time. What I don't understand here is that the agreement is with English Premiership clubs, who've agreed to the release of 5 players only. Maitland plays for Saracens, who I believe are in the championship.
727
25/03/2021 11:46:16 1 0
bbc
According to my newspaper, "agreement" only made LAST Saturday for which 6N paid compensation to Premiership. (Not that I believe everything I read.) What's your source please?
841
25/03/2021 14:28:03 0 0
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But not for these circumstances.
26
24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
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"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
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24/03/2021 14:57:23 4 7
bbc
Yup!
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24/03/2021 14:57:49 7 6
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Friday's match has the potential to be the 6N climax extraordinaire - depends on which France and Scotland turn up. Agree with comment below re Huw Jones omission from starting 15. Also confused by D'arcy Graham's continued selection. He's been one of Scotland's weakest backs this 6N, and against France's pack we require size and power - he has (shown) neither, unlike Sam Johnson and Huw Jones
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AG
24/03/2021 16:17:20 3 2
bbc
If Maitland had been available I think he would have started in place of Graham to put kick-chase pressure on Dulin, who looked shaky under a high ball.
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24/03/2021 16:33:29 4 1
bbc
Wales best back in last 20 yrs = tiny S Williams. Heck of a difficult to tackle. Borders nouse. Pops up all over the place. Fabulous sidestep.
Very high scoring record. France will know how to deal with Duhan who seldom offloads. Agree however on Huw Jones
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24/03/2021 16:52:14 2 3
bbc
I really like Darcy, but I would have sacrificed him for Maitland.
698
25/03/2021 10:35:36 2 0
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this could be just the type of very open game to see him at his best
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25/03/2021 12:14:45 1 0
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Disagree that Graham lacks power - he'll tackle anyone that comes at him and does so effectively.
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24/03/2021 14:55:26 104 6
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"Only five England-based players could be selected following an agreement with the Premiership, with Saracens winger Maitland among those left out."

What have Saracens got to do with the Premiership? ;)
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AG
24/03/2021 14:58:18 26 4
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They are a shareholder.
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24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
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"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
44
bbc
Removed
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24/03/2021 14:59:41 22 1
bbc
It should be a corker - Scotland have a decent home record against France but not away (what a surprise...). Now is the time for all that to change and if Scotland can play the disciplined game we know they're capable of then France will have to work hard to break them down (but France are the team to do that!). With French and Scottish attacking flair on display, it will be defence that wins it.
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24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
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"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
46
24/03/2021 14:59:47 7 4
bbc
Correct on all points. Merde upon merde from France and the Six Nations authority. And additionally, did SRU contribute to RFU Prem Clubs compen£action? Merde!!!
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24/03/2021 15:20:11 4 0
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Payment to Prem was from 6N so I guess Scotland's share was in proportion to the share of overall tournament revenues.
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LH
24/03/2021 15:55:52 6 3
bbc
England players are NOT selected if they play abroad!!
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24/03/2021 14:31:44 3 17
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If there are any Scottish players hoping to go on a Lions tour can you let them know Longleat opens on April 12th
47
24/03/2021 14:59:48 5 1
bbc
Least you’ve got your Triple Frown dear boy!
312
24/03/2021 18:01:45 0 0
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Hilarious. Say it a few more times...
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24/03/2021 14:55:26 104 6
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected following an agreement with the Premiership, with Saracens winger Maitland among those left out."

What have Saracens got to do with the Premiership? ;)
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24/03/2021 15:00:33 3 0
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They're just having a holiday from it....
38
24/03/2021 14:55:26 104 6
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected following an agreement with the Premiership, with Saracens winger Maitland among those left out."

What have Saracens got to do with the Premiership? ;)
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24/03/2021 15:00:38 1 6
bbc
Saracens are still share holders of the Prem / Also the % agreement was between all parties - who's not to say that the SRU was offered more at the cost of X
73
24/03/2021 15:15:37 4 0
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As far as I am aware payment was by 6N (from TV money) to Prem so SRU one step removed.
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24/03/2021 16:17:43 21 0
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But why should Scotland have to pay any additional comp for France’s indiscretions?
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24/03/2021 15:03:05 2 15
bbc
The only time Scotland are involved in a big match with the rugby world watching yet it means nothing to them but to France and a side who are not even playing!

Sums up the Scots in a nutshell!
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24/03/2021 15:17:44 9 2
bbc
Still suffering from that Triple Frown dear boy! ????
126
24/03/2021 15:45:48 2 1
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Time for your medication, Dr
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Gaz
24/03/2021 15:03:34 26 13
bbc
My money is on Scotland to win, as there are half a dozen players wanting lions consideration if not places and will be cheered on by Scots and Welsh supporters too.
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24/03/2021 15:58:11 6 0
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Yes but will they hear them?
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24/03/2021 16:02:49 0 13
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Half a dozen? Deluded.

Jamie Ritchie, yes, all day long.
Hoggwash? Probably.

And that’s it!

And don’t suggest Hamish McBeth, no way will Gatland go for him when there are much better in the other nations.

Tipuric destroyed him and so will Ollivon.
The Boks would smash him back home to Kelso.
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LH
24/03/2021 16:04:29 0 3
bbc
Be prepared to LOSE your money, then! I hope you haven't staked your house on it!!!
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24/03/2021 21:18:16 2 0
bbc
Celtic pride will steer the jocks to the promised land lol
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24/03/2021 14:48:34 21 17
bbc
the depth of feeling on the BBC about wanting France to bear Wales was easy to understand. In England, its easier to accept France as being a mighty team in resurgence than to admit Wales are STILL the most successful 6 nations team in this century. Simple innit.
52
24/03/2021 15:03:35 3 4
bbc
England have seven 6N titles whereas Wales have five. Someone can't count...
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24/03/2021 15:13:42 4 7
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It's the grand slam that matters not championships so Wales have 4 of those and England have umm 2 so Wales most successful 6n side still
26
24/03/2021 14:51:18 130 42
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected"

Hold on, so France are the beneficiaries by their own Covid infringements?
Scotland (and effectively Wales) are penalised.

I have a feeling that if England were in line to win the 6N the rules might be different
53
24/03/2021 15:03:56 17 10
bbc
No need for the Anglophobia, particularly in these troubled times.
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24/03/2021 15:14:26 19 12
bbc
"No need for the Anglophobia"

I am not an Anglophobe by any means

However this is completely unfair, France are benefiting from their own transgressions.

Would it have been different for England?

Let's look at the last 6 Nations...England played all their home matches in front of a crowd, France couldn't. The championship should have been scrubbed (as in 1972) or shared as they used to.
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24/03/2021 14:54:38 4 7
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England are the most successful, more Grand Slams and Triple Crowns, don't state BS.
54
24/03/2021 15:04:21 5 3
bbc
Triple Frowners dear boy, biggest playing base in the whole rugby world, biggest underachievers end of
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24/03/2021 15:51:17 1 1
bbc
thought that was SA?
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24/03/2021 19:05:19 0 0
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Personally, I preferred Triple Clowns for losing to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.
37
24/03/2021 14:55:11 4 8
bbc
If he can’t get in the Scotland team he’s nowhere near the Lions
55
24/03/2021 15:04:49 4 1
bbc
If you are right l guess the welsh, Scottish and Irish will have to provide the lions centres without him which is a shame.
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
bbc
Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
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24/03/2021 15:05:37 11 6
bbc
So you blew it in 50% of games played to date. Ok
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24/03/2021 15:07:48 1 5
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Yes..

So your point is?
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24/03/2021 15:06:30 6 0
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Maitland has been left out by Townsend, citing only 5 English based players can be selected , a rule enforced by the Premiership . but Maitland plays for Saracens who are currently the English Championship, so who is saying what & why?
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24/03/2021 15:18:26 4 0
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Saracens follow the same rules as the Premier League clubs so included in the 5 player limit.
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24/03/2021 15:19:01 0 1
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I suspect that Maitland has just been dropped, considering he was the worst of the 3 wingers on show last week, though obviously being played out of position.

I don't think Townsend has cited that reason for dropping Maitland, its just the BBC who have included it in their article. Dare I suggest that the BBC isn't always that stringent in its rugby reporting?
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24/03/2021 15:29:35 0 1
bbc
Who said it was a rule enforced by the prem, The agreement was with the Prem,6N and SRU - so all parties happy- I'm sure them prem would of tabled more player release give us some more £££££ if it was requested.
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24/03/2021 16:00:43 1 3
bbc
Thought Maitland was a Kiwi.
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AG
24/03/2021 14:54:44 73 2
bbc
Harris is better in defence. He will keep Vakatawa under wraps for the first 55-60 minutes and then we will release a fresh Huw on the (hopefully) tiring French.
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24/03/2021 15:06:58 1 0
bbc
Fingers, toes and other things crossed!
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24/03/2021 14:45:50 73 3
bbc
Why is Huw Jones not starting? What does he have to do to keep his place in the Scotland side? Clearly playing much better than Harris is not important.
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24/03/2021 15:07:05 5 1
bbc
Good going forward not so good in defence maybe.
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24/03/2021 15:07:17 20 2
bbc
I get Harris for his defense duties and all but this will just be another dent on How Jones's confidence he's back in form and had a great game last week but gets dropped
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24/03/2021 15:21:42 5 10
bbc
DefenCe.
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25/03/2021 09:18:02 1 0
bbc
he is in the starting squad, to me dropped is out of the squad
848
25/03/2021 14:32:25 0 0
bbc
Rugby is not a 15 man game anymore. Strategic replacements name of the game.
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24/03/2021 15:05:37 11 6
bbc
So you blew it in 50% of games played to date. Ok
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24/03/2021 15:07:48 1 5
bbc
Yes..

So your point is?
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24/03/2021 16:53:08 6 5
bbc
If your auntie had balls she would be your uncle....... if and but another year when Scotland have blown it , how many is that now I’ve lost count
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24/03/2021 14:54:51 12 7
bbc
If the Welsh could have won it on their own accord they couldn’t give a monkeys about Scotland, so because they couldn’t they will be supporting Scotland...

Oh I see now...
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24/03/2021 15:08:03 6 2
bbc
Not at all mate! Scottish grand father! And no ties to France so Scotland all the way for me!! Not to mention the amazing times I've had in Scotland playing and watching rugby!
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24/03/2021 14:55:26 104 6
bbc
"Only five England-based players could be selected following an agreement with the Premiership, with Saracens winger Maitland among those left out."

What have Saracens got to do with the Premiership? ;)
63
24/03/2021 15:09:15 9 0
bbc
Totally agree, ps if results go in the English Championship Saracens will be still there at least for another season
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25/03/2021 07:12:27 0 0
bbc
Good
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24/03/2021 15:09:54 3 1
bbc
Looking forward to this one from Wales. I have a bet Wales to win the 6N from start at decent odds, question is do i cash out or not?

How confident are Scotland of winning or more important not to lose by 21.
Cash out, you’d be mad to put faith in the Scotch. Removed
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24/03/2021 15:16:44 3 0
bbc
I wouldn't. I'd back France to win, but not by enough.
Removed
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24/03/2021 16:21:39 0 0
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Keep your bet. It should be close. 4 tries each I reckon.
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24/03/2021 20:08:01 2 0
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You think it’s more important to Scotland to not lose by 21 than to win? Deluded.
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24/03/2021 14:53:54 7 8
bbc
Nope, England will want France to win so Whales don't take the cup as they do not deserve it. Allez Les Bleu.
65
24/03/2021 15:11:15 3 2
bbc
Is that right engurlund will want France to win? Well if not a championship then the triple crown still feels good it must hurt you engurlund supporters so much!! I hate footie fans on rugby a hys!!
421
24/03/2021 19:46:31 2 0
bbc
Losing to all three other Home Nations is a bad year for sure: but Scotland, Wales and Ireland all outplayed England and deserved to win. No excuses, well done all three. But at least we didn’t lose all five, including our first ever loss to Italy.
Yes, England played badly - and mostly dull rugby, granted - but it could have been worse.
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24/03/2021 15:11:26 6 11
bbc
Scotland didn't deserve to lose to Wales. It would have been a travesty if they had won the Grand Slam. A full strength Scotland would beat France. So, in the end, being runners up is fitting for Scotland... and Wales have been decent.
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24/03/2021 15:15:50 2 2
bbc
That's the thing with sports, you don't get to press the reset button when Wales things dont go the intended way.
Who is missing for Scotland apart from Maitland? I hear Grey has shoulder injury and would be out anyway.
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24/03/2021 16:10:08 1 1
bbc
A full strength Scotland would beat France. That is one of the funniest things I've ever read on here. I assume as it comes from Sage, it's ironic. France are 7/1 on to win, must be some unbelievable Scots missing the game.
67
24/03/2021 15:12:28 6 10
bbc
Have the Boks allowed release of players for Scotland outside the international window???
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24/03/2021 16:02:50 5 1
bbc
We have one South African starting....
France would've started with Willemse, Ireland start with Van Der Flier, and Stander, Japan have a lot yet neither of these teams receive the smug comments, stop being bitter
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24/03/2021 16:12:23 0 0
bbc
We all play the imports game in 6N !
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24/03/2021 15:03:35 3 4
bbc
England have seven 6N titles whereas Wales have five. Someone can't count...
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24/03/2021 15:13:42 4 7
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It's the grand slam that matters not championships so Wales have 4 of those and England have umm 2 so Wales most successful 6n side still
87
24/03/2021 15:21:41 3 5
bbc
OK yeah whatever keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better
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24/03/2021 14:41:12 16 2
bbc
Think I would of sacrificed Harris for Maitland to be in the squad.
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24/03/2021 15:13:55 27 0
bbc
"have" not "of"
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24/03/2021 15:14:16 9 2
bbc
Scotland will need to keep the intensity up all game therefore a good bench is required. Huw Jones coming off the bench later on to have a crack at a tiring French backline is a good call.
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24/03/2021 15:40:40 0 0
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Yes but the 5/3 split isn't IMO.
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25/03/2021 04:08:14 0 0
bbc
I don’t think a 20 minute ‘crack’ is as good as an 80 minute ‘crack’...’impact players’ ....nonsense !!
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24/03/2021 15:09:54 3 1
bbc
Looking forward to this one from Wales. I have a bet Wales to win the 6N from start at decent odds, question is do i cash out or not?

How confident are Scotland of winning or more important not to lose by 21.
Cash out, you’d be mad to put faith in the Scotch. Removed
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24/03/2021 15:24:41 5 1
bbc
Scotch is a drink! Uneducated for a Dr
94
24/03/2021 15:25:04 0 1
bbc
Correct, its always a downward spiral when you put faith in a drink
95
24/03/2021 15:25:13 7 1
bbc
Scotch is a drink...............people from Scotland are Scottish
123
24/03/2021 15:42:49 5 1
bbc
Don't use the term Scotch, when referring to Scottish people or Scots. It's offensive. Thanks.
53
24/03/2021 15:03:56 17 10
bbc
No need for the Anglophobia, particularly in these troubled times.
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24/03/2021 15:14:26 19 12
bbc
"No need for the Anglophobia"

I am not an Anglophobe by any means

However this is completely unfair, France are benefiting from their own transgressions.

Would it have been different for England?

Let's look at the last 6 Nations...England played all their home matches in front of a crowd, France couldn't. The championship should have been scrubbed (as in 1972) or shared as they used to.
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24/03/2021 15:20:05 4 3
bbc
Well said John!
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24/03/2021 15:30:18 6 4
bbc
It was just one match. England were always going to win that title after France blew it against Scotland. No way were they going to beat Ireland by 28 points.
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24/03/2021 15:37:23 12 8
bbc
"No need for the Anglophobia"

I am not an Anglophobe by any means

but here's another whinge why ????????
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LH
24/03/2021 15:54:57 11 2
bbc
It's got NOTHING to do with England, and the RFU!!
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24/03/2021 16:11:57 2 3
bbc
If you look at the chain of events, the ‘transgressions’ on the 1st weekend played no part, otherwise Irish players would have been infected. Exposure must have been post the Ireland game.
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24/03/2021 15:00:38 1 6
bbc
Saracens are still share holders of the Prem / Also the % agreement was between all parties - who's not to say that the SRU was offered more at the cost of X
73
24/03/2021 15:15:37 4 0
bbc
As far as I am aware payment was by 6N (from TV money) to Prem so SRU one step removed.
66
24/03/2021 15:11:26 6 11
bbc
Scotland didn't deserve to lose to Wales. It would have been a travesty if they had won the Grand Slam. A full strength Scotland would beat France. So, in the end, being runners up is fitting for Scotland... and Wales have been decent.
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24/03/2021 15:15:50 2 2
bbc
That's the thing with sports, you don't get to press the reset button when Wales things dont go the intended way.
Who is missing for Scotland apart from Maitland? I hear Grey has shoulder injury and would be out anyway.
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24/03/2021 15:43:49 0 0
bbc
Two hookers (Brown, McInally), two locks (Gray, Cummings), No 8 (Thomson), Scrum half (Horne G), er... that's it I think
75
24/03/2021 15:15:57 0 10
bbc
What the team should have been:
1. Sutherland
2. Cherry
3. Fagerson
4. Skinner
5. R Gray
6. Ritchie
7. Watson
8. Miller
9. Dobie
10. Russell
11. DvDM
12. G Taylor
13. Jones
14. Graham
15. Hogg
Bench: Turner, Kebble, Berghan, Craig, Fagerson, Steele, Hastings, McLean
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24/03/2021 15:27:29 3 0
bbc
The young lads like Miller, Dobie, Taylor, and McLean etc will all get a chance in the autumn can't just throw the young lads in away to France. I doubt it'd sit well with the team either considering the main stays are fighting for a lions spot. Wouldn't do Townsend any favours with his players imo best to slowly introduce them not all at once last time we did that we lost to the USA
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24/03/2021 14:33:49 101 37
bbc
Unfortunately guys it should have been us playing against a France for the Grand Slam..

We blew it against both Wales and Ireland..

C.,est la Vie...
76
24/03/2021 15:16:07 8 3
bbc
It's even more annoying when you remember last season's two defining moments which cost us a possible slam, Hogg fumbling the ball against England and Ireland......
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Gaz
24/03/2021 18:59:28 2 2
bbc
Let it go.
998
25/03/2021 18:50:49 0 0
bbc
If only Peter O'Mahony wasent a clot against Wales, if only James Lowe's foot had stayed out of touch against France, ah if only.

If only Wales had held on for 2 more minutes

That's life I'm afraid.
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24/03/2021 15:09:54 3 1
bbc
Looking forward to this one from Wales. I have a bet Wales to win the 6N from start at decent odds, question is do i cash out or not?

How confident are Scotland of winning or more important not to lose by 21.
77
24/03/2021 15:16:44 3 0
bbc
I wouldn't. I'd back France to win, but not by enough.
78
24/03/2021 15:17:42 4 8
bbc
France 84 Scotland 3
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24/03/2021 16:20:55 2 2
bbc
184 to 3
50
24/03/2021 15:03:05 2 15
bbc
The only time Scotland are involved in a big match with the rugby world watching yet it means nothing to them but to France and a side who are not even playing!

Sums up the Scots in a nutshell!
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24/03/2021 15:17:44 9 2
bbc
Still suffering from that Triple Frown dear boy! ????
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24/03/2021 15:18:19 3 5
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France by 25+
And yes I have put a few £££ on it with the spread betters.
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24/03/2021 15:29:52 4 1
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You are very very funny man, you should get a comedy gig you would bring the house down
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24/03/2021 15:06:30 6 0
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Maitland has been left out by Townsend, citing only 5 English based players can be selected , a rule enforced by the Premiership . but Maitland plays for Saracens who are currently the English Championship, so who is saying what & why?
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24/03/2021 15:18:26 4 0
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Saracens follow the same rules as the Premier League clubs so included in the 5 player limit.
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Imo
24/03/2021 15:18:32 60 4
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Looking forward to this game. I'm Welsh so hoping for a strong Scottish performance. However, as a hugely passionate rugby fan I think it will be a cracking spectacle with two free flowing attacking teams. The Scots will have to play better than they did v's England to win this one but I think it will be close (and hopefully closer than 20 points difference).
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LH
24/03/2021 16:05:28 20 11
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... allowed to be free flowing. because a French Ref will NOT be in the middle!!!
25/03/2021 23:07:47 0 0
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Will be cheering very loudly for a French spectacular
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24/03/2021 15:06:30 6 0
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Maitland has been left out by Townsend, citing only 5 English based players can be selected , a rule enforced by the Premiership . but Maitland plays for Saracens who are currently the English Championship, so who is saying what & why?
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24/03/2021 15:19:01 0 1
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I suspect that Maitland has just been dropped, considering he was the worst of the 3 wingers on show last week, though obviously being played out of position.

I don't think Townsend has cited that reason for dropping Maitland, its just the BBC who have included it in their article. Dare I suggest that the BBC isn't always that stringent in its rugby reporting?
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24/03/2021 15:14:26 19 12
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"No need for the Anglophobia"

I am not an Anglophobe by any means

However this is completely unfair, France are benefiting from their own transgressions.

Would it have been different for England?

Let's look at the last 6 Nations...England played all their home matches in front of a crowd, France couldn't. The championship should have been scrubbed (as in 1972) or shared as they used to.
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24/03/2021 15:20:05 4 3
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Well said John!
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24/03/2021 17:39:59 1 0
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Is John your little virtual chum then?
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24/03/2021 14:59:47 7 4
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Correct on all points. Merde upon merde from France and the Six Nations authority. And additionally, did SRU contribute to RFU Prem Clubs compen£action? Merde!!!
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24/03/2021 15:20:11 4 0
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Payment to Prem was from 6N so I guess Scotland's share was in proportion to the share of overall tournament revenues.
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24/03/2021 15:20:25 8 8
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France need four tries and a winning margin of 21 points - I think they will do that against this weakened Scottish side.
The Premiership helping to ensure Wales do not win the Championship. France ought to have forfeited this game.
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24/03/2021 15:24:19 3 6
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Hurt? I think the whole of England want France to win. Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 15:24:36 2 0
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Oh dear. Nice excuse for blowing a 10 point lead in 4 minutes last weekend. We all know what the reaction on here would be if England had done that
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24/03/2021 15:38:45 0 1
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How have the Premiership helped to ensure Wales don't win? Hogg, Skinner etc have been released by the clubs and even Russell has been released by Racing to play.
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24/03/2021 15:39:37 1 0
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Not a substantially weakened side. Maitland is the only one missing out because of this arrangement. Though tbf Toony could have had him if he didn't have Harris blinkers on the whole time.
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24/03/2021 15:49:06 1 0
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Didn't Scotland have more missing for that crazy game at Twickenham a couple of years ago? Might not be a lost cause just yet if the ref gives them a fair chance.
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24/03/2021 15:13:42 4 7
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It's the grand slam that matters not championships so Wales have 4 of those and England have umm 2 so Wales most successful 6n side still
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24/03/2021 15:21:41 3 5
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OK yeah whatever keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better
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24/03/2021 16:05:34 3 3
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Umm ok!!!! Just stating facts in answer to an incorrect comment by RFU03 and umm oh yes you! But if it makes you feel better ok England are the most successful 6n side!!!! Better snowflake even tho Wales have more 6n grand slams lol even AWJ has more 6n grand slams than england
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24/03/2021 15:07:17 20 2
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I get Harris for his defense duties and all but this will just be another dent on How Jones's confidence he's back in form and had a great game last week but gets dropped
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24/03/2021 15:21:42 5 10
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DefenCe.
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24/03/2021 15:37:50 3 0
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I actually meant to say "defensive duties" but okay thanks for correcting my English test.
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24/03/2021 15:17:42 4 8
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France 84 Scotland 3
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24/03/2021 15:20:25 8 8
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France need four tries and a winning margin of 21 points - I think they will do that against this weakened Scottish side.
The Premiership helping to ensure Wales do not win the Championship. France ought to have forfeited this game.
90
24/03/2021 15:24:19 3 6
bbc
Hurt? I think the whole of England want France to win. Allez Les Bleu.
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24/03/2021 15:57:43 0 0
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Why don’t you pop across to BBC football Mr Prod...all you ever do is belittle people!
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LH
24/03/2021 16:24:24 0 2
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"Bleus"!
The plural applies when one uses the article "les", which defines the noun!!!!
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24/03/2021 15:20:25 8 8
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France need four tries and a winning margin of 21 points - I think they will do that against this weakened Scottish side.
The Premiership helping to ensure Wales do not win the Championship. France ought to have forfeited this game.
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24/03/2021 15:24:36 2 0
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Oh dear. Nice excuse for blowing a 10 point lead in 4 minutes last weekend. We all know what the reaction on here would be if England had done that
Cash out, you’d be mad to put faith in the Scotch. Removed
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24/03/2021 15:24:41 5 1
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Scotch is a drink! Uneducated for a Dr
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24/03/2021 15:25:02 6 1
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Jones on the bench again !! Not sure what he has to do to get a starting place.
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24/03/2021 15:30:41 7 0
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Might it just be wanting him to come on against tired players giving him an even better chance of making decisive breaks? After Harris has had to soak up a lot of physical work against them.
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24/03/2021 15:31:42 2 0
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100% agree. His threat surely outways his lack of defence. Plus it gives finn a great option to look for. Look how good he operates with Vakatawa at Racing.
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24/03/2021 15:35:27 2 0
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Harris starts for his defensive abilities.
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LH
24/03/2021 16:20:07 0 0
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Be selected in the starting XV, obviously!!!
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24/03/2021 16:36:15 1 0
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Play for Italy?
Cash out, you’d be mad to put faith in the Scotch. Removed
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24/03/2021 15:25:04 0 1
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Correct, its always a downward spiral when you put faith in a drink
Cash out, you’d be mad to put faith in the Scotch. Removed
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24/03/2021 15:25:13 7 1
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Scotch is a drink...............people from Scotland are Scottish
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24/03/2021 15:26:58 4 3
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If Hamish Watson plays like last week and we can get good ball, disrupt theirs we should win this. Hastings to come on to a muscle flick under the posts like. I think Sam Johnson is due another important score. As long as Watson and the pack have a good day.
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24/03/2021 15:36:58 0 13
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The real rugby aficionados like Gatland know that Hamish McBeth only looks good to the non-rugby fan.

He’s busy without ever doing much and his skill set is rubbish.

Bet you he doesn’t play for the Lions this summer.

Ollivon is the class player so too Jamie Ritchie.
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24/03/2021 15:37:58 1 3
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Why should you win? Do you think the Scottish team are as good as France are? Do you actually think that, or are you just getting carried away?
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24/03/2021 15:15:57 0 10
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What the team should have been:
1. Sutherland
2. Cherry
3. Fagerson
4. Skinner
5. R Gray
6. Ritchie
7. Watson
8. Miller
9. Dobie
10. Russell
11. DvDM
12. G Taylor
13. Jones
14. Graham
15. Hogg
Bench: Turner, Kebble, Berghan, Craig, Fagerson, Steele, Hastings, McLean
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24/03/2021 15:27:29 3 0
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The young lads like Miller, Dobie, Taylor, and McLean etc will all get a chance in the autumn can't just throw the young lads in away to France. I doubt it'd sit well with the team either considering the main stays are fighting for a lions spot. Wouldn't do Townsend any favours with his players imo best to slowly introduce them not all at once last time we did that we lost to the USA
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24/03/2021 15:06:30 6 0
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Maitland has been left out by Townsend, citing only 5 English based players can be selected , a rule enforced by the Premiership . but Maitland plays for Saracens who are currently the English Championship, so who is saying what & why?
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24/03/2021 15:29:35 0 1
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Who said it was a rule enforced by the prem, The agreement was with the Prem,6N and SRU - so all parties happy- I'm sure them prem would of tabled more player release give us some more £££££ if it was requested.
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24/03/2021 15:18:19 3 5
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France by 25+
And yes I have put a few £££ on it with the spread betters.
99
24/03/2021 15:29:52 4 1
bbc
You are very very funny man, you should get a comedy gig you would bring the house down
72
24/03/2021 15:14:26 19 12
bbc
"No need for the Anglophobia"

I am not an Anglophobe by any means

However this is completely unfair, France are benefiting from their own transgressions.

Would it have been different for England?

Let's look at the last 6 Nations...England played all their home matches in front of a crowd, France couldn't. The championship should have been scrubbed (as in 1972) or shared as they used to.
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24/03/2021 15:30:18 6 4
bbc
It was just one match. England were always going to win that title after France blew it against Scotland. No way were they going to beat Ireland by 28 points.