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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby Oldschool » April 21st, 2017, 3:13 pm

Highlight of this tour already and will still be at the end of the tour was Hansen bristling at the suggestion that if the Lions play Chicago Joeball they'll win.
NZ losing to us must really have rankled.
They pulled into the Aviva determined to put 50 on us to prove Chicago was a fluke.
They were lucky to beat us and blessed to have Jaco refereeing for them.
C'mon Ireland.
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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby kermischocolate » April 21st, 2017, 5:42 pm

cormac wrote:
kermischocolate wrote:For all those that go and grow as players I give you Stuart Hogg. Went in 2013 as one of the youngest, most exciting players in the NH. Came back an absolute arse with an ego the size of a medium size planet which took an entire season and dropping him from Glasgow's then biggest ever game (Pro12 final in The RDS) to get him anywhere near back on planet earth.

I'm with Blockhead on his views of The Lions.


I don't think the blame lies with the Lions for Stuart Hogg being a bellend. I rather suspect that's all on himself


Oh he absolutely was. He was just a billion times worse after the Lions tour.
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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby Peg Leg » April 21st, 2017, 10:26 pm

kermischocolate wrote:
cormac wrote:
kermischocolate wrote:For all those that go and grow as players I give you Stuart Hogg. Went in 2013 as one of the youngest, most exciting players in the NH. Came back an absolute arse with an ego the size of a medium size planet which took an entire season and dropping him from Glasgow's then biggest ever game (Pro12 final in The RDS) to get him anywhere near back on planet earth.

I'm with Blockhead on his views of The Lions.


I don't think the blame lies with the Lions for Stuart Hogg being a bellend. I rather suspect that's all on himself


Oh he absolutely was. He was just a billion times worse after the Lions tour.

Did he wear his lions kit to training?
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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby bamboozle » April 22nd, 2017, 2:45 am

Logorrhea wrote:
brenno wrote:And then I see the bilge that Luke Fitz spouts on Twitter and in his Indo podcasts about the Lions as the "ultimate accolade"


Exactly. What would Luke know anyway. its not as if he actually played the game professionally or anything.


Very good point. I understand why some fans dont like the potential knock on impact the lions tour has on the provincial squads, just like Leinster suffered last season due to the huge world cup exposure. However talk to any professional rugby player in Ireland and 99% of them would agree with those publicly stating how importantly the view being selected for the Lions. I love the lions tour, I love what it represents and its the continuance of tours such as this and the barbarians that keeps the old ethos of rugby in place and stops it slipping down the path of premiership football that is 100% driven by money.
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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby Munsterboy » April 22nd, 2017, 10:54 am

bamboozle wrote:
Logorrhea wrote:
brenno wrote:And then I see the bilge that Luke Fitz spouts on Twitter and in his Indo podcasts about the Lions as the "ultimate accolade"


Exactly. What would Luke know anyway. its not as if he actually played the game professionally or anything.


Very good point. I understand why some fans dont like the potential knock on impact the lions tour has on the provincial squads, just like Leinster suffered last season due to the huge world cup exposure. However talk to any professional rugby player in Ireland and 99% of them would agree with those publicly stating how importantly the view being selected for the Lions. I love the lions tour, I love what it represents and its the continuance of tours such as this and the barbarians that keeps the old ethos of rugby in place and stops it slipping down the path of premiership football that is 100% driven by money.


I understand that love you have for the good old days of touring sides etc. My biggest problem with it is that it's not really like that anymore. It's so commercialised and condensed that it's lost a lot of that old ethos (and I say this as somebody who followed the Lions on their last tour of NZ). The Baa-baas has gone the same way.

You just can't replicate those long leisurely tours of the past, or the Corinthian spirit of the game, in these days of professionalism.

Not saying professionalism is all bad. The standard is so much higher now and competitions like the ECC and the RWC are wonderful. Just not all the great traditions, teams and tours of the past are fit for purpose in this brave new world.

I'll still watch most of the games but I'm really not that bothered about the team selections or even the results anymore. I'll be more interested in how various young lads get on in Japan and the style of rugby Ireland play out there.
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Re: The looking forward to the Lions Tour thread

Postby Peg Leg » April 22nd, 2017, 11:47 am

Munsterboy wrote:
bamboozle wrote:
Logorrhea wrote:
Exactly. What would Luke know anyway. its not as if he actually played the game professionally or anything.


Very good point. I understand why some fans dont like the potential knock on impact the lions tour has on the provincial squads, just like Leinster suffered last season due to the huge world cup exposure. However talk to any professional rugby player in Ireland and 99% of them would agree with those publicly stating how importantly the view being selected for the Lions. I love the lions tour, I love what it represents and its the continuance of tours such as this and the barbarians that keeps the old ethos of rugby in place and stops it slipping down the path of premiership football that is 100% driven by money.


I understand that love you have for the good old days of touring sides etc. My biggest problem with it is that it's not really like that anymore. It's so commercialised and condensed that it's lost a lot of that old ethos (and I say this as somebody who followed the Lions on their last tour of NZ). The Baa-baas has gone the same way.

You just can't replicate those long leisurely tours of the past, or the Corinthian spirit of the game, in these days of professionalism.

Not saying professionalism is all bad. The standard is so much higher now and competitions like the ECC and the RWC are wonderful. Just not all the great traditions, teams and tours of the past are fit for purpose in this brave new world.

I'll still watch most of the games but I'm really not that bothered about the team selections or even the results anymore. I'll be more interested in how various young lads get on in Japan and the style of rugby Ireland play out there.

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