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Postby elephantman » September 11th, 2018, 6:51 pm

Anybody know if Neil Francis has given up his media gigs?

He hasn't had a column in INM this season, at least not online. Don't buy INM papers so not sure if he has had columns in the paper itself.

He hasn't been on The Last Word this season yet either.

Has he been cut loose I wonder?
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby tomthefan » September 12th, 2018, 9:18 am

Not much yet for him to get his teeth into?
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby betty swallocks » September 12th, 2018, 5:36 pm

The Eamon Dunphy of rugby journalism.
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Oldschool » September 12th, 2018, 7:08 pm

betty swallocks wrote:The Eamon Dunphy of rugby journalism.

Good but Not Great. :wink:
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby blockhead » September 12th, 2018, 9:14 pm

Oldschool wrote:
betty swallocks wrote:The Eamon Dunphy of rugby journalism.

Good but Not Great. :wink:


No, that's George Hook.
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Oldschool » September 12th, 2018, 10:18 pm

blockhead wrote:
Oldschool wrote:
betty swallocks wrote:The Eamon Dunphy of rugby journalism.

Good but Not Great. :wink:


No, that's George Hook.

Nah, Hook's experience is mostly about lost property, specifically dressing rooms.
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Dave Cahill » September 21st, 2018, 10:43 am

He had a piece in yesterday's paper
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby neiliog93 » September 22nd, 2018, 11:15 pm

Like it or not he's one of the few journalists in Irish rugby circles who doesn't give a toss about his relations with the players or branch and is prepared to rock the boat. Sometimes he hits the nail on the head, sometimes he's funny, sometimes he's wildly off, sometimes he's just a tosser. But he's a necessary voice.
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Oldschoolsocks » September 22nd, 2018, 11:28 pm

neiliog93 wrote:Like it or not he's one of the few journalists in Irish rugby circles who doesn't give a toss about his relations with the players or branch and is prepared to rock the boat. Sometimes he hits the nail on the head, sometimes he's funny, sometimes he's wildly off, sometimes he's just a tosser. But he's a necessary voice.


I fail to see the necessity of a voice that says “the gays don’t play rugby because they’re too soft”. The man was a lazy sniveling coward on the rugby pitch and is now an ill informed commentator with a limited grasp of reality.
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby blockhead » September 23rd, 2018, 12:05 am

Oldschoolsocks wrote:
neiliog93 wrote:Like it or not he's one of the few journalists in Irish rugby circles who doesn't give a toss about his relations with the players or branch and is prepared to rock the boat. Sometimes he hits the nail on the head, sometimes he's funny, sometimes he's wildly off, sometimes he's just a tosser. But he's a necessary voice.


I fail to see the necessity of a voice that says “the gays don’t play rugby because they’re too soft”. The man was a lazy sniveling coward on the rugby pitch and is now an ill informed commentator with a limited grasp of reality.


When did he say that?
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Oldschoolsocks » September 23rd, 2018, 12:27 am

blockhead wrote:
Oldschoolsocks wrote:
neiliog93 wrote:Like it or not he's one of the few journalists in Irish rugby circles who doesn't give a toss about his relations with the players or branch and is prepared to rock the boat. Sometimes he hits the nail on the head, sometimes he's funny, sometimes he's wildly off, sometimes he's just a tosser. But he's a necessary voice.


I fail to see the necessity of a voice that says “the gays don’t play rugby because they’re too soft”. The man was a lazy sniveling coward on the rugby pitch and is now an ill informed commentator with a limited grasp of reality.


When did he say that?

just about 2 weeks, IIRC, before he apologised to Nigel Owens on Newstalk. http://www.the42.ie/neil-francis-gay-sp ... 5-Feb2014/

I may have paraphrased - but that was pretty much the direction of his message
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby blockhead » September 23rd, 2018, 12:44 am

Oldschoolsocks wrote:just about 2 weeks, IIRC, before he apologised to Nigel Owens on Newstalk. http://www.the42.ie/neil-francis-gay-sp ... 5-Feb2014/

I may have paraphrased - but that was pretty much the direction of his message


“the gays don’t play rugby because they’re too soft” When did he say that? Or did he say it at all?

"I may have paraphrased - but that was pretty much the direction of his message" or maybe you're talking sh!te?
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby Oldschoolsocks » September 23rd, 2018, 1:44 am

blockhead wrote:
Oldschoolsocks wrote:just about 2 weeks, IIRC, before he apologised to Nigel Owens on Newstalk. http://www.the42.ie/neil-francis-gay-sp ... 5-Feb2014/

I may have paraphrased - but that was pretty much the direction of his message


“the gays don’t play rugby because they’re too soft” When did he say that? Or did he say it at all?

"I may have paraphrased - but that was pretty much the direction of his message" or maybe you're talking sh!te?


perhaps your reading and comprehension skills are shite?

EDIT or maybe your objection is that the snivelling apology to Owens was on Matt Cooper and not OTB ???
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Re: Neil Francis

Postby wixfjord » September 23rd, 2018, 10:18 am

Here's what Francis said:
http://www.the42.ie/neil-francis-gay-sp ... 5-Feb2014/

Not dissimilar to what OSS said he did.

The man is an utter tool. I'm all for contrarianism, but Francis, like George Hook before him, is best ignored.
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