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No coach or team should ever defend a win
Posted 17:06 28th September 2011
I hear Romain Poite wrote a letter to Mallet wishing him well in the scrum on Sunday. Or... hang on... maybe not, actually.
Posted 14:37 28th September 2011
Lol....you should have seen the pics of Castro's afro in his early 20's...epic.
Posted 12:13 28th September 2011
Whoevers questioning Italys style of play is an idiot.A team should always play to its strengths lol.Most proberly some jurno who normaly covers football imo lol
Posted 08:51 28th September 2011
Agree completely - it's playing to their strengths, and they do have one of the best FRs in the world. It's one of the reasons I love Union so much - it's not all about the tries a lot of the time. Seeing a dominant scrum set up a victory, or actually deliver one (this game, more pertinently Ireland vs Australia) can be just as enjoyable, if not more so, than, say, any of the teams that played Namibia, who can still hold their heads up, and infinitely more enjoyable than England's matches against Georgia or Romania. Which were turgid but had lots of tries. Give me the Italy or Ireland contests every time.
And yes, Castro has beautiful hair. One of the props at my club is in the process of trying to emulate him with beard and hair growth - unfortunately he is at that inbetween stage where he bears more of a resemblance to Jim Royle (UK TV show character) than the mighty Italian...
Posted 08:30 28th September 2011
Mallet is right...it might not be pretty but if Italians got a dominant scrum then let it be. The real problem against Ireland it will be the midfield. that is where the Azzurri needs to improve a lot to withstand the Irish waves.
Posted 23:25 27th September 2011
Nick Mallett doesn't have to defend anything. He is doing a great job with limited player resources. Have to say though, Castro was definitely boring in on the angle illegally at scrum time, but too clever to be pulled up for it. He is a great player with great hair.
Posted 22:59 27th September 2011
At least, Italy's backs are fresh and ready for Sunday.
Posted 15:54 27th September 2011