Monthly Archives: July 2000

A Lions XV

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Well, everyone’s at it, so now we’re joining in.

Criteria are best players of the Six Nations so far, with one wild card allowed.

15. Matt Perry, Glenn Metcalfe

Big gamble but two for the future!

14. Austin Metro, Gareth Thomas

Metcalf is fast and can cover for Full Back and Wing. Austin Metro is fast and can cover for everwhere – little sh@t.

13. Brian O’Driscol, Mark Taylor

Haven’t seen too many outside centres going outside their man this year. Someone English will probably get picked in the final shout next year

12. Mike Catt, John Leslie

Gibbs will replace Catt, but Townsend is such a good inside centre and such a sh@t stand off – didn’t get a chance this year.

11. Ben who? Dafydd James

More big and ugly players needed to mark Ben Tune and Joe Roff!

10. Rubber Johnie, Ginger Monster

Johnie is the man for the tests and Jinx is the man for this kicks. Can’t see anyone getting near them.

9. Matt Paint, Rob Howley

Dawson has been the most commanding figure of the competition. Nichol put in a great performance against the Saes. Irish SH was completely non existant. Howley gets in because there’s no one else. Howley will definitely shine at Leicester away from the Villagers!

8. Larry Dilidalio, Pies Snr

Need two big ball carriers at number 8 – someone teach Pies how to tackle.

7. Neil Back, Martin Leslie

Leslie at open side is cheating, but we’re running out of Scotts! Need a mad Irishman in the back row, but couldn’t see one this season.

6. Richard Hill, Colin Charvis

Charvis awesome tackling must win him a place – Hill has the complete game and is very underated.

5. Malcolm O’Kelly, Simon Shaw

Very impressed by Kelly this season – awesome performance against Wales, similarly Shaw is a complete second row. Jeremy Davidson should be there next year, but didn’t see much of him this year.

4. Scott Murray, Garath Archer

Murray has been class for the past two seasons – Archer’s a cheat and we hate him, but who else is there? Martin Johson will get the selection.

3. Dai Iawn, Paul Wallace

Really struggling at tight head. English and Irish can’t scrummage.

2. Keith Wood, Jon Humphreys

Easiest choice of the lot!

1. Jason Leonard, Tom Smith

Still struggling here – Only Wales seem to have decent props but we can’t pick lardy big mouth!

E- 12 W – 9 S -5 I – 4

Humph as the wild card who hasn’t played in this season’s Five Nations

The options are clear – Metcalfe is a full back, Rhys Williams is too young. Gareth Thomas, despite what we know, only plays international rugby on the wing and that is where he will be selected. Catt and Leslie have had good championships and deserve their places – especially if Woodward is Coach.

Smith and Wallace were the Lions props on the last tour.

A new stadium?

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Despite the news that Cardiff city have recently received a cash injection to improve their stadium, how long will it be before we are considering a move to the Bay with our footballing neighbours and a new stadium amongst the mud flats?

With Sam Haman’s professed ambitions for the Bluebirds, he will not be slow to realise that a new stadium may do much to capture the imagination of the public in Cardiff as he pushes the club on to the First Division and Premiership beyond.

As for the rugby club, the lease on the Forte Hotel near the ground is rumoured to expire shortly, and as the area is owned by the Athletic Club, huge revenue could be generated by selling the site to a developer for a new city centre hotel. Surprisingly enough, Peter Thomas is such a developer. With the south stand suffering from an advanced state of concrete cancer, the old ground is nearing need of serious investment.

On the positive side a new all seater in the Bay would mean a better playing surface, improved access and drinking facilities we could all enjoy. The image of the club would be improved and access would be easier.

On the down side, we’d lose the roots of our tradition and the memories of all those great players that graced the turf at the Arms Park – a name that is known the world over.

How would you feel about a move to a new stadium?

Season 2000-2001 Predictions

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With the present sqaud our forecast for this season is second in the league to Newport. We are unconvinced by Lyn Howells’ ability to build a team based on commitment and desire. His selection was suspect throughout last season and so far he’s failed to build a pack which plays as a unit

With a good coach at the helm, and a more settled squad next season, Newport will be the team to beat. Despite Adrian Garvey’s strength in the scrum, they could struggle in Europe given the number of foreigners in their squad

Projected Village League Table 2000-2001
1 Newport
2 Cardiff
3 Swansea
4 Glasgow
5 Llanelli
6 Edinburgh
7 Bridgend
8 Pontypridd
9 Ebbw Vale
10 Neath
11 Cross Keys
12 Caerphilly

The big underachievers last season – Swansea – will not suffer again this season and will surely come good. Indeed, Cardiff will do well to keep them from second spot

As for the Scots, despite the disruption of constant travelling, without the presence of a World Cup depriving them of key players, this season will see them produce a higher standard of rugby

Llanelli’s squad is still not big enough to cover both European and League fixtures and with Moon destined to take more of a back seat, how will they fair with Easterby?

Bridgend and Ponty have had very different summers in the transfer market. Ponty have confirmed themselves as a feeder club with good coaches and good scouts recruiting from the amateur ranks, but will struggle next season as the top clubs do not need to rest their World Cup players. Meanwhile, Bridgend have recruited well, and a blend of experience and youth should see them as outsiders for the last European spot.

Neath and Ebbw have two good coaches, but with limited squads they will struggle from injuries to key players as the season progresses

It’s a waste of time playing against Cross Keys and Caerphilly but at least it’ll give Owain a game.

Fantasy Rugby

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With the start of the season only six weeks away and the transfer merry-go-round well under way, based on a salary cap of £1.5m, here’s our estimation for how the present squad structure breaks down and how we would spend the money. Most of the salaries are guess-work, but some we know for sure. As for our Cardiff team, what we think we’re lacking are two French backs – Stefan Glas and Christope Lamaison would be money better spent than the moeny wasted on Jenkins’ form last season. In the forwards, we’ve gone for Rubens Kruger as an essential experienced head in the back row.

 

CRFC’s spending Tom and Phil’s spending
(Based on a budget of £1.5m)
Back Three
Paul Jones £20,000 Paul Jones £20,000
Rhys Williams £30,000 Rhys Williams £40,000
Mike Rayer £25,000 Mike Rayer £25,000
Wingers
Craig Morgan £25,000 Craig Morgan £25,000
Nick Walne £40,000 Nick Walne £40,000
Richard Newton £15,000 Richard Newton £15,000
Centres
Gareth Thomas £100,000 Gareth Thomas £100,000
Pieter Muller £60,000 Pieter Muller £60,000
Jamie Robinson £25,000 Jamie Robinson £25,000
Stefan Glas £75,000
Half Backs
Neil Jenkins £200,000 Christophe Lamaison £120,000
Lee Davies £25,000 Paul Burke £60,000
Robert Howley £150,000 Robert Howley £150,000
Ryan Powell £25,000 Ryan Powell £25,000
Back Row
Greg Kacala £25,000 Greg Kacala £25,000
Emyr Lewis £40,000 Emyr Lewis £40,000
Owain Williams £25,000 Ruben Kruger £80,000
Martyn Williams £35,000 Martyn Williams £35,000
Phil Wheeler £20,000 Phil Wheeler £20,000
Dan Baugh £25,000 Dan Baugh £35,000
Second Row
Craig Quinnell £125,000 Craig Quinnell £85,000
Martin Morgan £15,000 Martin Morgan £20,000
Mike Voyle £100,000 Steve Williams £40,000
John Tait £25,000 John Tait £30,000
Steve Moore £35,000 Steve Moore £25,000
Props
Spencer John £50,000 Spencer John £50,000
Dai Young £80,000 Dai Young £80,000
Gary Powell £20,000 Gary Powell £20,000
Damien Geraghty £20,000 Damien Geraghty £20,000
Andrew Lewis £60,000 Andrew Lewis £60,000
Jon Humphreys £60,000 Jon Humphreys £60,000

 

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