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    Quote Originally Posted by valley commando View Post
    Best 3 in Order

    1 Faletau
    2 Picamoles
    3 read
    This post proves it all

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    My uncle use to play Number 8 use to tell the same joke

    Coach: "Okay Jeff your number 8"
    My Uncle "But it says H on my back"

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenryChinaski View Post
    This post proves it all
    I take it that this your pathetic attempt at the lowest form of wit, in other words witless. If fit Faletau will be the Lions 8 nobody else is close to him.

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    Why not just call the number 8 Bloody big *******, or 3B.
    What is the sin bin? Is it some kind of Catholic skip area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Taff View Post
    I'm just going to go with Parisse. He's pretty much the only #8 who would get into any team in the world (and incumbent 8's would have to move around). Imagine him behind a NZ pack, and it's just scary.
    He might get in a Super team, he wouldn't get into the wider training squad for the ABs, too much competition, too much talent.

    Hes at the end of his career. The ABs aren't SA or England, ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Alpha Bro View Post
    Number 8 is a position that really depends on other players to be good. Give me ball carrying flankers and locks and I want Read or Heaslip, a less abrasive pack will have me wanting Vunipola. They're the three best imo, two of the most intelligent players in the game and a pure freak.
    Good call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyBeastTeague View Post
    I agree that over the last few years Read has been by far and away the best 8 in the world, but as you said, he's getting in a bit. That combined with fatigue after a very long year means that, on current form, there are 8s playing better rugby. Read really didn't stand out this Autumn, and was, IMO, outshined by Heaslip, Picamoles and Vunipola (in the games he played). Isa's immense form in the RC meant that I don't think Read was the 8 playing best in that competition either.
    Over the years it was noticeable that when Read had to carry the leadership can, his game slipped a bit. I was very critical of his play when he subbed for McCaw, but I was happy to eat my words as he has come back to be able to perform both roles with aplomb.

    I still believe that being captain knocks a few points off his role as number 8, but even with that 'handicap', he's still one of the best in the game.

    I don't believe his loss of form, if you can call it that, is due to tiredness or age, just that he's got a whole lot of other things going on on the field that he has to manage along with being a world-class back-rower.

    Take the burden of the captaincy off him and I think he would be the stand-out player in his position.

    And while I may be a Kiwi, I'm an avowed Wellingtonian and you can stick your Canterbury jersey up yer a*se! He gets no special favours from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_heineken View Post
    Well in afrikaans we call the no.8 an "Agsteman" which translated to English is "Eighth Man". But in Afrikaans it makes more sense as not only does it mean the eighth man in the scrum but also the man behind the scrum or at the back of the scrum as back in Afrikaans is "Agter" or "Agterste".

    Come to think of it, isn't the term No.8 a relatively new term for that position just like second-five-eight? Wasn't it always called Eighth Man
    Depends what you mean by 'recent'. Number 8 and first-five-eighth have been what they have been called in NZ for all of my fifty-odd years.

    Certainly we have some funny nomenclature, though - everyone else has two centres, where we have only one and a second-five. England has a standoff, where we have a first five. Most countries call it a scrum-half, we just call it halfback.

    Regardless, I will go to my grave calling it a number 8. There's no need to change for changes sake, but you can call it what you like, as long as it's clear what the position you are describing is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zootalaws View Post

    And while I may be a Kiwi, I'm an avowed Wellingtonian ...
    A lamentable burden.
    Condolences.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zootalaws View Post
    Depends what you mean by 'recent'. Number 8 and first-five-eighth have been what they have been called in NZ for all of my fifty-odd years.
    Certainly we have some funny nomenclature, though - everyone else has two centres, where we have only one and a second-five. England has a standoff, where we have a first five. Most countries call it a scrum-half, we just call it halfback.
    Stand-off is a rugby league term, unacceptable to a purist.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zootalaws View Post
    Regardless, I will go to my grave calling it a number 8.
    Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Jones Boy View Post
    A lamentable burden.
    Condolences..
    Not so very hard to bear, this year... but then there's the Lions...

    Not so much a case of 'always a bridesmaid', more one of 'quick, shut her in the cupboard, company's coming!'

    While in the U.K., I had the pleasure (?) of supporting those Exiles what play in Reading. It must have been the craic, because it sure wasn't for the trophies!
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    The rugby is running hot in Wellington, I was thinking more of the weather, and the shakes.
    I lived there for a year as a kid on the Adelaide road and then 6 months when i was an adult, in Thorndon

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    Toby Faletau injured again. Not having much luck with his Bath career.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38500903

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW27BA View Post
    Toby Faletau injured again. Not having much luck with his Bath career.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38500903
    Binny and Toby both injured is worrying from a Lions perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyBeastTeague View Post
    Binny and Toby both injured is worrying from a Lions perspective.
    It is. I guess Jamie Heaslip is the next taxi on the rank for the Lions No 8?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW27BA View Post
    It is. I guess Jamie Heaslip is the next taxi on the rank for the Lions No 8?
    Not worrying at all then! Heaslip is one guy, along with Best, that I want to go from the Irish camp, Heaslip has been the best Lion over the past two tours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TW27BA View Post
    It is. I guess Jamie Heaslip is the next taxi on the rank for the Lions No 8?
    Stuck bringing in a World Rugby player of the year nominee. Gutted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TW27BA View Post
    It is. I guess Jamie Heaslip is the next taxi on the rank for the Lions No 8?
    At least we won't have to go further down the line. Heaslip is indestructible. Chap doesn't do injuries.

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    Hurricanes
    1 - Read
    2 - Vunipola
    3 - Picamoles
    4 - Isa
    5 - Faletau
    6 - Heaslip

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    [QUOTE=Caitlyn Jenner;830600
    1 - Read
    2 - Vunipola
    3 - isa
    4 - picamoles
    5 - Faletau
    6 - lobbe

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Alpha Bro View Post
    Not worrying at all then! Heaslip is one guy, along with Best, that I want to go from the Irish camp, Heaslip has been the best Lion over the past two tours.
    Quote Originally Posted by RedruthRFC View Post
    Stuck bringing in a World Rugby player of the year nominee. Gutted!


    Not stuck or worrying at all. Just seems that Heaslip's name was lower down the order behind BillyV and Faletau when selecting the Lions No8 in the prospective Lions thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corny View Post
    At least we won't have to go further down the line. Heaslip is indestructible. Chap doesn't do injuries.
    Tell that to Pascal Papé's knee! To be fair, that only kept him out for a couple of months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedruthRFC View Post
    Tell that to Pascal Papé's knee! To be fair, that only kept him out for a couple of months.
    He played 3 or 4 weeks later after breaking a vertebrae! Hasn't been injured since!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Alpha Bro View Post
    He played 3 or 4 weeks later after breaking a vertebrae! Hasn't been injured since!
    He was out from 15th March until 17th May according to Stat Bunker, but maybe that is missing some lower level comeback games, but I digress.

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