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  1. Bruce_ma_goose

    The "South African Quota" catch-all thread

    I got this far without disagreeing too much with you. You are saying I should see the Craven weekend to see how diverse the kids are playing it, then you are still saying non-white kids actively don't want to play rugby. I'm not accepting your argument in the past; but looking ahead - if a...
  2. Bruce_ma_goose

    The "South African Quota" catch-all thread

    1of2 No, I am basing my opinion on that document based on it's content and trying to work out why it was written that way. I read all of it and didn't change my opinion that they are very much focussed on anti-transformation talking points. And whilst being a British Dominion in the 1920s...
  3. Bruce_ma_goose

    A Political Thread

    Don't rely on Scotland to do anyone a favour. I'm a little surprised at the strength of the SNP vote up here, but it was in large part a protest from an electorate that is increasingly tuning out from what the UK media outlets put infront of us. By voting 'No' to independence Scotland actually...
  4. Bruce_ma_goose

    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 1

    Holy hell that is some scoreline. Even accounting for the salary cap Northampton must have a wage bill significantly in excess of Leinster surely? Farrell is going to be behind the 8-ball from his first game at the helm of Ireland if Cullen remains on course for the double-double.
  5. Bruce_ma_goose

    Wales coach Rob Howley sent home from Rugby World Cup amid betting allegations

    The ban means he wouldn't have been able to take over Italy, as per the rumour. ... Damn.
  6. Bruce_ma_goose

    Burglaries on the increase?

    The basic advice I got up here was that if it is a big insurance company it'll know exactly what it is doing and is trying to pass the cost on to the customer, who probably assumed that by paying insurance premiums this would be covered. Whereas if it is a smaller insurance company it might be...
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    A Political Thread

    Whatever the result, it's not the end of the world. Calm heads and all that jazz. I'm very interested in politics and am braced for great disappointment, but in the grand scheme of things if you are fortunate enough to have your health and a job (and don't live near a riverbed); then the...
  8. Bruce_ma_goose

    A Political Thread

    Okay. I can respect that... If you didn't accuse others of living in an echo chamber. :p
  9. Bruce_ma_goose

    Burglaries on the increase?

    The fee is £102 up here, so sadly that sounds about right. Worth checking your police forces website. https://www.scotland.police.uk/access-to-information/provision-of-reports/ I think up here 'insurance abstracts' are usually requested by the insurance company (although this may just be...
  10. Bruce_ma_goose

    The "South African Quota" catch-all thread

    I'll give it a second look incase my radar was off. The fact the institute was established in the 1920s during British colonial rule made me somewhat sceptical and that first couple of pages is very partisan for a sobre social commentary. The only instance of racism by a white person they chose...
  11. Bruce_ma_goose

    Burglaries on the increase?

    Yeah, but they don't sound so cool. Bloody Irish and their anglicised crime types. :p
  12. Bruce_ma_goose

    Tier 1 vs Tier 2 Internationals - 2020

    Seems England vs an unannounced Tier2 in November, presumably Pacific Islanders or North America as they seem to be missing out compared to historically. Overall, it does seem to be sticking to the commitment to 39% more inter-Tier tests based largely on the Tier2 ranking, but the Georgia...
  13. Bruce_ma_goose

    Champions Cup 2019/2020: Pool 2

    A reasonable result for Glasgow, I didnt see them getting much change out of a decent pack although it looks La Rochelle maybe aren't busting a gut in this tournament. Also, what the heck is the story with highlights in Youtube? I'm lying low trying to avoid the inevitable news that Benetton...
  14. Bruce_ma_goose

    Irish inquest

    A lack of tactical variation, a lack of mental support and underestimating humidity are three suggestions being thrown about by the Irish camp this week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50398477 I don't think these are on the ball at all, although I haven't read the full report. If a...
  15. Bruce_ma_goose

    The "South African Quota" catch-all thread

    Well, I won't ignore anyone drivel about tiny "Bantus" and Elton Jantjies' hair being "thuggish". And calling that drivel is being diplomatic. :p
  16. Bruce_ma_goose

    The "South African Quota" catch-all thread

    I'm sorry, but given that the opening paragraph are a tirade against the majority black political parties it makes it hard to consider the report and the survey as being extremely partial (not that all points are invalid, and I long for a change of SA govt myself, which is why I am so frustrated...
  17. Bruce_ma_goose

    A Political Thread

    Way to engage with a topic that doesn't fit in with your personal worldview. You have no observations on the matter? An astute political manoeuvre increasing the chances of a brighter future for South Africa? And excuse me for getting the name confused with the post fascist Italian political...
  18. Bruce_ma_goose

    Burglaries on the increase?

    Burglarly weirdly is not a policing priority most places. I think it's a really invasive crime, especially if the victims are elderly. I hope they dont get too down about it. Up here, if the police don't have a dedicated team of officers knowing what junkie just got out of prison in your area...
  19. Bruce_ma_goose

    Izzy Folau

    Rumour is that Rugby Australia had to settle because the UK media were going to run a campaign labelling them as anti-semitic for criticising Israel. I know what you are saying, but let's not compare Paddy to Folau. One was guilty of nothing more than having a sex drive, an unlocked bedroom...
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    England Rugby 2018/19 Thread

    *goes to hang out the bunting* Mixed emotions. His tenure did coincide with an upturn in the u20s and Benetton (to a lesser extent Zebre). Pretty annoyed he couldn't be retained as DoR only in Italy, rather than have him stuffing up the national side. It would be fair to describe me as...
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