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  1. Bullitt

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  3. robbinho

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    DOUBLE FRACTURE FOR UNFORTUNATE LIPMAN

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    Bath Rugby flanker Michael Lipman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a serious facial injury during his club’s 33-11 victory over Exeter Chiefs in a pre-season trial match on Saturday.

    The England international openside sustained the injury shortly after the interval at the County Ground and was taken to hospital for X rays on Saturday evening. A visit to a Bath specialist this morning confirmed that the player had sustained a double facial fracture.

    “Michael will be out for longer than originally anticipated,†said Bath Rugby’s Head of Sports Medicine Geoff Clark to www.bathrugby.com. “He sustained a heavy blow to the face and has a double fracture of his Zygoma (cheekbone) and his eye socket. He has yet to undergo surgery because the swelling has to be left to recede, however at this early stage it is looking as though Michael will be out of action for between two and three months.â€

    The injury is a bitter blow for a player who has worked so hard over the summer period to get back to peak fitness following a nasty ankle injury and Michael was looking forward to making a big impression in the Guinness Premiership this season for his club.

    Coach Mike Foley today praised Michael for his contribution over pre-season and expects the young openside to return in resolute mood.

    “We all feel desperately sorry for Lippy because he has trained so hard over the summer,†said Foley. “Michael is a quality player and I thought that both he and James Scaysbrook were a little hard done by not to be included in the EPS squad. However, I expect Michael to bounce back more determined than ever and show the England selectors what they are missing and we are all looking forward to that. The whole squad would like to wish him a speedy recovery.â€

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  5. An Tarbh

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    I wonder would he not just retire, all these injuries are bound to have taken a toll and he'll be 33 by the time he's on the verge of a comeback, plus there could be the payoff of the gamble on Andy Farrell turning into a decent backrow player. Is all the hassle worth it?
     
  6. I certainly doubt he'll ever play for England again. The word is that Farrell is going to play 12 for Sarries though, not back-row.
     
  7. An Tarbh

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    Backrow just seems the natural position for me, his defensive work will certainly be up to scratch, his ball carrying ability isn't questionable, scrummaging shouldn't be a major issue for him and he should be able to pick up the technical issues quite quickly, it's just his out and out pace I'd question for him playing centre.
     
  8. Boy

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    Saw a piece on Farrell on Sky Sports News yesterday. It said that even though he'll be playing 12 in the game on Saturday, he's been training with the forwards as much as the backs. I don't think they know for sure where to play him until he's tried a few positions out.
     
  9. harrison2468

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    Shame to hear about Hill, unlikely to play for England again, but still could have a shout come 2007 knowing the state of English rugby at the moment.

    His last game was the dreadful 1st Test for the Lions - enough motivation for any player to keep on with it and have a better departure from the sport. Hill will hopefully play again before bowing out.
     
  10. Guinness Premiership - 2005/06 fixtures:


    GP Round 1 - Sept 2/3/4
    Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints
    Worcester Warriors v Gloucester
    Leeds Tykes v London Irish
    Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons
    London Wasps v Saracens
    Bristol Shoguns v Bath

    GP Round 2 - Sept 9/10/11
    Bath v Northampton Saints
    London Irish v Worcester Warriors
    Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Shoguns
    London Wasps v Leicester Tigers
    Gloucester v Sale Sharks
    Saracens v Leeds Tykes

    GP Round 3 - Sept 16/17/18
    Bristol Shoguns v Gloucester
    Leicester Tigers v Bath
    Worcester Warriors v Saracens
    Leeds Tykes v London Wasps
    Sale Sharks v London Irish
    Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons

    GP Round 4 - Sept 23/24/25
    Leeds Tykes v Leicester Tigers
    London Irish v Bristol Shoguns
    Newcastle Falcons v Bath
    London Wasps v Worcester Warriors
    Gloucester v Northampton Saints
    Saracens v Sale Sharks

    GP Round 5 - Oct 14/15/16
    Bristol Shoguns v Saracens
    Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
    Bath v Gloucester
    Worcester Warriors v Leeds Tykes
    Sale Sharks v London Wasps
    Northampton Saints v London Irish

    GP Round 6 - Nov 4/5
    Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
    Leeds Tykes v Sale Sharks
    London Irish v Bath
    London Wasps v Bristol Shoguns
    Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons
    Saracens v Northampton Saints

    GP Round 7 - Nov 11/12/13
    Bristol Shoguns v Leeds Tykes
    Leicester Tigers v Gloucester
    Bath v Saracens
    Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
    Northampton Saints v London Wasps
    Newcastle Falcons v London Irish

    GP Round 8 - Nov 18/19/20
    Worcester Warriors v Bristol Shoguns
    Leeds Tykes v Northampton Saints
    Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers
    London Irish v Gloucester
    London Wasps v Bath
    Saracens v Newcastle Falcons

    GP Round 9 - Nov 25/26/27
    Bristol Shoguns v Sale Sharks
    Leicester Tigers v London Irish
    Bath v Leeds Tykes
    Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors
    Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps
    Gloucester v Saracens

    GP Round 10 - Dec 26
    Bristol Shoguns v Leicester Tigers
    Worcester Warriors v Bath
    Leeds Tykes v Newcastle Falcons
    Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints
    London Wasps v Gloucester
    Saracens v London Irish

    GP Round 11 - Jan 1
    Leicester Tigers v Saracens
    Bath v Sale Sharks
    Northampton Saints v Bristol Shoguns
    London Irish v London Wasps
    Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors
    Gloucester v Leeds Tykes

    GP Round 12 - Jan 6/7/8
    Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints
    Leeds Tykes v Bath
    Sale Sharks v Bristol Shoguns
    London Irish v Leicester Tigers
    London Wasps v Newcastle Falcons
    Saracens v Gloucester

    GP Round 13 - Jan 27/28
    Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks
    Bath v London Wasps
    Northampton Saints v Leeds Tykes
    Newcastle Falcons v Saracens
    Bristol Shoguns v Worcester Warriors
    Gloucester v London Irish

    GP Round 14 - Feb 10/11/12
    Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks
    Leeds Tykes v Bristol Shoguns
    London Irish v Newcastle Falcons
    London Wasps v Northampton Saints
    Gloucester v Leicester Tigers
    Saracens v Bath

    GP Round 15 - Feb 17/18/19
    Bristol Shoguns v London Wasps
    Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors
    Bath v London Irish
    Sale Sharks v Leeds Tykes
    Northampton Saints v Saracens
    Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester

    GP Round 16 - Feb 24/25/26
    Leeds Tykes v Worcester Warriors
    London Irish v Northampton Saints
    Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers
    London Wasps v Sale Sharks
    Gloucester v Bath
    Saracens v Bristol Shoguns

    GP Round 17 - March 10/11/12
    Bristol Shoguns v London Irish
    Leicester Tigers v Leeds Tykes
    Bath v Newcastle Falcons
    Worcester Warriors v London Wasps
    Sale Sharks v Saracens
    Northampton Saints v Gloucester

    GP Round 18 - March 24/25/26
    Bath v Leicester Tigers
    London Irish v Sale Sharks
    Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints
    London Wasps v Leeds Tykes
    Gloucester v Bristol Shoguns
    Saracens v Worcester Warriors

    GP Round 19 - Apr 7/8/9
    Bristol Shoguns v Newcastle Falcons
    Leicester Tigers v London Wasps
    Worcester Warriors v London Irish
    Leeds Tykes v Saracens
    Sale Sharks v Gloucester
    Northampton Saints v Bath

    GP Round 20 - Apr 14/15/16
    Bath v Bristol Shoguns
    London Irish v Leeds Tykes
    Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks
    Northampton Saints v Leicester Tigers
    Gloucester v Worcester Warriors
    Saracens v London Wasps

    GP Round 21 - Apr 28/29/30
    Bristol Shoguns v Northampton Saints
    Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
    Leeds Tykes v Gloucester
    Sale Sharks v Bath
    London Wasps v London Irish
    Saracens v Leicester Tigers

    GP Round 22 - May 6/7
    Bath v Worcester Warriors
    Gloucester v London Wasps
    London Irish v Saracens
    Newcastle Falcons v Leeds Tykes
    Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks
    Leicester Tigers v Bristol Shoguns

    GP Semi-Finals - May 12/13/14
    2nd vs 3rd

    GP Finals - May 27
    1st vs Winner of semi-final
     
  11. An Tarbh

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    The playoffs have been changed to include the 4th placed team and have 2 semi finals. The wildcards have also been scrapped.

    Gets a bit messy having the Heineken Cup runner up getting a place ahead of the 5th or 6th placed league team, that's assuming there's even an English team in the final let alone two. Thought as well that there were only 6 places for England and an extra if an English club wins the HEC.
     
  12. harrison2468

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    It seems better for the first place team to play forth as history shows 2 weeks off doesn't really help at all. Wildcards had little to them as well.

    As for HC runners-up, well can't see that happening to a team outside the top4 if a English team does make it.
     
  13. Bullitt

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    Taken from Sale's website;

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  14. harrison2468

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  15. robbinho

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    They've got no chance against Bath then!
     
  16. harrison2468

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    They've got no chance against Bath then! [/b][/quote]
    lol! Cometh Sunday, we will have your fat boys run off their feet!
     
  17. Bullitt

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  18. harrison2468

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    [​IMG] We can talk about it if you want. No excuses, but here are some anyway:

    1) Quins have practically the same team, therefore a gelled squad, where as Bristol have recruited the most in the Prem(as they are 1 yr ahead of schedule).

    2) It was a pre-season friendly, i.e. time to experiment, such as with the new type of defence we will employ.

    3) They had that ******* Merthens.

    I will be happy with 11th. Hill is an amazing coach, one for England in the future, and we will surprise some. We did however beat Cardiff the other day, who are Heinenken Cup quality!

    London Irish for relegation!
     
  19. harrison2468

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    Plus it's a derby game and we have got over our hoodoo of not being able to beat them.
     
  20. robbinho

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    Opening matches sold-out at Bris, Worcester and Leicester, and 35,000 tickets sold for double header at Twickenham. God bless the Bristol ticket office for sending me 4 tickets when I only ordered 2!
     
  21. harrison2468

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    Oh man, got a price for them 2 tickets Robbinho?
     
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