Matt Dawson to retire

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by robbinho, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. robbinho

    robbinho Guest

    ...ning scrum-half - BBC

    Great waste of a 6 nations where a genuine World Cup contender could have been given some valuable experience, rather than this gobby, Sue Barker-knobbing, walking-talking piece of self-agrandisement.
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  3. harrison2468

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  4. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    great news, one less big mouthed twat in our game.
  5. Flamingo

    Flamingo Guest

    About bloody time
  6. One of the best scrum halves of the modern era, and at his peak, arguably one of the best 9's the game has ever produced.

    Here he is owning Dwayne Peel as an old man...


    In action for Saints in their European Cup winning year...

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    Who can forget Dawson's audacious try for the series winning Lions in '97?


    He could kick a bit as well...


    Firing out that pass to Wilkinsin in the World Cup final...


    Not everyone may like him, but you'd have to be an idiot not to recognise his undisputable talent.
  7. loratadine

    loratadine Guest

    yes but hes not as good as edwards, sid or gregan
  8. stormmaster1

    stormmaster1 Guest

    I never really liked him, but in his peak he was a very competitive player with a lot of nerve. For the Lions i will remember him for the '97 try, and for holding his nerve to convert Healey's try v ACt when the side whould never have been close. For England his sniping run and pass before the drop goal in the world cup final, and he will always be remembered by tigers fans as the gobby scrum half from northampton who liked to flap his arms alot.
  9. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    I feel sorry for Dawson, as he was a good player in his time, but the last few years have put a stain on his career, and people will remember this more strongly as it is fresh in the mind.

    One incident I will never forget though is his arguement with Budge Poutney in the Powergen Final a few years back.
  10. It wasn't an argument, it was a misunderstanding hyped up by TV commentators. Read his autobiography and it turns out it was a nothing event.
  11. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Shut the f*** up, he's still twice the player Greegan ever was.
  12. cavan

    cavan Guest

    Great player....face facts when you play rugby you want your scrumhalf to be an annoying little c***, and Dawson was the best. A great Lion on the field in 1997 that all NH fans should appreciate and a great servant to English rugby.
  13. Good player but a gobby shite. Can't say I'm sad to see him go.
  14. Interesting that everyone fails to differentiate between his on-field persona (gobby and annoying), and his off-field one, where he is a nice, intelligent and articulate bloke.
  15. harrison2468

    harrison2468 Guest

    I actually have his auto-biography, which I decided to get because it would be an interesting read based on his personality.

    I'll have a look over it tonight. It was an arguement though, obviously both were frustrated by the way things panned out that day.
  16. From what I gathered, Dawson was just ****** off, wanted to speak to the ref, Budge tried to stop him, and Daws snapped at him.

    Made out to be more than it was.
  17. Black-Monday

    Black-Monday Guest

    I feel this is a loss for the English game, as Robinson now has an excuse to keep playing Harry Ellis, as he may see no real alternative(even if there is).

    I personally think it will be a sad day when Austin Healey, he is a person after my own heart and is not one to keep his opinion in his feet, great man.

  18. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Plesent enough off the firld, although I'll admit he does only find himself an interesting subject.
  19. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Glad to see him go, one less aragant player playing. I think Dwayne Peel will always bea better scrum half than he will ever be.

    However he did have some good moments look at the lion 97
  20. Dwayne Peel is a great 9, but I don't think you can possibly say he will be better than Dawson at his peak.

    Those people who saw Daws play week-in week-out will vouch for what a superb talent he was at the height of his game.
  21. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    Ah, but your forgetting he's a Pom/not Welsh, so he's not allowed to be regarded as a great Scrum Half.

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