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European U18 Championships 2018

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Scoob » Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 17:07

It was fairly bad conditions in the Georgia Portugal under 18 match,sleet and very windy weather.Portugal barely threatened the try line.Georgia played tight rugby whch what the conditions dictated,its not the greatest rugby turf i have seen either.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby zgs » Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 17:59

We play very primitive rugby.
Unfortunately I do not see how we can take over France.


Unfortunately looks like you are right.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby datodato » Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 19:13

They play the rugby Georgia mens used to play 20 years ago. Against Portugal who defended very well and brave. Poor showing by the U18. I have seen the U18 final and it look to me the coaches cannot make the players better and in fact the players look worse than in the league. The U18 management should become as professional as the U20 in my opinion. In the U20 we have so very very good coaches although one of them, the head coach, was cought smoking by a camera during the first Argentina game in the stands.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby DragonMike » Wed, 28 Mar 2018, 19:13

Germany-Poland predictions? I think Germany are technically and physically much better, but against Switzerland showed they can switch off mentally, and given Poland are at home it could be close. Was also an easy run to the final.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Canalina » Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 06:12

Just to resume
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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby RugbyLiebe » Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 07:21

DragonMike wrote:Germany-Poland predictions? I think Germany are technically and physically much better, but against Switzerland showed they can switch off mentally, and given Poland are at home it could be close. Was also an easy run to the final.


Well the U16 play each other every year. So the results from 2016 and 2017 could be an indicator .Last year's U16 result was 24:20 for Germany. 2016 was 18:8 for Germany. So for these guys now being in the U18, I predict 7+ for Germany.
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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Armchair Fan » Thu, 29 Mar 2018, 10:29

Having seen yesterday games I'd say Georgia have ahead of them a once in a lifetime chance. I already thought France was vulnerable last year, but yesterday the impression they gave me was than other than physicality they aren't too above the lot.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Canalina » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 08:17

Tomorrow there's also the first day of the "Six Nations U18" (where the cream of european nations plays, not as in this plebeian Euro Championship). Italy begins with Ireland. Unfortunately no news of live stream as far as now. In the England squad there's a flyhalf named Manu Vunipola

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Bogdan_DC » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 08:27

Armchair Fan wrote:Having seen yesterday games I'd say Georgia have ahead of them a once in a lifetime chance. I already thought France was vulnerable last year, but yesterday the impression they gave me was than other than physicality they aren't too above the lot.
hi AF, nice to see you back:). I agree, Georgia can match them.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Charvis » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 08:28

Interesting and tough game for us v Portugal. Iberian final. The Portuguese always play beautiful rugby.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby RugbyLiebe » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 12:27

Canalina wrote:Tomorrow there's also the first day of the "Six Nations U18" (where the cream of european nations plays, not as in this plebeian Euro Championship).


This is actually extremely bad news. I already stumble across it on the French Union's homepage. France called their team in the RE Chamionship France B. In wondered why. Now we know. Shame on all teams in this 6 Shame Nations.
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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Canalina » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 14:40

I agree that perpetuating in the U18 category the division between 6N and the rest of the continent is unfair and somehow vulgar. Anyway I'd say that France choice is laudable, they participate in both the events. Of course they reserve their best team for the tournament which has, on the paper, the higher level; maybe they could have avoided to call "B" the squad in Poznan, labelling both the teams with the simple "France U18" name

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Armchair Fan » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 14:49

Yeah, we may not like it, but at least France hasn't pulled the plug completely. And we talk about 17 and 18 years-old guys, no need to call them France Bleus and France Rouges like it happens with U6, U8, or U10 (I find it amusing since in Spain there are clubs with so many underage teams they are running out of colours :D ). They know which is the best team.

The other option would have been to see France enter an U17 team in Rugby Europe competition.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby GeoRugby » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 14:53

France U18 B or whatever they called are still favorites to win and have a strong team. I cant blame them because they stuck in this competition while the rest ran away.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby RugbyLiebe » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 16:33

I agree that it is better that France still competes than leave completely. I am just so angry at the others. Why discriminate kids solely because their adult teams aren't even allowed to play with them. If you really look at it, it is simply racism or Apartheid (and I am not somebody drawing the racist card easily). You are from this country, we won't play you. We all know they won't but World Rugby needs to step in. Not taking part in European championships (especially in age grades), no Olympics.

Germany won the Trophy final 30:3 against Poland. Would have been interesting to see them player better opposition, but they can show that next year.
How to grow rugby worldwide?
Look at the world ranking in July. Teams ranked 1-10 have to play one team from 11-20 (they don't play in a regular competition) away the next year. 11-20 play 21-30 away and so on. Yes, it really is that simple.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby BigG » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 18:34

[quote="Germany won the Trophy final 30:3 against Poland. Would have been interesting to see them player better opposition, but they can show that next year.[/quote]

My congrats to German team. I watched their two games. A very good generation. If good coach works with them, they can make U20 WC in two years. Trust me.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby rey200 » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 18:36

didn't watch today, but the Lithuania game was really something. Good ball handling, as today Germany doesn't even have a U20 BigG, so they should start next year to have a chance to at least TRY to make the JWRT.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby zgs » Fri, 30 Mar 2018, 23:41

RugbyLiebe wrote:
I agree that it is better that France still competes than leave completely. I am just so angry at the others. Why discriminate kids solely because their adult teams aren't even allowed to play with them. If you really look at it, it is simply racism or Apartheid (and I am not somebody drawing the racist card easily). You are from this country, we won't play you. We all know they won't but World Rugby needs to step in. Not taking part in European championships (especially in age grades), no Olympics.


You are absolutely right! Childish, stupid, arrogant and cynical behavior of 6N representatives (except France). Maybe there is some way to attack WR to force them to stop apartheid?

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Armchair Fan » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 10:47

Romania's navy blue shirt is simply fugly.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby amz » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 10:52

Horrible choice of shirts this year.

Where are you see the game? on rugby europe tv stream didn't started.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Armchair Fan » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 10:53


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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Raven » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 10:53

RugbyLiebe wrote:
Canalina wrote:Tomorrow there's also the first day of the "Six Nations U18" (where the cream of european nations plays, not as in this plebeian Euro Championship).


This is actually extremely bad news. I already stumble across it on the French Union's homepage. France called their team in the RE Chamionship France B. In wondered why. Now we know. Shame on all teams in this 6 Shame Nations.


I´m not a big French Rugby fan, but I have to say, this is only beneficial for them. Call them France U18 B, France U18 Reserves, France U18 "Le Coq", whatever goes; and I´m certain that in a few years time they will have good depth for their U20s.

Not bad for Le Bleus; let´s see if results back this up and the others will eventually understand the sporting benefits of it. I don´t believe there´s much "business" reasons involved in a U18s 6 Nations for the Unions.

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 11:01

I thought the original justification was something to do with exams and Easter.

(Which always ignored that other countries celebrate Easter and take exams too, and that realistically RE would change quite a bit about the tournament to include the 5 withdrawers)

And no they(well I'll have to take a "we" here) are organizing a tournament with the same number of games and at the same time, more or less!!!

Its unacceptable and indefensible. I wonder why France got Rugby Europe's world cup votes ahead of Ireland?

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby Raven » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 11:08

sk 88 wrote:I thought the original justification was something to do with exams and Easter.

(Which always ignored that other countries celebrate Easter and take exams too, and that realistically RE would change quite a bit about the tournament to include the 5 withdrawers)

And no they(well I'll have to take a "we" here) are organizing a tournament with the same number of games and at the same time, more or less!!!

Its unacceptable and indefensible. I wonder why France got Rugby Europe's world cup votes ahead of Ireland?


I don´t think it has anything to do with an U18 tournament and tbh, with everything as it stands right now in Rugby Europe, I don´t want to know either! :)

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Re: European U18 Championships 2018

Postby rey200 » Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 13:10

sooo Russia beats Romania, so the superior plan to take the 5th place has gone wrong anyway.

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