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Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:47 pm
by Tommy
First starting cap on Saturday for Joe - well done to him 8)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/20443799

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:12 am
by SAS
Lovely article in Telegraph Sports section this morning.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:20 am
by Mid A 15
SAS wrote:Lovely article in Telegraph Sports section this morning.
Thanks for spotting that!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... layer.html

The article is linked above for those that are interested.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:50 am
by Fjgrogan
This is probably a silly question, but why does somebody with a CH education end up stacking shelves at Sainsbury's? Was he so determined to have a rugby career that he didn't consider anything else?

Sadly I know absolutely nothing about rugby - except the old adage 'give blood, play rugby'! - but I did actually find myself watching the highlights of the Fiji match on iplayer and managed to miss Joe. Well done anyway, Joe.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:35 pm
by Mid A 15
Fjgrogan wrote:This is probably a silly question, but why does somebody with a CH education end up stacking shelves at Sainsbury's? Was he so determined to have a rugby career that he didn't consider anything else?

Sadly I know absolutely nothing about rugby - except the old adage 'give blood, play rugby'! - but I did actually find myself watching the highlights of the Fiji match on iplayer and managed to miss Joe. Well done anyway, Joe.
I think he was working to help finance a gap year, following his rejection by Harlequins, from what I've read but then Wasps stepped in and the rest is history.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:18 pm
by J.R.
Mid A 15 wrote:
Fjgrogan wrote:This is probably a silly question, but why does somebody with a CH education end up stacking shelves at Sainsbury's? Was he so determined to have a rugby career that he didn't consider anything else?

Sadly I know absolutely nothing about rugby - except the old adage 'give blood, play rugby'! - but I did actually find myself watching the highlights of the Fiji match on iplayer and managed to miss Joe. Well done anyway, Joe.
I think he was working to help finance a gap year, following his rejection by Harlequins, from what I've read but then Wasps stepped in and the rest is history.

Makes perfect sense to me.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:42 am
by Mrs C.
I worked with his mum in the Health Centre before they went back to the West Country a couple of years ago, and Joe was at school with my younger daughter.
His work in Sainsburys was flexible enough to enable him to train and go off to play matches. So although the press would have us believe that this was a "career choice"... it was in fact only a temporary job whilst waiting to find out where the rugby world/uni would take him!
I`m so pleased he`s doing so well - a great lad...and a lovely family.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:46 am
by DavebytheSea
WPC Davies (Staff) played centre for England and British Lions in the 50s, I think

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:22 pm
by Mid A 15
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... rated.html

Joe Launchbury is a "baby - faced assassin"...

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:53 pm
by J.R.
The Mail on Sunday gave him 9 out of 10 as well.

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:17 pm
by Mid A 15
Congratulations to Joe on being voted Man of the Series

http://www1.skysports.com/rugby-union/n ... the-Series

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:29 pm
by Mid A 15
Not a bad piece with a bit of CH content.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyu ... rtier.html

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:35 pm
by YadaYada
Some of you might be interested that Joe was back at CH recently:

http://www.christs-hospital.org.uk/surp ... aunchbury/

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:50 pm
by englishangel
This piece in tonight's Evening Standard

Page 56 if it doesn't come up

http://standardonline.newspaperdirect.c ... iewer.aspx

Re: Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

Posted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:16 pm
by J.R.
I don't usually watch the 'egg-chasers', but have to admit to watching England yesterday and thought Joe had a good game.