Congratulations To Joe Launchbury

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It must be very frustating being there but not picked. I noticed he wasn’t listed in the 23 for today.
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Mid A 15 wrote: Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:17 am Got to feel sorry for Joe in that he is not really getting much of a look in this World Cup. I don't think any other country has the depth at second row that England does.

Meanwhile let's hope England finish the job against Australia in the second half.
I do feel he is the unluckiest player in Britain. Gatland failed to pick him twice for the Lions, now Jones sticks with an idee fixe served up by former Saracens forward coach, Borthwick. England have done quite well so far. In the past 6 years Joe has won 5 M of M awards versus Aus and NZ. This is impressive. The counter-argument is that you must live in "the now". He is currently 4th on the rank. Barring a freak training injury his World Cup is over as I cannot see us defeating NZ next Saturday.
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He'll probably get the full 80 mins of the 3rd place playoff!

Agree with comments, a great player, deserved a lions place. If anything he's probably too nice a bloke for Eddie
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Hmmm, I can't help thinking that we'd be saying the same about Kruis or Lawes if either of them was the OB (I'm assuming we all agree that Itoji is a shoo-in). Joe is just unfortunate that we have great strength in depth in the 2nd row.

As for
Elvie wrote: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:10 am ... the 3rd place playoff!
shame on you, Elvie! Blasphemy! Have faith, man! (And perhaps pray a bit into the bargain...)
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Kruis and Lawes both toured with the Lions.
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Breath holding time, me-thinks.
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So Joe misses out again...such a shame.
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Ajarn Philip wrote: Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:50 am Hmmm, I can't help thinking that we'd be saying the same about Kruis or Lawes if either of them was the OB (I'm assuming we all agree that Itoji is a shoo-in). Joe is just unfortunate that we have great strength in depth in the 2nd row.

As for
Elvie wrote: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:10 am ... the 3rd place playoff!
shame on you, Elvie! Blasphemy! Have faith, man! (And perhaps pray a bit into the bargain...)
I am delighted to be wrong! Still no chance of seeing Joe on the pitch in the final I fear
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Eddie Jones proved right today disappointing as it is both for Joe not to play and us not to watch him.

As they say in football though it's a results business and we miraculously got the result!

Bring on Wales or South Africa!
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I learnt yesterday that no less than three of the England side, Farrell, Wood & Itoje, I think, went to the school I was at before CH, St George’s Harpenden, my father was school chaplain. I wonder whether this is the most in an England team from the same school, no brothers. Does anyone know?

Many long faces here yesterday, even though rugby is more of a South Wales sport, it was Wales playing!
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That's an incredible statistic, three from the same school and at the same time. Surely we can't win two World Cups in one year???
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Katharine wrote: Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:37 pm I learnt yesterday that no less than three of the England side, Farrell, Wood & Itoje, I think, went to the school I was at before CH, St George’s Harpenden, my father was school chaplain. I wonder whether this is the most in an England team from the same school, no brothers. Does anyone know?

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For 'Wood' read 'Ford.'

An amazing statistic. The closest I can get off the top of my head is Rory Underwood, Tony Underwood and Rob Andrew all from Barnard Castle School Durham. I believe they played together when the late Jonah Lomu beat us on his own in 1995. The Underwoods of course are brothers.
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Thanks for the correction, I was thinking Ford but my fingers weren't!

I learnt about it when the MP for Harpenden was on some political programme and was congratulated for "Harpenden's win in the World Cup", he explained the comment before going on to talk about other things.

St George's won the first ever Public Schools Sevens, but I don't know that they have distinguished themselves since at rugby. I haven't really kept up with the school considering that CH shaped me more!
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I think they were all part of the Saracens Academy, who sponsored their place at St George’s, IIRC Harrow had a similar arrangement with Wasps until they moved to Coventry.
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Katharine wrote: Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:37 pm I learnt yesterday that no less than three of the England side, Farrell, Wood & Itoje, I think, went to the school I was at before CH, St George’s Harpenden, my father was school chaplain. I wonder whether this is the most in an England team from the same school, no brothers. Does anyone know?
Apparently, Katharine, there is a fourth from your school in the team; I don't have a name unfortunately. I was hearing about three from another school of whom two are brothers
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