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Postby Baggieland » Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:20 pm

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Pot 1
Baggieland (1)
Kelssek (2)
Abanhfleft (3)
Ko-oren (4)

Pot 2
Nova Anglicana (5)
Quebec and Shingoryeo (6)
Quintessence of Dust (7)
Darmen (8)

Pot 3
TJUN-ia (9)
Lisander (10)
The Licentian Isles (11)
Elejamie (12)

Pot 4
HUElavia (13)
Natanians and Nosts (13)
Kriegiersien (20)
Hannasea (20)

Pot 5
Commonwealth of Baker Park (22)
Acadiana (22)
Arjunnagar (36)
New Eestiball (UR)

Pot 6
Elmyia (UR)
Talannua (UR)
Oscioru (UR)
Chromatika (UR)

Pot 7
Kingdom of the UN (UR)
HMS Onslaught (UR)
Godchouzetsu (UR)
Cap Nord (UR)

*All unranked teams were assigned their pots by random.org


Group 1
Abanhfleft (3)
Quintessence of Dust (7)
Elejamie (12)
Natanians and Nosts (13)
Acadiana (22)
Chromatika (UR)
HMS Onslaught (UR)

Group 2
Baggieland (1)
Nova Anglicana (5)
TJUN-ia (9)
Kriegiersien (20)
Arjunnagar (36)
Elmyia (UR)
Cap Nord (UR)

Group 3
Kelssek (2)
Darmen (8)
The Licentian Isles (11)
Hannasea (20)
New Eestiball (UR)
Oscioru (UR)
Kingdom of the UN (UR)

Group 4
Ko-oren (4)
Quebec and Shingoryeo (6)
Lisander (10)
HUElavia (13)
Commonwealth of Baker Park (22)
Talannua (UR)
Godchouzetsu (UR)

*All groups were assigned by random.org


Scorination Schedule
MD1 August 13
MD2 August 15
MD3 August 17
MD4 August 19
MD5 August 21
MD6 August 23
MD7 August 25
Round of 16 August 27
Quarter finals August 29
Semi finals August 31
3PPO and final September 2

Group 1 Schedule
MD1
Acadiana vs Quintessence of Dust @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Chromatika vs Natanians and Nosts @ St. George's
Elejamie vs HMS Onslaught @ The Archway
MD2
Natanians and Nosts vs Elejamie @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Quintessence of Dust vs Chromatika @ St. George's
Abanhfleft vs Acadiana @ The Archway

MD3
Chromatika vs Abanhfleft @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Elejamie vs Quintessence of Dust @ St. George's
HMS Onslaught vs Natanians and Nosts @ The Archway

MD4
Quintessence of Dust vs HMS Onslaught @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Abanhfleft vs Elejamie @ St. George's
Acadiana vs Chromatika @ The Archway

MD5
Elejamie vs Acadiana @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
HMS Onslaught vs Abanhfleft @ St. George's
Natanians and Nosts vs Quintessence of Dust @ The Archway

MD6
Abanhfleft vs Natanians and Nosts @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Acadiana vs HMS Onslaught @ St. George's
Chromatika vs Elejamie @ The Archway

MD7
HMS Onslaught vs Chromatika @ Maripasoula Stadium (1st match)
Natanians and Nosts vs Acadiana @ St. George's
Quintessence of Dust vs Abanhfleft @ The Archway

Group 2 Schedule
MD1
Arjunnagar vs TJUN-ia @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
Baggieland vs Nova Anglicana @ Birches Park (1st match)
Elmyia vs Kriegiersien @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD2
Nova Anglicana vs Elmyia @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
TJUN-ia vs Baggieland @ Birches Park (1st match)
Cap Nord vs Arjunnagar @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD3
Baggieland vs Cap Nord @ Birches Park (1st match)
Elmyia vs TJUN-ia @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
Kriegiersien vs Nova Anglicana @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD4
TJUN-ia vs Kriegiersien @ Birches Park (1st match)
Cap Nord vs Elmyia @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
Arjunnagar vs Baggieland @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD5
Elmyia vs Arjunnagar @ Birches Park (1st match)
Kriegiersien vs Cap Nord @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
Nova Anglicana vs TJUN-ia @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD6
Cap Nord vs Nova Anglicana @ Birches Park (1st match)
Arjunnagar vs Kriegiersien @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
Baggieland vs Elmyia @ Birches Park (2nd match)

MD7
Kriegiersien vs Baggieland @ Birches Park (1st match)
Nova Anglicana vs Arjunnagar @ Cooper's Field (1st match)
TJUN-ia vs Cap Nord @ Birches Park (2nd match)

Group 3 Schedule
MD1
Darmen vs The Licentian Isles @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
Hannasea vs Oscioru @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
Kelssek vs New Eestiball @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD2
Oscioru vs Kelssek @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
The Licentian Isles vs Hannasea @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
Kingdom of the UN vs Darmen @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD3
Hannasea vs Kingdom of the UN @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
Kelssek vs The Licentian Isles @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
New Eestiball vs Oscioru @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD4
The Licentian Isles vs New Eestiball @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
Kingdom of the UN vs Kelssek @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
Darmen vs Hannasea @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD5
Kelssek vs Darmen @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
New Eestiball vs Kingdom of the UN @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
Oscioru vs The Licentian Isles @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD6
Kingdom of the UN vs Oscioru @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
Darmen vs New Eestiball @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
Hannasea vs Kelssek @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

MD7
New Eestiball vs Hannasea @ Dartmouth Hill (1st match)
Oscioru vs Darmen @ Cooper's Field (2nd match)
The Licentian Isles vs Kingdom of the UN @ Dartmouth Hill (2nd match)

Group 4 Schedule
MD1
Commonwealth of Baker Park vs Talannua @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
HUElavia vs Quebec and Shingoryeo @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Ko-oren vs Lisander @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD2
Quebec and Shingoryeo vs Ko-oren @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Talannua vs HUElavia @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Godchouzetsu vs Commonwealth of Baker Park @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD3
HUElavia vs Godchouzetsu @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Ko-oren vs Talannua @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Lisander vs Quebec and Shingoryeo @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD4
Talannua vs Lisander @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Godchouzetsu vs Ko-oren @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Commonwealth of Baker Park vs HUElavia @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD5
Ko-oren vs Commonwealth of Baker Park @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Lisander vs Godchouzetsu @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Quebec and Shingoryeo vs Talannua @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD6
Godchouzetsu vs Quebec and Shingoryeo @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Commonwealth of Baker Park vs Lisander @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
HUElavia vs Ko-oren @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

MD7
Lisander vs HUElavia @ Waverley Oval (1st match)
Quebec and Shingoryeo vs Commonwealth of Baker Park @ Maripasoula Stadium (2nd match)
Talannua vs Godchouzetsu @ Waverley Oval (2nd match)

Knock-out Schedule

Round of 16
A. first place group 1 vs fourth place group 3 @ Waverley Oval
B. first place group 2 vs fourth place group 4 @ Birches Park (1st match)
C. first place group 3 vs fourth place group 1 @ Cooper's Field
D. first place group 4 vs fourth place group 2 @ Maripasoula Stadium
E. second place group 1 vs third place group 3 @ St. George's
F. second place group 2 vs third place group 4 @ Birches Park (2nd match)
G. second place group 3 vs third place group 1 @ The Archway
H. second place group 4 vs third place group 2 @ Dartmouth Hill

Quarter Finals
I. winner A vs winner H @ Waverley Oval
J. winner B vs winner G @ Birches Park
K. winner C vs winner F @ Dartmouth Hill
L. winner D vs winner E @ Cooper's Field

Semi Finals
M. winner I vs winner L @ Dartmouth Hill
N. winner J vs winner K @ Birches Park

3PPO
O. loser M vs loser N @ Dartmouth Hill

Final
P. winner M vs winner N @ Birches Park

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Postby Baggieland » Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:22 pm

Welcome to Baggieland


Baggieland is a tropical island nation with a plethora of sun-kissed beaches lined with majestic palms. There are plenty of water sports to enjoy such as surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving on pristine coral reefs, together with a vibrant and exciting nightlife. Visitors can also venture into the unspoiled wilderness to experience jungle trekking, white water rafting and mountain climbing in this nation that has it all.

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There are four main cities:

Hawthorn is the capital and by far the largest city. It has the nation’s sole airport, which serves international flights only. It surrounds Lake Throstle, which actually isn’t a lake, but an inland sea.

Albion has Baggieland’s only deep-water port and is the centre of all international trade, as well as being home to the Baggielandian Royal Navy. It is an industrial city and the only one without a beach, so most tourists avoid it.

Stoney Lane and the nearby Ark Island have the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots.

Bunn’s Field has the best surfing beaches and there are also good snorkelling and scuba diving locations around Birches Island.

There are three smaller populated areas in the Three Degrees region:

Regis Island, Batson Island and Cunningham Island. These islands have good surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving as well, but they are best known by scuba divers for the abundance of ship wrecks.

There are no cars in Baggieland, but there is a very efficient public transportation system. There are trams within cities, trains between cities and ferries to the islands. All of which run every few minutes from early in the morning until late at night. The longest route, Cunningham Island to Ark Island, takes no more than five hours.

Sport in Baggieland

All Baggies are sport crazy, the nation comes to a standstill every time a game is being played. The players that make it to the top of their game are treated as gods.

Dartmouth Hill (97,842), Hawthorn, is the home of football.
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Birches Park (89,476), Bunn’s Field, is the home of rugby.
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Waverley Oval (82,612), Albion, is the home of Aussie rules.
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Cooper’s Field (62,591), Stoney Lane, is the home of cricket.
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Cyrille Park (18,542), Regis Island, is the home of tennis.
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Maripasoula Stadium (32,836), Regis Island.
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St. George’s (28,451), Batson Island.
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The Archway (19,026), Cunningham Island.
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All of the stadiums’ pitches can be converted into any pitch type (like Sapporo stadium in RL).

Travel Warning Advisory

Are you wondering why there are so many ship wrecks in the Three Degrees Region? There is a rogue submarine HMS Onslaught that operates in this area. They approach the ferries looking for booty and often sink the ships if they’re not satisfied with the takings (they always allow the passengers and crew into the lifeboats first – no one’s been lost – yet). If you should find yourself in this situation, well… you’re on your own.
Danger rating: 5/10. They might be satisfied with their booty.

As Baggieland has an equatorial climate, there are sharks in the seas off the coast, but no shark nets. If you should find yourself up against a tiger shark while enjoying the beach life, well… you’re on your own.
Danger rating: 1/10. Shark attacks are infrequent and rarely fatal. Shark diving tours are available.

Etiquette in Baggieland

As in any country, there are some social 'Dos and Don'ts'. Here's a couple to make sure your stay in Baggieland doesn't cause any cultural misunderstandings:

1. Always eat lasagna with a spoon.
(Not as uncouth as it sounds).
2. Always bow to fast-food workers before placing your order.
(A bit of appreciation for those who sacrifice their social lives in order to serve us).
3. The Royal Family are revered in Baggieland; please pay respect.
(The national anthem is played everyday at 6pm and before every film showing at cinemas).

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Postby Baggieland » Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:24 pm

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The Throstles


Colours:
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Formation:
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Yes, we do the Haka:
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Manager:
Billy Wilkinson.

Starting XV:
1. Barney Rose (prop).
2. Gary Hearn (hooker).
3. Henry Holland (prop).
4. Gary Auld (lock).
5. Russell Chorley (lock).
6. Alan Watts (flanker).
7. Alex Smith (flanker).
8. John Allen (number eight).
9. James Harwood (scrum half).
10. John Pilkington (fly half).
11. David Davies (wing).
12. Alex Sherman (centre).
13. Henry Blackstone (centre).
14. David Gunn (wing).
15. Vincent Tank (full back).

Reserves:
16. Ed Turner (hooker).
17. Jimmy Robinson (hooker).
18. Arthur Bailey (prop).
19. Bill Carter (prop).
20. Sam Jones (lock).
21. Jack Evans (lock).
22. George Fowler (flanker).
23. Bob Dunkley (flanker).
24. George Everett (number eight).
25. Thomas Gibbs (scrum half).
26. James Adams (fly half).
27. Allen Cook (centre).
28. Joe Fox (centre).
29. Peter Massingham (wing).
30. George Lawson (wing).
31. Roger Tooney (full back).

International tournament records:
World Cup 29: group stage.
World Cup 30: runners up.
World Cup 31: third place.
World Cup 32: winners.

First ever game:
Baggieland 6 – 0 Heemstra.

Biggest win:
Baggieland 52 – 10 Natanians and Nosts.

Biggest defeat:
Baggieland 9 – 33 Lisander.

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Godmod scoring events: Y.
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Postby HMS Onslaught » Sun Aug 07, 2022 6:29 pm

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The Submariners


Colours:
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Manageress:
Proprietress Molly.

Starting XV:
1. Leading Seaman Davenport (prop).
2. Able Seaman Dixon (hooker).
3. Able Seaman Miles (prop).
4. Leading Seaman Bryan (lock).
5. Midshipman Waller (lock).
6. Able Seaman Best (flanker).
7. Able Seaman Farley (flanker).
8. Able Seaman Chan (number eight).
9. Leading Seaman Dennis (scrum half).
10. Leading Seaman Herring (fly half).
11. Able Seaman Hicks (wing).
12. Lieutenant Hamilton (centre).
13. Leading Seaman Estrada (centre).
14. Able Seaman Joseph (wing).
15. Petty Officer Rollins (full back).

Reserves:
16. Able Seaman Hinton (hooker).
17. Leading Seaman Middleton (prop).
18. Chief Petty Officer Irwin (lock).
19. Able Seaman McCarty (flanker).
20. Petty Officer Lindsey (number eight).
21. Sub-Lieutenant Travis (scrum half).
22. Able Seaman Moss (centre).
23. Captain Fletcher (wing).

Spongeboy:
Landsman Øye.

Mascot:
Unsinkable Sam.
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Godmod other events: Y.
*Nothing ridiculous please.
"I'll be damned if I accept your surrender!"

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Postby TJUN-ia » Mon Aug 08, 2022 4:09 am

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Nation Name: TJUN-ia
Trigram: TJU
Nickname: Jaguars
Governing Body: Rugby TJUN-ia (RT-U)
Head Coach (Union 15s): Jacob Peterson (36)
Home Jersey: Blue Shirts/Orange Shorts
Away Jersey: White Shirts/Blue Shorts
3rd Jersey: Orange Shirts/White Shorts
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Well then....welcome back, I guess? It's 15s time one more and this time, the Union Jaguars of TJUN-ia find themselves in Baggieland for the 33rd RUWC, the home of both the #1 team and the defending champs...as well as your group mates, one of 6 in fact. Yeah. Last time out, we lost twice to Ko-oren and fell in the Quarters but thankfully, the Dragonflies haven't been allocated to our group and as such, we are spared in that regard. This team will enter this RUWC...certainly older, and many are wondering if the time is nigh for the next generation to take to the pitch. But for now, Jacob Peterson still trusts Wyn Gwyneth to rally the troops towards the knockouts once more...no matter where this journey takes us.


FORWARDS
P: #1 Derek van Oosteren (32)
H: #2 Wyn Gwyneth (c) (33)
P: #3 Dan McCrawley (30)
L: #4 Lucien Quatteraro (28)
L: #5 Philip Quatteraro (28)
Fl: #6 Alan Wakefield (30)
Fl: #7 Austin McBluey (29)
8: #8 Shojiro Karakurenai (27)

BACKS
SH: #9 Jose Valbuena (29) (K)
FH: #10 Carl Crorker (31)
W: #11 Kennedy Vakatawa (30)
C: #12 Suke Hoshinawa (32)
C: #13 Roman Hevnostanivich (31)
W: #14 Beka Chkoidze (30)
FB: #15 Peter Mahinulani (29)

BENCH
P: #16 Lasha Tetrasvili (30)
H: #17 Frederico Giabueno (32)
L: #18 Antoine Quatteraro (24)
Fl/8: #19 Nehe Te Toiroa (23) (K)
SH/FH: #20 Peter Mullins (25)
W: #21 Zhivago Groenewald (23)
C: #22 Frederico Spezia (24)
FB: #23 Keola Kapaʻakea (23)


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SCHEDULE (Group B)
MD1: vs Arjunnagar (36) - Cooper’s Field, Stoney Lane
MD2: vs Baggieland (1) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD3: vs Elmyia (UR) - Cooper’s Field, Stoney Lane
MD4: vs Kriegiersien (20) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD5: vs Nova Anglicana (5) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD6: BYE
MD7: vs Cap Nord (UR) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
1st: ECC4
2nd: NSCF24, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, NSCF26, IBS17, RUWC33
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3
4th: WBC50, IBC31, WBC52, IBC33, RLWC20
NSSCRA - JR
T1: #07 Michael Stefan (7W)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (1W)/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champion/1W-T1/3W-T2)
T2: #97 Robin Dragonovic [SNL] (4W [3 @JR])/#96 Alice Jepkosgei (2W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (3W)

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (1W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 3 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (3 RU)

UN - U1
TJUN (Ta-Jun) - An organ of the UN that focuses on "international role-play" (i.e. USA = Fang the Sniper) (U2)
TJUN-ia (Ta-Jun-ee-a) - The testing grounds of TJUN members, but operates as an independent nation. (U3)

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Postby Elmyia » Mon Aug 08, 2022 9:03 am

Beaucester Gazette
Squad for Rugby World Cup Announced
Union Chief Hails 'Watershed Moment' for the Sport

Finally the second most popular sport in Elmyia looks to get some attention as a representative national side make their way to Baggieland to compete for the first time.

Rugby has consistently played second fiddle to football in Elmyia, consistently held back by the continuing enforcement of amateurism, the loss of young talent and a lack of suitable playing services in a nation where fields of play often turn to dust.

Chief of the Elmyian Rugby Federation Derick Scot has hailed this tournament as a potential 'watershed moment' for the sport as it attempts to break into the nations consciousness. The team have been put under the care of Simon Jerricks, widely hailed as the best in the nation, and someone who had seen both the Anglo XV and the Mosfleet Representative XV to various different domestic honours.

Elmyian rugby's season domestically has been dominated for a long time by the amateur club game, with separate leagues for the cities of Mosfleet, Beaucester, and a couple of county leagues outside considered on a similar level. The level of these has never been particularly high, and the cream of the crop only seemingly test themselves out in the 'test' games at the end of the season, where representative sides of the English, Italian and Greek speaking communities take each other on, and representative teams from Mosfleet and Beaucester face off the Elmyian Shield.

Elmyian rugby has, by international standards, seen less focus on the physical side of the game, with most teams being comparably light weight. Given its struggle for popularity against the dominant football there have also been efforts to follow a more entertaining game. Rarely ones to please the purists, Elmyian rugby sees plenty of running at back lines, jinks and footwork to trick opponents, rather than using the forward line to good effect. Jerricks has stated he hopes to ensure this provides plenty of entertainment, and shows no sign of hoping to tighten their game up, playing instead to their strengths.

Whilst the side might be considered lightweight and unlikely to go too far, there is a sprinkling of genuine quality in the team. Edward Stanley at prop provides some of the only genuine physicality in the team, without him they might find themselves overwhelmed in the scrum, he's also know for having a slightly more rounded game than some of the more specialist props. Joan Tanner, at scrum-half, meanwhile is the one player of genuine international quality. She can do everything expected of an exciting and modern scrum-half, adept at kicking, a deceptively good runner and with a shrewd eye for a good pass. Other than this, some on the forward line offer moments of brilliance, Catia Gavalas at winger, in particular, produces some spectacular runs through the opponents line.

Elmyia face some tough competition in their group, they've drawn number 1 seed, reigning champions and hosts, Baggieland, and have only one other unranked nation to face in their group. The campaign opens at the end of the week as they face Kriegiersien in the opening fixture, a team that failed to get out of their group last time. This considered, Elmyia will be hoping to get their tournament off to a flying start.

Starting XV

1. Edward Stanley (Prop)
2. Davide Katsouranis (Hooker)
3. Elena Basley (Prop)
4. Marianne Romano (Lock)
5. Ian Walker (Lock)
6. Reginald Morris (Flanker)
7. Ellen Sharp (number 8 )
8. Sofia Dimakos (Flanker)
9. Joan Tanner (Scrum-Half)
10. Jack Sparks (Fly-Half)
11. Catia Gavalas (Winger)
12. Angelos Caprio (Centre)
13. Mark Dimetriou (Centre)
14. Lisa Dennison (Winger)
15. Angel Giannakopoulos (Fullback)

Bench
16. Sarina Bach (Prop)
17. John Serwin (Hooker)
18. Alexa Karagounis (Lock)
19. Paula Piravano (Flanker)
20. Matt Mazzini (number 8 )
21. Ben Mattison (Scrum/Fly-Half)
22. Harold Johnston (Centre/Full-back)
23. Lexia Kostakis (Winger)

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Postby Kriegiersien » Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:31 pm

Kriegiersien Rugby Union National Team



Like in the XXXII World Cup the Starting 15 in World Cup 33 consists out of players from the professionell Beer and Military league, while the Reserve is recruited from different amateur leagues.



Only the national jersey for the home matches changed.

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Manager:
Uniki Kingi

Starting XV:

1. Kahi Kingi
2. Paipau Winiata
3. Witi Keeti
4. Okiara Manuera
5. Matewa Waaka
6. Hamakona Pikari
7. Sauf Bloodlicker
8. Wazu Lionslasher
9. Ogil Gronk
10. Tror Snapsnapper
11. Schlop Warzork
12. Bark Neakbreaker
13. Slok Fastwind
14. Dabu Brash

15. Tungil Hammerson


Reserves:

16. Uruanga Hamuera
17. Ea Taneti
18. Pora Rara
19. Carina Markt
20. John Sameson
21. Riana Arono
22. Tiara Doomdoom
23. Aszoka Brumdull
24. Roberta Skullcrasher
25. Tiffany Tötentöten
26. Agorna Skullbumper
27. Tora Tongueripper
28. Salzoka Toothwringer

29. Thora Dianadottir
30. Amelia Thoradon


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Elejamie
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Founded: Jan 31, 2009
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Postby Elejamie » Mon Aug 08, 2022 5:10 pm

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Elejamian national rugby union team
Selección de rugby de Elejamia
Elejam rubi tim

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Rugby is the third most popular sport in Elejamie, behind ice hockey and football. While rugby league has a small but loyal fanbase and the ERC Sevens (held before the start of the ERC season) is a massive success, it's rugby union that reigns supreme in Elejamie. With the ERC being very successful since its inaugural season in 1978/79, the ERC Grand Final being one of the most-watched sporting events in the country and the Elejamian Universities XV (an all-star team made up of the best players from universities around the country) having an annual tour that tends to sell very well, as well as a plethora of talent over the years, it's safe to say that rugby union will be popular in Elejamie for years to come.

The last competition was their first one back after their (IC although with a small hint of OOC) boycott of the 31st Rugby World Cup. Held in Copper Cuprum, they were hoping that they wouldn't have missed a beat and would make it through to the elimination stage with little to no problems. Oh the joys of overconfidence. While they got an easy 33-0 shut-out against Hannasea, they would stumble against Nova Anglicana who thrashed them 37-19. Fortunately a 40-20 win over Lochario helped them make it out of the group stage with a second place finish. Unfortunately, a skirmish against Ko-oren saw them dip-out in the Round of 16 with a 23-6 loss to the Butterflies. Pablo Cartagena ended up stepping down as head coach with his assistant Robert Mackey acting in the interim until a successor is found or he takes the top job. Oh, and Baggieland are not only the reigning champions thanks to their 19-0 win over Abanhfleft in the finals of the last tourney but also they're hosting this one, so a genuine double congrats to them.


Home:
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Away:
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Kits and logo designed by the former Red Blackiland of Meski


Head Coach: Robert Mackay (41) (interim)
Assistant Coach: vacant
Physio: Adam Mulhavey (31)

Captain: George Finney
Vice-captain: Armando Tavarez

No.	Name				Age	Position	Club
1 Enzo 26 P Auckhampton Birch Trees
2 Dan Mitchell 33 H Murgon Bullfrogs
3 Dominic Devries 29 P Elejamie City Eagles
4 Logan Mankiewicz 26 L Davenport Commandos
5 George Finney 28 L Avon Knights
6 Emilio García 25 F Iceland Panthers
7 David White 33 F Alvis Rams
8 Cerin Saetilor 28 8M Rosetta Sparrows

9 Jorge Torres 25 SH Murgon Bullfrogs
10 Paul Debenham 33 FH Coventry Wyverns
11 Armando Tavarez 28 W Auckhampton Birch Trees
12 Brandão 28 C Davenport Commandos
13 Eddie Campbell 32 C Rosetta Sparrows
14 Diego Peguero 33 W Auckhampton Birch Trees
15 Adam Gates 28 FB Iceland Panthers

Subs

No. Name Age Pos Club
16 Marcel Blanchet 26 H/P Alvis Rams
17 Ryan Morris 30 P Murgon Bullfrogs
18 Adrian Drew-Ciobanu 28 P Avon Knights
19 Arturo Cortes 25 L/F RC Los Reyes
20 Joey Viljoen 27 8M Edgebaston Warriors
21 Guinho 27 SH/FH Rosetta Sparrows
22 Johnny Pernet 25 C/W/FB Iceland Panthers
23 Terry Huang 27 FB Elejamie City Eagles

Enzo - Lorenzo Gabriel Hernández Koszewski
Brandão - Brandão Guerreiro Barros
Guinho - Tiago Sebastião Mendonça Álvarez

P - Prop
H - Hooker
L - Lock
F - Flanker
8M - Number eight (or “eightman” as they’re called in Elejamie)
SH - Scrum-half
FH - Fly-half
W - Winger
C - Centre
FB - Fullback


(NB: I'm fully aware I'm not hosting anything. Just think of this as me giving some more info on my national team)

Laneriti Stadium, Coventry, AVEN
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Home to the national football team and the national rugby union team, Laneriti Stadium was built in 1955 after the Elejamian FA decided on a permanent ground for the national football team. After narrowing down 400 options down to three, they eventually decided to name it after Arik Lanerit (aka Laneriti, d. 1915), a famous Iyilim politician who helped shape this country just as it was getting started. Originally designed to fit 60,000 people, it was expanded in the mid-90s to accomodate 82,500, which has remained the official capacity ever since. It has hosted every single Cup of Elejamie final since 2000 (as well as 23 previous cup finals before that) and all but one ERC (Elejamian Rugby Championship) Grand Final since the play-offs were introduced in time for the start of the 1990-91 ERC season; due to scheduling conflictments, the 2011 Grand Final was played at the Edgebaston Dome, with the Murgon Bullfrogs beating the Auckhampton Birch Trees 20-15 in extra time.

The stadium in the background is the Starmath Den, home ground of the Starmath Rovers football team in League Two and Coventry Jesters rugby union team, which play in the Elejamian Rugby Championship, having been promoted at the end of the last season. It's also used as the training ground for the national football/soccer team, with the national rugby (both codes) team having its own training ground outside of Coventry. It can also hold up to 15,000 people.


Godmod scoring events: Y
RP injuries to my players: Y (longest they can be out is two games. No deaths and nothing career-ending. One injury per game and you can't injure another player until the first one's back)
Godmod injuries to my players: Y (same as above)
Sin bin my players: Y (one per match, although you can double yellow card a player)
Send my players off: Y (again, one per match even if it's a double yellow. Longest they can be out is one game.)
Godmod other events: Y (although I recommend TGing me first)


  • If you're interested in having any of my players playing for any of your clubs, send me a TG or a DM on Discord (elejamie#1374) and hopefully we should be able to sort things out.
  • Adam Gates (FB) can also play on the wing, David White (L) can also be a Number 8/Eightman (much like when he was a substitute) and Adrian Drew-Ciobanu can either be a loosehead or a tighthead prop.
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Ko-oren
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Postby Ko-oren » Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:39 am

RUWC - Ko-orenite National Team - The Dragonflies
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Backs
The fullback is tremendously important to the Ko-orenite game. Having looked at (and suffered at the hand of) the Darmeni two-fullback system, we employ that in troublesome times as well. The new generation is here - for some positions - but not for the fullbacks. Scenay is still the golden standard of what a player at this position should do, even if he's involved in passing at Idyllwild a bit more than, say Bilaranora's defensive role in Tarrashall.

The new generation is here at the winger position. Warmeling has been part of the national team for a while, but Howbrick and yChonpad are new, but it has to be said that Warmeling/Finnerty is a stronger combo than the youngsters on the other side. The centres are also new, with yCilionmac a fantastic talent who keeps playing for his hometown Bears. Airthorn is a similarly fantastic talent, at the Swans, with Morimoto (who transitioned over from League at a young age) not far behind.

Fullbacks
FB Melton Scenay (32) Idyllwild Coronae, a solemn, bulky perfect passer.
FB Meobich yPheffchawll (29) Mawrystwyth Phoenix, a careful, buff precise passer.
FB Kagageerra Bilaranora (30) Tarrashall Travellers, a conservative, plump debater.

Wingers
LW Tei Warmeling (24) Mayara Wanderers-Vulpecula, a solemn, pacy tactician.
LW Orville Finnerty (29) Ansonville Comets, a determined, staunch gladiator.
RW Linus Howbrick (22) Tarrashall Travellers, a cerebral, towering precise passer.
RW Twngawn yChonpad (24) Llandy Bulls, a frivolous, nimble tackler.

Centres
IC Elysedd yCilionmac (20) Penstead Bears, a willing, buff supporter.
IC Dwight Carrington (24) Eaglebury Aquila, a abrasive, fit creator.
OC Reginald Airthorn (21) Aubury Swans, a prejudiced, plump precise passer.
OC Masahiko Morimoto (25) Ansonville Comets, a popular, burly debater.

Halves
Vasseur is here for another year as our friendly neighbourhood scrum half. While Magrath is the more tactical option, Vasseur has rapport with nearly all teammates and has a crafty outlook on the game, sometimes diving below defenders for a few metres - or across the try line if the defence is napping. We have a slight revolution at the flyhalf positions, with Whithingham selected for another year at the position, but potentially on the bench behind Whitebuck, a southwestern talent who stormed on the scene from the youths of the region of Eleanor. We expect plenty of Whithingham and his experience over Whitebuck and his energy for now, though.

FH Crispin Whitebuck (20) Maynard Andromeda, a realistic, nimble professional.
FH Nimrod Whithingham (29) Eaglebury Aquila, a helpful, petite strategist.
SH Ba Vasseur (28) Greencaster Galaxy, a chatty, petite journeyman.
SH Burton Magrath (27) Willowbourne Foxes, a straightforward, instinctive long kicker.

Forwards
At number eight: the same names as always. Connor and yAigaethol are to play at the flanker positions. Moshindi is the buffer option, Wilkinson the more attacking one, but the former duo are the more balanced option for our defensive team. Connor's knack for being in the right place at the right time to deceive the opponents and create scoring options for his teammates is not to be understated.

The locks are different, with yMhalmawm retaining his spot, but that's it. For some reason, the Mawr players excel here, with yEoganmac as the debatable first option - who has the muscle, but does he have the brain? - and yDdwffrell behind him as the sensible player. Arzehnra is a rare Gehrennan to play the game (and not opt for gridiron) and he's got the brain, but does he also have the muscle? Again, he can create a lot of chances and has a better view for space than most.

Then for props, there's Winterlas, with a unique skillset (have you noticed that our game is all about kicking yet) and Cheltell as a more typical player. Conapple and Holden were here for the last RUWC, so we know they're good. Rougeau is the perfect player at his position (hooker).

Number 8
N8 Faramond Chipway (24) Willowbourne Foxes, a idiosyncratic, gigantic wall.
N8 Drystan yIoganmac (21) Mawrystwyth Phoenix, a foolish, powerful speed demon.

Flankers
BF Merrill Connor (27) Willowbourne Foxes, a understanding, strong creator.
BF Charlie Wilkinson (33) Eaglebury Aquila, a patient, burly try scorer.
OF Conor yAigaethol (22) Llandy Bulls, a neat, agile creator.
OF Dossirla Moshindi (22) Greencaster Galaxy, a powerful, stocky professional.

Locks
LS Llafawm yMhalmawm (29) Llandy Bulls, a complex, towering dynamo.
LS Autju Arzehnra (20) Mayara Wanderers-Vulpecula, a manipulative, staunch strategist.
RS Cigan yEoganmac (19) Llandy Bulls, a forgetful, thin long kicker.
RS Gemhaeg yDdwffrell (29) Penstead Bears, a humorous, slim wall.

Props
TP Blaine Winterlas (22) Ansonville Comets, a brave, lanky perfect kicker.
TP Will Cheltell (22) Aubury Swans, a considerate, towering showman.
LP Lawrence Conapple (21) Greencaster Galaxy, a busy, nimble dynamo.
LP Cowan Holden (27) Mayara Wanderers-Vulpecula, a moody, buff assister.

Hookers
HO Cyprien Rougeau (24) Willowbourne Foxes, a generous, skinny technician.
HO Loyal Farrell (24) Maynard Andromeda, a intelligent, well built journeyman.

Style & Strategy
Style mod: -5. Ko-oren plays an extremely risk-averse style with an emphasis on kicking (both defensively and offensively). They rarely play dirty, but do employ some gamesmanship depending on who's on the field.

It's the era of new, exciting talent, and the stars of Airthorn, Rougeau, yAigaethol, Chipway, Farrell, and yCilionmac might shine brighter than any player who came before. Of the 'veterans', Scenay, Finnerty, and yPheffchawll are the biggest names.

Trivia
At home, Ko-oren will wear a mainly green jersey with blue and yellow trim. As an away jersey (and to avoid colour clashes), there's stories of a white jersey with green and blue trim lying somewhere in a supply closet, but we're sure the staff manages to find them in time.

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Godmod scoring events: No
Injure my players: Yes
Godmod injuries: No
Sin Bin my players: Yes
Red Card my players: Yes
Godmod other events: Yes
Style mod: -5
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New Eestiball
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Founded: Jan 06, 2021
New York Times Democracy

Postby New Eestiball » Thu Aug 11, 2022 4:03 pm

Just pick one player from each team.
The New Eestiballian Doorknobs
Consisting of whoever gets drunk on other teams the night before a match.

Style: -3
Permissions: Y to all, players consist of everyone who has not yet been RPed.
F7 is a forum for fun, not for rants about people not effortposting.

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Commonwealth of Baker Park
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Postby Commonwealth of Baker Park » Thu Aug 11, 2022 11:41 pm

COMMONWEALTH OF BAKER PARK
RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION

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The Commonwealth of Baker Park Rugby Union was founded in February 1954; it consolidated the governing authority that individual state unions held over sport since the turn of the century.

Currently, the CRU organizes the country's domestic club national championship, the Montieth Shield, as well as the Westerly Challenge Cup, open to all professional and amateur clubs.

Rugby was popular in the first decade after the founding of the Commonwealth; as American-style football grew in participation, rugby clubs saw a decrease in the number of registered players at established clubs. Into the 1920's, rugby saw their decreasing numbers level off and by 1931 there was a renewed interest in the game in certain areas of the country. Towns and boroughs with significant Welsh and Scottish populations led the way as rugby made inroads on the number of young men who took up active sports club memberships. The Ezra Rugby Football Union (ERFU) and the Endover Rugby Union (ERU) had far more clubs competing than their counterparts in the Baker Park Rugby Federation (BPRF), Osheana Ruby Union (ORU), and the Rugby Union of Lynchana, Midalia and St Leon (RULMS); the first Challenge Cup was organized by the ERFU in 1929, inviting any club in the Commonwealth playing the union code to participate. Endborough City RFC won the inaugural trophy, and over the next 19 editions from 1930-53, Ezran or Endoveran clubs were champions on 14 occasions.

There had never been a unified convention of the various state bodies until Sylvester Montieth, Chief Secretary of the ERFU, proposed a meeting in the winter of 1953. He wanted to find some common ground between the state organizations in order to work on increasing participation and a possible fully national body to help with technical development of players. His proposal for the formation of a Union made up of all the state level competitions was unanimously approved at the Frazier House Hotel in Hamilton, which marked the beginning of the CRU.

The national club championship was established in 1956 with a structure of two 8 team divisions with promotion and relegation playoffs, 3 years later it was expanded to 10 teams each; it was known as the Frazier Shield until 1970, when it was renamed for Sylvester Montieth, who had been elected the first Chairman of the CRU and served until 1960.

The influence that the ERFU had over the sport even after the formation of the CRU can still be seen today; the national team's shirts are Navy Blue & Gray hoops, which were adapted from the shirts worn by Ezra's most successful club, Middletown Old Boys (now Middletown RFC), originally made up of ex-students from the University of Ezra branch, whose colors were also the same; the legend of the university's adopting the colors is rooted in the story that quite a few men who had been members of the Army regiment also known The Blues & Grays were among the earliest enrolled students at UE/Middletown.

Barnitz Stadium in the city has hosted more international test rugby matches than any other ground in the country, and more recently the final day of competition for the first two Atlantian Oceania Rugby 7's Championships, which Baker Park claimed the title on both occasions (reflected by the orange & blue stars on the crest).

Honors--Atlantian Oceania Rugby Sevens Champion (x2)

Management Staff
Technical Director--Byron Robertson
Head Coach—Kyle Fleming
Assistants—Marty Trammel, Paul Edwards, Neil Colston
Physio—Kurt Poepplemeir
Doctor-- Walter Hill, M.D.

Style Mod--+1.5
As a rule, Baker Park sports trend towards aggressive, offense oriented play; the average fan wants to see scoring, although they are savvy enough to recognize an action packed defensive stalemate is also worthy of respect. In real rugby terms, most clubs are back oriented in attack.

Nickname(s)--there is no single consensus between the BlueGrays, Blues & Grays or Hoops as a preference (even 'Grays & Blues' wouldn't be problematic although historically inaccurate--see above).

Baker Park make their second consecutive appearance in the RWC looking to build upon their experience from the last edition in Copper Cuprum.

POS	AGE	Club
1 Caleb Kohler P 25 Center Point RFC
2 Stuart Mann H 26 Belle Haven RFC
3 Jack Barry P 29 Stonebridge RFC
4 Edison Solomon L 25 Middletown RFC
5 Peter Quinlan L 25 New Richmond RFC
6 Geoff Evers FL 27 Richmond County RFC
7 Kevin Garcia FL 29 Lothian Old Boys RFC
8 Rolando Gardner NE 27 Castleford RFC
9 Kelvin Carter SH 26 Shirley City RFC
10 Harris O'Neil FH 26 Middletown RFC
11 Robin Napier W 27 Shirley City RFC
12 Beau Allison C 25 Blue Bulls RFC
13 Neil Gerrard C 23 New Richmond RFC
14 Chuck Seifferth W 26 St Stephens RFC
15 Andy O'Boyle FB 27 West Osheana RFC
16 Duane Burredge L/FL 25 Caledonia RFC
17 Gerald Rodgers H/P 24 Springfield Maroons RFC
18 Brett Sipes P 29 Ezriquay City RFC
19 Alex Fields W 28 Center Point RFC
20 Mark Jones NE/L 25 York County RFC
21 Lucas Odekume FH 27 West County RFC
22 Moses Diarwara FB/C 24 Belle Haven RFC
23 Jason Morgan SH 25 Endborough City RFC
24 Tim Knopper C 28 Springfield Maroons RFC
25 Ben Stone W 25 Alden Rugby Club





The basic design of the Baker Park jersey has remained consistent since the first international match played in 1957; the late 1980's & early 90's saw narrower hoops--four blue and three gray--but a return to the traditional pattern came in 1995. White shorts and blue & gray hooped socks have remained standard over the years, and an all-white change strip has also been the practice of the CRU (which is a nod to the "Ghost Whites" kit of the BP National Soccer Team) since the mid 1960's.
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Choose my scorers:Yes
Godmod scoring events:Yes
RP injuries to my players:Yes (duration of the match only)
Godmod Injuries to my players:Yes
Suspend my players:Yes
Godmod suspension events:Yes
Godmod other events:Maybe
As is standard for me, I appreciate a TG/Discord DM ahead of time if you have a scenario that includes something substantial to my players (and be assured that I would do the same for you!)
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Cap Nord
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Postby Cap Nord » Fri Aug 12, 2022 4:30 am

Due to administrative lacunas in the household of the Capnordic Rugby Federation, only a quickly-scribbled page with the fifteen starters was shared with the organisers, with a note jotted down that “there will be seven replacements as well, surely”. One of those latter, Alexander Flowers, has already been signalled in a jersey of New Eestiball, whilst reserve second row Maxence Renault currently resides in a Baggielandian jail - whilst already getting funny looks in an Italian fastfood restaurant, he bellowed over the national anthem and got into a fistfight. Up to manager Theodore Ringer to ensure there are still enough players to take on Arjunnagar in our opening game.

01 Tight Prop      Isidore Hamel        Stade Isbècque
02 Hooker Steffen Kramer Crester Tigers
03 Loose Prop Will McFarlane Drochry Corinthians
04 Second Row Brendon Cavanaugh Crester Tigers
05 Second Row Liam Leary Barnuff Royalty
06 Blink Flanker Robert Cardinal Stade Isbècque
07 Open Flanker Moussa Nkabio Valognes Athlétique
08 Number Eight Darren Teiko Newton Ramblers
09 Scrum-Half Pierre Demoncy Valognes Athlétique
10 Fly-Half Lewis Greyson Crester Tigers
11 Left Wing Max Byrne Braelowan Warriors
12 Inside Centre Carl-Peter Allofs Sielhafen Pirates
13 Outside Centre Florent Hadjim Stade Isbècque
14 Right Wing Milo Byrne Drochry Corinthians
15 Full-Back Claude Gignedoux CR Brouai


Squad notes:
[*] Stade Isbècque won last season’s Polar Gin Top Championship and delivers most players.
[*] Darren Teiko is, at 33, the veteran of the selection but also an iconic player. Whilst his adherence to the Ramblers caused a meagre list of club trophies, his status as a player is domestically widespread.
[*] Max and Milo Byrne are twin brothers, but they haven’t spoken to one another in five years. Ringer has no ambition to change that, only to get them to function together.
[*] Talent scouts will pay attention to Florent Hadjim, a 22-year old combining speed and strength, and the incredibly powerful Brendon Cavanaugh.

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Abanhfleft
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Postby Abanhfleft » Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:40 am

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ABANHFLEFT
National rugby union team


This will be the twelfth time that Abanhfleft will be participating in the Rugby Union World Cup. Rugby union is the fourth most popular sport in the Democratic Republic; behind basketball, association football, and gridiron (American) football. The team is composed of players that had been judged by an impartial body to be the best players in the Fleftic Rugby Premiership and the Rugby Coalition.

BASIC INFORMATION
Name of nation: Democratic Republic of Abanhfleft
Demonym: Fleftic
Official history: This will be the tenth time that Abanhfleft will be participating in the Rugby Union World Cup.
Team colors: Blue, orange, and green
Style modifier: +3. Offense will be the team's focus.

STARTING FIFTEEN
Key: Number, name, position, age
#1 Vaughn Busbee (Loosehead prop, 31)
#2 Shane Croghan (Hooker, 30)
#3 Moses Datarang (Tighthead prop, 28)
#4 Nicholas Brunetti (Lock, 30)
#5 Samuel Angulo (Lock, 29)
#6 Moon Kang-woo (Blindside flanker, 33, vice-captain)
#7 Charlie Gourd (Openside flanker, 31)
#8 Yejide Kayode (Eight-man, 29)
#9 Phil Carlyle (Scrum half, 26)
#10 Wayne Stanley (Fly half, 28, kicker)
#11 Darrin Ramsey (Left wing, 29)
#12 Shelton Basch (Inside center, 30)
#13 Mohammed Wilcox (Outside center, 33)
#14 Lee Jae-sang (Right wing, 31, captain)
#15 Randy Gracie (Fullback, 31)

RESERVES
#16 Kihara Kamau (24)
#17 Wayne Marquette (34)
#18 Neil Gunn (27)
#19 Mike Somerville (25)
#20 Aniello Traverso (28)
#21 Jamie Kang (32)
#22 Vernon Helton (31)
#23 Slade Snow (25)
#24 Joaquin Kirby (23)
#25 Marley Gallegos (24)
#26 Ernest Erickson (22)
#27 Killian Curtis (25)
#28 Xander Li (23)
#29 Niko Byrd (24)
#30 Darien Ballard (25)

RP PERMISSIONS
  • Wayne Stanley is the designated kicker for this Abanhfleft team. In the event that Stanley is taken off of the field then Darrin Ramsey will become the new kicker.
  • Everything else except killing my players is fair game.
Last edited by Abanhfleft on Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:57 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Abanhfleft
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Postby Abanhfleft » Fri Aug 12, 2022 12:19 pm

DISCLAIMER: Gaelic Gamers is an independents sports blogging website created by four cousins with a common liking and passion for sports of all kinds and is in no way or form affiliated with or organized by any official news organization in the Democratic Republic of Abanhfleft. All statements and opinions posted here are our own and not anyone else's.


Gaelic Gamers
Presents...


The Rugby Rundown
with Graham O'Doherty


SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR YET AGAIN

Hello guys, and welcome back to another edition of The Rugby Rundown with me, your gay Irishman Graham O'Doherty. Ah, the title says it all. Need I say more after that? Abanhfleft was on the edge of finally completing the rugby grand slam, one championship in each of the codes of sevens, league, and now union. And yet it was cruelly and painfully snatched from our grasp. Abanhfleft, the team who had scored in each and every single game in the 32nd Rugby Union World Cup before the grand final, had been shut out by the Throstles of Baggieland, who went on to claim the rugby union title by nineteen points to zip. To be fair, if another side other than Abanhfleft were to win the title, then I would certainly say that Baggieland would have been deserving of the honor. They fought long, they fought hard, and they knew what they were supposed to do. And though I may get crucified for stating something that might be a bit of an unpopular opinion, I will say that I believe that the lads might have thought that they had won the game before they had even played it. Yes, I said it. Abanhfleft were overconfident, and as you all well know by now, overconfidence is one of the cardinal sins of Fleftic sports. You never ever become overconfident if you are playing for Abanhfleft because it never ends well for us. It almost never ends well for anybody, but for us Flefts, it’s even more dangerous.

In a way, it was almost understandable why Abanhfleft would have become overconfident. How else would you feel if you made it all the way to the grand final of the Rugby Union World Cup having beaten the likes of Quebec and Shingoryeo and Kelssek? By the way, I’m only talking about two nations there, not three, wink wink. Anyway, imagine being able to beat the Grim Reapers and the Dragonflies on your way to your first ever Rugby Union World Cup grand final. Wouldn’t that put a spring in your step as well, fly you all the way to cloud nine? I know I would. And that’s why I feel like the Armored Revolutionaries did the same thing, and that was how Baggieland managed to take advantage of us and claim the right to be called the best rugby union side in the multiverse. And once again, I wouldn’t even deny them the honor. They’ve certainly deserved it.

Baggieland’s rise through the world stage has been nothing short of meteoric. After a debut campaign in the 29th Rugby Union World Cup in which they were predictably eliminated in the group stage, the Throstles defied all the odds and went all the way to the grand final of the 30th edition of the RUWC where they would unfortunately lose out to Lisander. And while Baggieland were unable to repeat that feat in the 31st RUWC, a third place finish is still nothing to scoff at, especially considering they beat the defending champs that time to claim that bronze medal. Now the Throstles have replicated that Cinderella run through the playoffs to set up a meeting with the Armored Revolutionaries of Abanhfleft, and after 80 minutes of hard battle, it was Baggieland who emerged with their hands on the Rugby Union World Cup.

You can’t even pin the blame on Baggieland doing the haka and intimidating the lads and using that as an excuse for us losing. Abanhfleft have been playing Copper Cuprum since time immemorial and have seen the Copperites’ chicken sacrifice ritual more times than anyone would care to count. Of course, some of the more squeamish fans might find the chicken sacrifice ritual disgusting, abhorrent even, and there have been numerous calls from animal rights groups for the Chiefdom to put a stop to this ritual, but Chief Deg has remained stubborn, citing the ritual’s “cultural significance” as the primary reason why he won’t ask the Copperite rugby union team to drop the chicken sacrifice. Yes, they’ve conceded ground by only performing a modified ritual involving a rubber chicken when they’re playing away from home, but when they’re playing in the Chiefdom, the chickens are very real and very bloody when they become headless.

What was the point that I was trying to make in the previous paragraph again? Oh, yes. Baggieland’s haka surely could not have intimidated Abanhfleft that much if we’re used to the even crazier and bloodier Copperite pre-game chicken sacrifice. Speaking of which, when Baggieland were presented with the chicken sacrifice, instead of being disgusted, their players actually expressed interest in turning the sacrificed chicken into a satay dish, or as they called it over there, sate. The Copperites, after getting over their initial surprise, agreed to the meal as well, and this had reportedly resulted in an uptick of chicken satay sales in Baggieland. And, having tasted some myself, I wouldn’t blame them. That chicken is, to quote a certain restaurant chain, finger licking good! They don’t pay me to advertise for them but if you’d like to drop a few nups in my bank account for it then you’re more than welcome to. That’s if you want to do it, of course, but…

Enough about the pre-game stuff though. On to the action itself. And right from the start, it was clear that Baggieland had the upper hand. Abanhfleft probed and probed, but they just couldn’t find a way through the Throstles’ lines. Whether this was part of the overconfidence that I had mentioned earlier or if Baggieland was just that defensively solid is perhaps up for debate, at least for some fans. But as for Baggieland themselves, they were able to dance in between our lines, and it finally bore fruit in the form of a David Davies try in the ninth minute, successfully converted by the indefatigable Vincent Tank. It would take some more time though before the Throstles broke through for a second time. This time it was Henry Blackstone who dropped a shoulder and thus dropped James Porterhouse at the same time for an uncontested run to the corner of the end zone. But because the try was scored at the corner, Tank couldn’t find the right angle for the conversion and thus missed it, but the score was still not a pretty sight for any supporter of the blue, orange, and green: 12-0.

No problem though, right? There was still 40 minutes to get back into the game and really make Baggieland fight for that trophy, right? Yeah, not really. The Armored Revolutionaries continued to play limpid rugger, and they just could not find a way through the Throstles’ lines. Baggieland continued to dominate in forays into the opponents' 22-meter line while Abanhfleft simply couldn't keep up. Peter Massingham would finally put us out of our misery with a try underneath the uprights despite the dogged efforts of Scott Butt and company to stop, and that was the story of how Baggieland won the 32nd Rugby Union World Cup by a score of 19-0. It's not the good ending that Fleftic fans would have expected, but Baggieland are deserving winners in my eyes. At least I'm not as mad at this final result and the winner of this world cup as I would have been had a team like Kelssek won the thing. Nope, I'm not still bitter about those guys beating us in the round of 16 of… what was it? RUWC 28? Something like that? Nope, I'm not still bitter about it. You are.

Well, that's all she wrote about the 32nd Rugby Union World Cup. The Chiefdom of Copper Cuprum were impressive hosts, even if they didn't make it very far. The cultural exchange of turning a chicken sacrifice into a chicken dish was one of the more noteworthy events in this world cup, but undoubtedly the spotlight is shining on the Throstles of Baggieland. Enjoy it while it lasts, my friends. The Armored Revolutionaries will be coming back for that trophy in the next Rugby Union World Cup. XOXO from Graham….

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Nickname: Grim Reapers
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The smaller pie rugby world has won in the Quebecois sporting world has meant that the rugby, as a whole, has taken greater approaches to play professionally alongside other nations in the Quebecois Commonwealth, whose interest and financials allow for international travels. Most of the members of the Quebecois and the Acadianan national teams do play in the Quebecois Commonwealth Rugby SuperLeague, a 16-team league of four associations (Quebec and Shingoryeo, Quebecois Acadiana, Busoga Islands and Quebecois Sudafrique nations which have their own West Indies situation). Because of this, however, it takes greater efforts for the national team camps or schedules to be put together, and the team's cohesion will likely take years to develop over time.

Nobody knows how this group of party-loving scrubs, whose reputation at home and abroad aren't the most positive due to their well-deserved reputation, has ended up ranked sixth in the world. Really, I don't either and I have generated these bastards. Anyways, this is a much more experienced batch of Grim Reapers whose two quarterfinals appearances in last three World Cups are enough to suggest their rough placement in the world - great defensive side with likely floor of first-round playoff appearance and ceiling of semifinals, but most likely ending up in the Quarterfinals. A fairly predictable bunch as whole.

Fortunately what this team does carry is a solid blend of experience and youth - Rugby Quebec has done a good job lately in fostering younger talents through their system, with age-based sides being consistently tested out on IRSEA's Anaia City campus and whatnot, and this likely means that even without stars like Callum Wild Jr or Theopile Maurus, the team would not be able to feel as big of a gap. This cycle sees interesting additions, with a quartet of junior national teamers joining the 23-man squad. Out of them, Saudlane Tehindin and Naum Sahatciu are the ones to watch with former being a dual-national of Quebec and Ko-oren, the undisputed rugby powerhouse in all three codes, while Sahatciu, still in high school with his education taking place at the IRSEA and local high school, will be the youngest player to ever start for Grim Reapers' rugby side.

Starting XV:
1 - Hydrien Latendresse-Yi - 23 - M - Oryx (Quebecois Sudafrique)
2 - Martine Boulouque - 28 - F - Highlanders - CAPTAIN
4 - Amy Kee McEwen - 27 - F - Zebras (Quebecois Sudafrique)
3 - Julian Reid-Connally - 25 - M - Highlanders
5 - Michelle Lucernay - 23 - F - Thunderbirds
6 - Henri Woo - 31 - M - Koreana
7 - Saudlane Tehindin - 18 - F - Thunderbirds
8 - Jeanne-Simone Lalonde - 22 - F - Gryphons
9 - Naum Sahatciu - 17 - M - IRSEA
10 - Annabelle Qaqqaq - 26 - F - Lakiska (Busoga Islands)
11 - Kim Gwang-Joon - 20 - M - University of Halifax (Quebecois Intercollegiate Sports)
12 - Camille-Jeanne Asselin - 30 - F - Zebras (Quebecois Sudafrique)
13 - Horace Son-Milner - 24 - M - Oryx (Quebecois Sudafrique)
14 - Eamon O'Connell - 29 - M - Highlanders
15 - Hannah Waud-Tinson - 24 - F - Highlanders

Replacements:

16 - Jodie Nam - 30 - F - Wildrose
17 - Alanis Howe - 21 - M - Royal Military College (Quebecois Intercollegiate Sports)
18 - Nora van Ryk - 27 - F - Highlanders
19 - Hannah McCarron - 32 - F - Gryphons
20 - Kweon Se-Jeong - 19 - M - Lakiska (Busoga Islands)
21 - Zara Bromley - 18 - F - (Quebecois Intercollegiate Sports)
22 - Thierry Soonias - 16 - M - IRSEA
23 - Joo Yang-Ho - 26 - M - Arlenia (Acadiana)

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Chromatika Rugby Union National Team
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L Leon McNew (20)
BF Gilyov Polikarp Valeryevich (29)
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Tactics: The Darmeni game puts an emphasis on territorial advantage, thereby making the team's kicking game its most important asset. Darmeni teams will go for three points at any chance they get; receiving the resulting kick-off following the score will give them an advantage in possession as well. Scoring actual tries is very much an afterthought.

Head Coach: Marcel MacLeod
Assistant Head Coach: Arn Bonnay
Forwards Coach: Élie Sheach
Backs Coach: Amos Roche
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Wilfrid Weber
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Trainer: Gruffydd Arthur

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1 LP Alexander Broadside 35 Coastal Golden Chiefs
2 HK Shane Lebeau 34 Northern Sharks CAPTAIN
3 TP Pete McAlpin 32 Coastal Golden Chiefs
4 LL Louis Grossman 34 Coastal Golden Chiefs
5 RL Jake Thiesen 33 Metro Saracens
6 BF Daniel Frederickson 32 Coastal Golden Chiefs
7 OF Harris Norman 28 Metro Saracens
8 N8 Celyn Bowman 29 Rogerton Blues
9 SH Xu Summers 32 Metro Saracens
10 FH Buffy Suzuki 32 Coastal Golden Chiefs
11 LW Bruce Clinton 35 Liverpool Reds
12 CN Konrad Mendeleev 31 Coastal Golden Chiefs
13 RW Pete Delauter 35 Coastal Golden Chiefs
14 LFB Thomas Rubin 31 Metro Saracens
15 RFB Valentin Abrego 33 Aylesbury RFU

16 LP Cianán Edison 26 Metro Saracens
17 HK Tadhgán Ellsworth 30 Coastal Golden Chiefs
18 TP Richie Bradley 28 Metro Saracens
19 LL Bertilo Crouch 26 Northwestern RFU
20 RL Bruce King 32 Coastal Golden Chiefs
21 BF Muiredach Simpkin 28 Southwestern Blue Tigers
22 OF Alexei Mistletoe 34 Southwestern Blue Tigers
23 N8 Aaron Summers 31 East Coast Black Knights
24 SH Eustaquio Fresno 20 Rogerton Blues
25 FH Santiago Franco 33 Brham Titans
26 LW Asher Abraham 34 Western Border Warriors
27 CN Bart Blackman 34 Northern Sharks
28 RW Aaron Giono 31 Northern Sharks
29 LFB Clint Han 35 Southwestern Blue Tigers
30 RFB Prochoros Hargrave 30 Metro Saracens
31 FH Dar Mingo 28 Southwestern Blue Tigers

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© Sporting Times Weekend 2022
Blues & Grays return to XV World Cup wiser but younger
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The CRU proclaimed themselves satisfied with the outcome of the Blues & Grays at Rugby World Cup 32, so Byron Robertson and Kyle Fleming will build upon the experience gained in Copper Cuprum with a roster that sees much of the same group that earned an impressive win over the hosts sandwiched in between two hard fought defensive battles that ended in defeat.

Fleming opted to fill in his reserve selections with a bit more forward heft, and will turn over a third of the starting lineup due to international retirements, as well as looking at an entirely different format for pool play.

There will be four groups consisting of seven nations, meaning depth will play a larger factor and give Baker Park more opportunities to utilize their strong play from the back.

Up front, Caleb Kohler will swap places with Brett Sipes at loose head, and Springfield Maroons hooker Gerald Rodgers will also backup Stuart Mann and Jack Barry while Ro Gardner will move to Number Eight to get both Edison Solomon and Peter Quinlan into the second row; Gardner will step in where Bobby Wasmund left off, possibly even as captain while Geoff Evers and Kevin Garcia will keep their spots at flanker, although Duane Burredge is one of the bruisers who will rotate along with Mark Jones, and let's not forget that Solomon is also a capable blind side option.

Neil Gerrard is the prospective starter at outside center, pushing Tim Knopper to the bench, although like the situation at scrum and fly half, don't be surprised to see mix & match combos; Kevin Carter and Jason Morgan remain at the top of their game, with Harris O'Neill and Lucas Odekume both coming off stellar Montieth Shield campaigns. Andy O'Boyle is the only other replacement as Luis Villanueva stepped aside at fullback, while Robin Napier and Alex Fields will flip their rotation at left wing.

The squad arrived in Albion on the east coast of Baggieland where they will make their base, playing the first four Group 4 matches at Waverly Oval, the 86,000 seat ground that is better known for the Aussie Rules code; the final two match days will see them move to Regis Island to the Maripasoula Stadium.

Head Coach Kyle Fleming discussed the changes that have come about since the last RWC and how the CRU are approaching their second appearance.
"We knew going in that a few guys were really only going to be one timers in the national team, and we operated on building out the squad with that in mind. We realized that we needed to make a huge improvement in the pack, hence the reason we've changed things around and brought in some added size. You always have to be on the lookout for players who are in form, and we feel as though Gerrard, Napier and Jones had excellent, consistent performances across the entirety of the (Monteith) Shield Season."

Asked about the group draw, Fleming chuckled ahead of his reply. "This is a very top heavy sport as the draw proved. We're in against the number 4, 6, 10 and 13th ranked sides, and that's not even the toughest lineup of seeds. We've got a chance to get off on the right foot as we've got the both unranked nations in our first two fixtures (Talannua & Godchouzetsu) then HUElavia who are the fourth seed. By the time we get around to Ko-oren and Quebec (& Shingoryeo) I want to have us at peak performance."

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Meanwhile....

ZA: "Hello, welcome to Lots of Ruck, Baker Park's most popular rugby podcast. Alongside Rick Gillingham, I'm Zane Anthony as we are here in Baggieland for the 33rd Rugby World Cup.

We are absolutely indebted to our sponsors--Sachsbier Premium Pilsner, Official Beer of the Westerly Challange Cup; McDonald & Muir, Appliances Built For Your Life; and Sid's Sandwiches, because It's Gotta Be Sid's--for their generous support to allow us to cover the tournament.

Ricky, the Throstles are both the hosts and the defending champions and Baker Park gave them their toughest test in Copper Cuprum."

RG: "I recall we talked a lot during the Shield about how much energy the players from the national squad brought to their club play--the confidence, the overall spirit. I think a spark for that was the fact that Baggieland needed everything they could muster to get out of the first match day with a victory. Our players saw that we weren't hopelessly outclassed by the eventual World Champions."

ZA: "This seems like a version 2.0 squad, a lot of returning starters with upgrades at positions that weren't necessarily weak points, but make the overall lineup better."

RG: "I think we saw the potential of this group in the warmup matches that were arranged. You know full well who I'm most excited about as an addition."

ZA: "Duane Burredge is your spirit animal, G-Man."

RG: "He's so assertive at the breakdown, I feel like there is so much potential for getting into long phases of attack when he's on the pitch."

ZA: "We'll leave it there for the moment while we hear from our sponsors, stay tuned here on Lots of Ruck"
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Group 1

*Acadiana 11–23 Quintessence of Dust
Chromatika 28–3 Natanians and Nosts
Elejamie 13–7 HMS Onslaught

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts BP
1 Chromatika 1 1 0 0 28 3 +25 4 0
2 Quintessence of Dust 1 1 0 0 23 11 +12 4 0
3 Elejamie 1 1 0 0 13 7 +6 4 0
4 HMS Onslaught 1 0 0 1 7 13 −6 1 1
5 Acadiana 1 0 0 1 11 23 −12 0 0
6 Natanians and Nosts 1 0 0 1 3 28 −25 0 0


Group 2

*Arjunnagar 3–28 TJUN-ia
Baggieland 13–10 Nova Anglicana
Elmyia 8–15 Kriegiersien

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts BP
1 TJUN-ia 1 1 0 0 28 3 +25 4 0
2 Kriegiersien 1 1 0 0 15 8 +7 4 0
3 Baggieland 1 1 0 0 13 10 +3 4 0
4 Nova Anglicana 1 0 0 1 10 13 −3 1 1
5 Elmyia 1 0 0 1 8 15 −7 1 1
6 Arjunnagar 1 0 0 1 3 28 −25 0 0


Group 3

*Darmen 25–10 The Licentian Isles
Hannasea 10–0 Oscioru
Kelssek 10–0 New Eestiball

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts BP
1 Darmen 1 1 0 0 25 10 +15 4 0
2 Hannasea 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 4 0
Kelssek 1 1 0 0 10 0 +10 4 0
4 New Eestiball 1 0 0 1 0 10 −10 0 0
Oscioru 1 0 0 1 0 10 −10 0 0
6 The Licentian Isles 1 0 0 1 10 25 −15 0 0


Group 4

*Commonwealth of Baker Park 24–0 Talannua
HUElavia 0–8 Quebec and Shingoryeo
Ko-oren 13–7 Lisander

Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts BP
1 Commonwealth of Baker Park 1 1 0 0 24 0 +24 4 0
2 Quebec and Shingoryeo 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 4 0
3 Ko-oren 1 1 0 0 13 7 +6 4 0
4 Lisander 1 0 0 1 7 13 −6 1 1
5 HUElavia 1 0 0 1 0 8 −8 0 0
6 Talannua 1 0 0 1 0 24 −24 0 0


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Postby TJUN-ia » Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:32 pm

After all this time, it's high time the Rugby came back. The Union Jaguars of TJUN-ia were certainly grateful to be back at another RUWC, this time hosted by the defending world champions in Baggieland. Jacob Peterson and Wyn Gwyneth were certainly happy to be back, albeit a bit older due to the increasing powers of good old Father Time. Pretty soon, the old guard may have to step aside for the next generation, but that isn't in the immediate concern right now. That would be trying to get into another knockout stage in a RUWC...so let's get started, eh?

Our first opponents in this massive 7-team group stage would be Arjunnagar, a team ranked 36th in the world that sounded like a perfect team to try and tune ourselves up against before the tougher tasks ahead. Arjunnagar were certainly good enough to provide some pressure against us, and a penalty kick at that for 3 points, but we were just on a different postcode to them in enough aspects to make this one seem like one way traffic on Cooper's Field. Peter Mahinulani, Kennedy Vakatawa, Dan McCrawley and Zhivago Groenewald were the four try-scorers for today, with Jose Valbuena going 4/4 on conversions. 28-3 sounds like a meme, but it's still a great start all the same.

Next game is just...painful, or maybe one that will show where we stand amongst the rugby elite. What better litmus test than the Throstles themselves? Facing Baggieland on their turf sounds like a recipe for disaster, but who knows in a sport as complex and unpredictable as rugby. At least we will know where we stand, right? GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group B)
MD1: vs Arjunnagar (36) - Cooper’s Field, Stoney Lane W 28-3
MD2: vs Baggieland (1) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD3: vs Elmyia (UR) - Cooper’s Field, Stoney Lane
MD4: vs Kriegiersien (20) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD5: vs Nova Anglicana (5) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
MD6: BYE
MD7: vs Cap Nord (UR) - Birches Park, Bunn’s Field
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2nd: NSCF24, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, NSCF26, IBS17, RUWC33
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3
4th: WBC50, IBC31, WBC52, IBC33, RLWC20
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Postby Ko-oren » Sun Aug 14, 2022 2:33 am

The start we all wanted with a 13-7 win over Lisander. Kind of a modern classic for the Ko-orenite national team, Lisander is always a good match to look forward to, be it in the groups or knockouts. If it's our opening game, even better: iron sharpens iron so it's the right wake-up call to get into another World Cup. The next game is against Quebec and Shingoryeo, which ranking-wise is an even bigger fixture, and after that we're up against Talannua, Godchouzetsu, Baker Park, HUElavia, and we end with a bye - so any knockout berth must be seized before then. HUElavia and Baker Park are the biggest teams from each of their pots, the rest are unranked. The entire group features only teams from the top half of their pots... and Ko-oren, who are currently sitting bottom of pot 1. We'll still take that over a spooky scary status in pot 2, but the differences are smaller than ever. Elejamie dipped to 12th as well, so the back-to-back-to-back final thing isn't reflected in the rankings anymore, and that opened up a place for the new top of the rugby union world to jump into: Baggieland, Kelssek, and Abanhfleft, with Nova Anglicana, Quebec and Shingoryeo, Quintessence of Dust, and Darmen completing the long list of contenders. It really feels like competitiveness and parity are back on the menu, because there's teams from pot 3 that induce equal parts of fear and respect.

The Dragonflies opened with a lot of energy, as you do. With a new-ish core, it was a mix of old and young that had to figure itself out before Lisander could be put under pressure. Constantly counting, the halves bided their time, having the forwards crash into the defence, drawing in tacklers to the ruck, hoping to put centres and wingers on 1-on-1s or 2-on-1s. Whitebuck spotted some opportunities and passed the ball out, to Howbrick - a 'new' to 'new' connection - but Howbrick was dragged into touch once and couldn't break the line on other occasions. It wasn't until Magrath came on for Vasseur and the threat of a well-placed kick was introduced that Lisander struggled to keep up. Magrath launched one or two over the defence for Warmeling and yCilionmac to chase, and that was enough to show how much variation the team can bring. Scoring followed in the second half: yCilionmac met a grubber kick for the 7-0 lead, Lisander answered with a try of their own, and two late penalties gave us the win.




Ko-orenite Rugby Union - Season 32 Previews


ImagePenstead Bears
Stadium: yLhafontan Parc (12500) in Penstead, yDremdun
Rivals: ImageLlandy Bulls, ImageMawrystwyth Phoenix
Prediction: 12
Forwards: Namawch yBhaddras, Gonlhewff yDichhig, Larry Angelley, Oral Barknut, Gemhaeg yDdwffrell, Aed yFawthw, Iogan yByrwi, Moorangone Norebor
Halves: Ddehir yBogwaef, Ffarhodd yCawslall
Backs: Wanmoor Bolubung, Elysedd yCilionmac, Chaeffwm yDhwmmel, Mariel (f) yCiriinion, Ddaernag yDdofcaech
Star: Elysedd yCilionmac

A team still mostly leaning on the players they had last year and the years before, the Bears did add yCilionmac who instantly became the biggest name on the roster. With yDdwffrell, they have two great players, but the rest of the forward pack is too light for Penstead to bring pressure constantly. It's those two names who'll have to see this year through and hope that the team can bring in some additional talent next year - but the team has really lost the battle for signatures this year, especially compared to the Springlands/Domains/West Surbourneshire triangle of Aubury, Idyllwild, and Maynard.

ImageTarrashall Travellers
Stadium: Woomera Ground (7500) in Tarrashall, West Strand Riding
Rivals: ImageEaglebury Aquila
Prediction: 11
Forwards: Jarra Stevens, Billy Clay, Dafidd yLerinn, Gilles Boudreaux, Hettie (f) Bergate, Bayou Grootemarsink, Woilie Muiero, Corellor Comagru
Halves: Jinnamoora Amaranga, Cyushell Lyarregana
Backs: Takanobu Hodoshima, Burrula Bebenna, Dimall Gyuleo, Linus Howbrick, Kagageerra Bilaranora
Star: Kagageerra Bilaranora

Like last year, Tarrashall is found around the bottom of the previews. They have a much brighter outlook than Penstead though, getting more talents from 'the east' and carefully treading forward. The forward pack is unchanged, but Hodoshima and Gyuleo were added to the powerful back duo of Howbrick and Bilaranora. In addition, Boudreaux (added last year) has proven to be an upgrade. There's a future here, but other teams are just ahead. That said, they were rated 11th last year and finished 7th - they weren't far behind the rest and then and aren't today.

ImageMaynard Andromeda
Stadium: Armskirk Municipal Ground (26000) in Maynard, Leeshire
Rivals: ImageAubury Swans, ImageAnsonville Comets, ImageGreencaster Galaxy
Prediction: 10
Forwards: Lucas Luckett, Loyal Farrell, Uriah Montrige, Archibald Knight, Zutesin Sadhasterinthen, Wilmer Moore, Coleman Mathew, Syl Darche
Halves: Tharind Laurtingun, Crispin Whitebuck
Backs: Johannes van der Heuvel, Adam Barkmare, Doladaul Maurdhaundhen, Vé Lecerf, Maurice Payne
Star: Loyal Farrell

Locked in a battle with nearby Aubury and Idyllwild, Maynard has seemingly taken a step back. A 6th place finish last year, and while the team didn't sit still in the offseason, there were a lot of good players on offer and Maynard didn't land many of them. Whitebuck is the addition of a lifetime though, hopefully their starting fly half for the next decade and a half if they're lucky, and an elite talent to boot. Van der Heuvel, Barkmare, and Maurdhaundhen were all added in the last two years and have brought the competitiveness of the squad way up, so if they keep it up they'll be back to finals football soon.

ImageEaglebury Aquila
Stadium: The Palace (34000) in Eaglebury, West Strand Riding
Rivals: ImageTarrashall Travellers
Prediction: 9
Forwards: Yarang Watkins, Oliver Ephraim, Kusagun Syachalla, Nolyup Burrula, Uriah Chislebeck, Charlie Wilkinson, Emmanuel Boulais, Duncan Moorebrick
Halves: Jean-Pierre Thibert, Nimrod Whithingham
Backs: Birley Ililey, Dwight Carrington, Roland Tingey, Ezra Kenningnock, Mallerbury Timbul
Star: Dwight Carrington

Last year ended in disaster with an 11th place. The Eagles are a long way removed from competing with the top but they have the unofficial WSR championship in the bag - which is against Tarrashall. WSR rugby union is in a dire place alright. Now, they already had Whithingham, Carrington, and Burrula, and they added Ililey and Kenningnock to cover for the biggest gaps. The backs are in a genuinely good place, but the forwards are light.

ImageMayara Wanderers-Cassiopeia
Stadium: Rikalathen Arena (44000) in Maethoru, KCT
Rivals: None
Prediction: 8
Forwards: Cowan Holden, Respaudul Dhaumuringun, Sithes Tuzabsorennau, Autju Arzehnra, Mirrygoora Timboine, Lisikas Anethannen, Athnuth Morkumaudhen, Kaudherkhun Naudherindhen
Halves: Nobirin Minosthingun, Obdhuth Anethannen
Backs: Tei Warmeling, Dederinul Denrenaundhen, John Ambrier, Minoru Yukawa, Paujaurak Leauntherinthen
Star: Tei Warmeling

Mayara is happy playing to not finish last, knowing they can't land the big names. Most rugby talent comes from the southwest, which isn't where Mayara is, but the club are a fantastic place for talent from the rest of the country to land. Warmeling is the big name there, a NT starter, with Holden attracted from Eaglebury in his youth as the next big name. Leauntherinthen is a way underrated fullback in a scene that loves its fullbacks. New addition Arzehnra is here to anchor the forwards, and Yukawa made the switch from League to play winger as athletically as we expect from League.

ImageIdyllwild Coronae
Stadium: The Crown (17500) in Idyllwild, Corridor
Rivals: ImageWillowbourne Foxes
Prediction: 7
Forwards: Alba Suchet, Lillian Kerran, Naajah Wiley, Gene Weddall, Romé Trintignant, Joseph Meahon, Mingun Yougung, Mayra Reejulga
Halves: Va Ballesdens, Blaine Armkins
Backs: Jacob Alardice, Osric Ragnell, Rem Garsenaar, Carl Ragsdale, Melton Scenay
Star: Melton Scenay

Ninth last year, but a completely overhauled squad this year. It might not be reflected in the prediction, because we still need this team to pan out, but the idea is there. They held on to Scenay, Weddall, Reejulga, and Suchet, and added Ragnell, Armkins, Ragsdale. A solid club in the aforementioned triangle of Maynard-Idyllwild-Aubury, a triangle of rivalries that are worth watching once again. Like most clubs, the focus this year was in strengthening the backs, but Armkins might be the most important addition still.

ImageGreencaster Galaxy
Stadium: Surbourneshire Square (65000) in Greencaster, Surbourneshire
Rivals: ImageMaynard Andromeda
Prediction: 6
Forwards: Lawrence Conapple, Lawrence Chislebeck, Sherman Hawkdotter, Al Jauffret, Solomon Swetenham, Bart Weddall, Dossirla Moshindi, Marten Zuidvriend
Halves: Ba Vasseur, Lawrence Malvale
Backs: Michael Lampshire, Ori Morino, Raymond Parris, Nimrod Mawrish, Lucius Yewbrough
Star: Dossirla Moshindi

Trying to push for a title for years, the Galaxy were 5th last year and honestly didn't do all that much in the offseason. Moshindi and Conapple are two big names to add, bolstering the forward pack and probably dominating that for most of the year, but few other positions panned out as well. Vasseur is an NTer, though, so the Galaxy will definitely win some games, especially if they can keep their opponents in the middle near the forwards.

ImageMawrystwyth Phoenix
Stadium: Hertfield (33000) in Mawrystwyth, Mawryshire
Rivals: ImageLlandy Bulls, ImagePenstead Bears
Prediction: 5
Forwards: Riyu Iwayama, Ronan yBydesmond, Chwntef yLleffnof, Ronan yIoganmac, Raydri yGaegwlon, Neiran yGhearyc, Casid yDonalmac, Drystan yIoganmac
Halves: Lichmal yTebetwd, Tegwech yThwllmhel
Backs: Morton Carson, Careis yHardyllyn, Cwlcyn yFawthw, Chelrwd yChaemmawn, Meobich yPheffchawll
Star: Meobich yPheffchawll

Champions of last year, Mawrystwyth has defined the state of Mawr rugby and to an extent, set the pace for the entire country for a while. The situation at the top is competitive, with a few teams maxing out their budgets, and the Phoenix might fall all the way down to fifth. The best players have been there for a while and know the drill. Drystan yIoganmac is just 21, his older brother Ronan is 22, yGaegwlon is 20, and together they'll have to show the Phoenix are back at the top again. Other teams have completely covered the gaps at the bottom of the roster, but Mawrystwyth has kept on making their strengths even better.

ImageAubury Swans
Stadium: Chestnut Group Stadium (25000) in Aubury, Leeshire
Rivals: ImageMaynard Andromeda, ImageAnsonville Comets
Prediction: 4
Forwards: Joshua Englefields, Vaughn Morris, Will Cheltell, Quatermain Bashford, Lum Magbrier, Oswald Darkiths, Yoritoki Kogane, Aaron Kenningnock
Halves: Linwood French, Thaddée Pellegrin
Backs: Zachariah Rodsea, Nata Asselineau, Reginald Airthorn, Douglas Primmer, Lucian Falcroft
Star: Reginald Airthorn

Aubury's offseason wasn't one of finding stars: it was all about finding role players to completely mask any holes from their team last year (who were 10th). And by sighning Magbrier, Darkiths, Pellegrin, and Rodsea, those aren't big splashes or stars, they're just loads better than the previous player at their position, and for a small-ish price the Swans are contenders now. That wasn't all, they also put Airthorn, Cheltell, Kenningnock, and Falcroft in the starting XV. Arguably only Airthorn can come remotely close to the overall top of the country, but it's an interesting way of teambuilding nonetheless. The collective should be stronger here than anywhere.

ImageLlandy Bulls
Stadium: Mawryshire State Oval (30500) in Llandy, Mawryshire
Rivals: ImageMawrystwyth Phoenix, ImagePenstead Bears
Prediction: 3
Forwards: Newddlawdd yTewnchaeg, Padrhawff yBostog, Cristobo Sanjurjo, Llafawm yMhalmawm, Cigan yEoganmac, Ddeochran yMwbnhewf, Conor yAigaethol, Chwffew yNeoff
Halves: Aedeli Aevopa, Dewsloff yBhachill
Backs: Luther Porden, Chauncey Weston, Rhonws yPhwgaragh, Twngawn yChonpad, Beomcewl yFfewlchewm
Star: Conor yAigaethol

Llandy have been eyeing the chance to be the number one team in Mawryshire for a while, and they could take it this year. yAigaethol is another one of the early-20s superstar talents, and with yEoganmac, the Bulls have two of them. Add to that an already not bad team (4th last season) and you've got an improved contender. A few holes still exist, though.

ImageAnsonville Comets
Stadium: Redmark Field (7800) in Ansonville, Springlands
Rivals: ImageMaynard Andromeda, ImageAubury Swans
Prediction: 2
Forwards: Cicero Moore, Archie Joseph, Blaine Winterlas, Danylo Ager, Abraham Rodsea, Algernon Atkinson, Spencer Arrowick, Nimrod Dulhallow
Halves: Xaneiro Santizo, Julian Angelley
Backs: Orville Finnerty, Cecil Grain, Masahiko Morimoto, Jesse Oceanbuck, Jerome Casey
Star: Orville Finnerty

Second last year and grand final losers, the Comets have been going as they were, and this time it should work out better. The team are not really in the triangle of rivalries, but they care about them a lot, so they'll bring something extra to a game that the opponents won't always match. Another young core here: Arrowick, Ager, Winterlas, Santizo, Angelley, Rodsea: all decent players. Finnerty remains the star on a team that will try to bring the ball out wide more than any other.

ImageWillowbourne Foxes
Stadium: Willowbowl (55000) in Willowbourne, Corridor
Rivals: ImageIdyllwild Coronae
Prediction: 1
Forwards: Bedzak Behdigehlthen, Cyprien Rougeau, Kris Klaasen, Gwenaël Plaisance, Thuredonak Thelrathinden, Merrill Connor, Sayer Arrock, Faramond Chipway
Halves: Burton Magrath, Linus Cirekin
Backs: Newell Bartley, Weldon Carrington, Wilford Leroy Broderib, Dylan Deville, Armand Ahern
Star: Cyprien Rougeau

Third last year and in the middle of a championship window, the Foxes have nearly their entire team as above-average players. It takes some money, and a very dedicated take on scouting, and a lot more... but this is the superstar team. Rougeau and Chipway are both top-10 players in the competition, and with Plaisance, Behdigehlthen as new additions to an already stacked roster, Willowbourne are here to compete for another few years. This window isn't close to shutting.
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1. John Farmer (prop)
2. Mark Blue (hooker)
3. James Shore (prop)
4. Ash Woods (lock)
5. James Dark (lock)
6. David Green (flanker)
7. Sam Sun (flanker)
8. Matt Green (number eight)
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10. Ash Forest (fly half)
11. Robert Waters (wing)
12. Ryan Plant (centre)
13. Matt Green (centre)
14. John Plant (wing)
15. John Sailor (full back)

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17. David Brick (prop).
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20. James Hand (number eight).
21. John Judge (scrum half).
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Dave Carrey's Quick Guide to the 33rd Rugby World Cup
Dave Carrey - Somewhere in Baggieland


Normally I would recap the events of the last tournament for the first paragraph of my round-up articles. Whether it be the ERC Sevens, the ERC proper, the Rugby World Cup. You name it. It's also something that seems to have spread to my fellow contributors like RubiFaman. However, I don't really want to talk that much about the last one. Partially because of how disappointing it was given that we were returning from that one edition boycott and there was a bit of hype going into it but also because we didn't really do much that I could remember. There was the 33-0 opening win against Hannasea, yes. But there was also the loss against Nova Anglicana which was inevitable given how well they were playing last time but, according to some people including a few of my DG collaborators, it should've been closer instead of the 37-19 result we actually got; that's how this sport goes so I wasn't that upset if you were wondering. At least there was the 40-20 win against Lochario to send us through to the next round to a grudge match against Ko-oren.

And I do mean "grudge". We played them for three finals in a row. The first was at the 27th RUWC in, well, Ko-oren where we managed to emerge the 7-3 victors. The second was a 9-0 win for the Dragonflies over in the Kelssek for the 28th edition. And, at the 29th one in Hutanjia, the Ko-orenites made it 14-8 to win their second consecutive cup. So with the idea of a rivalry brewing between the two teams, something that both teams might acknowledge but I haven't gotten a reply from either, you'd expect another close match full of high-octane excitement. I certainly did. Instead what we got was a dismal 23-6 loss that saw us lag behind in a lot of ways. It also saw Pablo Cartagena step down as head coach after so long, although whether he willingly stepped down because he said he would or fell on his sword to avoid a firing is still up in the air. Wow, I remembered quite a bit. Scratch what I said earlier.

Anyway, new competition. With the position of head coach still vacant heading into the competition, former assistant coach Robert Mackay had to step in to fill the void. While he has studied enough under Cartagena that he could take them a good distance, I don't think he would be a good fit for a full-time head coaching job here. Maybe something lower-league to try and boost his skills and then we'll see but for now I have some severe doubts. Other than that, it's almost the same line-up as last time, with the major difference being Paul Debenham's returned to his usual role as a starting kicker while Guinho's resumed his duties as a back-up scrum and fly-half. While hopefully there will be some new blood for the 34th competition, everyone taking part still had at least decent seasons so I can't fault them too much.

And where did I book tickets to? None other than Baggieland. Reigning world champions, current world #1s and now hosts of the 33rd edition. I've gone over the majority of the rules and regulations here, some of which make sense (like revering their Royal Family) and some don't (like only eating lasagna with a spoon), so I won't talk too much about it. I will give some props to their national team instead, who started as absolute minnows who finished second from last with a 2-0-2 record (which included a 23-0 loss to us) only to vastly improve and become a potential powerhouse if they aren't already, which you have to give them a round of applause for. They kind of in a tough group (alongside TJUN-ia, Kriegiersien and Nova Anglicana) but I doubt they'll have much trouble making it out.

So who's in our group? First up, we have the crew of the HMS Onslaught, a submarine that seems to frequently target ferries. I'm kind of surprised the Baggielandian Navy (if there is one, should've done some research beforehand) lets them live instead of trying to sink them. But maybe that's why they're playing rugby, either as pennance or as a punishment. Either way, they're new so a win will probably be the most likely option. By how much, I don't know. But what I do know is that, much like the North Alezian team at the AVBF Sevens many moons ago, they have an adorable cat mascot, this one being called Unsinkable Sam. Hopefully it'll be a good luck charm.

After that, we have the Natanians and Nosts. They're a team that needs no introduction, having played them a number of times in the past, so instead I will just concentrate on their performance from last time. Especially since it seems to be somewhat parallel to our run last time as well, only with a couple of numbers as well as the names of their opponents changed. They managed to get an amazing opening win in style thanks to a 37-3 demolition of Vdara. Then they got stomped by the Quintessence of Dust, 44-25. Then they avenged their defeat in a match that saw both sides' defences shut off a little bit thanks to a 42-24 win over New Zoigai. Overall they finished in second place with a 2-0-1 record, 10 points (two of which were try bonuses), a point differential of +33. However, they got absolutely destroyed by eventual winners Baggieland. How bad? 52-10 to the Throstles, which then became their new record. Ouch.

This is then followed by the Quintessence of Dust. Other than the aforementioned win against N&N, they also managed to bag a 31-10 win over New Zoigai. They also managed to get edged out 15-14 to Vdara, a team that would eventually finish last in their group. Another ouch. Fortunately they avenged their loss with a 23-14 win over Barunia. Unfortunately, they too fell to the Baggielandian might albeit with a much calmer score. 31-12. They're still in the top ten however, ranking in at #7, so they might be quite a tough opponent. If we do win then there's a good chance they'll get a losing bonus point to go with it. But I'm not ruling out a loss entirely.

Then it's the big one against Abanhfleft. Oh boy, this is going to be a tough one. In the last one, they grabbed an opening victory against Mapleford, 37-15. After that came a closer score but still a victory, 38-27 against the Licentian Isles. And, finally, they rounded things off with a 31-0 shut-out of StrayaRoos. Yes, they're the first team I'll be talking about this article who didn't have a 2-0-1 record. After that came a 24-7 win against Brookstation, a 17-9 win over Quebec and Shingoryeo and a 21-10 win over Ko-oren to make it to the finals. However, their amazing run of form stopped there when they were shut out by the Throstles in a 19-0 thriller. You can definitely see why this match will be an absolute nail-biter and why it'd be a good idea to just play defensively this match. Maybe get a try or two when we can but concentrate on not letting them score any. Which, given how offensively-minded these guys are, will be difficult.

We don't have that much time to rest and recover before we head into match day five against Acadiana. Fortunately they are an easier opponent so we can all collectively relax after the toughie against the Fleftics. They were in the last one, albeit under the name "Quebecois Acadania", and they weren't having a fun time. They got stomped in their opener against Darmen 38-7, although they managed to claw back with a hard-fought 41-30 win over Srednjaci which set up a do-or-die game against HUElavia. It ended up being "die" as they ended up losing 36-15 and were dumped out of the tournament. On the upside, at least it was a third place finish with five points so at least it didn't end up being a more humiliating experience for them.

And then, to round things off, we have Chromatika. The bad news is that everyone else will have one more game to play after this so even if we just manage to squeak ahead there's no guaranteeing we will make it through to the next round. The good news is that we have yet another easy game. Much like our opening opponents, they're new to the competition so this should theoretically be an easy match. I won't say it'll be a blow-out but we should be able to get a few tries here and there. If not, then it'll probably be really embarrassing.

So where do I think we'll end up? Second or third place, fourth worst case. Abanhfleft is too strong a side for us to vanquish barring a few minor miracles and, while we could stand a chance against the Natanians and Nosts as well as the Quintessence of Dust, there's no guarantee we'll be able to defeat both teams. At least the top four teams will be going through to the next round so, even if we completely mess up, we still have a chance of going through to the knock-out stages? No point in asking who'll be joining us because those three other teams I have mentioned in this paragraph are my picks to do just that. As for everyone in the other groups who'll be making it through, at least in my humble opinion? Kelssek, Darmen, the Licentian Isles and Hannasea from Group C; Ko-oren, Quebec and Shingoryeo, Lisander and perhaps Baker Park from Group D

Unfortunately, I don't have much time to add pictures or go into greater depth. A little bit of it was because I spent too much time relaxing, a little bit of it because I couldn't get a good internet signal and most of it was because I just couldn't really get myself in a writing mood. It explains the complete lack of pictures this time around, as well as why I concentrated on the last tournament instead of the last few. Hopefully when I do my round-up I will have a lot more time to get everything done. Now that's out of the way, I'm off to watch our opener. It should be a fun match or, at the very least, one that gives me plenty to talk about. Maybe you'll find it fun. Who knows. Dave out.




More from Dave Carrey:


  • Dave's Blog: Baggie Trousers
  • Dave Carrey's Guide to the 2022/23 ERC Season
  • Dave Carrey's Round-up of the 2022 ERC Sevens
  • Dave Carrey's Round-up of the 2021-22 ERC Play-Offs
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