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Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Online viewing of GP matches
« on: June 07, 2020, 04:57:06 PM »
I am with BT separate to Sky. is about 20 a month, but my dad can watch on his laptop off my subscription, which makes it reasonable value, considering they have soccer too, and some cricket. I might junk it at some point. Sky were much quicker to offer cash back on the subscription, BT did it later and seemed to be shamed into it.
It is a real shame we have two UK providers now showing roughly the same content as Sky and the terrestrial channels used to do alone across several sports. When the rules splitting the monopoly were bought in, iirc it was at EU rather than UK level,  I would wager many inter corridors of power envisaged more terrestrial TV sport and a grateful nation, rather than a slicing of the same pie between two rival satelite broadcasters and an effective price increase for sports fans for the same amount of sport.

Kolpak might end up going post Brexit I believe. Remember reading something about it in cricket six months back. The gist was the ECB are phasing it out in anticipation of Brexit.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Ex of this parish now ex of all parii
« on: June 04, 2020, 05:11:01 PM »
I thought he was a converted centre?
Always enjoyed watching him. Can't believe he is that old, seems like yesterday.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Sam Burgess
« on: June 04, 2020, 05:08:50 PM »
A truly horrible time for English rugby, whilst it is hard not to feel sorry for SB, it is equally hard to see how his games in  the back row at Bath had led to his selection at the WC at centre. Politics everywhere you look. How did we come onto our WC in such a mess?

All the clubs bar one are losing money, and the one that isn't is lying about it.
How long can that go on for?
Tickets are pretty pricey across the game compared to Wales-  it was not long a go I could get an entire Ospreys season ticket for the price of 3 Wasps games at the price we normally play (admittedly that is apple v orange as when going to fewer games I am inclined to pay more). Wasps are not the most expensive English club, either. I can't see the gap being plugged by sales of beer or seats, it has to be TV money and as athletics has found, broadcasters don't always offer more each contract renewal. So that is key, how much money can be extracted from broadcasters.  I am glad they are doing what they have done, but I would not be surprised if there were clubs destined to go the way of Richmond, London Welsh, Celtic Warriors etc.
I would not be unhappy if we did not have a marquee and others did, but I think issues go deeper.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: TRP
« on: May 31, 2020, 04:44:41 PM »
If an effective vaccine is introduced, and we get hold if it, we could go to full crowds quite quickly.  I don't think we would have difficulty getting people to uptake and we already run vaccination programs via schools with HPV and seasonal flu vaccination via health centres and practices. Added to potential involvement of pharmacies it could get rolled out more quickly than the testing took to set up.

Without that I tend to think next year is realistically the best to hope for, and even then it could be later in the year rather than sooner, as people suggest above.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Law Changes Approved
« on: May 30, 2020, 12:57:56 PM »
Wow, that is a big change....

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Law Changes Approved
« on: May 29, 2020, 07:26:09 PM »
Noticed the removal of scrum for 'held up'. What will replace it?

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Sky Sports
« on: May 26, 2020, 12:26:52 AM »
BBC do the same, and BT. Nobody apart from them at the game gives two tosses about the first round of the FA cup between non league clubs,   but it mysteriously used to make its  way to the top of the sports news agenda. BBC promote their RL way out of proportion too. Wimbledon always used to shoot tennis to the top before the other majors sank it back down to just before ' and finally',  whilst when they lost F1 the sport disappeared off the face of the planet for a couple of years. BT had not heard of cricket until they nabbed the Australian rights. The real difference with Sky is when they do have it and big it up you get Barnes, who ruins it anyway. He should open a wind farm and stop phoning the commentary in from 2002.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Interesting Interview with S. Vaughan
« on: May 25, 2020, 07:33:30 PM »
Yes touted as the only club in the black but only because of Tony Rowe's heavy sponsorship.
Precisely what I mean.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Interesting Interview with S. Vaughan
« on: May 25, 2020, 10:59:05 AM »
Chiefs would be an issue. Mind you, I have always felt their sponsorship deal to be dubious. Maybe if the others voted against that kind of arrangement their tune would change.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Interesting Interview with S. Vaughan
« on: May 24, 2020, 05:46:06 PM »
The thing about the galactico era I enjoyed was the style, the high scoring, not the names.  There is no reason why we can't replicate that with our current approach. Indeed, the last few games bought those high scoring TBP days back with a bang. Hopefully there won't be enough support for the Bristol position. Sarries, Bristol, Bath I guess would be obvious ones to watch, maybe Sale? That might be enough to scupper common sense.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Myles Edwards
« on: May 19, 2020, 12:12:36 AM »
I think I am a bit short to offer a meaningful contribution on this thread.

 Still I guess we can look forward to the usual various 'reliable' sources putting Launch as leaving to Sale/Bristol as a consequence of any second row signing.

For me I think we have had huge holes in the past when injury or call ups strike, but we seemed to have cured that this year, things seemed better.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Obsession with size?
« on: May 15, 2020, 08:04:11 PM »
I don't think Sarries dominated by having a big pack of forwards. They dominated by winning the last 20 with a stellar set of replacements, often matches would be tight till fifty. I think if you want to see the effect of size you have a hard time, and certainly it is not a fair test to talk of Sarries when they were cheating.

I don't think teams do dominate up front as often as they used to. The days of say, a Bok team smashing the Welsh through size are long gone.

Wasps Rugby Discussion / Re: Obsession with size?
« on: May 15, 2020, 10:12:53 AM »
Shane Williams has regularly stated he came close to not making it having had the 'too small' label applied throughout his career. We hear that  a lot in Wales.

As for Wade, we often hear 'if he was x he would have had many caps', but really Lancaster did pick him and he was just injured and unavailable at the wrong time in a four year WC cycle. Not sure we should be hailing the man as a selector who picked Sam Burgess at centre after a season in the back row at Bath, but he did try to have a look at least and that was when Wade's defensive positioning was under most scrutiny. 

Had we had SCW or Brian Ashton I am sure he would have had a closer look. SCW as a pundit had been vociferous in his support of picking Wade from  2013. Easy as a pundit of course.

 Jones has reportedly previously said in private that Dan Robson is too small, and is not a man to change his mind on anything. His only public comments on Wade were 'brilliant player, not what we are looking for'. Really he is the only coach to persistently overlook Wade, and given his selections at times, it is always hard to see what is in his mind, he is not exactly forthcoming. So we will never know exactly what was going through his mind.

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