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  • Weeeee're baaaaack!!!

    Yeah, that didn't go well did it!

    I take my eye off the ball for a few months and the old forum gets hacked and all our lovely efforts over the past 15 years get messed around with! First I heard of it was when someone submitted a contact form on the main site saying he couldn't understand why we were trying to sell him some viagra!! Ah well, it is what it is...

    So, those of you that have been round here before, you know the deal. Grab your usernames back and get chatting all things Lions and rugby! Everyone's welcome back, even Tom!

    Those that haven't been here before, the forum previously had a buzzing community of posters regularly posting/contributing/fighting with each other and we saw through several Lions tours, a few World Cups and everything else in between. The forum did slow down quite a lot in the last couple of years due to the advent of social media and posters coming and going, but now we have a new set of technology running the site, some fresh young blood running the site and our social media channels to which we will be integrating the board and of course it's a Lions year! So sign up and join the chat!

    Obviously the forum is still work in progress visually and we're still feeling our way into all the new features this new version of vBulletin offers. But like a new pair of pants, we'll grow into them the more we use them!

    So, any questions please shout and I look forward to chatting with you all again as we look forward to the New Zealand tour next year!

    Ben



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    Good to be back! It's the only forum I've ever contributed to, so I've missed it!

    The main change for me since this went offline is that I've started playing again at the age of 35 after 18 years of just watching! After going to 16 games in the World Cup, I thought it was now or never so got in touch with Ealing RFC. One training session later I was starting 12 for the Exiles XV in Middlesex Merit Table rugby! Got smashed by my huge opposite number in the first couple of minutes but managed to hold on to his ankles and brought him down, and immediately remembered why I love this game (even though we lost 66 0, and made to neck a pint after being named Man of the Match, and more after learning club drinking rules...)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bee Quin View Post
      Good to be back! It's the only forum I've ever contributed to, so I've missed it!

      The main change for me since this went offline is that I've started playing again at the age of 35 after 18 years of just watching! After going to 16 games in the World Cup, I thought it was now or never so got in touch with Ealing RFC. One training session later I was starting 12 for the Exiles XV in Middlesex Merit Table rugby! Got smashed by my huge opposite number in the first couple of minutes but managed to hold on to his ankles and brought him down, and immediately remembered why I love this game (even though we lost 66 0, and made to neck a pint after being named Man of the Match, and more after learning club drinking rules...)
      BQ - good to see you here!

      MoM in your first game.... good work! Seems as if the World has been missing out for the past 35 years

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      • #4
        Good work BQ!

        Amongst other things, I'm the Secretary for Hatfield QE RFC and we've got two sides in the Herts/Middlesex Merit tables. I had to look it up, but it looks like it's a slightly different league structure to yours, although based around the same sort of ethos. I se your Exiles team is basically a mish mash of occasionals, professional drinkers and players too rubbish to fit in your other sides. That pretty much sums up our whole club. Essentially we are a drinking club with a rugby problem! I'll keep an eye out for your lot when we've got some friendlies to organise, sounds like we've got a lot in common!

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        • #5
          Sounds good Ben! The half of Guinness pre kick off is an important pre-match tradition for us (although not always sensible as there's a real mix of serious teams and social teams in the table!)! I think I only got man of the match in that first game so that the guys could test my capability of downing a pint rather than any rugby ability...

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          • #6
            In our club, we don't bother giving MoM to the new boys we just make them neck a pint regardless, along with whoever won MoM and D*** of the Day. It just means more people get to 'enjoy' a pint courtesy the club! That said if a new boy has a particularly impressive debut sometimes they need their priorities re-aligning so they can be awarded New Boy, MoM and DoD. Cue much hilarity for the rest of the club.

            One important thing to remember, don't let anyone find out when it's your Birthday...

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            • #7
              After a prolonged absence, I'm back too!! Good to see you're playing again BQ. I'm 51 and haven't stopped yet . . . were you part of the "Return to Rugby Initiative"? We have picked up a few promising players in our thirds through that . . .

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              • #8
                Exactly that (although I only caught the last session of the initiative)! What's your club? After only winning 3 games last season, we've started with 3 bp wins out of 3!

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                • #9
                  I play for a club in Rugby - Old Laurentian RFC. Firsts are in Mids East 2 having had a disastrous season in Mids 1 last season. We run 3 senior sides and a vets as well as having a healthy minis and juniors section. I have played there for 30 years and played almost all of last season in the seconds. I seriously thought second team rugby was beyond me at this age but the selectors obviously thought otherwise! I was actually awarded second team player of the year at the end of last season . . . whether this was based on merit or sympathy I don't know but I'll take it! I have yet to play this season as I have a problem with the knee but it's nearly there and I can't wait to have a run out. Saturdays are unbearable at the moment.

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                  • #10
                    Yaayyyy.....your back - surprisingly enough, I have missed this forum. HaHa.

                    Originally posted by Laurentian View Post
                    After a prolonged absence, I'm back too!! Good to see you're playing again BQ. I'm 51 and haven't stopped yet . . . were you part of the "Return to Rugby Initiative"? We have picked up a few promising players in our thirds through that . . .
                    What's this "Return to Rugby Initiative" then?

                    I'm 55 and have been considering getting back into the game for a while now but can't find any 'veteran' teams. Where can I find out any information about this initiative?

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                    • #11
                      Return to Rugby was launched around the World Cup to get people who'd given up the game to come back. A lot of clubs around the country set aside coaches to gradually get get back into the game (although I was thrown into a game after my 1st session!). Ive put the link to the website below - not sure if it's still active, but my club ran it again in the autumn.

                      http://www.englandrugby.com/my-rugby...=returntorugby

                      We have a specific vets team and quite a few vets still running out for our Exiles (3rds). Vets rugby has a huge range of abilities and can be harder than Exiles rugby - Martin Offiah had a little run out for our vets (Evergreens) last season!

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