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Hand bags as HT whistle goes, 12-5 to counties
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Second half underway and Counties increase their lead to 19 - 5
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Puli. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 18:17
Try by Counties 2nd row converted to make the score 26-5
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Puli. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 18:43
FT and a convincing win by the English Counties team over Romania A , by 40 points to 5. sad to see a country who were once quite strong at international level struggle at this level , but that is taking nothing away from an excellent Counties performance 👍

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When Rugby was amateur, Romania was under the Ceaușescu regime.
As I understand it there were plenty of army and police positions for rugby players as the regime saw success supported national prestige.

These days it has returned to a real amateur game, and a lot of the best players headed for France - Romanian is a romance language, possibly the closest to Latin.


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One of Hull RUFC players ,Steve Hihetah, who plays in NPL is at this moment playing for Romania 7's in a tournament in Croatia, he holds dual nationality ,his mother being Romanian. He has previously played for Romania A.
I refereed a number games there in the Ceausescu era ,the standard of rugby then was of a good standard, but as Camquin mentioned there were positions available for good players in the forces and in the police. The national team managed some notable victories over some of the present 6 nations countries.
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Counties win final game 31~20.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 09:12
Originally posted by Puli. Puli. wrote:

One of Hull RUFC players ,Steve Hihetah, who plays in NPL is at this moment playing for Romania 7's in a tournament in Croatia, he holds dual nationality ,his mother being Romanian. He has previously played for Romania A.

He had a short spell at Doncaster Knights but couldn't really cut the mustard at the time - looking at recent video footage he has bulked up a touch which he definitely needed to do when with us. Good to see he has been doing a number for Hull RUFC though.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PiffPaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 11:11
Worth mentioning that all 3 Aspirational Pathway National sides have completed this season undefeated U18s Counties - 2 wins over Ireland, U20s Counties  2 wins over Georgia and the Senior Counties with 3 out of 3 in Romania.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 11:41
Perhaps they should be playing tougher opposition?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PiffPaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 12:29
CQ - suggestions as to who?
 
18s v Ireland Clubs & Schools, pretty tough
 
20s v Georgia U20s, the same Georgia U20 Squad that beat Ireland a few days ago in the U20 RWC Cup and lost by one score to SA U20s and by 12 points to France U20s - quite an achievement
 
Think the Seniors in Romania is a decent shout also given their past reputation, admittedly not as strong as their were but still ranked 17th in the World so to take on their A Team and win given that Counties went with a squad from Level 3 to Level 5 players in it, is also IMHO an achievement
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote openthegate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 12:57
The end of season EC tour is always to a developing country/area. The players/ coaches also hold sessions in the local communities that they visit and I personally think it is great going there. 
Beting a national teams A side is no mean feat.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jun 2018 at 14:28
I would love to see a full counties/amateur level 6 nations along with its U20 equivalent.
Though I know it would not do any favours to fixture congestion.
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