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Rugby in 2050

By Leipziger
July 27 2015

I started thinking about this the other day and it seems we need a post to keep the site going. You heard it all here first!

Despite England winning the 2015 World Cup thanks to a last-minute try by Chris Robshaw in the final against New Zealand, many fans still believe Stuart Lancaster was an idiot for ignoring Steffan Armitage. Particularly Leicester fans.


Ireland win the 2047 World Cup final 10-7 against New Zealand at Giants Stadium, New York. All Blacks captain Ronnie McGrew dropped the ball on the line in the last minute. New Zealand media responded by launching a fatwa against Wayne Barnes.


There was some cause for celebration for the All Blacks in the final – Tony Woodcock won his 600th cap.


The occasion was soured though when New Zealand manager Henry Stevens condemned the Irish team for not bowing to the haka.


England’s starting XV that lost to Ireland in the 2047 World Cup semi-final contained six Leicester players, four Sale players, three Newcastle players, and one each from Saracens and Harlequins. Fans still moan that England never pick players playing north of Watford and that is why they lost.


Saracens announce their intention to play an LV= Cup game at Allianz Park next season, and offer free flights to fans who have season tickets for their regular ground of Ellis Park, Johannesburg.


New Zealand won every World Cup from 2019 to 2043, but Wales fans still claim that their 2036 Grand Slam-winning team was the best rugby team ever. Closely followed by the 2005 team. Then the 2008 team. Then the 2012 team. Actually, they then decide that the 1970s team was the best ever. Apart from the Welsh 2041 Grand Slam-winning team.


The WRU respond to last year’s 4,000 crowd at the Millenium Stadium for a Friday night game against Fiji by scheduling a Friday night game against Tonga this autumn. It will be the only time the Wales team will wear the new fluorescent green change kit, and Wales players involved will not be awarded caps.


England play Australia in an autumn international at Twickenham for the 38th year in a row, excluding World Cup years. The RFU are shocked when the stadium is half-full at a minimum of £200-a-ticket, and chairman James Asset-Smith laments not hiking prices more for the 40,000 who did attend.


Bristol have just finished top of the Championship for the 34th time in 41 years, but lost the play-off final to Darlington Mowden Park. Bristol chairman Sir Terry H.E. Nutter argues that the play-offs are unfair.


After more than fifty years of professionalism, most of the Premiership clubs still blame the threat of relegation for the fact that they are not stable businesses.



Finally – on 27 July 2050 it was announced that promising 21-year-old Newcastle scrum-half John Doe has signed for Leicester. He is immediately called into the England Elite Player Squad.

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Rugby in 2050 (IP Logged)
27/07/2015 12:34
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Barbancet (IP Logged)
27/07/2015 19:38
Excellent; & thanks for timely post again.(Sm53)

.....but what do I know? I'm not an Australian TMO.

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captainhaircut (IP Logged)
28/07/2015 10:32
Surely in 2050, 200 a ticket will be really low?

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Cantabrian (IP Logged)
28/07/2015 11:12
Thanks Leipy, a great read and a really good laugh.

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Monkey1 (IP Logged)
28/07/2015 12:09
Bristol have just finished top of the Championship for the 34th time in 41 years, but lost the play-off final to Darlington Mowden Park. Bristol chairman Sir Terry H.E. Nutter argues that the play-offs are unfair.

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