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Royal Navy frigate sails World Cup Trophy into Cape Town

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 17:54 UTC
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A British warship has proudly sailed into Cape Town carrying the Rugby World Cup Trophy – ahead of next year’s event being held in the UK. Even thick rain clouds could not prevent HMS Iron Duke displaying the gold of the Web Ellis Trophy on her deck as she arrived in the South African city for a short visit. Read full article

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  • paulcedron

    “A British warship has proudly sailed into Cape Town carrying the Rugby World Cup Trophy – ahead of next year’s event being held in the UK”

    and why didn't they send it by plane?
    nabos.
    anyway, the webb ellis cup will go to buenos aires next year.
    they could save that joke of trip.

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 06:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    Jealous little Paulie. The British do things in style!

    How was the shit surfing?

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman

    The authorization for doing this is clearly a mistake from the IRB....the Cup is not going to visit Argentina this time.

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 06:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    We did this yesterday,
    the royal navy at its best,

    Argentina would surely be embarrassed by having a mighty royal navy ship in the argie port along side a half sinking argie ship..ha ha ..lol

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 07:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Xect

    Ah the superb Iron Duke! One of the fastest 23's and a ship with a distinguished history!

    The cup got to travel in style and in ultimate safety!

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 08:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    having watched england playing the 6 nations and the june internationals, i must say that they have some possibilities of winning the cup.
    nz and sa will be also serious contenders.
    but los pumas are not far from their level now.
    anyone who had watched the last 2 matches with south africa could realize it.
    so the hopes of bringing the web ellis cup to argentina are intact.

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 08:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    They all have a good chance of winning the cup,
    good luck to the winner, and those who take part..

    Aug 27th, 2014 - 10:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • 4n conTroll

    @4

    Incorrect. We would be embarrassed by having a criminal Royal Navy ship in the argie port, who attacked the nation of Iraq in 2003 in a war of Aggression no different than the invasion of the Falklands.

    We learn from our mistakes, you don't even learn from the mistakes of others that HARMED YOU!

    Quite appalling.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 03:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #8

    To suggest they are the same is frankly ridiculous.

    Argentina waged a war to a) expand its territory against the wishes of an established population (while simultaneously attempting to destroy its culture) and b) to distract the population from its failing political system.

    Neither of these is is true in the case of Iraq. The Iraq war was fought largely because we didn't like the Ba'athist regime. This regime fought at least two wars of expansion costing close to, and perhaps exceeding, a million lives. It brutalised its own people and used chemical weapons against them. Suggesting, for example, that the war was fought for commercial reasons is incredibly stupid if you look at even the projected costs.

    This is of course not to say that mistakes were not made. The hasty withdrawal of troops leaving a security vacuum (which led to the continuing sectarian violence) is perhaps the most obvious. However, it's also interesting to think what may have happened had the coalition not invaded. Faced with the kind of rebellion in Syria the Ba'athisti regime would almost certainly have resorted to tactics even more brutal than the Syrian government. They did after all “have form”.

    The closest parallel to Argentina's invasion is the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The parallels between the Argentine government and Ba'athist Iraq continue - they both brutally dealt with any kind of dissent.

    Finally, the Iron Duke never participated in the Iraq conflict.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 09:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 09:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    England are the current holders of the Rugby Union World Cup - perhaps they should have taken that one as well.

    Webb Ellis isn't the only game in town.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    10
    and what can you, fatty keyboard warrior, know about rugby?
    the team that is playing against the “proper teams” on a regular basis is argentina.
    i do not expect that you, fatty keyboard warrior, know it, but los pumas played way better than the springboks last weekend.

    as for england, they are playing good, but they cannot be considered a true english team with 1 samoan, 2 south africans, 4 kiwis, 1 american and 2 germans in their squad.

    the english, cheating as always.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    @8
    “WE learnt by our mistakes”, since when?

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 01:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @12. Six foot and 145 pounds. So much better than a slimy, squashable slug. Last seen sliming away. Pretending. But slug killer does the job. In the last 2 years, argieland has lost 11 games out of 12. Overall, its record is 168 points for and 390 against. You faggots would know all about cheating. Why wasn't Maradonna executed?

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 01:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 12 Polly

    The ONLY cup you lot stand a chance of getting is the one in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdutyFg1Mj8

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 01:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • inthegutter

    #11 GeoffWard2

    Huh? The Webb Ellis cup IS the Rugby (Union) World Cup.

    I'm pretty sure the only major cup we currently hold is the Women's Rugby (Union) World Cup.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 01:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    14 imbecile
    you are the typical greasy, fatty keyboard warrior, you pelotudo.
    the only sport you have ever played was a computer game.
    so shut it, gordito grasiento

    christine
    lol
    good one.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 01:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RICO

    Argentina might make the semi finals in 2015 because of a relatively easy run in. Second to NZ in their group followed by a QF ves France or Ireland which will be a very difficult match for both teams.

    If form stays the same it will be a win for either NZ or SA. England and Australia are definitely not on the same level at the moment.

    I cannot see Argentina closing the gap. They will probably only make the headlines because of some idiot Argentine politician or possibly the hostie making ridiculous political statements during or in the run up to the tournament.

    Hopefully England will put on a great tournament and it will lead to a more positive relationship with Argentina but with the current political climate and paranoia in Argentina I don't see any real improvement in the relationship.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 02:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    and when have you seen politicians related with the UAR or with los pumas?
    or when have you seen any argentinian rugby player making political statements?
    this is not football, you nabo.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RICO

    Who mentioned anyone related to UAR or Argentine Rugby making political statements. If you read the posts before you responded you would not look so foolish.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Audi Consilium

    7 paulcedron (#)

    Just wondering, are you actually a 13yr old ? Your posts reflect the mentality of one. Only asking.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 02:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    #16
    Yes, it was good seeing 'our' women win the World Cup.

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 06:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    19 does not read what it says,
    he only interprets what he wants to interpret is this not true number nineteen..lol

    Aug 28th, 2014 - 07:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    21 nabo
    just wondering, are you actually a 80 year old? your post refelct the mentality of one, with alzheimer and senile dementia.
    only asking

    Aug 29th, 2014 - 02:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    an amusing little thread,
    I notice pseudo Lady Paulina of Downton-her Knees of Sucking-Up to BritVille turns up as usual. Probably would turn up for the Opening of an Envelope.
    Poor Fool...

    Aug 31st, 2014 - 02:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    ha ha lol.

    Sep 01st, 2014 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Haha!
    :)
    ... and the Iron Duke still steams onwards!

    Sep 03rd, 2014 - 11:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Royal navy still best.

    Sep 04th, 2014 - 09:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Off to the South Atlantic. ... the British South Atlantic!
    :)

    Sep 04th, 2014 - 02:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Patrolling the Antarctic. The British Antarctic.

    Sep 04th, 2014 - 05:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Haha! Wonder if they will visit Chinese Buenos Aires?
    ;-)
    Lol!

    Sep 05th, 2014 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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