Lifting at the line-out needs some work
With the Rugby World Cup Final fast approaching, there seem to be a lot of pundits picking their team.
In order to pass the time while waiting to collect my Springer from the vet today, where he'd gone for a sewing bee following his latest rash charge into heavy cover after feathered things which resulted in a nasty cut to the shoulder, I wondered what a dog rugby team would look like made up of recognised breeds but no duplicates.
Here's my pick:
Props: Pitbull and Staffy - right size, shape and bags of aggression
Hooker: Jack Russell - typifies the idea of the size of the fight in the dog. I did toy with a Patterdale but the yellow card count would be prohibitive.
2nd Row: Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound - long leggy speed merchants
Open Side: Springer Spaniel - fearless and runs forever, first to the breakdown without question.
Blindside: Dalmation - the right combination of bulk, speed and stamina.
Number 8: Rhodesian Ridgeback - lots of go forward
Scrum Half: Cocker Spaniel - speed, intelligence and extremely annoying
Fly Half: Border Collie - Intelligent and clearly the key playmaker
Inside Centre: Labrador - reasonably quick and bulky
Outside Centre: Rottweiler - guaranteed linebreak
Wings: Whippet and Greyhound - self evident
Full Back: Alsatian - ultimate all-rounder
Clearly this team is nailed on for rugby glory.
The mastiff looks a bit blocky for rugby in the modern era - labradors are quick when they want to be.A Dobermann doesn't have the stamina of a GSD - or (with the right training) the focus - they're also generally not food motivated (unlike our Ridgeback!) so won't be distracted by errant meat based products eminating from the audience....
I'd also change the inside centre for an English Mastiff
I'm thinking hard how to fit a Duck Tolling Retriever into the team. They seem to be naturals for the game.Excellent team selection, but I feel you need to find a place for the Airedale, aggressive, reasonably fast, faster than anything bigger than it, bigger than anything as fast as it, like a Jack Russell on steroids, also the Australian Kelpie, very smart, athletic and can run all day
Belgian Shepherd Malinois. Smart, aggressive and fast.Not sure about the GS as full back.
I would prefer a bit more of a specialist, a Doberman would do, they tend to look superior when strutting their stuff and when fired up are lethal on the attack and will defend as if their lives and that of team mates depends on it. If they could they would stick their paws in their pockets and stare the opposition down with their supercilious demeanour.