John Afoa Resigns

Re: John Afoa Resigns

Gb83 22 Aug 2019 20:26 pm said..

Number10 wrote:Got to disagree. Excellent player but wouldn't class him as a legend.

Simpson Daniel is what I class as a Gloucester legend in the modern era - best player over a large number of years. Afoa was good but woud say there were lots of others who performed as well over the same period - Hibbard another one who was excellent but wouldn't call a legend


Got to disagree, Afoa was consistently brilliant in a poor forward pack. Hibbard had his very good games but also disappointed in a lot. Not many props can do what Afoa continues to do.
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Re: John Afoa Resigns

TheOptimistSenior 22 Aug 2019 21:15 pm said..

Castle Grim Reaper wrote:But Bristol is a team or club and therefore plural :?

To continue the pedantry (I know, boring isn't it?), team is a collective noun, so "a team" in the singular e.g the team is, not the team are. Bristol's is correct!

I'm in the "top class player" camp, not a legend. Brilliant in the tight and in the loose, with a tremendous work rate. I was sorry that he left, but completely understand why. Balmain is, in my view, an extremely good tight head and has filled JA's boots brilliantly.
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Glen Sannox 23 Aug 2019 04:35 am said..

Tough one this. Of course a team is singular, but by convention a club is often referred to as plural...read the newspapers and that will be confirmed for you. Sub-editors know their grammar pretty well, but will generally insist upon 'Gloucester are' when referring to Gloucester Rugby, and 'Gloucester is' when referring to the city. Just sounds better.
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Re: John Afoa Resigns

TheOptimistSenior 23 Aug 2019 21:39 pm said..

Agree GS, context is important. As there is only one Bristol Rugby club, it is singular in the context used at the beginning of this thread.
As far as sub-editors are concerned, they are not always right. An article in the Sunday Times two weeks ago included "the amount of concussions" rather than "the number...". Interesting article, however.
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