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    12/19/2012 9:18pm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robstafarian View Post
    Formal professional Rugby player? Doesn't that mean he washes his hands in his own blood and bites other people's heads as a hobby?
    Yeah, probably - I trained with him for the first three months of the show, and he definitely is a tough bloke - he was saying that in Rugby, you just push hernia's back in and get back to training. But, also training with him showed me he is about as skilled - if not less so - than I am in regards to combat sports. I'm confident I can get him, just got to be careful of his athleticism.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman Smells View Post
    Rugby guys are hard to take down alright, and generally tough and hard to intimidate
    Yes and yes. Out of the four heavyweights (not to take anything away from the others) I think he's the most challenging match-up. But, I'm a good 7 or so inches taller than he is, about 16 kilos (35 pounds) heavier currently (though he is sure to be bulking up over the next 3 months, and I'll probably be closer to 110 kilos), and with a much longer reach, I've got some advantages of my own. I think I'm currently ahead of him in the grappling game as well.

    I reckon I've got to work hard over the next 12 weeks, but it's completely do-able. Overall I'm pretty excited!
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    Francis Cullimore - ex-League player (Warriors) and Rugby Sevens for NZ, and a bit of Super 12. That's an earnest opponent man, simply the conditioning he's received from other big units mashing him on a paddock over the years will make for a tough match. Mind you - he has no sideburns. I wish you well and will be barracking for you. Reach and weight will help. But I reckon if you sneak in a Tri-Colour mouthguard and lay on a Joker grin before the for the bout you may just rattle him.
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    12/20/2012 12:46am


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexe View Post
    Francis Cullimore - ex-League player (Warriors) and Rugby Sevens for NZ, and a bit of Super 12. That's an earnest opponent man, simply the conditioning he's received from other big units mashing him on a paddock over the years will make for a tough match. Mind you - he has no sideburns.
    Yup, that and his physical strength are easily his biggest assets. The lack of sideburns is promising, and I will be sporting a mighty Viking beard for the bout.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hexe View Post
    I wish you well and will be barracking for you. Reach and weight will help. But I reckon if you sneak in a Tri-Colour mouthguard and lay on a Joker grin before the for the bout you may just rattle him.
    Baha, I'll try to remember that! Cheers for the support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greatheight View Post

    Yes and yes. Out of the four heavyweights (not to take anything away from the others) I think he's the most challenging match-up. But, I'm a good 7 or so inches taller than he is, about 16 kilos (35 pounds) heavier currently (though he is sure to be bulking up over the next 3 months, and I'll probably be closer to 110 kilos), and with a much longer reach, I've got some advantages of my own. I think I'm currently ahead of him in the grappling game as well.

    I reckon I've got to work hard over the next 12 weeks, but it's completely do-able. Overall I'm pretty excited!
    How easy it is to take down a rugby guy? You'd think that's one aspect where they shine. Of course if you have developed outboxing skills that might be your game too :)

    Good luck with your training, keep us posted :)
    Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpr View Post
    How easy it is to take down a rugby guy? You'd think that's one aspect where they shine. Of course if you have developed outboxing skills that might be your game too :)
    Taking him down in the clinch I'm capable of - the dangerous thing with him would be as soon as he gets a hold of my legs, I've got to sprawl or I'm going for a big trip to the canvas. Once we are on the ground, I'll do ok - I've managed to reverse him and keep control pretty well in our last roll before the break. I'm sure he'll work on that aspect too though.

    Outboxing and getting mount/side control are going to be priorities for sure. I think that my boxing skills are ok, but they are something I'll work on over the next three months. I need more sparing!

    Quote Originally Posted by hpr View Post
    Good luck with your training, keep us posted :)
    Thanks man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by greatheight View Post
    Taking him down in the clinch I'm capable of - the dangerous thing with him would be as soon as he gets a hold of my legs, I've got to sprawl or I'm going for a big trip to the canvas. Once we are on the ground, I'll do ok - I've managed to reverse him and keep control pretty well in our last roll before the break. I'm sure he'll work on that aspect too though.

    Outboxing and getting mount/side control are going to be priorities for sure. I think that my boxing skills are ok, but they are something I'll work on over the next three months. I need more sparing!



    Thanks man!
    Also bear in mind that all those years of tackling rugby style means he'll have a natural inclination to put his head into prime guillotine real estate when going for a take down or scrambling. More so when he's tired.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cualltaigh View Post
    Also bear in mind that all those years of tackling rugby style means he'll have a natural inclination to put his head into prime guillotine real estate when going for a take down or scrambling. More so when he's tired.

    Good luck!
    Could be the case - I'll need to work on my guillotine, I've always had trouble sinking it in.

    An update for you all, the Christmas break didn't have too negative affect on me - Although I came back from my mum's place at about 122kgs, I've managed to drop back down to a comfortable 118 kilos, which is awesome (I was 116 after three days of training with Danno and the boys at Southern Fitness this past week, but I don't think I re-hydrated properly).

    W2W training is back on as of tomorrow morning here in Oz Land. Our head coach sent out the training schedule for the next two weeks, and I'll be doing four morning sessions (6am start) and one evening session (7:30pm start) a week. I'll be able to supplement this with training at SPMA and possibly down at Nowra occasionally.

    The contestants have also been split into two groups - Team Blue (which I am part of) and Team Red. Each group will have it's own sparring sessions, to keep competitors separate.

    I'll undoubtedly have more info by the end of the week (plus a new vid blog).

    Cheers guys!
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    I'm late to this thread but congratulations on making the cut in the first place. I'm going back now to read your back post to see your progress up until here. I plan on checking out those training videos as well. Good luck man! This is a dream opportunity, Leave it all on the mat!
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    I would gladly pay to watch the whole damn show, any chance?
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    Is it just me, or is having a former pro rugby player in the ranks slightly contradictory to the "Wimp" part of the title?
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