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The Insider

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The Insider is a new column on The Roar, written by an 'Insider' within the Australian Rugby Union. Shhh, no names! We hope you enjoy the unique insider views you'll be reading in this column.

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They’re Wales boyo, but not as you know em’

They're Wales boyo, but not as you know em'

21 Jun 2013

What to make of the British and Irish Lions so far? In one word: Welsh! It was perhaps to be expected given they picked the Welsh coach, and he picked a Welsh captain, and almost all of the front-line Welsh team. But it’s fair to say nothing the Lions have done so far on tour […]

The Insider: The second coming of Berrick Barnes

The Insider: The second coming of Berrick Barnes

27 May 2013

“Giddaaaay Mate!” This might seem a bit enthusiastic, as an introduction, for some – especially if you are meeting someone for the first time – but not for Berrick Barnes. ‘Barnsey’ is so exuberant in his welcome to anyone, friends or strangers, that it has become a feature of the pre-Test Wallaby jersey presentation ritual […]

Time for Wallabies to harness ‘Poly’ power

Time for Wallabies to harness ‘Poly’ power

21 May 2013

Of the 25 names read out last Sunday in the first Wallabies squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions, eight players – 32 percent of the squad – are of Polynesian descent. Sekope Kepu, Saia Fainga’a, Sitaleki Timani, Wycliff Palu, Israel Folau, Christian Leali’ifano, Joe Tomane, and Digby Ioane. Throw in […]

THE INSIDER: Meet the real Sanchez Genia

THE INSIDER: Meet the real Sanchez Genia

9 May 2013

Willy Genia is the most important player in Australian rugby. Just don’t tell him that! While Sanchez (his christian name) is like anyone else in that he enjoys adulation, he’s actually a lot quieter than you might expect. Certainly less than the confident image he tries to project. Away from the team environment, Sanchez generally […]

The Insider Selections: Locks, props, hooker

The Insider Selections: Locks, props, hooker

5 Apr 2013

And so to the third and final instalment of my Wallabies team to tame the British and Irish Lions. If you’ve already disregarded the first two selections, taking in the backs and loose forwards, it is probably best you stop reading now. For you Robbie Deans, and anyone else with any interest, read on and […]

The Insider Selections: halves, loose forwards

The Insider Selections: halves, loose forwards

4 Apr 2013

So to the second part of my Wallaby selection blackboard. This time I’m dealing with the flyhalves, halfbacks and the loose forwards. If you’ve looked at my outside backs, as anointed in my previous column, you’ve no doubt already disagreed – so here are some more names for you to put a line through! I’ve […]

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