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The Rugby World Cup pool stage wash-up, AFL trades, A-League opening round and the Sheffield Shield wrap

14th October, 2019
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The Rugby World Cup pool stage is done and dusted, as are the opening A-League and Sheffield Shield rounds for 2019-20, and the AFL trade period has… not really produced much. But there’s still plenty to talk about on all fronts in Episode 52 of the Game of Codes podcast.

Following Japan’s fairytale win over Scotland which catapulted them to top of Pool A and into their first-ever Rugby World Cup quarter-final (against South Africa of all teams), we wrap up the group stage with Roar rugby expert Brett McKay.

Up for discussion is the moment of the pool stage – no prizes for guessing what that was – as well the best player from the round-robin section of the tournament. We also break down the Wallabies’ concerning formline ahead of their quarter-final against England.

Even though there’s not been a lot of trades which have been completed this year, there are plenty rumoured to be in the works ahead of Wednesday night’s deadline, so Josh Elliott joins us to discuss two of the biggest potential deals: Brad Hill to St Kilda and Joe Daniher to Sydney.

With the A-League now underway, Matthew Galea phones in to talk overreactions to Round 1 of the competition, ranging from VAR (surprise, surprise) to Besart Berisha’s return to the league – and the scoresheet.

And to finish up, Scott Pryde breaks down which players in contention for Australian selection impressed during the opening round of Sheffield Shield matches – and who failed to deliver with Test spots up for grabs.

You can listen to the entire episode in the player above, and be sure head to subscribe and review on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or wherever else you get your podcasts.