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From Brisbane, Australia, living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Spent 4 and half years living in London. Love Football, Rugby, Cricket and Rock'n'Roll.

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It might be coming home

An Australian supporting England in most sporting endeavours is akin to high treason – an act so reprehensible, deplorable and unconscionable that the revoking of citizenships and forced registration on a public list would be fully justified.

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England vs Wales is poetry in motion

The historical enmity between Wales and England has been shaped by centuries of cultural, political, economic, and most importantly, rugby union-based mistrust and conflict, rendering the Australia versus New Zealand rivalry a primary school sandpit fight in comparison.

Wasn’t a dig at true casual commenters such as yourself, more the ones that suspiciously appear to have been created just to argue over this issue.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

A lot of ‘Guests’ and Roar ‘Rookie’s’ with unfamiliar usernames populating the site today – I don’t imagine many of them will be sticking around to give their opinion on the rugby matches this weekend.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters – sounds like every rugby team I’ve ever been a part of!

Folau slammed over anti-gay comments

No I’m not a fan of either team, but a ticket came up and the opportunity to go was too good to pass up. I have adopted Ferro Carril Oeste (team in the 2nd division here), due to me being an Aston Villa fan and the fact Ferro’s original kit was based off Villa’s. Not too far a walk from home either.

As a neutral was hoping it would come down to the final day showdown between Racing and Defensa, but they are deserved champions – played some great football this season.

Football in Argentina: A passionate tango

His exploits for Boca hold a lot of weight here.

Football in Argentina: A passionate tango

As an aside to all the crowd comparisons and stadium talk etc here, and because there’s nowhere else for me to comment on it, I was able to attend the Independiente vs Racing Club derby here in Buenos Aires last weekend.

It’s probably the 2nd biggest derby here after the obvious one, and despite Independiente (the home team) being thoroughly outclassed, the atmosphere, both on the streets pre-game and in the stadium all throughout was unreal. The benefit of attending football matches here is its still a kind of unpolished, raw affair without alot of the corporate things we all dislike about modern football. Highly recommend!

Western Sydney Stadium is the feel-good story the A-League needs

The official tweets from WR and Gosper are just such corporate weasle-word rubbish, the sort of guff you get from banks or insurance companies, and that in turn makes fans even angrier.

World League plans won’t pay off

Ridiculous idea – would kill off Lions tours and make test matches feel less special if they play each other all the time. The All Blacks test against England in November was special because it’d been 4 years since they played, whereas all the Wallabies tests at Twickenham and Cardiff are starting to blur in to one for me because we play them every year on the Spring Tour.

It sounds straight from the American way of doing things:
Suit 1: “Hey you know what everyone loves? The World Cup.”
Suit 2: “Yeah they do, so let’s have it every year!”

World League plans won’t pay off

Love seeing him and Genia back together, and he looks extremely fit and motivated.

On a Welsh sidenote Nic – is Halfpenny ever going to return? The whole sudden removal from Ospreys last week wasn’t a good sign, and it’d be a shame if this ruins his whole year. Can’t take too much care with his symptoms though, especially with his history.

Also Wales by 5 on Saturday.

Welcome back to the big time, Quade Cooper

How on earth can they leave out the 94-96 one?

Cricket Australia letting fans vote on next retro ODI jersey

The All Blacks have become rugby’s equivalent to Brazil at the FIFA World Cup

Haven’t won it in nearly 20 years, live off the glories of their past legendary teams and prematurely implode in tears under their own absurd hype? For the Wallabies sake lets hope the AB’s really are Brazil’s rugby doppelganger!

My dream Rugby World Cup holiday: Yokohama, stunning scenery, and international rugby's greatest rivalry

Ah Dominici – every rugby fan with an ounce of romanticism in them eternally loves him for the ’99 SF.

Does size really matter?

Yeah I guess he does for some reason. Well that’s my argument shot to pieces!

Does size really matter?

True – not denying they were very skillful, it wasn’t a dig at all.

Does size really matter?

Yeah unclear example there from me – was thinking more Beauden and meant more at that key 18-21 age where NH clubs tell all and sundry to bulk up. Obviously he’d get in a team now because everyone knows he’s a very good test player now.

Does size really matter?

JOC seems to be in a pretty good headspace at Sale, on social media etc he seems content and in a good place, not sure it’d be wise of him to dive straight in to the poisonous Wallabies atmoshphere atm.

Does size really matter?

It’s a pretty emotive topic that gets brought up quite often, as I don’t think anybody wants to see lighter, quicker players ala Williams disappear from the game.

I still feel the All Blacks, as usual,have the answer, and yet it’s almost hiding in plain sight to other countries – Mackenzie and the Barretts etc are good enough, so they play, simple as that, whereas they wouldn’t get a sniff in the Northern Hemisphere.

That monster Wales team from 2010-2015 or so took bulk and brawn to a new level which they’ve weaned themselves off a bit, but England seem to have caught the bug again, especially after the way they monstered Ireland. Christian Wade also a notable victim of the size-obsession.

Does size really matter?

Thanks for the reply – yes I suppose I didn’t consider how much economic hardship there is in Wales outside of Cardiff.

The Wrap: What’s the real lowdown with grassroots rugby? Part Two

Sorry should’ve mentioned – thoroughly enjoyed the articles Geoff. Really good at explaining all the intangible frustrations with Australian rugby.

The Wrap: What’s the real lowdown with grassroots rugby? Part Two

Your fleeting mention of Wales is a good comparison for Australia. They appear to be in the same situation except the phenomenal success of their national team papers over the cracks far better than us.

Unlike us, Wales completely ballsed up professionalism from the start, and the creation of the regions under David Moffett (the controversial ex-NRL chief) started an all-out civil war, with the emotions of it still running high and festering to this day.

There’s been recent talk of cutting a region, or merging them, and the once-proud and famous club game there is struggling massively, with Neath only just surviving a winding up order recently. As I said their national team has been consistently good for a decade, and they fill Millennium Stadium for every game, but you worry about what happens when Gatland leaves and the talent might tail off.

I’m sure Nick Bishop can de-bunk everything I’ve just said.

The Wrap: What’s the real lowdown with grassroots rugby? Part Two

Ah my bad – should’ve seen that!

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Murray and Sexton looked extremely under-cooked. No surprise for Murray considering he’s barely played for Munster this season but I was very surprised Schmidt didn’t throw Carbery and Marmion on way earlier considering they’ve proven they can handle big games and situations before.

Predictable Ireland bore themselves into a shock defeat by England

Too many uses of “very” in that comment.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

England were very good. Mako V. was outstanding and the Tuilagi/Slade centre combo looked very dangerous. Very good point about Johnny May – used to just be a speed merchant but now looking very well-rounded. Bring on next weekend.

Seven talking points from Round 1 of the Six Nations

’97 was the first year I was properly invested so it’d have to be going to Crushers games with my dad (including one against St. George where the bloke on the gate let us in for free because they were desperate to boost crowd numbers ha) and watching the ARL GF that year in Newcastle with my mums relatives and friends – party time!

What made you fall in love with rugby league?