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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.

In for a rude shock when I move back home end of this year.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Been living here a bit over 9 months. Even the cheapest bottle of Malbec from the local supermarket tastes absolutely superb. We’re talking $5-10 AUD. Only so many steaks, empanadas and milanesas one can take though.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Posted before I saw your comment – basically made the same point. Inflation and economy in general shocking.

Argentina's case for a second Super Rugby franchise

As someone who currently lives in Argentina, I can tell you the economy is so bad here right now that the idea of creating a new SR franchise out of thin air is pie in the sky stuff. No offence meant, but that’s the reality – people are struggling and the capital flight out of the country will not subside until inflation gets anywhere near a respectable level.

Argentina's case for a second Super Rugby franchise

Didn’t check that the game is actually Friday night here and not Saturday – slightly better weather forecast then!

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

The weather has been absolutely rotten here in Buenos Aires this past week (not to mention the ridiculous country-wide blackout yesterday), and it looks like yet more rain on Saturday, so could even things out a bit in the Jags-Chiefs game.

Although the big event for me this week will be the mad scramble for Pumas-All Blacks tickets released at Friday noon.

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

I’m not even a Spurs or Liverpool fan but I was giddy after both games – just that weird, shocked sensation that only football can produce!

Spurs stun Ajax to seal all-EPL ECL final

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