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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.

‘Oxford Town’ is the one from that album that always lodges in my head.

That’s all I can contribute as every word that can and should be said about the Wallabies this week and this year has been said!

Bring on the Six Nations in 66 days!

Why the answers for Australian rugby are blowin’ in the wind

The story that will not die.

Sam Burgess lays blame over England's 2015 Rugby World Cup failure

Comments closed on NB article?

England loss confirms Wallabies are no closer to RWC success

I like to think it was the rest of the players finally standing up to the darlings of the team and saying enough is enough. If I’d been trying hard to get in the team all year and then saw AAC waltz back in and start breaking team rules instantly I would probably blow my top.

Beale and Ashley-Cooper stood down after breaching team protocol

Even if it was as completely innocent and normal as everyone has come out and said, it just feeds in to the image of a bad culture and general chaos that seems to constantly surround the Wallabies, and that’s very hard to stop.

Can’t believe he brought back AAC for his leadership, experience etc whatever waffle he justified it with and then literally his first test back he breaks the rules. Young blokes in the team must be thinking what is this bloke all about.

Beale and Ashley-Cooper stood down after breaching team protocol

Have just finished in quick succession the excellent ‘Behind the Jersey’ books on the history of Irish, New Zealand and Scottish rugby as told by the players and coaches, and one thing that caught me at the end of the Irish and Scottish books was just how much those countries unlocked the next level under Schmidt and Cotter respectively.

The attention to detail forensic, the planning perfect, the demeanours calm – it sounds exactly like what Australia needs after this passion and bluster era. If Schmidt goes home to NZ I don’t see why Cotter shouldn’t be asked to come down here.

You also get a sense as to how shambolic they treated the move to professionalism in ’96, and how it took them nearly 20 years to properly understand it, hence why next years World Cup is starting to look like an open classic on paper.

The biter bit: Ireland wrong-foot the All Blacks in Dublin

Hands down the best test of the year, and the best since the Lions tour last year.

They’ll be talking about this one for years, it was brutal, beautiful and fun, and that was by far one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen – sensational evening all round! Still buzzing the next day!

Coming for the cup? Irish knock off New Zealand 16-9

Apologies for being so off-topic on this thread, but seeing pure click-bait like the haka article from yesterday winds me up as there is so much rugby going on in the world at the moment which I’d rather read and debate about.

Wallabies selector wanted. How hard can it be?

Weird that there is no preview of Ireland vs New Zealand on the site – you’d think the biggest test of the year between the two clear-cut best teams in the world would warrant something? This feeds in to a point I made on Geoff Parke’s article the other day that Australia just doesn’t seem to engage with the rest of the rugby world they way everyone else does. We have 300 articles of navel-gazing about the woes of the Wallabies/RA/Rugby in general whereas the rest of the rugby world is excited and pumped up about the test in Dublin.

Anyway sorry for that, rant over. I think the losses of Murray and O’Brien will be too much for Ireland, although it’ll be damn close and hard fought as there is still lingering bad-blood from that brutal 2016 clash in Dublin.

Wallabies selector wanted. How hard can it be?

Having lived overseas for 5 years now I am always saying to people back home that Rugby is going great in the rest of the world, it’s just Australia where the sky appears to be falling in. One just has to be in Britain/Europe during the 6 Nations to see how popular and passionate Rugby still is.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Are you denying Wales player base was lower-skilled when Gatland took over? If you read my whole comment literally the next point is “which is what Wales were 10 years ago”.

They obviously came on in leaps and bounds after Gatland became coach.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Schmidt would be brilliant, but I feel like the AB’s job will be a shootout between him and Robertson, and Schmidt’s international experience will get him the nod.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Mentioned it in the other article about the game, but I think we should go hard for Gatland as coach after the WC.

After the 2007 World Cup Wales were a mess, having missed the QF’s after a loss to Fiji. Gatland came in, realised he didn’t have the most skilled player base and implemented a game plan that nullified that disadvantage. 2 Grand Slams and another 6 Nations title followed.

Obviously a different kettle of fish to playing the AB’s and South Africa several times a year, but I think NZ will go for Schmidt after Hansen steps down, and I can understand if Kiwi coaches are wary of the Wallabies gig after the way Deans tenure ended in such rancour.

Wallabies frustration continues with loss to Wales

The kicking at Twickenham was top notch, and needed to be because of the appalling conditions. Wales and Australia had no such excuse under the roof.

I honestly think we should go for Gatland as coach after the WC as his experience with Wales in the last 10 years shows he can get the results with a lower-skilled set of players, which is what Wales were 10 years ago. Likewise Vern Cotter getting Scotland back to respectability.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Yeah not saying Wales played well either (Halfpenny shocking with the boot randomly as well), was more saying fair play to them for finally beating us.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

But fair play to Wales btw, was inevitable that they would snap the streak eventually and everyone knew it would be today.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Was like an u/10’s game compared to the England-New Zealand test which immediately preceded it.

Seven talking points from Wallabies v Wales

Liam Williams and Dan Biggar on the bench for Wales – if they’re still in it with 20 to go that will give them immense confidence with those two coming on, especially Williams linking up with the brilliant Jonathan Davies.

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

Very informative mate!

At the time I used to deride that ’02-’03 English team as 10-man rugby kick merchants, as I was such a one-eyed Wallabies fan, but now I can objectively look back and see they had options all over the pitch from 1-15 and played some damn good stuff.

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Daly has looked a bit off for a few games – he’s played a lot of rugby in the last couple of years. I think they severely miss Anthony Watson tbh.

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

As for this weekends game, expect the AB’s to win but will be closer than the 20 plus points I’ve heard some people predicting. England were stodgy but brave last week and they always lift several levels against NZ -I think the reason they’re desperate for Tuilagi to be fit is that 2012 is still relatively fresh in the memory for both teams and the destruction he wrought that day.

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

Love this article.

Just when the memories of Andrew Sheridan have receded to the back of my mind and all is well with the world, you push them to the forefront and a cold sweat breaks out. Many an England fan I’ve met still wax lyrical about that ’05 humiliation of Australia and I have no comeback to it – uncontested scrums against the Poms at Twickenham – embarrassing!

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

Just submitted a comment which is basically exactly the same as yours right down to order of matches – apologies for not reading first!

The Wrap: Truth the first casualty in rugby’s propaganda wars

Good weekend of European rugby – Leinster absolutely towelling Wasps, Munster and Exeter pretty much playing in the middle of a cyclone and of course Freddie Burns getting his come-uppance for his ridiculous premature showboating.
If only someone had done that to Chris Ashton earlier in his career we wouldn’t have been subjected to the arrogance-personified splashdown rubbish.

The Wrap: Truth the first casualty in rugby’s propaganda wars

Watched the game in a pub here in Buenos Aires – my Spanish isn’t good enough to understand it all but based on the tone and rate of words coming out of most peoples mouths around me it was utter disbelief at what was happening to the Puma’s in the second half. It was like they were playing on acid and the ball was a giant, slippery octopus.

Wallabies do it to us again. So what now?