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Geoff is a Melbourne based sports fanatic and writer, who started contributing to The Roar in 2012, originally under the pen name Allanthus. His first book, A World in Conflict; the Global Battle For Rugby Supremacy was released in Dec 2017 to critical acclaim. For details on the book visit www.geoffparkes.com Meanwhile, his twin goals of achieving a single figure golf handicap and owning a fast racehorse remain tantalisingly out of reach.

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Hazman, if I didn’t know better I’d think that your team had a win on the weekend!

Lovely account mate. Justice for a win for the ages.

BBBBB in Wellington: Bok Belief Battered But Beautiful

In a similar vein it will be interesting to see if France get a dividend out of their current excellent U20 side too. Given the track record of the clubs it’s hard to be optimistic.

This is a major issue for Australia. Talent ID and depth of coaching are lacking. Scroll through the U20 squad lists from the last few years and there are far too many players who have not come through to SR level.

Thanks Nick – nice take on the weekend.

Why the rivalry between the All Blacks and Springboks is alive and well

Hi Cole

Thanks for identifying an interesting topic. If I remember correctly, this wasn’t Folau’s first basic law transgression, didn’t he throw a ball over the dead-ball line once? Although to be fair, so did SBW.

Almost certainly reflective of the amount of time these guys have spent conditioning and training versus actually playing.

Rugby is 90 per cent mental, the other half is physical

Very telling comparison Daveski.

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

Good questions Hoy…

How did Brett get so close to becoming a rugby writer?
Where was security?

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

Who said currently?

“And no new ones look remotely like world beaters.”

That’s your criteria T-man.
Tupou is a “new one” and he absolutely has the potential to be world class.

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

I get your point T-man, although I think you’re doing Taniela Tupou a disservice.

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

Some people don’t serve 10 years for murder, so that’s a fine effort mate – and long may it continue!

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

That’s a very good point Everest and one that I make in my book. It is ridiculous how there is a contest to lay claim to the term ‘grassroots’, as if that makes certain groups more worthy over others.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Hi Cliff

Sorry to take so long to get around to this one.

Excuse me for getting a laugh out of your request for a royal commission. I reckon the current government has a few other issues to deal with first before they get around to the state of Aus rugby!

As for the bigger picture, I expect to be following up over the next few weeks/months with some of the stuff you’re talking about.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Well you know I’m no leftie…

Yes there was an article around 6-8 weeks ago or so, where Jones outlined what he said was a ‘plan’.

I can’t remember it all but a big part of it was ditching Super Rugby and entering into a Trans-Tasman competition.

New Zealand have no interest in doing that. Which makes what he wrote not a plan, but wishful thinking. That’s like you or me saying that we have a plan to hook up with Scarlett Johansen. It’s not actually a plan if there’s no realistic chance of it ever happening.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Ah, that makes sense then. Sounds like he was comparing me to a couple of fat, slow blokes like himself and Digger. So sure, I’d have them covered 🙂

As for your question, no idea mate, but I’d expect there’s more than a few handy elite players lurking under nom de plumes. And it was great to see Sam Figg make a contribution over the weekend.

As for the writers, Spiro opened the batting against Ray Lindwall and the England quicks – that wins hands down! 🙂

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

No worries mate and I understand the frustration.
Better getting it out here than in a push and shove with the players! 🙂

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Hi Baz

I like the poise Toomua brings Baz, plus he has a good boot, so yes I’d be happy to see him given an opportunity at 10, with Beale back to 12.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Yes mate, smart distinction.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Don’t know where you get “un-earnt” from Jacko.

Every point in Test rugby is earned mate.

Barrett’s throw was poor but Wille pressed up hard to be in the right place when the ball bounced, and deserved the reward.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Not ‘highest level’ mate, let me squash that rumour fast!

But thanks all the same 🙂

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Yes, good point Shane. NZR can’t keep them all and Cruden got a ridiculous offer.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

“But I will take this win and enjoy it.”

Yes, that’s what this week is all about mate.
You’re right about a whole lot of other things needing to be added, but that should be a whole lot easier now that there’s some self-belief in the group.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

“small” 🙂

trying to tell us something there moa?

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Hi SP, great summary, congrats on the win, and yes, great to see the whole competition come alive again!

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

It seems TWAS that these guys see themselves as offering the equivalent of Premiership Rugby in England.

There are some key differences however,

– Prem Rugby covers a whole country. The SS covers half a city.
– the Prem Rugby clubs have the players contracted to them. In Australia, players are contracted centrally
– Prem Rugby doesn’t claim to be the saviour of grass roots rugby
– market size means that Prem Rugby receives money from broadcasters, as opposed to having to pay broadcasters

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Yes TT. I actually think it’s a good thing that the bench stays fully engaged with the game, but you don’t want that extending to them adopting a victim mentality before they even get on.

I agree with Moa though – Cheika’s demeanour has improved this year.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Hi Adsa

Absolutely agree that the response from many Wallabies fans towards Argentina has been complimentary and sporting. Don’t forget that ‘The Roar’ and ‘G & G’ aren’t truly representative in that there is a high percentage of posters/readers who are knowledgable and up with the play.

Even so, I felt there was an imbalance last week from a number of posters, and in a lot of the post match reaction on line and elsewhere, that it was all about what the Wallabies would do, or what they did or didn’t do, that would shape/did shape the result of the match.

Anyway, it’s all semantics now mate, Argentina is definitely no longer under anyone’s radar!

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Don’t disagree that it’s long over time to get up and out of the gutter Sheek.

But I’ve not read or heard anything constructive from Mr Jones that offers a way out. He’s very good at latching on to people’s discontent, I’ll give him that. And he’ll always be respected for winning a grand slam.

But his vindictive and divisive methods do nothing constructive to help move things forward.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies