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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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Pull your head in, mate. Disagree all you like but try doing it constructively and respectfully. The writer is obviously genuine and is contributing far more to the debate than sideline snipers like yourself.

And as Bobby says above, attempts to frame this debate as a left/right political issue are ridiculous. Folau and Rugby Australia have supporters from all sides of the political spectrum.

A letter to Alan Jones on the matter of Israel Folau

Very disappointed there’s only 9 likes for your post, Highlander. 🙂
But thanks for noticing – back next week.

Israel Folau has been unfairly hounded out of Australian rugby

“When these guys are again going on about having to tip tight games before teams have been named, just remind them I made my selections three weeks ago.”

There’s every chance this is just what you need to turn things around, mate!

Super Rugby Round 14: What follows a good round?

Not rested Jez. Jones has an eye socket injury, Naisarani a foot injury, both possibly 2-3 weeks.

Coleman is close, will play next week. Uelese is also close, has played club rugby and will play in the curtain raiser against a Japanese side.

They are also a bit unlucky with both Hosea and Ha’angana training well, but like Lucas for the Reds, unavailable because of the U20’s.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

This game shapes as a real battle of tactics Ken.
The Bulls will have a plan for a Rebels pack that is missing Coleman, Jones and Naisarani.
The Rebels will have a plan to keep moving the Bulls around and avoid a set-piece grind.
Huge ask for Philip, Ross HP and Leota this week.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

Yes, and Pocock too 🙂

The Wrap: Super Rugby’s week 13, lucky for some

Good point about Petaia, Rhys.

All sides suffer injuries, but that one robbed the Reds, and the competition, more than any this year. (probably equalled only by Damian McKenzie)

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Well, as it stands today it’s not impossible, Fox.

But for that situation to change, and to prevent Folau’s termination, he would need to make some kind of acknowledgment mitigating his post, he’d need to take it down, and he’d need to guarantee that he wouldn’t do it again.

Seems unlikely.

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Good call on Read, Fox. He had a strong match.

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Reece is lucky PB, no argument there.

But how should he have ‘done his time’? He was discharged and not sentenced to any. By a court more abreast of the facts and background than any of us.

You see this type of discussion frequently across on the league threads. Some players like Lodge and Packer are given a second chance at the game and turn out to be positive redemption stories. But understandably, many believe that they shouldn’t receive those opportunities. And there are some players who are offered second opportunities who don’t make the most of them.

Which is why I’m happy to back the Crusaders on Reece. They didn’t need him, and they don’t need their strong culture disrupted by the wrong type of person. But they obviously knew enough about him that they were happy with to bring him in and give him that chance.

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Yes, and I’m sure there are even more incredible claims to come yet. Unfortunately…

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Yes TWAS, any direct comparisons are spurious.

League scrums take nowhere near the time as for rugby, but does anyone seriously suggest that rugby copies that farce, because it means that the ball is in play for longer?

I like watching quality rugby league as much as the next person, but I cringe with embarrassment at every scrum feed.

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I think there’s something here for everyone DA, including discussion about different SR teams, SR refs and so on.

Understand your point about Folau, but we’re going to have to get used to it, it’s not going to go away. In fact, brace yourself for the firestorm when his contract does indeed get terminated.

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Sounds like just the sort of stats based project Brett would enjoy sinking his teeth into, Short Arm!

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Crotty is either available or he isn’t CUW. He won’t miss selection because of any concern that he ‘might’ get concussed.

As for Laumape, it didn’t exactly look like the Rebels (full of Wallabies players) ‘countered his muscle’ last week. He embarrassed them in the first half.

And I reckon Goodhue is going ok too. Joel Stransky was raving about the way he set up one of the Crusaders’ tries on Friday night. It was simple, but it was full of class.

But I agree that Nonu is definitely in the mix. Great problem to have.

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There are a whole lot of reasons why the AFL and NRL generate far higher broadcast revenues cs. I’d suggest that ‘ball in play’ time is a fair way down the list.

That said, it’s obviously important for rugby to be as visually appealing as possible. That’s not just a simple matter of ‘ball in play’ either, because it’s just as important to maintain the sanctity of the set piece, maintain a healthy balance between strength and speed, and keep the big fellas in the game.

The trick is ensuring that those set pieces don’t end up ‘wasting’ a lot of time. The line-out isn’t really an issue these days, the scrum obviously can be. Then you have to consider that whatever you do doesn’t compromise player safety – no-one wants to go back to the bad old days of the 80’s and early 90’s where spinal injuries were far too common.

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The only judge that counts is the referee mate! And he was good with it.

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Calls are as contentious as we want to make them CUW, looking through different eyes.

Masirewa’s tackle came up off the chest and while i don’t think there was evil intent at all, from one view you could clearly see his shoulder make contact with the ball carrier’s jaw. That’s a YC.

If other refs haven’t paid similar cards for similar offences, so what? That’s probably a reflection on them, not Gardner.

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Hi Nick

Commiserations on the loss.

As for Folau, of all of the overreach and bombastic nonsense being spouted about religious oppression – and there is plenty of it – that wee passage took the cake!

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I’d like to see him square his shoulders a bit more at 10, Ralph. The Sharks are among the worst at crabbing across field and it starts at 9/10.

But yes, as a pure footballer, he’s got a lot to offer.

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Gardner seems to be getting a hard time CUW, partly because he’s been showing plenty of cards. Yet all 5 last week and the two this week, to me, all looked fully justified.

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I thought both passes were good TSE.

If anything, Tupou’s pass would have been the one likely to go forward, because Lucas was potentially in front of him after his pass, but as TDN says above, Lucas instinctively held back a touch, and Tupou was superb in how he obviously made a backwards movement with his hands.

The initial feeling from those around me in the press box was that one of the passes must have been forward, but on second look, it was just a piece of great skill from both players.

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At this stage it looks as though they’re a game short, Neel.
Especially considering that one of their four remaining matches is against the Crusaders.

And you’re right, they’ve recovered really well from that horror start, and still play some great rugby. But I can’t see them making it from here.

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Definitely one that slipped away from the Sharks, Ralph. It was almost one of those situations where it took them so long to get to the lead, once they did they kind of switched off for just a minute – and got blown away for doing so!

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Hi Muzzo

I really have no idea what the AB’s will do with Nonu.

One side of the argument says that he’s yesterday’s man, and that they have enough other strong options.

The other argument says that World Cups are won by having vastly experienced players in key positions. And there’s no question that he’s playing well and is a positive on-field influence.

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