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Geoff Parkes

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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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“How disappointed was I to realise that “Guru status” is a while off yet.”

Don’t be too hard on yourself mate, you had a lot of very good company!

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

That will no doubt be the case NV, and way off the mark imo.

For one, the ref is the ref, there is not a huge difference in standard between the top 6 or 8. And also, I think O’Keeffe gets a far harder rap than he should. He used to be very uptight, but with experience has learned to relax in big matches (I know some people hate that he low fived a try-scorer), and he communicates well with players and is mostly very accurate.

He’s had some high profile/controversial calls land with him, but as I raised last week, I think it’s more that the processes are flawed and they don’t actually help the referees. What was he supposed to do last week when he had two AR’s tell him it was direct contact to the head?

Maybe Owens and Barnes would have said, “thanks but I disagree” but pretty much all refs aren’t up to that. And Owens is retired now anyway.

I hope he has a good match, and I’m sure he will, but even if he does, there’ll be loud voices on both sides bleating about him, no matter what.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Fully understand, mate.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Yeah. Whatever the Lions bring this week, you’d have to think the Boks will be much improved. And it’s not like they’re building off nothing.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Frankly, I picked you for being more community minded than that KP, but it looks like I was mistaken.

If I had Jennifer Jason Leigh’s number, from when she was in The Hateful Eight, I’d do the right thing and pass that on to you.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

I’m sure a quarter of the usual allocation robbo, is still more than enough to keep everyone happy! 😂

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Hi Muzzo

I think the Olympics and the Lions are not quite the same thing. To the best of my understanding, Great Britain has always performed at the Olympics as a single entity, that’s the basis of their membership of the IOC, so that’s how it is. I’m not aware of any push in the member nations, or from anyone else, to change that.

New Zealand and Australia used to compete as Australasia, but it was our choice to separate, as it is for the GB nations. Maybe it should have stayed that way? NZ would have a whole lot more swimming medals if that was the case! 😂

As for the Lions, they aren’t really competing for any global prize, are they? The individual nations are member nations of World Rugby and compete at World Cups etc as such.

If the Lions are brought together every four years as a traditional concept, then I think most people see that as something that’s interesting, that’s special, that adds to rugby, that has developed it’s own tradition.

Sure there are some who would rather it gone, for example many NH clubs, because it’s viewed by them as another intrusion on their patch. But the SA, NZ and AUS unions obviously want it, the players want it, and the vast majority of fans love it.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

None of us are in the camp so we don’t know, but you’d have to think that he’s still got a very firm hand on things.

Put it another way, it would be a very unusual situation for any new coach to come in, to any side, and for his first match, 18 months or so since the last one under the old coach, that the best he could come up with is to pick exactly the same team and play exactly the same tactics.

Clearly, this is a very unusual situation!

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Well, if you’re asking me to choose, I don’t believe he’s incompetent. 😛

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Yes, Phantom. I note that there’s since been some regret shown by M Poite about the decision, but that’s sport – what happened, happened.

As someone I know says, if you want to have a whinge about something, go write to your local MP…

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

To be honest Ken, it feels like the backwash has far exceeded any level of attention such a throwaway comment deserved… 😂

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Yes, I agree that the Boks camp will be shell shocked at how the replacement front row failed to make any impact, CM.

We should get a fierce response this week, but even so, there’ll be some doubt now, a dent in their self-belief, and that can be hard to work through.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

I’ve warned you before Jock, don’t stop with your meds.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

“I did cringe a little when I saw Ben O’Keefe as assistant ref in Cape Town”

Then get ready to cringe a little more next weekend, WB – Ben O’Keeffe is the man with the whistle.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Whoa there, AH, that may be an unfortunate re-write of history…

Quade was charged with burglary once, on the Gold Coast, it never went to court, he had to pay restitution and undergo mediation and counselling and that sort of thing.

But not drugs. And not enough to kill off a citizenship application one would have thought.

You might be getting him mixed up with K.Hunt?

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

And so, it seems, do some rugby players nowadays as well Peter. One who springs to mind in particular…

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

You paid good money for that seat RT, with high expectation, so your pov is entirely understandable.

And yes, the end of the match was entirely unsatisfactory. But that doesn’t change the point that the Lions put themselves into a winning/drawing position.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Thanks for all that HiKa. Perfectly explained and no doubt, this could be tightened right up if there was any will to do so.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

“They make Saders forwards defending a try line look like choir boys.”

Beautiful work, Ken.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

It was a straight running race, moa, after a big group finished the cycle together.
Wilde looked fantastic until the last km when the Norwegian turned the heat up.

He earned extra kudos too for helping the stricken winner up off the ground afterwards, even at the cost of getting a bit of his vomit on himself. Which made a bit of a mockery of the rules around not being allowed to make contact with each other in the medal ceremony… 😂

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Pretty good list, Peter.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

“If my team was coming out to play high balls I am not sure I’d be tuning in.”

This is such an interesting one, isn’t it, Bourkos? Obviously there are many different ways to win a game of rugby. And none of them are any more ‘worthy’ or less worthy than the other.

But yeah, if that’s how it was here, with any regularity, it’s not hard to imagine crowds switching off in droves.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

That’s great news, Bourkos. Sales for Auckland are good too, and I know that both countries are doing everything they can to see that these games go ahead and both come away with a good gate.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Perhaps if you’d seen it you’d understand better what I was on about, DA! 😂

Let’s just say the contact between the soccer players was a little gentler than being barrelled by Koroibete…

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Fair call to ask him about some of those deeper aspects a bit further down the track, Muglair/Rob C.

Obviously we’re in the middle of a Test season right now so the interest is rightly concentrated around Wallabies performance. But yes, the job is far broader than that.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

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