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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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Leeds were popular here for a while because of Kewell and Viduka.

I had a pommy mate who lived in Pontefract, just outside of Leeds, who was/is a totally mad Leeds United supporter. We went through there and caught up during the 1999 World Cup and I was telling him how we’d been in Ireland for a week and were on our way to Scotland.

He – in his mid 30’s – asked me what it was like in Ireland. Turned out he’d never been!

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Capitulation is something you might expect towards the end of a tough series, not on the first day – so yeah, I imagine you felt a bit robbed!

Let’s hope their tactic of saving Broad and Anderson for the pink ball, plus Hazlewood being out, gets us a more competitive match. I won’t be there Boxing Day but hopefully will give days 2 & 3 a crack.

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A little bit of both, Jez.
Not privy to the recording or a transcript but told a bit about it by someone who should know.

That’s obviously a very strong defence by Nestor so perhaps there is more to the story than how it was reported. In which case it would be an unsavoury business on multiple fronts.

All the best for Xmas and the new year.

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All the best, Wal.

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I thought about that a bit after the series ozinsa, and I think (hope?) that it was just a one-off.

The reason I say that is that I never got that same weighty sense at the last World Cup, and also, even though the last Lions tour to NZ ended in controversy, and the referee and TMO crumpled under pressure, I don’t think the two sides were as intense about it as what those two outfits were this year.

Hopefully, just a coming together of a few things, as you suggest, and not a sign of things to come.

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Thanks for being part of it, AJ.

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Cheers Allan. I didn’t leave a comment on your piece this week, but keep ’em coming, it’s valuable work.

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Thanks Carlin. Have a great Xmas and best wishes to you and your family.

What a talent Neil Finn is. I still remember when he got roped into Split Enz all those years ago. And he’s still the business now, always trying something new, never just relying on rehashing the old stuff (as good as it is).

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Hopefully just resting up for a few weeks, Mo.

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You too, ozinsa. Cheers.

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I heard those two props who dropped Thor on his head are big fans.

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Check this out. Talk about having an eye for goal…

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Cheers Nick, although as you well know, there are times when it is harder work than other times, and there is plenty of angst! 😊

Keep your stuff coming, it feels like there’s a bottomless appetite for it. I particularly enjoyed your recent look at how some coaches have got around the ruck/maul laws with respect to binding. It’s a fine line between being innovative and shameless!

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I’m sure you’ve said in the past, but I can’t remember who you follow?

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January is a great time of year, Billy Boy.
Guys are smashing personal bests on the beep test, the young guys are training the house down, the team culture is humming, a title seems a formality…

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I followed Spurs pretty closely in my school days. They went through a low period in the 70’s and then had a golden era with Hoddle, Ardiles and Villa, which was magic. Hoddle was my favourite player – just magic.

I don’t watch nearly as much EPL now – there’s too much rugby to keep up with, plus it’s not on Foxtel any more and I don’t need any more new subscriptions.

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Thanks Don, and all of that reciprocated.
Always enjoy and appreciate your astute observations on rugby and league.

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The tour did have that “tuition” feel about it Ken. Let’s hope the lessons have been absorbed and those games are turned into wins next year.

Best to yours as well.

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Great sentiments mz, and many thanks for your considerable input to this and other columns.

That’s what’s so great about this site – genuine people like yourself sharing experiences and knowledge on rugby and life. Best wishes to you and your family for Xmas and beyond.

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Cheers NV, and thanks always for your support. It was a strange year, with the Lions series knocking the game off kilter for so many of us, but even so, the good thing about the game we love is that we are never short of something interesting to write about and discuss.

Just did a quick refresh on Mick Hucknall. Over 50 million albums sold, which is a pretty fair effort! He’s a staunch Man U fan, but I suppose we can forgive him for that…

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She’s a good reminder Crow that, no matter how bad things might sometimes get at home, they could always be a whole lot worse…

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Thanks for the post and all your contributions, JN. Good observation about how the respect between the players is at a different level than much (not all) of the fan base.

Glad to hear you’ve got through Omicron and hopefully everything returns to normal asap.

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It goes without saying that the Australian SR franchises really need to step it up a level next year.

I’m liking what I’m hearing from all of the franchises, but of course it’s easy to be optimistic at this time of the year. However well the squads are coming together, it’s well past time for more regular wins against NZ opposition.

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Yes, there’ll be a lot of letters going out, Muzzo… 😂

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https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/5767159/James+McMurtry/Choctaw+Bingo

Pure poetry…

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