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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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Was picking you’d be happy with Josh Ioane’s game, Muzzo. He only just missed the World Cup squad, and I remember how well he went in his AB’s debut. Still learning, but a high quality player.

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Cooper had a really good night, EFF. He was calm and well in control and communicated clearly. Definitely deserves more matches.

Sides seem to be going ok off the bye. I’m very tempted to tip the Force this week – they looked like they were ready for a break, and they get Prior back.

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Confidence is an elusive thing, AH.

That was a very noticeable thing for both the Tahs and Rebels – an early score and a few passes sticking and it was like the increased confidence levels had all of a sudden swept them up to a new level.

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Yeah, if someone had told me the Tahs would be leading the Reds by 38-0 at halftime, I wouldn’t have believed it either! 😂

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No question, it is the results that will do the talking, Puff.

But I think that Aus rugby fans are keen to know if the new team is putting the right building blocks in place, and there’s no problem for Johnson and Rennie to communicate what it is they’re trying to do.

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Potentially they can can all help each other out if they need to, Mitch.
If it means a bloke getting a game when he otherwise wouldn’t, then all of the coaches would support that.

But the first option will be to use their own players if they can.

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No question cs, that both aspects are important to help change the narrative for rugby in Australia, ie improve the skill level in order to get better results, AND improve the overall entertainment value.

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Def more likely than Tassie, Terry.
But no hope until the game has a more solid financial footing.

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Liking the look of Horton, jez. Good work-rate, seems to have a good temperament and has settled into this level really quickly.

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Must admit to a wry smile myself when I read that, Noodles.

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Even if the Force don’t win a match Tony, they’ve got all the legitimacy they need, being the only team that pays its own way! 😂

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The SCG is an awful ground to watch rugby at, RG, but glad you ended up having a great night out.

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My guess is that we’ll get confirmation of this years’ Test schedule before we get clarity on next year’s competition, Rob.

But there are obviously still some tricky details to work through with the NZ and Aus governments. Don’t forget that there’s an election looming. Would Jacinda lose or win votes if she blocked the All Blacks and Wallabies from flying in/out?

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I wasn’t picking you for a ‘Sweet Caroline’ man, Sheek!

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Hi robbo

Will see if I can get an update on the players who were left at home. RHP, Cottrell, English, Rangi and so on.

Don’t think they can rely on Meakes at 6, to see them through the rest of the comp! 😂

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That seems to be a popular option, Lara.

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To clarify Rob, for next year, those ‘teams from elsewhere’ would likely be based in Australia for the period of the competition.

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😂

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Yes, it cost them a couple of wins earlier in the year.

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What I will put my hand up to STP, is challenging the people who continually have a crack at the administration without understanding or recognising the constraints and realities of what they have to work with, and who fail to offer up any realistic alternatives.

The fact is, there are a number of people in the media who death ride Australian rugby, and if we can provide Scott with an opportunity to point to some of the positives that are happening in the game, and explain their planning for this year, then we’ll gladly do that. Particularly in light of the excellent performances of the Rebels and Tahs getting almost no coverage in the mainstream media outlets.

That doesn’t mean I won’t have a crack at RA when it’s justified – as I’ve done plenty of times in the past.

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Hi james

I’d say there’s a fair argument that the NZ sides have (in general) better line out execution, but I agree about the scrums. We didn’t see a disparity there before the break and there’s no reason to think why there’d be one now.

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Jake, I’m sorry to hear that your’e not getting the rugby experience that you need. That’s very disappointing to hear.

Re TSP, there are always disagreements and debates on all topics. But that’s not what we’re talking about here. Everyone gets a fair crack at treating each other with respect and getting it back in return, even if we disagree.

But some people use their goodwill up early – not interested in genuine debate or discussion, only in throwing grenades. If it looks like I’m not giving him a fair go, there’s a reason for that.

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As great as SR Aotearoa has been Lara, the problem with doing the same thing again in 2020 is that it is too short. Not enough content for the broadcasters, not enough money and too many weeks where players are sitting around doing nothing.

And if they extend it by making it 3 matches against each other instead of two, they risk killing off the interest by making it too familiar, and also losing the players, who clearly don’t want that.

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That was the most encouraging thing from the weekend, Chook. The weather quality went down but the handling and skill level, from the Rebels and Tahs especially, went up!

Enjoy your afternoon at the pool, mate.
Just remember, if you get into trouble – blame the jet lag!

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It’s really only in Australia that you find this ‘kicking is bad’ mentality, numpty.

Bad kicking is bad, no argument there, but a good kicking game, as part of a cohesive game plan, is fundamental to playing good rugby.

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