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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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Hi mate, as mentioned in Nick’s comments, I’ll have a good look around at training tomorrow.

Not sure about an article though, I’m working on a couple of other topics leading into the start of the season, Let’s see how it goes.

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks for the piece Nick, and highlighting Geoff’s progression.
I’m dropping in to training tomorrow, will get up to speed on all the new players.
I’ll take a kilo of Asado beef ribs with me – that should flush the new Argie out!

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Tunnel of Love, by the length of the straight, for me.
The albums flows beautifully, with Walk Like a Man and One Step Up two of his absolute best.

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Huge fan of Soylent Green, even if it is a few years old now.
Grade ‘A’ reference, Dan!

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, third Test

Which makes it all the more infuriating Targa, that for the last two visits to Australia they’ve come in grossly underprepared and undersold themselves.

The solution to Australia’s Test batting woes

Understand that’s the core objective BB, and I can’t believe that anybody will think that’s a bad thing.

At the same time, there are genuine concerns about what it might do to the Blues supporter base, and there is yet to be a full understanding about where the players will come from, and financial sustainability.

No doubt this will all emerge in due course and we’ll all be able to comment from a more informed position.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

Thanks Nick. Enjoyed those Lambey highlights – gotta love those second efforts!

Can Super Rugby AU bring the wild geese home?

Don’t forget Kurtley at flanker, Buk.
Can’t help but thinking he missed his calling there…

Can Super Rugby AU bring the wild geese home?

EFF, I’m sure you’re well aware that there’s a constitutional review being undertaken currently.
If that results in an inequitable outcome for WA rugby then by all means play the victim card then.

But don’t you think we should at least pay the two gentlemen undertaking the review, and the new executive the courtesy of seeing how it turns out?

A new way forward for Rugby Australia

There are some smart rugby brains there so I’m hopeful that the key issues will be addressed. I’m also sure that guys like that won’t stray from rugby’s ethos, ie contest for possession of the ball, and a game for all shapes and sizes.

It’s not easy, obviously the concussion issue is now at the forefront so there are a few potentially conflicting factors feeding into any review. But as you’ve suggested, even if they started with ensuring that the existing laws are actually refereed to, that would sweep up a lot of the low hanging fruit, make for immediate improvement, and clear the way for a good, hard look at the complex, safety driven issues.

It’s also multi-layered, in terms of addressing the laws themselves, but also the administering (which you’ve done), which hopefully ensures more consistency and accuracy around the globe.

Hope you and your family have a great xmas.

An open letter to World Rugby: Part 2

Terrific pair of articles Highlander, containing a truckload of nuanced, common sense.

The playing of penalty advantage is a real peeve, the going through the motions for an extra 3-4 phases is effectively dead time, and as you point out, doesn’t advantage the attacking side as much as a quick penalty potentially might. To help referees, it should be easy enough to set guidelines tied to where on the field the offence occurs. ie, it makes sense to play advantage in the attacking 22, a whole lot less sense in the defensive half.

An open letter to World Rugby: Part 2

Thanks for the article Barry.

I don’t know about some UK rugby players being enough of a trigger for the NRL to properly address the issue, but we can certainly agree that if they don’t take the matter more seriously – as opposed to saying that they are – their days are numbered.

The UK concussion court case may destroy the NRL

Cheers Nick, great to see you give Matt a rap. He was very disappointed about missing the World Cup squad, but instead of sulking about it, resolved to work harder, and he’s been duly rewarded – not just by starting six Tests, but by becoming a better player in the process.

And important to note that Geoff Parling has played an important role there, too.

He’s a good bloke with a great outlook on life, and hopefully he gets something out of the stint in France and comes back better again.

Why Matt Philip is upwardly mobile in the second row

Great to hear that about Stan, Bourkos. Cheers.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

😂 I’m sure they do, Carlos!

Not saying that England can relax, but what a huge match that one will be.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

Yeah. Riccardo, just add a few chicken wings and count me in too!

The Roar's 2020 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup end-of-year awards

Excellent, Highlander.
The detail AND the tone.

An open letter to World Rugby: Part 1

Chocobares is my debut man.
First test, no problem, play like a dream, beat the AB’s, what’s all this fuss about Test rugby?

Honorable mention to the ABC for allowing ‘The Roar’ to sneak in one more article.

The Roar's 2020 Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup end-of-year awards

First match locked into my schedule is ARG v JAP.
There will be tears after that one.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

Thanks Rhys, and hard to argue with both of those.

It was good to see the Reds, after throwing a few games away early in the season, start to put things together. That defensive effort against the Rebels was a real watershed moment, and even though they came up short in the final, they were obviously not far off the mark, and look to be in good shape to kick on in the new season.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

Very good question about the NRC, Fin… 😛

I’ll let you know when we know. But don’t hold your breath waiting.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

I remember when I first saw Dave Dobbyn, very many years ago now, Carlin, when Th’ Dudes first came to prominence. I thought, ‘what a smarmy, snivelling, little peroxided upstart!’

Couldn’t have got that more wrong if I tried. What an absolute legend and treasure the bloke is.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

“I’m a bit late to the party today.”

Good to see somebody doing their bit to hold up the Victorian economy, mate!

Everyone who was frustrated at not seeing Trevor Hosea get a run for the WB’s, needn’t worry – they’ll certainly be seeing plenty of him from if February onwards!

Hope you have a great xmas, and yes, here’s to hearing a whole lot less from certain people, one of whom might just happen to rhyme with Flan, in 2021!

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

Very good point, Highlander. People don’t like to be taken for fools.
If they’d been more transparent it wouldn’t have been the issue it became, and they wouldn’t have lost the bit of respect they did lose.

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables

There’s mounting evidence that it’s not my thing either, mate!

The Wrap: All of 2020’s rugby memorables and unmentionables