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Thanks Nick – I learned a lot, and very enjoyably and clearly put together. And typical of rugby: stuff that you think shouldn’t be legal, often is!

One mystery remains, although it’s a question that I’m not sure is one for the Coaches Corner. Where are all the people from last year and this year who were posting on the Roar that Rennie is no good because he’s a Kiwi, by definition un-Australian, and won’t be able to handle Australia’s specialness let alone make things better?

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

“They’re good men”.

Calling adult males “men” is a good thing. Calling them “boys” takes away from being adult a little. I think certain refs don’t help themselves here.

'It's going to be a hell of a game': Everything Rennie said on Japan challenge, Kerevi recovery and Koroibete loss

>”Not much will happen”

The charges do include attempted murder, which is not trivial.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-19/qld-fourth-teen-charged-over-toutai-kefu-attack/100391992

Some google-fu reveals that home is Goodna, Springfield Lake, and Browns Plains.

'There was blood everywhere, it was horrific': Toutai Kefu relives home machete attack

Regrettably, that was the short-term outcome. Long-term it was found that the cohort had worse outcomes ie crime, back in prison. There’s a lot of counter-intuitive things happen in this space, and it’s controversial, right through to study design.

I just figure we are complex creatures.

'There was blood everywhere, it was horrific': Toutai Kefu relives home machete attack

Adding another name here to the long and large list of names of well-wishers. All the best for you and your family’s full recovery, Toutai.

'There was blood everywhere, it was horrific': Toutai Kefu relives home machete attack

I asked for some links on this topic in an earlier thread and this was posted:

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/piecing-together-brad-thorn-quade-cooper-relationship-feud-explained/

The original thread is here:

‘That’s what I’ll bring’: Rodda reveals how his game has changed since quitting Reds

“I’ve had people people removed”

Quade’s quest: ‘I’ve lost things in my life. Had people removed. Being a better man is my focus now’

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

Interesting.

Wallabies make the call on Quade Cooper, Rodda and Kerevi return, as Bledisloe team is named

“Most influential player”. Hmmm. Well the selectors always start with the props, especially tighthead. Between Malherbe and Kitshoff I’d have to go for Kitshoff for his composed disruption.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

Quade Cooper is on record as saying he was able to dispose of the coach. From memory he was referring to the Reds.

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

The “accident of geography” is that Wallabies recruitment sometimes includes players selected from places that are not Eastern Sydney. 😂

SRU reveals Shute Shield draw for 2022 kicking off on April 2

>”it is hard to know in which pocket the referees are nowadays….Blatantly or just poorly incompetently…”

Alas for my profession, and alas for what you allege, the waterboys don’t know the Laws of Rugby nearly as well as the Referees do.

Usually the waterboys are so humble and low-ranking as to not need to apologise afterwards. Unlike say the Coaches. Everyone’s onto the coaches. But we do have a Waterboy appearing before World Rugby for bringing the game into disrepute.

Disclaimer: there might have been a waterboys’ whip-around for Rassie’s Fighting Fund, but if so it did not reach me. Like many of my fellow waterboys I wouldn’t have contributed anyway. This is because I have standards.

'No justification for secrecy': Rassie fails in bid to have World Rugby hearing open to public

Southern Hemisphere teams playing matches on Christmas Day? And on Tuesdays. Of course it’ll work. 😱

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

For those who came in late to this thread, glad you made it, for this annual announcement of The Draw is a crucial and essential part of the world’s Rugby calendar. According to certain newspapers and administrators the winning of this competition is rightly regarded as on a par with having the William Webb Ellis Cup in the trophy cabinet. It is only a mere accident of geography that all 23 of the winning squad do not immediately don the green and gold.

SRU reveals Shute Shield draw for 2022 kicking off on April 2

Hi Nicholas – haven’t the team from Uruguay done well! Again! I’ve not been following their progress, and on the assumption you have, would be interested to hear your views on what’s to like about them, please.

Get your questions in for Issue 30 of Coach's Corner

I’ve mentioned this here before but I did see Stu Forster drop Jonah Lomu in full flight. Lomu had received the ball from the halfback off a lineout and was charging up the wing. Forster, as opposing halfback, was first man cover defence. Dropped Lomu flat on the ground within a body length with a magnificient around-the-ankles tackle. Technique. Mike Catt was larger than Forster, I think Forster was 5′ 6″ in old money?

Get your questions in for Issue 30 of Coach's Corner

Go Uruguay!

It’s like Iceland or New Zealand making it into the soccer World Cup. Wonderful!

As for the shortened version of these games, I watched forty minutes of a T20 once. It has rules about when a scoring shot gets doubled in value, where you can stand, and to capture an opponent a knight cannot move diagonally or in straight lines but has to do a dogleg type thing. No, forget that last bit, there was nothing of chess, that masterful game that puts battles into game format, to be found in T20.

But there is chess in 15-a-side rugby, it is a big part of what makes the game great.

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

Seems reasonable not to turn it into a circus. We’ve had that already.

'No justification for secrecy': Rassie fails in bid to have World Rugby hearing open to public

In truth, also a rugby issue filed under “no d-heads please”.

On diversion the record remains on the Police files for a time, in this case as a violent offender, and is called up if something equally illegal happens down the track.

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

A good idea and I support it. It will help identify players and separate the two teams. It’s worth it for the better handling and more confident, less hesitant play that will arise.

Nice to see a simple idea with no downside.

Interesting to see the viewpoint in these comments that world hunger must be fixed first before doing anything on this issue. I didn’t know it was an either-or. Weirdly, a lot of organisations I deal with are well able to do two things at once. Sometimes they will assign people accordingly: “Waterboy! World hunger for you. Your colleague is doing the colour blindness fix. Get snappy now!”

Blind leading the colour blind? World Rugby's surprise call on kit clashes for 2027 World Cup

My cousin spent a part of his large inheritance on being a Deadhead. I’m afraid I started it, giving him several of these:
https://archive.org/embed/GratefulDead?tab=collection

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

Excellent post Carlos about how we each frame our situations and settings cognitive-behaviourally speaking, and this comes back to the role of the sports psychologist in supporting the team. Australia doesn’t have one and New Zealand continues to miss theirs. The Captain’s Call in the 79th minute about “lineout or scrum” needed a clear head by the All Blacks captain.

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

Being on the road for a long time is something that affects musicians too. Or at least it used to. Here in Victoria the music industry was on a par with the sports industry in size and contribution to the economy, but while there’s plenty of media attention about opening up for Grand Finals of footy, motor racing, footy, horses, footy, trugo, and footy, there’s almost nothing about the touring band and pubs scene.

But when the music industry was alive and kicking, some bands took their entire entourages with them, kids and all. Which led to a very strange upbringing for the children of the Fleetwood Mac band members. Others used recreational substances to deal with the “it’s Tuesday, must be stuck in Lodi again” situation. Some relied on groupies for interest. The Grateful Dead combined all three. Many others wrote songs about being out on the road too long. Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” made the charts in Australia when covered locally by Jon English. It’s a good song, and overdue for a re-release even though it’s not in the key and tempos that the algorithms tell us guarantee a #1 hit record.

Let’s bring all these things together. The team in eternal lockdown should record and release an album of road songs.

Singing will exercise a creative part of the brain that isn’t otherwise touched by rugby, so that’s a good thing. Group singing helps with bonding, will bring joy, also a new way of looking at one’s team-mates. (could Faf be a bass? If so, who knew?). The revenue from record sales would help the coffers. We pride ourselves that rugby players aren’t one-dimensional and so it’d be good to have the genre of rugby music expand beyond “file beside Bavarian beer music”. It would help with the national anthems, routinely butchered at the start of Test matches.

The final point alone would cheer up many people.

Who knows? They might end up feeling so good about it as to include Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again”. If not, an album of maudlin blues numbers with a cover of Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Homeless” would do me.

Just a thought.

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

The books have the name of the viewpoint character at the top of each chapter. It helps.

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

and I see that another web site Planet Rugby has Akira in their team of the tournament.

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

Hi Nick – All Black lack of power, lost the ball 1 in every 5 collisions, and your colleague Geoff said: “…Akira Ioane lacked presence on the ball. Ioane resorted to old habits – jersey grabbing on defence, and on attack stopping prior to contact, halting his own momentum and making timing difficult for his support players.”

In a collision role in a collision sport, the words “stopping prior to contact” certainly stopped me in my tracks! How much damage to the All Blacks cause did this do? I know it’s been talked about a lot but whither Akira?

I am not seeking to double down on a player who is feeling pressure. I’d like to understand the pros and cons that the experts are seeing, because as a mug punter I’m simply confused. The All Blacks don’t do Bernard Foley scenarios.

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

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