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Agreed. Although I’m bored by the picking comp, going into this match I was expecting a dominant Blues and had picked a riotous week coming up in the ensuing Aus vs NZ comments fallout.

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

If so, wishing him all the best. Perhaps a less stressful role would help?

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

No-one’s shown him where the Casino is, yet?

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

>was a calming influence after entering the dray early in the match

Truth be told, he was patient and hardworking, he did not put the cart before the horse.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

7 tries to 1.

Brumbies 'systematically taken apart by the Blues' in 'non-contest' as Larkham's men cop huge reality check

The Highlanders made ten changes after last week’s mediocre performance against an intimidating Rebels. Touring overseas really puts pressure on a squad and by now it appears they’ve emptied the cupboard of players.

'Like a Scud missile': World Cup reject leads rout, but Reds suffer fresh blow with Petaia's season in jeopardy

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CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

I like your logic, Harry, building on the signposts in Ben’s article. Its that logic which has stayed with me on thinking about it over the day. The Blues vs Brumbies this weekend will make for lots of discussion on the Roar next week.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Interesting. One of our marquee players tried for a similar deal a while back. The recliner could be done, but the brick wall was changing the Club liquor license to allow sideline drinking. Couldn’t be done. That was the dealbreaker and I was fine about it, because guess which sideline liquid sustenance custodian was being lined up to give him the special attention?

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

The Otago Daily Times headline is ten changes to the lineup

Super Rugby teams week 9: Beale back for first time in 1494 days, Reds make 6 changes, Wallaby returns for Brumbies

I’ve already got the rejection letter. One ankle-tap – just one – and they reckon you’re not fast enough to be a waterboy.

It was a winger, fer chrissakes.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Don’t be so sure. The High Performance Unit can’t even get a report on leg injuries (and frequency thereof) out the door and into the light of day.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

It’s been quite spectacular, hasn’t it? For all their faults however it must be said that the Murdoch press is generally coherent, and manage to handle their apostrophes.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Arf!

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

>That lack of commitment to preparation, unwillingness to change, and desire for quick fixes will blight every potential model, regardless of source.

Well expressed and I fear that you are correct in full.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Tips: AC/DC not Rolf Harris. Muriel’s Wedding is a documentary. Rupert Murdoch is an American. John Clarke and Murray Ball (Footrot Flats) were Australian. Shane Warne was a non-smoker. Hoodoo Gurus first three albums, until you get used to how they changed their production later. The answer to every citizenship test question is “Sir Donald Bradman”. Your next excursion here should be a breeze.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Apparently there’s a rugby league team in Auckland which calls themselves the “New Zealand Warriors” with the same aplomb that the Auckland Herald newspaper calls itself the New Zealand Herald. No matter what they claim, they’ll always be JAFAs and if you want to establish a clear regional identity for the Blues Super Rugby franchise then just call them the JAFAs and everyone will know exactly. I hope this helps.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

It’d be hard to argue that they don’t pick overseas talent!

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

I found that term harsh. It should not be used to describe any player no matter what their performance. It should be reserved for incumbent Board members only.

Enough of realistic expectations, let's get excited about future Wallabies

41.67%. It’s a good number although 42%, 41.7%, or 41.66666% would be of equal interest. Truth to tell, it’s kicking percentages I’m most intrigued by. How Lolesio is doing this week (no change, stats are still up there); the number of kicks which have slammed into the uprights (lots more again in this weekend just gone); number of Australian Super players who have read the Laws and found you can get points for a drop goal (1).

All three: Lolesio’s accuracy, the effect of hitting the posts, and drop-kicks – are under-rated.

Five things: Lesson Aussie rugby can learn from Kiwis - and why next month will determine whether SR gap has closed

Just a speculator here by way of answer, but maybe they were waiting for the $8-$9m that RA owes them?

It’d make a difference to the bank account, having that money come through.

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

@Jazz, I tune out with Harrison because he just drones on. At least you’ve managed to get some content out of what he is, and is not, saying. I appreciate your summary, because now I know!

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

Can you track it down, because I can’t, but my understanding it was a protocol not a Law, otherwise I’d said a Law.

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

more than two phases = outside the rules.

The result stands, of course, but the fact of officials operating outside the rules they are there to apply, also still stands.

I hark back to it as another symptom of a systems-level problem in rugby officiating which has not yet been adequately addressed. At the moment, officials may go on such frolics, and the doing so does render redundant the exploration of minutiae such as the shot clock and how it operates.

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

I wouldn’t worry about it, Geoff. The officials can do what they like, even outside the rule book. We saw this when the All Blacks had a try disallowed in the World Cup Final.

The Wrap: Crusaders' shot clock fiasco and shhh, don’t put the moz on Darby

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