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A technical writer ex-colleague maintains there is no such thing as pre-planning. Your planning may change in style and mode, say set-up and preparation phases prior to detail planning, but it’s all planning.

But “pre-prepare” really got him fired up. “It’s already there: pre-pare. You pare vegetables, or pre-pare them, but not pre-pre-pare them, only pre-pare them some time previously.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him.

Five things: What Beale has over other golden oldies, double pain for Brumbies as Blues expose Australia's biggest weakness

perhaps he was pre-planning ahead of the forwards forward planning?

Five things: What Beale has over other golden oldies, double pain for Brumbies as Blues expose Australia's biggest weakness

Does anyone have an opinion on which matches of this round in Japan are worth the watch? I am not clear on the level of performance but am enjoying the Super Rugby generally (but not specifically: conspicuous exceptions can be listed…).

Rennie's Kobe to miss League One playoffs in ex-Wallabies coach's first season, Deans gets another win over Hansen

Aussie Rules is unwatchable. The knock-on has become such an integral part of the game that you have highly-paid players who can’t catch the ball. It’s dire stuff.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

I suspect your wife’s reasoning would go a long way to satisfying the lexicographers at the Macquarie Dictionary.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Sore ears? Like everyone else?

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Thanks gents. Might be one of those “north of the Tropic of Capricorn” things? I’ve found both definitions as I travel Australia and regard it as “may have ambiguity”.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

Good morning Geoff! The rugby continues to hold the viewer’s interest; we really have had an excellent season.
There were a lot of kids at the match in Suva. I wonder how many of them will copy Lomani?
A linguistic matter about the vernacular. I recall in my FIFO days a tradie in outback Queensland telling me the task he’d completed was to “Mickey Mouse” standard. I said surely we wanted it better than that. Turns out that a common definition in Australia is to mean “a great job, schmick” and the NZ definition is “all over the shop, bodgy, incomplete, a mess”.
Rugby can lift its game on time clocks.
Reds’ discipline and Blues’ targeted power were the weekend highlights, for mine.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

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

Username checks out!

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

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