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End of his career? At 30? No, he has the RWC 2023 in his sights to end his international career.

O’Connor’s vision is what the game needs

Yet another senior player looking to escape the Reds. Wonder why they all keep leaving?

O’Connor’s vision is what the game needs

Bring Israel back?

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

The overreaction is carding players for any ‘contact’ with the head whatsoever. It is impact that causes damage, not contact. There will always be some accidental and consequential contact in this sport. That should be a penalty only, not a card.

Rugby warned it may face dementia epidemic

Yes, Peter, I agree. Sports bodies have an obligation to minimise and warn of known risks. The law is a balancing act between protecting players and allowing consent. It is similar to when a doctor does a dangerous operation. The doctor must warn the patient of the risks involved and get informed consent.
If the league has rules to protect players and then doesn’t apply them properly they are not getting consent because the players only consent to play with the rules fully enforced and observed. Or, if the league says their protections are sufficient and in reality they are not, again you do not have informed consent.
I think rugby league will be hit hard by future litigation. Rugby Union is in a far better position because it has a far more protective approach.

Rugby warned it may face dementia epidemic

It’s about consent to known risks that exist when the sport is played/conducted within the rules. Boxing has obvious known risks for head trauma. If boxers want to box knowing these risks they can. And nobody can get sued for it, provided the rules are clear, known, complied with, enforced and consented to.
In rugby, the risk of liability is created by illegal play. Legal play is not going to give a cause of action as there is consent to those risks by those playing.

Rugby warned it may face dementia epidemic

Easy to blame lawyers when players are suffering horrible long term disabilities. Will you pay the costs and provide the care? Didn’t think so.
The threat of liability is the only thing that will lead to positive change. It is happening already. Yes, sometimes it can have negative consequences in which case the government has to step in with appropriate legislation, e.g. the Civil Liability Act 2003 Qld and similar legislation in each State, which did things like cap general damages and make it clear that dangerous recreational activities with obvious risks were exempt. That doesn’t include players breaching rules such as head shots, spear tackles etc. And nor it should. But if you get in the ring for a cage fight you can’t sue. Same for rugby if non-preventable injuries occur, e.g., legal tackle leads to broken spine.

Rugby warned it may face dementia epidemic

Moody and Coles are still playing.

Bakkies Botha was a bad, bad man

Nothing like league. There is still the possibility of a competition for the ball. The idea is to protect possession and speed the recycle. The similarity to league is that in league they do try to get to ground face down when tackled as quickly as possible, to avoid the ‘dominant tackle’ (which is exactly the type of tackle Nick’s clips illustrate), to get a quick play the ball, in union a quick recycle.

Why defence is trending ahead of attack in modern rugby

It’s a failure of tactics and technique. Rennie must take most of the blame for that. Those going in to be tackled with the ball must drive low with the aim of placing the ball on the ground behind them as they go down. Support players must be quick over the ball, stay on their feet to protect the ball for the 1/2 to get quickly and recycle. Keep it close in and go through several phases like this to get the defence on the back foot, then go wider.
We constantly went in far to high with the ball in hand. This has been a problem longer than this season. It allows the defenders to wrestle the tackled player to keep them up and slow it all down, as clearly illustrated by Nicks analysis here.

Why defence is trending ahead of attack in modern rugby

A nice succinct summary of the main issues in this game. And why we didn’t win.

The Wallabies are perennial slow learners

Can’t argue with that. And Richie would be captain of the All Time team.

Lone Wallaby named in team of the decade as All Blacks dominate World Rugby awards

Gee, Bluffboy, very positive. Yes, I still have high hopes for Rennie. I just need him to get the team to enact that game plan. In the first half, I asked: Where is out kicking game?
The tactic was obvious, turn them round and make it a race. He even said that before the game. Where was it?
For all his good points, I still wonder about White. Possessed of one of the best kicking games of any 1/2 back, he did’t really bring it out until the second half. Ok, we were camped in their half for much of the first half, but still, why not plan for and try some variation? We knew that their defence would be hard to breach.
Hope you are right about the next 2 years.

The Wrap: Wallabies fans, stop me if you’ve heard this one before

There are several different ways of looking at this year’s results. 6 games, only one win. Fail.
6 games, 4 against the All Blacks for 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses. Not bad. And then no losses against a Puma team that defeated the All Blacks. Umm. But we should have really been able to win both, shouldn’t we. Then it would be 6 games, 3 wins, 2 losses and a draw. Great! But it isn’t.
I dunno. There is some hope (delusional?), but also a feeling of déjà vu, as Geoff mentions.
I am enjoying the EPL. Less draws than the Wallabies.

The Wrap: Wallabies fans, stop me if you’ve heard this one before

Yes, exactly right. Take the bl00dy points!

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

Agree, Gardner is the worst ref we have had in the tests this year, by far.

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

It just doesn’t happen like that though. He choose three kicks for line and then took the points in the first half. Those 4 penalties were within a few minutes of each other. If he had elected for the kick for goal and Hodge had got it, then it’s 3 points and back to half-way for a kick off. The next 3 penalties don’t happen. Same if he takes the kick on the second penalty. The next 2 don’t happen. The game changes completely as soon as a different choice is made on any penalty.
I agree, he should always take the points, but that doesn’t mean he cost the team 9 points.

Australia let down by poor discipline in final game of the season

Contact, not impact. If contact with the head is an automatic yellow, the game is in trouble. Mate, look at it, he went low and barely brushed the guys nose. The impact was low, not to the head. There was no actual impact with the head.

Phil Kearns savages Puma's 'soccer carry-on' which saw Hooper cop yellow card

Both penalties only. Kearns is right. The carry on was a joke. He went off to have his leg injury treated, and did, the whole time he was off for the ‘hia’. Contact with the head was minimal and accidental. Same as the Argie card.

Phil Kearns savages Puma's 'soccer carry-on' which saw Hooper cop yellow card

Hi David, nice work, actually coming up with some practical suggestions.
All of your suggestions are viable. I like them all, especially the rule that packs must form scrums in a certain time.
I also think the time allowed for the conversion and penalty attempts should be shortened and strictly applied. We now get a fully choreographed performance from the kickers, complete with face pulls and weird stances and body movements and pauses of still, silent contemplation longer than a minutes silence at the start of an ANZAC themed game. All completely unnecessary 30 years ago, yet the conversion rates were just as good.

Three easy changes to improve rugby right now

99 kg and yes, a bit light for the ideal 6.

James O'Connor back at 10 for Wallabies' final Test of the year

Yes, Wright is a very promising player. No doubt. He is only 97 kg though, Hannigan 110, Wilson 108. He needs to bulk up, far too light for a 6.

James O'Connor back at 10 for Wallabies' final Test of the year

Well, that was what Nick’s article was designed to do. Nothing wrong with that, but try to think for yourself and look for what is missing in the analysis.

James O'Connor back at 10 for Wallabies' final Test of the year

You are right. It was a series of penalties that gave the Pumas the opportunity to get the draw. Our first phase from kick-offs after scoring has also been abysmal.

Discipline the key for Wallabies to end 2020 on a positive note

I think that Matt Philip has been the find of the test season. Your excellent and unbiased analysis confirms his worth.

Matt Philip – the grinder, the minder – played a blinder