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Armchair Halfback is the musings of a long time rugby tragic Brian Judge, a devotee and thinker about all things pertaining to the running game.

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The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Indeed Geoff the irony is that the NZ rugby mentality permits only total dominance, but crowds get weary of lopsided, predictable results, which turns punters away. Competitive, quality trans Tasman rugby is needed to get bums on seats again, for both sides, after all NZRU has a projected debt of NZ$30 million…

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Poor wee Paul Carozza.

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

I was exceedingly discombobulated by the Brumbies managing to lose to the unfancied Highlanders with less that 20 seconds left on the clock….

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Thanks Spiro: “There is no size in the forwards. Nor much heart. Nor an attacking game. ” pretty much sums up the Tahs. I felt for the Reds. They get (unfairly?) penalised by the local referee after monstering the Jaguares scrum, lose Wright (unfairly?) to the bin, concede a couple of tries with a man down. Game over….

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

The Tahs did make a greater effort that they did against the Blues, which is something, but I think an Australian conference wooden spoon is their lot, a remarkable turnaround not withstanding. I was heartened that Rebels really stuck to their task, their 8/9/10 axis played very well.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

Thanks Henry. I should say I never played halfback! Slightly off topic, I much prefer the peer interactions on the Roar to The42, the general tone on the Roar is respectful, even friendly. I divulge my name in my profile blurb as AH is just a bit of fun. Cheers BJ

Six Nations: What have we learnt so far?

Thanks Masked, I’ll keep an eye out for Aphelele Fassi. Any thoughts on the Lions? The ground (can’t remember what Ellis Pk is now called) was almost empty against the Reds…

My rugby highlights of 2020 so far

Thanks Anthony, excellent article…

National club comp lacking a grassroots perspective

Sorry to hear that Highlander, FB stadium is a great stadium. Re Jona Nareki, he was good in the ITM cup, is he a bit raw for Super Rugby?

Super Rugby’s waning interest levels in Dunedin

Thanks Henry. Did you play hooker for Connacht?

Six Nations: What have we learnt so far?

Hi Mitcho. I think Brad Shields was injured before the RWC, he may be injured again or suspended as he hasn’t as yet playing for club side Wasps has n 2020

Six Nations focus: The Eddie Jones tactical gambit

Brave indeed Paul. For me Brumbies, Canes and Jaguares to win!

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

Hi James, yes, I should have mentioned Sam Simmonds. He was the incumbent England No8 for much of the 2018 6 Nations.

Six Nations focus: The Eddie Jones tactical gambit

Sure, but No8 wasn’t Pocock’s natural position, whereas with Armitage it was…

Six Nations focus: The Eddie Jones tactical gambit

That’s that challenge isn’t it. A player with 90+ tests to his name really should be able to master the defensive basics. Is hiding Kurtley at 15 a cop out or should he be expected to be the leader that his age and experience warrants?

Super Rugby Round 3 teams: Petaia ruled out in injury blow for Reds

Great analogy!

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Well said Sinclair: “I am very much in favour of minimalist approaches to the laws of the game. I don’t want to watch rugby imitating league. ” 😊

Rugby's laws are fine, we just have to use them

Agreed Bobby, I think McKellar is a good coach benefiting from an excellent Brumbies team culture..

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Thanks Henry. Yes Caelan Doris has been excellent for Leinster this year and it’s a pity he got injured so early in his Ireland debut game. In Ireland we would regard O’Mahony and Stander as a traditional blind side flankers, just Stander can flex a bit! With everyone fit, the Ireland back row would likely be CJ Stander, Dan Leavy and Jack Conan…

Six Nations: What have we learnt so far?

Thanks Harry. CJ Stander may be n the form of his life. If a British & Lions team was picked today Stander would be one of the first picked. Yes I saw Serin’s try, it was excellent, great skill, if Cooney can do likewise off the bench for Ireland just as he’s done for Ulster on a number of occasions to would be awesome.

Six Nations: What have we learnt so far?

You’re quotable too “the apogee of Gatlandism”. Try getting that one into a water cooler conversation!

Why Warren Gatland is winning the battle of the basics

Johnny Sexton petulant? Never! 😂

Six Nations: What have we learnt so far?

Hi Red Rob, Kurtley can be unsound anywhere! My thought is that Kurtley at 12 given Harrison support as an extra and experienced playmaker and Hunt is the best defender for that 13 channel. Give Maddocks full back so he run from deep.

Super Rugby Round 3 teams: Petaia ruled out in injury blow for Reds

Kurtley at 12, Hunt at 13 and Maddocks at full back, would that be a better balance?

Super Rugby Round 3 teams: Petaia ruled out in injury blow for Reds