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

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Thanks Peter! Random question.. do you know if Will Harrison has been playing Shute Shield? If not then he’s not played for two months and may be short on match fitness…

Why it takes To'omua to tango

Thanks Nick, Harrison is a decent goal kicker. Only thing is that with no NRC and the Tahs bye in the last round of SR he may not have played since August. (He may have played Shute Shield but I haven’t been able to work out when or for whom…)

Why it takes To'omua to tango

Thanks Peter so would you say that JOC skill is managing the set moves in attack rather than game management?

Why it takes To'omua to tango

Hey Highlander, if only Aussie crowds were that enthusiastic 😂

Argentina, everybody’s new favorite team

Good analysis and team selection Mitch, I agree with your take on Hanigan and swapping him with Liam Wright. I don’t think Jake Gordon has offered enough as the replacement scrum half, so perhaps a good move to give McDermott a go….

All Blacks by 20 means changes aplenty for Wallabies

He has been a bit tentative, has he – it’s a pity as he’s such a damaging runner when he’s on song and I think your right – he’s a confidence player. Some are calling for Maddocks to replace him, but for me Maddocks has a much higher error rate and misses more tackles….

What changes are on the cards for Rennie's Wallabies in Bledisloe 3?

I think Jock Campbell has more Wallabies potential than Hamish. Any thoughts on Tom Banks? He’s been poor at test level so far but on his SR form he seemed like an obvious choice?

What changes are on the cards for Rennie's Wallabies in Bledisloe 3?

Thanks JD! Pat’s been excellent all year, then there’s that moment after the whistle had gone and Ardie refuses to stop till he makes the tryline – it’s that kind of passion and intensity that Wallabies need to match. I’m surprised Rennie picked Ned, though it’s his best season in a long while he gave away lots of silly penalties. I think Liam Wright deserves next turn in the Wallabies 6 jersey.

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

Great analysis Nick, usually Angus Gardner polices the breakdown far more strictly, though the new “drive not dive” dictum have forced teams to change strategy. Perhaps it goes to show that if you’re dynamic at the ruck, you’re less likely to be penalised?

How Dave Rennie’s words came back to haunt him at Eden Park

But certainly not domesticated!

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

To’omua’s injury was a big loss. The backs didn’t really click, Koroibete was very poor and Paisami’s lack of pace was found out. Petaia tried manfully and was the best outside back. Maybe give JOC a rest for the next one and give Lolesio a run? So backline could be: Banks, T Wright, Petaia, Simone, Daugunu, Lolesio, White…..

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Kapa O Pango – perhaps it translates to “you chancers are about to get your butts kicked”! Joking aside I think it was created by the AB’s and seems to to appear when the AB’s want to make a statement….

All Blacks produce second-half blitz to claim dominant Bledisloe 2 win

Absolutely. The only Australian prop I can think of who went to NRL was Tony D’Arcy back in the 1980’s, he wouldn’t had the ball handling skills of Tupou for instance, and his really skill was scrummaging which was wasted in NRL. Apparently D’Arcy did his postgrad thesis on the mechanics of scrummaging!

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Semi Radrada is precisely that and is now the best rugby centre on the planet atm. He’s got a big game this weekend for Bristol again the Toulon mercenaries…. Go Bristol!!!

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Stan Pilecki would be turning in his grave Rob! 😂

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Thanks Tia, loved it! I first spotted Filipo playing for Qld Country in the NRC a couple of years ago, he’s a wonderful player and an awesome young man. Lovely story about Waisale Serevi, thanks. On a tangent Semi Radrada is tearing it up in the UK. Probably the best centre in the work atm and a joy to watch.

Filipo Daugunu: A journey to greatness

Thanks James! I think a competitive Wallabies will make for better rugby on the long run. I love NZ rugby, the games in SR Aotearoa were incredible spectacles and we need NZ to show non rugby folk what an awesome game we play. Foster’s an excellent coach, his Chiefs team from a while back played brilliant rugby and that’s what we can perhaps expect from the AB’s, one game doesn’t make a terrible coach. I’m excited about this new generation of Wallaby players, it’s the best posse of new talent we’ve had in a while and hopefully time to deliver some joy (and relief) to long suffering Wallabies fans.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Laumape is the best inside centre in NZ at the moment, I think ALB tends to do better at test level that Goodhue, though Peter Umaga-Jensen might be worth a go in the 13 jersey, he’s got speed, size and a reasonably good rugby brain. Jordie Barrett, imo, the best full back in New Zealand.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

been a while, WB’s won in 2017 and before than the best outcome was 27-19 in 2015. It was agonising to not win – almost 20 years since we last won in NZ, coached by a certain Eddie Jones….

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Hey James, I wonder if some if the AB issues were in the selection – Goodhue at 12, Ioane at 13, J Barrett at 14 – all out of position. The pack looks good, just a matter of time till they motor. Hopefully a competitive Wallaby team will make for better Bledisloe rugby and more bums on seats (including the armchairs). 😊

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Thanks Nick, over the years the Wallabies have been guilty of playing well for 20 minutes then conceding 2 or 3 quick tries before halftime as the AB’s get their offloading mojo working, then the heads drop. Nothing like a little dose of self believe and teamwork!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Thanks BS, love the vibe!

How the Bledisloe gave me back an old friend

Hey Harry, I wonder is Mo’unga suffered from players in the backline being out of position? Clogged channels?

Where were these Wellington Wallabies?

Thanks Harry, not sure why Foster chose most of his backline out of their natural position? Is Sevu Reece injured?

Where were these Wellington Wallabies?

Hey Sinclair they exceeded my expectations! It was great to watch but sad we couldn’t win in NZ. Paisami did well.

Why I have hope for the Wallabies