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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 Nick! If the Wallabies can bring some of the intensity and intent that they showed against the Boks thus year, there’s a chance of winning against the AB’s. Certainly Ireland and France provided a template for how to win against them.

Why beating the All Blacks has to be top Wallaby priority in 2022

I should go back and watch the last Ireland v Boks test on youtube 😛

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

either that or that huge Saffa snag what’s it called – Boer wurst? 😂

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Was QC cryogenically frozen for about 3 or 4 years… 😂

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

One of the best No8’s running around – my first roar article a while back was asking why Jones would omit Dombrandt and play his best flanker out of position…

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Hi Nick – besides Ellis Jenkins – any other Wales tips for stardom?

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Nice work Harry. Freddie Steward is a future star. England’s best fullback since Dusty Hare!!

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Nice, wasn’t aware of the younger brother. I should get back to listening to The42 podcast – then I’d be in the know! Prendergast went to (our local rivals) Newbridge College, he was in the Leinster sub-academy, but went to Connacht. Good call he’s getting much more game time that he would at the RDS!

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

It’s their young lads – Murray, Dowling & Prendergast – who have added a combative element to the scrum. They miss the experience of Denis Buckley atm and Conor Oliver has been superb.

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Connacht have been magical this year. Their win over the Ospreys at the Sportsground was one of the best wet weather performances I’ve seen anywhere, up with the AB’s rout of the Wallabies at the old Athletic Pk in’96.

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Yes Rogers played Australian schools and Walker played for Randwick prior to the NRL

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

The Premiership can be a great proving ground and some magnificent rugby being played too atm. Pity for Connacht that Dillane is leaving. He’s light for a Top14 lock, could end up at No6. I was surprised Cooney re-signed with Ulster, I’m sure there would have been big money for him in France. Liking Timoney at open side for Ulster, in the mould of David Wallace. Of course Doris, Timoney & Conor Oliver we’re all in the same Blackrock College LSSC winning back row in 2013. Just one left to be capped for Ireland!!

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

He played with such passion and love of province and country with Munster and Ireland. 😊

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

The thing about Carl Hayman was that his technique was of the very highest quality. Tbh John Hayes was a better line out pillar than a scrummager, both successors Ross and Furlong were vastly better.

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Hey MZ. Zander might be better losing 10kgs and improved fitness.

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Sausage eaters? Must be a series snag… 😛

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Good call!

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

A tall prop will need to be able to general extra power to compensate for the mechanics of scrummaging against a smaller prop, if he doesn’t the smaller prop with always be driving up and destabilising his opponent. That’s the worry about Pone, he’s no Phil Vickery, Carl Hayman or Os Du Randt. All the best props atm are around 6″0 or 6″1 as far as I can recall?? (sorry too much knowledge from a halfback… 😂 )

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Yes, makes it harder to keep the scrum up/shoulders high than hips against a smaller prop. Basic mechanics really! 😂

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

Thanks Nick! Oh the joys and heartbreak of the scrum. The Wallabies could certainly do with another option at tight head and perhaps an heroic return to form from Scott Sio. Big fan of Pone, but I think his extra height, developing technique and inexperience will be badly exposed at test level. I wonder if/when Eloff meets residency requirements to play for the Wallabies? Though he is a bit of a journeyman tbh.

Back to front row: Wallaby changes for the World Cup?

😂

My very early All Blacks World Cup squad

Yes couple of wins over the Boks and Wallabies pre-Schmidt. Certainly some mad Irishmen in green over the years, none better than Paul O’Connell’s “fear of God” speech – worth a gander if you’ve never watched it:

My very early All Blacks World Cup squad

MZ used to coach in Ireland. In defence of Irish rugby they did win the Grand Slam in 2009 and had a stellar 2000-2009, so not all the transformation is down to Schmidt, but he certainly brought an extra degree of professional and excellence.

My very early All Blacks World Cup squad

Happy new year MZ! Schmidt probably became overly micromanaging near the end with Ireland so that plus a fear of failure stuffed Ireland at the 2019 RWC. Faz may suit the Irish temperament better.

My very early All Blacks World Cup squad

Schmidt’s involvement could be really interesting, he’s one of the best technical coaches around, the big question will be when Foster and Schmidt clash over dropping those playing below par…

My very early All Blacks World Cup squad

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