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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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Can work the other way too. I heard ROG talking about his time in NZ, respect can be a hard won thing.

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Who needs pork barrelling when you’re offering Asado beef ribs?! 😂

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Hey Jez I saw the bit about Calas later as well as Socino – though they may still be waiting on visas?

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Thanks Nick – Exeter are the gold standard in professional club rugby. I wonder if they benefited from not having to suddenly go professional in 1996 and were able to built their club philosophy and team culture from the ground up, so to speak? I wonder if the Cornish Pirates made it to the Premiership would that affect Exeter’s age grade recruitment?

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

It a a great game though I talked up that win when I did a piece on the rise of Munster a few weeks ago. In chasing the game they made sure to get the basics right. From a scrum under serious pressure in the 1st half to the dominant 8 in the 2nd and the coaches back young Josh Wycherley to deliver and he did.. 😊

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks Geoff, a Bruce Springsteen appreciation segment right in the middle of a Roar article, who knew?! Are you planning to do any articles on the Rebels prospects in SR in the near future? Jez did a great comparative article on SR squads and the Rebels look short in the forwards: https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/01/23/how-do-the-super-rugby-au-squads-stack-up/

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks Joe!

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Nice, I knew about Joey – HJH is a surprise – aren’t double barrel surnames synonymous with the private school in the UK and Aus?

Will the Waratahs taste Super Rugby success in 2021?

Are they one of the few English club in the black?

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Thanks Steve. I think Hegarty played 10 for the Tahs? He’s reliable, plus HS has more experience than a few years ago. I gather Carter Gordon is a loss (to the Rebels)

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Thanks Joe, I’ve been wondering if Vunivalu has the makings of a full back…

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Yes he was brilliant against Leinster around xmas, while he has x-factor he can be inconsistent. Daly for the full back jersey imo..

Who is Jonathan Sexton’s heir apparent?

Ooh dark and gritty, those badlands and all that. 😊

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks Nick, The Chiefs are the main focal point of sporting success in the region, and they attract good young players from all over the south-west. Exeter has become like a regional hub for ambitious youngsters in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset. The geographical area was ready, and primed for the Exeter Chiefs to succeed with their development plans. That seems to be a bit a shift from Bath and Gloucester as the main talent recipients?

A man for all seasons in Melbourne: Geoff Parling

Best Springsteen album, just sayin’ 😂

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks Highlander – that game should be required watching on how to chase down a big lead!

A ‘take the three points’ model for the Wallabies is available

Thanks BF. Yes not on the radar so much? I didn’t mention Jock Campbell and felt that was an oversight too. 😊

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Before my time was McKinney, reputation as a hard man?

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Dangunu & McDermott have a couple of years SR, the others debuted in 2020…

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Yes it would be remiss not to mention Canterbury…..

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

yes the wagons are circling….

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Thanks KC, a couple of my nephews played for Joondalup, so don’t want to get struck of the xmas card list…. 😂

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

CFS appears to have been released by the Reds. I guess weren’t privy to contract discussions and CFS had injuries over the years which may have been a factor. This article might shed some light…https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/rugby-union/former-whiz-kid-chris-feauaisautia-departs-reds-as-a-new-one-arrives/news-story/7d9dbe5659c3dc28f2d14263804d0e1d

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Thanks stillmissit – I think the Reds will need to have some luck with injuries. Looking forward to seeing Vunivalu in action..

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021

Only Campo 😂

Time for the Reds to shine in 2021