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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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Thanks SW. I’m not sure about Deegan. He went to Connacht for a year and only played twice before going to their B team for the rest of the season – and that was in a team with journeymen stocks at out half.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

1973 certainly supports your argument! 😂

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Thanks Nick, excellent analysis as always. Lolesio has some great skills, and brings some delicate touches to his play.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Great observation numpty. I think #1 was down to the level of pressure that the Chiefs were exerting, it wasn’t so much that the attack fell apart as the Chiefs had momentum. I think Lolesio was tiring a bit and that may have contributed too.

The real highlights for the Brumbies

Thanks Sinclair, very enjoyable! I think the strength of the Brumbies is that they positioned themselves as the “challenger brand”. In the early years it was about picking management and players (like Qld great Brett Robinson) as leaders and culture makers. I think what Thorn is trying to do is be a culture maker at the Reds, he just needs the wise heads to see it to fruition. I was thrilled by the Brumbies performance on Friday night, to see an Australian team using brain and brawn to beat an excellent Kiwi side in NZ…

The real highlights for the Brumbies

Thanks TWAS. My recollection is that JOC’s attitude wasn’t great and his impact was less than what might have been expected of a bloke who had been a regular starter with the Wallabies. To me he now seems fitter, way more mature and also willing to embrace his role as leader.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Thanks Jeznez. Looks like all the Tahs A games are available at https://nsw.rugby/videos which is great. Btw it’s a mystery to me as to why Ryan McCauley doesn’t get more game time at the Tahs, any thoughts?

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Thanks Brett. Last time JOC was at the Reds, his work rate, skills and general attitude on the pitch were pretty awful, so it’s great to see him mature into a genuine leader and see some of his natural talent realised.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Thanks Spiro. It’s been great to see JOC develop into a player with determination and professionalism.

The Brumbies and the Reds should provide most of Rennie's Wallabies

Sorry Geoff, it must have been my superior complex manifesting itself 😂

The Wrap: Lazy thinking reinforces rugby’s negative narrative

Cheeky but valid Peter. I do occasionally refer to a rival code as “violent linedancing…” 😂

The Wrap: Lazy thinking reinforces rugby’s negative narrative

Thanks Daveski!

The Wrap: Lazy thinking reinforces rugby’s negative narrative

Thanks Geoff. It’s interesting that Australia’s top rugby journalists (Greg Growden & Spiro Zavos) are writing now for online platforms. I was intrigued by Savage’s comment: “I love sport but wince at the whole jock thing rugger players ooze coupled with the superior complex of many of the supporters”. Really?! So the “whole jock thing” is mysteriously absent from NRL. AFL, MMA, UFC, etc…? Then there’s the “superior complex”?! If I work out that I have one, I’ll be sure to let him know!

The Wrap: Lazy thinking reinforces rugby’s negative narrative

Wallabies at 2023 RWC?… 15Banks 14MarkN 13Petaia 12Kerevi 11Koroibete (or Vunivalu) 10Harrison 9McDermott 1Sio 2Ulese 3Alaatoa 4Rodda 5Frost 6Valetini 7Wright 8Wilson

Who are our best Wallabies prospects beyond 2020?

Sorry should have said with Tahs on the bye should see less grown men crying into their beer!

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

The Blues will get better! Some great talent there…

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

Tahs having the bye, should mean less grown met crying into their beer!

Super Rugby Round 4: Short and sweet

I saw him play once – his nickname was “bus” – which was very appropriate! Some local Sydney Roarers will know him better than I. Even though he played Sydney Uni 3rds he did get play in the NRC in 2015! Here’s a bio https://www.sydneyunirugby.com.au/article/gabis-player-profile-al-ryan

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

He may have been related to Paddy. The ABC archives might have some footage!

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Nick, their was to be a ginger monster called Alastair Ryan In the Sydney Uni 3rds. Worth a go?!

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Thanks Nick. I’m a big Harry Wilson fan, but he got a bit lost when the momentum shifted in the Jaguares game. Naisarani was excellent on Friday night.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Thanks, he’s certainly the most ripped of the Australian conference scrum halves!!

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

He’s a good little scrum half! Kept the Rebels forwards motivated as well. Re eligibility, did he go back to SA at one point? I think he had a failed drug test (nor sure if it was party or steroids) as well…

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Great stuff Nick! Is it too early to make a call on 8-9-10 axis for the Wallabies?

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Jose Amalfitani?

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