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Ben Pobjie is a writer and comedian whose promising rugby career was tragically cut short the day he stopped playing rugby and had a pizza instead. The most he has ever cried was the day Balmain lost the 1989 grand final. Today he enjoys the frolics of Wallabies, Swans, baggy greens, and Storm.

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I’d just like to point out that many commenters are saying that cricket is a TEAM game, yet fail to congratulate Warner on his attempt in South Africa last year to help his TEAM win. So when Paine tries to secure team success it’s laudable, but when Warner does the same, it’s “cheating”? Double standards.

Tim Paine must go

Mark, what I’m saying is what I said. If you wish me to have said something entirely different, my condolences.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Perthstayer, my “I agree that he shouldn’t” was responding to the question about Folau, nothing to do with Pocock.

But no, my article says absolutely nothing about what a sportsperson has a right to do or not do.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

Yes, I agree that he shouldn’t.

Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

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Israel Folau and the inexplicable public interest in sportspeople's opinions

You don’t need a specialist keeper, you just rotate the bowlers through the keeper’s spot. Someone who seriously thinks Nathan Lyon should open the batting should not find this an unusual proposal.

Australian selectors should toss conventional thinking for Tests this summer

It seems that picking eleven specialist bowlers is the logical choice, since the greater the number of bowlers, the lower the opposition score, right? Only picking seven is the coward’s way.

Australian selectors should toss conventional thinking for Tests this summer

I thought this article was about something, but it turns out I was mistaken.

Cheika and Australian Rugby Union's triumphs should be praised, not dismissed

Manson’s was indeed inexplicable. Hard to believe Ridge even thought he could get up and go again and get away with it, let alone that Manson would let him.

The worst call in grand final history

As a Storm fan, I’d love it if it was indeed swings and roundabouts, but I can’t see any swings coming our way.

We have to be honest about refs

“Human beings make mistakes” is what I said in the article. What I’m saying is that accepting that human beings make mistakes doesn’t mean we have to be happy with those mistakes, or pretend that those mistakes don’t sometimes lead to unjust results.

We have to be honest about refs

The good thing is that we now know teams have a great last-tackle option when in attack. Don’t risk a kick, just throw the ball into your trainer and voila, six again!

The NRL knew the risks for years about on-field trainers and did nothing

What if…all of the below things are true?

Australia blew the chance to win by their own mistakes AND
The refereeing made Australia’s job much harder by some terrible decisions AND
Australia has problems that need to be addressed AND
There were also positives to take from the game AND
Wales is actually a really good team and it’s not a national disgrace to lose to them AND
Australia still should’ve won?

I mean, just for the sake of argument.

Wales withstand Wallabies' second-half fightback

Well sure…but what’s wrong with cross kicks for wingers?

Wales withstand Wallabies' second-half fightback

Co-signed.

2019 AFL grand final: GWS Giants player ratings

You can’t seriously tell me that there were half a dozen Richmond players who had worse games than the majority of the GWS team.

2019 AFL grand final: GWS Giants player ratings

Might be a good idea to have the same writer doing the ratings for both teams. Going on these compared to the Richmond ratings you’d think the game was a close one.

2019 AFL grand final: GWS Giants player ratings

That explains why the Storm’s salary cap has never been investigated and they’ve never been punished for any infringements.

The uncomfortable truth about the NRL’s horrible media coverage

The one thing you can say about rugby union in Australia is that only victories against the All Blacks are lauded in the press. If the Wallabies win against anyone else media focus will be on what Australia did wrong and how unimpressive the victory was.

The uncomfortable truth about the NRL’s horrible media coverage

Given he starts off by telling us he doesn’t know what Walker or Trbojevic were actually sin binned for, not sure we should listen that attentively to this one.

How to overhaul the NRL

We have to assume so

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels NRL semi-final

I think Eels fans need to accentuate the positive and reflect that they won the finals by 26 points total.

Six talking points from Melbourne Storm vs Parramatta Eels NRL semi-final

A man who does not wish to be sin binned for a professional foul always has the option of not committing professional fouls.

Souths sneak past the brave Sea Eagles on their way to Canberra

The important thing is that nobody in the comments took this all way too seriously. Good work guys.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Yep, played under Woz for Newtown, spent some years at Souths, came back to Ryan at the Tigers.

Big Sam should be applauded for standing his ground with the NRL