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Ben Pobjie

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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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Yeah it was a haphazard era, the nature of administration, the amateur status of so many players and so forth, meant some careers were more sporadic than others. His first class figures certainly stood up to comparison with the best by that era’s standards, so it would’ve been fascinating to see what he did over a longer period. Of course he might’ve racked up bigger numbers with a more cautious approach too…but then he may not be remembered so well if he’d been more studious in pursuing big figures. I don’t think averages were as prized then as they are now anyway – I remember reading that Charlie Macartney, in the 1930s, declared decisively that Bradman was nowhere near the batsman Trumper had been, pretty much entirely on the basis of style.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

Trumper and Hill were part of the big 6 who missed the 1912 tour because of a fight with the board. But they were late in their careers already. They had much longer careers than Jessop (in test terms – Jessop had a very full county career of course).

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

The pass was indeed blatantly forward, but I’ve been watching the game since the 80s and there’s never been a time when blatant forward passes weren’t being missed. It’s just mistakes.

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

And that’s the key, innit. The Bunker, like all video refereeing systems, came into being because TV was dissecting every decision anyway.

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

I’d go back to unlimited tackles. Retro is very in.

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

So who’s the poor kid the Bunker had killed?

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

When did this happen?

Footy Fix: How the Swans have turned their biggest weakness into another strength - and become all but unstoppable

That’s a huge wrap for Luke Ronchi.

The All Time XI For All Time: New Zealand

Lovely to see Sutcliffe and Cowie in.

The All Time XI For All Time: New Zealand

“ nobody thinks are corrupt ”

There speaks a man who never reads the comments.

The NRL shouldn't follow the EPL and get rid of video refs - they should recognise that the Bunker is the Wizard of Oz

Average of 21 with the bat and 35 with the ball – not many with that kind of record make all-time XIs.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

He only averaged 21 in tests overall, so that tour wasn’t all that far below his standards.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

Where did the stat of 112 runs per 100 balls come from? Jessop played many years before balls faced were recorded as a matter of course – it’s pure chance that a spectator was keeping track of the balls in his most famous innings so we know he got his 100 off 76. But generally in that era the number of balls a batsman faced is unknown – Cricinfo has no record of it. Not disputing that he was almost certainly the fastest scorer in first class cricket ever, just wondering how that specific number was arrived at.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

CTRL+V good riddance, don’t need them, they’re no good anyway etc

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

The truly amazing thing is how many people can read an article with the name “Fifita” repeated multiple times, and still spell it “Fafita” in the comments.

Roosters chief stunned by HUGE Fifita backflip but Gus says they've 'dodged a bullet'

An acronym is a word, defined as a word comprised of the initials of other words.

Roosters chief stunned by HUGE Fifita backflip but Gus says they've 'dodged a bullet'

You’re gonna jinx us, man

Sydney's aged perfectly for the times: Swans flying high thanks to clever list built over previous seasons

That’s another tricky one, isn’t it – in the modern game sheer power is so highly prized, but bulking players up risks their fitness.

'It's a miracle any player can walk': The Catch-22 that makes rugby a brutal game of chance

The word “LOL” is thrown about a lot these days, but…

Roosters chief stunned by HUGE Fifita backflip but Gus says they've 'dodged a bullet'

Thank goodness you’re here to strike a note of calm commonsense.

Mug lairs, thugs, grubs, nigglers and smug buggers - who are the players you really love to hate?

I think it would be super weird to hate Kalyn Ponga.

Mug lairs, thugs, grubs, nigglers and smug buggers - who are the players you really love to hate?

I still don’t think the rules necessitate a sin-binning for the Grant incident.

NRL Round 10 Talking Points: Sharks' statement win - and can we stop it with the North Sydney Bears talk?

Hammer and Tong was my favourite 70s comedy act.

Six Points: AFL must act on Cameron concussion farce, 2024's best game, and the end of days arrives in Victoria

Is Drew Hutchison from NSW?

Cleary's Origin fate sealed after Panthers confirm hamstring damage as Hynes adds to Blues' injury woes

I think you mean Walcott is a poor choice.

The West Indies All Time XI

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