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Corne Van Vuuren

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Well if you consider the overseas players in the squad.

Cheslin Kolbe
Cobus Reinach
Duane Vermeulen
Faf De Klerk
Francois Louw
Franco Mostert
Frans Steyn
Schalk Brits
Vincent Koch
Willie le Roux

I think the 80 minute men are the ones to look at who made an impact on the tournament.

Cheslin Kolbe most definitely
Duane Vermeulen definitely
Faf de Klerk definitely (although his pedantic prep before box kicking drove me up the walls)
Franco Mostert was good, but then eclipsed by Lood de Jager
Willie le Roux wasn’t great until the final.

Brits was there for his experience, guidance to the younger players and all round positive influence on the squad, Frans Steyn for his experience and utility value. Although never really needed during the RWC.
Reinach had limited game time, Francois Louw and Koch experienced bench options.

Rugby Australia to review 'Giteau Law'

I believe calling up overseas players is a balancing act that must be treaded carefully.

Reputation and form of overseas players can often be conflicting and complicates selection when you cannot or haven’t seen your best local players compete against their “overseas competitor”

Yes it worked for South Africa this time, but in the past few years it hasn’t.

The difference this time was Rassie had 20 weeks with them in total, which gave the squad time to bond, time to gel, and for off form overseas players to eventually find form.

I don’t think it will work as effectively outside a RWC year, purely because the team building culture don’t have 20 weeks.

Rugby Australia to review 'Giteau Law'

To be fair CJ reacted on what Jake White said in a meeting between them, you could argue he over reacted, but in the end he made a decision what he believed is best for his rugby career

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Didn’t say it is wrong, said they benefit from it. Money rules the world, we all know that.

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Still helps them Nicholas, whether they are part of a “project player” recruitment drive or a blatant, “come play for so and so club and represent our international team in three years”

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Yes, .i have always liked him

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Plumtree knows South Africa well, been at the Sharks for something like seven years. If he is appointed I doubt there will be such issues.

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Rennie mentioned he has been in discussion with ARU for nigh on six months and the New Zealand coaching possibility simply came too late.

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

And a little bit of poaching has helped a wee bit as well 😛

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

If you only measure by length and weight you are ignoring two very important factors.

The psychological make up of the child in question and also his propensity for aggression.

If he isn’t mature for his age it can damage him and if he is a gentle giant he might get injured playing with kids his size but not age.

It should be an individual thing, each child based on merit.

Size for age: Is it fair to have an 11-year-old playing in an older league?

I can’t believe you fell for that click bait, our little Neil Francis fanboy hung that out like a beacon 😂

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

I would suggest Australia, South Africa and New Zealand each host one team, SA have three franchises plus lets say Samoa, Australia three teams plus Tonga, New Zealand four teams plus Fiji.

We as SANZAAR are the only ones that can help them, it will cost money but surely it is worth while investing in them?

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

Neh, I think that is just guess work, you are suggesting they are cutting off their noses to spite their face.

Surely having Japan in the RC should enhance revenue significantly?

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

There was something about players from tier 1 nations can represent a tier 2 nation, not sure whether it is still in effect, nor how it works

Could Samu Kerevi really play for Fiji if he wanted to?

Salted or buttered? 😛

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

😂

Posthaste my friend, posthaste

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

The can with multi representation of countries are still buried deep in the cabinet.

Could Samu Kerevi really play for Fiji if he wanted to?

You open that can of worms England and France will buy the Webb Ellis trophies.

Could Samu Kerevi really play for Fiji if he wanted to?

Not sure it is all about the Sportsmen or women, I think the media plays a big role in it.

“So and so said this and that”

Usually in a clickbait type headline, and then people with opinions for and against have a go.

These situation are of course much worse now then when there weren’t so many social media apps.

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

Agree Sheek. The fundamentals of rugby has not changed.

Jones: I got RWC final selections wrong

Hi Brett, it does raise a few other questions as well.

What happens to the Pacific Nations Cup?
Without Japan there are no significant revenue streams for Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

Can the Pacific Islands be drawn into Super Rugby, at least that way they can build a sustainable squad with the revenue?

You would obviously have to reduce the number of teams from SA, NZ and OZ by one each to accommodate them and keep it down to a Super XV.

If Japan chooses to go the Six Nations way SANZAAR will effectively be in a deep hole, no way they will be able to retain players as they will continue to flock to Europe and even more to Japan.

SANZAAR better be on their toes here. The biggest reason they can motivate for Japan to join them is the style of rugby is generally attractive in the RC.

Interesting time ahead.

When will Japan join the Rugby Championship?

He was warned previously not to be controversial, he chose to ignore it.

There aren’t enough medication in the world for stupidity.

Israel Folau links bushfire crisis and drought to same-sex marriage and abortion

You need to separate the facts from the opinion. The facts were well analysed, you are welcome to disagree with Harry’s summation

Three minutes when Maro Itoje failed to win the medal he wanted

I think after the failings of wild under pressure passes in the first half, their confidence eroded quickly.

England couldn’t recover from the pressure.

Jones: I got RWC final selections wrong

Agree

Jones: I got RWC final selections wrong