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Maybe / maybe not a money win for him personally, but no sort of win for what he said he was fighting for. Personally I think him a complete fraud.

Israel Folau speaks after settlement with Rugby Australia

I think our whole season hinges on Swinton, Hanigan, Holloway and Dempsey being able to step it up a notch. If they don’t we wont be competitive.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

Yes, that’s what I meant Brett. My comment reads more snarky than I intended, sorry, but just meant 1) there is at least some non-first year options in the Tahs line up (Beale, Mason, even now Hunt at a stretch), while 2) the Brumbies are typically quite a good planning unit as I think much of the rest of the squad shows but seem to have not managed this particular event well. They’ve left themselves unusually vulnerable following LLF’s departure.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

For me, the Brumbies lack of foresight is the more headline worthy event than that of Beale in NSW, particularly given they (the Brumbies) have put together a generally pretty good squad for year 1 of the new WC cycle.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

I firmly believe we have not provided players the level of coaching players in some other countries receive, but I also think it good to maintain a level of skepticism on who is doing things a lot better than us. I think Skelton has definitely improved due to his environment, but others I am uncertain how much improvement we saw.

TN was very good in attack for the Waratahs in his final year but not great in defence. We missed his metres and tries hugely last year, especially when IF was booted. I don’t see a lot of difference in his game in NB’s clips but take his word for it.

Nic White was good here but young and entered his peak years overseas. He may well have been as good here we just cant say.

Morahan is often mentioned, but I think is a great example of how Australian players get better by not being seen. He was always capable of terrific pieces of play (his Reds try v BIL was outstanding) but he could never maintain a high standard game in game out. Due to injury I don’t think he has proved differently overseas.

Beale had a good 2015 and really good RWC15, went overseas and was good for Wasps. Came back and hasn’t been good.

It’s a mixed bag in my opinion. Perhaps certain clubs like Saracens and Exeter are a surer bet of improvement, but there is also often a gain simpler by moving out of a comfortable environment to a new challenge.

Why the Giteau Law has to be fit for purpose in 2020

I find it hard to get a handle on who (or even what type of person) would be acceptable to those who rage about the board. There are ‘Real Rugby People’ there already. There are ‘People Who Understand Grassroots’ there already. Maybe a ‘Real Sports Administrator’ could be useful, except there are no ‘Real Sports Administrators’ who are ‘Real Rugby People Who Understand Grasssroots’ who haven’t already been sacked, should be sacked, and aren’t Kiwis or female.

Demetriou is an as-s, but he is capable, experienced, would have great connections and took the AFL a long way. We could do worse.

Rugby is facing a civil war unless Cameron Clyne goes now

He might be able to make quick-ish improvements through a better game plan if we have players ready to fit that plan, but I don’t expect immediate improvement either. It remains to be seen if he is a better selector than MC, and if the different selections prove to be better players. You’d hope so but it isn’t a given. I don’t think we will have a worse year anyway.

All new Wallabies: The Dave Rennie brief

I think he’s symbolic of our system. Loads of natural ability and good attributes to his game but has been able to get to the top and stay there without ever resolving the weaknesses in his game.

Don’t give Giteau’s Law the boot

It’s confirmed is it? I knew there was talk but could not find confirmation last time I looked. Fainga’a was good this year as well so an able replacement.

All new Wallabies: The Dave Rennie brief

It doesn’t have to be a horrible year. There is enough decent players around to be as competitive as this year at least: Sio, Latu, AAA, LSL, Rodda, Valentini, Hooper, Naisarani, White, Toomua, Koribete, JOC, TK, Petaia, Banks; Slipper, JU, Thor, Jones, Dempsey, McDermott, Hodge, Maddocks.

All new Wallabies: The Dave Rennie brief

For me it is the endorsement of Eddie Jones. I couldn’t tell you much about Wisemantel, but rate Eddie and his opinion so I put alot of weight in his decision to appoint SW his assistant.

Clean slate: Rennie appointment starts a new era for Australian rugby

You’re right, Haydn. I went way over the top there. Must tone it down from now on.

Clean slate: Rennie appointment starts a new era for Australian rugby

It sounds very promising, Brett. Thanks for the article.

Clean slate: Rennie appointment starts a new era for Australian rugby

Thanks, Geoff. That sounds very positive.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

On a slight tangent … how does the DOR role work or what do they do in a national team context? It appears to me from my 10 mins of in depth research (1) most DORs are club based (2) the DOR is the manager and higher profile role. I wonder how it will work for the Wallabies if we appoint, say, Rennie as coach. Rennie would be the more credentialed operator relative to SJ.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

It was interesting listening to Morgan Turinui talk about Maddox on Rugby Rampage. He thinks he could be a 60 test Wallaby as a full back. He seemed keener on Maddox than Banks but then acknowledged Maddox is unlikely to get past DHP even at the Rebs level for another year at least.

How long does the new coach deserve to start the Wallabies rebuild?

I think we will be ok if a working solution for 10 can be achieved.

How long does the new coach deserve to start the Wallabies rebuild?

There’s a fair few coaches on the market though, and only 4 tier 1 jobs vacant as far as I know. Not likely by any means, but if a coach is looking to take the step out of club into national team coaching he may be open to a bit more risk than normal. I agree that type of coach wouldn’t be “an established international coach with a top reputation”.

How long does the new coach deserve to start the Wallabies rebuild?

Good on MK. I’m a little surprised he won by such a margin depite being one of few bright lights at the RWC.

'Cheika is a great man': John Eales Medal-winner Koroibete

The easy /weak choice would have been to slap Folau with a wet lettuce but let him stay because he was our best player. More unions than not would have found a way to not sack their best player. Let’s not forget there were players with serious active criminal charges and serious prior convictions at this RWC playing for teams who are lauded as wonderful.

The stronger decision would have been to sack Checks and all his assistants last year. I agree with that but then could we have afforded that without the replacement team being Brett as HC, you as forwards, TWAS as backs and the rest of us as PR? I’ve a heavy vehicle licence – put me down to drive the bus.

I don’t think Castle is a weak leader. She may or may not prove to be good, but it is so stereotypical Australia to scream “Sack the boss”. What are you basing that call on?

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

I think Eddie is a gun coach so if he wanted to come here then terrific.

I wonder how much of Eddie’s success with England at its WC was born out of the the Lancaster Years?

In AFL they sometimes talk of coaches that can develop a squad v coaches that can win a premiership. Lancaster of England vintage seemed a great development coach that lost his nerve when the disco arrived. It might be Australia needs 8 years and two different coaches to finally win another RWC.

Eddie is probably good enough to do both but can we afford 8 Years at $2m pa, and will he still be the right guy if it does take longer than four years to develop our player base into a unit like he boys bought off the bench last weekend.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

If you had to pick, would you say Valentini is more 6 or 8?

Pete Samu extends contract at Brumbies

Four years ago I thought he would burn them out before he got to the tournament, but even now he still seems pretty popular with the players. I was pretty wrong on that guess but agree another four years might be a lot.

Jones silent on future as England get home

I thought next year was round robin with no guarantees?

Pete Samu extends contract at Brumbies

How often has the Lions tour ended up being vs he reigning WC? 2001, 2009, 2017, and now 2021. Not quite a pattern / omen (wont put money on Wobs for 2023 just yet) but pretty consistent.

Springboks out-Eddie England to claim 2019 Rugby World Cup