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Thanks Geoff. Was such an incredible result for Argentina, watching Ledesma in his post-match interview brought tears to my eyes. Very happy for them. In regards to News Corp/Fox Sports, and to only reiterate your point on the quality of their journalism, I saw an article this morning which read:

“It has been a decade of dominance for one of sport’s greatest-ever teams under first Graham Henry and then Alan Hansen

Steves unheralded twin brother finally gets some recognition!

The Wrap: A great new broadcast deal for rugby? Depends on who’s telling the story

I hope you’ve watched it! I had to replay Ledesma’s post-game interview for my partner and she started crying. I said it’s fine, I already cried!

Pumas beat All Blacks for the first time

Matera, Kremer, Petti, Sanchez, Cubelli, Montoya…the list goes on. This is why I love rugby. You couldn’t script a better story than this.

Pumas beat All Blacks for the first time

Thank you Nobes for an excellent rundown of the team – hope you’re covering the live blog! I think the expectation is 2 losses but I’m not sure…maybe a good, hard game under their belt and the Wallabies could be in trouble.

The quick questions: Los Pumas están sobre nosotros

I wonder how long until Foster stops playing Jordie on the wing. Seems to be a pretty fantastic utility option off the bench with plenty of other wing options available.

All Blacks go back to full-strength team to face Argentina as Pumas name three debutants

You’re joking…I didn’t even notice the NRC was left off. That’s a massive downer for me. Fingers crossed then for ‘other formats’.

New broadcast deal puts Rugby Australia on cloud Nine

100% and there’s so many of them still coming through. Looking forward to seeing what 2021 unearths in Super AU.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

Thanks Geoff. It’s difficult for me to make an impartial decision on this. As a Wallaby fan, the fact that this was picked up favoured and benefited my team. I was happy about this call and in the end, believe it to be right. As an AB fan, I’d be feeling disappointed something like this was discovered when Berry and the assistants should’ve been responsible, not the TMO. If I had to pick, I’d lean towards the latter as I’m more in the boat of using the TMO less. Calls will be wrong or missed sometimes and I can live with that.

There was actually an article I read recently on former ref George Ayoub that had me agreeing on this exact issue:

Interestingly, Ayoub believes the incessant use of the TMO to check for foul play must be used sparingly.

“I think that’s fraught with danger,” he said.

“I wasn’t a real fan. I’m a fan of certain interjections by the TMO, but you’ve got the assistant referees that should be watching out for that.”

The Wrap: Wallabies triumph in Suncorp dogfight

And it was Castle who also set up the U20s fund as well. Certainly seeing some rewards from that! What’s sad is I saw this posted on Facebook and there are still comments going around about “look what a good CEO can do”.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

I think Moe is good and should’ve been on the bench anyway. Holmes hasn’t been in as good a form as Brimson. Glad Hess is out as I didn’t think he should’ve been in the team to begin with

Keary dumped, Holmes returns as Origin Game 2 teams confirmed

I’m wary of game 2 sheek. Brimson and Welch out who were both key in that win.

Keary dumped, Holmes returns as Origin Game 2 teams confirmed

😡 🥊

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

Pffft Lions!

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

That’s my take on it. I’ve said before there’s got to be no harder task in world rugby than having to play the All Blacks 4 times in a row, with the first 2 in NZ and with an entirely new coaching team!

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

I completely forgot about Donaldson. Hopefully Reds pick him up! And yep I’m pretty filthy about losing Carter. I was banking on him taking over from O’Connor down the line.

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

Should make the Waratah battles between him and Harrison interesting. I’m wondering whether he’d be better of heading somewhere else like the Rebels? Your answer will probably be absolutely not 😂

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

Thanks Dan. The big head-scratchers for me are the bench. Fainga’a, Hanigan, Wright and Daugunu are just odd to me. Wright in particular confuses me. Not because I don’t want him on the bench, I actually wanted him or Samu there last week, but because Rennie clearly wanted McReight last week. If he wanted McReight on the bench, and the guy did well, why change back? I can only assume he’s not sure what the best combinations are and wants to trial as many as possible. Not criticising Rennie at all, just trying to work out his process so far.

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

I saw the guy you mentioned a while back, Tane Edmed, got selected on the bench for the A’s. Interested to see him get a run, doesn’t ever seem overawed or flustered for such a young guy.

Breaking down all of the Wallabies changes for Bledisloe 4

The bench is pretty odd. A guy who’s playing 6 and filled in at 8 is covering lock and then there’s a specialist winger. Why have Hosea, and now Neville, there if you won’t play them when your starting lock goes down?

I’m also trying to work out the thought process of bringing a 7 in last week (McReight) who did well with the minutes he got (playing at 6). Then he’s dropped for Wright?

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4

Q1: There’ll most likely be some more games like that one until experience, combinations are built up. Hopefully not that sort of scoreline again…

Q2: I’d like to see the Wallabies defence show up again after shipping 60 points in the last 120 minutes. For the All Blacks? I’d truly love to see them have a bad game. A very bad game. One of their worst games ever.

The quick questions: Redemption needed

Wish I could share your confidence!

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4

I totally forgot about last week. Must be a combination of too many beers and a horrible game. If O’Connor didn’t recover I really thought he’d give Noah another shot. I guess Harrison might get a chance against Argentina which would be good to see.

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4

Wow that’s right…I’ve tried to block that game from my memory and completely forgot he came on at 10!

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4

Might be getting all our points from 50-60m penalties 😂

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4

I do find Filipo on the bench a bit odd. Thought someone like DHP or Maddocks might be preferred to cover wing and fullback…

Reece Hodge at 10 as Dave Rennie makes huge changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 4