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Radike Samo? Will forever love him for that try against the ABs in 2011.

'Brave, happy but plodding': Old guys rule rugby, and the Wallabies need better ones

God I love Frans. The Dad-bod with a killer step.

'Brave, happy but plodding': Old guys rule rugby, and the Wallabies need better ones

Cracking team. Cheers mate.

The greatest grand finalists of the last 70 years

Thanks Brett. JOC was standing far too deep for the majority of the game. We need him playing a lot closer and flatter to help Paisami and Ikitau make inroads. There was one passage of play where the ball went from White at the base of a ruck to JOC, to Paisami and then by the time it reached Ikitau, we were about 25-30m behind the original ruck. Ikitau tried to make up some ground but once he was tackled, we still finished with a 15m loss. I understand JOC probably wants to give himself more time before the defence arrives, but all he’s doing is taking that time away from his outside men.

Wallabies vs Scotland: Did I see what I needed to see?

Thanks Geoff. A few thoughts of mine from watching several of the games:

1. Thank you for mentioning the jerseys. I was confused enough when I saw Ireland’s lilac number but when England and Tonga decided to swap colours, I was just dumbfounded. Idiotic decision.

2. I think the Welsh and Scottish anthems, aided by their incredible fans, are now my favourite. Spine-tingling stuff.

3. How good is Frans Steyn? A barrel-chested fullback who looks like he’s better off coming into 5th grade Sunday footy can do it all. 60 metre penalties and just when you think he’s sidling up the field like he’s ready to sit down and have a cigarette, BAM off he goes on that right foot step. My new man-crush.

4. I chuckled to myself when the camera panned the South African coaches box only to see Rassie screaming instructions down the mic whilst poor old Jacques sat meekly next to him.

5. Jarvo is an idiot. As is that fool who jumped the fence and potentially cost Wales the game.

The Wrap: Dumb rugby sees Wallabies sacrifice too many points at Murrayfield

That’s a shame for Owen. I hope there are no other players testing positive. This opens the door for Marcus Smith which may turn out to be bad news for the Wallabies. Hoping he comes through the game against Tonga unscathed considering he’s just getting back to full fitness.

England skipper Owen Farrell tests positive to COVID, eight days before Wallabies showdown

That would be something if they can pull that off. Clock is ticking fast before those two get locked into a new contract though.

The thought of Paulo, BHU and Talakai trucking it up gives me the warm and tinglies.

With Fitzgibbon at the helm surely the only way is up for Cronulla in 2022?

Great read. I really enjoy these historical pieces that weave and flow into the modern-day.

How the battles, and the beasts, have changed since Australia first played Scotland

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How the battles, and the beasts, have changed since Australia first played Scotland

Agreed. On a side-note mate, will you be doing an all-time grand final team from the 50’s-00’s? If you want to make some enemies and set the comments section on fire, that’ll be one way to do it.

With Fitzgibbon at the helm surely the only way is up for Cronulla in 2022?

Yeah Fifita’s injury surprised me with how serious it turned out to be. Whilst Graham is also very concerning. He’s heading into Boyd Cordner territory…

With Fitzgibbon at the helm surely the only way is up for Cronulla in 2022?

Correction: I should’ve said 7 or 6 for Hynes. I don’t think they’ve locked that in yet.

With Fitzgibbon at the helm surely the only way is up for Cronulla in 2022?

Cheers Tony. I hope that wasn’t too difficult to write as a Dragons fan. One thing that stands out now is we have considerable depth in almost all positions. I’m also quite interested in seeing how Craig fits all the pieces into the new-look forward pack. Particularly if Graham is fit for round 1. Some handy names will need to be on the bench. Top 6 should be the bare minimum with a chance for top 4 should they gel well and Hynes takes to 7 as well as he did fullback.

With Fitzgibbon at the helm surely the only way is up for Cronulla in 2022?

Reminds me of QLD’s attempt at getting rid of the cane beetle by introducing the cane toad. And didn’t that work out well…

The law of unintended consequences: Perverse incentives, eligibility and the Pacific Islands

This is off-topic but could we please get rid of the black and yellow/lime uniforms? Just awful.

Zampa stunning, Marsh brutal as statement win delivers huge momentum shift for Aussies

Great article, thanks. Loved your opening intro about the cobras.

It’s a catch-22 for me but I’m probably leaning towards hoping the vote passes. We want these nations to be more competitive and world rugby is littered with young island players given 1 or 2 tests and then never to be seen again. It allows them to continue their test career as well as providing some more talent to their home nation.

But you’re right. It doesn’t fix the fact these nations still have poor governance, financial security and lack a voice at the dinner table. But it may be a very small step to level the playing field somewhat.

The law of unintended consequences: Perverse incentives, eligibility and the Pacific Islands

Thanks, Jim. O’Connor’s journey is one I’ve really enjoyed over the past 3 years. I’m particularly keen to see how he goes starting these 3 tests rather than coming on from the bench which I don’t think is the best way of using him. And if he has found some extra speed and agility, I hope we see some of that as well.

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

I’ve had managers with similar traits. They get the best out of you, and you work very hard for them, but you’re almost terrified of saying or doing the wrong thing, knowing there’s not as much support there as you’d like. It’s a claustrophobic way of working.

Coach's Corner Issue 32: What do Scotland have in store for the Wallabies?

Cheers Nick. Really enjoyed you sharing your experience with Eddie. It seems remarkable he could be England’s head coach for 8 years with a personality and coaching style like you describe.

Coach's Corner Issue 32: What do Scotland have in store for the Wallabies?

I’m not sure either…could be a case of second-year syndrome where the performance takes a bit of a dip. I think he was given the message to work a lot harder by Thorn as well during this period.

Then there is always the fact that we went up against NZ teams where the breakdown and defence made it a lot harder for many Aus players, not just FMR.

Are the Wallabies on the road to their back-row nirvana?

If you told me at the beginning of the year that Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale would be selected for the Wallabies, I would’ve said you were completely mad. It was so nice seeing Quade come in and do well so, if Kurtley gets a shot, I just hope he goes well and has a good game. It’s been nice watching these little redemption stories.

'World Cup is a goal', 'Quade motivated me': Everything Kurtley Beale said on Wallabies return

😂 there’s a joke somewhere in there…something about bagpipes and kilts. I don’t know. I’m too tired today.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance to revise Spring Tour predictions for the southern raiders

I just googled “A group of men and their clean balls” and this article popped up.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance to revise Spring Tour predictions for the southern raiders

He’s managed to win for both sides. Stalemate a la Jones.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance to revise Spring Tour predictions for the southern raiders

Be careful of chafe.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance to revise Spring Tour predictions for the southern raiders

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