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I've tried my hand at everything rugby. My serious playing ceased 40 years ago. My social playing, Fifths with my brothers, finished 30 years ago. I've refed, managed and been a delegate to the QRFSU. I've taught rugby as a school subject to boys and girls and I am still coaching schoolboys with an old mate, Got to loves the 4th's. I agree with the old colonial powers, spread rugby and develop leaders for the future in the community. You don't have to be 1st XV or a rep player to be a leader.

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Too late for you. She sold the business about 5 years ago. 😢 😡

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Which one? I’ve met Gregorieva at her ice-cream shop in Brisbane. A lovely lady and proud Australian.

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Maybe, but it was legal at the time. Doesn’t matter what the game or situation, you’ve got to know the Laws/rules.

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Thanks piru. If we took the same approach I’m sure we’d have much less controversy courtesy of the TMO.
In case we don’t talk again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

I would feel vindicated. Gutted if he never gets a chance. I still hope he’s the next Q’ld 10.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Much more complex, requiring how many officials?
Don’t know that I could have played it, but it sure is a spectacle. Go 49’ers. #16

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

May be fine in a social situation, but not during professional (or amateur) occasions.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Thanks JC. Raised a lot of points and given some of us, me included, plenty of opportunity to say some things we haven’t had a chance to say in other articles.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Agree generally Tooley. I do think that JOC’s maturity and the right game plan still puts him ahead of the youngsters, who need to stand up if they want to be the future.
Hodge has been wasted, should have been 15 for years now.
Couldn’t agree more about Stewart and McIntyre. Still think there may be an opportunity for them.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Hodge to cement a spot that should have been his for a while now. He’s suffered because of his great versatility, as has the team. Then Jock Campbell who brings everything they have looked for in Banks, only better.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Youth policy, or picking the (perceived) best available?

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

I wonder how good NW would be if he just concentrated on the game. How many decisions, both offensive and defensive has he missed waving his arms and looking to the sideline? Just because one or two AB halves can get away with it doesn’t mean he will. We’ve heard it, we’ve coached it… a player talks to the captain, the captain talks, not argues or challenges, the ref… respectfully. And here’s a lesson for free, every interaction should start with the three words, “Excuse me, sir…”.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

So, which exam? All are important but do we accept that there is now only one that really matters? A series of tests with the major exam at the end of a four year cycle?
Don’t get me wrong. I think every test played deserves the best available player in each position, which limits player depth/exposure/experience. Others believe in building for three years and solidifying in the forth. Might be easier if we knew what was happening in the minds of the brains trust. It could make some loses more bareable.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Which of the dwarfs is it? 😛 😛

Melbourne Rebels become first Super W club to pay players

And refs and TMOs looking for penalties. You can find penalties everywhere, especially according to the SA Rugby Director. But if it doesn’t have a direct influence on the game, let the boys play.

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

G’day sheek. Here we go, trying to compare eras, a lose, lose situation.
Great Rugby memories don’t just belong to the Reds, Wallabies, AB or any other senior rep team. Some of mine, 77-78 Aus Schoolboys, an ‘81 mixed team that toured Queensland country (Michael O’Connor destroyed Mt Isa with some of the greatest, most balanced running I have ever seen) and my favourite, the 1979 Ashgrove Marist 1st XV, a record breaking team, 50+ tries over 8 games, one against.
Of course, schoolboy rugby has always been more adventurous, with better defensive skills. Certainly there was a better attitude toward coaching and what the players should gain from the game.

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

The rules are simple considering how many lawyers are involved. I remember a refs meeting where the argument/discussion was about the definition of the word “and” in a particular Law. This was in the amateur days of the 70s. How do they get consensus these days?

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

What about Batfink’s off-sider? 😁

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

G’day Brett. Lots of numbers to consider.
I’m looking forward to seeing the boys left at home to rest, put on weight etc, go face-to-face with the players who went to Europe. Lots of comparisons have been made, but each group have been under different circumstances, different types of opposition.
I also felt that some players found it harder to adjust to Gameplans B and C but the adjustments seemed to come a little easier towards the end of the tour. Still, after 5 years of Gameplan Only A, variation could be felt to be a bit foreign. This could be the answer to the indifferent play of some of the European contingent and a reason to minimise their involvement up to and including RWC’23 especially if they are unavailable for the RC.
Thanks for all your work this year. Seven weeks break, then 4 weeks pre-season and hello, it’s Super Rugby Pacific, something new to look forward to.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Kerevi not wanted??? Or off to ensure the economic future for his family, like he said.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

I believe HP is as effective at his game plan as SK is at the power game. And no, I don’t think SK could play an effective HP game plan either.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

I’d go further TF. I’d say the previous coach had no interest in developing depth at all. It’s most glaring at 10 but in truth he had one squad, very little variety anywhere, an attitude that cruelled the potential of many, like Nick Frisbee, and only included new players for the duration of injuries. Add to that the way he apparently flogged the extended squad, too many suffered injury, and it’s no wonder there are no players to fill the gap between QC, JOC and the young group of 10s coming through. Add to that the loss of players like Morohan and the results that DR is achieving are better than respectable.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Yes TF, the forgotten Queenslander(s). I rate him second to Hodge if they keep AK on the wing. Beale? More gone than been.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Surely you’re not inviting this Aussie to be an AB selector? 😂 😂 😂

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Does it seem that people forget that a fullback better be able to tackle all players of all shapes and sizes too?

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

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