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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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Some good signings for MP. However, with his coaching history, is Aaron Mauger the right coach for this team?

Moana Pasifika sign second ex-Wallaby for inaugural season

After the ‘91 WC, I remember talking with Anthony Herbert. The WBs carried a sign with the names of their 90 odd sponsors. An American player looked at the board and said, “So that’s what it’s like to be a super power.”
Two questions.
1. Can we still consider ourselves to be a super power in Rugby? ( I like to think we’re getting back there.)
2. How far have the US progressed in the last 30 years and would they need 6 or 10 more years to produce a team capable of going further than the pool stage? Nobody likes to see the host nation knocked out at the end of the pool stage.

Rugby Australia faces rival bid from USA to host 2027 World Cup

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The Thursday rugby two-up: Spring Tour hopes and dreams

G’day Brett. Can’t answer your question other than to say I hope the “youngsters” have learnt lessons from being around the “old heads” and I would be terribly disappointed if there didn’t continue to be improvements across the whole squad.
I do have one question for you. I’ve not taken any notice of the UK journos of late. Have they started their annual, “Wallaby’s scrum is… non-existent/ substandard/illegal/substitute any derogatory comment” yet? Personally, I think they’re in for a hell of a surprise.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Spring Tour hopes and dreams

I’m with youNM. I don’t expect miracles but now that the young guns have had good time with the “old heads” I’d be disappointed if their performances didn’t show improvement. Can the youngsters win in Europe? They are part of the current momentum, DR still has them in the squad and therefore has faith in them, so… why not?

The Thursday rugby two-up: Spring Tour hopes and dreams

I always appreciated my grandad’s experience. 😊

The Thursday rugby two-up: Spring Tour hopes and dreams

G’day Carlos. I’m wondering what kind of team the French will select compared with the team they sent to Aus this year and in preparation for the WC in ‘23. How ever they go and whoever they pick, it should be interesting. In fact I think this next generation of the Cockerel should be worth watching for quite a while.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Spring Tour hopes and dreams

The rugby family NB?

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Thanks Nick. Agree with all your points. Still think that, when thrown to, HW is a very good option.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

G’day Nick. I know HW played 8 for the Reds but he was a regular jumper across the length of the line out. I don’t remember him being dominated at any stage throughout the SR season. In fact, it felt as though he was their go-to man on the most important occasions. Am I mistaken?
You can also add Scott-Young to the list of almost certain line out wins but I realise that he may not have the eye of the selectors.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Oh please let’s not start the Hodge merry-go-round again. He is the fullback we’ve been looking for. Kellaway has found his position. For me, Paisami is the obvious 12. He knows what’s going on and should be fresh after the joy of the birth of his first. And a great opportunity to learn from QC. No brainer.

'A chance to change perception': Successful spring tour would mean more than usual for Wallabies

Gotcha JDK. In the amateur era, when it was “just” a game, coaches and selection committees weren’t afraid to give players their first cap. Professional era and players still need to be awarded their first cap. At the same time, people still turn up to watch test rugby against any old enemy so gate money will always be there. So for whom is the money/salary important?
I’m reminded of the NFL coach who told his players, “We are here for one reason and one reason only and that is … to keep my job.” Sound like any coaches you might be aware of?

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Plenty of experience around Smith? He’s played over 100 first class games and dominated in what they believe is the world’s top competition. He’s not the stumbling block, EJ is. As we’ve seen since the year dot, NH rugby, playing, coaching, administration all have the same middle name… Conservative.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

G’day Nick. Quick one. Is the “Sarries” way just a version of the previous Leicester style?

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

It’s not just SS! Every year there’s a new batch of Under 20s. The SR clubs can’t sign them all, so some of the better ones not contracted in Aus get spotted and are offered good contracts overseas. And it doesn’t mean because a young player gets an O/S contract that he is or will become a better player than the player/s who do stay and get signed.
You’ve just got to hope that the talent ID personnel are up to and doing the job. It’s also very difficult to spot the late bloomer. Let us also hope that if there is a late bloomer, like an Andrew Kellaway, he doesn’t become disillusioned by having to leave and can be coaxed back when the time arrives.

Former Roosters player gets Scotland call up for potential meeting with boyhood hero Cooper

Certainly DMc was the previous 15 for quite some time. I was feeling that the ABs have been giving a number of candidates substantial time in the position to see if they had what it takes to be an AB fullback. It’s just that I think JB, apart from his Garry Owen catching technique, has all the skills required consistently, therefore he earned the position rather than stole it. I don’t blame anyone for thinking that I’m being picky about the language used. Never intended to upset anyone.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

If CLL signing doesn’t attract other high quality signings and young signings eager to learn then nothing will.

Lealiifano signs with Moana Pasifika

Hodge shouldn’t be filling in… he should be starting at 15!

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

G’day Brett.
“The best All Black seemed to be Jordie Barrett, who stole the 15 jersey from Damian McKenzie.”
A bit surprised by this from Harry. Not that JB was the best but that he stole the 15 from DMc. For me, DMc was only ever a stop-gap but certainly the sort of player a coach says we’ve got to find a spot for him. (Maybe not with all the other talent about in the positions he could play.)

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

G’day Nick. The special thing for me is that TT is 25 yoa and AAA is 27 yoa. Neither has yet reached what are supposed to be a prop’s mature age. So AAA will be 29 for RWC 2023 and TT 31 for RWC 2027.
There are all those unpredictables to consider, injury, availability etc but what a tantalising future we seem to have. Then there’s the 21 year old Bell.
I know most people would want to start every game they are available for, no matter the level they’re playing. But TT and AAA certainly give DR and the WBs the chance to build the team and tactics to suit/overcome the opposition of the day. I think this is part of DR’s philosophy and I believe the team has bought into it. (Something for Friday?)

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

G’day Brett. Why does this idea remind me and sound so much like Rob Sitch and his program “Utopia”?

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

G’day Pinetree. Back in the 70s, respected Brisbane Orthopod, Dr Peter Meyers, was the ground doctor at Ballymore. He actually kept a record of injuries he treated over about two seasons, calculated the frequency of injuries to specific positions and how often an injury would generally cause a player in each position to miss a game. He also ranked the positions in order of “danger”.
No surprise that first five was the safest. Not surprisingly, at least to me, that fullback was the most dangerous, what with being taken out in the air trying to defuse Garry Owens and the way rampaging forwards showed so little regard in the day.
Don’t know if he ever kept all that information and would it be as relevant four and a half decades later?

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

Who’s making stuff up to keep/manufacture a cushy job?

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

Especially when Wilson comes back into the side. I think he suffered from thinking he had to live up to his first year. Time off, pre-season, learning what is required, I think he will bounce back bigger and better than ever.

Get your questions in for Issue 30 of Coach's Corner

G’day Geoff. Is 12s just Rugby League with 1 each in the sin bin?
Now for the serious topic. How times have changed. How often have we seen a single hand placement fail? Our teams actually practice two hands on the ball, whole body to the ground try scoring. Some players get very few, if any, chances to score tries, so when the time comes I don’t want them to bomb it. ( But no swan dives thanks, or ridiculous “celebrations”.)

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

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