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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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Is this based on points scored or percentage or points per game played? Surprised not to see Michael Lynagh’s name on the list.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Tupou, great impact player if the game is tight in the last quarter but an absolute waste if the game is gone. Get on top from the outset, make the opposition play catch-up rugby, start Tupou.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

Bath hasn’t been the same since McGeechan interfered with the Australian influence while trying to get a record involvement with the B & I Lions.

England tour Australia in 2022, so who would make a combined XV?

G’day jez. What’s the bet Roberts plays in one game and that game’s against, oh, I don’t know, the Reds? 😱

Rugby World: Tahs sign 94-cap Wales centre, how Super Rugby rookies are facing challenges ahead of debut

The result of SS not wanting to be involved in or support NRC? The lack of leadership from the NSWRU? You make your own bed…

Rugby World: Tahs sign 94-cap Wales centre, how Super Rugby rookies are facing challenges ahead of debut

A man fortunate enough to be able to do what he loves and call it work. Jealous? Most of us. 👍

The Giteau lore: Wallabies great, 39, adds another chapter to glittering career

What might have been.
Have a good night Mk. 👍

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

I hope not.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

Thanks Mk. Thought it was him but worried you may have meant EMcK. He did develop his players. You don’t have to go past 2011 to see what he could do.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

What else has Jock Campbell got to do? Everyone else gets multiple opportunities but he’s not ready? No ones ready until they get their first chance, but I suggest he is more ready than most. He has the skills, his positional play works, he can run with the best and there is no doubting his courage.
I like Hodge but if you’re looking for depth, JC is your No 2 fullback.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

Missing tackles is one thing but being out of position or not willing to even attempt a tackle is quite another. I know the modern 15 is very involved in attack but the old thought of being the last line of defence still holds true.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

Mk, not sure as to which coach you refer as not interested in helping young players.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

G’day Madkiwi. Got to disagree with the idea that KB may be the answer for two reasons;
1) I don’t think he is outstanding enough in any single fullback skill/quality to overcome his inconsistencies, and,
2) I am one of at least three, I would suggest, whose memory leads to believe that Beale’s off field qualities have been shown to be less than desirable in one who seeks to represent his country. I acknowledge that Beale was not alone and sadly others involved continue to be part of the Wallabies.

Analysis: Is Kurtley Beale really the answer to the Wallabies' fullback conundrum?

Thanks jez. Appreciate the feedback and suggestions.

Who should coach my favourite All Blacks team?

Thanks Peter. As an outsider looking in I was very surprised when Mitchell made your list. Not a highly regarded coach in Australia, at least not in the circles in which I travel. Yeah, small circle.
I’d not heard of Fred Allen. Saw a comment about him being a bully and your contrary opinion. Every coach has a bit of everything, different ratios. New Zealand certainly has a conveyor belt of coaches to go with their players. Thanks for the insights.

Who should coach my favourite All Blacks team?

No Peter. It gives the rest of us two things;
1) An opportunity to practice our critical thinking skills, and,
2) a laugh. 😂 😂

Who should coach my favourite All Blacks team?

Lost opportunities to counter-ruck jez? I’m thinking of getting my boys to really give the counter-ruck a big go this year when the opposition takes the ball into the 15m margins, crowd the breakdown, slow it down to reset backline defence and hopefully gain some turnover ball.
And if it doesn’t work then we just fan out.

Who should coach my favourite All Blacks team?

G’day FB. Should they be red or yellow? Doesn’t matter. Where they in internationals? Doesn’t matter. The red against Wasps the year after he spoke with the international head of refs to correct his technique? In the context of being the complete player, that matters.
If technique is flawed, at what ever level, then a player is not complete. Is he good? No, 100 test suggests he is very good, perhaps as good as it gets currently. Just not complete.

Six Nations: Eddie Jones goes big on rookies, backs Owen Farrell

Sorry Tooly but those YCs for no-arm tackles, some of which could easily have been reds, remove him from the complete player category for me. I’d rather have Ford but then again, it’s England so I don’t care what kind of mistakes they make.

Six Nations: Eddie Jones goes big on rookies, backs Owen Farrell

We were at the Gold Coast watching the Wallabies and Boks. At half time and 15 years of age he announces to me that being an international ref is what he wanted to be. Nine years later and he is progressing. I’ll let you know if he makes it.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Thanks for the reply Jacko. I understand your pain and in most instances, like the one described, I agree. In its pure state, rugby is a player’s game. I’ve been guilty, more than once and at many levels, of pleading with the ref, just let them play.
I wrote a reply about refs to Tooly. I don’t think it’s contradictory. It might be of interest.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

G’day jcm.
My son is a third generation ref. I don’t think he fits into your three types.
He’s been watching rugby with me, an ex-player, coach and ref, since he could focus on the TV screen. He started reffing when he was 15. He is knowledgeable of and has a great feel for the game.
However his best characteristic was overheard by two proud parents, when a parent of a Colts player (and we know what they can be like) said to their child/player, “Oh, you’ve got him today. At least you know it will be a fair game.”
Can’t ask for more than that.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

G’day Tooly.
I can only go back to 1972 when I began reffing. Maybe Q’ld is/was different to other places but I was getting feedback right from the beginning. It may not have been weekly, but the Appointments Board of the day kept an eye on all refs and passed on points for improvement if you wanted to advance. After about 4 years in the association refereeing juniors, I was appointed as an assessor/mentor to schoolboy refs.
My son is reffing now. There are certainly many more ref coaches now than there have ever been. Unlike the old days, refs are expected to attend fitness sessions, particularly if you want to advance, referee meetings where law clarification takes place and there is more liaison between ref association and clubs/Union.
Should referee critiques be made public? No. Like players, if the ref is not up to the standards required by the ref association, they’ll be dropped until they have rectified their problem/s.
That’s the situation in Q’ld. I suspect it could be the same where you are Tooly. If not then I respectfully suggest that it should be.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Oh Jacko, of course refs make mistakes, he called it a dropped ball, you thought it was a knock on.
With regards to the initial point, red cards “ruining the game”, the law is there, obvious for all, refs and players and coaches alike. The consequences, and the way they are reached, are also set out clearly, if one bothers to read them.
Eventually, when it comes to red cards, the ref is given very little, if any, room to manoeuvre.
In a nutshell, a ref only reacts to the situations in which players put themselves.
I know that studying the laws and becoming an active ref made me a better and smarter player.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

G’day TE. Thanks for the article and the information contained. It seems that rugby is not waiting for World Rugby to initiate or even help with the growth of the game. Having said that, there was one sentence that worried me.
The new privately run competition is separate to that of the Spanish Rugby Federation, which creates a wave of doubt as the wants of private owners may differ to the administration body.
Let’s hope that the national team doesn’t suffer the disconnect other national teams in Europe have.

A new future for Spanish rugby

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