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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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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

Thanks smi. I enjoy it here when we can play the ball and not the man. If only life was as simple as a game of rugby. Stay safe. 👍

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

Sorry smi. Didn’t check my spell check. Not axis, Xi.

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

Can’t argue with you there smi. While the Spanish Flu took my Great grandfather, one of the 50,000,000 , on a hospital ship in Moreton Bay, returning from WWI, it didn’t develop variants like this one and lasted no more than 1 year. I’ll admit I’m scared for my children and their’s (hopefully).
As for the ones we should be worried about, maybe too political for a rugby site (but I’ll not argue that point either.)
To finish on a lighter note, did you notice that to name the current variant, the WHO jumped two Greek letters, one of which was axis. I wonder why?

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

You can still carry it to your loved ones.

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

Actually, the fitter you are, the less reserve you carry to combat any virus/germ/illness. Better to avoid in the first place.

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

G’day Geoff. So today we look at the single, most controversial aspect of our game. I’ll begin with your third last paragraph. ( Sorry, I can’t seem to copy on this iPad, but not blaming concussion I may have suffered.)
I too, encourage the “passive” technique you describe with my Open age group boys, 17 and 18 year olds. It saw me safely (?) through my career. Take the principles of physics into account and you can find that the momentum of the ball carrier can/will cause the tackler and engaged player to rotate around your combined axis. You can end on top of the tackled player. This allows you to regain your feet first, release the player and make an effort to win the turnover. Personally, I find this to be a better outcome than the “dominant” tackle.
Ours is a body contact, some might say violent, game. There has always been and always will be physical risk involved. As we age, from school to open age rugby, we choose to challenge the risk of accidental injury. My serious career finished when my leg was broken in four places. I’d had a couple of head knocks over the course of 26 years of playing, all as a result of poor technique. Who am I holding responsible? It’s all me. I’m afraid though, that with law suits taking place, people will start abrogating their personal responsibilities to WR who offered those playing opportunities that they then freely chose. Deliberate acts of foul play/thuggery should be dealt with harshly, even if that means the victim taking the protagonist to court.
For us, WR puts the Laws in place to provide for a safe game. It is then incumbent on players to know, understand and act within those Laws. Finally it falls to referees to ensure that play is conducted within the intent of those same Laws. It is a player’s choice to break the Laws and, to a slightly lesser degree, a coach’s decision to continue to select a player whom they know to step outside the Law. It is also a coach’s responsibility to encourage his players to play the game fairly and in respect of the Laws. This, in turn, places a responsibility on schools and clubs to select coaches whom they trust to reflect the best qualities of our great game.
Ultimately the safety of our game rests in the knowledge of and action within the Laws of our game.

Why World Rugby’s Brain Health Initiative is making my head hurt

How brave, caring and responsible of the organisers to take such a difficult decision. Congratulations to them.
Strange how, every time we seem to be almost on level terms with this virus, there are multiple outbreaks of a new variant in multiple locations around this world of ours. It’s nearly as interesting to note where the new variants aren’t appearing.

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

Sometimes I miss the old trials. Imagine, both teams coached by the national coach, running the respective game plans. Take a little of the guesswork out of it.
We could end up with as many Wallaby trialists in Aus as there are AB trialists (in Aus). 😂 😂 😂

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

G’day CB.
The penalty should fit the crime. I’m all in favour of the red card when one player attacks another player’s head. That’s foul play!
But when Valetini and the Welshman are both turning their heads in an effort to minimise the head clash, none of which is intentional from either player, the red card is a step, or two, too far. People will say that Valetini’s technique wasn’t good enough. I believe I saw him go low so that his head would have hit the welsh shoulder (still poor technique for mine) but at the same time, the Welshman lowered his body height too. That’s when they both saw the head clash coming.
I fear that some TMOs believe that if they have been referred to, or contact the ref, then there had better be a card as a result. Craving power but unable to be on the field as the sole judge of fact?
Finally, is there the perception that teams from the other hemisphere just don’t play the game the way it should be played, so look out for that.
I’d like to think I’m wrong about the last couple of points but I fear…

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Nice group jez.
Lots of players exposed to international footie. I guess this equals developing depth for some pundits. Depth for me equals players so close in ability they are all pushing for starting spots.
I also hope that for some players, it is understood that to give them and the team, their best opportunities, the right game plan needs to be employed. As an example I offer the difference in Hunter Paisami running a game plan for Kerevi and a game plan more suited to his skills.
Hope you and your family can avoid the new variant.

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Indeed. And any replay, if we have to have them, is played in real time, on the sideline if the ref wants it, with the decision made by THE MAN IN CHARGE.
Respect the ref.

Wallabies warned as Rennie apologises for ref rant

So HJ, was Nick Berry part of the negotiations? Why do I feel that the only ones feeling saved are South Africans? None of this has changed my opinion… and I wish it had.

Rassie and Rugby SA apologise to Berry, drop appeal to ban

No eff. The accusation was made directly against NB. The apology needs to be directly to NB by the person who made the accusations.

Rassie and Rugby SA apologise to Berry, drop appeal to ban

The Coaching Director gave??? You imply that the individual has offered an apology to NB (and the Rugby public). The statement, not a true apology as many here have pointed out, came from SA Rugby. The accusations were public, the apology, directed by WR, should also be public and come from the person who made the accusations.

Rassie and Rugby SA apologise to Berry, drop appeal to ban

World Rugby ordered apologies from RSA and the Coaching Director. So far only one apology given.
The CD made many accusations that WR regard as needing to be apologised for. Some of those accusations were made in general, some specificly against NB. If he was brave enough to make those accusations, by name, on social media, then he should man up and make those directed apologies, that he has been directed , in same manner to the same audience.
However, I think there are two things standing in the way of this happening;
1) WR don’t have the guts to enforce their own direction,
2) Bullies rarely man up.

Rassie and Rugby SA apologise to Berry, drop appeal to ban

G’day Paulo. You left out the fact that Lowe’s action occurred after Carozza had scored in the corner and, I think, the ref had raised his arm and was blowing his whistle.

Rassie and Rugby SA apologise to Berry, drop appeal to ban

Yes savant. That’s the way people thought about the 2021 SR AU Champions. Respect.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

I’ve always thought that one of the major problems the Force have had has been their choice of head coach. They’ve had talent, facilities and fan base. It seems they may have a good coaching group now. Let’s hope, for Wallaby sake, it all comes together.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Or are they following Martin Johnson’s lead?

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Ready, underrated and underloved. If he does get fit I think he could be devistating but I fear he needs to mature more than would normally be required.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Let’s hope, from an Aussie point of view, that the modern tradition is maintained. I’d hate to see the position turned over regularly to successful SR coaches. 😛 😛

Dispelling the myth that the All Blacks struggle against the rush defence

Appreciate your point of view Brett, but I find it a little frustrating as they are the Laws of the game, not Laws for attacking players and another section of laws for defending players. The distinctions are made in the interpretations which, unfairly to me, affect one side of the ball more than the other. As an example, shouldn’t all players be responsible for each other’s safety?
So, head clash. Why is the tackler the only one penalised? What avoidance is the responsibility of the ball carrier? Discussion for another day I guess. Hope this hasn’t wasted your time.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

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