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Another good analysis mate.

The long inside pass is very effective. I coach a schoolboy team and we got exposed with that in our last game so will be working hard to fix that at training this week.

How to target the All Blacks, Part 5: Exploiting the whip

Brilliant Analysis Conor Mate. Really enjoyed this read.

The 9/10 rush defence needs a loose forward to quickly connect with them to make sure the inside hole is covered and a midfield back to come up with them for the outside.

Look forward to reading part 5.

How to target the All Blacks, Part 4: Baiting the over-rush

That’s a valid point about Tuipolotu. He made some good contributions off the bench last year. This year for the Blues he some good games for the Blues but at other times he wasn’t seen as prominent. Great opportunity for him tomorrow and possibly the next few weeks in the absence of Scott Barrett.

Four key match-ups: Argentina vs New Zealand

I was surprised with his exclusion as he would have been chomping to play. Hansen explained in the press conference he has seen him play enough and knows what he can do.

Four key match-ups: Argentina vs New Zealand

I am not sure if they have they have marked each other at fullback but would have played against each other in previous years. Ben Smith played against the Pumas in Nelson last year and pretty sure Boffelli did as well.

Four key match-ups: Argentina vs New Zealand

Also with him playing on the left wing if he has a strong showing that’s pretty much him in any squad for his versatility. He will be able to cover 11 through to 15 and probably has the skills til play 10 as well. Personally I think his best position is 12 with his skill set and frame.

Four key match-ups: Argentina vs New Zealand

Yeah their bench has always managed to win games for the All Blacks. This bench has talent but not much experience. I would expect some good impact Hemopo as he’s physical and possible Ennor if he gets the space with his pace.

Four key match-ups: Argentina vs New Zealand

Was really surprised to see Jordie Barrett named on the left wing instead of Ioane, Ioane has only played one local club game in the last 6 weeks. I do understand Hansens logic in trying new combinations.

I probably would have started Laulala and had Ta’avao coming off the bench. Good opportunity for both starting props to put their hand up.

Sevu Reece one of five debutants in All Blacks side for Rugby Championship opener

I agree with Digger on the lock and loose forward mix with the All Blacks. I would imagine Retallick and Tuipolotu will start at lock and Hemopo off the bench.

The loose forward mix will be intriguing. Cane is starting at 7 as he is captaining. I think Savea will play 8 in this test as there is no real other experienced options and I think Fifita will play 6 which will help with lineout options with no Read there. I think the loose forward cover on the bench will be out Jacobson and Papalii. Both very good upcoming players.

The midfield will also be interesting. I cannot see SBW playing after hearing Ian Foster on the news last night. So that is likely to be Laumape and Lienert-Brown which is a good balance. Laumape struggled to defend the Jaguares midfield in Super Rugby so there will be some frailty there.

I think the All Black will in a close one by 11 or so points with a late second half flurry.

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Thanks for the article Ronan. As a New Zealander the headline jumped at me straight away.

New Zealand can beat Australia in this series if they play their best cricket and do a handful of things well, which include:

1. A good preparation prior to the first test, playing at least 2-3 warm up matches and preferably one on a big Australian Stadium.
2. They handle the Australian pace attack at the start of the innings well.
3. The top and middle order nullifies Nathan Lyon, if he is bowling to him. There is likely to be 3 left handers in our top 5.
4. Our bowling attack doesn’t overuse short pitch bowling. Australian batsmen tend to play the short ball better than most.

New Zealand definitely have the team and will be battle hardened after playing England prior. We do not want to make the same mistake as we did in 2015 when went over there with a relatively strong team and crumbled.

NZ can beat Australia this summer

I would have to disagree with you on his impact in the 2015 World Cup. Was good off the bench in a close game against Argentina in pool play. And made some big plays in the 2nd half of the final including the offload to Ma’a Nonu’s try.

Since then though he has not really offered too much apart from a couple of good games on the 2017 end of year tour. Questions do need to be asked about his durability and playing multiple games back to back.

Sonny Bill Williams unlikely to play first Rugby Championship Test

Daniels team has a way better batting lineup but David’s team has the edge in the seam attack.

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

Very similar to your piece on Jack Nowell earlier this year when there was talk of turning him into a loose forward.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

Thanks Nicholas for a good read on the Australian Under 20s. Frost looks like he has a huge future ahead of him and would have learnt a lot in the Crusaders academy.

Jason Gilmore seems to be a very smart coach to get this young team playing smart rugby and having a strong collective breakdown system. What impressed me in your highlights was the work rate of the backs on defence and willingness to work at the breakdown. The clean out on the French 8 was well done as he won the space battle. Backs who are good in the rucks are invaluable.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

Great opportunity for the Wallabies to lay a good foundation for this year when they play South Africa this weekend. If South Africa are playing an under strength team, then the Wallabies need to take advantage of this. Won’t be easy in the altitude of Johannesburg however. Their forward pack will need to be able to match the Springboks pack somehow to allow them the best chance of winning.

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Yeah I was trying to be nice and not use those type of words. Imagine their uproar if they lost like NZ did.

The Roar's 2019 Cricket World Cup awards: Player of the tournament to biggest disappointment and everything in between

Thanks for clarifying that Daniel. Imagine India losing in a semi on home soil. The fans will extremely devastated.

The Roar's 2019 Cricket World Cup awards: Player of the tournament to biggest disappointment and everything in between

Hey Daniel

Have to agree on everything you have written there. In terms of a great all-round performance Shakib Al-Hasan is a great choice. His contributions are massive with both and ball. I have no qualms with Kane Williamson getting the offical award as he carried NZ and has shown to be a character held in high regard with his conduct.

I do wonder where to for South Africa. They under performed in this World Cup. I have a soft for them after all their World Cup heart break.

Have they announced the next venue? And I will be interested in seeing if this format is kept. I didn’t mind it as everyone was scheduled to play everyone. I would have liked to seen Ireland there as they have shown in the past they can play on the big show. Hopefully they consider how they can get smaller nations back in.

The Roar's 2019 Cricket World Cup awards: Player of the tournament to biggest disappointment and everything in between

I hope this final really gives the sport it needs in New Zealand especially for teenagers who have either stopped playing or have never played as they perceive the sport to be “boring”. This final had such drama and for us New Zealanders it clearly shows we are a competitive team on the global scale.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup final: The best there ever was

I like the idea but think he is one or two games under prepared. I know Sodhi personally and one thing for sure is he would back himself to do the job.

If he was to play then I would see De Grandhome miss out. His seamers could be effective with the Lords slope.

The other selection dilemma is if Nicholls is ruled out does Munro come back or does Blundell (who has never played an ODI) come in?

The risky team change New Zealand must make to achieve World Cup glory

You raise a valid point and is such a dilemma for Australians.

I am from New Zealand and was in 2 minds who I wanted the Black Caps to play in the final. On one hand I wanted Australia as a chance to get revenge from 2015. On the other hand playing the host nation at the home of cricket has something special about it.

Generally I go for England over Australia in cricket but in rugby the reverse.

I have to say the Australian sports fans tend to back New Zealand sports team better the reciprocal.

2019 is a great year for World Cups with the Netball included. Personally I see Australia winning that one.

The English or Kiwis winning both World Cups - what's worse?

I hope he knows what he is getting himself in for (and I am a Blues Supporter)!!!

He is going to the Blues where the franchise and fans will have HUGE expectations on him since he is the best first five they have had since Carlos Spencer. Hopefully he can fit into the environment and thrive. Will be a big ask though.

Beauden Barrett staying in NZ Rugby, but makes surprising Super Rugby club switch

Thanks for the entertaining approach for the tips each week guys. I have really enjoyed them and the explanations always made for great reading.

Highlight for 2019 for me was the Chiefs victory over the Crusaders in Suva. That was a magnificent game of rugby played at a great tempo and skill level. The Chiefs have some strong resolve in that playing group and will only get more resilient with Gatland at the helm. I also have to throw in the Blues 4 game winning streak as I support them and felt a glimmer of hope,

Team to watch in 2020 for me is the Chiefs. I think they will build on the back end of 2019 and with Gatland there, they will go back to the physical teams they had when they won back to back titles in 2012 and 2013.

That’s a wrap on Super Rugby 2019

Highlanders are losing a large amount of experience and around 15 or so regular players including their captain Luke Whitelock and best player in Ben Smith. There will be huge responsibility on Aaron Smith next year.

That’s a wrap on Super Rugby 2019

Thanks for the read as always Nicholas.

I can just picture Sir Graham Henry enjoying a Malbec. I am pretty sure he now resides on Waheke Island which is a Vineyard heaven.

The standing up of the Jaguares prop was really noticeable right through the game. Joe Moody took Medrano to town. I was surprised Diaz Bollina did not learn from the Hurricanes last week, when they also kicked aimlessly in the first half but managed to sort themselves in the second half.

I really hope the Pumas get a good balance with their European based players back to add into the great work the Jagauares have done for this season. Sanchez is a must back at 10. I am not sure how Isa is going at the moment but would love to see him and Matera work together.

Another great Argentine Rugby export is Sergio Parisse being born in La Plata. He has carried Italian rugby for so long and been a world class player.

Also thanks for the new word learning today: insouciant

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right