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I see your point here and I am All Black supporter. A win for Ireland or Wales (the 2 most likely teams who have never won the tournament to have a chance in Japan) would be extremely good for the game. More teams sharing the spoils makes the sport more interesting.

I have to say good stuff for Scotland going over to Georgia. That is a good step and we need more Tier One Nations doing that more often to Tier 2 Nations.

Anyone but the All Blacks

Not sure if it will be by 16 points. I reckon around 9 or so points. I think the All Blacks will win but will be close for the majority of the game. The All Blacks put on some points in the last 20 mins.

I think at Eden Park next week could be a lot more one sided though.

Wallabies vs All Blacks preview and prediction

Fair point about the lineout but having Read there still gives you a World Class jumper and one of the best defensive readers of a lineout going around.

Ardie Savea named at 6 as All Blacks keep Barrett-Mo'unga combo for Bledisloe Cup

I like this team a lot. Savea will wear 6 but would expect him to carry off the back of the scrum a lot to utilise his acceleration and ability to go forward in contact.

I am glad they have persevered with the 10/15 combination for one more game. Should be more fluid with Aaron Smith back. Beauden Barrett has traditionally scored a lot of points against the Wallabies and being able to roam more may see that trend continue.

Ardie Savea named at 6 as All Blacks keep Barrett-Mo'unga combo for Bledisloe Cup

He started his career there and played his 4 or so tests there. He would be very good there. The teams been announced and Savea is wearing 6 but am expecting him to pack at 8 a number of times.

The Rugby Championship Week 3: Someone clone the trophy

For the All Blacks a couple of things I would like to see:

1. More cohesion on attack. This should happen if Aaron Smith starts.
2. Point 1 should lead into Rieko Ioane finding some much needed form.
3. Ardie Savea starting at 8. This would allow some great gain line off the base of the scrum. Shifting Read to 6 could also solve the All Black blindside conundrum.

Tips: All Blacks by 9, Boks by 12.
(I am saying this without seeing the lineups).

Sure Thing: SANZAAR will realise their wrongs when they see a full house at Optus Stadium and reinstate the Force to Super Rugby.

The Rugby Championship Week 3: Someone clone the trophy

Another great analysis Nicholas. Thanks for the good read.

Arnold’s work at removing bodies at ruck time that you have highlighted is a great example of what a big forward should be doing and how to do it effectively.

There will be immense pressure on Salakaia-Loto to step up this week if he plays. The talk is Cane and Savea may possibly start who are both good at winning turnovers. He will have to be following the type of work Arnold does to try and clear Cane and Savea.

How the Wallabies are cleaning house under Shaun Berne

The All Blacks in the first test against the Lions attacked close to the ruck and got real good benefit out of that. The odd thing is they have not really used that tactic since.

Get up quick and shut em down: The World Cup rush is on

I have seen that type of footage of wingers throwing the ball in. Classic stuff.

The Rugby Championship: The feet-up week

That is a big shame. A lot of the local fans and younger kids would have been excited to see some Wallabies in action.

The Rugby Championship: The feet-up week

That is a good point. I am pretty sure there is no rules around other players being the designated thrower into a lineout other than the hooker. It gets done at grassroots and schoolboy level quite often. I guess we naturally expect a hooker at the top level to be the thrower and do the job relatively well.

The Rugby Championship: The feet-up week

All the viewpoints of each persons respective teams are on the mark here.

The Wallabies scrum is making good progress and will have a good opportunity to prove themselves against the established pairing of Moody and Franks (assuming they start) in the Bledisloe tests. A good showing in Perth will be a huge boost for the Wallabies.

New Zealand have lacked cohesion in attack but did start to show some promising signs in the 2nd half against South Africa. I can see more consistent selection from here on in. Having Scott Barrett back is a welcome addition without Retallick. I am interested to see what happens with Savea against the Wallabies. He needs to be on the field. The defence has been improvement from last year, which is a good sign for Scott McLeod as he settles into the defensive coach role.

South Africa have a large amount of depth across the park and I think they are building nicely to the World Cup. A big forward pack that is showing good signs of mobility in general play. If Marx gets his lineout throwing on point they have the makings of the best pack in the World. I also think their backs are playing with more freedom then in previous years. Pollard is the man to start at 10. Have they got more room for improvement though as they did put a lot out there against the All Blacks for a draw?

Argentina’s concern is their inability to close out close games. Twice they have their opportunities to do so. They missed a huge scalp against the All Blacks a couple of weeks ago. I know the European based players have not quite delivered but there a big signs of a Jaguare hangover. They will need to be able to close tight games against England and France or they will be on early flight.

Feels odd there is no Rugby Championship this weekend. Enjoy the week off.

The Rugby Championship: The feet-up week

Surprised Frizell isnt selected. He was good in the lineout on Saturday and was starting to involved with ball in hand in the second half. Still leaves some questions on who plays 6. Fifita did well as a lock on Saturday, Jacobson may also get another chance.
Scott Barrett’s return is timely. Hopefully he is included in the matchday 23 for Perth with an eye to start at Eden Park. He will be an adequate cover for Retallick.
I would like to see Bridge start one of these Bledisloes. Maybe hard to squeeze him in though.
I have heard Karl Tu’inukuafe is still recovering from a virus. Was hoping he would get a run as barely played at the back end of Super Rugby.

All Blacks announce Bledisloe Cup squad, drop five players

You wouldnt have Scott Barrett at least on the bench?

All Blacks announce Bledisloe Cup squad, drop five players

That is true and he does that exceptionally well. Does he need to be more mobile though?

How the Wallabies solved their breakdown arithmetic at Brisbane

Superb read as always Connor. You have such great technical and tactical knowledge.

Would love to see this method done effectively in a close game with something at stake (eg World Cup knockout match) and the attacking team give away penalty. I will be keeping a close eye on this now to see if teams can do it.

The FICA method: A tactical opinion on countering the two-minute close-out

I totally agree mate. Connor would be an awesome addition to provide good analysis on any TV show.

The FICA method: A tactical opinion on countering the two-minute close-out

Thanks as always Nicholas.

I have been really impressed with the work rate of the Australian front rowers around the paddock. I think they will be quite effective come World Cup time if they can show the same mobility and work rate. When they are compared to someone like Owen Franks, Franks looks like he is a bit sluggish around the field. Still does all the core roles well but am concerned if he is running out of gas.

The All Black vs. Springbok rivalry is well and truly back.

The match in Perth will be a good opportunity for the Wallabies to build on this win against Argentina. I will also be interested to see what the All Blacks do with their game plan if they continue to struggle under good line speed.

How the Wallabies solved their breakdown arithmetic at Brisbane

And what a change Rassie Erasmus has made with South Africa. They are a well polished team now.

How the Wallabies solved their breakdown arithmetic at Brisbane

There is T20s on the 1st, 3rd, 5th,8th and 10th of November.

Tests start 21st of November at the Bay Oval and 29th in Hamilton.

Burns, Denly and Roy: Meet England's new top order

The Bay Oval is a nice boutique cricket ground in a place called Mount Maunganui which is a holiday hot spot. The ground is predominantly grass embankments and has the best lights in the country.

Burns, Denly and Roy: Meet England's new top order

Really enjoyed this read. It was great to see swing bowlers play a large part in the World Cup. We heard all this talk that spinners would be key and scores would be big. I always had a feeling the swing/seam bowlers would step up as English conditions do suit.

I think Matt Henry’s opening spell against India really showed when a good swing bowler gets into a good rhythm it is a joy to watch.

2019 Cricket World Cup: Return of the swing kings

That will be absolute gutting if England sends an under-strength squad down. We are really looking forward to playing England and even using a new test venue (which is the best cricket ground in the Country).

Burns, Denly and Roy: Meet England's new top order

Haha the funny thing was it was the same day Beauden signed. I would be very happy if the Blues got Scott Barrett. They have lost one of their best forwards in Scrafton to the Hurricanes so would be a great replacement.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

Yeah agree with you there. That has been a downfall of the Boks in close games where they fail to adapt to the game and change things up.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?