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Carlos the Argie

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An expatriate Argie to the USA who started playing at the very tender age of 9 in an Irish School in Buenos Aires. He then played club rugby in Argentina. After moving to the USA, he played for his business school and some local clubs. Occasionally helped train skills and also refereed. His interest in writing about rugby came after meeting Graham Henry in New York City. He is most interested in the leadership issues dealing with team function.

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Is Jeremy Irons the voice of these Lions?

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Not misguided, mis implemented. He should have taught his players instead.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

The real Harry that we all respect and love will be back soon. We have to be patient. This happens once every twelve years. It is like shingles.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

You don’t have to think much. Just kick it. Passing means thinking. Developing concepts, patterns, movements, alternatives. Oh wait, that is riskier.
Nah, better kick the leather off the ball.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

I was of the impression that the most senior member Rugby Tragic and Brett liked these games.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

The bottom line was that Jaguares reached the final and lost in a very good match to the Crusaders.
Argentina still doesn’t produce enough quality front rowers. Again, as discussed by Nobrain and myself many times, the local rules hinder the development of good scrummagers.

Why Los Pumas' cohesion is their greatest asset

Anibal, I don’t think that they don’t care. I think that SANZAAR did care a lot. But remember, they knew they were dealing with Argentines where the unexpected is the most common occurrence.
Given the current political/economic situation, independent of COVID, Argentina had no chance to grow in SR.
I do not know how to predict the near future for international rugby. I personally don’t feel that I know enough about the business and politics of rugby to do so, I am interested in the playing side primarily. Most of politics I learn reading here on The Roar.

Why Los Pumas' cohesion is their greatest asset

I’m disgusted with both and the whole charade. Welcome Bledisloe.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

Mic dropped. Harry, your turn.

How Rassie Erasmus (over)ruled World Rugby in the second Test

All Kiwi teams play similarly. Similar style, similar skills. But there are five teams to select players. The national team plays with the best players, not with the “only” players.

Gonzalo Quesada had done a masterful job of leadership and providing discipline to his players. He was calm, collected and always communicating in a clear and transparent way. You can see Lavanini’s growth as a player when Quesada took the reins of the team. Lavanini reduced the number of penalties he made and he did not have a single YC (maybe one) in the entire SR tournament. That was a huge change from the petulant bravado he used to show.

The team deteriorated with Ledesma as coach. Not only they had no respite after the SR, but the coaching style made the team perform worse. Incidentally, Lavanini got a RC in the tournament. A very “expensive” one.

Why Los Pumas' cohesion is their greatest asset

It is not a vision. It is fact. Pichot demanded that players had to remain in Argentina to be considered for the Pumas. Jaguares was the only option.

Both Nobrain and I have strongly stated here that having one team was short sighted. That proper “development” for the Pumas and competition for starting positions required at least two teams. It was the economic situation in Argentina that only allowed one team.

For other teams playing Argentina, it would have also made sense to play two teams when they traveled to the country.

Having one team and being so far away has significantly contributed to the loss of Jaguares in SR.

The short term (viable?) strategy was actually the root of the failure. Now, we don’t have SR and we have Pumas all over the world with the logistical difficulties that this brings to team “cohesion”.

Why Los Pumas' cohesion is their greatest asset

According to “Pichot’s rules”, in order to be eligible for the Pumas, you had to play for Jaguares. The whole premise is false for 2019. There was a very small opening due to deficiencies in some positions that brought a few players from abroad.
If you followed this site over time, you would have read a huge number of complaints stating that the Jaguares were the Pumas and this was unfair to the rest of the teams.
Now, with Jaguares disbanded, players come from wherever they get a good contract.

Why Los Pumas' cohesion is their greatest asset

Gracias. Nada más.

Boomers' beautiful act of sportsmanship and respect for Argentine opponent 'what Olympics all about'

My son keeps telling me that I always yelled: Passion, Intensity! And then he says that now I should add: Arthritis!

Get your questions in for Issue 22 of Coach's Corner

Leave the tango out of this kermesse.

Get your questions in for Issue 22 of Coach's Corner

I am surprised by this Harry.
Someone hacked his account.

Get your questions in for Issue 22 of Coach's Corner

First, I am an Argie. I (currently) live in the US of A, in California. I am not getting into localisms regarding rugby.
I am speaking of sport in general and of rugby in particular.
We know what integrity is. We should know what sportsmanship is, regardless of your education, upbringing or economic standing.
I do not want to lose the “noble sentiments”.

The Wrap: Springboks victory surge vindicates Erasmus, but at what cost?

Don’t buy this. Argentina?

The Wrap: Springboks victory surge vindicates Erasmus, but at what cost?

Geoff,

I said in another post that I don’t want sport to be an alternative to war or war in a different format. I don’t like war parables for sport, especially rugby.
I strongly believe that there is no law, no regulation that can protect you from the “cheat”. This is why I am so disgusted with this series. People bending the rules, the laws, the values, the principles.
Sport was for enjoyment and even though you have to try the hardest to win, at the end of the day you have to look yourself in the mirror every night and know what you did. We play rugby, we don’t “war” rugby, we don’t “work” rugby, even for professionals.
I do believe we have to maintain the romantic side of winning but not at all costs.
I did not like WG’s starting this, I did not like the players attitudes, I do not like what Rassie did.
I did not like the George Floyd move by Itoje. Please, tell me he did no know what he was doing. I use only one example of all the bad attitude things done by many for what, winning a series? Really? Is winning a series a life or death situation? Are people going to lose their honor, their dignity? They will lose their honor and dignity by knowingly doing what they shouldn’t.

I understand peccadilloes here and there, we are human, but not to this extent.

I will continue riding my bike next Saturday. We all have to think carefully what monster we are creating if we don’t all stop and think carefully.

I want true rugby, even if it is tough, hard, difficult, tense. But, over all, I want honesty.

In the meantime, two high jumpers elected to share the gold medal in the Olympics instead of continuing in a jump-off. This is more of what I want. Or the two 800m runners who fell in the semifinal, got up, hugged, and finished together. Can we get more of these moments? Fiji’s gold medal moments at the podium?

The Wrap: Springboks victory surge vindicates Erasmus, but at what cost?

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'Sport will not survive this sort of escalating behaviour': Why World Rugby needs to nip Rassie's rant in the bud

I do not want rugby (sport) to become an alternative to warfare, to paraphrase an old saying about diplomacy.
We have to learn and work to maintain the original purity of sport.
Call me a romantic.
I am.

'Sport will not survive this sort of escalating behaviour': Why World Rugby needs to nip Rassie's rant in the bud

Please, tell me why?

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Remind me of this when Argentina plays. This is about BIL-Boks.

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Still jealous, I see.
😁 😂

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

Please don’t call him! 🤢 😡

The Springboks handle the British and Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series

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