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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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It's going to be a long year for the Highlanders

Hi Geoff,

Nice write up, but why so mad so early? Chill dude!

Remember, SANZAAR has this enormous ability to annoy us even more, and if you start from here your health will be in danger.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

During the game, I was practicing standing at different positions to see which one facing gave me the best trade-offs. I thought I remembered which one I wanted, but I found out it also depends on what is going on IN the rucks.

If rucks are cleaner or faster, then offsides are easier to handle. If there is a lot of hanky panky INSIDE then….

It's going to be a long year for the Highlanders

I took it in phases. You look at the tackle, the release, the entry, supporting weight, then there is peccadilloes. By the time the ball is ready to get out (sometimes just a few seconds!) and you look at offside, it is too late. You have to trust that when the ball is visible, you look at offsides. Remember, we get no stinking “touchies” we can trust!

I’ll get my timing better.

But I agree that it frustrating to watch Northern rucks….

It's going to be a long year for the Highlanders

Or “fetchers”.

What can we expect from the Jaguares in 2020?

Very nice write-up!

As I mentioned before, I came back to refereeing and I have to tell you that refereeing BOTH what goes on in the ruck PLUS the offside line is almost impossible. Granted, this was a low level game but still, if players want to cheat or push the envelope, it becomes very hard.

I haven’t figured out yet how to deal with this. Maybe more matches will give me a better idea. The threat of sitting for ten minutes eventually got the offsides better…

It's going to be a long year for the Highlanders

“It is not clear who will replace Pablo Matera, but Agustin Creevy and Julian Montoya are in contention.”

Hi Nobes, I am confused by this sentence. I think it relates to Pumas captaincy and not to Jaguares. As you say, De La Fuente should remain as Jaguares captain.

Doesn’t Gorrissen come for an old Belgrano Athletic family? I remember that name from my childhood. Gorrissen had good games in Argentina XV, if I recall correctly.

What can we expect from the Jaguares in 2020?

That sounds like plausible deniability only.

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Of course it is dodgy!

But I am upset that they claim it is all in the club. You need more than one side to do something this dodgy. Two to tango, but this is worse than a threesome. Looks more like an orgy.

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Let me add one more thing.

The contracts are negotiated between the club staff and the player’s agents. The agents negotiate and have to fully understand what they will then recommend to their clients. The agents must explain the details to the clients. The lawyers that review and approve the contracts must be diligent in knowing and explaining the legal issues.

So, to quote from one of my favorite movies: “I am shocked, shocked, that there is gambling in this establishment.”

Too many people involved to blame only the club.

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Speaking of the Saracens, the English press are going into knots claiming that the players were innocent. Yeah, right.

If you were paid a bit of money “over” the table and then told that another amount would come through a company paid to a company of yours, and you claim innocence? Panama papers similarities?

Ha! This sounds like player protection over the owners. Bus for owners, poor players are just there for the game…

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Nice review.

It is funny, as I was leaving the field pretty despondent at how messy the game was and of how many calls I was sure I missed (they don’t have those darned TV screens for us and the touch judges are less than dependable), one of the most experienced players (old, I mean) form one of the teams came to me and congratulated me. He said I was the best ref they had in years and I shouldn’t worry about the players complaining. He said they always whine. He said he saw my body language and wanted to make sure I knew he appreciated my work and that it actually helped the game flow. It is very rewarding when little things or a few words like that happen. You always feel miserable, all that b&&&&tching…

It's time we educated ourselves on the laws of rugby

Ah, Gatesy! Not so easy.

After a few years away from the whistle (given the appalling management of my local society) I came back yesterday. My first (rusty) game after the change of management. A men’s division 3 match. And California division 3, not much to brag about. One team coached by a a big South African with a Saffa number 10 that would make Steyn’s or Polllard’s kicks look puny, and another team with a few Argie ringers.

There were more conversations going on in the field than in a debate course. The laws appeared optional to most of the players. Their interpretations were also strikingly interesting.

I was losing my patience and eventually got them to stop the offsides. Not so lucky with the high tackles. Despite a lengthy monologue to each team prior to the game start.

But, going back to the laws, just read the Law on Line Outs. Law 18. Start with 18.9. How many know the rest? It goes all the way to 18.38. There are 38 “chapters” (paragraphs, sentences, ….) to deal with the lineout. And even then, some are not very clear.

It's time we educated ourselves on the laws of rugby

Hey Chook!

First, I thought that concussions occurred more frequently on the tacklers, not the tackled player. How will this reduce the incidence?
Also, as I mentioned above, where is the data, the analysis, that they claim shows the reduction? I find it hard to believe that you can “demonstrate” this over such a short period of time.

I find this claim Trumpian in nature. I wish to be wrong though….

'Waist-high' tackles among new rugby laws to be trialled

Where’s the published and peer reviewed data of the 30% reduction? Doubt this.

'Waist-high' tackles among new rugby laws to be trialled

David, the social pressure seems to be for men. Women don’t have that concern, or so it appears.

The question is why?

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Go Warringah! Where my brother played….

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Sure, it s so easy for me to just bump into them and haphazardly ask the question!

😂 😛

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

I’ll watch that game now. He needed to get out of Argentina. He was doing terrible as a coach of the Argentina XV team.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Did you read the book? Once I make some time, I will do some research on the information provided there. I have my doubts that what he was told is medically “safe”. It is known that the brain has “plasticity”, or the ability to heal itself (in part). But he explains specific training routines to enhance the brain healing providing some flimsy explanation. What is clear is that he had a severe brain injury!

I also had to “learn” the symptoms of thirst as I lost them in a bike accident that left me unconscious for a few hours. And it took me years to recover “most” (some?) of it.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Jake Ball….

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

“No hands-on coaching”?

This is truly bizarre. Is it just “mouth open” coaching then?

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Say Hi to Felipe……

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

The medical care issue is very significant. I know that the american football rules limit contact hours per season, contact hours in practice per week and in pre season too.
I am not sure how they regulate medical care with their union, but due to the now immense physicality of professional rugby, I would not be surprised that this should become necessary.
Are players wearing accelerometers during practice and play? Do we have data on these over the year?
During this “calm” season, i have been watching NH rugby, primarily English and Irish (and some “European” tournaments), and the behemoths hitting each other cannot be sustainable for players longer term.
It goes beyond concussions.
By the way, when I spoke with Read in Cardiff and Heathrow, I mentioned my experience with concussion and why I was asking him about it and recommending him to be very careful about it. I was surprised that in the book he mentions how worried he was during the time I was asking him!

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Basically, you are saying that I am right. You are plucking some names from “obscurity” or players well on their way out. Compare that to Rapinoe or the NZ women’s rugby team…. Stars, starters, it is like having McCaw come out WHILE playing.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy