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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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Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

It shows!

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

It is so hard to dislike you. I can’t do that even without ever meeting you.

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

Sacre is sacred not tragic.

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

I am presently thinking of really bad words in Spanish and English about you Tman.

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

I have been saying almost the entire season that the Jaguares problem is the props. The rest of the scrum is very good. The starting props this weekend were 20 years old and they were out scrummed by All Black props. If the Jaguares make it this weekend, Franks, Moody, Perry and Aalatoa is the key Crusaders personnel. They are the best front row in SR.

The replacement props for the Jaguares did not perform that badly. The scrum stabilized when they got in.

The line-out is performing excellent and even stealing balls from the opposition.

Spiro, did you listen to Sam Cane’s commentary after the match? Before he said “Gracias” he mentioned the terrific ruck defense of the Jaguares.

If the Brumbies maul defense is so good, then the Jaguares will take the three points consistently. Statistically speaking, they are easier to get.

Brilliant Brumbies must be rewarded at the Wallabies selection table after superb quarter-final

Hell no! Trust me!

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

And, unfortunately, I will be in Innsbruck. Don’t know how I will watch it. Bad planning.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

I am sure that Venezuelans would agree with your comparison. Or North Koreans. Erdogan comes to mind too as a friendly dude.

GoFundMe removes Israel Folau's fundraiser over terms of service breach

My missus comes from the town where Pinehurst is. Maybe you can stay with her parents when you go there.

I am still not fond of Jackson and his scrum rulings. He did not believe that Vivas didn’t speak English and Creevy was translating for him Jackson’s instructions. With the Chiefs prop listening in, he did exactly what Jackson told Vivas not to do. Penalty for the Chiefs.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Or maybe you should tell your try scorers than instead of doing a dive with a 9 degree of difficulty they should try to run closer to the posts. More than once. See Moroni, for example.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Or you can watch the left overs who claim to be The Who….

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Not all terrific. The Brumbies match was average. The Sharks were so bad it was embarrassing. I have no clue how they made it there.

Nine talking points from the Super Rugby quarter-finals

Falta una hora….

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

To consense or not to consense. What would be better for the sport?

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

It’s the end of the world as we know it, I feel fine. [Someone sang that]

Well, maybe.

Coincidentally with all of this, an interesting in depth report in the Argentine newspaper La Nación describes the internal struggle with professionalism. Many of the URBA clubs appear dead set against it claiming the romantic virtues of pure amateurism, as if there is no possible path between pro and amateur. As if the rest of rugby world didn’t exist.

Based on their views, Argentina, or preferably URBA, will just have a sport where they play each other and the winner is called “World Champion”.

I am no fan of AP9, but clearly there are a lot of dinosaurs at home that oppose him for different issues.

But Argies perfected the art of creating chaos and then each one telling the other how it should be fixed perfectly but collectively doing nothing about it.

Somehow, things may be a bit more positive than what you think. I hope so at least. Hope springs eternal.

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

It’s not the Swedes you should worry about.

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

I just wonder if Wayne Barnes gets to the top of the rank and is selected to referee England-Australia in Japan. Hypothetically.

He is professional, he is very high ranked. Brett won’t care.

Yeah, right. Only him and maybe Geoff (he’s a Kiwi after all).

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

How very nice of you that you can watch a game and not focus for one moment on the referee. It is so charming and romantic.

But life in sports is not this ivory tower of romanticism and objectivity. We are humans after all, and this is why we have learned over centuries that we can actually be biased, consciously or unconsciously. This is why sports (and the judicial system overall) limits not only clear bias but also the appearance of bias.

In a perfect world, this wouldn’t be necessary.

We don’t live in one.

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

Seconds referees a SF in SA. Happy?

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

Would you accept a Brazilian referee in Brasil for an Argentina-Brazil game, QF of America’s cup?

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

Pyrenees? Hiking or riding bikes?

Team is king: Deciphering the new prose of Michael Cheika

I didn’t know Donald read and posted on the Roar.

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

Brett, you will totally support Anselmi and an Argie TMO for the Jaguares, right? They are professional and thus have no bias.
Also, Seconds refereeing SA games.

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters

Tmam, then, based on your premise, they should have picked Anselmi.

Super Rugby quarter finals: Reset the counters