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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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Mike, here int eh USA there are two completely different rugby seasons. In the West coast you play in late fall and “winter”, while in the East coast you play in spring and fall. There is very little overlap in playing seasons. This is for amateur rugby, I can’t recall MLR.

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

Muglair, he didn’t even care about my opinion. It was just a set-up. He did that to everyone. A charade.

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

Brett,

I used to have a boss that would call me into his office to have an exchange of opinions. His goal was for me to go in with my opinion and leave with his. But he would stay with his.

Sounds like the NH is having this strategy too.

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

Porta, not Porto.
I remember the very yellow jerseys!

Professional rugby is not the problem

Put belts on the players with straps hanging from the belts. Pull a belt and show it up. Then, play stops.

Sounds familiar?

But why put poor Lavanini in the picture? That’s cruel.

The principle is wrong, but are rugby's proposed COVID-19 law changes all that bad?

Sheek,
I just realized I saw most games the Wallabies played in Argentina in 1979! It felt so exotic then to have an Aussie team at home.
Unfortunately, besides recalling the Pumas won one game, I can’t remember much.
In one of the games one of the local players was Alejandro Puccio. His father led a group that kidnapped and killed some of his friends. They were caught and Puccio ended up killing himself. I played against him a few times b

Professional rugby is not the problem

We need to check with Nobrain too. He always has some inner sanctum stuff.

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Steve50, then, clearly, you don’t understand Argentines or Argie rugby. It appears to me that your interpretation is completely wrong.
[Based on my experience]

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

And it is siesta time for me in California! Long ride in the morning, lunch and then Jaguares. Perfect. Even the missus watches that with me.

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Oh, I am in Southern California, but I am at a total loss trying to understand how my country mates are behaving. Fortunately, I live in a place where it is easier to stay safe.

And I have plenty of Malbec at home, just in case! From Mendoza and Salta too.

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Brazil 7s women? Now we are talking! Yeah, definitely, Argies will get all wound up for that.
Fans don’t care about tests against he USA. They only want to “humiliate” the “yanquis”. And if they don’t perform well, then they whine. That’s it.
“As teams catch up to the Pumas”. Yep, that will happen. But maybe a long, long time from now. Maybe the Pumas will beat the ABs first…. They almost did once, if it wasn’t for poor Flaco Ure dropping the ball instead of letting the scrum pushover in. And there was also the great escape at River Plate when Felipe didn’t kick the ball out….
And by the way, Steve50, above you make the argument that Aussie players don’t care about the RCH. Why do you think that Argies would care about playing the USA or Canada, or Colombia?

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Ten years? Nobody in Argentina thinks about the next ten years in rugby, or anything else.

Nobody in Argentina wants to be “America’s Champion” and gloat about it. They don’t care. Beating Colombia, Brazil or Uruguay is considered a given. Even USA is not considered a test. Canada is also going backwards in rugby, not a true test.

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Hi Geoff!

Thanks for another excellent wrap-up. I know it is an Australian site, and Aussies love to argue about their rugby politics, but given that you wrote a book about the World and Rugby, I was expecting some comments about our “Dear Loser”. I guess that good losing lasted about two weeks and now the fecal matter is literally hitting the ventilator fan.

He’s blaming the African member that traitorously cuddled up to him until the last minute. I am shocked that there is dirty war in politics! Aren’t you?

He seems not to have done a proper self assessment. Again, the USA where he was a board member voted against him. Canada, who could have benefited from his America’s Rugby voted against him. His eligibility dogmatism scared the PI islands (which, surprisingly, Mark Reason picked up on).

Argentina has a totally disastrous economic situation and an unbelievably (well, actually, very expectedly) disastrous pandemic management. So, between the known economic disaster and the virus, they got a double whammy. No one outside Argentina talks about including Argentina in any tournament (except official SANZAAR statements. Whatever!). The Pumas can come from everywhere now, not only Jaguares. Maybe it is an admission of de feet defeat (strike coming from foot in mouth disease) that they abandoned the Jaguares requirement. But, without a proper policy, this may be another nail in professional rugby’s coffin at home.

Locally, the population now wants to abandon completely quarantine, and go back to “normal”. Well, this seems like a social engineering experiment. Argies are not Swedes. Let the weakest in society die now. It is cheaper. How going back to normal will bring back rugby? I have no clue! Would you play club rugby when there are no processes in place to help protect you from the virus?

The Wrap: Giteau’s Law must survive, but with a twist

Occasional assistance? We should never give the ball to “ballet” pirouette artists like you. How on earth do you think the ball got to you? Some forward won it. That is how. 500 tries….Donald never played rugby, but you sound like him.

A guide to the various sub-species of the forward pack

Go under that NOW. Maybe not then….

Beauden Barrett sets club fitness record in first training session back

I read this in the NZ herald. It was stated it as a NZ SR record. I cannot confirm or deny but I wouldn’t be surprised that McC was so aerobically fit.

Beauden Barrett sets club fitness record in first training session back

But was he stable?

SANZAAR fighting a losing Super Rugby battle on two fronts

The author calls himself “Nijinsky”?

Right. Someone calling himself after a ballet dancer criticizes us forwards.

What? Did he also play wearing a tutu? Or just “leggings”?

A guide to the various sub-species of the forward pack

According to the Kiwi press, the previous record was held by His Royal Highness Sir Richie McCaw. It is most impressive for a 100+ kilo forward than for a skinny back to have had this record.

Beauden Barrett sets club fitness record in first training session back

Geoff is the Robert Fripp of rugby. Different incarnations……different results.

The Wrap: Cauliflower Club a shining light in Australian rugby

Geoff,
Please find Topo’s post on Fitz on Linkedin….

The Wrap: Cauliflower Club a shining light in Australian rugby

That is true. Captainship for the decision, but cooperation to reach it.

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

Angus Gardner said, according to our book writer Geoff, that TJ is his favorite player.

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

A few years ago i wrote a brief article in a rugby blog in Spanish dealing with he demands of modern captains. I discussed the need for captain to learn to communicate properly with refs. The use of language and body language. The need to remain calm and to be very specific when communicating with referees instead of whining about multiple calls.

Modern captain have to be very good at this compared to years ago. I also think that media ability is over rated. They just have to be polite and pleasant. I saw Read and McCaw with the media and neither of them were flashy or very outspoken. Just pleasant, polite and to the point. No ruffling of feathers.

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

Nick,

Two things. A few years ago, I had a one-on-one meeting with the EVP of the company I was working for. I had already driven the third business from 0 to U$S 1 billion. He said to me that most people that worked for me liked me, that they wanted to follow me but that I was unpredictable. When I asked him what he meant by that he said: “You always do what you think is best for the business, not what I told you to do. I can’t predict if you will do what I want you to do.” I guess that is what big companies are about. That is the margin that I cannot break and is part of what I learned from my experience. You have to do the right thing and people will want to follow you. But doesn’t work up. Maybe this is what Hooper did. What Cheika asked him to do.

I also disagree on your “co-captain” aspect. Maybe this is a nuance. In think all teams have multiple people with slightly different leadership skills and styles. I don’t believe in the one hero above all mentality. You must learn to rely and work with others. I think the leadership group concept of the ABs is productive. There is a recent pair of videos of His Highness Richie and some dude Carter talking about many things. It is clear that McCaw talked and discussed before deciding. He shared leadership even it it was not official co-captainship.

In my business I always aimed to discuss, chat, argue and debate. But it was clear that some members were better at that aspect than others. Some just wanted to hear what you decided.

I don’t believe that the one with the biggest mouth is always the leader or captain.

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain