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Rugby tragic. Former player (double numbers) and ref. Popular in teams because I also play guitar.

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Hard to keep it to 2. Others I can think of: Ove Fundin, Barry Briggs, Hans Nielsen. Seem to be favouring NZ and Scandinavian riders here but that’s how it goes.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Mad. Great summary on Ranger! Might be listening to CSN&Y. Have to disagree with your thoughts on SBW. The reason he keeps getting selected is his work ethic / rate. Good example to the younger players apparently

All Blacks confirm squad for Bledisloe 3, Spring Tour

Hard to compare as we haven’t seen Jordie in the M10 cup, however the form fullback there has been Will Jordan. A ready made replacement for Ben Smith right there.

All Blacks confirm squad for Bledisloe 3, Spring Tour

LOL. Classic

All Blacks confirm squad for Bledisloe 3, Spring Tour

Talking about a lock beast, in my view the best performing lock in the M10 cup has been Luke Romano, who has been selected in the second 19, closely followed by Pari Pari Parkinson from Tasman. He has been selected in the Maori for their Americas tour. I think they have the bases covered

All Blacks confirm squad for Bledisloe 3, Spring Tour

Shane is now an assistant coach at the Mako

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga: How the All Blacks pieced the jigsaw together at Loftus

Thanks for this interesting article. I enjoyed it. And yes respect isn’t too much to ask.

When did showing respect become a big ask?

Facts. All the players who featured in the player of the year for each position mostly played a lot of games. Its a popularity contest and points accrue for each game played. Mounga missed 6 games with a broken jaw so really no competition there. So lets talk about average stats per game ans see what that shows.
Average points: RM 12.5 v DM 11.8
Runs: RM 8.8 v DM 7.9
Offloads: RM 1.2 v DM 1.1
Handling errors: RM 0.8 v DM 1.9
Missed tackles: RM 1.8 v DM 1.9

Regarding your other points. There is no doubt that DM has been an excellent player and that has been rewarded by playing for the AB’s over the last couple of years. That doesn’t mean he has a mortgage on the jersey. As you point out both are young with plenty of development potential ahead of him. However from a fly half perspective there is no doubt that RM had a better year and deserves his shot. He is also more consistent and not prone to the random errors that DM exhibits.

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga: How the All Blacks pieced the jigsaw together at Loftus

“DMac has a better kicking game…a better pass and a better running game” – Not from where I’m sitting. Looks like facts are clearly not overly important

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga: How the All Blacks pieced the jigsaw together at Loftus

Jacko – you appear to have some rose coloured glasses regarding DMac’s ability. There is no doubt that he is a very good player, however he is susceptible to errors, e.g.: making long looping passes, and his size means that he struggles against the majority of other players. Like BB he was also outplayed by Mounga in SR. Also can’t think of any examples where he came on during a tight game and made a significant difference though I am willing to be proved wrong. For mine, if it came down to 2 of DMac, BB & RM, its BB & RM all the way.

Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga: How the All Blacks pieced the jigsaw together at Loftus

I agree. The best attacking ploy he came up with the Brumbies was a driving maul?

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Argentina

You seem to have read a lot into Bluesfan’s comments. Graciousness indeed.

Can the Wallabies bring the Bledisloe Cup home?

His time has come (almost) though I don’t expect to see him till the end of year tour, barring injury of course. Personally I prefer his style of play compared to the high risk style we see from Damian McKenzie.

Does Mo'unga deserve All Blacks selection?

Fionn. Samu has been coming on at 6 or 8 for the Crusaders. I see him in direct competition with Tui and Timu. His exposure to world class coaching and players over the last 3years would have him in my team.

The team Michael Cheika must pick to win the Bledisloe Cup

Great effort from both Northampton and Leicester. Good on them and best wishes to Rob.

Stricken Horne set for Twickenham benefit

“We’re the best attacking team in Super Rugby by the stats” – not for tries scored and your defence is lacking compared to the top teams. Wouldn’t be hanging on that detail to win the comp!

"Our goal is to win the entire competition": Alex Newsome previews the Waratahs' finals campaign

Well done. I’ve signed

A petition to Fox Sports: No more Kearns and Marto

Bit hard to be penalised if you aim both arms at the ball. Lifting poorly has nothing to do with it as soon as you touch the player being lifted poorly with your arm / hand. Instead of going into denial I believe a better option is to train your players to target the ball only or stay out of the contest.

Wallabies heartbreak loss to Ireland shows need for a playmaker at No.10

How about Phipps watering a bar?

Wallabies heartbreak loss to Ireland shows need for a playmaker at No.10

Agreed and signed

A petition to Fox Sports: No more Kearns and Marto

You clearly forgot they played Samoa in Apia in 2015. And how are the other tier 1 countries doing with their visits to the Islands?

I’m the first to argue that more needs to be done to support PI rugby, however it’s a complicated issue. In some cases (Fiji and Tonga) they choose to play in Auckland as they get a better financial return by playing there.

Pacific Nations Cup Week 1: Preview and predictions

Good article Highlander. I’m really looking forward to all the tier 1 games this weekend

Things for Joe Schmidt to think about

NZ v France also have the same referee team for their series. Let’s hope this leads to more consistency though after week 1 comments on the roar, some posters may not find this a good thing.

Things for Joe Schmidt to think about

Again there is no evidence to support your theory. It is only supposition. And the climbing community still officially support Norgay and Hillary as first too get there.

Former Mount Everest summiteer Major H. P. S. Ahluwalia claims that without photographic proof, there is no evidence that Mallory reached the summit and “it would be unfair to say that the first man to scale Mount Everest was George Mallory”.
 George Mallory’s own son, John Mallory, who was only three years old when his father died, said, “To me the only way you achieve a summit is to come back alive. The job is only half done if you don’t get down again”.

Refereeing the All Blacks

Unfortunately no evidence that Mallory was the first person to reach the summit. Not clai ing he didn’t have guts – I suspect everyone who attempts Everest has guts – simply that there is no proof he ever got there. Maybe you should use the recognised pair to first climb Everest as a better example.

Refereeing the All Blacks