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Totally obsessed with rugby. Go the All Blacks

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Rugby News: 'Pack dented, and the jersey' - new coach's plan to save ABs, Mo'unga's Foster verdict, Dagg bags union

Talking about the whole of New Zealand being shocked into standstill Geoff, don’t forget the 2003 RWC semi when we were done by the WBs 22-10.

Mitchell took the ABs into a huge match without a goalkicker, but with Carter unused on the bench and with fullback Leon Macdonald at centre, with Umaga in the sheds. (Sometimes we don’t learn from our “learnings”-repeat of Christian Cullen 1999)

That was the day Spencer’s miss-out pass went straight to Mortlock. Mortlock bursting through onto that intercept is etched forever in my mind

The Wrap: New Zealand rugby lurches from bad to disastrous

I think all SR team’s head coach and one assist. coach are paid by RNZ so that probably gives them some sway. Re Fiji, maybe there’s some arrangement to help out Fiji rugby.

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

Crusaders have already said goodbye.

“It is with best wishes that we announce Forwards coach Jase Ryan will be departing our club as he takes on a new role at the All Blacks as forward coach. “

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

Not sure Paulo but I think he has to leave the Crusaders.

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

He was still at the Crusaders. Fiji in the Int’l season.

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

So Ryan will be the new forwards coach, who will be the new attack coach?

Maybe we’ll get a more balanced back row and back 3, better performing front row, regular midfield, a 10 focused on game management, a 13 who better understands 13 D and field positioning, and a game plan that suits our players.

But Schmidt, Ryan and a new attack coach with an accepted record in NZ will go a long way to rebuilding confidence.

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

Haha 😂 😂

'I'm always under pressure:' Defiant Foster remains ABs coach, Cane call made, as squad named for TRC

George Smith was an all time great but unlike Richie McCaw who was able to hold off all challenges to his 7 position, George held them all off until along came a young David Pocock in 2009 and Deans gave him Smith’s spot.

Smith was 29 and Pocock 21. Many thought Smith should have kept the 7 jersey but it seems he (Smith) decided to let it go and moved his career overseas.

It would be interesting to know what really happened there.

How much does Richie McCaw owe George Smith (and vice versa)?

Robinson played for the Crusaders and All Blacks.

He was also a post graduate student at England’s Cambridge University, he earned not only honors degrees there in political studies and philosophy, but also appeared twice in the famous Varsity match against Oxford and was awarded two blues.

He played in Japan and for the Barbarians.

Member of NZR board from 2013 and WR Executive Committee 2014.

So he has some background in rugby.

'I'm always under pressure:' Defiant Foster remains ABs coach, Cane call made, as squad named for TRC

To me, the biggest surprise and classiest feature was when Eben Etzebeth’s fiance Anlia van Rensburg, was asked to sing the SA National Anthem ahead of the 3rd test vs Wales to celebrate Eben’s 100th teat. Well done SA.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDqjC1KfW3A

The Thursday Two-up: What we learned about RWC rivals , which team produced the biggest surprise

Are they saying Retallick should have made some effort to avoid the head clash. Like, say, try and step Porter, or lower his body and drive, or something?

Rugby News: RA checks with Eddie over return after Cup, Foster shielded by media manager, Irish prop avoids ban

I meant to say as well, Justin mentioned it’s not just a matter of replacing the Head Coach. Any new Head Coach would want his own people as assistants, medics, advisors, analyzers etc.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

I was just listening to The Platform NZ where Justin Marshall was interviewed for about 20 mins. Incredibly interesting as Justin was an AB in 1998 when the ABs lost 5 in a row.

His particular point of difference between then and now is that in 1998, even though we lost 5, we were always in with a chance and just missed out because we weren’t good enough at key moments. Not now, where we’re well behind, because of our game plan of (my word) hopeless kicking away good ball, lack of aggression and multiple mistakes.

One other thing he said was that it’s not just changing the Head Coach. Underneath him is a whole staffing structure some who have been there 20 years.

How deep any changes go and whether they extend to sweeping Foster and all of his assistants out must consider a potentially costly and disrupting exercise given the head coach and John Plumtree, Brad Mooar, Scott McLeod, Greg Feek and Andrew Strawbridge have signed contracts which expire at the end of next year.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

It’s a bit like NZ cricket’s Black Caps beaten by an English team coached and captained by NZers.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

I agree with you and the masses Muzzo. It it were players non-performing you can be sure they’d be out the door so fast it would match Muhammad Ali for speed.

Remember Ali, he claimed he was so fast he could turn the bedroom lights off and be in bed before it got dark.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

Hi Muzzo, Last night’s Breakdown was interesting. Comments included

(a) The review 6 months ago concluded that Foster was fine but the 3 assistants needed improvement.
(b) They said Mark Robinson would likely make an announcement Wednesday.
(c) They talked about the obvious; ABs beaten at the breakdown, kicking
not up to it, no combinations, no confidence, missed tackles, game plan not working, no plan B, etc.
(d) They effectively gave Foster a pass, but saying he has to fix it (perhaps inferring changes in the assistants).
(e) How we lost possession on all high kicks

They didn’t talk about
(f) Selections
(g) Players out of position
(h) Why, after a week of talk about starting well, they kicked an easily collected bomb in the first couple of minutes starting badly
(i) Foster’s 10-12 year lack of acceptable winning record as a Head Coach at SR and Test rugby levels.

Also, how they’re friends of Foster, Robertson and Macdonald and didn’t really want to take a stand on the HC position, rather taking the position RNZ should decide quickly.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

Sean, my understanding was that very few were available.

While Hansen announced early that he would stand down after the RWC, RNZ, in it’s wisdom, announced that they wouldn’t start searching for a replacement till after the RWC. Something about not wanting to distract the team

And by that time all top coaches had been signed up on new contracts.

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

Yes, I heard the ref say “the ball’s not out” or words to that effect. I just checked and it was clearly out, but he was definitely hovering well ahead of the last feet.

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

There’s no doubt Mehrt’s is a bit of a peanut, we’re all a bit of something.

But there’s also no doubt there’s a difference between a deliberate knock down and a failed intercept attempt. One is foul play in the generally accepted meaning of the term, the other is not.

Frankly the player attempting to make the pass mistimed it and gets a let off.

This is another of WR’s unpopular (with rugby people) interpretations

Rugby News: England coach's 'headbutt' sledge at Wallabies, fired up Harrison calls Mehrts a 'peanut', Aus A team named

What Eddie also said was equally or even more on point:

“while England’s 25-17 second test victory against Australia took more than two hours to complete.

Much of that was taken up with TMO reviews with the officials showing five yellow cards and a red card during the two tests in Australia so far. Jones argues that the crackdown on head contact, even if it is accidental, and the desire to use technology to eliminate all incorrect decisions has unbalanced the sport.”

To me this has ruined rugby as the sport we knew, stopping the game and having three officials standing together staring at the big screen trying to interpret what a fourth was showing them. In most cases covering events no one saw in real time. I’m so against it.

The game has to do better and if Eddie leads the way, I’m supporting him 100%.

Geez, I cant believe I said that.

'Biggest niggler of all time': Eddie on Nic White, what union must learn from league, and his plan to fix the game

I thought that Nick. I remember meeting JPR in a students pub in I think 1969 a couple of nights before a match, and Gareth Edwards late one night on the town in 1971. Those days are missed now.

The empire strikes back! How the north made history in round two

I didn’t know this

‘A green card can be awarded for deliberate unsporting behavior or unnecessary verbal communication to the referee. Field hockey: A green card indicates an official warning when a minor offence has occurred resulting in a 2 minute suspension.”

The mind boggles at the thought of how many green cards would be offered if they existed in rugby.

The empire strikes back! How the north made history in round two

Actually chook, I thought the Maori squad should have taken the whole Irish squad (last Sat’s test team and last night’s team) out for a special champagne dinner to celebrate the 2 wins and their stunning unprecedented move up the WR ladder to number 2.

The whole works, champagne, special dinner, Guinness, after dinner drinks, celebratory speeches, presentations, singing, bottom-up drink games etc. And when that was over the Maori boys could take the Irish boys out on a trip round Wellington’s nightclubs etc. Give the Irish boys a sample of New Zealand.

As long as the Irish boys got back to the hotel before say 5am that would be fine. They deserve to celebrate with a night out on the town. That’s a rugby tradition.

The empire strikes back! How the north made history in round two

That really is the issue. The game is now so frustrating to watch, not always, but in most instances.

It’s like the target market isn’t the people who grew up with rugby being a major part of their lives, but more focused on people where tribalism is the overpowering objective, with supporters more interested in their team winning whatever come what may.

And with winning the only thing that matters, the quality of the game from a rugby perspective becomes irrelevant. Hence, our frustration.

My Tuesday Rant!

Rugby must find balanced and sensible approach to safeguard game's fabric as well as players' health

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