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Is this match broadcast? Will it be on Stan? what time?

Australia A team: Ryan Lonergan to lead, Edmed at flyhalf as Gilmore names side to face Samoa

Thanks Mz, yes, binning that’s restriction sounds likely. I’m pretty sure SA did the same?

I never saw much of hockings but heard good things. We need good locks. I think it’s 1 of the most critical positions. I hope the Brums splash the cash on Rory A but I’m not sure how long his os contract is.

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

The overheads might help me do a poor man’s version of a Nick Bishop article…Hopefully it won’t be a eulogy on the Wallabies scrum

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Nice! Thx Robbo

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Yep fair point. Cohesion is important. 4 os players by WC is sensible

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Another totally unrelated point so feel free to ignore however I hope the broadcast has a drone over the scrums. This highlighted some dubious scrum angles from England teams past. Although maybe if TT plays, it could backfire 😛

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Great article NB. You’re prob right about the team. My big worry with that team is that Eddie will target Fainga’a’s lineout vulnerability. If they also then get dominance in the scrum, Aus cannot win. England can then play a field position game and crucify Aus set piece. Do we take a chance and start Porecki?

My 2nd comment is on Koroibete. I’m wondering if the 3 o/s selections will still be the cap at next world cup. MK is outstanding however I think Aus badly need Rory A. I’d argue what we lose without him surpasses what we lose if we leave out MK.

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Another great analysis. I think Aus hopes they pick RI and RTS. Rocks and diamonds players. Worldies when in space. ABs look far more infallible with those other consistent players. I have a soft spot for BB. He’s alltime. He was out of options and desperate to spark something out of nothing

How will the Super Rugby Pacific final impact All Blacks selection?

Before anyone gets too fired up, can we wait and see if it was all just posturing from Hamish? His job is to get the best deal for Australia one way or the other…he is just doing his job.

The historical stuff between Aus and NZ has gone both ways so don’t worry too much about it.

Rightly or wrongly the kiwis chose Kearns as the villain. Every sport needs villains. He’s played the role. It’s all good. Everyone relax

'NZ have treated us poorly': Why Phil Kearns is backing RA's hard ball, and how rugby 'wins over league every week'

Agree gooch. There are competing interests of the officials trying to maximise decision accuracy against the fans wanting a spectacle. It is ironic that BB thinks increased TMO scope will improve the spectacle. His assertion implies that refs will be more lax as they have a TMO to “sweep” things up. With TV replays, accountability and an increased focus on player safety, it’s delusional to think refs will be more lax. Another shocker!

Rugby News: Tate excited by 10 'headache', how the Wallabies reacted to RA bombshell, TMO tweaked, Toomua gone

Hi, I agree Gus has had some mixed performances but out of all the Aussie refs, I think he’s the best. Berry is improving but I wouldn’t put him ahead of Gus.

I think the Australian players struggle with the NZ refs. Not necessarily cos of bias, rather they tend to focus on diff things. With all the rules in rugby, the interpretations can be quite subjective and the implementation is therefore quite varied. Scrums are a prime example. Refs want objective evidence to support their decision, eg scrum dominance. Like NB said, Laualala knew this and his gamesmanship yielded a few favourable calls. BoK bought it and the Brums played a high price. This ain’t an isolated example for either BoK or the NZ refs in general.

I sympathise with refs. I am a doctor and I like objective evidence. In resuscitation it’s tempting to focus on objective numbers and stare at number monitors (eg oxygen saturation) rather than manage the clinical picture in front of you (eg the patient).

In summary, this is my long winded way of saying that I feel sorry for refs but for the Aussie teams to be any chance of being competitive against the very strong NZ teams, they need the reffing to cut them some slack.

How the Brumbies lost their semi-final ‘State of Origin’ against the Blues

Thx NB. Refs are human but BoK should have seen through that. Perhaps to help deflect some of the hail coming your way I’d also like to add (not that my opinion matters) that despite his standing Ive never considered BoK one of the top refs. Ive considered submitting a piece on his refereeing but i binned it as i didn’t like the tone and i hope he improves. Angus Gardner and Wayne barnes are my 2 faves.

How the Brumbies lost their semi-final ‘State of Origin’ against the Blues

Great article NB. Totally agree with all points made. My 2 questions are: (1) IS Laulala allowed to get back up and push after a collapse to create that impression? If so, crafty old JS should have been awake to it but it would get pretty messy if props always did that. (2) Often Kiwi teams will form a caterpillar at the ruck base to protect the scrum half box kick. Is this legal? Why don’t Aus teams do it if it’s legal?

How the Brumbies lost their semi-final ‘State of Origin’ against the Blues

Tez, I take your point but DC said he was keen for a bit of extra size. It worked for the Tahs with Naiyaravoro

What lessons must Australia's Super Rugby sides learn for next season?

Danny- that’s an unhelpful contribution. When fans and commentators are bewildered by calls it would be helpful to try and understand.

REACTION: 'Too many mistakes'- Brumbies rue near miss as Blues squeak through in the wet

School – they were my thoughts too. It’s frustrating in the scrums where there’s no clear dominance but the ref awards all the penalties to 1 team. Bulk penalties which collectively heavily influence the match. I don’t pretend to understand scrums but it would be great if refs came to press conferences and could help us understand their calls. Furthermore the card framework needs an overhaul as the inconsistencies are making a mockery of the system.

REACTION: 'Too many mistakes'- Brumbies rue near miss as Blues squeak through in the wet

pilferer- bigger factors than not getting a penalty to take match-winning shot at goal? 😁

REACTION: 'Too many mistakes'- Brumbies rue near miss as Blues squeak through in the wet

Yes territory is important in those conditions but i can understand their hesitation kicking when you have Reece and Jordan in the backfield as well as a strong breeze in the 1st half. The Chiefs asked the same question in attack over and over again…The Crusaders were simply too good defensively. At times the Chiefs went wide but they just weren’t good enough either through poor decision making, Crusaders intercepts or just well drilled defence. Sowakula bombed a try but i don’t think he was terrible. If the ABs don’t want him, Fiji will jump at the chance. I agree Gatland was off. His touch finding kicks off penalties were terrible

REACTION: Crusaders forced into insane Super Rugby record for gutsy triumph, but suffer final blow with red card 'absurdity'

Fair point. Are sending the recruits fro teh England series home for the rc or are some staying?

Rennie reveals OS trio for England, Taniela latest, how 'versatile' Tah changes backrow options, and A-team plan

I just saw Ben O’keefe is reffing the game! Brums chances have gone from 20% to 5%.

'They were bloody good last time': Blues braced for new Brumbies battle, make three changes

I’m happy with those 3 but i did wonder about Rory Arnold. He is such an unbelievable asset in offensive and defensive lineout. We are vulnerable with our lineout throwing but having a 2-story Rory really helps. He is also an underrated ball runner. I’d have been tempted to leave out MK but I know that very debatable.

Rennie reveals OS trio for England, Taniela latest, how 'versatile' Tah changes backrow options, and A-team plan

Yep agreed. I rate sapsford but it’s baptism of fire for him this weekend. I think ikitau and Simone could have caused problems for them

Yes we Canberra! How the Brumbies stopped a New Zealand Super Rugby domination

DA, quite right. At risk of turning this into a betting forum, what odds would you give me for brumbies 1-12 then?

Yes we Canberra! How the Brumbies stopped a New Zealand Super Rugby domination

Yes, I’d try and put pressure there. Also the Blues lowest score this season is 20 against NSW so you’ve got to score tries even though it may be wet. Some early lineout maul tries can help build that pressure. Then try and hang on against the strong Blues bench

Yes we Canberra! How the Brumbies stopped a New Zealand Super Rugby domination

Brumbies by 1-12 is paying $5.25. 😛

Yes we Canberra! How the Brumbies stopped a New Zealand Super Rugby domination

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