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Craig McDermott

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Great article. I’m with you Dan. I’m allergic to bureaucrats. Would a GoFundMe campaign help Robinda?…I’d certainly put in for it

Cricket needs more Robelindas, not less

Great article Nick. I agree Goady. Banks is overdue for WB 15. Banks has the game for international rugby.

Also, the person with the best view of the cleanout is the 9. Cleanout dominance provides the 9 with anticipatory confidence. It fuels the timing in the backline. He can provide the coach with realtime intel about whose winning the breakdown. Nick, in a previous article you suggested N White for a WB leadership position. White is a good communicator. Empowering White with a leadership position is a great idea..maybe it could have got the backline humming back into gear & won us the Wales game…we’ll never know haha

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

Paulo, I never specified what Ferret’s article had to be about and I agree with your 1st statement. My point was about constructive feedback. You can’t fly a helicopter nor can you read however I’d encourage you to keep on trying and perhaps take a grammar class.

Designing the Bledisloe Super Bowl

Can you pls post a link to your article so we can give you some nonconstructive feedback?

Designing the Bledisloe Super Bowl

Thanks for your comment waxhead. Yes, we should reserve judgement in the first year. I’m less interested in immediate results but more interested in the Systems and culture he establishes

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

PPS is Dilkington a shout out to the old Ricky Gervais podcast where Karl gets miscalled Dilkington? 😂

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks OOP. I think players have both positive and negative features of their game. I felt LSL’s negative features (speed, mobility), were more exposed at 6. He’s only 23 so maybe these will
Improve

Ps, are you Fionn/Dilkington? If so, up the Brums!

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks Lara. That’s true but I’m hoping whoever steps in can develop a great working relationship with DR…but who will that be?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks Harry…Those flavours are sounding quite South African. Are you a boerewors man?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks monorchid. Yes, as you say, I thought by outlining some errors past, we could learn from them. All aboard team Rennie!

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for your comment. Player retention has been the sleeping giant in Aus rugby. COVID may make this issue go thermonuclear. Losing Arnold was a hammer blow to Aus rugby set piece. We really need to lock the locks down long-term 😂

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for your comment Thaikiwi. That is definitely one sad scenario however I’m choosing to be optimistic.

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment Josh.

I agree. I am a big fan of coach development. Its a financial drop in the ocean compared to the dollars spent on recruiting cross-coders. The long term return is worth it.

Good coaches optimise performance at the top level. Good coaches are equally vital at the grassroots level. They facilitate player participation & nurture young talent.

It sounds like you had a great coach when you played?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment. Time will tell with Rennie. Did you have a preferred candidate for the job?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Its early days for Rob Penney. He inherited a poisoned chalice. He’s got a green team and I’m hoping he can turn it around.

On the other hand, Thorn has had the luxury of time and results remain modest. I may be in the minority but I feel Reds are on the cusp of something. Maybe its the eye of faith but I see green shoots sprouting through…

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment James. Thought I’d take a break from applying white zinc cream to my face and bumping my children in nets to write an article.

1. Picking guys in form seems sensible…just ask Tom Banks 😂
2. I agree, i think he’s immediate coaching panel is an upgrade from before. Also, on a more domestic scale, i think a coaching academy is a sensible investment. It will generate good coaches and promote player participation / community engagement. Seemed to work in England.
3. I like the Roar idea!

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment. Lucas and Hockings had potential but losing them isn’t a Category 1 emergency. Who knows what will happen with the Giteau/Drew Mitchell Law?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment. MH and DP are both world class. The disparity between the 2 wasn’t mahoosive. Different skill sets. Often the selection was influenced by the team strategy. What you lost in getting the remaining 14 picks wrong far outweighed what you lost by leaving either MH or DP out of the starting XV. Having said that, is it time to push for Sean McMahon to come home? Is this a DR priority?

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Well the Brumbies have already pilfered Kata from the NZ Warriors 😂

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for your comment. I think a number of those points (esp the culture point) were the reason RA went for him. I think it was his community-mindedness that made RA think DR could succeed where Robbie Deans fell short for Aus. Its interesting that DR has a preference for braun, aggression and fitness. These priorities were the same as Cheika’s….

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment. DR’s survival and RA’s revival may not be mutually exclusive 😛

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks for the comment. Would love to hear your thoughts. Whether DR endorses my thoughts or not, i think we can both hope that he goes well and is treated with the respect he deserves

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks fro the comment. You may be right but DR can’t control that. Im choosing to be optimistic…cos the alternative is unbearable

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Thanks Ewen. Very insightful. How rugby has worse PR than rugba league atm is mystifying. You’re a Roar guru in my eyes

Can Rennie revive Australian rugby?

Great article Nick. MN is a great prospect.

As a Brumbies fan, I was always worried when NSW played Naiyaravoro. He made their team different. For all his defensive and fitness shortcomings, he committed defenders, he fatigued defenders and he got you over the ad line. He was under-utilised by the Wallabies. Perhaps with all the other defensive passengers the Wallabies had and Grey’s endurance-based defence, they felt TN was nonviable.

Get some meat on MN. Get Perese back from rugba league. Get Petaia fit. Fast-track Kata eligibility. Get TN back from o/s…he’s only 28!

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back