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Is Joe Burns burnt?

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day Bill Murray became trapped in a time loop and was forced to relive the same day over and over again. In 2020 the Australian national team is persisting with the faltering Joe Burns in an equally painful experience.

Solid power game. His power game upgrades him to bopper status

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Double agent doubling down

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

“Legs like proverbial tree trunks”

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

“That will come down with snow on it”

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

“Digging like a demented mole”

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Yep he can bop

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx Muglair, I think you might see some reinvestment coming back into sports now that we secured Brisbane 2032!

RA has a limited pot of money. I think the smart investors would put it into re-establishing coaching pathways rather than topping up high profile signings. If we opt for private investment, they may only get one shot at how they spend the money and if they blow it on a failed marquee signing like Tepai Moeroa tehy only have themselves to blame

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx AS. I don’t disagree however big guys stress the defence, commit multiple defenders and often get over the gain-line even if they are ultimately tackled. Think Manu Tuilangi, Sonny Bill, Nonu, Umanga. I would hope TM/NW and QC as well as clever game plan could create some ideal 1 on 1’s for the boppers. Its a personal view but i fell what you trade off in deception you make up for in other ways. The inability of weaker players to disrupt opposition ruck ball, the inability to secure our own ball at the breakdown, conceding metres in defence as the opposition builds momentum is paralysing. The modern game highlights the interchangeability in roles between forwards and backs. You are expected to contribute in more facets of the game now even as a back. These current refs are policing the breakdown in a slightly unusual way but you have to make sure you paint an indisputable dominant picture there otherwise you’re vulnerable to subjective penalty calls against you when you can least afford it. The contributions backs can make in areas outside being deceptive in attack cannot be undervalued. Its like lower order runs in cricket…it often heavily influences the result.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

The Welsh fans in Cardiff were the most considerate I’ve ever experienced. Even when the Wallabies won, this little 6 year old tapped me on the shoulder after the game and said “too good”. Never seen that anywhere else

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

bit harsh Atapene. Last time Wallabies played Wales was in Japan. I was there and we lost. An infinte amount of whisky high-balls couldnt numb the pain. NO doubt boppers are a gamble but after 20 odd years of losses, should we just keep repeating the same mistakes?

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Ill sack the editor haha

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx JC, yep there’s a lot of ppl pro balance. I just want to see something different. I want us to pose a different problem to NZ. I want to see how they try and negotiate it. With so many substitutions available, big boppers can go 80 minutes. If they’re gassed, sub them.

SA tried to combat the addition of bopper Kerevi by Am rushing up. It didn’t work. It was a tactical win to DR and QC. What will they do this week? Big boppers keep opp coaches up at night. Put a few more in there and see how under pressure Nienabar handles it

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx Cooper, thats def in line with what most ppl think. We’ve tried that approach and the trophy cabinet is bare. This is a though piece to suggest that maybe we could try something different.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx SS, there’s def been some excellent small players – J Robinson, Giteau to name a few. I think most ppl would agree with you rather than me. Cheslin is elite but its just my personal opinion that you can isolate and target small players.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

thx Etepeus, the housework can be done by 9,7 and the blindside winger as they drift across behind. More than happy for teams to kick away possession.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Thx DQ- gee those boles could bust some tackles. I still remember mortlocks intercept try in the WC semi to defeat NZ.
I just think there’s something in all sports about being big and thick. Even spin bowler Shane warne’s hands were massive.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Thx PeterK, where is Joe tomane? I really rated him

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Dean, love it. He’s promoted to the Big Bopper Club

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Love it Markus. An unstoppable force. How do you stop that?

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Thx Muglair, ball distribution may be a problem, but Kerevi’s cutout pass to AK for his try and HP’s willingness to pass and kick suggest they are working on this.

Regarding size, I had an exchange student before the London Olympics. He was 15yo and plucked from an English rugby academy into their version of the AIS. He was placed into the handball team even though he’d never played it before. They decided that his biometrics suited the game better. Its very hard to put size on people (esp height haha). Rather its easier to teach them skills.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

THx JD, yes big bopper as not a well defined term. I meant the style of power game these players bring. Kerevi is going to be there for a while. I love LI and as a Brums fan was OK with TK leaving to the Force

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

AS, yes NZ have a game plan thats superbly executed. The NZ core skills are undeniable. We have talented players but overall we don’t have the same level of talent across the park. This was a thought piece suggesting an alternative approach to beat NZ rather than trying to match their game plan with players that are unable to execute it as well as NZ.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Thx AS. haha…yes i accept I’ve put a bit of mayo on their success but if you look at the last 4 results between the 2 teams, its a pretty respectable record:
21/9/19 23-13 NZ
15/9/18 36-34 SA
7/10/18 32-30 NZ
8/10/17 25-24 NZ

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Haha, I suppose big boppers is an arbitrary term…my point is that the players i named are powerful in contact. They penetrate the gainline and make post contact metres. QC and TM love a run but when its not on, they need a big bopper to dish off to penetrate the gainline.

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

Thx gepetto. No it didn’t but their big forwards mauled us to death. Their record against the ABs and their recent World Cup win would suggest they’re doing something right tough

Why not stack the Wallabies' back line with big boppers?

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