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Eddie Cochring

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I'm a Gemini who enjoys taking long walks in the rain wearing a pair of speedos and a balaclava. I also love taking pictures of lightning storms and often climb up trees to get a better shot.

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Wayne Barnes was an egg (who was thrown in the deep end) in ’07 and he’s an egg today (but has improved as a referee).
He still can’t work out the breakdown though and at Test level (with all the best breakdown ‘experts’ plying their trade) Wayne is not a steady influence on proceedings.

The Wrap: Referee Angus Gardner blows the whistle on COVID-19

No thanks!

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

God is more likely to be genderless.

Folau payout at risk if RA folds

Based on minimal info, you’re quashing it.
You might just win the Relentlessly Negative Post of the Day award and that’s no mean feat on this site!
For mine, let’s wait and see where this goes.

Plans are underway to launch a Rugby Club World Cup

Kearns was an outstanding Wallaby. But since becoming an ex-Wallaby, what is his claim to fame?

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

The steady stream of No-Voters taking up positions on the Grassy Knoll with cap guns that doubled as butt plugs is down to the last dribble. The Class of April ’19 didn’t even hang around for the school photos.

Haylett-Petty tired of pay-cut chat

Didn’t the NZ selectors do the same thing to Leon MacDonald and Mils Muliaina? And Ben Smith.
All push comes to shove moments, none were successful.

The Wrap: Why rugby can’t rely on government intervention to save itself

Don’t forget shamelessness.

The Wrap: Why rugby can’t rely on government intervention to save itself

And then there was yesterday’s Gillon McLachlan mea culpa speech whilst attempting to position AFL as leaders and example setters for this Great Sporting Nation in times of peril.
Reality was the decision had been made for them.

The Wrap: Rugby’s off-again, on-again, rollercoaster a test for players and coaches

I don’t miss the Australian commentators but I should thank them as they were the catalyst for me to hit the mute button and turn on the stereo. Rugby to carefully selected music, it’s a whole new ball game.

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

My butler said he is happy to work for bucket bongs and munchies. I thought about this for a few seconds and realised that was a no brainer.
So I fired him and now I’m my own butler. Gotta go, nachos don’t make themselves anymore.

The Wrap: Rugby’s off-again, on-again, rollercoaster a test for players and coaches

Have you noticed that the referee appointments have changed in the past 2-3 rounds? Since the penalty stats came out a while back.
South African Rugby has always produced very good refs but they’re often not at their best on home soil with fixtures involving visiting teams.

Play it safe or play on? Tough calls coming up for RA

Again Jacko, quoting how many people have died (roughly) of the common flu is meaningless unless you can quote the total number of people who got the flu in that time period.
It is false equivalence and wilful ignorance to conflate the common flu and corona virus.

Play it safe or play on? Tough calls coming up for RA

Your common flu as a cause of death quote doesn’t put anything in perspective unless you know the total number of people who had the flu.

New Zealand comp in planning to replace Super Rugby

The Jaguares-Highlanders Super Rugby fixture in Argentina was abandoned last weekend. It had been scheduled to play in an empty stadium then was cancelled.

How well are the football codes placed to bounce back from COVID-19?

2 games a week in an echo chamber. Yay.

Rugby Australia forced to suspend broadcast rights talks due to coronavirus

Hard to win a tipping comp or make a winning bet if you use your heart instead of your head.

The Wrap: Rugby shuts down… am I ever going to see your face again?

Yes, they could do that but what’s the point of it?
Virtual exhibition matches played in empty stadiums for no tangible reward.
And it would be doubly terrible if a player were to get a season or career ending injury in that scenario.
Maybe something can be salvaged from the ashes of the comp after the health authorities of the SANZAAR member countries have deemed the worst of the pandemic over.

The Wrap: Rugby shuts down… am I ever going to see your face again?

In that case, go Brumbies!

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

But finding people to service them might be.

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

In the context of this thread, your comment is quite sensible.

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

I like it Piney! In spite of not having a full strength side available for any of those games, the Crusaders have done the fourpeat. On to 2021 and the Holy Grail of the Fivepeat!

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

I pay my Foxtel fees or buy a ticket so I can watch a game. That money doesn’t buy me anymore than that. The Laws of Rugby are for the players to abide by. I have no extra rights to demand that they do so just because I have a ticket stub in my pocket.

How to fix another red card ruining rugby

Your post is full of “you” and “I”. It’s not about us. The laws are for the 2 teams playing the game. If an individual transgresses seriously enough to warrant a red card, he lets down his team and by default the team’s supporters.
As a supporter of a team that receives a red card, I then want to see how my team handles the major spanner in the works. It becomes an opportunity for your team to show it’s true characteristics.
A few things can happen- win, go down fighting or get belted. But you’ll have gained more insight into the side you support than if they had romped to a 40pt win XV on XV.

How to fix another red card ruining rugby

Neither of those games were ruined for me. If anything, the actions of Bismarck ( driving a forearm to the throat of a defender after receiving a yellow) and Kwagga heightened the drama and magnified how much Tests and SR finals mean to the players. So much so that they occassionally end up going over the line in the pursuit of glory.

How to fix another red card ruining rugby