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Diggercane

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A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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Really good Harry!

'Rocky, heaving, but brutally beautiful': What we learnt about every RWC contender in 2021

I can’t say it

The Thursday rugby two-up: The Panel's Players of the Year

Papaili is a great shout 👍

The Thursday rugby two-up: The Panel's Players of the Year

Apologies if that came across condescending mate, wasn’t my intention just that a lot of commentary and views have been doing my head in the last few days!!

Dispelling the myth that the All Blacks struggle against the rush defence

Interesting to listen to a Moffat interview last night, talking about how there is no fear of the ABs any longer. Certainly, the next generation have no fear, they now expect to win as their experience at age group would show.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Of course, so obvious 😱

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Thank you, certainly your observations match what we have seen out on the paddock.

Excellent to hear your lad had a great experience though. 👍

The All Blacks are fading to grey, but I fear nothing will change

Must have been quite drunk. Am sure I meant Connor….. 😛

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Too kind mate, at the end of the day I hope I am proven completely wrong.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Finally, someone gets it, and writes it, excellent piece mate 👍

Dispelling the myth that the All Blacks struggle against the rush defence

Hey Viking,

No, I am not quite on the Razor bus so to speak but over Foster? Yes, I would prefer him, if only for his greater enthusiasm but I would hazard a guess alot of those calls are based around both he and Foster being the only applicants of note (as I understand it) from the last ‘interviews’ which in itself, I think concerning.

Personally, I would look to jettison in a team of Joseph, Brown and Cotter based on the broad strokes of all three of them having a proven ability of not just improving their sides, but working with comparatively modest talent and excelling.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Thanks Geoff, and many thanks for your efforts this season.

Banged on about this for some time, results at U20 level have reflected what we are seeing transpire at the top level, also reflected in the young talent we are seeing come through from other sides in comparison, its quite staggering, particularly in the forwards. Interesting the senior men’s WC finals have been repeated the junior version from five years previous on the last two occasions, according to that we are heading to a French/English final in 2023 and I wouldn’t bet against it right now.

The cracks have been appearing for some time and exposed again the last two weeks. Was interesting to see a number of comments around when was the last time the ABs lost two in a row? Well, it was just a year a go. The often ‘hyped’ response after a loss has gone walkabout twice now, and on both occasions the side has looked bereft of ideas and focus. We continue to go around in circles, selection, tactics, bench use. There is a belligerence around our play and seeming stubbornness to address the fact that we have fallen behind the 8 ball. I have no faith in the current coaching staff to turn this around or in the Kremlin itself.

I think we are also faced with a wider issue, in this seeming quest to produce running rugby, as many put it, we are stalling the development in the next generation of forwards coming through, and that gap will widen if it is not addressed. Listening here to a number of pundits offer opinions it is gob smacking to me how many want to shuffle backs around, as though this will fix us getting done up front. Also raised was the ‘missing playing SA regularly’ and while of course, it is advantageous to expose the players to many different styles, I can recall a time when we didn’t have any issues producing forwards, SA or no SA. I believe we have system issues we need to address, particularly around mindset and what constitutes ‘entertaining’ rugby and how the game ‘should’ be played.

All that aside, geez France were impressive.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

It is interesting how certain players grab your attention and help your love for the sport.

I used to have silly arguments with my Father who would matter of ‘factly’ tell me that Bob Scott and Ron Jarden were the finest AB fullback and wing to play’, something which I could not ever possibly believe when Cullen, Lomu etc were running about!

'A magnificent sight': Christian Cullen was a divine fullback

Not just there Nick, the whole starting pack, with the exception of Coles and Cane is a frustration to me and yes, its all alot of back to the future stuff, we are going around in circles.

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

Cullen was very much the reason I became an avid follower of the game, I was already playing and watching AB tests etc but he made me want to follow the game outside of my little world. I wanted to attend Hurricanes games purely to watch him play, prospects of actually winning didnt matter at that time. Certainly one of my all time favorites.

'A magnificent sight': Christian Cullen was a divine fullback

Ardie is fine if they point his nose to the grindstone, showed that against SA in the second test but he really should be having a sit down this week.

Disappointing forward selection this week in my view, oh well, hope they prove me wrong.

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

Well, it is a nudie run so there is only one suitable spot, hopefully he puts it on the right way round.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance saloon

Make sure you wear your mask

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance saloon

Sorry mate, just haven’t been able to get into this as much as I had hoped, run off my feet.

A few points –

Offensive ruck, we continue to lack numbers, already setting up for further phase play without making sure of possession. Even at times when tackled, supporting players are standing off waiting for offloads or a pass that never comes
Clean outs, can be quite ineffectual, both Whitelock and Retallick were disappointing to me, when we get bullied its your locks who you really want to see stand up and lead the way back
Defensively, Ireland ran multiple phases at our front rowers, a few breaks through Nepo and Joes areas

Writing has been on the wall for a while, U20 results have shown this, our forwards are being built for a speed game, need to address this balance locally I think as, up front we are no longer producing elite level talent to keep up with the Test scene we are seeing develop.

Something else to consider, three players who were never really in the AB frame have left the NZ game and have become much better players for it. That’s an alarm bell.

A bit jumbled there, but I have no doubt you will be picking up what I’m putting down. I see Nick is doing a piece on Friday, will be interesting to see what he presents.

The All Blacks' issues are neither tactics nor selection, it's a whole lot worse

Yip.

Not just your nominated ‘sacred cows’ either, need to add our tight five to that mix, including the second row.

Will try and add something of more substance later when I have some free time.

The All Blacks' issues are neither tactics nor selection, it's a whole lot worse

Such is sport aye? When you are outplayed, you are outplayed.

Tip the hat and move on to the next match! 👍

MATCH REPORT: Magnificent Marsh outdoes Williamson epic as Australia claim World Cup glory

Thought we had a decent shot but Oz far too good.

Congrats guys!

MATCH REPORT: Magnificent Marsh outdoes Williamson epic as Australia claim World Cup glory

I think this would lead to a combined Rassie and Gregor two hour special.

Would be a you tube sensation.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Break out the scorecards

No, I cannot recall an instance either, worth considering I think.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Break out the scorecards

sigh

The Thursday rugby two-up: Last chance to revise Spring Tour predictions for the southern raiders

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