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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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I would settle for ‘thoughts’ 😛

Super Rugby tipping panel: Stick a fork in us, we’re done

Sure am, some fond memories from that old girl

Super Rugby tipping panel – the final: Quatre à deux

Thanks Nick.

I would suggest that lineout mauls are officiated too much in favour of the attaching team, I think this should be looked at?

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

His exclusion is just ridiculous.

ALL BLACKS SQUAD: 'He's still a project' - RTS makes cut despite doubts, Fakatava in and TJ Perenara out

Not for me personally as I would have both.

Considering Blackadders unavailability, it does make his omission even more mystifying

ALL BLACKS SQUAD: 'He's still a project' - RTS makes cut despite doubts, Fakatava in and TJ Perenara out

The selectors should be reported to AC-12.

I honestly cannot get my head around Robinson missing out. 😡

ALL BLACKS SQUAD: 'He's still a project' - RTS makes cut despite doubts, Fakatava in and TJ Perenara out

They have certainly be absent from strategy meetings.

The Wrap: Did Super Rugby end up with the right teams in the final?

Well then.

Hookers look absolutely the best three, locks look right to me also with the mix of our best and most promising and the backs look right to me also.

Props for the most part, cannot fathom De Groot missing to Ta’avo personally.

Loose forwards do not look right and strongly suggest we are heading to ‘the promised land’ again. Granted, you cannot select them all but to see all of Jacobsen, Grace and in particular, Tom Robinson missing out is absolute bollocks. Very disappointing.

ALL BLACKS SQUAD: 'He's still a project' - RTS makes cut despite doubts, Fakatava in and TJ Perenara out

😂 😂 😂

Harry and the Wizard: Brumbies are the Tin Man, Tahs are the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch? That's an easy one

Too right 👍

The Mo'unga myth and why it shows we deserve better from rugby commentators

Not at all, one can do two things 😛

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

Knew I should of picked Tahs 😡

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

Nope, chuck in Retallick and ALB and they have had their share of clangers.

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Realised I had not replied to NB from last weeks article (very rude of me!) and just posted this –

At this point, yes, I prefer what I see as harder shoulders on Cane.

Personally, speaking in broad strokes, I believe the pack needs an overhaul and I would look for a little less ball playing and running and a whole lot more work rate. I would actually like to see the likes of Franks in the mix and would like to see Tom Robinson on the blind, two of the best cleaners, if not the best in NZ. Robinson also adds strongly to the lineout, defensively also and his proven ability to play at lock allows one to toy about having two loose forward bench options as well (I would look to Blackadder/DP). I don’t have an issue with Savea at 8 because I think it is more how he is being used/asked to do that is the real problem.

I would approach things very differently.

In all honesty H, I don’t see there needing to be any big calls as such, we need to revise our approach and pick the cattle accordingly. Have commented often that the Hurricanes, with the boots they tend to have available should mimic the French approach and just focus on playing in the other teams half, we could certainly do it higher up as well. We have gone from a very succseful period of playing without the ball to one where suddenly, the answer to the ‘rush’ defence is to play with the ball? We are focusing on the wrong things.

Same Australian opponent, two very different New Zealand game plans

In fact, great players are just about never good coaches; they cannot explain what they never had to figure out.

Great line and piece Harry 👍

'Coach for the broken': Judging DC, rugby's patron saint of lost causes who's working wonders with the Tahs

Excellent again mate.

Though I suspect if we continue to see the same attitudes up front who is at 10 will be irrelevant.

Same Australian opponent, two very different New Zealand game plans

Hi Nick, my apologies for forgetting to reply to you, very rude of me!

At this point, yes, I prefer what I see as harder shoulders on Cane.

Personally, speaking in broad strokes, I believe the pack needs an overhaul and I would look for a little less ball playing and running and a whole lot more work rate. I would actually like to see the likes of Franks in the mix and would like to see Tom Robinson on the blind, two of the best cleaners, if not the best in NZ. Robinson also adds strongly to the lineout, defensively also and his proven ability to play at lock allows one to toy about having two loose forward bench options as well (I would look to Blackadder/DP). I don’t have an issue with Savea at 8 because I think it is more how he is being used/asked to do that is the real problem.

I would approach things very differently.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

This is excellent mate. 👍

Messy Super Rugby breakdowns could really hurt the Wallabies and All Blacks in July

Whoops, going to have to put that down to being a bit wary earlier, apologies.

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

Not really Ken, ya just gotta jump on in there head first, stuff like ‘remember when you guys were like, 6 points ahead of me’ and stuff like that.

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

Good to know I’m not the only fruit in town.

Problem is we will eventually go off….

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

I am very weary of Harry, he is a fixer and axe wielder.

I have no doubt he is currently wandering the Karoo, searching for meaning and answers and eating raw antelope, mulling over Malherbe finger puppetry explaining the finer points of scrummaging. He will be back.

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

Thankfully I’m a Colby man, can easily squeegee two blocks in there, and maybe some tic tacs

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

Sometimes you get two weeks…..

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 14: tipping sucks again

Yet they have had a few bench warmer props over the years for the ABs.

Real issue has always been at lock in my view but that’s a thread for another day.

Two ends of the same dial: can Angus Bell and Owen Franks star at the World Cup?

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