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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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Got to stick sailor or some nautical reference of some description in amongst that

In the end, it’s the hope that kills you…

I could have sworn it was green, not orange Nick….

England loss confirms Wallabies are no closer to RWC success

‘His challenge over summer will be to convince/implore/beg/threaten John Plumtree and the Hurricanes coaching staff not, under any circumstances, to play him at lock during next year’s Super Rugby’

I hope so as well Geoff but I am struggling to see how he wont to be honest, second row is looking fragile for us next season, some talent certainly with Leaware and some experience now with Lousi but it doesn’t look an area of strength and I would be surprised if Fifita isn’t shoved in there.

Thanks again for another great wrap.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Not sure what a public serve would help with though Fionn?

Certainly, the Australian landscape appears to be a minefield, a heavy handed approach doesn’t feel like the right way to go about things?

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Fair enough Sheek, always appreciate and look forward to your insights.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Not sure you can lay that at her feet considering she vacated the role, 5 years ago I think? Netballs decline has been relatively recent, at the top end, last two years I would estimate.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Certainly appears that way.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Sure, but then she did perform well with Netball NZ in a national capacity and was recognised for her achievements in a New Years honour list.

I am genuinely bemused at the sweeping calls for her head which appear to have little substance behind them after a very short time frame.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Hi Sheek,

Genuinely interested here as to why she has little respect across rugby land, is that a result of her time with the Bulldogs as I believe that was not considered successful which I can understand but she was very successful with NZ netball as its head? How has she been seemingly judged so harshly after less than a year in the role?

The Wrap: Australian rugby, ‘You may ask yourself, how did I get here’?

Well, I will be supporting the Wallabies and hope they do well this weekend.

That is an awful looking side however, Naivalu the bench option? Good grief.

Hope they prove me wrong.

Pocock passed fit for England showdown

Thank you Nick.

Ryan was impressive wasn’t he? Great tip thank you.

What impressed on me most from the match is that Ireland now have a squad to pick from, rather handy going into a World Cup. When you can play to such a standard without the likes of Murray and O’Brien, two players who on their own are in the conversation for worlds best in their respective positions then Ireland are certainly a major contender next year and hard to not see them take the number one spot over the course of the 6 nations to come.

Its exciting times ahead.

The biter bit: Ireland wrong-foot the All Blacks in Dublin

Superb Harry

You take the high road if you want, I'll go low

This is fantastic Highlander, thank you for making the effort.

Plenty to digest here. I will say, as I was away over the weekend I had the Wales match taped and was not going to watch it given the rather negative reviews but after the Hooper vitriol I had to watch just him and he gets through a bit of work, completely unjustified criticism (as a player anyway) in my view. The emphasis on turnovers for a seven these days is quiet overdone, really, jackling is a skill every player needs to be able to in todays game.

I have seen your comments around a simpler Wallaby game plan and I couldn’t agree more. Wipe the slate clean and play a percentage game, particular play straighter ball in hand, this Wallaby side is not as bad as is made out but the Coach is an issue, my main bug bear with Cheika is he has made very little effort to develop a full squad.

The return of David Pocock, a solution or compounding the problem? Part II

Sorry to hear of your troubles Carlos, glad to hear you and yours are safe at least.

Take care mate.

Sir Brodie takes Prince Maro off his high horse at Twickenham

As any good hooker should! 🙂

Sir Brodie takes Prince Maro off his high horse at Twickenham

Yip

Sir Brodie takes Prince Maro off his high horse at Twickenham

Thank you Nick.

Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Lineouts as the match wore on, pleasure to watch, and great to see Coles back in the mix. Is perhaps Launchberry a missing link there for England there?

Very much looking forward to this weekend for a number of reasons, keeping an eye on Ryan will be another.

Sir Brodie takes Prince Maro off his high horse at Twickenham

Thanks Willie.

I have been very fortunate to be able to watch him play live regularly and he is the sort of player that puts bums on seats, such as the Cullens and Lomus before him. He is a wonderful player.

We here in NZ have been very fortunate with the calibre of players, Carter of course, Cruden, Sopoaga in recent times and continue to see further quality in Dmac and Mo’unga, along with some emerging players like Plummer who caught the eye in Mitre 10 this year. We really are living in a golden period in NZ and while such debates continue I hope we can all remember to enjoy it while it lasts.

The curious case of Beauden Barrett

Hi Jacko,

Sure, I understand that but my point is that Cheika managed to achieve plenty with a short time frame before the last World Cup to reinforce Geoffs point that a change of Coach does not necessarily translate to an automatic World Cup failure.

Cheika to me, and his coaching resume proves it I think, is a man who can bring success in a short space of time with a proven formula, however does not seem able to grasp change or being able to bring about long term consistency or success. A perfect axe man.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

One way to ruin a perfectly good morning coffee………

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Thank you Geoff.

Pleasing to win a game on the back of Barretts boot rather than that basketball rugby the English play.

In all seriousness, really enjoyable weekend of rugby and great to see contests across the majority of the games played. Even the Brazilians added to the theatre, great stuff and bodes well for a fantastic world cup I think.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

You could argue Geoff that Cheika himself did exactly that in 2015, unsure you could say back then the Wallabies were favoured to make the final.

The Wrap: Cheika and Jones both losers, but heading down very different paths

Fantastic piece thank you Nick.

I sure would love to see spider cam in super rugby, really would add to the experience.

Twickenham showdown: Why the boot will be on the other foot at scrum time

Thanks Corne, good piece and its lovely for the ABs to not be involved one way or another in a controversial decision 😉

How quick we tend to forget a game is across 80 minutes aye?

Taking the referee out of the equation

Great fun piece Geoff, and some hot tips to have a listen to later, cheers.

The Wrap: The Wallabies and other rugby matters explained in vinyl