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Yeah this is outstanding stuff, Kman

Daily Telegraph accidentally reveals NRL grand final winner before kick-off

Yeah, clearly no need for such a large group now with fewer games and weeks off in between matches.

What changes are on the cards for Rennie's Wallabies in Bledisloe 3?

On the squad size, Rennie indicated on Friday they’d be sticking with the 44 players picked and not filling the last two spots.

What changes are on the cards for Rennie's Wallabies in Bledisloe 3?

Kicking game was really poor this week, wasn’t it Corne? Didn’t learn from those early runs made by Barrett and Clarke and kept giving them the opportunity to run it back.

Caleb Clarke's performance to the Wallabies' defensive wobbles: Four talking points from Bledisloe 2

I think that’s a very valid point Loosey, in much the same vein as the way they kept the game close before halftime.

Caleb Clarke's performance to the Wallabies' defensive wobbles: Four talking points from Bledisloe 2

I thought Banks was pretty good Bobby. Was good under the high ball when a lot of other players were struggling

Drop-goals, debutants and an impending All Black bounceback: Five talking points from Bledisloe 1

Just added it to the article Jez, but Rennie mentioned Gordon’s better kicking game as one reason for him getting the nod there.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Because NZR has engaged in tit-for-tat about these minutes. Hell, right before he said the above, Impey said:

“The notes that have been published are not board minutes and have got a fundamental error in them as far as we’re concerned that says the six-week draw was agreed by all. I can tell you it wasn’t. We know that and Rugby Australia and Sanzaar know that because we kept telling them right up until the time they announced the draw.

“The notes also quite clearly refer to an impasse and there are many emails that prove this. So our position has never changed.”

It’s like saying “I’m not going to wear a red shirt today” moments after pulling on a bright red shirt.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

That’s cool Jacko, I’m not surprised with your reaction either 👍

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

There were a few eyebrow-raising quotes from Impey yesterday, weren’t there? My favourite has to be “Having said that, our focus is trying to get this TRC issue sorted and we’re not going to bother to engage in tit-for-tat on so-called notes which weren’t minutes and weren’t board minutes either.”

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Outstanding track

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Cheers Chook. Yes, it’s all part of the game, isn’t it? Each country is always going to do what they think is best for them – and ultimately you do have to look after yourself first and foremost. However, ultimately it’s in New Zealand’s best interests for the game to be strong in Australia and vice-versa.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Uh huh. And I trust you have ample evidence that McLennan is a dishonest puppet?

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Oh I’m not saying the Moondogs are going to be that team which plays against Australian sides. More just the point that RA have already eyed off bringing in a team from Japan.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Those deals are obviously crucial JD, but given the diplomacy by soundbite that’s going on at the moment, being an accomplished media performer is a pretty important part of the job for McLennan.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Yes Japan is an obvious third partner for ANZ – let’s not forget there was a lot of discussion about getting the Sunwolves into Super Rugby AU as a sixth team.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

Cheers Paul. I think you sum it up quite succinctly by saying “all I want is a competition I can watch which is both entertaining and enjoyable.” Not many would disagree with that.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

I think calling NZ the only reasonable adult is a bit rich right now Waxhead, but at any rate the point of the piece is that finding someone to blame is a fairly useless exercise. How does that help anyone?

Both nations would be far better served by taking their disagreements behind closed doors, sorting them out there rather than sniping in the media, and moving onto actually building something together.

As South Africa head north, Australia and New Zealand must remember they're better together

I dunno MZ, he was good off the bench in his first few games for the Ponies. McDermott is definitely closer than I thought he would be by this stage a year ago.

Also worth mentioning that Joe Powell deserves a look-in, particularly given his final performance, and I thought Jake Gordon was good in the second half of the season. Halfback stocks are solid right now.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Yep, an oversight on my part. I went off each player’s position in the last PONI list as a starting point and forgot to add O’Connor to the 10s. He’s in there now.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

If he is a “lesser” option, he’s only marginally so, and he’s a better player in some areas of the game.

Again, I don’t have any issue at all with Tupou starting, and even with Alaalatoa at 3 I’d like to see them play roughly equal minutes.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Yeah that’s just me going off where everyone was listed in the last PONI list and then forgetting to add O’Connor to the flyhalves. He’s in there now.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Yeah I’d have no problems with starting Tupou, tighthead’s clearly one of the closest positions. Mentioned it earlier, but I think To’omua and O’Connor’s natural games are better suited to having them at 10 and 12 respectively, not the other way around. Understand the calls for JOC at 10 though given his season.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Cheers OOP, the calls for O’Connor at 10 make sense given his SR season, but they do overlook that there weren’t any other options at flyhalf for the Reds, and that he had hardly played the position (if at all) in the years prior. I reckon To’omua is a better organiser, while O’Connor is great when taking the line on, hence having them at 10 and 12 respectively.

If To’omua and Petaia are injured, we could be in a fair bit of trouble.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Fair enough JC, I’m a fan of White and like what he brings from an organisational perspective. Also thing he’s a better passer than McDermott right now.

Hodge might not be the best player in any one position but his versatility makes him the perfect bench utility as far as I’m concerned.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1