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Conor Wilson

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Once upon a time I was Jonny Wilkinson knocking over the Drop goal in 2003. Then I woke up. Its all been downhill from there. Rod Macqueen, Joe Schmidt and Will Greenwood are my heroes. And my proudest moment was putting Jason Robinson in for a try at a Promotional Rugby day. It was truly Beautiful. Writer for the 1014 Rugby, and rare steak enthusiast.

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What happens when one of my favourite writers writes an article about one of my favourite teams and coach taking part in one of my favourite series of all time?

I’m a damn happy man!

Amazing work mate. Inspired.

Sliding doors: Wallaby lessons from the 2001 Lions tour

It was. I don’t think i’ve ever seen such a desperate determination in a defensive effort before.

Who were your standout performers? I thought O’Mahony was absolutely immense. As was Ryan.

Leinster academy is doing something right clearly! If players like him are in the production line.

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

Brilliant article as always Nick, Thought Andy Farrells defence was an absolute masterclass against the AB’s.

They changed the way they defended against the AB’s compared to how they did against England, France and others! The Rush was constricted but absolutely brutal. Do you think they’ll vary back in the 6N?

How Ireland won the battle of the big men in Dublin

The great coaches and teams always push to the limits of legality I suppose. Definitely was a theme in the Rod Macqueen years. Same for Schmidt it seems!

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

They do. Though I will say England And Ireland are catching up in that department.

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Cheers mate! I’m not sure to be honest. I can’t visualise that, is it a kick chase in the triangular formation you see below you mean?

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Thanks Hoorse, appreciate It! It’s becoming a little more widespread now. So wouldn’t be surprised if Hansen and Macloud had a plan to switch it up for the WC.

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Thank you very much mate! You’re right I have done. But both sites are full of great rugby people. So seems harsh to not include all in the debate.

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Schmidt is a master of obstruction in his plays. Especially his Looper plays to a near fanatical level.

But. Macqueen was as well. And the guys my hero so. Can’t really complain here!

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Thanks Keil, and it would. But that’s dependent on Aaron Smith getting out of the ruck for the next phase. As can be seen here with quick ball in particular. That’s pretty hard to do. Also off play off 10. The ball travels far and fast enough from the previous ruck that the players don’t have the time to get there to form said diamond. Pretty good observation though.

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Thanks Sinclair. Appreciate it mate!

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

No apology necessary at all Ralph. Hope he’s alright!

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Thanks mate. Like the Double Metaphor! 🙂

I think Kerevi could do the job as well. Its just whether the Wallabies have it in their staff to think of this and coach it as a viable option. As it is outside the box, a concept i’m incredibly keen on as a coach. But a lot of coaches aren’t. Which is why the All Blacks are always a step ahead. And the Wallabies were under Macqueen.

Also trying to emulate this means the All Blacks will already be another step ahead by the time you achieve it. Its certainly concerning their rate of progress!

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Unfortunately there will be holes. Our midfield is too unsettled. Hence releasing this before this game. But we will put our best foot forward at least.

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Cheers mate

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Cheers Damian, Glad you liked it mate.

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Cheers Highlander

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Hi Fraser,

Cheers mate. Absolutely found the criticism startling. I’d love for SBW to be in the England team. I suppose its what happens when you’re so spoilt for choice as the All Blacks are!

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Cheers Peeeko. I don’t like the generic, you have to beat the All Blacks playing “Generic things everyone says” type articles. So plying my hand at this using what I have in the back of the mind 🙂

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Thanks Corne, Glad you liked it!

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

Cheers Harry! As an Englishman, I am somewhat appalled that wasn’t a penalty. I know interpretation comes into it. But he led with the Shoulder. Plus Farrell doing that to Sonny Bill… It won’t end well.

The All Black javelin - the 'Sonny Bill' attack

I meant more at International level mate. But its pretty cool to hear about the u20 years. Of course the 2011 U20 AB team is the foundation of this side. Much like the England U20 2012-2014 side is now the foundation of the England team. Thats a pretty good indictment of the systems for both teams.

I wouldn’t have envied Anscombe there. Fitting all those boys in a team. That’d be troublesome!

The All Blacks 10: Why Barrett and McKenzie are the future

Cheers mate, appreciate the sentiment! 🙂

For me personally, i’ve never seen Mounga play much as he has had limited AB starts and i can’t get Super Rugby. But already on the weekend against the Pumas he targeted this area and made massive gainline breaks off it. So he clearly has the speed and step work in order to exploit this area. This pattern revolves more around the 10 playing the 2nd receiver. If his Crusaders pattern allows him experience with this, rather than a pressure to be 1st receiver on every phase. He’ll get more starts.

Apparently he has better game management and his catch and pass is good as well. So if he can do the above and put players through holes, could be lethal.

I like the thought of Bender at wing and BB at 15 also. Hes shown lots of evidence he can play it, and the position behind the 2nd 3 pod will also be secured by another capable distributor in the 15. Certainly a more reliable set than McKenzie, (who i still rate highly, so that thought scares me).

Just depends on the trade-offs for having Mounga at 10, and whether losing a dynamic in the back 3 is worth playing Mounga. Hes still trialling the new Back 3 combo I feel. From Mounga playing 10, and until hes comfortable with it, I don’t think RM will get as many starts as he’d like. Even if overall, the end result in attack could be better.

The All Blacks 10: Why Barrett and McKenzie are the future

I really hope this becomes a call on the field somewhere now

The All Blacks 10: Why Barrett and McKenzie are the future

Thanks Sam. Appreciate it mate.

The All Blacks 10: Why Barrett and McKenzie are the future