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According to the Courier Mail, Petaia will be in the squad.

Revealed: The Wallabies squad The Roar wants to see at the Rugby World Cup

I was a fan of him as a player, but were the WBs a substantially better side with him? I don’t think so.

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Yeah, “mediocre but in several positions” is the best I can say of AAC. Silly not to give Banks more time to settle in, I’m not convinced he is not international level.

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Flapping his gums, I could accept!

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 1: The results

Nah you keep going until all is lost. Ball runners have been seen to trip over their own feet, at the very least you keep the pressure on. You can always wave your arms around later.

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 1: The results

White would have been a 9 if he’d played the whistle and made an attempt to stop a try rather than wave him arms about. Either the pass is clearly forward in which case it will be picked up or it’s a ‘maybe’ in which case it might be given anyway. (I thought at worst it was a maybe).

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 1: The results

Hooper is consistently one of the WBs best players. Pocock is the only player entitled to the 7 over Hooper.

World Cup: Winning ugly a pretty attractive option for Wallabies

haha totally agree taylorman, “winning ugly” is a term appropriate only for teams accustomed to winning handsomely.

World Cup: Winning ugly a pretty attractive option for Wallabies

Yeah that’s the worst part of it for me, just doesn’t look like a Sharks jumper

Cronulla have released a Paul Gallen retirement jersey and it's the worst thing we've ever seen

Yeah, could be mistaken for Hoppa …

Cronulla have released a Paul Gallen retirement jersey and it's the worst thing we've ever seen

Yeah why does this remind me of QC getting his “chance” … with Foley outside him.

O'Connor to start against All Blacks

yes and no, mostly no.

The specialist v generalist dichotomy is false and misleading. A person can be a generalist and still have specialist skills.

All rugby players need to be generalists to some degree – if you can’t catch, pass and tackle you’ll never make it past juniors. Rugby is not like golf or tennis, requiring endless repetition of fine motor skills in order to master it. There is no rocket science in catching a ball in a lineout or stepping a defender. The reason Simmons could never play fullback and Beale could never play lock is almost all down to simple physiology.

A reserves bench would be grossly understaffed if you didn’t have at least 2 decent generalists, to cover back row and back 3. A prop who can play both sides at international level is gold.

The Wallabies problem is not with picking (or trying to develop) generalists, it’s with picking players who simply are not good enough in the position in which they are chosen.

Fortunately, no-one made Elise Perry specialise.

And most of Italian (and other) cuisine started somewhere else – pasta, rice, chilli …

Time for the Wallabies abandon their generalist tendencies

I’m confident they’d be honest, given how often batters walk …

Smith and Wade flatten England

I’m also interested in “post-contract metres” – as a measure of the amount of drop off in effort once a player signs an over-the-odds late-career contract.

A statistical look at the Wallabies' wing options

Where’s the stats for “number of times ran in to congratulate scrum”, “seconds taken to fix hairdo after a tackle”, “number of cool ‘street’ handshakes exchanged with other backs”?

That must account for at least 25% of their game time.

A statistical look at the Wallabies' wing options

Dunno, I reckon the Gold Coast Broncos has a nice ring to it …

Sorry Titans fans, but the end is nigh

Yeah I have never understood the idea of the coach interview being so determinative.

Sure, you speak to the guy and hear their plans / philosophy, but surely everyone is also aware that every cr@p coach also got their job after an interview process.

Would you use an interview to chose a chef, a dancer, an architect?

Frankly most job selection panels I’ve been on (quite a few) that have picked the right person have done it almost DESPITE the interview process!!

Sorry Titans fans, but the end is nigh

The “jockeying” strategy (or any other) doesn’t need to be implemented in all cases, I’m talking about have it (or another strategy) as the default and practicing it, so that everyone knows the plan and so that it’s thoughtfully implemented. The most useless defender is the one who shoots up not knowing what the men inside and out are going to do.

“Passive” is a loaded term. A strategy that is actively employed is not “passive” in a pejorative sense. Raising a child, I’ve discovered that sometimes the best reaction is nothing – it really messes with their little minds!

Lucky Jim finally picked something to say that you agreed with, eh? Even a stopped clock is right twice a day 😉

How the Wallabies solved their breakdown arithmetic at Brisbane

It is doubtful that many, if any elite defence coaches would agree with Rod Kafer’s philosophy, although it does fairly reflect Australia’s difficulty in implementing the principles behind rush defence consistently under Nathan Grey since the last World Cup.

Whether Kafer was right or wrong (he’s often both …), I suspect that the key to defensive strategies, as with strategies in all manner of sports and in life generally, is to pick a plan, perfect it, and implement it whole-heartedly.

‘Uncertainty’ and it’s kissin’ cousin ‘Indecision’ breed ugly children called points.

(eeew, sorry …)

How the Wallabies solved their breakdown arithmetic at Brisbane

Ralph I agree and I don’t like seeing it.

I was commenting on the more abstract issue raised by Fionn, about the interpretation of laws, which then got a bit sidetracked from the original point.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

And tell her its ok to look, but it’s rude to laugh.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

In which case it should be amended.

An ambiguous law should never be enforced in a surprising way, it’s fundamentally unjust if the person could not reasonably have known they were breaking it.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

JoC wasn’t a back 3 reserve though. We had 2 inside back reserves.

OK then …

Fourthly, why did we have 2 reserve inside backs and no reserve for back 3??!!

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

anyone who has ever studied law knows that words can be interpreted in an almost infinite number of ways
No, any words that are not specifically defined in the rules/laws in which they’re used are given their ordinary meaning, subject to context.
That said, I agree with you that players need to be properly protected and the liberal use of YCs is the best way to do it.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?

Hehe, that’s why I stick to beer.

The Wrap: So who’s a happy coach then?