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Thanks for the report Tony…!
I had no news of the victory of AUS A vs BIL. But that shows the importance of a second team in talent evaluation and development. In Argentina we have Jaguares XV competing in the “Super Liga Americana de Rugby” against franchises from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Colombia. But apparently, Jaguares XV is serving to make talent visible for European teams instead of retaining and developing the depth we need in Los Pumas.

'We can't be naïve': Tahs give Tane contract update as 'forgotten man' looks to jog memories

Interesting exercise you propose, TRC…! I can think of only one limitation, and it is that these players who belong to REB probably choose to develop abroad, rather than occupy a place on the finishers bench. Greetings 🏉

The impossible decision Rugby Australia must make now

Pressures are beginning to appear on the Australian sides. BRU tries to get to the top before the next stage of the tournament. For the others, it is the need to keep the waterline above the waves that determines the game. Be that as it may, pressure never has a good effect. Greetings Brett…!

Weekend Super Rugby lessons: Pick your mark and time your run

Very clear and forceful your analysis Nick…! BRU has the highest kicked possession ratio in SRP. His kicks create opportunities in 19% of executions. But adversity and success are two sides of the same coin. Apparently, the Brumbies still hold the secret to defeating the Kiwi teams. Greetings 🏉

ANALYSIS: Why Lord Laurie is still king of the contact zone

I agree with you Ulrich…! “Success breeds interest. Interest leads to more player involvement which then translates into more quality players to select from…”. This is the beginning of a virtuous circle. For example, after some successful participation of Argentina in world cups, where we reached the ‘bronze’, the participation and influx of children and adolescents to rugby clubs was notorious. It is an example of how success can encourage a virtuous circle. Following the same logic, but in reverse, Covid19 devastated the participation of players in our club rugby. Some estimates spoke of 30% fewer registered players during 2020. I think that this percentage should be increasing in 2021 and 2022.

Rugby is rising: Why this week is a significant one for the future of the game in Australia

Good Note Riggers…! It is possible to be optimistic and your collaboration shows it. I know a little about the structure of Australian rugby and am excited about the progress on Shute Shield, as well as the support that SuperRugby was able to offer from that source. RWC2023 should be an item to watch as it will change the fortunes of several national teams.

Rugby is rising: Why this week is a significant one for the future of the game in Australia

Fortunately we have some depth in several key positions. We just need continuity and a good master plan, adaptable and configurable. Today the word has Cheika.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

That’s right Darren…! Medrano’s continuity in FOR would be assured. But he will continue his career in Europe in 2023, much closer to the eyes of Cheika and the national team. ARG has developed depth in its ranks thanks to the work of Jaguares, the Seven a side teams and the activity of the academies. the problem is that we can not contain those talents.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

The favorite of many to succeed Mario Ledesma, including me, was Gonzalo Quesada. Former Puma, former FRA kicking game coach, former Jaguares head coach and currently Stade Francais sporting director. He knows cohesion and player development and knows the keys to developing dynamic and ambitious rugby. He has shown it in SuperRugby and in the demanding French Top14. Perhaps a second stage after RWC2023 will have him as the protagonist. I love your preferences for Los Pumas.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Thanks adsa…! The idea of the directors of the UAR is the same as you suggest. Hire an experienced man until RWC2023 and then appoint Felipe Contepomi as Head Coach. He is an ‘open secret’ in Argentina. If Cheika achieves his goals we all win, but if he moves away from that path we will never be worse off than we are now. The effectiveness metrics are quite eloquent and do not favor us.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Hi Wigeye…! In Argentina it is common knowledge that Cheika’s job is to lead Los Pumas until RWC2023, while preparing Felipe Contepomi to succeed him in office. If Cheika gets the real respect of the players and manages to overcome the obstacles, he will have our respect. But if he fails, it would be inevitable to think that he was simply an opportunist.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Good morning Hazel Nutt…! I have known Diaz Bonilla since his beginnings in the club rugby stage in Buenos Aires and he always kept a special touch in his boots. The evolution of him should come from the defensive aspect and from a better approach to the transition zones during the attack. But his useful time as an elite player is dwindling. The disappearance of Jaguares confined Miotti from Ledesma’s preferences, so the number 10 jersey is really a deficit in our game today. As for my preferences, I like the latest Los Pumas lineup against IRE, with a few changes. One of them would be Juan Imhoff with jersey 11 and Santiago Chocobares with 12.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

How are you Tooly..! Many of us thought of him as he was available. But Cheika ran with a certain advantage knowing the team of Pumas players. Developing an Argentine coach remains a great challenge

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Hello JDKiwi..! We rely on these domestic tests against SCO, AUS and RSA to regain the initiative and begin to generate the cohesion we need to arrive at RWC2023 in the best of states. The scrum metrics are alarming, but reversible.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Hello JC…! Good reasoning yours. Although the scrum is a priority in any team, in Los Pumas it became a national issue. In our academies and in all the provincial unions, a development program for the scrum has been implemented, which began to be deactivated in the ‘Hourcade era’ in favor of the breakdown. But we must wait for the result of this re-process. Ledesma had his chance and the results did not favor him. Why hire or rehire him…? I think that the model to observe to understand the keys to success in constant work is that of Los Pumas ‘7 and their coach Santiago Gomez Cora.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

I think that everyone in Argentina is looking forward to the friendlies against SCO. It is a good opportunity to know where we stand and where we are going.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Totally agree Puff…! It is an opportunity to come to fruition for both sides. But medium-term development and planning is required.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Hello Zulu! In a post I commented on earlier, he stated that we should develop coaches the same way we develop players. This is to say that Cheika does not impress me 100% favourably. But the imminence of RWC2023 makes things take an unexpected acceleration.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Hello Hazel Nutt…! Los Pumas’ lineout was losing effectiveness as Jaguares was deactivated. Guido Petti was the big winner in SuperRugby. Then we go up and down, good and bad. The kicking game has been a pending account for Los Pumas. But I think that, like scrummaging, it is a tool that has lost its depth and must be quickly recovered. Diaz Bonilla and Miotti are the drivers of my choice, but the ’emptiness’ in the position has very deep cultural roots. I can substantiate this statement. But our cornerstone is still the backrows, especially on the carries. As you can see, we have a lot of work to do to get back in shape.

Old problems for new staff at Los Pumas

Developing coaches should be a process analogous to player development, bearing in mind that current coaches are often former players.
I think that the current coaches must be clear about the boundaries of rugby in order to move beyond those limits. What can we learn from basketball, from plays or situations in which everything happens in a few seconds…? And what can we learn from the dynamics of American football and its very complex metrics…? And what should we take from the soccer show…?
These are some questions that I try to mobilize in my daily activity.

'Eddie is a head coach until he drops dead': The wildcard in RA's Dave Rennie succession plan

Very interesting analysis, Brett…! I think that without the show there would ultimately be no quality in the game, at least in the short or medium term. Business models are developed to work in certain scenarios, but in contexts of instability and volatility it is necessary to be flexible. Argentines in general and Los Pumas in particular know this type of context closely. Game-wise, I think the Australian teams are executing their planning better, and that’s making a noticeable difference today 🏉

The weekend that might just have made Super Rugby Pacific

Good review Riggers…! While the NZL holding has declined in accuracy, it is true that the Aussies have improved from 2021. If defenses can predict and contain New Zealand’s unstructured game, then the strongest model could be the Aussies. Lastly, with the current regulations it is important to retain talent in SuperRugby, because the main beneficiary of this talent and depth should be the Wallabies.

Australian Super Rugby teams are showing they're up for the fight

Excellent review Geoff…! The points spread is broadly in favor of the NZR holding. Evaluated in tries, this is 16.3% more. I think the NZR sides have a better resolution at 22M opp. and convert them into points. Similarly, the Australian have improved their competitiveness compared to 2021 and that is something to celebrate. It’s never good to lose a friend, not even a
contender. It’s just about better learning 😊 🏉

The Wrap: Super Rugby once again finds joy and inspiration in Suva

H. Stowers, of course. Without Anne Boleyn and without Jane. Greetings Harry…!

The Moana model: Green principles and unique people-first structure powering Super Rugby's new boys

Hello, Harry…! Excellent article on this ´phenomenon´ called MOA. And as a ‘phenomenon’ it clearly exceeds the sporting fact and navigates the ocean of things to come. Since I read the platform of principles, the ´brand foundation´, I began to wonder if that was not the true path in this sport. Names…? Enari, Macclutchie and the legend of Lealifano are the best drivers of this tide 👍 🏉

The Moana model: Green principles and unique people-first structure powering Super Rugby's new boys

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