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I think we have seen enough of Dave Rennie to know he won’t bring in new blood against England, even if Rona and Morahan deserve a go. Unless he is purely treating this as auditions for the RWC.
Dumb Rugby and poor kicking.

Wallabies vs Scotland: Did I see what I needed to see?

Gotta fix the kicking game! You need to be able to find grass and give your chasers opportunities

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies will be 'filthy with themselves' as Scotland end winning streak

Agree, Brett. Another victim of being stuck behind Pocock, Hooper et al.
I watched him through his schoolboy Rugby days, quite a lot and, interestingly, he played mostly in the centres as a junior.

Rugby World: Ex-All Blacks prop, 41, has dementia, two new Wallabies call ups, Eddie under fresh attack

They will have to change their style radically, if they want to constantly beat the likes of the Top 5 and will either need to find homegrown “giants” or recruit more non-Japanese, or they will never improve. Simple physics and physiology.

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

Sinclair, I wouldn’t be so sure about their commitment to developing talent. A NH tour cauldron is probably not the place to do it. If you had a sponsor with bottomless pockets, you could probably take a development squad, but (and correct me if I am wrong) there are no mid-week games, no opportunities for the ‘dirt trackers’, so it is full on, and the best alternative is to leave those developers at home to get a good pre-season in, with the skills coaches, before the Wallabies return to their franchises. Sometimes, having the space to think about your future and your skills can be just as important as being around the top players, as much as any player would love to be in the environment. If I were a player like Lolesio (before his callup) or Wilson etc, I would be hurting, being left behind, and that may not be a bad thing. At least a season ending injury settles any question of non-selection beyond doubt, but non-selection of itself, must throw up lots of interesting thoughts. Not that I ever got close enough to find out.

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

Cooper would have been entitled to believe that Thorne and Cheika had effectively ended his chances of ever being a Wallaby again. Not so for Kerevi and McMahon.

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

If they are going to try and muscle into the international top 10 they will have to do it with a lot of bigger bodies. You know what that means!

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

That’s about as far off the mark as you can get. If you know something about the law of contract that we have missed, please share it.

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

If you are going to quote the law, you also have to quote the “..or else..”. There does not appear to be a sanction for a breach of 9.3, so I don’t imagine the players’ employers are running scared, and it may also be that those same people have little or no involvement in Japan Rugby, so whatever moral obligations Japan may owe to RA, they are in a purely commercial relationship, ie they offered these guys a lot of money, the players accepted and, now they must honour their contracts. Whether Reg 9 is implemented or not, these guys probably want to be offered contract renewals. If they take them, then RA can make up its own mind about their commitment to the Green and Gold.

Why Japan and the clubs are in the wrong over Quade and Samu

I’m guessing that RA took too much for granted and did not pay enough homage to the wishes of the Japanese employers, who might have seen the approach of RA as disrespectful. We are a World game, which makes it imperative that we all do our best to understand each others’ cultural differences. At the end of the day, the players were the pawns in the tug of war and RA lost.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

It’s probaby quite a simple equation. Their employers threatened to sue them for the remaining value of their contracts, and I am guessing the RA was not prepared to reimburse their employees on a per diem basis, which would have been fair and possibly unarguable. Simple economics and law.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

It’s not like there is a shortage of good quality wingers at the moment .. Wright, Muirhead, Mogg (next year), Daugunu, Marika (never say never), Cam Clark, Kellaway, Vunivasi (remember him?), Petaia, Rona, Morahan, and anyone else that I have inadvertently left out.

'One of my goals is to play for Wallabies': NRL's Blake Ferguson set to join Cheika in Japanese rugby

I read that he was injured.

False dawn or a bright future? Euro tour to show Wallabies how good they really are

Totally agree on Rona. He’s in the thick of every game for Irish, and playing in the centres.

False dawn or a bright future? Euro tour to show Wallabies how good they really are

Whatever happened to Jesse Mogg? Did he retire, or is he over there somewhere>

'They were nervous': Rennie confirms Kerevi, McMahon, Hodge OUT of spring tour and serious doubt over Quade

Beale is in the frame.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

No Kerevi, possibly an easier week on the training paddock, not as respectful of the opposition as they might have been..? Take your pick.

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

You’re right Connor, and I am remiss in not mentioning him.

Why I'm a 'glass half full' rugby fan

There are a lot of reasons why World Rugby would have been happy with the result of that game today. I would never suggest that a Wallabies team or a Wallabies coach would deliberately manipulate a game, but I thought there were one or two things in that game that were out of character…Just sayin!

MATCH REPORT: Wallabies secure fifth straight win in hard-fought contest with Japan

No, the point of sport and life is to butt heads and enjoy the post match piss-up

The case for and against Erasmus, and the men charged with protecting rugby’s reputation

.. and yet, I spoke with a former grand slam Wallaby during the week who is convinced, it’s still broke. Not sure I totally agreed, but I think that, in general, we are on the up.

The Wrap: With the bushfires now out, can Andy Marinos regenerate Australian rugby?

Harry, I hope I didn’t offend.

The case for and against Erasmus, and the men charged with protecting rugby’s reputation

USA must host a World Cup at some stage, sooner rather than later, and if they can get the NFL, Hollywood and every other big bastard on side, it could be something epic! Once their free enterprise imagination starts to run wild, who knows what kind of a spectacle they could put on?

Elon could host the Wallabies in space, the AB’s could to Disneyland! Imagine that! The Poms could ……. etc etc.

Rugby Australia faces rival bid from USA to host 2027 World Cup

I’m sure that was a very scholarly read, but as a lawyer, I have to say that it was a very torturous exercise, and I am not sure what the summation of it is, because I could not finish reading it. It seems to be a more or less comprehensive wrap of defo law around thetraps. Who knows how it will pan out, does referee Berry really want “justice” and what is justice anyway. I think he is pretty good ref who is making his way on the world stage and most likely just wants to run out ‘next week”.

As a Roar “Guru”, I think we need to keep articles to a reasonable word count and not be trying to publish academic theses.

Just sayin’

The case for and against Erasmus, and the men charged with protecting rugby’s reputation

Simon, can you put me in touch with Topo?

Enough of the sniping and griping: This is how rugby can enrich your life

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