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Why was Guido Petti and Santiago Socino suspended as well?

Matera stood down over social media posts

Brett,
Why did Daugunu remain in the 23 on the bench?
He doesn’t appear to have utility value, I couldn’t work that out?

Pressure on as Wallabies chase must-win final game of 2020

Suspended?
Really?
Oh dear….overkill… not condoning something said 8 years ago, what was he 18-19?
Who hasn’t made mistakes in their past or done stupid things as teenagers?
People grow and change as they mature.

“The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
― Muhammad Ali

Pressure on as Wallabies chase must-win final game of 2020

Ace,
I’d like to see your inclusions in the team.
For some reason, Rennie appears unlikely to do it.
If not now when?

Pressure on as Wallabies chase must-win final game of 2020

With O’Connor back, the Wallabies should have a bit more creativity, provided he’s not swinging like a rusty gate.
That’ll probably move Hodge to 15 and Banks out of the Squad, unless Rennie doesn’t pick Daugunu on the bench.
Can someone tell me why Rennie has been picking Daugunu on the bench?
I’m more comfortable with Hodge at 15 when Wright is on the wing, less so if Koroibete is partnered with Daugunu.
Allan Ala’alatoa needs to start, as I think Thor is more effective in the back end of the game, especially if the Puma’s fatigue like they did against the AB’s.
I can’t work out why Sio hasn’t been as effective this year as in previous years?
Can whoever the Wallabies Hooker is please throw straight and hit your jumpers?
BPA probably deserves to start.
Hopefully, Rennie might blood some rookies, maybe Hosea?
I can’t see him resting Hooper, maybe give Wright some time at 7? Unlikely.
We’ll see from Rennie’s selections what faith he has in his fringe players and whether he is wanting to focus on development or solely winning.

Pressure on as Wallabies chase must-win final game of 2020

I’d say the Wallabies & Pumas defeating the mighty All Blacks was pretty positive, especially for Rugby.
I’ll take a win over the All Blacks any way you can get it.
As we’ve seen in all Rugby, wins create positivity among fans & losses create negativity.
Just look at the fans reactions to the various results this year.

New Zealand wear down Argentina to claim yet more silverware

Wasn’t the introduction of the kicking tee, replacing sand, designed to help speed up the kicking process?

The Wrap: Rugby learnings 101 - All Blacks show how it’s done in Newcastle

League is certainly more popular….with the Police, Courts, Lawyers & Media.
Just look at the amount of players fronting the Courts for drug dealing, violence against women of both a physical & sexual nature, & home invasions in a foreign country.
Certainly something to inspire the community & young players.
Luckily these things happen so often that the Administrators needed to create a policy to deal with the frequency of these events.
But this is merely the culture of the code.
All the above does not count because ‘the game is better to watch’.
But let’s get to the game, the ‘collisions are bigger’ because the defence is already 10m back behind the ruck, and the attack is probably 5-10m as well.
Appears to be basic physics to me, nothing more.
Move the two sides closer together, like the old 5m, would the collisions be bigger?
To paraphrase Little Britain, ‘The computer says no’.
Touch footy is entertaining to watch, it’s the sport that is vertually identical to league, neither have a contesting of the ball, & both freely hand over the ball, unearned, after six tackles.
Speaking of six tackles, as their officials can’t count past 6, they’ve included zero to help them with rule changes.
In league it is now so easy to get into a scoring position teams no longer have to search for distance when kicking for touch. Often spurning touch for a quick tap. Because the know how easy it is to get into a position to attack the line.
If you like a game where the the contest for the ball is gone, where the rules artificially inflate the metres gained, and it automatically gives the opposition the ball unearned, then I say enjoy.
Everyone needs some fantasy in their life.

Is league's popularity harming rugby development?

I certainly miss the Bears.
Mark Graham & Clayton Friend my early idols.
Then Flo and co.
Greg Florimo visited my High School in the bush & was surprised to see me wearing my North shorts.
We played touch footy & as a young bloke, I was shocked at his phantom touch calls & forward passes. All in fun though, great memory.
Another was catching the train to watch the game with my sister at North Sydney oval on Easter Sunday, 96 I think, Norths v Manly, Norths won, great atmosphere.
If it wasn’t for dodgy building, wet weather and shoddy management the Bears might still be there, albeit on the Central Coast.

The forgotten players: North Sydney Bears

Forgive my ignorance, I’m not up to speed with all the Puma squad, but with that many changes it looks like the Puma’s are looking to maximise their chances for the losing Bonus point.
Backing themselves for the win the following week.

All Blacks tinker with forward pack as Pumas make ten changes for Tri Nations clash

Why would you watch the NRL, a game that gave up contesting for the ball decades ago.
I actually want to watch a game where players are contesting & competing for the ball.
Not handing it over to each other every 5-6 tackles or 7.
Might as well watch touch footy.

The public deserves better for their Test rugby dollar

I could watch highlights of Maradona, Pele & Ronaldo (Brasil), all day.

A selection of Diego Maradona's greatest goals

Robert,
I wondered how this works, because essentially the Boks are not playing because of Covid.
Otherwise, the Boks would be playing in a tournament they agreed to play.
Then we have Fiji who were supposed to play France, but covid intervened and France gets all the points, and I assume the same with Italy match.
Does that then affect world rankings?
And if so, how is that really any different to SA not showing up due to covid, apart from one team being World Champs and the other being a nursery providing players to just about every other nation and their competitions.

The quick questions: The Tri Nations are alive and well

If I was the AB’s, the passing of the Hand of God would be concerning.
Not that the Pumas are lacking from passion or motivation.
But as “El Pibe de Oro” was such a supporter of the Pumas it could be what they need to really lift to counter the AB’s intensity.

The quick questions: The Tri Nations are alive and well

I still have a ball signed by Peter Jackson.
Unfortunately, it was used a bit.

The forgotten players: Northern Eagles

I really miss Scott Fardy playing here and for the Wallabies.
One of the biggest roster losses we’ve had that doesn’t get mentioned often.
Thanks Nick for high-lighting his loss to Oz Rugby.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

I’m with you Mango Jack, whoever thought the Beagles were a good idea had rocks in their head or their head was completely empty.
For those who don’t understand, how about a merger between Easts & Souths, think that would work.
Anyway, it was heart-breaking enough at times to be a Bears fan, but the Beagles were a bridge too far.
Nothing like a Norths vs Manly game at North Sydney oval.
One day I hope the Bears come back, I could live with it being the Central Coast, or possibly even Brisbane Bears 😡 , so long as they wear Red & Black & play some games out of North Sydney.
Until then, I’ll enjoy my memories of Mark Graham, Clayton Friend, Flo, Gary Lason, Billy Moore, David Farleigh, Les Kiss & co, running around North Sydney Oval.
Enjoying the memories of Rugby League at it’s peak, and when the Bears were just one win away from a Grand Final.

The forgotten players: Northern Eagles

More like a shotgun wedding.

The forgotten players: Northern Eagles

JRVJ,
Whilst Hodge is at 10 the Wallabies have no chance of a bonus point win.
Unless the Pumas turn up to play at the SFS next weekend.

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

Thanks Brett,
I’m interested in how many times teams have benefitted from the Bonus Point system even though they have lost more games than other teams below them.

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

Geoff,
Historically, as a Wallabies fan, we’ll take being 1 from 4…. 😂

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

Riccardo,
If the Pumas can win the Championship, as far as I’m concerned, they’ll be the only worthy winners of the 3 sides participating.

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

Has or can someone do a story with analysis on the Bonus point system for Super and/or Rugby Championship?
I’d be curious to see what it brings up.
Especially when compared to points for and against.

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

Maybe the draw should be worth 3 as neither team lost by more than 7.

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win

It’s New Zealand’s title to lose.
Have the All Blacks ever lost 3 in a row?
Can the Puma’s get up for it 3 weeks in a row?
How long is it since the Puma’s haven’t lost 3 weeks in a row?

The Tri Nations equations: What the Wallabies, Pumas and All Blacks need to do to win