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South African rugby was the one who came up with the 3-man front row. In fact, we would probably play 8 props and 7 locks if we could.

The Wallabies' Pioneers second XV (1899-1919)

One of the best shouts on here in ages. SANZAAR is the Ottoman Empire in 1914 and still believing its “best versus the best” slogan from when it was true. They should be open to new ideas, especially around Squidge-like talent, and they really should be co-opting Roar talent to save them from themselves. Contract with 10 Roar writers, open up all their vaults, stats, GPS, and behind scenes, and basically harness competitive artistry….

SANZAAR, copyright and myopia

Worrying times for our beloved code.

Raelene Castle and Rugby AU execs take big pay as player talks loom

Thanks, Spiro. If I’m watching a match as a neutral, I have a habit of choosing one player (usually a loose forward) and trying to watch his entire “map.” The routes he takes, the choices around the ruck, etc. Easier to do AT a game LIVE.

How to watch a game of rugby: Part 2

I’m not sure he is that good at knowing why he succeeded or failed. More of a marketer than an analyst.

Cheika reveals his Wallabies regrets

France scored a few bangers in 6N

Super Rugby on hold: Try of the year? Try of the year!

Haha! It’s the biltong

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Imagine if he was the size of, say, a proper forward? 😂

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Happy to kill some time, with a litany!

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

More flyhalf evaluations?

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Pulled it out my bum; used my thumb.

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Hahaha! That was sad

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Flyhalf mania!!!

The ten flyhalves who will light up international rugby in 2020

Just good sports writing. Stories. Poems. Yarns.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Haha

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Jeez, thanks. In the shower, too?

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

I’m waiting on instruction from WHO on that

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Good article, even if Capt. Sexton, the Mighty Finn, and BBBBB warranted a little more ink. Pollard’s goalkicking and line-kicking are a bit like Morne’s back in his heyday: they are best when it matters most. Before the RWC, on this site, both Corné and I agreed on one thing: the Boks would only go as far as Pollard took us. Indispensable. Biggar v Pollard in the SF was a grim duel. Pollard shaded it: a couple of crucial half-breaks, perfect passes, and dead eye off the tee. Biggar got run over a couple of times, but he fought like a lion (will he be the Lions 10? Or Finn? Or Farrell?) Mo’unga is sensationally skilled, but yes, there is still physics, and nobody targets Pollard’s channel. BBBBB at 10 for the ABs for me. I’d rank them: (1) 2019 Pollard, (2) 2016-2018 BBBBB, (3) 2020 Biggar, (4) 2018 Finn and 2018 Mo’unga, (6) the Frog, (7) Ford, (8) 2019 Farrell, (9) 2019 Sexton, and (10) 2018 Nico Sánchez.

A conclusive look at the world's best flyhalves

I watched a match from 2000 between Boks and All Blacks, when Robbie Fleck went wild.

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

It’s bushier and sexier than ever. But I am not touching anybody.

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Geoff, your column is especially appreciated at the moment, as my family has made a big move, life is in upheaval, and I miss rugby like mad.

The Wrap: Rugby’s off-again, on-again, rollercoaster a test for players and coaches

Which ones do you miss least? Next I’ll write of the beautiful things I miss most

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Doesn’t fill my emptiness.

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Thank you, sir!

Oh rugby, how I miss thee

Such cruel luck!

Oh rugby, how I miss thee