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"Never confuse motion with action."

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Looks about right, but Dobbo should be the biggest improvement for STO. Looks like it could be a 2-team shootout (JAG + STO) with SHA the spoiler/kingmaker.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: South African conference

I like the opening tone by Rennie. Big improvement from the wild rants of his predecessor. Australia has a nice opportunity to trip up Ireland, who aren’t the greatest rugby travelers. Then, playing NZ three times can help the WBs’ rank. One or two wins and up, up, up! Hoping Australia rises!

Rennie: Rankings rise will be hard work

Willie le Roux was a 10 until pro level.

Can Isaac Lucas become the new Stephen Larkham?

Yes, I suppose the quantum leap is the less-than-two-seconds a 10 has.

Can Isaac Lucas become the new Stephen Larkham?

Glad to be ‘introduced’ to this young man. Hope it works out for him, and the Wallabies. I’m ready for the Big 3 to be the Right 3 again. A 15-to-10 switch isn’t as common as 10-to-15, no?

Can Isaac Lucas become the new Stephen Larkham?

The Man of the Match in Rugby World Cup finals is just about always a 30+ year old guy who was or should have been close to retirement: Jonny in 2003, Matfield in 2007, Dusatoir in 2011, Carter in 2015, Vermeulen in 2019. Maybe Australia needs to find its local captain more than its local coach.

Rennie and Penney should be the last of the NZ coaches in Australian rugby

Let’s play! Good article, Laidlaw. But are you sure Brad Thorn is a very good young coach? I hope so, but I suppose this year will be the real test.

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

Yes, seriously poor marketing.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

Super Rugby can only regain market share if it regains the best SH players.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

Yes, but perfect for 2023 RWC cycle.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

The paper stats under-weigh him, I think. He’s probably a 100 kg man; and looks like he has a big frame

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Yes, I think at 25 he could be an easy walk-around 110 kg.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Fardy is my nicer twin.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Your Fards are lethal.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Don’t let my rugged good looks fool you. I have an ugly soul.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

He’s a Durban boy, so he can grow hair.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

Thanks, Nick. At 22, Liam Wright could easily pack on 5 kg of muscle in the next two years. He seems to have ‘Fardic’ smarts, agility, and toughness. But he needs to put on that muscle, IMO.

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

I’m skeptical of these changes.

1/ Rewarding try-line defenders for obscuring the TMO and ref, leading to easy exit, after the attacking team did everything that is hardest in rugby except having a visible touchdown — that’s too much reward. I liked the 5 m scrum; but if someone thought too many tries were being scored, make it a 10 m scrum.
2/ Protecting the carrier over the tackler too much. The stats show a lot of head and neck injuries happen to LEGAL low-tackling defenders. Example: RWC. Vermeulen on the charge. Italian defender goes low. Knocked out. Much safer to chest tackle.
3/ Unintended consequence of kick rule: probably more box.

'Waist-high' tackles among new rugby laws to be trialled

It’s bleakly funny, with lovely filming.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Down-on-his-luck lad hears inmates in Denmark are spoiled. Goes to Copenhagen to do a crime; to live a life of luxury in jail. Good music. Twists. Hearty.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Nick, have you seen “Denmark?” Good flick about a Swansea lad.

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Josh Strauss and Scott Fardy walk into a barber…

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Strong!

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

My favourite Aussie rugby player in the last decade. Defines what we want in a forward. Smart guy, too. Not a boring cliche machine …

The Australian view from across the water: Scott Fardy

Cheers to you, and happy 2020.

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