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Because our bus got lost somewhere in Benoni. Had to wear whatever they had lying around in the bus.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Akira is my soul brother.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Aaron Smith is our most penetrative back.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

It’s all a really unfunny joke; the Stormers.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Icemem melt sometimes.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Kitty chow?

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

BBBBB still in the somnambulence.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Somnambulance is a hard habit to crack.

Super Rugby Round 2: Return of the Hairy Man

Hoggwash.

Welcome back to the big time, Quade Cooper

We, the panel, choose everything. Winners, philosophies, and meaning.

Welcome back to the big time, Quade Cooper

Nick, don’t think for a moment that you snuck the clear reference to Darwinist thought in Quade Cooper’s evolution by choosing a “beagle” as your farmyard hound. Woof!

Welcome back to the big time, Quade Cooper

Well done! And well read. But who’s keeping score?

Queensland: Beautiful one day, paying the bills the next

Okay, yes, I’ll do that.

My dream Rugby World Cup holiday: Yokohama, stunning scenery, and international rugby's greatest rivalry

Stormers ranked too high

Super Rugby Power Rankings 2019: Round 1

Excellent article, Conor.

Big onus on fitness, this system.

The New England way: The John Mitchell defence

Baylion, can we have your coaches? We have the players…

Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

NB: You’ve kicked off a rucking maul of competing viewpoints and the comments contain more than a few high tackles and even some yellow cards. For me, I don’t see the pretty universal antipathy of the rugby-verse towards England’s national team as motivated by English fans’ behaviour. I actually find the average English fan to be funny, rather subdued, and quite interested in having a glass. It’s the English journalists, many of the players, the ethos or team ‘brand,’ and some of the coaches who have made them difficult to like. EVERY team has their fair share of knobs, but what I am saying is the English team is stocked full of players who just seem sour and cocky and good at being bad (Farrell, Hartley, Itoje, Ashton, Tuilagi, Marler, Sinckler), and Eddie Jones can be an absolute troll, and the journos from the Telegraph and Times are infuriatingly provincial. But the walk to Twickenham, and all the fan-to-fan stuff: always seemed great to me. Plenty of Saffa expats in those houses! Thus, boerewors for sale or shared for free!

Will England rule the world in 2019?

This wrap was rapt with readiness rap. Stormers are unready. Bulls even less. Lions have pride. Sharks preparing to prepare. Jags: dunno.

The Wrap: Super Rugby and the art of being ready when you’re not ready

We’ll see if England can remind Wales how to lose …

Ireland did not look authoritative in victory. Scotland was missing 20 squad players.

Seven talking points from Six Nations Round 2

Sexton will be 34 when he plays the biggest match of his life: a QF with big Boks or athletic All Blacks hitting him just as he passes and kicks. IF he can be healthy enough to play in that match.

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries

So true. The things that were being written about Schmidt and Farrell and Sexton and the Irish pack! Basically, that they had invented a new form of rugby. It all looks very old school to me, heavily dependent on orders, shape, fitness, and CONFIDENCE. I like it very much. But others can get fit, form a shape, and get confident (from beating it).

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries

Cheers, NB! I agree with you that it wouldn’t be a “carbon copy.” England did two main things very well: tactical kicks to a ragged back three, and snot-knocking smash-mouth gain line mastery. The Boks can do the latter, and will need to improve on the former. The All Blacks are not bad at the kicking game, when they want to do that, and I think they can pick a pack and a midfield that is at least the equal of England.

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries

JN: Yes, this RWC makes teams go really deep into their squad, and rewards the “big” teams with RWC pedigree. So far, without fail. It’s a bit like the other World Cup. Not many Cinderella stories. Probably the faves will emerge from the pools, even if Fiji could scare Australia, but in the QF, I just think the underdog Boks will overcome Ireland, or the ABs will put them away.

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries

Decent points, Neil, and impossible to refute, of course. For me, the Irish have become too coach-dependent, and also rise and fall too much on how well Murray-Sexton play, given that Sexton has a bit of the fragility that being 33 brings, and Conor is just a bit off the pace, now.

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries

It is a tough run, but I would say the ARG-FR-OZ run won’t be as bothersome as the Irish QF vs SA or NZ. That must annoy Ireland. To be the best or almost best and your reward is facing ABs or the scary Boks in the QF!

All these "Six Nation" Tests are just World Cup preliminaries