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Bosun.

In the end, it’s the hope that kills you…

My psychological guess is you have passed through yet another life cycle, in the long list:

– rebel
– horticulturalist
– power forward
– musician
– promoter
– insurgent
– bad man
– lock
– chef
– almost good man
– firefighter
– lover
– Yorkshire enthusiast
– top man
– cricket enthusiast

In the end, it’s the hope that kills you…

Great fun, man! Funny, but actually really believable…

The Wrap: Is this D-day for Michael Cheika or same old, same old?

It’s not working. The 2018 failed to:

– dent the defensive lines
– create sufficient breaks
– offload consistently
– design effective close support lines
– create ball security

All of that is easier with a Read or Thor or Stander or Faletau or Vunipola carting it up a lot …

All is not lost: Four quick fixes for the Wallabies forwards

I’m pretending to work (schmooze) at Africa Oil Week, which means plenty of cocktails, jokes, introductions, twerking, and sitting in speeches whilst reading rugby

All is not lost: Four quick fixes for the Wallabies forwards

NB! Greetings from steamy Gabon.

I enjoyed that quiet Redford film. It was good physical acting, too. Kind of like Tom Hanks in that deserted island flick. More with less. Which brings us to your essay …

The Wallaby pack:

I see your points. Well-elucidated.

But, for me, the biggest problem for Australia is a paucity of durable, strong, big, sure-handed ball-carriers. In the RC, the ABs’ loosies carried the ball on 10.7% of the team carries, whilst the WB loosies only carted it up on 7.1% of Australian carries. That’s significant. Altogether, the WB pack was used on 51.7% of all carries; contrast that with the Boks’ forwards’ 57.3%! On the EOYT, the Wallabies upped the forward share of carries, but they were smashed back a lot, except versus Italy.

I think that’s a key issue that does implicate Pooper’s weaknesses.

All is not lost: Four quick fixes for the Wallabies forwards

Yes, I think that’s a fair inference to draw, even if it is tremendously complex and multifaceted. Schmidt’s coaching team and Hansen’s coaching team do not seem to ‘pendulum’ from one style to another, very much. Yes, there are a few positions where they can ‘get bigger’ or ‘faster’ from time to time (blindside, 13, fullback), but it is not lurching wildly from A to Z and B to Y. It’s little “spectral” shifts.

The Wrap: What can Australian rugby learn from Grant Fox?

Once again, I come away impressed with the understated intelligence of the All Black setup. Fox surely understands a clear vision by Hansen et al, and this guides his selection acumen. I get the impression the whole team of coaches and selectors are crystal clear about what they are recruiting, training to, and cherishing.

The Wrap: What can Australian rugby learn from Grant Fox?

Very good! Caused me to go back and look at a few Bok-AB moments in Wellington and Pretoria.

Targeting the All Blacks, Part 2: The shoot-drift gap

Billy Joel sang about that …

You may be right
I may be crazy

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How Not To Run an Org

Cheika safe for now as RA rule out play for White

+100

Cheika safe for now as RA rule out play for White

They play it like a mad and wild symphony.

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It was squeaky bum time.

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I’m not sure, but they have wings! Thanks for reading.

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Thanks for your great post, Dani! It’s hard not to get all wound up already! That’s gonna be a cracker of a match. And the humility and faithfulness of the Fijians makes them impossible not to love.

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And they now, have, BELIEF! Which as Irish can attest to, is big.

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XXX rated!

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The Drua thing, I think, is a big thing. They are WINNERS!

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Yes. I’m not holding my breath. Look at how long Coetzee dodged a ‘certain’ ax.

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Cheers, Neil. Yes, that’s the big question.

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RWC is only 5 tests away, and Cheika has to beat a very good coach (McKee) with a battering ram of a team. My opinion is RA should make the change NOW.

Jake White is going well at Verblitz in Japan, as he always does, and this time, he’s not relying on a big beefy pack. He was successful at Montpellier. He went more than OK at Canberra. And of course, he had an 80%+ last season with the Boks in 07, and it was his team who basically did the 09 miracle. So, my question on Jake would be: for how long, on what terms, and with what exit?

Our man Nick Bishop is not blown away by the other guy that Georgina R is reporting RA is looking at…

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Good point. Substantial number of Fiji’s players have been heavily involved in the big European cup games, which are real pressure cookers. I also think their tight five is clearly better than before, which could create serious problems in a first game scenario.

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Thanks, Brian. When the pools were announced, it seemed like Australia were fortunate. But now, it seems Wales is clearly favoured, and there’s absolutely nothing between the number 7 and number 8 teams in a neutral field. The Wallabies superior depth won’t be a huge issue, because it’s Week 1!

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Top class article. A lot better than most sport articles in the “papers.” Not much time left for SS Wallaby to set a clear and proper course to beat Fiji, then Wales, back to back.

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