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Harry Jones

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I need a translator

July start for an Australian domestic comp, and it can’t come a moment too soon

Finisher!

Picking an all-world rugby 24

I’d trend towards the four RWC semifinalists:

Kitshoff, Marx, Marler, Etzebeth, AWJ, PSDT, Curry, Vermeulen, Faf, Pollard, May, de Allende, ALB, Kolbe, BBBBB.

On the bench, backs Biggar, Aaron Smith, and J Davies; forwards Retallick, Coles, Underhill, Navidi, Vunipola, Sinckler.

Picking an all-world rugby 24

Increase on-field refs for pro rugby: 3. You could allow touch judges to venture on to the pitch. Goal: police offsides; stamp out gridiron blocking. Keep the laws as is.

Which laws of rugby union need changing?

NB: Top five traits needed for a 10? Have you ever seen a better one than DC?

When we were kings: Is there still room for rugby’s Quade Coopers?

Yes, QC is a creator-designer player.

When we were kings: Is there still room for rugby’s Quade Coopers?

Quade and JOC scared me.

When we were kings: Is there still room for rugby’s Quade Coopers?

To days gone by,
May ye ever feel
The winds of yore
And taste the end
Of the last toast
At the old bar

Momentum clearly building behind trans-Tasman solution

That’s huge!!!

The Wrap: No easy answers for Australian rugby

I agree.

The Wrap: No easy answers for Australian rugby

Very good. This is streets better than anything wise I’ve read on an Aussie rugby renaissance. Hero-making and marketing especially important in sport entertainment business.

The Wrap: No easy answers for Australian rugby

For me, Australian rugby’s best short-term template is France: money! Australia is a rich country, capable of privatising and televising and funding sport in a way SA cannot. (Yet, SA has a bedrock of rugby bodies and a culture of barely controlled violence). Rich OZ likes to go it alone. France buys a great product. Top 14 is unbelievably well-marketed and produced; a billionaires’ plaything. I say that’s the way.

The Wallabies should look at South Africa's formula for success

Good one. More!

Aussie abroad: Nathan Hines

“Warren Gatland, who led Wales to three Six Nations grand slams and the British and Irish Lions on two successful tours (a winning series against South Africa and a drawn series against New Zealand)…” errata: he lost to SA as an assistant, prevailed against OZ. Thanks for the yarn!

The search for rugby's greatest-ever coach - and no, it's not Clive Woodward

Red cards only for non-rugby plays. Yellow for rugby plays gone wrong. Ping all NH flyhalves (except Finn and the wee Frog) for being tossers. Refs be quieter, firmer, and march back 10 a lot!!

The time is right to try left-field ideas

Best cheerleaders attract too.

Why new wine must shun the old bottles in Rugby Australia’s new era

“If you were to list the top five stand-offs in union right now, there would not be a single Australian among them.”

Come on, you tease! List them! Don’t be shy. (5) Sexton (4) Russell (3) Biggar (2) BBBBB (1) Pollard!!!!!

Why new wine must shun the old bottles in Rugby Australia’s new era

alliances, feudal vassals, mercenaries, tributes, piety

Right then Australian rugby, let’s get on with things, shall we?

I suppose it takes more than 30 years to take an amateur sport truly professional. Old boys, friends and family, what what.

Hope it comes right for you guys.

The Wrap: Unravelling Australian rugby’s unholy war

Nobody’s face is perfect.

Rugby must now pull together, not apart

Chook has elbow scratches

Rugby's elbow-patch brigade wasn't ready for Castle

Chicken scratch on fire

Rugby's elbow-patch brigade wasn't ready for Castle

Cheeky funny

Australian rugby successfully self-quarantines against the Kiwi success virus

Finest assortment of chookisms by Machooka yet

Where to for Rugby Australia?

This has not been the best four year cycle in Australian rugby. I hope Dave Rennie still coaches the Wallabies, and joins the Boks and All Blacks in beating the Home Nations and France all decade long. New day; no excuses. Scapegoat has been sacrificed.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO