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I think it will make him a better player. He’ll have less things to worry about, e.g. press sessions, in-game chats with the referee. It will give him more energy to put into his performance.

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

Definitely not KB. Time to move forward! It’ll be interesting to see how it all works out at 10, 12. There’s plenty of games for players to put their hands up.

Can Isaac Lucas become the new Stephen Larkham?

Nice one, Brett. I could see Luke Jones switching to lock this year for the Rebels. They’re stacked with back rowers.

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

Just a lessening of his responsibilities I would suspect. He’s had a lot on his plate the last few years. A little breather should do him well. I don’t doubt he’ll remain the Wallabies skipper.

Michael Hooper steps down as Waratahs captain

Toomua probably enters the season asf avourite to grab the Wallabies 10 jersey, but the youngsters have a great opportunity to step up. I’m looking forward to the Aussie derbies in particular to see them go head to head.

Can Isaac Lucas become the new Stephen Larkham?

Thanks JT. It’s interesting to find out how these guys are getting on overseas.

Aussie abroad: Ben Tapuai

I agree that there should be more afternoon games in Oz. On a typical weekend in England there is one Friday night game, four Saturday games (at least two of them at 3pm), then a couple of Sunday afternoon games. It does vary, though.

Aussie abroad: Ben Tapuai

Hi Paul, he only made one start in 2015 for the Reds so seemed to be out of favour that year. In other seasons he was a consistent starter.

Aussie abroad: Ben Tapuai

It nakes you think of the current SR model with teams represented in five different countries. Is it viable long term?

Aussie abroad: Ben Tapuai

Thanks Sinclair. Yes, a player should at least get some feedback on what aspects of their game they need to work on.

Aussie abroad: Ben Tapuai

Agreed. Great chance for the Jags to grab a title.

Super Rugby 2020: A big year for…

Hunt looked great on Friday night. It was a shame that Moeroa was unable to play. I expect Hunt to be a Mainstay with TM, Foketi, Beale and even Cam Clark getting some reps next to him.

Moeroa could be as valuable as Maddocks to the Tahs

Yes, they didn’t disguise their strategy late in that game. That was one of the few times Saints have employed him off the bench. He has started most games this season.

Aussie abroad: Taqele Naiyaravoro

Yes, indeed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Will Skelton. Perhaps a return to Oz…

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

True Rhyno, but as a Wallaby representative I’ll stand by this headline.

Aussie abroad: Pekahou Cowan

Thanks for the kind words Nick!

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

He started Game 1 of the season, then did not get another start the rest of the way. Just six more appearances of the bench. Reds fans probably feel that he was under-used.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

‘Rugby doesn’t last forever, family does.’ Well said.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

To be fair to Caleb, he was honest. It was his call.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

Yes, they’ve got a good young phalanx of loosies with Wright, Mcreight, Wilson and Scott-Young. From a Reds point of view, hopefully they can develop then keep them.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

I feel like it could be a merry-go-round of 6’s and 8’s the next few years with lots of players getting their shots. Naisarani opens the year as the incumbent No. 8, but there will be threats…

How will Dave Rennie replace the Pooper combination?

His 2018 was excellent. Such a wrecking ball in attack.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

Yes, arguably not since Wycliff Palu.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

Thanks for the thumbs up, SW.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu

There’s is perhaps a message there – Australia is not producing all-round players.

Aussie abroad: Caleb Timu