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Thanks a lot Rich!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Hey Josh, thanks for the comment. You are right about his family background. He was born in the NSW Hunter region, and spent parts of his youth in Canberra and Sydney. RE would have been a good mentor at TKS.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

I think a model involving Japan and the island nations would be awesome, but really difficult to make competitive and profitable.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Any time, TLN!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

They might haveto be given a middle initial like John C. McKinley or Samuel L. Jackson…

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Thank you, Paul. I was aware that they couldn’t come back and play SRAU, but I did not know there was two Angus Bell’s! Thanks again. Big Angus might be playing Shute like Tizzano etc, just a bit later on.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Well said, Brett. Let these players get some games under their belt and take a bit of pressure off them. I assume the Waratahs had something similar in mind with Angus Bell whom they’ve sent to Shute Shield. Nothing wrong with playing 60+ there every week.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

A warning though mate, my next story will feature a Wallaby born overseas…

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Hi Waxhead, you’re way off. He was born in the Hunter region of NSW to one Australian and one Tongan parent.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

You’re right. Quite a few of the Aussies Abroad I’ve spoken to have connected with their teams through their contacts. For example, David Lolohea signed with Nevers after Senio Toleafua put in a good word for him. I’m sure it happens all the time.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Yeah, the gap from top to bottom, i.e. CRU and FOR is too great. It’s better to have competitive leagues with uncertainty of outcome. We’ll see what happens.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

And the handling is a big point of difference between Oz and NZ. So often i watch Kiwi players making catches in right spaces at high speed and think to myself that an Aussie player probably wouldn’t hold on to that. Not a criticism. Just something to aspire to.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Thanks mz. Absolutely, those four teams stand out about the rest, although Sarries are a little weakened after the salary cap scandal. Leinster – unbelievable. An undefeated 2019-2020 season before shutdown.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Hey Stevo, indeed, BB had a great career and good to see he’s staying involved in the game. I hit him up for a chat the previous two Top League seasons but had no luck. Cheers!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Thanks CW. How do you see Australian and NZ provincial rugby from 2021 onwards?

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Thanks Lara. Yep, they’re still looking up at the Crusaders but they seem to be bridging the gap. Only four SRA games to go now. Definitely all ones to savour.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Thanks TLN. Yes, quite a few of the rugby figures I’ve interviewed have caught my eye for whatever reason so it’s interesting to talk about the game with them. Most, actually, are keen to have a chat and happy to give their time. Gotta love the rugby community.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Thanks again, Bobby!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

The tipping comp is going down to wire, I feel. Parkes has been knocked off the top by DJ and there’s a few others on their tail. Good luck with it!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Cheers KP, yep i found the coaching aspect the most interesting part of our conversation. It’s fascinating. It’ll be interesting to track DH’s career. He’s still in his mid-30s and finds himself in a great situation to grow as a coach. His wife is a Kiwi, so it might be hard to prise them away!

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

HAHA! re Thrush. Thanks for the info about Haden. Knew very little prior to reading this article. Not sure the Blues are out of the running for first in SRA. Although it is hard to see the ‘landers beating the ‘saders this weekend…

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

*pretty ordinary.

Force captain Stander: We 100 per cent can beat the Brumbies

McKellar might have put a rocket under them this week. They were pretty last Sat. Like wise I’m hoping for a good contest, Malachy – good Irish name that.

Force captain Stander: We 100 per cent can beat the Brumbies

True Bobby. His attitude is bang on.

Force captain Stander: We 100 per cent can beat the Brumbies

He told me that he contemplated heading elsewhere so presumably had offers. Matt Hodgson wss instrumental in convincing him to stay in Perth. What a Force legend MH is.

Force captain Stander: We 100 per cent can beat the Brumbies