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Opportunity is a nice thing, eh Mitch? He’s a veteran there now, and actually has one of the longest current unbroken streaks at an Aussie Super franchise. Tevita Kuridrani and Heath Tessman might be the only two players who have longer ones.

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

Hi TWAS, yes that it is quite counter-intuitive. There might well be merit to your theory. He sort of accepted that he’s a late bloomer, so maybe he’s just matured as a player the past couple of years – understands himself, his strengths, his role, that sort of thing. Anyway, he is a bit of an anomaly.

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

He won the Nathan Sharpe Medal (Player’s player) at the Force in 2019. His former teammates must rate him. With White, Powell and Lonergan in Canberra, that’s a lot of competition.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

A lot of starch, indeed. At 6’2″/107kgs he’s not the biggest of 8s. I think if he’s to be a Wallaby, there’ll need to be plenty of beef around him.

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

Hi mz, you seem to be a very well connected man! Yes, BS mentioned his old school and how it has produced some Olympic swimmers. Apparently rugby was a burgeoning sport when he was there.

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

I think we might find out just how good the Brumbies are tomorrow. They’ve been given all the wraps, but have shown they’re vulnerable since the return.

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

Thanks for sharing that, JSJ. It doesn’t surprise me.

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

Likeable guy to talk to too, TLN. Very down to earth and humble.

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

Quote of the week, Piru!

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

Hi RR, Fines does look good doesn’t he? Too many 9s with the Brums. He should have a crack in the Harbour City to get some more reps.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Hi Fionn, i also think the wraps have been a touch OTT on Lolesio. I saw Toomua live two Friday’s ago and he was poor. He might have a blinder tonight to make up for it. Lance, for me, seems to be the most consistent but plenty more rugby to be played.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Hi Scott, I agree with you. Lance is not flashy but rock-solid. He’s a natural 10 and the most in-form at the moment in my view.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Thanks Twas. A bit undersized, but had a big heart.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hi MW7, i suppose that might have been at Gordon. Aus 21s and 7s after that then Super Rugby. True, global heights might have been next.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hi mz, yes IN definitely kicked on post-Blues. Seemed to reach the peak of his career at Leinster. They seem to have a really good culture at Leinster. Fardy and others have spoken really favourably about it.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hi Busted, strongly agree with your comments re benefits outweighing the risks. The engagement with kids and even adults would give the game a huge boost, even if there is the occasional injury. Even a Wallaby playing half a game would have an impact.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Thanks Lara. Back coaching as an assistant with Manly from today.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hi Fionn, yes he did mention how he went 1-0 against the ABs. You’d take that.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Thanks for that Marcus. Yeah, I really zero-ed in on the 07-08 years in this story. The man had his setbacks but carried on. Good on him.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hi Peter, he was a great chat. Didn’t need much encouragement to talk, which is always good! The play you’re referring to was against Wales Game 2 in ’08. As sweet as you like.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Thanks Adam. His return was way bigger than the game. Very inspirational.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Hey Tommy, thanks for the comments. That Whitaker decision does have the whiff of nepotism about it. They did much better under Huxley the previous year.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Thanks TLN. Appreciate it!

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Fought massive battles on the pitch and an even bigger one off it. Huge respect.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley

Thanks Shoulder. Two inspirational guys right there.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Julian Huxley