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Born a Kiwi now have Aus citizenship. Referee for the local Sydney Subbies and with 20+ years in the Army definitely follow the ANZAC. NZ first then Australia against anyone

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A referee's view - well, mine anyway

I saw a post the other day about how much fun it is to take on the job in the middle with all the spectators, most fairly well liberated with an alcoholic beverage or three, questioning every decision you make and, despite only getting a one view of the incident, still calling you out and […]

Hahahahahaha I’d suggest a bit of pressure coming on from a 100% loss record since winning the RWC.

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

There is no limit on stupidity unfortunately. I do get there are some concerns but I think that firstly the effects of COVID are so bad that I’m happy with the risk, and secondly, I trust the experience and knowledge of the scientists more than I do some halfwit who’s looked up a social media site

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

I think the Boks have a very good attacking back 4 and if they bring them in instead of kicking the ball away they could be very dangerous

The Thursday rugby two-up: I bless the rains down in Africa

That’s gold. It’d be great to see him on the field. This really looks like a good team building for the future.

Quade Cooper added to Wallabies squad as 'mentor' but available to play in Bledisloe Cup

Not unless the rules change

Bledisloe Cup in doubt after bubble closure

Nice article BH and well written. There’s definitely an issue with the balance of providing players and coaches with a nice bank balance at the end of what is a pretty short career and then having enough good players remain in Australia so that the game here is at the level that attracts and retains supporters. While I agree with the idea of managing this through a good contract process I think there’s a number of issues. Firstly, I think the European and other clubs will not willingly sign contracts that don’t give them control over the players. To a certain extent I’m with them as they need to look after their interests. Secondly, I think that this needs a level of centralised control within RA that just doesn’t exist at the moment. I am not sure that the current structure will get to this either and I’m not sure a major restructure is available as an option at the moment.

Operation McMahon: How Aussie rugby can keep its cattle

I think the biggest issue to these changes is bringing in a central contracting process. This would mean the “old & Bold” from QLD and NSW in particular would have to agree to relinquish some of their hold on things. With the way these selfish pr!cks have screwed rugby and RA for years I just can’t see it happening anytime soon.

Operation McMahon: How Aussie rugby can keep its cattle

That’s great news and good to see

Reds buoyed after re-signing key duo

What a childish comment. Grow up you whiny little cry baby

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

I didn’t see that. I do agree he allowed the contest to get messy but I thought he was very even and quite consistent

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

Rennie is dreaming and needs to stop going all Cheika. All his comments are doing is making things worse and giving his team the right to challenge the referee. I think he’s being very poor and demonstrating a complete lack of true leadership

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

There were multiple views of it and in some it looked ok but there was one that very clearly showed the initial contact was to the head

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

No that’s a stupid conclusion not a logical one at all and not mine. The onus is on the tackler and they need to get it right

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

No there were multiple angles that didn’t show it clearly and one that did. The initial contact was clearly to the head. Definitely not deliberate but careless and shouldn’t have happened

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

Nah. Marika had time to change his point of contact and didn’t. Originally I thought YC because the player lowered when he braced for the contact but Marika didn’t adjust so it’s on him. He needs to be smarter

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

Rubbish. The video clearly showed a direct hit to the head. Dropping into an expected tackle isn’t mitigating, falling or tripping is. Mariko had time to adjust and didn’t that’s why it was red. Personally after experiencing concussion and seeing ex players with bad effects I’m ok with the guidelines. Players and coaches need to adapt

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

Well said Jez. Clear hit to the head and Marina had plenty of time to change his point of contact before he hit. He & others need to learn to adapt or there will be more of these. The game was a fantastic contest and really good to watch. Wallabies played well and with a lot of heart and deserved the win. Very proud of them

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

I’ve thought Lolesio was the best 10 option in Australia for a couple of years now. Still young and learning but he’s got more potential than most

Noah's arc: Sonny Bill pumps up Lolesio for shot at redemption v All Blacks

😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

'It's not working. There's a technique I need to change:' Tate's brutally honest self-appraisal

Finally! People have been saying this about his game for years. If he sorts things out he’s got the potential to be the number one 9 in Australia. Glad it’s been realised but wish it had come 2 years ago

'It's not working. There's a technique I need to change:' Tate's brutally honest self-appraisal

But just 1 part of his game and only when he’s out on the wing in space, where he often isn’t. Most good wingers (in other countries) these days pass very well and can break the line and then pass both ways to their support. Is this a skill not taught here?

Magnificent Seven: Jaminet's boot powers France to Game 2 victory

Interesting. I thought the Wallabies got some calls their way tonight

Magnificent Seven: Jaminet's boot powers France to Game 2 victory

I really don’t understand the love for Koriobete. I wish someone would explain it. Sure he made a couple of good runs, where he didn’t pass and died with the ball so all momentum was lost. Funnily enough all when he was on the wing and with space rather than running in and picking up the ball in a ruck and going nowhere. I did see him pass once; first time in 3 games. Sure it was telegraphed and so the players who’d normally hang up on him didn’t need to because it was so obvious, but at least he passed and didn’t die with the ball. Missed a try because he over ran his inside player, was out of position on defence and made a poor decision that let in a try (again). He hasn’t improved in more than 5 years of rugby at this level and I really don’t understand the love he gets. Please can someone explain it to me

Magnificent Seven: Jaminet's boot powers France to Game 2 victory

Filthy? What was he meant to do. What a crap headline

Lions filthy after Wayne Barnes does more defending than the Sharks

What really interests me about this game is how there has been no calls against the referee team for a blatant hit against the head of DMac by the Fiji flanker. If it had been any team except the ABs there would have been loud condemnations from everyone on this site. Just goes to show that people really are as one eyed as they portray themselves on this site at times.

All Blacks surge to big win over fighting Fiji

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