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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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Hahahaha if only we had an Eales or Horan available right now. Wouldn’t that be great?

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Mate I agree with that 100% and I think all of the players will improve under Rennie. I’m certainly hanging out for it

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Ok sorry I thought people were blaming Barrett for this.

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

I disagree. While the referee may have given the advantage earlier further back. In this video when he walks back and makes the penalty mark (at the 9 sec mark) it is almost exactly where Barret kicks from. I don’t think you can blame Barrett if the referee changed the place of the penalty

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

In a lot of ways I agree you need experience but keeping bad experience isn’t constructive and won’t lead you forward. If you want experience to guide your new players coming through it has to be a positive experience and I don’t see Hooper doing that. I know I’m biased as I’ve never liked him as either a player or a captain but looking objectively where is the experience he’s got that you want passed onto your younger players coming through

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Mate you’re right I don’t and never really have. Yes he gives 100% every game, he’s got a great motor and is always running around at full tit. However, I just don’t think he’s that effective. he very rarely dominates in either the tackle or the hit ups, he doesn’t pilfer a lot and often other players in the team do more, he doesn’t relate to referees and seems to upset them more than he works with them, he doesn’t rally the team and you very rarely see him talking to the team, he makes poor decisions and can’t seem to get the players to change when things aren’t working. I don’t think that he’d have lasted if Cheika hadn’t been coach

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Why does that make Hooper more important. I’m not sure any young players coming through need to be shown how to take the Wallabies from No 2 in the world to No 7

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

I dont think I’ve ever seen Hooper rally the troops and act as a leader. He’s the most over rated player in Australia now that Folau has gone and if I was him I’d be very quiet and take the massively over payment he’s been given until it’s over and be very quiet. Took Australia from 2 to 7 and has no credibility outside of the NSW Shute shield losers

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Luamape is a real problem. I’m biased as a Canes fan but I do think he needs to show more

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I’m not a fan of Bridge, I think he’s too slow and while he’s scored some good tries he gets caught by other wingers too easily. We’ve got other wingers who are better

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Agree Pinetree. GRR leaves me dead because of both the teams don’t appeal to me and nor do the rules. I think it make sit hard for a player to move into the SR/test landscape and offers a bulletproof reason for the coach to say no thanks to anyone who is being offered up as a good player to be considered.

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

Good point. Might be an either or to be honest with ALB and Goodhue or one as bench cover. I think Ioane is a better centre than Goodhue but I guess what I think won’t really matter

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Yeah it’s certainly a better situation than not having choices. TBH I’ve been less than impressed with Mo’unga this year. I think a lot of his kicks out of hand and decision making has been below average. In some ways I’d have Otero Black at least up with him if not in front at the moment. For me it’s Smith, BB, Goodhue, Reece, Ioane, Jordan, Jordie Barrett

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

true and in some ways you are correct. I remember many years ago when Steve Walsh was talking to us and someone was going on about where the props put their feet he made the comment that he hadn’t looked at a props foot position ever. Lyndon Bray also made a comment about not watching the ball go in unless an AR got back to him that it was completely under the 2nd row and even then he’d only look at the next one not reset. Their mandate was to keep the game going not bring up pedantic points that slowed the game. Unless a scrum not putting the ball in completely overpowered the other scrum then the team putting the ball in was going to win the ball in 97+% of the time so why slow the spectacle down for less than 3% of just scrums. I sort of see where they are coming from and tend to agree

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Fair call and not something I do. I’ll tell a prop if he’s not straight but not how to play. I’d also suggest the referee knows more on the overall scrum even if less on your particular position and certainly more than any of the commentators who are almost always wrong

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I see Jordan as one wing with Reece as the other and for now I’m going with Jordie Barrett at 15. Also BB at 10

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Good point and I think so

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I agree on O’Keefe being out of his depth at this level. Too pedantic in some areas and totally missing others. He needs a lot of improvement

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I’d like to see them give the halfback one chance then call “ball out” so the opposition are free to contest it. That’d get things moving

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

It’s not a good look

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

And when you watch the video you see that the ball was placed on the mark. Gatland is a sook

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

I agree on trialling things but I’d like to see more analysis on the consequence of the law variations. It appears to me that everyone got caught up in what they thought the new laws would do without considering what else they would cause if players and coaches used them differently

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Damn right. Glad he’s out of contention as the next AB coach. The last thing the ABs need is his whinging and sook behaviour

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

absolutely it can as long as it remains straight and the front row doesn’t stand up. Unfortunately that is very rare and almost impossible to achieve

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

The Canes pushed him out to 10 not the Chiefs. I disagree on the solution being reducing the number of teams here. I think the solution is better coaching and more opportunities not less. With the way the game here is influenced by power brokers, especially in NSW and QLD, the lack of opportunities for players outside the little click of the public school system would be even further reduced if they went to 3 teams.

I agree that there is a big difference between NZ and Aus but I’m, not so sure the games this week were much worse than the games in NZ on the first weekend.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet