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Great to see Jonah at the top. McCaw was the greater All Black but Jonah changed the rugby world forever.

Surprised to see the two over hyped poms ahead of Eales and Carter. Eales especially so classy in two RWC wins and both of them were far more rounded players than the more traditional Englishmen who only won once. Those long range dropped goals in the semi and final in 2015 to release the pressure were so classy in terms of execution and decision making.

I’d also have boosted the ox, 80 minutes in the 2007 final, twelve years after his first.

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The heat and hard grounds in Japan could test teams’ fitness, especially if Scotland can get the ball wide. Parity up front will be a problem though.

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Brett, you might have mentioned that Hansen has been saying for weeks that the RC is the last priority!

The teams that try hardest in the RC (e.g. NZ in 2003 and 2007, Australia in 2011 and 2015) don’t have great World Cups. I’m quite happy that Hansen has been shuffling his pack. No team has held the main Southern Hemisphere trophy when winning the World Cup so come on you Saffers!

Obviously we aren’t as hot a favourite as in the previous editions. Mixed results, better opponents (except Australia of course), a less settled team, the retirement of our best ever 7, 10 and centre partnership and the era of rush defences have weakened us. But we’ve still got a great chance.

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You are an evil genius sir

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Two more:

1. Surprise surprise Chubby Cheika once again goes on about a perfectly reasonable reffing decision to deflect the story away from yet another bad loss, this time against the Saffer B team.

2. When your scrum is under the pump don’t opt for the scrum. Australia were just 4 down at the time, a shot would have made it 1, instead the momentum totally shifted to the Boks.

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I can’t remember a Wallaby backline with less flair. I don’t think they have the forwards to succeed with this sort of strategy.

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The attraction of Sydney club rugby is you’re not getting beaten by foreigners all the time. But you’re only going to get left behind if you keep on playing against yourselves.

The Wallabies could do with a case of the Blues

I totally agree that he underestimated how different Australian rugby culture is, and that his skillset as a coach was tailored to handling kiwi rugby players, who as a whole are more team oriented and hard working. But then, what support did he have?

One thing – the slide didn’t start under Deans. It started under Jones.

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Great insights as always Conor. I totally agree that keeping it tight with some occasional manipulation is the right strategy against the All Blacks for England, Ireland and Wales, with their skillsets.

I well remember Stockdale’s try down the blindside after the ball had gone openside, after similar a try we scored in the last Bledisloe. I’m sure wily old coached like Jones, Schmidt and Gatland will have a few set plays up their sleeves.

Two things that will be in our favour arethe warm weather common in a Japanese October and the number of tough games in a short time. This will really test the fitness of the European teams who rely on an energy sapping defence.

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A fair bit of talent in that lot, but not a lot of team spirit or reliability. Not the sort of characters you want to build your team on. Deans did well under the circumstances.

Meanwhile Eddie inherited a team that held the world cup and Bledisloe and had just beaten a Lions team full of guys who were about to win the world cup.

The Wallabies need another Kiwi coach

Hansen saw Akira up close last November. I trust his judgement.

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One big difference is that Real have consistently outspent their rivals to buy the best players from around the world. The Crusaders have simply been better than everyone else.

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Certainly puts the Chiefs performance last week into perspective. Well played Jags, hoping for a great final in Christchurch.

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I’m amazed that the Crusaders allowed the game to be so open in the second half. Made it a great game, well done both teams.

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Personally, I’m in the overjoyed phase! Cooper is a quality human being but he doesn’t attract the top players – or even the best Naki players – and the work ethic of the team didn’t make up for our poor organisation at times. We were never going to win a title under him.

In direct answer to your question, Cooper was treading water, Gats will attract better players, demand excellence, make us resilient and more physical and give us the chance to win the comp.

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

I can’t believe your negativity when one of the best and most experienced coaches in the world has just signed to coach our Super Rugby team. That happened once before, and we won two titles.

Gatland has always had a gameplan to make the best of the players at his disposal, look at how he coached Wasps to their five trophies – when he took them over they were rock bottom.

In 2012 we played helter skelter rugby, but we also had a winning mentality and a pack that aggressively stood up to the Crusaders. That’s exactly what Gats will bring us.

Warren Gatland heading back to New Zealand to coach the Chiefs

Breaking news, Gats is coming back! Roll on next season!

Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

Gatland developed a game plan that suited the players he had at Wales. He played a very different game plan at Wasps for instance, and will change again in Hamilton.

He will have kiwi assistants, and I’m sure he will be able to add the best of Wales in the tight and in defence to the flair that the Chiefs already possess.

The bloke wins stuff and I really hope that he comes home.


Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

If Brodie can take a sabbatical for a season why not Warren? Let’s bring him in for next year to get things started by recruiting players and transforming our playing style. He can leave his assistant in charge for 2021, maybe Matson, and then rejoin us after the Lions tour.

Warren is a kiwi and one of the best coaches in the world. He is incredibly savvy, a great motivator and builds resilience. Like O’Gara in Christchurch he will bring UK defensive ideas to add to the existing Kiwi flair.

At the Chiefs, he will aid recruitment and simply make the team and whole organisation better. He will get back up to speed in kiwi rugby. And if he does well, he will be a real asset for the All Blacks in future.

We would be mugs if we didn’t do all we could to make it happen.

Cooper steps down as Chiefs coach

A deeply flawed concept dreamed up to make money to counter the damage caused by the wages arms race. It would have been much better to directly tackle the wages arms race.

This leaves the door open to the 6 Nations selling out to QVC which will only increase demands on players and cost to fans as they demand a big return on their investment.

The game is in a mess, and it’s totally self inflicted.

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Fantastic explanation for a foreigner like me to explain the parochial problems that keep Australia down. Best of luck to Castle and all those who work with her, we need a strong Australia.

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Cheers mate.
The Force just seemed to be building something on and off the pitch, which the Rebels weren’t. Their results were better, the crowds were better and something seemed to be happening at a grassroots level. Plus they would have had financial backing from Twiggy.

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I agree about Lilo, but I’m not eligible to be Wallabies reserve ten.
I could probably do better than Cooper though.

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 18

Well said. Just a shame that Pulver’s private ownership blunder meant that the Rebels weren’t the axed team.

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 18

As a Chiefs fan I was looking forward to a trip to Christchurch. We’d be outsiders but this would have been a time to cause an upset, before the Crusaders get into the swing of finals rugby. Going to the jags we have a better chance of progression, but more travel and less chance of winning the comp.

The Highlanders will be hoping for a dry track for their backs, while the Big Bulls will be hoping that their forwards will dominate. The Sharks are good on tour and won’t be a pushover.

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