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Was cheering for you guys and was bitterly disappointed in the result. Hats off to Sarries but I really can’t get over what they did.

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

Was about to comment but thought my Wasps bias might shine through! Willis has always been injured at inopportune times. I was worried after he did his knee a few years ago but he seems to have come back bigger and stronger than ever. Hell of a player and only a matter of time until we see him debut for England I think.

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

Didn’t Ricky break a door once at Parra stadium?

Ricky Stuart was entirely within his rights to tee off at the NRL's officiating

You know Baz, even as a Souths fan I was happy for the doggies over the weekend. Bunnies were insipid and that performance was always coming. Congrats on the win and I hope you savoured it after a pretty rough season.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 19

Jason Leonard was a warrior phenomenal player.

My five favourite English players of all time

Robinson def. the best of the cross coders, followed by Thorn then SBW

My five favourite English players of all time

Hi Ulrich,
These aren’t the people I’m saying the best ever England players are but just my personal favourites of which Itoje is certainly one. Would absolutely put him as the equal of some of the ones you’ve listed and better than some also.

My five favourite English players of all time

Thanks for the kind words I understand the sentiment towards England but I’ve put personal feelings aside in this one. Watson was very close for me. I love watching him play and he seems like a great bloke as well.

My five favourite English players of all time

That’s the one! The school I was at was also in Hampshire. Ryan Wilson is a funny player. Hundred percent English but plays for Scotland. Not sure if you saw the scuffle with Farrell a few years ago in the tunnel but Wilson was the instigator in that. Anyone who does that to Farrell is a good bloke in my view!

My five favourite English players of all time

Ha! I know. I have a Welsh father and an English mother but was born in Australia. My English mates love reminding me of the fact that “I’m really British”

My five favourite English players of all time

Loved playing as England in Jonah Lomu rugby just to hear McLaren say “Ubogu”

My five favourite English players of all time

Heard amazing things about Guscott but sadly was a bit before my time. My old man said he was one of the best centres he’s ever seen though. He’s a pundit on the BBC and I liked him but I know a few people were not his biggest fans. Love Genge “The Baby Rhino” is his nickname. Hell of a player too

My five favourite English players of all time

Thanks for your kind words. Two Funny stories about Wilko. The person who sold him his first pair of boots was actually an Aussie and after the drop goal they tracked him down to his shoe shop and they asked him how he felt about it and the bloke replied “If I’d known what he was gonna do with them I would’ve told him to go play soccer instead of rugby” 😂

The other one about Wilko, I’m a teacher by day and when I was working in England in 03 a bloke I worked with, his dad was a teacher at Wilko’s school he told him he had to come down and watch their First XV play as there was this freak kid tearing up the competition and my workmate went down and watched and was suitable blown away. Anyway, his dad said to him that that he thinks he will be playing for England by the end of the year, to which my mate replied “what? schoolboys?” and his dad said “No, full international” My mate laughed it off. Johnny then made his debut later that year for a few minutes off of the bench in the unusual position of wing. My mate couldn’t believe that his old man was right!

My five favourite English players of all time

Thanks for your kind words. I remember vividly in 03 Woodward and Johnny espousing the value of Catt being present in that backline so very much see your point of view.

My five favourite English players of all time

LOVED his podcast with Jim Hamilton when I was living in London. Surely as forward Jez you loved someone like Phil Vickery or Andrew Sheridan? You don’t have a little soft spot for Johnson?

My five favourite English players of all time

Loved Richard Hill and he was considered. Dallaglio said he was one of the best players he ever played with. I’m not sure I’d put him streets ahead of Dallalglio though. I understand the circumspect with regards to Itoje and Billy but I just love watching them play. Hill was kind of a player who did so much behind the scenes, grunt work if you will.

My five favourite English players of all time

Absolutely. There are definitely crossovers for mine of best and favourites but there are also cases where the best isn’t my favourite. Like Wilkinson in this one.

My five favourite English players of all time

If you have haven’t done so, check out his YouTube highlights video. It’s amazing!

My five favourite English players of all time

Thanks for your comment. I’m trying to make a series of articles of my favourite players from each country. In the first two articles I discussed that most of the players were from the professional era, due to my age. Some interesting players on your list who I haven’t heard but I’ll check them out. Thanks!

My five favourite English players of all time

Good call. The issue I had with Coleman was that he always seemed confused as to how he was meant to play. Was he the enforcer type? He started off really well and then drifted in and out of consistency. I’m sure that Kerevi could work with Rennie. He’s a class player and Rennie is a class coach. Forgot about it Latu, could be a handy pick up! As you said though, with quarantine it may prove really difficult.

Rugby Australia changes Giteau Law for 2020

Comments are going to be interesting here. Surely it’s got to be between Arnold/Rodda/Kerevi I would love to see McMahon back though. One of my favourite WB’s of the last decade.

Rugby Australia changes Giteau Law for 2020

Disagree. Gagai has had one of his best seasons since signing for the bunnies. Nichols has been a bit of a unsung hero. Definitely agree with the other two though.

Time to remove the dead wood: Who should your NRL club let go?

Looking at who I left out was arguably the hardest part of all! An embarrassment of riches does not do it justice!

My five favourite All Blacks of all time

Spencer was never really in the running for mine but as mentioned above, if Zinzan was a bit later I have no doubt he would’ve been on my list. Cullen was very difficult to leave out.

My five favourite All Blacks of all time

Some great names on that list. Cullen was definitely the hardest to leave off. Ben Smith. What a player he was/is! Love MacDonald as well. For me though, had to have some forwards in there.

My five favourite All Blacks of all time