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What a fantastic athlete and I’m impressed by her response. The concern for others is brilliant to see.

To a section of my fellow males.

If you can’t behave civilly then put a parental lock in place and have the most important woman in your life vet your comments when you are on line.

Pull your heads in

'The comments were sexual abuse': AFLW star Tayla Harris

I enjoyed those!

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

Dempsey in particular.

I said below when I laid out a potential world cup squad injuries and form are going to have plenty to say (and not least the two new selectors).

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

They made a statement when South Africa adjusted their rules last month:

https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/02/25/wallabies-south-africa-castle-giteau-law

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

Played six on the weekend and made 23 tackles, roughly double anyone else in the match. Early days but I hope we see him given an extended run there to see how he goes.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

They said they aren’t making any changes to the Git’s law so really only Polota-Nau and Toomua in the frame (who were the two involved last year and that I have listed).

I think we’d love to see if guys like White in particular could make an impact along with O’Connor, Skelton, Morahan etc but by all reports that isn’t going to happen.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

How about you name one thing you’d like them to give up, recognising that lumping them all together is about as useful as lumping all christians together.
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I mean we’d all like the christian’s to stop abusing kids and they have a responsibility to police each other – even in places like the confessional, right?
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p.s. Nice name but surely the Outrage is OTT.
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I mean they are just going to review the name at a time in the future. It’s hardly the end of the world

NZ government backs Crusaders on potential name change

Close, except TPN in place of Fainga’a and Hanigan at 6, Pocock at 8!

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

I love Finegan, I think he had the niggle but also the size and toughness to back it up at the highest levels of the game.

I’m not sure that McCaffrey is going to be able to physically back it up if asked to step it up to an even more competitive level. Will be watching with interest to see how he goes as he increasingly paints a target on his chest.

My main distinction between Scott-Young and Finegan was regarding self-awareness and control.

The wildman doesn’t employ a lot of thought, he’s out there and into everything with the red mist descended. That is why Dwyer didn’t take him to the World Cup in ’91 despite him having been critical to our Bledisloe Cup win.

Dwyer wanted a mad man who would do anything, in this case lie on the ball to slow down the AB’s ruck speed despite the shoeing he copped. Immediately after that Bledisloe wine though, Bob didn’t want the penalty risk that came with a player like Sam at the world cup.

Meanwhile there was an awareness that a guy like Finegan brought in how he applied his niggle and attempts to distract opponents.

He was tough enough and with a hard enough Melon to handle it if he got a response but that didn’t deter the Pest from distracting opposition while remaining effective himself.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

I feel you are right and it is a worry. Hopefully we are being overly pessimistic and Johnson and O’Connor drive real change. Looking at a 31 man world cup squad:

Props look straightforward: Sio, Slipper, Alaalatoa, Tupou, Kepu

Hookers: Fainga’a, Paenga-Amosa plus one of Rangi or Polota-Nau – Uelese and Latu would need to have stellar performances once they are back.

Locks: Rodda, Coleman, Arnold, Salakaia-Loto

Back Row: Hooper, Pocock, Jones, Naisarani and one other, I know a lot of you are sold on McCaffrey, I’ll take a bit more convincing. Jones and Naisarani need to build further into the season – BR remains probably the most wide open selection area.

Halfbacks: Genia, Gordon, Powell – bound to be Phipps though

5/8’s: Cooper, Foley

Centres: Kerevi, Kuridrani, Toomua – such a shame Petaia got injured

Wings/Fullbacks: Folau, Hodge, Haylett-Petty, Banks, Beale – I think Koroibete has great potential but his ball security needs to improve out of sight. Beale meanwhile needs to get back the form we know he is capable of, luck to get a bench spot here maybe even lucky to be in the team.

Plenty of time to go and form and injuries will shape the squad but the bones of what is above shouldn’t be a mile off. Only about 6 Tahs in the group of 31 if the selectors are being objective.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

I saw Scott-Young as a genuine fire breathing wildman, he was badly treated by Dwyer but I also tend to think Bob did what was best for the Wallabies.

I get the impression with McCaffrey it is more niggle and annoy. I said it below the comparison with Finegan seems very apt.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

You know we only won three games in that sequence. Go back and look at his tackle stats, number of runs and run metres or are you the one that is lazy?

Bring back the real Scott Higginbotham

Good comment Carlin. I could definitely support McCaffrey being selected in the squad and playing a few games. I don’t think he’ll be first choice but if he was competing with guys like Higginbotham and Naisarani he’d push them to perform.

He’s also got the versatility to play any of the three backrow positions which could work in his favour in a limited squad size. Although having Pocock and Hooper as selection locks limits the number of spots meaning the others need to be focussed on genuine 6/8 cover.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

We haven’t had much optimism for a while Nick!

(at least the sober ones among us)

Wish someone would turn the water heater on.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

I’ve always been a big Tipuric fan, I know an unpopular view but I always preferred him to Warburton.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

I think that is the best comparison yet. A smaller, quicker Finegan with a higher work rate.

Pest Mk II

That push in the back, the beating of his chest after Sio’s monster hit, he got in the faces of the Tahs and drew their focus.

I’m not sure he’s physical enough to back it up, we’ll have to see how he goes and if he can keep that level of performance up.

How will Michael Cheika solve the talent versus toughness equation?

We obviously took him too early, should have left him in situ and harvested once he’d spent some time in the finishing paddock.

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

….but only 97kg

😀

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

Probably isn’t going as far as your hypotheticals.
We got same sex marriage, next step is marrying animals right? Can’t people see where this is going?

NZ government backs Crusaders on potential name change

Doesn’t sound like they are being forced sheek. Here is the Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge in his official statement:

In our view, this is a conversation that we should have and we are taking on board all of the feedback that we are receiving, however, we also believe that the time for that is not right now…… At an appropriate time, we will thoroughly consider the issues that have been raised and our response to that. That will include conversations with a range of people, including our Muslim community.

https://crusaders.co.nz/news/1317-statement-from-crusaders-ceo

NZ government backs Crusaders on potential name change

Would be a pleasant surprise. Good on you for going mate.

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

Thanks Wadsy, your assertion that he never played a winning test against the AB’s is as wrong as the rest of your comment!
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34-19 to Australia in 2008.
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And for all the lazy calls he had the second highest tackle stats of any Aussie forward in the match with 14 and more than double the runs of any other Aussie forward, also with 14.
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61 run metres was also pretty good for a forward that never broke the advantage line….
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Also the 20-15 victory in Melbourne in 2007. Oz didn’t win many through those years but Cliff at least managed the feat twice.

Bring back the real Scott Higginbotham

Defensive lineout would be fine with Rodda and Jones and 80 mins no issue with Salakaia-Loto on the bench.

Brett’s right though, it’s only March. We are being a bit over eager nominating Wallaby squads this early.

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

Ryan Cross might have been the better example!

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way

Rodda is guaranteed for me. I’d be happy with either of Coleman or Arnold to pair him, will just have to see how their form line goes.

Coleman sitting out again this weekend so Arnold might be the go.

Hard work and discipline has to be the new Australian way