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Jim Tucker

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Craggy veteran who has been writing about Test rugby since 1979 when the Wallabies' jersey had three stripes and was 100% baggy cotton.

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It could mean Vunivalu is closer to selection than we think…or further.
He still needs to learn more about rugby. Running so upright will be fodder for England’s defenders. Has to vary that a bit.
Can finish for a try like few others.
Good coaches will see his strengths, work to make them even better and brush up on the flaws.
He needs the confidence of playing games so, yeah, even one A game in a 40-point would be a huge benefit

ANALYSIS: Rennie names a strong squad that's purpose built to defuse England's main attacking threat

No Hodge takes away our biggest boot. Petaia kicks it a long way in “forcings back” but a Test is a different animal. A one-in-every-two long kicker but not to rely on.
Cooper, Ikitau, Petaia, White, maybe Banks will be a solid kicking group…
Remember in 2016 we had Folau at fullback and he couldn’t kick at all plus Kuridrani at outside centre as a non-kicker.
Better kicking corp now for sure.

ANALYSIS: Rennie names a strong squad that's purpose built to defuse England's main attacking threat

The lip service about playing Hodge in one position happens at the start of every season but his value is as a utility at Test level. Just has to be better if a few areas. Consistency was his great asset but that was missing from his Rebels’ season.

ANALYSIS: Rennie names a strong squad that's purpose built to defuse England's main attacking threat

Mature and wise observation on Slipper that not everyone sees. Right decision and very good result for a good man.

ANALYSIS: Reds need brutal honesty in their post-mortem as recruitment exposed despite gallant fight

Lukhan rang Souths and said he’s available so he’s started the last two club games.
He was not at his best in his two comeback games for the Reds after injury but he’s an impactful Wallaby. You make it work and get the best from him in Christchurch. Not even taking him was a mistake.

ANALYSIS: Reds need brutal honesty in their post-mortem as recruitment exposed despite gallant fight

Well reasoned

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

I totally agree on the squirrel factor. Makes it hard not to lift

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

The 12-7 was only to highlight that the Rebels might have lost 45-10 from there.
The Reds were never going to win from 3-21 down. It was gritty not a miracle rally and that was the point if it

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

Always called it “Open House” when Reds visited in early days

'I don't even like dogs': How a John Eales injury launched a classic rugby gimmick - but not every trick is a winner

Too many on referee’s marking panel with clipboards. They petrify refs because their future is in every tick or cross

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

I agree. That style of grip and clean is always going to end badly and it’s a conscious decision to do so. Surely that is what needs to be stamped out and the leniency shown on the accidental stuff

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

That’s right…Mo’unga did not even play. That’s a 25 per cent turbo lift right there. No Wallaby in the tight five is how the Reds play…industrious but unable to be destructive when not having Tupou

'The very definition of dangerous': How on earth did Matera escape red when Gilbert got five weeks?

Classic stuff. They were men of the people and then publican of the people Chris Handy would smash them with free drinks at the Jube as long as they drank shots of flaming green chartreuse. Gone

'I don't even like dogs': How a John Eales injury launched a classic rugby gimmick - but not every trick is a winner

Great memory. The chainsaw going off in Hamilton was superb. Brumbies always did it well. Old school, best school is often the way.

'I don't even like dogs': How a John Eales injury launched a classic rugby gimmick - but not every trick is a winner

It’s a fantasy team of sorts so I’m imagining Papalii playing at No.7. He’s played there.
But, yes, fetcher-skills have to be there.

ANZAC XV: An idea rejected too quickly and a perfect weekend to turn selector

The original jersey was actually very sharp but I can see you are looking at a new jersey through your one Invercargill eye and one Greymouth eye. Gold trimmings! How generous of you

ANZAC XV: An idea rejected too quickly and a perfect weekend to turn selector

The original idea in 1989 was for a more Barbarians-style team to be selected. More non-Test players involved makes sense.

ANZAC XV: An idea rejected too quickly and a perfect weekend to turn selector

Definition: “Rough textured in an attractive way”…not quite you or me then

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Maybe next time

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Totally agree. He didn’t quite know what to do when hemmed on his tryline by a good kick. Was the play to run and get tackled 1m from his tryline or the line drop out option?
He has good length on his kicks but only the occasional kick where he’s claiming a tactical advantage.
His 50m kick and then urgency to reach Mogg to tackle him made a great territory gain.
Playing 80 minutes and not flagging physically was a big step forward

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

He gobbles bombs

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Good observation…bigger stronger. Better in the air and it’s also a way to get all of Rennie’s best backs on the field

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Jordie has done a strong job of being a Super Rugby fullback with no recent background. The point is SR doesn’t really test what he has to be good at at Test level

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Kicking duels are like scrum re-sets…good to ???? by.
Agree on Petaia kicking. That’s the exact thing we need to see. The best fullbacks can quickly get in position with a rock steady base to kick consistently

Petaia on P-plates ready for a Mogg-ing in Wallabies fullback showdown

Have corrected that. Brumbies did not initiate citing of Tupou

Is Taniela Tupou targeted for being too big and strong?

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