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Stin, that sounds like a loaded question.
I have no idea about Rennie’s politics.
But since you asked, Left and Right wings fly on the one bird.
Our political choice is not as clear or as simple as the indicator options in our car, imho.
Turkey or eagle or dove are choices too. All have two wings (at least).
Me – I like the bold, cheeky, and sovereign kookaburra.
Honour, honesty and brave interpretation of dissonant opinions looks like a noble flight plan to me.
For mine, there’s a political evolution awaiting progressives with unconscious conservatism, an evolution even more dramatic than that awaiting the unconscious conservatives.
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, laughing at our left- right folly.
King of the bush is he.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

Yes numpty, and always the caveat- Rennie is watching years of videos on each kid at game and in squad and has technical trajectories on his stat sheets. We are looking relatively through a glass darkly, very darkly at times.
Contrast to the last clipboarder who arrived like a demolition machine and dramatic ‘don’t argues’. It was fun for a year or two, till the Emperor went for a four year nudie run.
Rennie in contrast, is Rennievating brick by careful brick, with a priority on the tight units. Less dramatic, but I for one, am trusting the reno so far.
(That, and he picked my favourite exRed. Well done Dave.😊 )

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

Yes numpty, Rennie doesn’t always please everyone in every way on a Thursday but some of those questioners are converted by last whistle.
I remember pleading (to myself, I was not a Roarer in 2001) that McQueen would heed Fitzsimmons’s call to resurrect Horan’s career in 2001 for the last Lions Test.
McQueen, if he heard it, ignored it, and went with the less creative, but as robust, Nathan Grey.
And the wash up? McQueen was proven correct, mostly probably for selecting Harrison who made a crucial lineout steal, for the game.
Winners get to tell the history to their liking.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

Ah the old “ miss this cycle as we did after 2003” trick.
Yes, we sure did.
Personally, I felt the foot leave the throat when McQueen handed the reins to EddieJ. 2001? I felt the culture slide a tad, though Eddie did pull a few surprise tricks.
But the rot is in coaching, admin and culture as much as cattle, IMO.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

Well, that would depend on how you define conservatism. And I know that I introduced the term, so I asked for it.
I just think that Rennie is a very considered and unrushed selector.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

All good Sills but I am not so sure that “Rennie doesn’t see it that way”.
I just think that he has a conservatism in selection.
I saw a spot for Quade in Perth. Rennie did too but waited, possibly to strengthen Quade’s mind to the task, and give the system appropriate process for the change.
I am thinking (or hoping) that the ideal Rennievation sees JP in the 15. He could be Izzy Mk11, but Izzy Mk1 never developed a full set of skills. Folau would never have got a black15 jersey as easily as he got a gold one, because NZ has a more rigid (and appropriate) on-boarding selection process.
Rennie takes risks, but I, for one, am growing in trust of him on the ones he doesn’t take.
And, like you, I’d love to see JP have a crack at 15. The selector of playmakers and game breakers in Red’s jerseys needs to hear some straight talking from RA stakeholders, imho.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the box?

Agree Jack.
Thank you Tony for these full statements.
Gives us a clear target to throw the darts at. 😊

'I'm gobsmacked': Everything Rennie said on Hoops critics, JOC's key change and 'destructive' McMahon

Agree Stills regarding hooking the hooker, but disagree regarding Rennies general selections. I don’t know all of his criteria, (no one not at training does), but I sense that he has sound logic in his selection thought.
Thought that he brought Quade back one game too late, but I’m not complaining about that at all.
His selections give me a sense of trot to canter to gallop. The finish line is two years up ahead.

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

“ 2 months ago no one would have predicted this as a possible lineup”
Except in my prayers, Shoulders, in my prayers, my half decade of prayers.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Yes, families in camp zone became a thing too I believe back in those days of Wallaby ascendancy.
Others here may have more clarity.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Jonty
“there’s more to life than rugby”
Rod MacQueen just before one of the most significant test matches of his career in 2001, or thereabouts.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Cheers mate.
It’s not a new idea. It’s about 5 years and half a week old now.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Yes, it’s almost like the ref makes the chasing team earn three penalties before he gives one at the death.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

The key thing for me Peter would be the enablement that a more accurate pass would bring to the attack enabler at 10.
White looks to be the one to serve passes better for mine. (And I am well pleased with McDermott).
The split second loss when a 10 has to reach low or overhead for the ball is expensive.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Thank you Nick.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Stick with me Stills. If you trail me I’ll slip you a cheeky offload.
Here’s one – QC to share games with JOC and other young tens to develop them, both for WB duty, but also for their Super teams, for the next 2 years.
Manage his body with bench joeys who can cover 12 and 10 or 15 and taking over 10 at 50 minute mark.
Set up an attack template with an attack technician. When he is injured, is mentally jaded, or retires, the attack template , and the joey(s)’ skills remain.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

That is funny, Nick. Tony and I have had ‘other’ sorts of discussions recently. And ‘more words from Mr Leg’ was not quite on the agenda.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Tony?
Oh, okay. I get it now.
This follows your other comment.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

I also like OConnor on the bench. Perfect for a 6:2 split.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

I agree with both of you Peter and Fionn.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

“ I think he’ll get a few trys once he gets used to playing outside” Quade, as well.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

And I thought you weren’t going to do any selecting today?

Excellent article Nick.
About one of my favourite rugby subjects, (an AUSTRALIAN subject for the immigration cockwombles).
When you started with the Lombardi team love philosophy I thought you might expand more onto the ‘enablement’ section of the playmaker function.
And the contextual threat that a triple option player burdens a defence with.
Part of the Kerevi power got support from the runaround ten always lurking. Anyone who can soak attention just by hanging around opens space elsewhere.
But this guy, who feeds by hand and foot the possession of others, is a tangible definition of enabler. Beyond the sum of parts.
Who else throws that deep bullet pass to Kerevi in traffic?

But, as has been said elsewhere, Quade just did a competent job. Kicked his goals, made his passes, a couple of low tackles and floated a few punts for team benefit.
His value was only redeemable if the forwards turned up. And overall, they did.
And White, nailing the most important turnover of the game.
After the last game in Perth I confess that air leaked out of the Rennie coaching balloon. My hope went a tad flat.
Then came the selection of the prodigal.
And he cooked the fatted calf himself.
This week the fickle Aussie optimism has returned. But many have waited much longer than a week for those 8 glorious
voyages betwixt the sticks.
Half a decade of prayer from this Roarer who believes that Wallaby predictability depends on an unpredictable 10.

As the barmaid said to the Bishop- ‘who saw that coming?’

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

“ has Quade and Jokerman ever been seen in the same room? ”
Mmm. Has anyone been seen with J’man on the same small planet?

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

“ For my part I was horrified when QC was selected ”
We’re all diff’rent, eh?

'A grovelling apology from me': World reaction to Quade brilliance and 'one dimensional' Boks

Passes are like kicks. Only as good as the kiddies chasing.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

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