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The trouble with both being selected is that it changes the rest of the backline when you do.

The Wrap: Foley TKOs Cooper as Australian conference tightens up

Harry,
“QC is a 2:1 man, and Foley a 1:1 man. I’d go with Cooper as WB 10, because he makes things happen.”
Spot on in a nutshell. This has been true for at least five years, and we sadly have less than 1:1 win/loss to show for it.
How anyone believes that the status quo is superior to a ‘risk’ on QC beggars belief.
Never take a knife to a gunfight, (or a popgun for that matter).

The Wrap: Foley TKOs Cooper as Australian conference tightens up

Paulo, if that be true incumbent Wallabies would have little need for ink.

The Wrap: Foley TKOs Cooper as Australian conference tightens up

Okay, since you don’t understand Redsfan, I will explain.
Australia needs world class attack in order to compete internationally.
World class attack requires a well rounded playmaker. Foley despite being a courageous utility back lacks the all-round playmaking skill to unlock defences.
Quade, while being flawed, has more playmaking skill and can, in a well selected team, unlock defences.
Well may you misunderstand the fuss about Cooper. Many of us are astounded at Cheika’s and your satisfaction with the creatively limited Foley.
Love Bernard. Great servant of Tahs and WBs but a playmaker has to be able to unleash others. Quade ticks that box like no other in the country, imo.

Waratahs prevail in grinding Aussie derby

Dru
“ Foley – Cooper will be fascinating. Cooper could make-or-break his potential WB return tonight.”
Not really.
It may be
“ Foley could make-or-break his WB incumbency tonight.”

It's time for the real Beale to return

Stu.B were you absent when we discussed on this very Roar, the prospect of selling tickets to the first selection meeting. A thousand tickets at a thousand a seat. A cool mill to boost RA cofffers.
An opportunity to throw 2 bobs worth at the panel. (Some said they would gladly pay for the opportunity to throw other things)
RA are aware of the market interest but are yet to respond.

Cheika stumbles in first test of new Wallabies paradigm

Puff,
“People are co-opting this debate to air views they have been stewing on for years.”
Yep, we now have a new event at the racetrack – ‘ the hobby horse sweepstakes’.
The race is run with at least five different sets of stewards, with five different race lengths, directions to run and start times.
The earlier group got away to a good start just as Moses was slipping down Sinai. Although being quite slow they are hard to beat, mainly because their certainty has blocked their hearing.
Then there are others who started later, much later, from a completely different start gate (not quite pearly) in another part of the world. They think Moses’ mob are nutters, but go along with them, not because they share love, but because the nasty bits appeal.
There are other groups too. But one group strangely have avoided hyperbole and are grazing just off the track
The race is running in all sorts of directions, bent and straight, and at the time of writing there is no finish line in sight.

Cheika stumbles in first test of new Wallabies paradigm

Would that be John, George, Paul or Ringo, Baz?

Foley says Folau is hurting the Waratahs

Rebel,
While I have no argument with those who (correctly) observe Kurtley’s poor form of late, I cannot help but hope that he remains in the squad.
I first heard about him from a bloke who had seen him play at Joeys. And ever since then there have been high hopes for him.
And he has had his moments in the sun. He can be brilliant no doubt. He has won games for us.
I can imagine him playing from the bench covering 15, in support of DHP, Banks or Hodge.
It is now or never for Kurtley. I hope he is included. What’s more I hope he does enough to deserve it.

Foley says Folau is hurting the Waratahs

Are you a weaver by trade Jack?
One exWallaby to another to a ‘black’? official to Izzy’s Tongan heritage to Facebook likes.
You’ve got a sidestep like Milner-Skudder.

Cheika stumbles in first test of new Wallabies paradigm

This can of worms desperately needs a game of rugby to argue over.

Can’t wait for tomorrow night.

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

In a game of fairness, kindness and logic Jacko, some would rarely trouble the scoreboard.
There is more to being right than just being right.
Rarely in grief is anyone entirely logical. David explained his imbalance with considerable vulnerability. I believe that a fair response would deal with those events with some sensitivity.
For the record I am not an atheist but I find the logic used to deny a deity interesting and often logical. This example, as you have correctly pointed out, lacks logic. But what entirely makes sense is that these two losses, one of them relatively recent, of immediate family, would lead to pain and perhaps a warped view of cosmic benevolence.
I don’t agree with David’s logic but I disagree more with yours.
David’s reads as a justifiable blurt of the heart.
Words written without sensitivity to that read as just a blurt.

Just one question will decide Folau's future

Thanks Riccardo.

Just one question will decide Folau's future

So Rob after a post where a man of a certain age expresses his vulnerability and confusion around the death of both his father and son at the same early age, you, driven by God knows what, come on here to slap him with a nasty negative label.
Your last sentence deserves delivery to a mirror.

Just one question will decide Folau's future

Aiden, how come you come on here with a narrow view of Brett’s CV?
It is at least theoretically possible that a bloke could be well versed in two similar codes, no?

The 'clear frontrunner' to replace Folau for the Wallabies

Digger, well at least over here we can be thankful for a few small mercies.
Usually during an OZ rugby crisis these pages are chocka with sage and certain advice from ‘helpful’ NZers.
Instead this time refreshingly we have know-all advice from ‘friggin everywhere’.
So you guys are looking good atm.
But somehow, perversely, I wish we could resume normal transmission.
I pine for simpler times when everyone just hated Richie or Quade (or both). Seems like ancient history now.
Ah, …. sweet memories.

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

Jack , Izzy ‘quoted from the bible’ like checkers quotes from chess.

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

RO, I’m on ‘your side’ in this one, if that’s a ‘thing’, but I see little evidence of ‘homophobe’ in Izzy’s rants.
Narrow parroting of simplistic dogma does not mean that someone hates gays. He may just be living in a generally suppressive fundamentalist culture (which can be gentle, joyful, and generous. It’s not all boneheaded tweets)
He may have never had a real heart to heart dialogue with a gay person. Maybe you define homophobia that way. But I don’t.
No doubt it exists. And I am sure it exists in some of his ‘supporters’ here. Extreme words create bigger targets for otherwise accurate truths.
Being myopic and socially awkward does not necessarily mean someone is hateful.

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

JN, excellent post.
I have used other words to describe a similar thought.
There are many posts on this issue that I profoundly disagree with. And some of them from posters whose opinion I respect, such as you Gloria.
There are some posts then that highlight the logic vacuum that exists in our education system. There has been time spent on here reading utter drivvle, time I will never get back.
But I believe that the drivvle also needs to be aired (like a stale mouldy rug) and challenged.
Gloria, whilst I disagree with you, I have some sympathy for your argument. Part of me wishes that RA could have dealt with this more imaginatively. But they have chosen the expulsion path. And I on the evidence I can see agree with them. We don’t know the contract wording. We don’t know the pressure from Qantas.
Just as we don’t know the pressure on Izzy from the ideologues in his congregation.
Part of me wishes that RA could’ve alienated Izzy’s thought forms with a public statement that marginalised his myopia and affirmed OZ rugby’s inclusion policy.
But they didn’t.
And the nuts have come out to play. From all sides, including the one I think I’m on.
Who will be proven ‘right’?
God knows.
And she’s not telling.

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

Yes Tooly , they ‘fold under pressure’.
Which is unlike the last three years of the incumbent set up.
Which has failed to fire whether under pressure or not.
You correctly identify our problem in the selection of our forwards.
Unbalanced forward selection creates pressure before the whistle.
Lack of tactical Plan B creates problems after the whistle.
Lack of plan C (ie QC) cannot be blamed after the first two planks are missing.
Thank you Mick for your gracious encouragement from across ‘enemy lines’. I am feeling the taste of a Turkish cigarette passed between Gallipoli trenches.
And many of us would resonate with your specific observations.
I am one. Thank you.

Where are the Wallabies?

No Doc. We have at least two.
Bradbury’s and Buckley’s.

Where are the Wallabies?

I would addMatt Phillip to that money ball list james

Can rugby really embrace diversity?

There is much in your article to digest Nic.
Your mention of Taylor’s branding as a ‘communist’ reminds me of a thought arising in the wake of Izzygate. One of the worst things that I observe when religion, politics or sexuality enter a discussion is the unexamined prejudice that comes out of hiding (closet?).
And the best thing? The unexamined prejudice that comes out of hiding, into the light of day and into the court of public dissection.
Maybe I am looking for silver linings, but one thing that struck me was those posters who found need to vent spleen over Pocock, lefties, the PC brigade, the champions of free speech, martyrs, and Jesus, no less, this week, none of whom breached the contract under discussion.
From people who are otherwise logical and intelligent.
Rugby includes all types. Just as life.
With evolution we also carry the lack of it, alongside stubbornness and prejudice.
This of course includes me (damn those cheatin’ kiwis).

Can rugby really embrace diversity?

Hi Nic.
I enjoyed the history. I had never heard of Carwyn James, nor the expression ‘bard amongst bricklayers’ which I love for reasons I won’t reveal here.
I saw what you did there- with the linking of social diversity with back 3 skill diversity. Sort of wish this article came before this recent drama (if I don’t name it, will that temper the ill-considered clicks?).
We seem to be discussing Izzy’s career with the tone of an obituary. And I must confess many of us have that sort of feeling. Someone wrote yesterday- ‘just when OZ rugby was turning a corner, it ran into a bus’.
I miss Izzy already. But I also wish his was more of a Nonu attitude, deliberately lifting his raw talent into all round international positional class.
Happy for your efforts here to highlight Banks. His raw talent albeit more lowly has more fullback ‘roundedness’ to it. And I’ve long thought that he deserves a shot. Some get a shot and blow it. Others get a shot and grow through it. I’m betting that Banks is the latter.
Anyway, there is sadness in the stories of Taylor and James. As there is here this week – the leaping Izzy scoring at the end of a Quade kick (which should’ve happened in ‘15). Not to be.
Oh well.

Can rugby really embrace diversity?

Well played rebel after last weeks ‘who’s the ref?’

The next three weeks could decide the Australian conference