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I agree, it’s absolutely worth the shot, but I kinda think they’ll still go with Banks to start and JP on the bench

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

My preference too, however still somewhat concerned by JPs consistency.

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Hi Nick, so are you saying JP will be fullback and Banks not in the 23?

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

Slipper would have made a great Wallaby captain. Seems crazy now that BT offloaded him. He’s super well spoken and honest, he’s smart and it seems as though the other boys love him. What a champ.

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Why isn’t he a good option? Is he bad at it or just not utilised that way by BT?

The niggly, nagging questions ahead of the first Wallabies-England Test

If he is there for impact then I agree with his selection. I just think versatility in the back row is less important than versatility elsewhere

The niggly, nagging questions ahead of the first Wallabies-England Test

I don’t really get why Pete Samu is always guaranteed the bench position because of versatility. Teams will almost never have an openside on the bench and 6 and 8 are virtually interchangeable, so I don’t really see the benefit as far as versatility goes. I like Samu as a player and if he really is the best person (haven’t seen him play much this year) for the bench I won’t complain, but wouldn’t it be better to have an impact player coming off the pine?

The niggly, nagging questions ahead of the first Wallabies-England Test

I agree re Banks tackle. He should have made a better attempt to get low or not make the tackle at all. I am not defending these scenarios.

I am defending the scenario where a tackler goes for a low tackle with good body height and technique, only to be penalised or carded because the attacker dropped height significantly and late, or tripped and hit the defender’s shoulder.

My point is that head contact will always happen in the game no matter how many rules the governing body sets. I am just worried that even in these accidental scenarios World Rugby may still be taken to the cleaners.

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

Just because legal tackles have been made sometime in the past does not at all disprove my argument. All it says is that every tackle situation is different.

My argument is where is the line drawn between accidental and pure laziness by the tackler. You can’t say that everytime a high tackle has happened is because of bad technique.

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

The tackle is extremely different. Starting high with enough time to adjust the tackle height, totally fair enough for the penalty. Marika’s hit on the Frenchman for the red I can cop because he had plenty of time to adjust and get lower, depsite the Frenchman dropping his height. But comparing kick catches to tackles is not the same thing, not even close. A kick chaser has plenty of time and vision to adjust their approach or pull out, where as in the contact zone, if a player decides they are too high how long do they realistically have to change or move? There are usually teammates right beside them and the attacker is often arriving from two metres away at speed. They can’t just disappear. Anyone who has played rugby in the forwards knows that half the time you’re just doing the best you can to stop the attacker and not get knocked out yourself. It is a brutal contact zone to be in and all these miniscule adjustments players are expected to make are never going to be totally stopped because they are not realistic. It needs to be accepted this will happen some of the time and if that is accepted then we can move forward with a better vision of policy.

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

I don’t buy into this argument that tacklers need to get lower. It is a high paced game and expecting players who are often carrying a lot of weight to make a drastic and accurate change to their height in the heat of the battle in less than a millisecond is quite unrealistic. Also, going lower is a much bigger risk to the defender getting knocked out or badly injured. Yet my point to the article is not to debate these different opinions on the current laws, it is more directed at laying down a policy that shows rugby is doing a lot to mitigate head knocks while accepting that unfortunate incidents can happen in any situation of life. No matter what rules or repurcussions are implemented, head knocks will still happen in contact sports.

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

Broncs have been the tipsters nightmare this year, would love to see them buck the trend again!

ps. Shouldn’t it be your heart with Broncs and head with Storm?

Why a bit of Broncos brilliance won't be enough against the Storm

If someone joins the army it’s accepted that they maybe injured or killed in action. But possibly armed forces recruitment cover themselves by enforcing mandatory training and education of the dangers?

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

It’s a really good point Ogato exactly what I am wanting to be cleared up. If an incident like the one you’ve mentioned is one day used as evidence in a court of law, is the player seen as having fault, or Rugby for not doing enough to mitigate it?

Head contact is an issue for administrators, not referees

I agree with your assessment on the evenness of teams. If the two most dominant players of last series were playing, different story. Predicting Origin wins is futile, but this looks like an awesome match up on paper, probably just a few more unknowns for the Maroons’ side.

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As a QLD supporter I am stoked to see the team sheet without Addo-Carr’s name on it. He is the sorta guy who would turn up in spades for the Blues regardless of club form. He’s made for origin. And if they’re worried about height – it didn’t worry them last year!

Daniel Tupou's message to dumped Josh Addo-Carr is pure class

How many players have been given the million dollar contract and performed? It’s almost the unicorn. It seems to change a player when they are paid that much as the media hype adds so much pressure.

Broncos' latest offer should've been enough for Haas

Totally. I’m just worried that the Broncos may bow to his demands. I don’t think they will, because the front office is in much better shape these days, but I can’t see it as having anything but a negative effect if they keep him around. How do you see this playing out?

Broncos' latest offer should've been enough for Haas

I don’t agree he’s the Broncos most important player. Reynolds certainly is. And with a crop of talented young forwards at the Broncs coming through, is he even worth keeping for that amount of cash? Especially for a player who’s attitude certainly isn’t the most committed to the club. The Broncos need more power in their spine, and that money could be spent better elsewhere. I honestly think it could be a good thing for the Broncos long term if they are to let him leave. The worst thing they can do is upgrade his contract, what type of precedent will that set with the other players, and how will they feel playing alongside someone who has thrown a tantrum to get what he wants. Get rid of him I say, he may be talented, but no one is bigger than the club.

Broncos' latest offer should've been enough for Haas

Totally agree, such a bad angle for this article

'Pony up': Broncos must do whatever it takes to keep Haas as Origin star requests immediate release

You’ve got your own worries at Redfern mate, I’d be more worried about that if I was you

'Pony up': Broncos must do whatever it takes to keep Haas as Origin star requests immediate release

The Broncos must do whatever it takes to keep him?? Yeah right. Lets end up like the Bulldogs paying the wrong amounts to wrong players and screwing your future up. I don’t care how good ANY player is, if they don’t want to play for the club, state or nation then get rid of them. The Broncos aren’t just going to wither and die without him, sure he is a great player, but had had multiple troubles off the field, and clearly thinks he is more important than the club. We’ve got some great young forwards coming through already, get rid of him and use that extra 800k on another playmaker.

'Pony up': Broncos must do whatever it takes to keep Haas as Origin star requests immediate release

I think Reece has been shot since the misses he made in the Bledisloe two years back. I don’t believe he has regained his confidence at test level. I agree if his execution his right his skills are great, but I don’t have as much faith in him as in the past. I’d be happy with him in the 23 jersey however.

'It can destroy you': Genia's warning to Wallabies selectors over Tane, and why Jock deserves shot at 15

Oh cool, thanks for letting us know.

Now sorry I gotta go, gonna watch five full replays of games today then the two live games tonight.

'I don’t get it': O'Brien bemused at bunker as Broncos avoid obstruction call to romp to victory

I doubt there’s any chance he or anyone else will get near CSs 430 games. His longevity and durability was mystical.

How Cleary’s following in Cameron Smith’s footsteps … and how he can break his records

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