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It’s too much. I understand sometimes a non-stop ref’s whistle is down to constant player mistakes and ill discipline, but this game was a spectacle that should have been allowed to flow.

There’s enough stoppages and TMO checks as it is, do they really need to create more?

AUS vs. ARG studs and duds: Star who's 'changing the game', McReight's leap forward, Wallabies 'horrendous' flaw

Yeah JoC absolute shocker last game. I think he’s great at ten for the Reds, but has never done well playing there at test level. I don’t even think he gets a bench spot.

I’m really not that impressed by NL. I think more than 50% of his good marks for the English series was accurate goal kicking. Now I know goals are important, but the Wallabies aren’t much of a penalty kick building team, and also you need a lot more than goal kicking from your 10.

Maybe the Wallabies would have better structure with a strong but basic fly half like Hodge? Not every player needs to be flashy, and I think he has more all round skills than NL. It’s worked in the past.

ANALYSIS: Quade will turn to Sonny Bill on the long road back, McReight proves Rennie right, Hodge's defining moment

I don’t think there were any howlers in his performance, it’s just that anything that even looked like a penalty was called. There were so many 50/50 decisions that could easily have been let go. As long as the standard with leniency is the same for both teams, which it was, he was just super sensitive.

AUS vs. ARG studs and duds: Star who's 'changing the game', McReight's leap forward, Wallabies 'horrendous' flaw

Peter who do you think should play 10 in the next test?

ANALYSIS: Quade will turn to Sonny Bill on the long road back, McReight proves Rennie right, Hodge's defining moment

Joey was gutted straight after origin, I’d have had trouble being eloquent in that situation too. Freddy’s whinging was about refereeing and the biff.

Unsteady Freddy: Head-scratching decisions cast doubt on Fittler's suitability as Blues coach

You haven’t answered the big question though – get rid of Freddy or not?

Unsteady Freddy: Head-scratching decisions cast doubt on Fittler's suitability as Blues coach

I think in this series overall QLD were the better team. Freddy should have just said that. The whinging is such a pathetic look. I think there may have been a few a selections that could have gone other ways for NSW but they weren’t diabolical (although Josh Addo-Carr should always be selected). I think he’s worth persisting with, but the whiny approach would need to stop.

Unsteady Freddy: Head-scratching decisions cast doubt on Fittler's suitability as Blues coach

I wonder how selections will play out once Kerevi is back? Can’t drop Marika. Quade is locked in if injury free. Kerevi is our best player and Arnold is probably our best lock.

Wallabies squad CONFIRMED: Campbell, Arnold among several fresh faces for Argentina TRC clashes

I’m happy to be proven wrong Mzil but where does the necessary improvement come from? The best type of attacking movement I’ve seen from him is running at the line to try get behind for an offload. That’s good but you can’t be a one trick pony at test level. He doesn’t appear very mature either for mine (just an armchair opinion). I’m genuinely interested in someone else’s opinion on why they think DR is so committed to him.

Why it's a long and winding road back to the Australian way

Too late for what?

Why it's a long and winding road back to the Australian way

I’m probably not qualified for expert comment on the fly half position, but it seems we have a few young 10s coming through Super Rugby the last coupla years, but only NL so far has been brought in to the squad. Surely JOC is nothing more than a Wallaby bench option now, so just think at least one of these other young tens should be in the wider squad for the RC with the chance of coming off the bench at some stage.

Why it's a long and winding road back to the Australian way

I just don’t see enough improvement in him, can’t really see his ceiling being much higher. He’s had a dozen or so tests now and other than his goal kicking hasn’t taken charge. I think there’s enough time until the WC to be developing other young 10s

Why it's a long and winding road back to the Australian way

You’re right Nick we need QC back, but we need a solid back up at 10, who do you think that is? I don’t think Noah is test quality.

Why it's a long and winding road back to the Australian way

Thanks to you both shaka

Wallabies CONFIRMED: Suli set for debut, Wilson at No.6, JOC dropped, Hodge and Tate return for England decider

which Samu?

Wallabies CONFIRMED: Suli set for debut, Wilson at No.6, JOC dropped, Hodge and Tate return for England decider

It’s sooo frustrating. I wrote an article a couple of weeks back (mostly about head contact) on inconsistent rulings. A lot of these decisions are really subjective (Ta’avo perfect example of accident or “should he have done better?”). As such we’re always going to have differing opinions on these scenarios.

However, personally I feel like the English have toed the line really well with their pushing of the boundaries. No doubt a lot of this is down to Eddie.

The Aussies need to come out absolutely firing (but within the laws) on Saturday. If they play really well then the niggle becomes way less effective.

Rugby News: What Genge said about Hoops after blatant act of disrespect, AB banned, Roberts' perfect farewell

I agree the inconsistency in officiating and in the judiciary is frustrating, but we were comprehensively outplayed in that first half and think some of the media stories and comments on here are just really whiny. I’m just glad we’re not hearing Hooper or DR whinge about it.

Rugby News: What Genge said about Hoops after blatant act of disrespect, AB banned, Roberts' perfect farewell

Totally agree. All this “act of bad sportsmanship” crap comes from the media. Niggle in the game is perfectly normal. England totally had the wood over us in the first half and played immaculately. Give credit where it’s due.

Rugby News: What Genge said about Hoops after blatant act of disrespect, AB banned, Roberts' perfect farewell

How is Sexton playing? Isn’t there a 12 day stand down now for failed HIA? I must not know the law clearly enough

All Blacks team: Scott Barrett positional shift, Jordan returns after Covid, Havili misses out

I agree. Attitude most impressive. And they didn’t start in a canter, or feel like they needed to blast out of the blocks to get ahead in the game. They built into it well and got stronger as the game went on. Now we need to see how we can win in multiple situations, not just backs to the wall efforts.

How the Wallabies heaped coals on Eddie’s head in Perth

Yeah I feel like RA keep the wording of these “laws” somewhat ambiguous for situations like these.

Would love to see Arnold back in gold but feel it’s very unlikely to get him here in time.

How the Wallabies heaped coals on Eddie’s head in Perth

Is getting Rory back even possible Nick? I thought the new rule was 3 players per series. Is there room to move with that language ie. 3 players actually taking the field?

How the Wallabies heaped coals on Eddie’s head in Perth

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

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