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Cantabrian Kiwi living on the glorious Central Coast of New South Wales. Am most happy when the Crusaders and All Blacks are sweeping all before them. I can resist anything but temptation.

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Nice piece ZC. I’ve thought of a way we should do it. Inverse correlation between tier of opponent and gap between games in pool play. The higher your rank the shorter your gap between games. Within reason. The slack taken up by lower ranked teams increasing their rest breaks. Within reason.
To get more Japan and Uruguay moments.

In defence of the RWC schedule

Actually my solution is an inverse correlation. One between top tier teams and gaps between games. The higher the rank, the smaller the gap. Within all practicable reason. Attempt to even the Rugby World Cup playing fields.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Yeah fair enough but my main point is placement as well as length between games of consequence and the gap between those games big games.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Not so much about the turnaround but the placement of matches.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Why don’t you Paul? Is it because you’re too busy accusing people who don’t offer your ‘solution’? while whinging about it. I don’t have a solution. Never said I did. That’s why I asked the questions. More interesting ones than yours by the way.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Cheika’s kneejerk selections again hurt the Wallabies. After being on the outer all year why was Foley suddenly considered the right man for this crucial game? Yes Christian Lealiifano didn’t have a great game against Fiji but surely some consistency and clarity in selection is needed, especially at 9 and 10, before you head into a World Cup.
In saying all that I think they have to go with Toomua based on his performance.
And that decision against Kerevi was an absolute joke.. Cheika ssummed it up in the press conference “as a former rugby player I was embarrassed”. Penalised for fending a player who has gone to high on you, goodness may, what is our rugby world coming to?

Wales withstand Wallabies' second-half fightback

Fair enough but you know what i mean?

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Thanks for those splendid insights Ill Primo.
You have every reason to be so proud!

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Thanks KP, appreciate it

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Thanks RO
Great summary of the points I was trying to make.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Yes, most teams do have short turnaround games but Tier 1 teams tend to get these short turnarounds less often and at more favourable stages of pool play, and in general their turnarounds are longer.

Shock Uruguay win something to savour but Fiji’s dudding by the draw leaves sour taste

Well done England. Commiserations the brave Black Caps. Phenomenal theatre on the biggest stage. I know the rules are the rules but surely wickets more value that boundaries. Anyhoo, 3rd time lucky for the kiwis in 2023?

England win World Cup final in thrilling super over finish against New Zealand

Brilliant Geoff. #11 even managed to elicit a gut laugh – an unusual thing for a Monday morning.
Campaign 16: GoFundMe Australia regional manager Nicola Britton, seeking $100 for a reliable time piece to ensure she is no longer so late to act on campaigns that violate GoFundMe’s terms of service… and basic human decency.
But not so early to nip in the bud sprays from former Wallaby TV pundits that provided the pre-match entertainment on Fri night.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Good bloke, bad place at a bad time.

Daryl Gibson resigns as Waratahs head coach after dismal season

Big raps to your wrap Geoff. An expert distillation of why there’s just not a whole lotta love for rugby in this country.

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

Ha ha, yes, my bad, sorry 5 from 5, my stat lied too…

Six Nations a personal triumph for Warren Gatland, but not Wales

Ridiculous decision if true. Just as they are coming good on the field and the year after a World Cup in Japan??!! This should be the time to leverage not cut! Means the whole exercise has bee pointless.

Sunwolves reportedly axed from Super Rugby

Lies, damned lies and statistics…
I think the most truthful stat about how Wales is travelling is:
6N 2019
P 6
W 6

Six Nations a personal triumph for Warren Gatland, but not Wales

Indeed a dark weekend Geoff. Heart aching for all those innocent victims and their loved ones and for the end of innocence of my home town and country. Wales getting the job done in such emphatic fashion and Scotland’s astonishing 2nd half come back were bright pinpricks to the gloom.
If the bloke who gets to hold Bill aloft on the 2nd November isn’t Kieran Read then I’d be more than happy for it to be Alun Wyn-Jones. Apart from being a commanding player the man oozes leadership. In sharp contrast to Owen Farrell at the weekend.

The Wrap: Wales shines brightest on dark weekend

Brilliant analysis Nick.
Hope it is read by serial dismisser of all things rugby south of the equator Stephen Jones who was adamant the ABs were largely destroyed up front by his Knights in white satin.

Sir Brodie takes Prince Maro off his high horse at Twickenham

Thanks Carlos, and well done to your boys.
All eyes on Buenos Aires Saturday week, sure to be another belter.

As a rabid All Blacks fan, why was I okay with this shocking loss?

Ha ha Chook
It was certainly a Test that every man and his dog needed to see…

As a rabid All Blacks fan, why was I okay with this shocking loss?

Cheers mzilikazi
Return match will be enormous, as will the Spring tour that includes Eng and Ire. Interesting weeks ahead with World Cup now less than a year away…

As a rabid All Blacks fan, why was I okay with this shocking loss?

Cheers Joe.

As a rabid All Blacks fan, why was I okay with this shocking loss?

Thanks Muzzo. For me last night’s Test right up there with Ellis Park 2013 for sheer drama, but nowhere near it for the end result!

As a rabid All Blacks fan, why was I okay with this shocking loss?