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Literacy is just so passé, yes.

Look it up.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

Specsavers. Try Specsavers.

I see elsewhere spelling and grammar lessons would also be useful.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

Brandon Smith? You wouldn’t want this dill anywhere near the club’s most productive commercial activity. What an ungrateful, insulting piece of work he is!

I would have thought Trent Robinson had better judgement than to employ him.

Send him off to play Third Division with Mildura, bring him back by rail for the big games in Melbourne, to join the cleaning staff after everyone has gone home. Introduce him to donuts, cream scones and milk shakes to help pass the time then shove him on the bus to Paddington, just in time to hit the pubs and find himself in trouble before Christmas 2022.

Storm say Brandon Smith must rebuild trust

That cost 20 odd metres and many minutes of momentum and concentration for his team mates, sacrificed to his ill disciplined stupidity. Angry like a 15 year old.

For the referee it asserted his unquestioned authority – without that there is no well paid job for boofheads – and it reminded the captain that he has a responsibility to actively manage – discipline – his players and to accept without question when the referee is clearly in the right.

Merciless referee pings Billy Vunipola twice in eight seconds for giving him lip

I’ll applaud with you Glory Bound – these blokes do the game no favours with their uncontrolled anger; and they do boxing no favours with their comical inability! 😁 They are embarrassing.

You will agree the exceptions on the paddock – George never threw a punch (including the Mal Reilly special 😛 ) that he had not planned out beforehand; and young Ian Roberts was as good on his feet as any street brawler you would see – erect, swift, strong and able. When it was on gees he threw a lot of leather! 😂

Pangai Jr smashes hapless opponent in first boxing bout

You are quite right – before answering he did have cause to sit and think how many times he shovelled the ball directly on to the linesman, yes. 😛 😛 Or threw a pass to Russia and the Argentinians for a leg up try! 😁

'Crazy day': Quade Cooper officially an Australian citizen after passing test

I like it when The Roar puts on the occasional comedy cartoon video to distract readers from focusing too intensely on sport. 😊 😁 😛 😂

A couple of fat blokes in gardening gloves trying to high five and cuddle each other for about 41 seconds – is that a new tik tok dance routine?

Pangai Jr smashes hapless opponent in first boxing bout

While I am at it – I came across Merv Hughes in Perth in about 1990.

A group of young blokes were milling about in the hotel foyer, the Hilton (?) in St Georges Terrace – as it turned out they were Victoria’s Shield team waiting for Merv to come down for dinner.

I do not recall if he was captain then but when he emerged the clear impression was that of natural leader, big, tall, quiet and authoritative – nothing like the class clown role he often offered to the mob on the field. He led and they followed.

Brutal banter or total bulls--t? The myths and reality of the greatest Ashes sledges

😊 😁 😛

Brutal banter or total bulls--t? The myths and reality of the greatest Ashes sledges

As it happens I met some of these blokes when they were at their top and my company was substantial contributor to sports – Taylor was as he appeared – affable; Skull was the same; Greg Matthews friendly, interested, had the skill of making the other party to the conversation more important than himself; Jeff Thomson was much like the mate you grew up with, he never lost that ease; Dougie was uncomfortable away from his territory.

Steve Waugh? He was precisely as you describe above, taciturn, cautious, silent, suspicious, guarded – impressive. As captain he was focused, unrelenting. Off the field his players treated him with visible high regard, behaved and followed his lead. On the field Mark would play up to the crowd and clown about, he gave the ‘Gabba boofs plenty for their corner. 😛 For the most part they were not even there to Steve.

This came up just a couple of weeks ago – my son has encountered him over the years in his business, and recently as part of his book promotion (on his charity in India). His manner hasn’t changed but a decade of familiarity has allowed the trust and genuine manner to emerge.

Brutal banter or total bulls--t? The myths and reality of the greatest Ashes sledges

Nah, when the dill pretends to the role of tough fella then he is due for whatever comes his way.

Managers and other officials are there to control these things, he either shuts his gob and lets them make the mean, nasty, horrid South African go away; or he continues to yap like the diminutive fox terrier he is.

He is past 35 years old, he could try growing up.

Brutal banter or total bulls--t? The myths and reality of the greatest Ashes sledges

No. That is well known, as you know.

Brett Lee exclusive: Cummins will 'brain it' but Warner should be allowed leadership return

“Looking after players at all levels of the game needs to be a higher priority.”

No. A decade ago two of the three highest paid Harmless Wallabies (Their Quade was one) were caught driving unlicensed. Is that also for the ARU to monitor? Do these blokes not have families to remind them, just like other 20 year olds?

Do they not have enough free space – between a dozen internationals in a year, a couple of laps around the oval two nights a week, post loss psychological counselling and quality tweeter time – to discover life all by themselves? Does the ARU pack high chairs, bibs and nurses to feed them on tour?

“An opportunistic politician latches on to the Quade Cooper issue …”

Knowing how to throw a ball straight and growing up at last, after ten years, is not a sound basis for immigration selection.

Why did Minister Alex Hawke do it? To curry favour with about 42,108 dedicated rugby supporters across the entire country who knew something about the matter? A nice big elephant in the room, that one. The ambulance chasing immigration industrial complex will have latched onto the precedent and are using it already – ka-ching!!

Did Australia’s most shrill, hysterical regional critic on opportunistic immigration ring in to say “Well done!”? In October 2020 Saint Jacinda, Mayor of New Zealand Municipal Council was whinging like a child who hates daddy when Australia had to send a plane load of her dodgy lot back to free up space in Australian gaols.

When too much fame and fortune and media influence is nowhere near enough. What about the struggler whose child needs specialist medical attention to stay live and who has no media manager to launch a public on television to craft a result?

That is a seriously distorted lottery-like system and people are applauding!?!?

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

The days of clever and able intimidation from the slips cordon have passed. When the Indian International Cricket Council spotted the west was in retreat it swiftly jumped in to name “sledging” as a …cist offence, except when it comes from the sub-continent outfield (the “Andrew Symonds doctrine”).

Other countries’ players now splutter “effin” frequently to signify their brutal muscular toughness, which in turn signifies their level of eloquence. They believe that is “sledging”, which they have only ever read about.

In his feeble attempt to channel his inner Steve Waugh menace – Mikey Kardashian Clarke drawing himself to his full height of five foot five and bravely blurting out something stupid about broken arms was comical.

The b0gin offering to belt Quinton de Kock in a dressing room corridor in South Africa was pretty funny too “I’ll have you, mate! I effin will! (Look out you blokes, he’s coming this way – make sure you hold me back)” 😁

Brutal banter or total bulls--t? The myths and reality of the greatest Ashes sledges

Shane Warne was simply outstanding on the field, was accustomed to similar excellence from those around him and performed with distinction. He did all that with ease.

Those qualities left the field a decade ago, to be replaced with mediocrity in every respect.

Warne performs his role in commentary perfectly well – he’s a natural to start with – and earns what he is paid, a truly unique characteristic in Australian cricket.

Warne exclusive: 'If people want to sit on the fence, no problem. I've earned the right to give honest opinions'

… and the bloke next in line, who well knew he had a keener appreciation of the honour, but was passed over for this pair first time, gets a “second chance” to miss out? That’s quaint.

Brett Lee exclusive: Cummins will 'brain it' but Warner should be allowed leadership return

Warner and Smith and the only casualty of their deceit, Bancroft, should be nowhere near an Australian cricket team. They had their opportunity and proved themselves to be unworthy of the honour.

Brett Lee exclusive: Cummins will 'brain it' but Warner should be allowed leadership return

It brings me no joy, Ken Catchpole’s Other Leg, to express such little confidence in the future of a sport that seduced me as a young bloke focused on learning loose head and then as a young father preparing the ground for my son and his mates to experience the same satisfaction.

We put 120 or more boys on the field every weekend for years, a mighty effort by many fine families, with grand reward.

We dealt with some weighty matters en route – the perennial dilemma whether a man should sit in the cold stand (next to Gordon Bray’s 6′ by 6′ television commentary bench!) or camp over next to the bar and squint into the western sunset over Milner. And brawling about whether Campese should be first selected or never to tour again!

There have been opportunities to improve and strengthen the game but the internecine warfare distracts everyone, and attracts the spivs and urgers who are in there for a quick quid.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

“If only Uelese could improve his lineout accuracy”

He should not be there if he cannot throw straight, and do all the other things required of him, as David Campese asserts. Club rugby can teach him to do that, we do not need layers of competitions on top of that to teach mugs how to do their job.

If Australian rugby had paid attention, a couple of decades ago, to the All Blacks and Sir Graham’s plans (both failed and successful) we might now have an imitation National Provincial Championship, but we were too smart to do that. We had officials with money setting up little “provincial” kingdoms and jobs for their kin as Cert IV coaches and graduate dieticians and sponsor greeters and fellow five star lunchers – several iterations later we have nothing. That more or less covers the period that Australian Rugby has been without a first five or a No 8.

A lot of camp followers made a lot of money – player agents; members of the coaching group (i.e. coaches) useless Waratah marketing consultants; incompetents who could not pass, kick or tackle – but then the ATM ran dry before any of ’em got around to manning.

The opportunity for a grand revival has been and gone. We are flat out populating more than one grade in once popular and successful clubs, rugby league and Australian rules have the resources now to complete the marginalisation of rugby union. The extraordinarily successful, vast juniors’ tribe I was a part for a couple of decades is so depleted now as to be unrecognisable – in prime rugby heartland Sydney.

Now the connected insiders are about to propel themselves into the trough again, for La Grande Bouffe 2027.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

“I recommend giving the first 30 mins a listen …”

Now why on earth would I choose to do that!?

BREAKING: Furious Storm consider cutting the Cheese after controversial podcast comments

Our hero’s interview is reported this morning in other League pages:

“Smith used the word f*** 61 times and c*** three times during the 56-minute episode”

The transcript is shown in the Telegraph – the manner of expression is appalling. The NRL, Melbourne and now Easts surely have set the bar low with this bloke.

BREAKING: Furious Storm consider cutting the Cheese after controversial podcast comments

Our hero’s interview is reported this morning in other League pages:

“Smith used the word f*** 61 times and c*** three times during the 56-minute episode”

The transcript is shown in the Telegraph – the manner of expression is appalling. The NRL, Melbourne and now Easts surely have set the bar low with this bloke.

LISTEN: The interview where Brandon Smith all but confirmed he'll be a Rooster in 2023

“The mistake was going into the tackle too high and making the outcome probable”

A couple of hundred comments to Geoff Parkes piece and, at last, I discover the most pertinent. Encourage the referees to hit them with penalties, to whistle them “back another ten” for dissension and to issue yellow and red cards. They’ll be tackling low like Jimmy Lisle in no time!

The coaches are as culpable, Sensei Rennie included. Withdraw their accreditation.

“a crime no matter what your intent was”

Diagnosing after the event is an invention of the insincere and manipulative – criminal barristers use it every day of the week before the magistrates and judges. Subjective and fanciful, a contrivance.

Why World Rugby’s Brain Health Initiative is making my head hurt

World Rugby’s ‘The Brain Health Initiative’ has been put on hold, evidently.

I read elsewhere here that the Flightless Harmless Wallabies most recent pretend No 8 was re-sentenced, to sit quietly until the rising of the court, and sent away with free drinks vouchers for the local pub.

The least they could do was have Valetini sit and watch a video on Fundamentals of Tackling, it would have been a first for the dope.

Finally, if they were fair dinkum, World Rugby would have tracked down the selectors who permitted such incompetence to float to the top, and limited their future involvement in the game to cleaning dunnies – as volunteers.

Why World Rugby’s Brain Health Initiative is making my head hurt

Because they do not play within the Laws of the Game, perhaps?

Valetini free for Super Rugby Pacific opener after six-game red card ban gets massive downgrade

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