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And “is there a King Country accent?”
Too right there is mate but indistinguishable from any North Island heartland community I would say.

Machooka would feel right at home.

The Wrap: Why Sam Cane and Kieran Read are poles apart and why it matters

‘Team of 5 millions’ mate, don’tcha know?

A narrow escape: what worked and what didn't for the All Blacks

He looked wary too, awaiting those BB passes mate! 😛

'Stupidest fixture ever': The 'cynical, money-making ploy' that exposes Wales to All Blacks' annihilation

I’d love for Aaron Smith to be able to join the squad but birthing babies and possible quarantine may kybosh any chance of that …..

'Stupidest fixture ever': The 'cynical, money-making ploy' that exposes Wales to All Blacks' annihilation

“Losing their aura”? 😡

'Stupidest fixture ever': The 'cynical, money-making ploy' that exposes Wales to All Blacks' annihilation

“Substrised” and “undobuted” is how I will henceforth describe myself when I am “libated”. 😛 👍

I always look forward to the Wales tests, particularly when they are in Wales. The singing is magnificent in my opinion….and the atmosphere a vocal crowd of 70k plus can produce is magical.
Oh and the rugby usually isn’t bad either.

'Stupidest fixture ever': The 'cynical, money-making ploy' that exposes Wales to All Blacks' annihilation

Fully agree with you Geoff and I pinpointed the lineout as a particular area of concern in an earlier post.
I just wanted to mention what i though was a game of two halves from Beaudy that encapsulated all that is great and all that is average about his play.
Havili looks a real threat off the shoulder of a direct-running 10 like RM but naturally struggles when the rush defence has written received notification in advance!

The Wrap: Rugby Championship rediscovers its DNA and ends with a thriller

OOP Broken record i know but I just don’t believe BB works at 10 without a big 2nd five outside him.
It is no surprise therefore that Havili began to struggle as soon as Mo’unga departed Stage Left.
I though Tupaea could have added some directness and thrust to the AB midfield and offered a junction for the AB loosies to work off, in side and out.

The Wrap: Rugby Championship rediscovers its DNA and ends with a thriller

I was writing Sam off a couple of years back mate {raises hand} but this year his absence has been truly felt.
Weber is miles ahead of TJ in my view. Perenara wasn’t who we needed to crack that game open late and I believe my misgivings about the bench we had were vindicated.
I though BB had a very good first half but all his frailties were on full display in the second. The BB-Havili axis plainly doesn’t work-but i don’t want to rehash my stale opinions right now.
It was an epic match and deserves to lie unmolested on the slab for a while before the inevitable post-mortems commence.

The Wrap: Rugby Championship rediscovers its DNA and ends with a thriller

Morena all,
Excellent summation Geoff and a nice overview of the tournament in its entirety. (Sometimes we don’t see the forest for the trees….). 👍

I have to say, I can’t recall a more enjoyable loss from an AB fan’s point of view.
It was a heck of a great game, and whilst I think some of the refereeing deserves some scrutiny (which I will leave to others more qualified) I trust it will be the quality of the game that will ultimately what is discussed and remembered.

A massive congratulations to the Springboks who thoroughly deserved the win and vindication of the quality of players that they have. Nienaber (Aber, ja!) must get some credit too because there were clear signs early that they had made the necessary tweak to their pitifully unambitious game-plan of a week earlier.

Ahead of the EOYT, Foster has now reason to reflect on what has gone right (plenty) and what hasn’t quite worked (also plenty) and time to make some adjustments.
The return of Samuel Whitelock cannot come quickly enough in my view. Although I am certain we missed the services of Smith and Mo’unga, it was the lineout where the travails began and ended.
Still, time for all the dissections later. As you say in your piece, Geoff, we had a tournament to savour, and one of quality and excitement to boot. In these troubled times, that is nothing to be sneezed (or coughed?) at.

The Wrap: Rugby Championship rediscovers its DNA and ends with a thriller

Sh 😱 ssshhhhhsh Carlos!
What goes on tour stays on tour mate!

Best Barrett? Best Mo? Worst cliche? Still plenty to play for in TRC finale despite the inevitable results

The opposite is also true Peter.
Great players can do no wrong and live for a long time on the glory of deeds past. Both commentators and fans exhibit such biases.

Coach’s Corner Issue 28: Can the Wallabies get even bigger?

Hope it’s a civil union………….

Coach’s Corner Issue 28: Can the Wallabies get even bigger?

Akira Ioane looks too much like a gentle giant type to me; more cuddly teddy bear than mongrel.
Maybe someone needs to insult him just before kickoff or something to fire him up? 😛

Coach’s Corner Issue 28: Can the Wallabies get even bigger?

Harsh mate. I think he was showing development in his kicking game–he never really had a solid run of matches to settle into his role imo.

Coach’s Corner Issue 28: Can the Wallabies get even bigger?

Didn’t help that BB passed behind Taylor to compound the issue.

Coach’s Corner Issue 28: Can the Wallabies get even bigger?

Good stuff Riccardo, pity the editors didn’t post this prior to the team being announced–could have generated a lot more debate.
Going to be a late kickoff time for those of us still abiding in NZ eh mate?

A narrow escape: what worked and what didn't for the All Blacks

Are there no crowds this week? I hadn’t heard that. Think the Pumas will be hard to predict with all that is going on in their camp.
Expect the ‘Boks to throw the kitchen sink at it but hope too the ABs will be more intelligent and accurate.
The Aussies will need to show consistency.

Data in rugby is about to get a turbo boost – and that’s a good thing!

😂

All Blacks team: Weber at halfback, ALB returns, Mo'unga on bench as NZ chase 'Grand Slam'

Had an English uncle (by marriage) who brought back some caps etc from the Desert campaign…….and my family had a cut down bayonet for some reason I never wondered about until now! 😂

Data in rugby is about to get a turbo boost – and that’s a good thing!

Yeah probably although I never want to see JB on the wing again when we have so many better options.

All Blacks team: Weber at halfback, ALB returns, Mo'unga on bench as NZ chase 'Grand Slam'

😂

The Thursday rugby two-up: Who gains what from the final round?

Fair play to you mate.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Who gains what from the final round?

Night feeds are the worst!
I melted a few of those plastic bottles back in the day……

The Thursday rugby two-up: Who gains what from the final round?

AB’s don’t make that many errors two weeks in a row.

They don’t make that many errors two decades 😱 in a row!

The Thursday rugby two-up: Who gains what from the final round?

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