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CW Moss

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Born in Auckland, moved to Collaroy Basin in 1958. My Uncle Bob stopped sending me the All Blacks Book for Boys when he heard I had been signed for Collaroy Plateau U10s. Mum was a Cousin of Nev McEwan and played Hockey for North Island, NZ. Dad played VFL for Shepparton and trialled for the Demons in '40. He proposed in the women’s hockey dressing sheds in Dannevirke. I toured NZ in 1973 with UNSW, playing Massey Uni watched by Uncle Bob who wrote it up in the Levin Chronicle - "Prodigal son returns".

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Look, if the Leaguies can behave then anyone can!

CONFIRMED: Wallabies to get home-ground advantage for 2020 Rugby Championship

How many guys have played for the Broncos and All Blacks, then persevered through a re-building phase twice and then started to find success as a coach. Go Brad, you’re our man now.

Injury carnage: Wallaby contenders drop like flies in Reds v Rebels final

I think it’s foolish to try and copy and think you can create a great rivalry. There’s State of Origin, Bledisloe Cup, The Ashes, you can’t make them up.

The single most important thing is to win the Bledisloe Cup back. Everything will fix itself up after that. Crowds, junior players, broadcast…

Oh yeah and Olympic 7’s Gold Medals against NZ.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

My son Henry, my distant hope for a rugby player, instead, went to Newtown High and did Dance and Drama for the HSC. They did a Neil Diamond dance number for their parents at the Speech Night. 😊

The Wrap: Topsy-turvy round throws up so many questions

I like Sweet Caroline and Crunchy Granola Suite!. It’s great that you have access to these guys Parkesy. I am starting to wonder if the Kiwi’s will regret thinking they are going to be so superior for so long. Pride goeth before a fall.

The Wrap: Topsy-turvy round throws up so many questions

Very good point Richard and good on you for stepping up and writing an article on it. I’m still reeling from the Board picking Raelene, which has been written about enough. Yeah, a good move from Hamish, Kearnsy is taken care of for now. There are lots of potential CEO’s out there who played Rugby so if they used a decent head-hunter an independent, talented person should be a simple enough matter. In my experience, it goes back to the Board and the composition of the Board in diversity, experience, governance, all that stuff which is a rare commodity. The Board should reflect the rugby community and heaven forbid, what about the general population. I used to play First Division rugby for UNSW. They are now in 3rd division, sub-district. The fall from grace reflects the changing composition of the Uni community. They are now champions in Cricket, Hockey, Badminton, Volley Ball but not rugby. Interesting times.

Phil Kearns: Keeping the elephants inside the tent

Back in my UNSW rugby days, we used to have an annual social game Catholics vs Bigots. The forwards had to play in the backs and vice versa and the ref always engineered a draw. One year I scored from half-back around the blind-side for the Orange team but the ref gave the Tykes a penalty try at the other end of the field and disallowed the kick to make it 17-17.

Four more years: Season 1, full time

I learnt my school boy French at Alliance Francaise in 2007. They ran French lessons for the RWC 07. The teacher was a Welshman who played for Brive. We had to say in French the first words we would say as we got off the plane in Paris. One of the guys thought he would say he couldn’t wait to have a couple of French cigarettes, gauloise but it came out as a couple of Welsh women! Boom boom!

Four more years: Season 1, full time

Is that sympathy I hear?

Four more years: Season 1, full time

French is tricky sometimes. A slip of the tongue and you’re a woman. Australien or australienne never mastered it.

Four more years: Season 1, full time

Mon dieu mon ami. It’s in heaven.

Four more years: Season 1, full time

It’s all about money, isn’t it? Russia is odds-on, surely. Look at the run-away success of Japan.

Phil Kearns will run Australia's 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

Fabulous win. The Cistercians were in the time of The Knights Templar, crusading against The Saracens in the Levant. They spread far and wide. It intrigues me that Saracens is the name of a UK Rugby Club. I guess because the Saracens were the only team to beat The Crusaders in a final!.

Four more years: Season 1, full time

You’ve got me thinking now comrade.

Four more years: Season 1, full time

Well Jacko. I’m not sure about that. I’m assuming 7 kiwi teams would spread their best players a bit thin. I might be wrong. It looks to me there’s another elephant in the room with the islander teams. Does Australia and NZ want them to be junior partners, keeping the best migrants for themselves. Im not sure.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Don’t bet on it ..,

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

What if the area was broadened within a reasonable time-zone bandwidth for travel, jet lag and TV to include Japan, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, 7 kiwi teams, 5 Aussie teams in two mini-leagues with promotion and relegation. Stretch NZ to weaken them a bit, might be worth thinking about. I can hear the protests!.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Our Nanny in Balmain married Johnny Murphy from Athy outside Dublin. Johnny was out here laying gas lines.

Four More Years: Season 1, Episode 4

Check out my “Four more years” fiction series.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Well the basic problem is Australia isn’t good enough at that level to play kiwi teams often. I’d keep it in-country if it was me. Maybe a winner take all final.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

Very thoughtful article, enjoyed reading it. I knew DH from Golf. Makes me think about the State of Origin and if we can have a Trans-Tasman one.

Aussie abroad: Daniel Halangahu

It’s a close thing. We were in Melbourne for the Australian University Rugby Carnival in ’68 when the movie came out. The Manager, Bill Harris, started it and it stuck. Uni sure was great times. I love Ireland; when you look at those Irish faces, you know where we came from. My Great-grandfather came from County Cavan. Went to England and became a butler, migrated to NZ and his son, Grandpop was at Gallipoli with the NZ Army in 1915.

Four More Years: Season 1, Episode 4

CW Moss was Bonny & Clyde’s getaway driver. It was my rugby club nick-name from UNSW lower grades, 1968-1973.

Four More Years: Season 1, Episode 4

Don’t fret loyal followers. The second half will be played on Sunday.

Four More Years: Season 1, Episode 4

Great piece mzil 😊

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