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Rob Kearney….am really looking forward to watching him play down here. I think Ireland let him go a bit early. Not quite a Fardy situation, but hopefully he will bring a bit of the Fardy type benefit to the Force. The older guys can really shine in these types of team eg Jeremy Thrush last year.

Will the Waratahs taste Super Rugby success in 2021?

“Reds look good.” They do, and that makes me nervous…as a Qlder ….too many years in the past they have looked good at this stage.

I actually really fear the Force, especially in Perth. I see though there is one blow dealt to them….Julien Montoya now not coming over…reason I saw was visa problems in bringing his family into Australia…..wonder why, as he only signed short term, and is England bound for the longer term.

Will the Waratahs taste Super Rugby success in 2021?

Tiaan Tauakipulu……wonder re his first name, which is Afrikaans….maybe same as Du Plessis Kirifi…parent(s) who admired Tiann Strauss perhaps ??

Just looked him up, and see he is Auckland born, and educated at St Kentigern College….great grounding then.

Will the Waratahs taste Super Rugby success in 2021?

Excellent article AC. I make this one your fifth article since mid Dec. Thanks for such a great effort over the Christmas period….oases in the desert for me, with most other writers taking a well earned break.

Will the Waratahs taste Super Rugby success in 2021?

“When you shout at clouds, they do eventually go away. But they don’t go away because you shouted at them.” That’s a good one RR. I will remember and use it from now on. 😊

Trophies on agenda after Wilson's big year

” I’ve taken to watching Toulouse and Clermont in the Top14.” What, not La Rochelle, AC ? Well known Irish lad coaching them now. 😊

” Who knew pundits could sound so much better in French. ????”. Oui, oui, comme c’est vrai 😊

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

“Coach Brad Thorn boasts arguably the most exciting squad in Australia this season for a domestic competition that will be broadcast live on free-to-air”

I would worry about the Force…..as a Qlder ofc. They have some pretty useful guys in there this year. They will be a handful, especially over in Perth….as long as Covid does not mess things up.

Trophies on agenda after Wilson's big year

“rather than waste time on scrums.” Or go for a lineout and lose it. That is pretty common, esp. with WB’s….or so it seems to me.

I am a big fan of the tap penalty. Used to always have all sorts of moves worked out when I played, and coached. Great fun, esp. when a score eventuates 😊

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

Excellent article, Highlander. Thanks.

.”…hopefully the administration of Super Rugby Au will also take up the cudgels, unlike their indifference in 2020.” Has to happen ! Was such a disappointment to be the laggards.

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

Some good contests and interesting results in Pro 14. Connacht’s win in Dublin was epic.

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

“Five tears ago I would have checked myself into a mental clinic ” Only 5, NV ? You are soft 😊 😊 Sorry, just my silly Irish/Australian sense of humour 😂

English rugby is leading us back to the light (no, really)

Thanks for this, JN. ” Early days SA had the strictest lock down rules literally in the World”. Confirms what I remembered from the first days of Covid hitting SA.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Yes, all valid points, Jacko. ` I just find it so sobering to see what is eventuating in so many countries in the world. There is still so much unknown about this virus. And of course I do hope we still get some sport…not just rugby, but all the others….tennis, soccer , horse jumping… the lot. So important for sure for the wellbeing and morale of so many.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Lions traditionally only ever play All Blacks, South Africa, and Australia, Micko. I would think it unlikely they would be playing Argentina in the near future.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

“The Lions silenced 60000 people like I’ve never seen before..” Boet Erasmus game, I can remember the game being beyond the Boks at half time, and a lot of people getting up and walking out of the stadium. Never seen that happen before…or since.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Yes, tickets very hard to get. My brother had played at Univ. with Dick Milliken, the Lions centre. He got tickets from him for some matches. The PE test we were lucky enough to get two tickets from a wealthy businessman my brother had got to know through his work..this guy had started out buying a shed full of mine pumps that others thought were “buggered”. He fixed up the lot, sold them for a good profit, and was off and away !

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Thanks for the link, Nic. Not available initially, but there will be a way to get there. 😊

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

“It’s really bad… South Africans particularly highly congested areas ie. Inner cities.. Informal settlements.,packed out mini bus taxis,”

Yes, that is a huge problem SA has, Zimbabwe too, and would think also Brazil, with the favelas. We just don’t have that kind of thing anywhere here in Australasia.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

“Watched my first Lions tour 1974”. So you would have been at the second test, JN. I was at the 3rd and 4th tests. at Boet Erasmus, and Ellis Park, with my brother who was working for Roberts Construction at the time.

Which other matches did you see. ?

Day before I flew in from Ireland, my brother went down to Bloemfontein to see the Free State game. Lions came close to losing that one. Was the game with a miracle no look pass to JJ Williams from Gareth Edwards…if my memory is correct.

My brother told me in the lead up Willie John McBride carried the ball up, and hit the Free State flanker and captain, Jake Swart, “harder than I have ever seen a player hit on a rugby field. That Lions side just always found a way to win….apart from the drawn final test.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

“Hogg”. Not sure about him. A brilliant player at his best, but so often the wheels fall off the wagon for him….either injury, or really bad errors. I will interested to watch Jordan Larmour, see if he can remain injury free. He really has got special qualities. He is small, but is size really important….think Cheslin Kolbe, Faf de Klerk.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

In brief, yes, a look at the maul would be a good article topic. I’m not certain though if you are referring to the “rolling maul”, as it is termed now, and usually originating from a lineout within 10 or so metres of the goal line, or the maul that develops from a tackle that does not involve the player going to ground………and thus no ruck eventuates.

The dangerous scrum behaviour rugby must work harder to outlaw

Excellent post, J D. I would go for a one year postponement, hoping vaccination will have mortally wounded the virus/viruses. Spanish flu took two years to get on top off. We are in a very dark place with Covid 19 right now, but there is hope, given sensible responses from as many people as possible.

“South Africa could do a long awaited full tour of NZ,” What would you envisage ? Old style with games in places like Greymouth for Buller West Coast ? I guess now it would be the NPC teams though…Tasman etc. That would actually be a very good tour, with those lower ranked teams in NPC quite capable of giving a mid week Boks team a good contest….maybe even a Munster/ Lannelli, N.of England style upset. Great for local morale for the next 100 years 😊 😊

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

JN, I am more on your side in all this. I can see the viewpoint of others, but I just think many don’t realise the difficulties South African rugby faces, and has faced for so many years. I have never been to Argentina, but would think they are in “the same boat ” to an extent. I’m just not qualified to compare.
For those who have always lived in Australia or New Zealand, I suspect it is difficult to appreciate the realities of life in some other countries.

I have not set foot on South African soil for too long now, from my experience and perceptions. South Africa is a very complex country, with a huge gulf existing between the very rich, of whom an increasing number are people of colour, and a massive percentage who are very poor, and unemployed, with no prospects improvements in their lives anytime soon.

Now add in Covid 19. I have not followed South Africa’s respones closely, but felt that initially a lot of good moves were made. But this virus is relentless, with countries that initially controlled it well now in trouble…S. Korea is one.

With so many players overseas, and a worsening situation, the SARU decision to pull out of the RC was understandable to me, if very disappointing. Looking at the world Covid situation this morning, I would say it was a good call.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

Hope all is well with you, family and friends, Derm. Very hard times !

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?

“Sporting tours are irrelevant during a global pandemic”. Amazingly so many just can’t see that, Zenn. Well said.

Will the Lions actually tour South Africa in 2021?