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That is a really interesting post, Fin. Thanks for that background. Did they win the GPS comp ? Were they undefeated in that year ?

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

Great read, Nic. Thanks.

One hopes this talented group will come through in the next few years, and mirror the perfomances and achievements the likes of Jacob Stockdale, James Ryan and to a lesser extent thus far,Andrew Porter from the Irish U 20’s of 2016.

However our coaching setups will need to step up a lot for this to happen. It will be interesting to see if Nick Frost has made the right decision in leaving the Canterbury Crusaders setup at this stage. I find myself wondering if some of the other talented players would not be better off outside Australia for a while, with top sides like Saracens, Leinster etc.

Surely we are now not too far away from making the same decision as SA, and selecting from a worldwide palyer base ?

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

“Personally I think Vern Cotters a better option”

Yes, he is the one I would hope RA would have at the top of their list. While ontpellier are not doing so well currently, his work with Scotland places him very high on the list of contenders…..that is if he wants what could be a very difficult job in “shark infested waters”

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

An interesting article, Brett. This is an interesting match coming up in SA this weekend, with the WB’s not facing a full on Bok’s team, and having the opportunity to select what many who comment on Roar Rugby would consider a really well balanced team, and without some notable weaker players not selected.

“Having now adjusted their eligibility policy to select players from wherever they’re playing, Erasmus can be both pragmatic and strategic with his selections during the Rugby Championship.”

This sadly is something that MC will not be able to do. I would very dearly like to see Australia recognise the fact that few nations can not now take any other course than select from anywhere in the world their players are operating.

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

One of Australia’s great scrumhalves, Will was the best in the world at his peak. Had injury not intervened, he may well now be regarded as one of the all time greats of any nation.

I wish him well in retirement from the International scene, and hope he has a few more years left to enjoy the game, with a lot more family time in a great rugby country.

Will Genia announces Test retirement after excellent Wallabies career

Ah, I was thinking he was a young guy…should always check the facts.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

That scrum at the 52. 30 min mark on the clip I thought should have been a penalty reversal, with the Crusaders penalised for dangerous lifting in the scrum. The law now outlaws what we used to coach. Would even see it as a card offence if the Jaguares tighthead had not been standing up before being lifted. If he had still had his head in the scrum as he was lifted, that would have been a really dangerous situation….even a red card ?

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Nic, top article on an absorbing, if not classic, final. Thanks.

Looking at Bonilla’s performance brought back to mind the first time I saw Johnny Sexton play live, in Brisbane ….need to check the year…but he was being heralded as a bright future star for Ireland, and did not have a great game due to the pressure th WB’s put on him. I wonder if Bonilla can follow in Sexton’s footsteps and reach similar heights one day ? I hope so.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Just been in Spain, Riddler….Catalonia. Yes, got some malbec at good prices when there. Alcohol prices very reasonable….and we also hopped over into Andorra for a few hours.

Really liked the bits we saw of the country. Stayed in an an wonderful castle/fortified house at Llaers. Really enjoyed the sound of the goat/sheep bells as the flock set of each morning at first light…..a disappearing world.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Excellent post, Jez. Fully support all you say.

“I’m going to be very upset if we lose another high quality technical analyst (not to mention one that writes so well and engages us as much as he does the comments).”

I’d be using a stronger word than upset ! Also really appreciate the time Nic puts into the discussion side of these articles, and then after the time and thought he puts into resaeching and writing the articles. This is the work of top level analyst who is also a top class writer and communicator.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

Well done Crusaders…a truly great team. Jaguares also well done this year, and probably tonight a year short on experience and maturity. Watch them next year !!

Crusaders fight past Jaguares to make it three straight Super Rugby titles

Like your post, Muglair……lot of good points there.

“Hanigan did have a good season and may have even suffered from a need to reduce Waratah numbers ” Interesting to see someone give Hanigan some credit. I see him as a future player of promise, especially in the lineout. And he is young still, and will develop a lot, I believe.

Very wrong to leave out McCaffrey…he has shown outstanding form all season.

Has the latest Wallabies squad heralded the end of a selection era?

Superb article Conor….I always enjoy and gain a lot from your work. Thanks.

How to target the All Blacks, Part 3: The 20-metre blind

Jacko, I think you hit the nail on the head there. Many are assuming he has actually signed….anything can happen in these types of situation. And I would certainly want to see very tight behavoural clauses in any contract with Qld.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Good comment PR…sadly that, for me, sums Quade up…sadly, I would add, because he has some great skills. However injury or poor form in RC could yet see him feature.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Agree on most, ST. Think Robertson is better than many rate him. Phipps and Hannigan out is good…two new selectors ?? Am sorry McDermott is not in at SH….actually on form Genia is lucky to be there.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

‘Kepu can sort of play both sides”

Andrew, I see him as good on both heads, though tight he has most caps…would need to check stats there. Kepu is also npw in past couple of years a very good ball runner and distributor. Personally really rate his chances of forcing into the 23 . I know his super form has not been great…but we will see.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Was thinking about that final in SA two years ago. Was a great Saders win, but agree about the 5 mins more…..also felt for Kwagga that night.

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

“The RC and RWC Wallabies would, IMO, be bested by the ABs, Ireland, Wales, England, the Boks, the Pumas, the Crusaders, the Canes, Saracens, Leinster, Munster and Toulouse. ”

Don’t personally see them as being that bad, Phaeton. I would strike out Munster and Toulouse from your list…..they are well below the level of the others you list, I believe. Also think it is a big step up for any club side to theoretically take on a full international team.

The WB’s will be helped by the return of O’Connor and White, with the former especially important….as long as he behaves. He has played some very good rugby with Sale, as has White with Exeter.

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

“I vastly prefer the deep dive that he gives us even if of course it won’t tell the whole story”.

Second that for sure !!

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

Interesting post, Trader23, especially the away game stats.

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

“The travel factor will catch up to them in the second half. It always does. ” Accurate comment, JS. Without a good lead going into the second half, it will be tough to hold the Crusaders off at the finish.

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

Good article, Nic. Thanks.

The final could be a classic, and I hope it is. The weather is not going to be kind though, with a max. of only 9 C on Sat., and dropping to a min. of 2 C overnight. Scattered showers forecast as well, so not great for open running rugby.

The Jaguares have certainly timed their peak well, and will test the Crusaders. The game may well come down to which team can exploit the chances that come their way to the full. And both teams have shown how good they are in that department.

Why things fell apart for the Brumbies in Buenos Aires

Reading this several days late, Harry. Currently roaming Europe, and sometimes no internet…in Pyrenees for example. But BLTN. Thanks for another great piece.

Had thought I would have a lot of time to read thru’several past articles of yours that I had missed…but that will have to wait till I am back in Australia. To be looked forward to.

Team is king: Deciphering the new prose of Michael Cheika

Yes, agree with that…..really is a dynamic player.

Slammin' Sam Cane shows just how good the Kiwis' super sevens are