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“cross paths one day and have a pint.” That would indeed be wonderful, Harry.

Are these Wallabies moral enough to win the World Cup?

France might be possible, Bob. Will be there in June, and not far from Stade de France at one point.

Was just too far S. last week for the Saracens v Leinster game. Will be in Ireland next week, and will catch up with some of the “boys” I coached 40 yrs ago.

Are these Wallabies moral enough to win the World Cup?

“In 1987, the All Blacks had strong moral characters Michael Jones fetching, Grant Fox kicking, Brian Lochore coaching, Sean Fitzpatrick hooking, and the Whetton brothers leaping.”

Sean Fitzpatrick a strong moral character ? Master of the “lazy run”…….that might tarnish the claim a bit ?

Are these Wallabies moral enough to win the World Cup?

A really thought provoking piece, laced with deep insight, and written by a gifted writer with an astonishing command of the English language. Another great article, Harry. Many thanks.

I am reading as the lights begins to wink in the valley of the River Colne , just upstream from Huddersfield. Travelling north from Stratford – on – Avon earlier in the day, we passed very close to Rugby, and the famous Rugby School that you cite in the article, “Rugby evolved at Rugby, and meandered towards the game we now love.” The area where I will sleep tonight saw a momentous event in 1895, when the Northern Union was formed, and the evolution of Rugby League began it’s meander away from our beloved Union game.

Are these Wallabies moral enough to win the World Cup?

” Kepu is finished.” Don’t agree, Joker. He will, imo, be a critical player for the WB’s come Sept. in Japan. He can play either head, caries and distributes well. He and the old Shona “Beast” warhorse from Zimbabwe, will, I hope, prove their value in tis RWC,

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

“but if Michael Foley finally accepted he is not suited to a head coach role, he is an exceptional forwards and scrum coach”

Yes, Don, have often thought of Foley, and where he is now. I really rate him, and thought he actually did a lot better with the Western Force than was felt b many. Many good men shouldnever try to be head coaches….I often have that thought flitting through my mind when I hear Brad Thorn speak. He is not a natural facing the media, which a modern head coach needs to be.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Would be good to have had a direct chat, Nic. Certainly will contact you anytime am back near Wales.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

“If only he could follow up next week with an article explaining the demise of the penalty tap move and how it could become relevant again. ”

Interesting that you raise the tap penalty, MaxP. I actually have thought about writing a short article on that one.

I just don’t understand why teams, when given a penalty, and assurred possession, so often take the gamble of a scrum or lineout.

So often we see a penalty in the red zone, and the ball tapped to touch, and then the lineout is lost, or a penalty conceded.

It is not dead though….Aaron Smith has taken the quick tap sometimes….remeber one that gave him a try v WB’s a few years ago, and England caught the WB’s asleep at Twickenham about 3 years ago.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

“Uelese played for Gordon on the weekend” I have been wondering about him. Does anyone have any further information on his proress in recovery from injury….must have missed almost two years now ?
Ignore all the above…wrote it before I saw Jez’s post !

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

“Hanigan”…yes, Jez, I agree with you there. I see him as a rapidly improving player, and a really good lineout operater right now. I do worry that he is too slow though. Don’t think he has the pace needed to play 6 or 8…so only 4/5.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

“there’s not many players I can think of who come out of our current Wallabies systems looking a better or more skilful player.”

And that is the sad and worrying aspect of current WB rugby. It would be interesting to see Thor go to a setup such as Saracens, or Leinster. Skelton and Beale are two classic examples of NH rugby really improving their play. In Beale’s case, imo, he has fallen back under the WB “clouds”

Player exchange systems need to come into place soon,I believe, for the good of WB rugby, as well as dropping the rule that WB’s can only be selected if playing Super Rugby/in Australia, or under the “Giteau Law”

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

That is a good post, Don. Interesting to get some insider information.

“I’m not as concerned with his attitude as I am with his lack of ongoing improvement this year.
Then again, you often see a guy make rapid gains, plateau, then improve again.”

You are right, I agree Thor is disappointing, or perhaps I would say atchy this year. But at his age, and with the correct handling, he could swing the right way again.

I think one has to remember how young he still is in “prop years” He has time on his side, though not for this RWC.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Yes, I would support that pathway, Fionn. The game ethic ingrained playing for the Crusaders is worth so much. The WB route is probably the best for Michael, given the strength of NZ prop stocks.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Ah, I see….thanks Daveski.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

I’m out of the loop a bit, Kane. Why is he going to be sacked ? Hope that is not a serious comment.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Good evening Nic Thank you for another most intestering article.

I read your article this week a lot closer to you than usual. I am watching the sun set over Stratford -on – Avon as I write, after a lovely drive throgh the beautiful English counrtyside from Reading. What a wonderful time to be in Britain, with the sun filtering throgh the soft green leaves, and the hawthorn hedgerows abazle with snow white blossom. Very different to this time last week, when I was crossing the border between Iraq and Turkey……..fortunatly at 40000 feet in an A380 in bound to LHR.

I would see Kepu as a key prop in that he is strong on both sides of the game, and also has devoped a very good carrying and distributive game. He also has that really important edge over his younger rivals. Experince born from multi caps against all comers.

I have not seen any of the games you feature, Nic, but from the clips, your comment “Alaalatoa’s scrum technique is more reliable and consistent” is indisputable. I tink that in the case of Tupou, he just lacks that bit of experience, perhaps concentration, that sees him in trouble at times. Well coached and with time, he may become the world’s best 3. However the James Johnson case is a dark cloud not to be ignored.

Why the Wallabies' props are no longer in a bind

Excellent article, Zanden. Thank you, really enjoyed the read. Be interesting to see Parker play behind a dominant pack, like the Crusaders.

The All Blacks must consider Hayden Parker for the World Cup

“The flying wedge” Used to have some great moves based on it years ago…..as sad to see it outed.

Breaking down the Wallabies' back-row conundrum

What you say is true, Fionn, but I think Hooper dropped back a lot in form post last RWC, and has not got back to his best. A bit similar to Genia, though I think he is now better than at last RWC, but not back to his career best form.

Breaking down the Wallabies' back-row conundrum

“Just maybe Poey and Hooper were better, younger players in 2015 than they are now.”

I think that is a comment worth debating….has a lot of truth in it. Pocock with his injuries, and Hooper not quite at the level of 2015, and earlier.

Breaking down the Wallabies' back-row conundrum

“only way the WBs are going to win their QF is by concentrating on defence ”

My worry is not the QF, but getting past the pool stage……that will need a big improvement, and probably luck, and crucial refereeing calls going their way.

If they do get to QF, would hate losing to England…again !

Breaking down the Wallabies' back-row conundrum

Really enjoyed this read on a fascinating and evolving area of the game. Thanks Nic.

“Do they (Wallabies)stick with the ‘Pooper’ and a dual openside construction, or do they return to a more orthodox arrangement with more size and power at numbers 6 and 8?”

Just love the dual openside concept, and my vote at this point is for Hooper and Pocock to be started in the big games.

Breaking down the Wallabies' back-row conundrum

Most interesting post, Wh. Always interesting to get some background on Roarers too !

Why the Wallabies will be kicking themselves in 2019

I would say he is really enjoying playing and living in Ireland…what a place to(probably) end a career…and to also play for what is currently one of the world’s best “club” sides. What about that try he gets too. Jeez, I would give a lot to be the WB’s chief selector !!

Scott Fardy forgets he's a flanker with outrageous long pass

Getting back to the article and comments very late today, but as always some great discussion.

Just a comment on Quade Cooper. I think in the year he was in club rugby, and now this season with the Rebels, he is showing a lot more judgement on when to pass, and when to hold and take the tackle. He has had a few glaring errors, but overall, I think he is now a far more effective player than he has been since way back to 2011. Tbh, I still have Foley a bit ahead, but that could well change by Sept, and RWC.

Why the Wallabies will be kicking themselves in 2019