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Do we know what happened to JP? I can’t imagine a more innocuous incident for an injury to a professional rugby player. He’s so damn good, I really worry we’ll never see the best of him due to injuries.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Likewise

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

He was knocked out so a clear injury replacement

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I think, pretty self-evidently, he has been the second best winger in Australian rugby. Hope that is now clear for you

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

They have some ticker for sure. Need to dial it back just a fraction though so they avoid so many silly errors.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Daugunu played the worst game I’ve seen of him. He’s still the second best winger in the country though. One bad game doesn’t change a season of quality

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

I thought he was very good. I’ve been critical of his fitness and form all season since the break. I don’t have any agenda, just my opinion

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

He was better than you could have expected given his playing time of late. He is a talent.
Also, I’d like to rap both skippers for the way they spoke post match. Class

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Yeah, I wonder if Rennie would like another go at picking 13. I said it before the match, champion players stand up in big matches. I know now who I’d prefer at 13 in Auckland

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Brumbies played their best game in two months when it mattered. Reds lineout problems came back to bite them and I got the impression they started very nervous – indicated by the number of silly penalties they gave away, particularly early.
Best team won, the ref didn’t change that.

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

The word was that Rodda wanted to move to the Brumbies to learn under Fisher. So it happens

Western Force lock down skipper with contract extension

Outside of some complaints from established teams, what would motivate RA to stop the Force bringing in marquee talent (over a salary cap)? I’d be more likely to watch the Force play if they had a few flair players I knew would entertain and give them a chance to win.

Western Force lock down skipper with contract extension

3) Under the current RA salary cap the Force are not viable in SR – not now – not ever.
If you’d been following what has been coming out of our friends from the west, you’d have read that they need time to rebuild the infrastructure to deliver young talent. It’s not a question of never but it is a question of now.

Western Force lock down skipper with contract extension

EFF, as a Programme Manager, I am constantly reminding people who work for me to stop moaning or stressing about the past. Our responsibility is to focus on what we do now.
I like these two posts from you a lot as they speak of a depth of understanding and inform me of things I couldn’t expect to know plus they address the situation as it is right now.
And I totally agree. If we need 5 sides, and I believe we do, then we need to be realistic about what a new side can deliver without dispensation to catch up.

Western Force lock down skipper with contract extension

More fool them. It’s so important to have different characters in big units. And he’s that

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

I like the optimistic view. I would love Fisher to own breakdown work for the Wallabies but I’m pretty sure he has stated he doesn’t want the role.
I’ve noticed in the last week McKellar having another shot at one of the Reds players (can’t recall who, sorry) so he’s got some form with this.
It’s something EJ is big on. I’m not such a fan

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

You say that, and it sounds reasonable, but I’ve despaired for improved breakdown work from the Wallabies for a long time now

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

Fards was a bit more than a lock at a pinch. He came to view as a SR player, solely as a lock at the Brumbies. All that said, I take your point re Wright – although he seems a solid lineout exponent

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

A long way to go but great call on Justin Thomas

US Open mega betting preview: Everything you need to know to pick a winner at Winged Foot

I fancy the Reds – form is a wonderful thing. More so than pedigree I think this time.
It’s relatively meaningless but I’d like to thank the players, referees, team support, and everybody else involved in putting this together this year. The sacrifices people made have been well worth it from my perspective. Switching on the TV at 10am became a thing in my house for the past few months and I’ve usually had my daughter for company watching. In a crappy year, SR NZ and AU have been shining lights and I’m particularly heartened by the AU version and the young blokes who’ve put their hands up.

Super Rugby AU final: It all comes down to this

It wasn’t an unfair comment though – we’d struggled to close out games against these guys for a while. As you say though, this may be a big deal in our future against England, and everybody else for that matter

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Leishman and Smith have both struggled to finish 72 holes of late without a shocker. I don’t view them as any chance. I still think Scott and Day best Aussie chances

US Open mega betting preview: Everything you need to know to pick a winner at Winged Foot

The science of this defence is challenging on the page. Presumably significantly more so for players on a pitch. How long would it take a team to shift from drift to this Nick. And who communicates decisions to stick, as you suggested? Is it just the players in place or are there guys who’s role it is to dictate?

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Can a Kiwi win an OA? Or a knighthood? Winning the Bledisloe in your first attempt in a post WC year in a 4 game series. It couldn’t be made any harder

New Zealand Bledisloe Cup fixtures confirmed for mid-October

Chappell as a selector erred too much towards throwing darts and hoping young blokes would turn into legends. I’d prefer the selectorial truism to be pick when they’re in form. Too often we’ve been reluctant to take a punt on a guy in a 1000 run season and then chose him a year later when he was struggling a bit.

Baggy Green prodigies: If you’re good enough, then you’re old enough