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Living in London where I have picked up London Irish but my heart resides with Warringah, Wallabies and the Waratahs. Oh, and the NSW and Australian cricket teams

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Thanks Nic. Your last point is very depressing. I despair for our game if we need to acknowledge a high percentage of all contacts impacts players’ brains. There’s no way to remove that risk

Coach's Corner: How can Aussie teams find their mojo in clashes with the Kiwis?

I should have left out the luck perhaps but their injuries have hit important players at a difficult time so it may not be totally wrong. They’ve been competitive without ever really looking like getting a result. I wouldn’t say the same about the Rebels or Force who have mostly been beaten up by opponents

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

Please no. Matt has given great service but his primary role now is shoring up mid-field defence and helping young flyhalves; at the Rebels

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

This would be my favourite result for the weekend. The Reds are due some luck and a result

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

Thanks for the heads up on MacKenzie, Fox. I shall keep an eye out. I don’t usually death-ride youngsters but against my Tahs I hope the young fella has a shocker

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 15: If you ain't first you're last

If you say so, DA

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

Maybe but people don’t just pi55 their money away these days. They make qualitative calls on where they spend it. I acknowledge the right of the Blues to make this call but there is an impact

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

Of course, it is. And to the comp. They’re effectively saying that there is a game they don’t care whether they win or lose

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

I completely understand the views of the Blues and their fans. Good parallel with Leinster in the URC. Just don’t expect everybody to feel the same way

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

Exactly, the Tahs are in a lose-lose position. The Blues win-win. I guess they earned the right to be so disrespectful to the opposition and the competition by winning 11 in a row but it doesn’t make it right

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

I’ve no doubt many other coaches would have done the same. And all of them would have fed us the BS about not disrespecting the opposition. And any observer with half a brain would know that’s exactly what they’re doing, disrespecting the Tahs and the comp. It will always be thus

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

I’m OK if JP comes off the bench. He covers a lot of spots and getting that starting balance right is crucial

'It can destroy you': Genia's warning to Wallabies selectors over Tane, and why Jock deserves shot at 15

You have to like Will Genia. Of course he’d be inclined to pump up the tyres of a Queenslander but none of the comments felt parochial. His comparison of Edmed’s game time to Smith’s has been said before but it resonates coming from him

'It can destroy you': Genia's warning to Wallabies selectors over Tane, and why Jock deserves shot at 15

This says it nicely. He appears not to grasp the point though. It was time for Justin to move on. Great career as a test batsman, great job of turning the senior men’s team around after they lost their way. Thanks for your contribution.

'I was happy beside the bulls--- politics': Langer lashes CA over messy exit

OK. Not sure I agree but acknowledge the point

Rugby News: Hoops gets wish as Gilbert whacked for 'brain fart,' Swain's 'sad' moment that sparked his Super milestone

Interesting. How do you rate his engine?

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

So straight swap – Hanigan for Samu? I’m not sure of that. Samu has been very good since TT kicked off

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Rhys, if you’re OK to use a red card as an excuse for a Kiwi loss, surely losing Bell in minute 3 and Porecki soon after against the Chiefs, works the other way. I prefer to just look at the scoreboard but if you want to play the excuse game, it needs to work both ways

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

I’m guessing Holloway can be added to that pair. He’s been great

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

As have the Rebels. It’s a poor excuse to use. Rugby is a tough game. Lots of players get hurt. Some play hurt and underperform also

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

I picked them against Canes too, so reluctant to brag too loudly

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

That’s great news on Joey. We have real depth in most positions now. Maybe 9 is a problem? I’m totally unconvinced with Grant

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

That’s a new one. I choose to stick with Kerry, JN

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

How different to the modest unmanageable pro structure in your homeland

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Move to Melbourne. That mob needs a bit of BT love

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

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