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Apart from the idea being stupid, I believe his premise is wrong – a bye is a good thing. A game off is a good thing and allows teams to reset and gives players a break.

'One of the game's heartlands': Matty Johns' surprising pick for 18th NRL team

SA and Australia feeble? Let’s see. The two groups are hopelessly imbalanced in quality. Mind you, we’ve nobody to blame for rubbish results in WI and Bangladesh recently

What to expect from cricket's first desert T20 World Cup

I’ll bet he struggles to get past 650 Jeff

'Let's keep it respectable': Jimmy Anderson unimpressed with 'war of words' leading into Ashes series

Yeah, we have not been a good cricket citizen at all. I’m not overly proud of the way the Australian men’s team has behaved in the last 12/18 months after a period post sandpaper where we were clearly making good progress under Paine and Langer. That said, it’s a bit rich being lectured to keep it respectable (I can only assume he meant respectful) by Anderson.

'Let's keep it respectable': Jimmy Anderson unimpressed with 'war of words' leading into Ashes series

Why isn’t Head already busy batting at 5?

'My three options': Michael Clarke's surprise call for Will Pucovski's Ashes replacement

They’re both very small (I just checked and they’re listed as 84kg and 82kg respectively) so the technique must be good. Needless to say, I hadn’t noticed this as a strategy, thanks.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Interesting

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

They’re both good players but Youngs’ delivery is slow and he’s really picked for the quality of his kicking and Farrell is not a great running option. There are 2/3 fast halves with slick passing and running games who would give lesser kicking options but would bring Smith into the game more. And it’s apparent that a powerful running option at 12 is an important cog as backup for the running and playing option at 10. My preference would be Randall and Tuilagi but there are other good choices

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

That’s where he first coached rugby I believe

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

Great stuff Nick, I really enjoy articles that support my personal views 🙂 As an FYI, for those wondering about Smith’s effectiveness without the ball, check out who does the cleanout after Esterhuizen’s run in the first Quins’ clip.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

I am. The moniker is from when I was in SA 6 years ago. It went with me

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

There are 10, perhaps 15 spots for professional fly-halves in Australia. We can’t sign them all. And some, rated beneath those signed, may turn out to be better after some time in a professional setup. It’s inevitable

Former Roosters player gets Scotland call up for potential meeting with boyhood hero Cooper

Oh, for sure, there are situations where people are more prone to concussion. My younger brother had to give up rugby at 12/13 as he was concussed every time he played just about. But I have to wonder how a test quality batsman keeps getting sconed – that’s got to be technique related

Pucovski's latest concussion raises doubt over Ashes ambitions

Gotta be doesn’t it? Do other batsmen get hit in the head often but simply not suffer concussion symptoms?

Pucovski's latest concussion raises doubt over Ashes ambitions

Love it

Pucovski's latest concussion raises doubt over Ashes ambitions

Great memory TJ. He’s such a nice bloke I’m really happy for him to get this opportunity. Great too, for the Pasifika side to get him. Win win

'I wish my dad could see this': Emotional reason Lealiifano chose Moana Pasifika over Brumbies return

We don’t have the 100 but we also haven’t solved the problem of playing FC cricket during test series so stand by players can be in form in the right form of the game. BTW, I went to a 100 evening and enjoyed it thoroughly. The women’s game was an eye-opener

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

Alan Jones was a great rugby coach and there is no evidence he even played the game. Good selection, good man-management, good advisors, and a willingness to listen (if you can believe that from him now)

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

I love cricket and I’d bring loads of enthusiasm. What I lack, and this is the critical point, is the acumen and experience required to manage a massive sporting body. Very few people have it. If you reduce the pool of possible candidates by insisting they played FC cricket, then the pool becomes a teaspoon.

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

He’s becoming sad. And those that are there are mainly window dressing? So, there are people who fit the criteria I want but I don’t like them. Stupid

'They played for Bankstown 4ths': Should cricket's power brokers have played at highest level?

I was there, upstairs of the old Member’s Pavilion. The Peters. Good memories

GEEVES: From Bundy and Coke fuelled abuse to social media filth, the poison changed but damage remains the same

Sadly, I suspect you’re right JGK. What a tragedy for the young bloke. Shame he doesn’t have my head. Like a rock but with zero cricketing talent

Pucovski's latest concussion raises doubt over Ashes ambitions

OK, so “he made stuff up” turns out to be whether Lote sang or didn’t sing when on stage with the Fijian team after a test match in 2007? I have no idea if you’re right or not, but even assuming you are, personally, I’d be reluctant to tarnish a dead man’s reputation with something so inconsequential. The feuds he reported frustrated me a little too but he liked skewering incompetent rugby authorities. If I may quote one of those he frequently skewered, John O’Neill “I quickly realised that as a rugby journalist, he was a force to be reckoned with; he didn’t suffer fools, detested dishonesty and was unambiguously courageous. He didn’t see his job to be popular! As a friend, he was loyal and consistent. On tour he could be the life of the party. Dinner at the Green Parrot in Wellington NZ, with other rugby commentators will forever be in my memory.”

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

I played some subbie stuff for Warringah I think and we had a fixture at Roseville, That was a long way back though

The greatest West Indies Test side of the last 50 years

My bad. The whole competition would have benefited from his presence, Brett. Our hookers have no standout to aspire to or to spend a week getting pumped for the challenge of taking him on.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

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