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Paul

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A sports fan generally, but a soft spot for AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket.

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Paul, mountains great work here, thanks so much for sharing your insights. Id be interested in your take on years between grand finals and time between premierships. An example of Essendon. Between 1983 and 1993 Essendon appeared in 5 grand finals, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990 and 1993. They won 3 of 5. Three of those were against Hawthorn, Collingwood and Carlton. The last flag was in 2000. So we could say Essendon had a certain period of dominance but have been in the wilderness for what feels like an eternity. I guess my point is that dominance and success can go in patches. Also, I think it would be interesting to see where periods of success intersect. Essendon and Hawthorn in the 80s and Hawthorn and Geelong in the early 21st century. So how about a follow up :-)?

Ranking the most successful clubs in AFL/VFL history

Hoy I think you’re right there. Former AFL coach Kevin Sheedy was big on developing defence before attack. Gavin Wanganeen, who became a great midfielder was for several years left in the back pocket learning defence under Sheedy at Essendon. Its not directly analogous but just maybe players need to learn how to tackle the big bodies in the last line week in week out before they get a chance to graduate into the halves. When I first played club rugby I was out on the wing to begin with, moved to 13 until I could tackle properly before my colts coach was happy my tackling was reliable and then settled me in at breakaway.

Maybe Rugby Australia know what they're doing

I actually think the NSW NRC sides should be a Subbies rep side. It would solve the talent parity issue with states like VIC. It’s also economic parity, there’s no fenced grounds, no stands and no gate sales for income.

Maybe Rugby Australia know what they're doing

Pretty confident he has not played 10 for the Rebels. He should definitely be playing 10 for the Rising when he suits up for them next.

Genia and Cooper confirm move to Japan post-World Cup

Agreed Bluesfan. I actually believe Jack Maddocks should be groomed to move up the ground. As soon as this RWC is over in fact. The Rebels, or whoever he plays for, should release him so he can go play ITM cup for a season like Stirzaker did. While I’m at it, someone should bring Nic Stirzaker back too.

Genia and Cooper confirm move to Japan post-World Cup

Four year deal Taylorman. They should get him a place in Takapuna on Hurstmere Road and not let him go!

Genia and Cooper confirm move to Japan post-World Cup

KCOL, I think you hit the nail on the head here- it’s not the best team, it’s the safest one. We’ve had a four year cycle to blood new players and test combinations. We’ve been so risk averse and scared of losing.

Genia and Cooper confirm move to Japan post-World Cup

@Deepak Shahthere’s a hit of in equity in this system because in theory the third placed team gets an easier game than the second placed team.

Kohli unhappy with World Cup format after India's shock semi-final loss

The concept of the double chance is not new and has been feature of the McIntyre Final system for many years. I have no problem with it being used in tournaments like this.

Kohli unhappy with World Cup format after India's shock semi-final loss

I think there have been some good strategic developments implemented by RA. The Junior Gold Cup was one and the NRC was the other. Im pretty Jordan Uelese, Fereti Sa’aga, Rob Leota and Rob Valetini all came through that pathway. I think the NRC needs to cap the number of SR contracted players to make it a more effective development pathway though.

Maybe Rugby Australia know what they're doing

Istanbul Wingman, love the way you write. Felt like I was on a cook’s tour of the Rugby playing world. I had no idea the game reached as far as it did. I played in dreary old Melbourne back in the day and my education came from Gordon Bray and Chris Handy on Sunday afternoons on ABC. Great article!

Rugby's pagans are a dying breed

Take nothing away from Queensland for being dominant for so long but I like there’s more a contest these last two years.

BLUES WIN ORIGIN: NSW steal incredible series victory with last-minute Game 3 win

There were differing opinions, we were really challenging one another and I think we’ve come up with a better outcome for that than maybe if I’d have picked it by myself.

I found this comment interesting and encouraging. I hope this brings about an end to lazy selection, which I mean to selection on reputation rather than form. I hope also we’re done with selecting players out of position. So if Banks is a better fullback, select him at 15 and drop DHP to the bench instead of playing him on the wing and play our two best wingers.

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