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“last time I checked sponsors pay winners, not pretty losers.”

I’d check again. Sponsors like marketable stars; they will take a popular loser over an unpopular winner everyday of the week. The risk that SA take is becoming very unpopular and unmarketable, at least outside their own domestic market.

We're not here to entertain: Springboks

New Zealand
But we have done this dance before.
There isn’t any proof you will except. And you yourself have highlighted that when someone asks for proof, exactly as you have, it’s just to ridicule and discredit them. Yet, you continue to challenge everyone for proof.
But, like I said, we’ve done this dance and my feet are tired. I’m out.

'Nature of the world we live in': WA Premier casts doubt over Bledisloe 3, rules out TRC hosting

From a lot of the actions and inability to read play and the wider situation it really looked like the issue is the top 2 inches, not the physical bodies.

As you say Nick, they need to stay ‘blue head’, especially in stressful situations and under fatigue. I’m wondering how hard that is to ‘train’ for, as I assume that type of mental and physical fatigue in a test match is very difficult to emulate in (pressure free) training?

I was watching the Haka (obviously) and thought the Wallabies looked either bored, or respectful, or like it was something just to ‘get through’. I was reminded of something John Eales said years ago, he used the Haka to focus himself and the team. To switch it on mentally and focus on the job. Far from an ‘advantage’ some media scribes attribute to the Haka, Eales determined to use it against NZ. Much the same as England did in the RWC. The Wallabies tried to do something different to be fair, but it honestly looked like a half-arsed copy of England’s RWC ‘V’.

While not advocating that this is the solution for the Wallabies, it feels like they need to somehow switch on mentally to that focus and mindset that seems lacking right now. Currently it seems to be one track. Such as ‘be physical’, so they are physical without much thought as to the ‘why’ behind it, and what outcome they will actually get. Understanding that would lead to better execution. At least in my uninformed opinion.

Why the Wallabies are still looking for fool’s gold

It doesn’t take much of a difference for the score to blow out when the ABs try and break out. The Wallabies showed they can hold the ball – at least for a while – so now they need to get better at using that ball, not gifting it back to NZ in unstructured play or poor kicks. It’s not the physical side of the game so much as rugby smarts. I referenced To’omua’s post siren kick to BB as perfect example of really poor rugby smarts.

The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

The possession, territory, and time in 22m stats are interesting and may be indicative of NZ needing less possession, territory or time in 22m to score and giving possession back to Wallabies. So, while it may seem like they ‘win’ those stats, the fact they were behind in the main stat, the score, inspire of having more ball and territory etc, should be a concern. Not a highlight.

The simple, infallible way the Wallabies can stop losing the Bledisloe Cup every year

“I am not on the Skelton train. He was limited as a test lock previously and I think he will be the same now.”

While not an out and out lineout option, he brings enough now to allow for other selections to compensate for that. But then, as a Kiwi, I’m quite alright if you don’t pick him… read into that what you will.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

I don’t think the Australian referees are that bad. You do need more of them though.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

“Skelton did not cement before he left what’s changed”

Clearly you haven’t seen Skelton lately? He seems a different player and a very different physique.

Also, you can edit your own comment after you’ve posted, for like 45mins, little pen icon in the corner. Means you don’t have to reply to yourself.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

Currently DR can pick a couple outside the Giteau Law restrictions. Apparently Marika and Kerevi were going to be it. This is just the final step in removing that self imposed OS restriction RA had put on itself. Interesting times ahead.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

Absolutely, they can lick it up or put it down or reword it as and when they see fit or the need. Hence why it was put in place to begin with.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

Of course, that make sense. I had heard Kerevi’s. And thrown around a bit, and retaining Marika makes pretty solid sense.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

Thanks, I wasn’t aware he had ear marked 2 to bring back. I knew he was limited to two, but didn’t know he had effectively used them. Do we know who they are? Sorry, I’m not up with the play on this one.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

Good read Geoff, and can certainly see you passion coming through on this one.

I can’t add anything to the Sydney discussion, but that it shows the challenges RA has that NZR doesn’t. NZR seemingly has far more oversight it can exert than RA can, due to the federation aspect. Although I could be wrong.

In regards to scrapping the Giteau Law, do you see a large shift in player selections? It’s seems Rennie could be selecting some players now if he wanted but hasn’t, so what around that is going to change? How much influence are the NH clubs going to have?

Interesting parallels if the NH clubs create issues in the spirit of self interest and what is happening in Sydney really. Both ends of the candle biting to screw RA over.

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

Correct me if I’m wrong, can’t Rennie bring in a couple players irrespective of the Giteau law requirements? Why do you think he hasn’t up to this point, and what do you think scrapping the law entirely will change in respect to that? (Not being duck, actually curious).

The Wrap: Something is rotten in Australian rugby and it’s not the Wallabies

Possibly, but I doubt it. Is there really a market for that here in Aus? We constantly here how rugby is the forth footy code, and that is with Aussies playing. Try sustaining what little support there is if you have Kiwi players in the teams.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

Yea, it wasn’t like it was going to start a revival. It was just indicative of some of the rugby IQ that had been displayed. Throwing cut out passes to be intercepted when there was space in behind. Not securing your own lineout throws at crucial moment. There are a hundred (I exaggerate) examples in the game.

NZ VIEW: 'All Blacks' best performance since World Cup,' Wallabies not 'top of the tree opposition'

What cash?

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

Yea, had a girlfriend from there once, went to visit and thought there wasn’t much there. That was 20yrs ago now. Very cheap houses there tells you a lot.

NZ VIEW: 'All Blacks' best performance since World Cup,' Wallabies not 'top of the tree opposition'

What I was getting at is it may effectively gut the best product RA can produce. SRAus.

Without that, the cashflow will dry up and RA will struggle to find grassroots.

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

The issue potentially is SR level players leave and RA decide to leave SR in what ever form it’s going to take, as their player depth can’t sustain enough teams.

Eventually SR disappears from Australia, now the top level here is club rugby. Which doesn’t produce enough talented players for NH to be interested. Rugby continues to decline with few to none development pathways.

Then, we’ll all sit around and reminisce about how Rugby use to be played in Australia, back in my day.

Ok, maybe a bit doom and gloom and I don’t know that it will go this way, but it’s plausible…

Goodbye Giteau Law? RA set to scrap controversial rule

All a big conspiracy isn’t it? It didn’t take long for us to bring back the Kispiracy talk this season, I’m impressed.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

Never go back?

Except you know, when they do. We saw multiple replays of Reiko’s foot in touch in the first Bledisloe last year in Wellington.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

To be fair, that was a media beat up that does appear to be taken out of context. I haven’t seen the interview, but I’ve heard a breakdown of it was more that Kellaway had been thinking about ‘THE ALL BLACKS AT EDEN PARK’ (to the sound of a choir of Angels). Then after playing them, he realised they are just a team and the game was just; the All Blacks at Eden Park.

It might be a retcon move to take the conversation away from Auras and what not. But I don’t think any players actually talk in those terms much at anyway, so it does make sense.

Also, your right in that pregame, there is a lot of talking that doesn’t need to happen.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

Getting 57 put on you is pretty rough. I guess some leeway might be given considering it was the All Blacks at Eden Park. I mean, if any team was going to do it, and if it was going to happen anywhere, you’d put smart money on ABs at Eden.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

Thanks Peter, I was going to look it up as I couldn’t remember off the top of my head. But… then I didn’t.
I think as long as the team progresses and shows signs of improving and actually getting the game plan and execution for a full 80, even if they may not get the results. Of course, if they don’t get results they HAVE to happen next year.

MATCH REPORT: Rennie's Wallabies sent out to go big or die trying - it was the latter

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