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Rugby lover and Wallabies fan, but late to the game, becoming a real fan 5 or so years ago when in my mid thirties . From Perth, living in France.

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Laws insisting on the player cleaning out staying vertical and mking no contact above the shoulders would make sense. I’d like to see jackals protected if they really are there first as the main priority

Why the ruck must go hands-free in 2021

I think Tuilagi is overrated too. I think it’s cause he’s relatively unusual in the NH, as a power rather than skills-based centre.

Where have all the great centres gone?

Very interesting series Harry. My personal favorite is Lood De Jager. Seems to do a heack of a lot of good work, but with relatively few individual ‘wow’ moments. Would be interesting to see how he stacks up if you have the time

Bakkies Botha was a bad, bad man

Hopefully not for a few years yet. They would win it handily just now i think

Who lines up in an Anzac XV?

I think it’s hard to come up with a team. To me not many guys on either team were consistently good. I would pick Cane, Savea, Philip right away… After that Mo’unga, B Barrett, Slipper, maybe Wilson, maybeme Koroebeti, i guess, but with hesitations in every case. White or Aaron Smith could go either way. To me no one else was at all consistent enough

Who lines up in an Anzac XV?

Would have seemed ridiculous to suggest Phillip 6 months ago, but he has really played well and has a workrate second to none. Also seems like a talker and a motivater on field. Good age to appoint him at too.

Who will be the Wallabies' captain in 2021?

shocking decision here. didn’t lead with the shoulder, just ran at him and happens to be marginally taller. Referees need to get a grip. not every contact to the head is a red. Kremer’s certainly was closer to one than this though, and Hooper’s was too

LSL sent off for seriously dumb act just minutes after coming on

Whatever he does or doesn’t do heaps of people will criticise him. Obviously they are the ones with all the know-how and experience.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

Hooper was in the right, especially just before half time. The argentinian forward, lying across the ruck deliberately held that ball up for about 15 seconds. Referee not giving a yellow was a disgrace.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

He’s just dominating them. Moving them around with ease. They don’t always fall back in straight lines though… I think in general most of us are too harsh on Tupou. Rennie should have kept him on, we had the Argies on the backfoot throughout the first half but weren’t capitalising. He played a part in that cause they just couldn’t handle him at all in the scrums. Having said that I do think Rennie would be better off just sticking with him playing the last 25 to 35.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

Sure did get the Argies flustered though didn’t he. He was dominating the scrum and they were rattled and getting prissy. Was a big mistake by Rennie to take him off.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

Not sure why no one mentions Chicago. Could trade him for Porter and Thad Young. No assets just the salary dump.

Three trade destinations for Russell Westbrook

I think as well as Hodge, JOC can stick around till then, being so skilled and flexible. Others will probably have too much wear by then.

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

No it’s not. It’s cause our backs weren’t good.

Are the All Blacks staring into the abyss?

Tuipolutu is frustrating. I thought pre Bledisloes this year that he’d really impose himself.

Are the All Blacks staring into the abyss?

How confident do you feel against tge aussies? I think Arg should be warm favorites, but i think we have better ball runners and better structure in the tight five than the ABs have just now.

Are the All Blacks staring into the abyss?

I agree re Jrdie, but what do you think is motivating Foster to keep playing Savea at 8 and Jordie on the wing? They both look obviously out of position. Has Foster said why he’s got them there?
Also I liked what i saw of Ioane in the backrow last week and when i’ve seen him in super he looks good. And he’s big. I’d like to see him in. Surprised you’d think of dropping Savea altogether though

The Wrap: A great new broadcast deal for rugby? Depends on who’s telling the story

Though with sone of the better ball running recent 8s is it their agility that makes them hard for forwards to stop? Vermeulen, Vunipola

The 2020 Bledisloe Cup analysed – Part 2: The All Blacks

Thanks Micko. Statesmanlike

Pumas beat All Blacks for the first time

I mean we’ve got four or five decent contenders there whereas at 1,2,3,4,5 10, 12,13,14,15 you’ve got just one or two obvious contenders at each position and then not much that looks promising yet.

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

Not many spots where we’ve got much depth. But six is that, but with no one guy really clearly ahead of the rest. Be interesting to see if Samu gets a run there. Seems a great shame if he’s just (already been)cast aside.

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

That first clip of Tupou lifting his opponent in the scrum is one if the most awesome highlights I have seen. I saw the game with the kiwi commentary and they didn’t pick up on it. Called my kids into the room to watch it though! Got some wows… Love that clearout stat on Wright. I like him and it’s nice to see he’s doing more volume of work than I’d been able to notice.

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

I wonder about Wilson too, not quite yet though. Alalatoah might be next in line maybe

The 2020 Bledisloe Cup analysed – Part 1: The Wallabies

Yeah not typed in. But at the same time i would think Rennie did pick him for more than the short term and I’d be surpised if he’d expected much more from him for now. Runs hard and hits fairly hard and can grow into the more subtle stuff i hope.

The 2020 Bledisloe Cup analysed – Part 1: The Wallabies

No mention of Paisami though, Harry. He did, i think, start all four tests, or at least 3 out of 4 and got decent time in all. You not convinced he’ll hold on there? I thought he could have had a far worse first 4 tests.

The 2020 Bledisloe Cup analysed – Part 1: The Wallabies