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I think you are right, and I do think Rennie will appreciate him for what he is: a great tackler and worker and a good ball runner. But I get that some people want a different kind of 7, who hits the breakdown harder and has more impact there. Articles like that are probably more motivated by that than by a genuine perception that Hooper is declining. I think Mcreight has the makings of that kind of 7 more than Wright does, though I do rate Wright and he might even have a short term furmture as a second-rower for the Wallabies, given the lack of depth there.

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Yeah, he can be as dominant as anyone as a ball runner, scrummager and (cleanly) clearing bodies at the breakdown. Needs to stick to putting all his energy into that and upping his tackle count. He’ll be as good as any frontrower in the world if he does

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?

I reckon you are right in general Red Rob, but in the context of a Tahs team that’s seen as a bit soft and broken, that bit of mongrel is welcome

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?

Just caught a replay of that game then. Wasn’t it great to see Maddocks in there at fullback? Looked confident and purposeful. Has to have Rennie happy too seeing that, someone to push DHP and Banks as the incumbents. Nice to see the fight in Swinton too, and Harrison was impressive there in tight i thought, breaking the lines with his running. Impressive toughness for a young 10.

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?

There are still some very good players there. Makes me feel like if attitude, morale can be up they can be competitive

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

I like the idea of getting an outcome but i reckon quite a few players would struggle to really be up for extra time, and play at a worthy standard for deciding a series.

The time has come for extra time in Bledisloe Cup deciders

Appreciated response, Ken’s C’s O.L… I agree on Hodge’s best trajectory, and Nick’s highlighted his offload strength in that context, I remember being really disappointed when he blew his knee in (i think) 2017 given he might lose some of his notable power-running… The implication in your original comment – which you might not have intended, but could be understood from it – was that AAC had kind of failed in his career because he wasn’t more of a one-position specialist… Back to Hodge I think the way Cheika used him did actually make a fair bit of sense, but it’s hard to see that as the best for him going forward.

Will Dave Rennie remember Australia’s forgotten man?

Interesting, I remember Hodges head bouncing off Fijians’ legs when he was trying to tackle them at the WC (he wasn’t the only one) I think when later in the game he ducked/(ie “brace, brace”d) into that shoulder charge he was suspended for, it was out of frozen fear. Not surprising it’s in that context he realized strength and speed could be at another whole level.

Will Dave Rennie remember Australia’s forgotten man?

Where I take exception just a little there is that AAC was an outstanding defender, I’d say. I think he really set himself apart and established himself with that and I suspect his multi-position playing was a positive reflection of that . Hodge has great length on his kicking, but apart from that I don’t think he warrants the comparison with AAC yet (just in terms of class/level of player). I realise that’s not exactly your point, but I say it cause think AAC gets a bit more criticism and less appreciation than he’s deserved

Will Dave Rennie remember Australia’s forgotten man?

Youd reckon it would be a bit sus if Rennie had made the big decisions before he’d got in amongst the player group for a while… My own opinion , for what little it’s worth, is Hooper looks like a much better player than captain.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie sits on the fence about Michael Hooper

I’ve re-watched some old Wallabies games recently, back when he could just sidestep a tackler and be off. I think the key to his demise is just that he got a bit old, lost the expected step or two and so he had to run wider angles to get by defenders, which meant breaking teammates lines and kicking shorter (he’d be constantly facing 45-70 degrees from the sticks once in motion so his vision became a lot more limited) he didn’t seem to adjust his game well to being a lesser athlete. I suspect the coaches weren’t hard enough on him about playing tighter and smarter.

Beale exits Waratahs

Watching both games, but especially Highlanders-Chiefs- I was really impressed with the pace, and the hard ball running and the fitness. A lot of that is probably just cause it’s all Kiwis (admitting that as an Aussie) bit part of it was probably cause play was less exhausting and stagnated at the breakdown

What Super Rugby Aotearoa's law changes mean in the battle for global rugby supremacy

“Rugby Union. The game played by a few hateful, bigoted, far right wing, ex private school boys just never learns as it marches off into oblivion.” … Sounds like you’re enlightened and you’ve got us all pegged, Doug Graves. Thanks for gracing us.

Rugby Australia's promo for the domestic Super Rugby comp is superb

I agree on the Highlanders-Chiefs game at least – haven’t seen the other – loved the pace of it and I thought it was well refereed. Great fitness, speed and aggression with running the ball. What you expect out of SH rugby

Super Rugby return spoiled by whistle

There’s the lift, and then is there the pushing them down head first? That’s the question sometimes, I think. I thought just yellow here

Should a Highlanders debutant have seen red for this ugly lifting tackle?

I found this full Glasgow Warriors’ match on youtube (HD quality) . Interesting for anyone who, like me, hasn’t watched them play yet.

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

I’m only surprised you feel Speight is still our best 14 option. What do you find convincing? Not saying he’s terrible but he doesn’t look international level to me.

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

Valentini seems to get a lot of force in low, moves bodies around pretty easily, might not be the overall rugby player McCaffery is though

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

Great read, cheers gain. Which super rugby non Wallaby-regulars do you see as likely types for the ball carrier and clearer Rennie’s going to be after, Nick? I would have thought Valetini might be one.

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

Highly esteemed as he was I think he was even still a little underrated. His 2019 wasn’t generally great, but he’d been great till then. Though I remember an Irish player falling on top of his head in a line out in the 2018 series. I wonder how much it slowed him up for a while after

Why Dave Rennie will have to build his Wallabies from the ground up

Wow! I especially like your nations championship and Anzac day test ideas, but also generally it’s a very impressively cohesive and detailed piece of imagination and planning. Obviously an awful lot of co-operation and mutual good will etc would have to fall into place, but I’d love to think someone, somehow gets this in front of someone with some push at world rugby

My fearless predictions for rugby in 2022 and beyond

Very interesting read Tipsy. I’ve haven’t watched a single Glasgow game, so I learned a lot there. Which aussie players do you think deserve more of a look, and which squad members do you think will struggle in the Rennie regime?

The biggest challenge facing Dave Rennie

They say give credit where credit is due don’t they, BackinBlack? But I guess they were wrong. It’s better to pick an argument that suits what you want and then redefine reality based on that, isn’t it?

Has South African rugby let the genie out of the bottle?

I mean more that it’s the stars that lift the game’s profile and that kids want to be like. I think it would bring money into the game gradually in another way: lining the pockets of individual players and companies like Nike or whoever else brings in players as brand ambassadors, and then eventually that money flowing through onto the teams as the whole profile is raised. Some players for their personality, look etc, others for their spectacular individual play seem to have a lot of under-realised marketing potential.

Has South African rugby let the genie out of the bottle?

I’ve watched that match three times, still fascinating to see you pick up stuff I’d missed completely… I personally think that the more advanced marketing and commercialisation of individual players as stars and marketing entities outside the game and the team context is the key to rugby staying a major sport.

Has South African rugby let the genie out of the bottle?