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I love this present Boks team. Really I am a Wallabies fan but with the frustrations of the last few years selections-wise and tearing up contracts-wise, SA are my favorites among the contenders. Peter Steph de Toit especially. Just goes and goes like no other big guy Ive seen. And Kolisi, as a captain, seems like one of the classiest, most solid people around. And as you say they’re a cleaner team than in the past. One of the last teams you would want to try anything dirty on, but playing pretty honest rugby.

You are not required to back the Blossoms. The Boks are brave, too

Nick, I think the key for the Wallabies is moving the ball efficiently and constructively among the centres and onto the wings (so I would start Toomua and O’Connor 12 and 13 and bring Tevita in later; maybe, hesitantly, not play Kerevi). I say that being confident the forwards will be competitive. Do you agree

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

What does ‘outcynical them’ mean here? Play more conservatively?

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

Against the poms can impact late more off the bench against more tired tacklers. Backs have to move the ball well if we’re going to have any chance. But in most games is he in the best 15 and does his tackle breaking outweigh his weaknesses? for sure i’d say. If it were me i’d consider not playing him for this one though.

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

surprises me with McCaffrey, he never looks big enough for the position to me.

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

yep, avoiding errors is the key to their chances. obvious in a way, but more so the key against England than usually

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

great team, but i think give Tupou the chance to start. less steady but when he’s playing well he can do more than Aalaatoa can

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

amid all the talk about too many cards this is the one that rings alarm bells for me. And then to reenforce the card with 3 weeks. Not that different to Hodge’s though. GOtta differentiate between actually going after guys high – Lavanini’s was an example of that i thought- and just meeting a guy solidly but too high

Samoa defend Bundee Aki, plead for him to be allowed to play against the All Blacks

yeah, just checked my facts – it was 2/3 and the first was in 2016, so it’s two in the last three years. getting old, feels recent

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

How old are you piru? I’m 40, when I was growing up i didn’t know or hear of anyone who played outside of kids from Scotch College, Christchurch, Hale. I know there’s more NZ and South African immigrants over the last 20 years who’ve brought the game up a bit, haven’t been there much in the last 10 years so i’m a bit out of touch

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

By the way i have never played rugby. I grew up in WA, where pretty much no one except at the poshest schools plays, we all play aussie rules. And I wouldn’t pretend to have the toughness to play the sport. I got into watching it into in my mid-twenties and it’s gradually become my favourite sport over the last 15 years. I’m sure there’s aspects i don’t get as a non-player, but i’ve also read enough about what multiple concussions do to guys, and i know how hard you get hit in aussie rules, and rugby is bigger stronger guys still, so I would say it’s something to be wary on no matter how tough you are.

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Slipper, Ulese (good in the scrums) Tupou… Arnold, Rodda… Hooper, Nasirani, LSL (lineout contributions) … White, CLL… 11 Koreobeti 12 O’Connor, 13,Toomua, 14 Petaia , 15 DHP… BENCH: Sio, Latu, Alatoaa, Coleman or Simmons , Pocock (pilfers later when the opposing forwards are more tired ) , Genia, Kerevi, Kuridrani,
No versatility off the bench in the backs but Kerevi and Kuridrani are guys who could impact late with straight line power running and you can shuffle the others who are already on around. Lots of playmakers in the starting backs. Tough to pick Simmons v Coleman

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

This one looked really tough to me. Frm the replay I saw on youtube it looked like a split second earlier he was going to compete for the loose ball and then he just stood his ground against the guy who got to it first

Samoa defend Bundee Aki, plead for him to be allowed to play against the All Blacks

They seem to lay the most high tackles. They look more lazy than malicious though

Just their best performance of 2019: the Wallabies' simple quarter-final assignment

Seriously though, you would prefer these guys just put on their head high hits and then square up themselves, instead of cards? I get that at a local club level. But international players are too strong for that. They can do much damage too quickly. It’s not question of being tough, it’s just being smart about what the games would descend into, and players long term health. Don’t you see that?

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Obviously

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Huge pity he does

Georgia rate Wallabies pack among finest

Yep, definitely it’s been more the backs that have been less effective. But the input of Toomua and O’Connor as regular secondary playmakers is a significant improvement, and Korebeti and Petaia are not at all shabby as wings. Two months ago I would have called Australia’s back 7 easily the weakest among the top 10 nations but it is looking like it can be competitive now

Georgia rate Wallabies pack among finest

No. You’re right, stillmissit. Let’s just leave out the cards. A good few players from each side stretchered off per match and brain damage and loss of limb control once they get on a bit is all part of the game. It’s a man’s sport

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Just looks like a class player. Great to see him finally out there for the Wallabies. Didn’t get into the play as much against Georgia- no surprise given the conditions – but made sound decisions and was steady getting through about sixty minutes.

The privilege of seeing a rugby star born

On the other hand the TMO reviews 5 minutes later when no one got hurt; can do without them

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Agree on the rescheduling… Gotta give or not give every card on it’s merits though. I don’t see the number as problematic or reflective, and I’m all for a 14 v 15 if it’s going to help protect players from dangerous hits. 13 v 15 if it’s warranted. For example both Italians should have gone off the other day for the spear tackle. That said, having seen just one angle on the Aki hit, that didn’t look like a red to me. Generally though, If you want on field rétributions, then faze out the cards. That’s what you will get. If the referees do not take care of it the player’s will.

The Rugby World Cup has turned into a joke

Winning two successive games against them within the last 18 months should count for something too though. I think they are the most capable team of slowing NZ down and frustrating them, but can they score enough themselves to captialisze? Also, as the author mentions, NZ adapt very well and you better have more than one way of slowing them down… But again Schmidt probably has. England are a better team in the abstract, but Ireland are more capable of beating NZ.

Ireland vs New Zealand: Betting against the greenback

If the Wallabies’ forwards can hold their own and the backs can play smart and avoid all mistakes the Wallabies have a shot. Wouldn’t pick them, but they do put it together and beat better teams now and again

Five things we learned from the Wallabies' win over Georgia

He is right. All the pressure and expectation is on England

'They'd better win': Cheika puts the pressure back on Jones