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You are right,AA.I was really impressed with his thank you speech in the dressing room after the game.You could tell he was greatful for the chance they have given him.I also hope he keeps playing like that.I am also just happy that another Australian side are looking like a good rugby team.The way the Brumbies got smashed,it might just be the Force and the Rebels flying the flag.Reds also,though I am worried about their increasing injury toll.

Beale, Rodda shine on Super Rugby return as Force smash Crusaders to keep finals hopes alive

That’s what I noticed too,kpm,Beale seemed to lift the others around him.Also impressed with Stewart and Donaldson.Stewart has been fantastic all year,but the addition of Beale has added some potency to their attack.I am one who wondered why the hell they signed him,but if he can keep up that level of play,then it was a master stroke!
Agree with PeterK that Rodda and Carter were immense.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

I think it’s Sam Carter playing for them,cs.Tom gave it away quite a few years back!

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

RIP David,!He has been such a big part of sport in Australia for as long as I can remember.Certainly did not always agree with him in his latter times on the Roar,but always respected him as one of the great sporting journalists.

RIP, David Lord: Australian sports journalism icon was 'always thoughtful and thought-provoking'

It is all very well to say they have a horror run of matches,but if they want to be competitive in this comp then they have to just suck it up.As they say,to be the best you have to beat the best!
I am a dyed in the wool Eels fan too and just hope Brad can get the best out of them without Mitch.

Brad and Bennett: Why Friday's clash with the Dolphins might be a tipping point for Arthur and the Eels

I understand what you are saying,that coaches have been fair game for Roar contributors for many years.Deans,Cheika,Rennie,then Eddie,all had a lot of initial support but many supporters turned against them.Of course in some cases(Eddie?),it was justifiable due to performance of the team,which is why I am just hoping you are wrong this time.If the Wallabies start performing and rise up the rankings by winning Bledisloe,RC,Lions series,2027 RWC,then it will be hard for anyone to complain 😂

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

That’s good to know,Olly.He certainly deserves to be advising some team.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Mary,being an Eels supporter,a good example of doing things for the team was the great Eels utility player from the 80’s,Paul Taylor.Played fullback,half back,2nd row and,I think,hooker.Did a great job in all of them,even though, with his physique,had no right to be a 2nd rower!

The Kyrgios case of Latrell and Lomax: Star duo need to put what's best for the team ahead of individual interests

Talking to yourself again,Wig1?You know what they say about that?
I do hope you are wrong,though!

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

El Gamba,maybe Joe can sign on Nick as analyst?It seems to me he is wasted just writing articles and should be actively involved with a team.He gives the best analysis of a game that I have ever seen.

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

Did you see how many likes were on carnivean’s post compared to yours?That might suggest who is the bellend!

CONFIRMED: Wallabies land final piece of coaching puzzle as ex-Lion signs on ahead of showpiece event

IFTS,sorry,if Schmidt said that to a player who was trying to make an effort to play well,I wouldn’t want him as coach of the Wallabies.But I am sure he has much better man management skills than that.
Having said that,I would be shocked and amazed if Beale was to make the Wallabies squad!

What Joe Schmidt told Kurtley Beale about his Wallabies future

CM,I somehow doubt if articles written about the player will influence Joe when he selects his squad.
I agree that Hoiles and Turinui are carrying on too much about him,but I think most other articles are just to attract attention as he is such a polarising character.

What Joe Schmidt told Kurtley Beale about his Wallabies future

Certainly remember the Michael Brial incident,but I don’t think anyone excused him for his thuggish act.I don’t care who they play for,we don’t need things like that in the game.That is another one of the problems,some people excuse players from their own team from low acts but are quick to jump on others.

Finding the right kind of violence: Why rugby has never been harder to play

OK,if it didn’t break his nose that was more luck than lack of intent.It was still the act of a thug and,of course,eye gouging is worse and just reinforced what he was like.
I still say,good Kiwi mates of mine(and I do have quite a few),glossed over the Carozza incident as nothing.

Finding the right kind of violence: Why rugby has never been harder to play

AA,it was actually raised this time by Bluesfan,who is a New Zealand commenter(and a very good one!).I think the main reason Aussie commenters keep bringing Richard Loe up,is that at the time he broke Carozza’s nose,most Kiwis thought there was nothing in the incident and excused Loe.Then,when the eye gouging happened,Kiwis also accepted that Loe was not a particularly nice guy on the field.

Finding the right kind of violence: Why rugby has never been harder to play

Agree,Dusty,touch was a great way to hone your skills.Many,many years ago when I played,we had a company team in business houses league comp and our only training was a game of touch in our lunch hour at work.Most of us played rugby on Saturdays,with different teams,then league on Sunday in the business houses comp.The company team was very good and we beat everyone until the final,when we faced a team we had beaten easily before but couldn’t recognise any of the faces as they had rung in a host of grade leaguies 😂

What's the point of Sevens? It should be used to develop Test players, and would be better at it than Super Rugby

Yes,AA,like you I just don’t see why this negativity over Hooper.It can only be jealousy of someone who has achieved much more than they will ever do in their lives.
You can see the class of Hoops with his comments after being left out of the RWC squad.He would have had every right to strongly complain about his treatment at the hands of Eddie,but never once did so.
He is also showing his knowledge of rugby with his comments on Stan and will no doubt have a big future in media post rugby.

'Incredible' Hoops backed to do better than Boks legend who 'failed abysmally' in sevens switch

Pisda Chastna(whatever that name is supposed to be?),you are a typical keyboard warrior who can throw insults like “un-loyal disrespectful traitorous pipsqueak” at a player who has given 100% every time he has taken the field.The kind of insult you would never have the guts to say to his face.

'Incredible' Hoops backed to do better than Boks legend who 'failed abysmally' in sevens switch

What a stupid comment!Habana is all class,unlike this Springbok supporter,and gives his valued opinion of Hooper as a player.I surely back Bryan’s opinion over a nobody.

'Incredible' Hoops backed to do better than Boks legend who 'failed abysmally' in sevens switch

Jacko,I lived in Melbourne for 4 years and absolutely loved the place,but I have heard that term used many times.Obviously not by Melbournians,but by those who live elsewhere eg NSW/Qld.

What the Rebels players should be demanding to know, as Twiggy's ex-rival throws a familiar hail Mary

An interesting read,as usual from you,Peter,and a shame when such a devotee of the game has to confess to enjoying watching league over rugby.
I started out very much a league fan and still am.I played rugby at school because our school was very strong in it so,having played it,developed a liking for the game.Still my spectator sport was league.It was much more exciting standing on the hill at the old Cumberland oval watching Parra than standing with a few hundred watching Eastwood or the Two Blues.
Sheek very much hit the nail on the head in one of his posts,that league has managed to alter the sport to keep the fans happy eg changes from unlimited tackles to 4 tackles,then 6,devaluing the scrum.They have continued to do this to make the game easier for the fans to understand(rugby supporters will say,dumb down)and increase ball in play time,which seems to be the major criticism about rugby.
Nobody wants to turn rugby into league as there is room for both,but rugby faces a huge challenge attracting new fans and even the diehards,like Peter,are starting to waver.

'We have to keep the essence of what rugby is about': All Black legend's worrying words of warning

Noodles,it is interesting to hear Cron say what many of us thought,that Rennie had the Wallabies moving in the right direction,even if the win/loss ratio did not reflect it.All it took was some stupid decisions from RA(Hamish!)to tear it all down.

How Schmidt landed All Blacks icon at Wallabies - and why '80 per cent of coaching is selection'

Or lbw,in Warner’s case?April 1st,anyone?

'It can be something great': Schmidt turns to 'scrum doctor' as next step in Wallabies rebuild

I think Ricky has come in to change that!

NRL News: 'Would have scored regardless' - Annesley's take on dodgy obstruction as Robbo refuses to blame Bunker

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