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Each heart knows its own pain and even in laughter the heart may ache.

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The art of not losing

Somebody wise once said the road to success is paved with failure. I don’t know who that was, but I’ll bet there was plenty of failure in that life because this kind of understanding doesn’t fall from the sky like confetti.

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What's wrong with Australian Super Rugby teams?

When your collective Super Rugby franchises turn in a five-zip result for the weekend and on the back of a three-zip whitewash by the English (oh why did have to be them), when the combined weekend score has numbers so large it looks like a cricketing disaster, and when the reaction of the national coach […]

Very sorry – I meant the Wallabies, not you by any means.
Unless you have chosen to embrace some hidden inner victimhood. 😛
Although even then – I am not sure how the advice vis-a-vis the Englishmen could possibly apply.

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

Wallabies have fixed their exit problems, have solid set piece and a very good lineout in both attack and defence.

They could be on the edge of very good.

Stop playing the victim, your fate is in your hands. Get out there are grab it by knocking Englishmen to kingdom come.

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

Cherry picking history won’t have any effect on this match.

May the best team win.

Law of averages could be a worry for New Zealand

Of course they have a real shot.

If they disrupt the English lineout you can kick into them back into the corners. If they keep knocking them over in their own half the game might open up to the Wallabies advantage.

It’s really about who wants it more.

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

Exciting stuff, thanks Nick.

It’s all on for the weekend, I hope everybody fires their shots and we don’t see any red.

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

Pride never has good fruit.

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

You should hone your point of difference Geoff. Not just true in rugby.

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

If I am honest I expect the Japanese team to be mentally spent.

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

Hold on, I think I’ve got an old tin of tar left over from 2007 around here somewhere .. 😛

A rare pat on the back for a World Cup referee

There was no risk to my house on any game of the RWC. 😊

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

“it was an aberration”

And let’s have another one!

Woo Hoo – Go the Wallaby!

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

Japan just beat Scotland and Ireland.

In knock out rugby anything can happen.

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

Ha ha. What’s the point in being depressed and negative?

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

Obviously due for the wheels to fall off then.

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

Okay, the Kiwi optimist’s spin merchant view of Bretts article:

“Their 27-8 win over Georgia in Shizuoka .. they did enough to win a game in wet conditions”
Dead right, and pool games never count towards finals footy anyway.

“Saturday’s match in Oita now represents the Wallabies’ biggest game of the year.”
Perfect timing as they about to peak for sure.

“.. yet to turn in a true eighty-minute performance.”
Keeping the powder dry, very clever M. Cheika.

“the selections from one week to the next have all but killed any semblance of combination”
England have no idea what is about to hit them. Nobody does.

“The amount of change in the Wallabies side this tournament has been eye-watering.”
Building eye watering depth you mean.

“The attacking breakdown work has been mostly too passive throughout the tournament.”
Just playing the refs and saving it for the big one.

“Wallaby offloads still feel like an afterthought.”
It’s all part of the clever game plan from the coach to keep the powder dry.

“And the set piece has been good, very good in fact.”
EXACTLY. The foundation is laid.

“They’ve officially given themselves a chance to progress further.”
Take that all you naysayers who said they wouldn’t get out of their pool.

“All they need to do is play their best rugby of the year.”
COME ON AND UNLEASH THE WALLABY.

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

Oh no, no no.

Ireland came in as Number 1. So they are expected to win and AB are the under dogs I tell you!

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

” allowing a free for all at the ruck”
Yes they are so I guess if we want consistency they shouldn’t change it now!

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

Hi Mom!

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

LIFT young Wallaby LIFT.

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

Heh heh.

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

Just following the advice of Nick’s article.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Conspiracy is simply wild speculation of cause. Incompetence, of the type you describe in the 2013 test, is fuel for that fire.

To do conspiracy really well you have to turn a blind eye to any other causal factor, however obvious.

Is there a conspiracy against the minnows at the RWC?

And if they deny it ethan — well — that’s what any conspiracy would do so that would proof it beyond irrational doubt.

Is there a conspiracy against the minnows at the RWC?

Ah, but if there were a conspiracy they would obviously deny it. So that’s proof of the conspiracy!

Typhoon Hagibis has everyone stirred up at the RWC

I don’t know why Parisse is blaming the All Blacks, it’s obviously Folau’s fault.

Typhoon Hagibis has everyone stirred up at the RWC