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Rhys Bosley

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I was impressed with hom too, I just think Cooper’s decision making suffers a bit when he isn’t backed up by a strong second voice. It is the same for any 10, O’Connor struggled in the first Force match this year without either Stewart or Hegarty on the park.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Great to see you writing on the Roar Jim, you and Wayne Smith are my two favourite rugby writers by a country mile.
I wonder how much losing Hodge as an experienced second playmaker, affected the game? That is not to say that Kellaway and Petaia didn’t play well but they don’t have Hodge’s milage and with Kerevi not there either, the loss of Hodge had to have heaped a lot more pressure onto Cooper.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Thanks Harry, interesting article.
The “serious harm” aspect seems relevant as I suspect Rassie did more to protect Rugby’s reputation than WRs lawyers ever could. When I heard that his video was a 52 minute rambling rant that had something to do with referees, I didn’t bother to listen to it and have no idea about the detail of his complaints. I suspect that 90% of fans are the same and that the other 10% enjoy that sort of thing.
Rassie may no longer be the Messiah, but it seems to me the he only deserves a slap over the wrist for being very naughty boy,

The case for and against Erasmus, and the men charged with protecting rugby’s reputation

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The case for and against Erasmus, and the men charged with protecting rugby’s reputation

Oops, that’s a bit embarrassing but not a big deal really, James O’Connor would undoubtedly love the game time.

'At no stage have I agreed to play': Quade Cooper denies Barbarians commitment

LOL, fair point

Double-headers are double the fun

I would pay more to see those games. You could have tickets for the final game only, as well as double header tickets for say 50% more. For a team like Argentina which doesn’t fill staduims anyway followed by one of the big matches, it might even out.

Double-headers are double the fun

How about we do the double header thing in the second year of the cycle and the European nations could do it in the third?

Double-headers are double the fun

It doesn’t hurt to dream …

Double-headers are double the fun

We could have the second year in the World Cup cycle as a “Super RC double header” year, get rid of the mid year tour and one of the end of year games, play 3 games each in the RC with one as a double header in a neutral venue … ?

Double-headers are double the fun

Double-headers are double the fun

I wasn’t stressing but thanks anyway.

Seven Wallabies, five All Blacks and three Boks in our Team of The Rugby Championship

I never suggested that the All Blacks didn’t deserve to win so what’s your point? Or is it that you don’t have one and just weren’t feeling that Kiwis were getting enough attention in this discussion?

Seven Wallabies, five All Blacks and three Boks in our Team of The Rugby Championship

History is for the victors my friend, the Wallabies beat the Boks twice and that is that, we have no way of knowing how either team would have played had the schedules been different.

Seven Wallabies, five All Blacks and three Boks in our Team of The Rugby Championship

No I was at the game so I didn’t see that. JOC would no doubt be frustrated that after so much effort at the Reds to nail down the 10 spot, he has been gazumpt this season, but that is life. I think he has the brains to see a move off the bench to starting at 12 as an opportunity rather than a problem though, if he gets selected there as I think he will.

REACTION: Kellaway caps superb campaign from nowhere, Rennie still a 'grumpy winner', nervous wait over Kerevi

Kerevi is injured, that is the point of my suggestion that JOC would be the next best option at 12 if the injury excludes Kerevi from the matches to come.

REACTION: Kellaway caps superb campaign from nowhere, Rennie still a 'grumpy winner', nervous wait over Kerevi

A second playmsker is always needed, sometimes the 10 is caught in a ruck and a second set of eyes is always valuable. Kerevi plays that role now, he isn’t just a ball runner.

JOC has a very handy running game in traffic since he beefed though and far better in all other aspects of the 12 role than Paisami.

REACTION: Kellaway caps superb campaign from nowhere, Rennie still a 'grumpy winner', nervous wait over Kerevi

O’Connor is a genuine 12 who knows how to support a 10, Foley is not and was uncooperative, always getting under Cooper’s feet. JOC and Cooper are good mates, they’ll work it out if it happens and would be fine.

REACTION: Kellaway caps superb campaign from nowhere, Rennie still a 'grumpy winner', nervous wait over Kerevi

They will play O’Connor at 12 of Kerevi doesn’t play there, a pretty handy replacement.

REACTION: Kellaway caps superb campaign from nowhere, Rennie still a 'grumpy winner', nervous wait over Kerevi

Hopefully they will smarten up and do something constructive.

How rugby turns boys into men

Outstanding SMI. I knew it would be a good read when I suggested it, but like you clearly have a since you took up rugby, you have exceeded expectations. In particular the insight into the English class system was brilliant and perhaps an apt reminder to Australian Rugby, that being genuinely inclusive makes the game stronger.
It is also a great lesson in what boys miss out on, when their competitiveness and physicality is not channeled in a positive way. I got a reminder of the downside of how we are failing in that regard last night when I had to stop a street fight between two groups of teenage boys in King George Square, using my army voice and diplomacy.
One of the kids impolitely told me to “go away” and let his mates sort it out themselves, it shows that if you don’t give them a set of rules that accommodate them, they make up their own. That is what your story tells us, that rugby provides a set of rules and a code of ethics, that can accommodate boy’s aggression and competitiveness.
Fortunately I convinced one of his smarter mates to do the right thing and tell his friends to stop it. They would undoubtedly have all been far better off at footy training.

How rugby turns boys into men

Good stuff Mate, I am sure plenty would.

Australia’s New Zealand rugby curse is actually a gift

Wow, that is a powerful story about the greatness of rugby SMI, I encourage you to write it up formally and submit it!

Australia’s New Zealand rugby curse is actually a gift

I was using the word in the context of New Zealanders in general and will continue to do so as I see fit. Thank you.

Australia’s New Zealand rugby curse is actually a gift

I don’t think they are that far off either Bluffboy, it is just that we inevitably get the carry on about not playing them when things go badly for us. It is completely unhelpful.
I personally think that Super Rugby Pacific is going to be very rough for the Aussie teams to begin with next year though, because the non Wallabies players won’t have played any footy since August, thanks to the NRC being cancelled. The Kiwis will have played NPC and I reckon they will get off to a flying start.
So we need fans to understand that and stay the course, instead of carrying on like pork chops over losses.

Australia’s New Zealand rugby curse is actually a gift

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