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That is a great point Francisco, discipline with ball in hand is really important and not often talked about. Very interesting stat about ruck retention. With the pack Argentina has, a mental adjustment should hopefully help to remedy that quickly – your side is full of great exponents at the breakdown on defence and attack.

How Argentina can learn from South Africa

Hopium – Really like that Ken, sums it up very well! 😂

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

The rule changes could very well hit NZ harder, as the changes in the Giteau rule means Aus players based overseas can now be selected from NH clubs. NZ’s homegrown policy may open up more opportunities for overseas clubs without fear of losing their signings to AB duty e.g. Brett Cameron recently

'Still at All Blacks level': Israel Folau grabbed the headlines but 'lethal' teammate has Tonga dreaming

If I am being my most cynical self, there is the potential for a loophole to be exploited. I think it won’t, at least I hope it won’t, but we’ve seen up North now a growing contingent of players who aren’t born and bred donning national colours. It wouldn’t be a big stretch of the imagination to see it capitalised on by nations who don’t (or shouldn’t) need to.

'Still at All Blacks level': Israel Folau grabbed the headlines but 'lethal' teammate has Tonga dreaming

Nice article Francisco, I enjoyed it! 😊 I have lamented the fall-off in Argentina’s performance this year. Obviously, it has been incredibly tough for the side the last two years and I think that has a lot to do with the results. However, one of the main areas that improvement in will help the side immediately is discipline. In the match vs the ABs last year Argentina won, your discipline was immaculate and ultimately went a long way to frustrating the men in black into losing theirs. Los Pumas have all the tools to be a strong side, a slight mental adjustment here would go a long way to fixing some problems you have faced this year (similar to my Wallabies).

How Argentina can learn from South Africa

Hi Brett. What a year! And a nice, optimistic, summary of the Wallaby performance to cap it off. I am trying to be objective and am still disappointed in aspects of the years performances but also encouraged (even in losing matches) about others. I think selection has been the most tricky to navigate (noting the many contexts) but my hope is Rennie is starting to see the foundations for his side and squad. Certainly, the importance of QC and Kerevi is clear right now. I also think Hodge is like glue to the team and should be our fullback moving forward, unless Banks can rediscover some more form (or, even better, a new face to really stand-up). Reece needs to work on his high ball taking but his overall attributes are so vital to the team and were sorely missed on tour. Otherwise, I hope we can combine local, Euro and Japan based players for the England Tour and RC next year to give us the best shot at finding consistency and results prior to 2023.

The other major thing I remember that yourself or another commentator mentioned previously was Rennie’s work-ons he spoke about this time last season; mainly improving the attack and set-piece work. The Wallabies have been much better this season (spluttering at times but overall improved to finish off) in both areas. Now, the key work-on required is our discipline. If we can see improvement here, it goes a long way to beating Wales and Scotland and making life easier in general.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

If the Wallabies start winning consistently, watch all the fair-weather fans return, regardless of if it’s ‘entertaining’ or not. This article should not be going after Aus rugby but World rugby, as it focusses almost entirely on the rules.

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

Ecology is tightly linked to climate science, as climatic variables dictate many aspects of ecosystems (on both short and long term scales). Even though I don’t directly look at the climate, a lot of it is involved due to the overlap between the fields. I’d contend the science and peer review is robust, as the broader weight of scientific literature (especially over the past 30 years) has resulted in the international scientific community (from many relevant disciplines) being vastly in consensus on the topic. Adding to this are the major agencies leading the way for research (e.g. NASA) that provide some really informative insights thanks to the technology they have available to them.
Statistical modelling is complex for sure and takes a lot of understanding, especially considering the pace of advancement in computation that modellers have available to them now. Then there is the nature of what they are modelling (though I am not sure of the specific paper you mentioned and the model they used so I can’t comment on that). Global models have many variables to account for so there are, naturally, inconsistencies in the exact outputs depending on how certain variables are controlled for etc. However, it is the directions of the trends found that are often most useful. As a result, allowing us to deduce how different areas will respond. For example, there aren’t lies about extinction risks for species. A great recent publication on the state of Australia’s birds (I’ll attach a link below and if it is not free can try dig something up) highlighted that the observed trends for climatically sensitives species (e.g. Golden Bowerbird in FNQ) over the past 10 years aligned strongly with the predictions from modelling that was done a decade ago. Of course models are attempts at forecasting the future but, putting them aside, these observed trends indicate a warmer global climate, even over a decade, will have consequences like exacerbated threats to species. Other observed trends include increased intensity of weather events over the past 40 years (e.g. second link) etc. The science can be really hard to wade through due to its complexity (I struggle at times) and obviously we can’t be sure of the exact effects we will see in the future right now even if we use models as a guide. However, we can deduce from the available evidence in observational studies alone it arguably isn’t going to get drastically better as temperatures rise. Ultimately, the projections and scientific consensus reflect that.
https://ebooks.publish.csiro.au/content/action-plan-australian-birds-2020
https://science2017.globalchange.gov/chapter/executive-summary/
Anyway, apologies for the tangent, I’ll get back to the rugby now 😊

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

Have to disagree there SMI. Science isn’t out to scare us but explain how the planet and its many facets function – to provide benefit for us and our interactions with each other and the world. Climate scientists are often demonised, or the ‘scare factor’ in research hyped up, by the media and in politics. In reality, the vast majority (of scientists in general really) are people with the best of interests at heart and who understand the need for measured and multi-disciplinary approaches to solving the challenges we face – certainly not the extremists often portrayed. For instance, I am involved wth ecological research and some of the work being done involves climate change. I can attest we’re not the stereotypical ‘greenies’ as some politicians would label us 😛 but definitely do advocate an approach to solving problems that is directly based on the needs of stakeholders (e.g. farmers in my area) as well as the available evidence.

'An utter shambles': RFU, Barbarians savaged for 'unforgivable' match cancellation after COVID outbreak

No you’re right James, hindsight I don’t agree at all- more just couldn’t be bothered to get into a slanging match on the roar.

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

Think you logged into the wrong website 😛

Valetini free for Super Rugby Pacific opener after six-game red card ban gets massive downgrade

I wouldn’t say it’s relatively harmless but that’s my perspective and I respect yours. Ones immune response is certainly variable, as human biology is diverse, but it’s not something I’m going to take my chances with. The attached paper i found interesting on that point as a comparator to influenza.
https://www.thelancet.com/article/S2213-2600(20)30527-0/fulltext

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

It’s definitely variable in younger age groups. I know some unvaxxed people who similarly said it was a mild cough and another (23) who has long Covid at the moment and spent some time in ICU. Younger, fit, people aren’t averse but definitely less at risk, so the vaccines help in that regard. Glad you son and daughter in-law are all good now.

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

Yeah absolutely James. I try to stay away from Covid discussions on the roar but my perspective is exactly the same

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

They’re all fully vaccinated, that’s why

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

From what I heard elsewhere they’re asymptomatic fortunately.

Four Wallabies and Australian staffer contract COVID on Barbarians duty

Yeah I agree. I think this benefits Samoa and Tonga the most, being smaller nations than Fiji, whereas Fiji is a quality side already.

'I'm sure there'll be controversy': Kefu reveals Israel Folau's Test plans after World Rugby rule change

Yes I agree. I like the current coach, but I’ve always felt they would flourish if given an opportunity under someone with a lot of experience and proven track record, because they have the pieces in place to be immediately successful.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Agreed with this order. I hope though that Uelese can get back into the mix, he adds strong scrum work and a physical presence when carrying, both of which I value a lot, with a lot of upside being so young.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

Yeah it’s a good looking pack. Great that the pathways are going so well over there, Twiggy’s investments will reap big benefits for the game in WA

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

I’d back the Force too, I hope they go really well. I want all Aus teams to do well but I have the softest spot for the men in blue after what happened. I’m excited to see more of Ollie Callan, he looks like a real talent after his performance in that crusaders game.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Mark N is set for it, else it’s either Donaldson or Harrison, though rugby Australia ran a piece the other day talking about how Marky is being groomed for the role by Coleman.

Full Super Rugby squads revealed: Hooper BACK as Wallabies return down under

Yeah I felt England adopted elements of the gameplan we used vs you guys. I was surprised the boks didn’t gain ascendancy up front earlier in the match but as that tide slowly turned the boks really got back into it. A close and hard fought spectacle, very enjoyable. As a bonus, well reffed imo, the game flowed and that lifted the intensity even more.

'Is there any accountability?': Everything Rennie said as he savaged refs group over 'massive decisions'

My thinking exactly JN. I didn’t want to weigh into the Rassie saga top much on the roar as it turned into a sledging match in the comment forums, but the similarities between what both him and Rennie are saying is interesting – albeit their methods of getting them across were significantly different. I certainly don’t condone ‘ref bashing’, being a referee myself, but I think WR has lost control of the rules and as a result the officiating. That a mild guy like Rennie came out in such a fashion highlights frustration and the shared points with Erasmus reinforces the notion that there may be a breakdown in the bureaucratic channels, with little overall improvements week on week across refs and TMOs. Whilst I don’t like the actions of either, I am starting to think this may be the rocking of the apple cart which could lead to change in the rules/protocols for officials. We’ll have to see.

In any instance, commiserations to the Boks. I actually thought that was the match of the round and disappointed you guys couldn’t get it done. Good luck to your boys in the URC now.

'Is there any accountability?': Everything Rennie said as he savaged refs group over 'massive decisions'

You bothered to comment so I suppose it means something

'Is there any accountability?': Everything Rennie said as he savaged refs group over 'massive decisions'

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