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There is too much rugby, but not enough high quality rugby. Apart from a few Six Nations, the every other game where the Aussies turn up against NZ and recent SA-NZ games are what fans deserve to see of the highest quality.

Is it time for rugby's own Champions Trophy tournament?

I think next to no interest pays some discredit to the Champions Trophy; but I see that not many casual fans got into it. The benefit of the 2017 one allowed England’s ODI team to focus on playing knock out cricket and high pressure deciding series against NZ and India that they both one in deciding games. I say stuff the casual fans if they’re not getting into a tournament in which it is a dog eat dog nature. Outside the Lions and the occasional England tour, there is not enough knockout rugby, which we as fans want to and need to see if our sport develops.

Is it time for rugby's own Champions Trophy tournament?

There is ‘too much’ Rugby; but many argue that there is not enough high quality rugby.

Is it time for rugby's own Champions Trophy tournament?

The West Indian board can host it’s own domestic tournaments, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fragile. Internationally, it is a mess with their best players preferring to play in overseas franchises rather than for the West Indies. This is not too dissimilar from the struggles of the Pacific Islands who’s best players are flouting to France and elsewhere for pure economic reasons.

Is it time for rugby's own Champions Trophy tournament?

No Jonny May over someone who didn’t play a Test?

Dream XV 2020: Back three of the year

Rugby Pod and the Rig Biz Podcast are top tier

What are the best rugby podcasts?

Bang on; Ollivon is class

Dream XV 2020: Backrow of the year

As much as I rate CJ Stander; he has a case of going missing in the big games; his physicality he showed in both games against Scotland and the 24-14 win over Wales earlier this year was not to be seen against France and England on 3 occasions. Curry and Underhill were better performers than Tipuric; I don’t think that any Welsh player deserves to be near a current world XV team- Ollivon, Aldritt, Curry and Underhill were both the best performing back rowers and amongst the most successful. Wales looked more competent with Ian Botham’s Grandson- James at 7; Tipuric may have awesome tackle stats but has inferior impact in collisions or a game in comparison to the mentioned back rowers.

Dream XV 2020: Backrow of the year

I have to disagree with you; Tipuric is massively overrated- bullied frequently by England, Ireland and France this year. Hooper is definitely better than Tipuric; Wales’ best days in 2019 featured Navidi, Wainwright and Moriarty in the back row

Dream XV 2020: Backrow of the year

Cheers Bobby. I see the main limitation for Arnold is his speed. My only counter (hopeless) is that can the WBs sacrifice speed for line out stability. PSDT was slow when he first played flank and look how he has been used.

Could Rory Arnold be the solution at No. 6?

Paisami has been really good in my eyes, very sensible with ball in hand and distribution. His defence is gradually improving

Ten youngsters who tore up 2020

Absolutely, Philip,Wilson, BPA and Thor carried ferociously. Australia definitely won the collisions for the Lions’ share.

The Wrap: Why Test rugby and Newcastle just don’t go together

For the test team, Farrell should start 10 with Biggar on the bench. Finn Russell is a flashy player, but not a player to take a game by the scruff of the neck like a Farrell or Biggar. Sexton’s brilliant career is past him and thus should honourably not be selected. Ford is perhaps the most natural 10 but has defensive issues.

Who should wear the No. 10 for the Lions?

As Eddie Jones says Test Rugby and Test Cricket are the most gruelling, competitive and interesting battles to watch. I think rugby fans should love both forms; you learn a huge amount of tactical IQ watching the Boks, England and other teams trying to play conservative ball and kicking. The Wallabies usually do have an original, dynamic attack but at the cost of a weaker pack and virtually playing Rugby League under Cheika. 2016-17 with Israel Folau saw Aussie have a fearsome backline but constantly got swotted by England and NZ. Similarly, who in their right mind would prefer T20’s over a Test…

Running rugby: not in my name!

Simmons and Petaia also had great games too.

VOTE: DIY Wallabies Tri Nations player ratings vs Argentina

Philip outstanding, Hanigan decent. White decent. Wilson also showing his potential with ball in hand, seems like a Kieran Read-esque player.

VOTE: DIY Wallabies Tri Nations player ratings vs Argentina

I disagree about Sam Cane; he’s phenomenal- better player or at the very least on par with (not leader) than Kolisi, Underhill, Cros. I think he’d comfortably make benches of the said teams.

What ails the All Blacks? Marginal pack decline

Maybe having too much talent has some serious issues as well as fruitful benefits. Ireland and Australia, in my opinion, have limited player pools but brought in new players to play extremely well from minute 1- Caelean Doris, Matt Philip, Harry Wilson and James Lowe are some of the many debutants that have filled gaps for both teams. Dombrandt, the Simmonds brothers and Willis will probably get such limited game time as we speak, it could even damage their careers if they are not being tested at such a high level.

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

Will be a cracker. On the other note, who should be next Wallaby captain once Hoops finishes as one of the greats? I think Harry Wilson…

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

Scotland have improved especially in the pack; their pack has some much needed grit and mongrel needed to succeed. However, I still think Scotland cannot take a game by the scruff of the neck. They only really shone against a good team against France, which was due to a red card. The game was there for the taking against Ireland in Dublin and against England in the pouring rain. The Wales win was monumental, but against Wales’ worst team for a while. Maybe Scotland can prove me wrong against France this weekend…..

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

The Argies played fantastically well, but they have only played one game. Ireland have played 6, and looked good in all 4 of their victories regardless of how weak the opposition were. But I’ll happily be proved wrong if the Argentinians outmuscle the Wallabies this weekend.

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

Cheers SP; Do you think 95% of the current Boks will play in 2023? What would be your rough starting XV and new additions to the squads?

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

Bold predictions HJ. We will slide this under the carpet but I think one of the only limiting factors on a French win is if they’re peaking too early. Right now they look like a world class team; history shows that no nation maintains a great team for more than 3-4 years. Can Les Bleu carry momentum through to 2023? Only time will tell. However France look different in their mentality, I think that the fact their youth teams are so promising could suggest they are certainly on the up.

Which rugby nation will be the best in the world by 2023?

It’s way too early to compare Ireland to NZ. I know they’ve looked more dynamic, but they barely beat Scotland, slapped an awful Welsh team twice this year and beat Italy. When tested against two of the best top 4 teams in the world in England and France, they were beaten easily. Both score lines lie, the 24-12 defeat in London was a complete whitewash by England and the game in France was 35-13 and 70 minutes. Ireland have no depth at 10, and they are not developing their scrum halves well. They are still going to improve, but I think it is some disrespect to New Zealand to suggest that Ireland are better than them currently. On the bright side for the Irish; Doris, Connors and James Lowe look fantastic and they could prove me wrong when they play England this weekend.

There's no way around it anymore – Ian Foster must go

I can’t see showboating of Aaron Smith, Ioane and co as parallels to the Australian Cricket team- Firstly Australia’s culture for arrogance and elite mentality was due to the ‘win at all costs’ culture- this is documented well in ‘The Test’ and ‘Crossing the Line’ on Youtube about the Ball Tampering fiasco. If you mean showboating, nearly every cricket team in the world send off and sledge, apart from the New Zealanders minus Neil Wagner.

There's no way around it anymore – Ian Foster must go