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As much as I love Rassie, did Eddie Jones and England keep quiet after the Wales game?

Erasmus's extraordinary 62 minute video rant at Aussie ref Nic Berry stuns World Rugby

Enjoy the series. What squad should the Aussies have had in the 2015 Ashes? On paper and since 2013 the England Test Team has looked really ordinary, so I suppose the application of the Australians, ( middle order from Clarke onwards couldn’t apply themselves at all and Clarke was in his swan song anyway) plus Ryan Harris’ injury was costly. Either way since 2015 the Aussies have dominated England and I suspect that will continue

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

How fitting I read this after watching Chasing the Sun

Is rugby enough to hold South Africa together?

Just checked the lineups. Launchers always benched. My word that lineup was brutal, gave Ireland a real lesson in off the ball work rate

How Gatland outsmarted the Boks at their own game on their own turf

Think that happened in 2020 6N when Curry was shifted to No8.

How Gatland outsmarted the Boks at their own game on their own turf

Kiwis will get flogged in Indian conditions. They may be WTC Champions, but are only proven in two countries, NZ and England, which are by far the most favourable conditions to them. Williamson may be their best spinner

Is the Indian Test team as good as it is made out to be?

Very true- Slade, however boring he seems or poor England use him, was the reason England beat France. Not because of his attack, because of his defence. Contained Vakatawa with some gutsy tackles and marked him well all game

'The be all and end all': Why the Lions series rests on the first Test

Nic is Elliot Daly just a left footed Reece Hodge with less tackling ability?

'The be all and end all': Why the Lions series rests on the first Test

If you watched any of the Six Nations games this year, Henshaw was the best Irish player alongside Beirne. Him, Beirne and Van der Flier nearly won Ireland a game against Wales with a man down for 70+ mins. Defensively, Henshaw is very very secure and has a perfect choke tackle- he alpha’d many a back rower and Ollie Lawerence this year, as well as dominating the overrated Exeter backline,

'The be all and end all': Why the Lions series rests on the first Test

Not great may be a bit harsh- he’s inconsistent- can be very good, can be beaten but overall better than Nyakane

'The be all and end all': Why the Lions series rests on the first Test

I wonder if Nyakane is a tactical move to avoid the best of Sutherland- Sutherland and Wyn Jones are the strongest scrummagers, Jones got the best of him in the ‘A’ game. Will Malherbe ( unarguably the best scrummaging TH in the world) come on for the second half to prevent a fresh impact cameo from Sutherland?

Are surprise selections the 'secret winning sauce' in Boks-Lions opener?

If Hooper isn’t at least 9 rated…..

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings vs France

Where’s the hype from Mcreight. Can’t even tear up Super Rugby. Similar and slightly bigger than Hooper yet nowhere near Hooper’s skill set, experience and Rugby IQ.

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings vs France

Have you seen the Lions leaked team? Supposedly no Adams, Beard or Williams. Even with Nyakane starting, the Lions in my view are in for a good floor wiping. They could prove me wrong but not much that inspires me from big wins against understrength club sides. A few have fired like Conan, Daly and Curry but the Saffers look even better having played virtually no rugby- PSDT looks leaner, fitter and more scarier. Mostert can tackle trains. Only worry is that Mapimipi and Kolisi could be rusty, and no Steyn brothers ( or even Dale) are on the bench. Would like to see Fassi involved later. The even bigger concern is that SA ‘A’ played simple rugby, as did the Lions in their warm up game and the A side didn’t even try and attack in the second half yet the Lions only managed points with a 2 man advantage.

Springboks ready for physical Lions series

Simply class. For all the Hooper haters, ask why every other Test nations have him as one of the best of this generation.

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Where are the Hooper haters now? Proven he’s one of the top 5 flankers in the world.

'That wasn't about rugby, it was about heart': Brave 14-man Wallabies' stirring win

Well his proven ‘weakness’ ( not really a weakness just something he gets out to more frequently) was quality off-spin from Ashwin in December. England don’t even seem to play a spinner these days so think England better hone in their line and length come the Ashes.

Nothing will save England from losing the Ashes

This is similar to the Saffers saying they’ll pump the Lions 3-0 in Rugby. Whilst you talk about the glaring weaknesses in England’s test set up, which are all true, I want to see more of your suggestions. Dom Sibley and Rory Burns ( successful against Australia in 2019) will likely open come Brisbane. Both are ugly to watch and borderline torture, but on flat roads, don’t be surprised if Sibley bats multiple days. He is perhaps after Root and Stokes England’s only batter who can really grind in and value his wicket, without really knowing his off stump or moving his feet as well. Dawid Malan is in the form of his life and was decent last Ashes down under. Bowling wise, England have many options but their policies will probably be mismanaged and over-bowling someone like Stuart Broad. There is talk that him and Anderson may not even play all 5 Tests, and nor will Archer. Naughty boy Ollie Robinson could be back in the team at 8 if the ECB’s harsh treatment of Chris Woakes emerges.

Nothing will save England from losing the Ashes

Against an inexperienced, young and average Wallaby team and Argentina whom hadn’t played since the WC yet dominated them in the first game? NZ forward pack is miles behind the likes of Ireland, England, France and SA. NZ are still a very class team, no2 in the world for me but their forward pack is in heavy decline. Their backs however, different gravy. Apart from the 12-13 conundrum ( Havilli-ALB best combo) they’ve got never-ending talent flowing.

Unofficial first Test? Covid-hit Boks go for strengthened 'A' side

Don’t think there’s too much in the NZ forward pack to fear for the Boks

Unofficial first Test? Covid-hit Boks go for strengthened 'A' side

History lessons combined with Rugby… kudos

Box the Boks or tame the Lions: A preview of a surreal tour

Win’s a win, better than playing some part timers like the AB’s did. The same ‘3rd’ XV ( large majority of them) nearly beat England in the ANC in December

Reaction: Why thriller was 'almost perfect result' for Rennie

Were pretty damn talented- made a WC final, Foley individual accolades v England. Only bad things abt them were Beale’s Lions slip and mismanagement of Foley in 2019 when him and Toomua were clearly better than Lealifano

UNBELIEVABLE: Stunning howler from France gifts Wallabies thrilling first Test win

Not sure how to rank Paisami- did some silly kicks near the end but was very courageous and up for it ball in hand

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings vs France

French rugby is showing similarities in India’s cricketing bench strength. The so called second or third XV is still bloody good- in some areas they have a lot more potential than the older, more established France premier choices ( Le Roux, Willemse, a lot of the front row) whereas today’s back row and much of the backline apart from 9 and 10 is in the mix of France’s first choice team. Woke, Cretin, Jelonch are virtually going to be in France’s 2023 squad and Vincent, Penaud, Bouthier are all starting 23 or 15 players.

UNBELIEVABLE: Stunning howler from France gifts Wallabies thrilling first Test win

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