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A passionate, yet moderate view on all things rugby. "grass is the basis of all rugby" Sometimes ref, sometimes coach, rubbish player and always will believe in the rugby family.

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Worlds biggest, Look forward to the Pom’s V Bokkies with 2 row and back row going at each other should be fantastic!

Five talking points from England vs All Blacks

Absolutely fabulous game of Rugby to watch. This RWC has been the best ever! Fiji!!!!! Japan!!!!!!! and England smashing us (Wobblies) and then going on to put the Nuns to the sword!
To be fair though! Best ever English team in the last 20 years that I can recall. Worst ever AB team in 20 years that I can recall.

Notwithstanding, still a fabulous game of rugby. Eddie is the “Coach” now!

Nigel, well he is who he is. Some good some bad, it is about Nigel being in control which meant that the cheeky AB stunts where kept to a minimum. But he did not keep up to the speed of the play which means retirement time for him.
TMO this world cup has had a shocking run and been wholly bashed for good reason. I look forward to advantage being set to three phases and stop clocks set on scrum time waste tactics.
The Bokkies will demolish the Welsh who have had the rub of green so far. But the Boks will show no mercy.

I predict that England won their RWC last night and Bokkies will sneak away with the box of chocolates and “Old Bill!” The Geek has called it! hahaha.

Five talking points from England vs All Blacks

My son had a very similar experience.

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Agree but the maths still hold true!

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

No the clubs was not paying the colts to my knowledge, rather they were busted for paying players in grade. The colts became victims due to administrators call.

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Diplomat reffed a few Joey’s games and I would agree to an extent. But 85% of 1st XV players don’t go on. But compared to NZ school teams we are often found wanting. Although the current batch of School boys are doing great. Can we just keep them, they already have a culture of beating the all blacks! Strange hey!

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Offside totally agree, my son is not a pro player but played in NZ and Samoa and had a ball!
That’s the real rugby and of is cohort not pro rugby union players only two NRL guys, because RA / Waratahs miss handled them. Go figure

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Max50 all the ages you state are at retirement. AAC is there or there about is not bad it’s a credit he lasted this long but he has to compete. Even by his own admission 80 mins against the all blacks is too big an ask. Will Genia has not played 80 mins at test level. It’s not ageist its just honest.

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Yes they do if they are Australian. If you have a magnificent base like they do then let’s be like them but we just don’t. That’s one of the big truths we always play better than we should even this year!

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

If you can’t get to play at the level you’re at you drop out from the game. I have seen clubs banned for paying players which means some 39 colts had to either leave the club, change code, or stop playing, classic administrative punishment without getting what matters

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Brett,
Comments are simple from this Geek! “here here” or even “hear hear” but at the breakdown it should be there there!
Geek is in dismay.

The age-old problem at the heart of another lacklustre Wallabies performance

I am with you Brother@! Drinking a sh@t ton of Bundy now, just getting ready!

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

Will, One on the most enjoyable weeks has been had by the old Geek! Reading Kiwi commentary on Kiwi failure (as rare as it is) has been a delight. But the fans are tough on the AB’s and the very self worth of the individual of the AB player is under question. To be done over again by the Wusses across the ditch! UNACCEPTABLE!!!! So all should expect a fornomial attempt at correcting the natural order of things in New Zealands view. Our Men in Gold will need to expect that if last weekend was physical, this weekend will be at least twice that. Belief in oneself and total commitment may not be enough tomorrow! THIS IS TEST MATCH FOOTY!!!!! Bring it on…..

Wallabies well poised to double down on All Blacks

Brett,
Even after 4 replays, I am still enjoying the game. So much of what the public called for has been implemented with a lovely result. But my fears are:-
1) beware of a bruised KIWI! I expect them so have sent the bench mark of 50 clear on the Wallabies. So a close match at Eden park for me is a win.
2) Wallaby players read the press! In the past they have does this and won the game before the whistle. Then the KIWI’s put 50 on us. This something we must absolutely avoid.
What I dreamt but then realised it was real that every player after the win was focused on the second game! That I love……

What we know after the Wallabies' stunning Bledisloe 1 win

Jimmy, If there is one topic that makes my head hurt its this one! Our Junior pool of players may not be perfect but wow we have some playing talent in it. We spend so much time and money on the craziest of things when some small dollars spent to lock our Under 16’s at the national schools in on pathway contracts that cost 5 -10 k per year until we have a U20 rep and then we lock them again till 25 for a market contract would see our playing stocks go through the roof! But we can still afford to pay a player $700,000 to not play rugby for a two year sabbatical! Urrgh how crazy. Now we will hose down the toilet $10M Plus legal costs over the Issie Falou matter. Could you have imagined how far that money could have gone in player development contracts (pathway). Why in my simple mind does this seem to be such a no-brainer? What am I missing?????

Is another league player really the answer for union?

geoff,
Understand the point but the old saying goes beggars can’t be choosers! atm we need as much as possible/ Especially when the boks and the argies are loose on this topic and I think we should be as well. In order to keep the locals happy in the WB cause you only offer them a short term performance package ie train on squad and game payments. So the RA contracts are only on offer for the local SR AND CLUB PLAYERS!

Christian Lealiifano headlines raft of changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

numpty issue is I like SK at 12 but he plays a good 13 as well. JOC is really a 12 that can run 10 or 15(slow) TK has not reached his Personal best levels for awhile now. Looking for a good reason for this? But still looking…..

Christian Lealiifano headlines raft of changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

DJ,
Looks like the selection team has been forced to think a little harder. I kinda like this selection although I wonder about 12 & 13, not firing too well, perhaps CLL will set them off. But they need to. I am keen to see JOC at 12 and SK to 13 & TK to Bench. But I expect we shall see it this weekend anyway.

Question is? what if they put a 2 point to 1 belting on us? Where do we go from there?

Also noted that 6 international contracted Boks are in for the game against the AB’s. I still struggle with why we don’t do the same. Heaven knows we need the best players we can get.

Christian Lealiifano headlines raft of changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

Absolutely! But “hard over the ball” is a mentality thing. Once someone does it they all start to do it! At this point in time without Poey or Latu (not that I would pick him) who is going to lead the charge?

Why the Wallabies were caught short in Johannesburg

Perhaps we bring in the U20’s Captain McWright and show him 20 minutes to see how he fairs. The gaps past Pocock is big.
On the other side of the equator lies some of the help we need! I wonder if Scott needs some phone numbers?

Why the Wallabies were caught short in Johannesburg

Jeznez, Hoy, The refs process was late hit after the whistle. Was it worthy of a yellow? YEP! It would have crossed the not negotiable standard for safe and fair play, plus he was lazy with his approach to the clean out. If he had made as much as a slight attempt to not line him up? He may have got away with it. But the refs spend a week developing plans for the game and likely scenarios for which to prepare for. A late or illegal (point) cleanout – definitely Kepu and Tupou top of that list. Both with previous form. We bemoan the WB for their lack of adaptation and it’s true for foul play as well. Just Dumb by the whole playing group and coaching staff. Its broken and continues to stay that way.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

Geoff, well written article and much of what you say is accurate. However the thing we are all escaping to realise is that we are simply ranked at our correct position and playing the Boks who are ranked higher were able to put a B+ team on the field and beat us comfortably scoring 2 points to 1.
The current position will not improve without definite marked changes to the way we do business. Front office – Cheika and Crowd and back office Castle and Johnson. At this point in time I see no changes and therefore no change in what we get as an outcome. So I now look to after the world cup for surgery with a chainsaw to fix the problems. But who will hold the chainsaw? Viva la revolution!

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

Don,
So true! Wallabies will correct that good habit with our gold standard bad habit! :0

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Brett, “It’s certainly a nice problem to have, but it absolutely underlines my point about depth. Having now adjusted their eligibility policy to select players from wherever they’re playing, Erasmus can be both pragmatic and strategic with his selections during the Rugby Championship.”
This will be Cheika’s Legacy! Australia needs to move on from a controlling elite’s view of how we are and be honest with ourselves and select the very best Australian player where ever they are. That way we might just be able to give our mates across the ditch a run for their money. Should Australia put in a dud performance, a breakthrough is on offer.

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Yeah Actually I think they are different to us. I would like to think that we are strong enough to do that. But honestly, we are not like them. The code is struggling on multiple fronts and yet still popular in a few. But health check is poor. So let them go get and good overseas and pay them for their value when and if we need them.

Talk of a million too much for Tupou