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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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The different levels I have coached its amazing how some players get lost in the intensity of it all. Especially when I am thinking we will get these guys at 20 left and the grind is going to be tough all afternoon. Then one player just wants the big X factor play to win the game in two minutes the old high risk almost no reward game.

Should water carriers stick to water carrying?

Big A, Sounds like you’re on the board of RA. We only see a certain number of players move overseas. The ones we need for test duties that are over there are even less. McMahon is a good example, a good player for Europe but is he good enough for the Wb’s? Kellaway, Skelton, Arnold & Coleman have all gone over and are possibly now perfect for test duties. I would like to see some of the young players do a season or two over there and then come back. We need to liberate and cultivate players so they become fabulous for Australia. Not control and indenture young men and women, let them learn and be good for us. Don’t panic they will still call Australia home!!!!!!

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

Hi Nick, Been off to think like a geek and came up with few curlies for you for EOYT.
1) Gits law is diluted now and possibly dissolving over the next two years. The likes of the experienced players versus the young’ns. How do you assess the likes of McMahon’s short-run, experience, and hype when trying to find a spot in the team after last week’s bland performance.
2) Conversely JP a young’n, with special stuff in the tank but still not quite there! Overplayed and missed the impress button.
3) What are the decision criteria a head coach takes onboard when allocating spots in the squad?
4) And who would you put in the squad and why?

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

FFFFFFFFFF, Onboard with you comment. Willie is not the same player he was as a young man starting out in the Wallabies with foibles of being 150Kg and 17 ft tall. He like Kellaway had issues in their game went away and came back as better people and players. The only guy to appear to have not exploded in the Wb’s is McMahon. He may just need another run or two. I would like him to move in as a backup 7 and leave 6 open for the big dude with the even bigger motor to go off and create havoc with crash ball and demolish 9, 10 12 in D.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

TBH, when I look at JP in game mode I see a burning desire to be the guy that wins the game. He still has that “school boy chance your arm” mentality like most young colties wanting to make it big time. Too many people have told him how good he is and that’s not been the best for him. Some extra time in Supers will chill him down a little or better still give him a year or two in France to learn without pressure. He will be a great player for the Wallabies but he needs a little more time to find his elite player mindset.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Busted! As a coach I always wanted the players to play their game not be one of my chess pieces waiting on every instruction on where to move. But on the other hand as a coach, you see the coached structure and often the spine of the team needs some tactics highlighted like keep bombing 14 he is out of position, or your making territory with channel one plays. But as a spectator, I wish that none of that took place so smart footballers could win more games.

Should water carriers stick to water carrying?

WR should question the need for Radios. Outside of carrying coaching instructions (against the law) there is little need for them. That should go for the World Cup. Make the Captains really Captains! Keep Coaches stress’n out in their boxes. 😂

Should water carriers stick to water carrying?

I rate that game as one of the test matches, not to miss. AB’s underpressure is a rare and beautiful thing! I feel that SA is not quite done yet on their cycle, when Kolbe and Du Toit are back in the 1st 15, European teams will get the brunt of it (they have a little something to prove). I also note that Rennie’s game plan is also worthy of studying as he brought them down twice. The Wallabies’ dominance in defense has largely gone unnoticed by the press against SA. Can’t say how invigorated the Geek is with International Rugby atm. McMahon was pretty absent on the field on Saturday. His hype did not deliver. JP also shows he has much to learn about playing within himself. Both will suffer under the squad’s competitive rankings.

Nitpicking Rennie still searching for flawlessness as Wallabies couldn't put 'foot on the throat'

Love it, Yes we won, and being a Wallaby fan it’s “pinch yourself’ stuff in getting used to it. But Rennie has higher expectations and we now rely on the press to not get too hooplah so our players remain grounded.

Nitpicking Rennie still searching for flawlessness as Wallabies couldn't put 'foot on the throat'

Chris, the cover position for team captain will only be 20 mins at the most when the game is in the bank. We may get the Bargies there this week although I doubt it. So no-ops for the next lot just yet. Playing Japan is a strong potential of a 2o min cameo. It’s always a tough jig covering the captain’s role. Just ask Chris Wittiker good enough but never quite got the chance. The best hope is McMahon cause he covers 6,7&8. McWright I think will be Hooper cover for the RWC needs to get a ride on the EOYT. Depth comes at different rates within the squad. It’s just the rugby way.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

perhaps nothing EFF, He is a new bloke, and yet to confirm the decision to include him in the 23. I believe he will get another go and too go out on a limb. If he gets his throw spot on then he will start at RWC. But for now, most of our Hookers need to concentrate on hitting the ground with a rock let alone hit 6 at fast and low or looping over 2 & 4.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

Chris, Look again and see what he is doing. Coaches need depth and to blood the next tour’s players without dropping games. Creds to him for this. Certainly no “change nothing and expect changes!” Cheika style. He is piecing together a squad that can go to the Semis in the World Cup. After that, it’s all ice cream.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

Stu, no free rides in this squad. Keeping 40 player egos in the same stable is an art form. Rennie is proving to be a master. Noone, no matter how big your PR profile is gets a gold jersey without taking it off the back of someone else. McMahon would know this and look for his time on the field. We have always barked from the sidelines about picking form. Now we have it, ain’t it good! Also, let’s speak loudly about possibles v probables game. Perhaps three or four games each year in the capitals and I would pay $25 to go and see it. But let’s keep it out of the big stadia and reward a grassroots club! #RugbyFamily

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

Dave Rennie is demonstrating a level of wisdom not seen in our coaches for a while now. Tate gets a break and will work super hard on his pass, Jake Gordon has the reward of a “chance”, Quake and James show continues. Hodgey gets a chance to build and JP has a chance to get some game time experience (I hope he doesn’t try too hard and bomb it!). Loose forwards need to be vigorous and aggressive! McMahon adds pressure and Swinton will need to really work on his game. Samu gets a reward! Looking to see if he can cement a spot! I suspect his lineout performance will be the area he needs to focus on! Swain has been rewarded and Philip will need to keep out of the refs gaze for a bit now. The Proping department seems ok and nothing like giving a chance to someone who earned it. HOOKER is my only concern, so there is still work to do. Best Wishes go to MK as he gets with the new family.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

PK, I get the sense that DR is building up a culture of expectation and competition. Possibly Hooper is the only one that has an anointed position and if you’re not firing you’re not selected. DR has introduced a very high expectation of what it means to be a test player in the Wallabies. Complacency has always been a cancer in Wallaby squads. AB’s have never let that develop and when it did start to show it was stomped on TJP was a great example of it as a young player. Perhaps a “No Dickheads” type policy is now in the playing group. I love the new humble approach of this playing group, it’s a great culture to have.

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

M’Chook! Nothing, I mean nothing, is better than beating the POMs! The closer we get to this the more excited I become. The icing on this Rugby Pie is the way Rennie has moulded the squad to be humble and resolute while getting better without ego. Man I want to feel the Dawn……. 👍 👍 👍

Wallabies pre-dawn: Why learning from the Townsville win is another important step

Funny Harper said I should concentrate on mine as well.

Will there be two sets of slippers under the table at number 10?

TLN you attempting to nick my job as Harper’s Headline writer for Roar? BTW the pay sucks!
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Will there be two sets of slippers under the table at number 10?

Rob, It was a TEST MATCH! AB’s and Bokke were both tested. The contest was fantastic. Bokke proved that if you bash the AB’s enough in defence they crumble, passes go astray and they lack cohesion for a number of the phases. Bokke’s have been poor up until the last hit out. They have plenty to improve on and nowhere near their brutal best. Although it was not a game for the highlight reel for those who love the contest, Wow it was good. The other point worth noting is the ref prevented a lot of the little cheats which give teams the edge. The Ref showed real class and my MOTM!

'Predictable, boring and primitive' or a 'win for the Springboks'? Media reaction to Boks v All Blacks

Woah Iain, don’t get ahead of us, will you? The RA board has plenty of talent and depth in the “lets f&*%-it up department.

Three more overseas players set to join Wallabies on spring tour as Giteau Law sidestepped

Hey Chris, You should watch some games of Willie of late. Not the same player, not even close. I think Rennie will want him so much…. Not saying that the other lads had dropped the ball so to speak. But I do like the depth and competition for the spots for the men in gold! Rugby needs regular heavy-duty earthmoving type players in 4 & 5 for some games. WS has things to offer! Perhaps not for every game but I would have him in my squad.

Three more overseas players set to join Wallabies on spring tour as Giteau Law sidestepped

NB, I notice Rennie’s team tried a few different attacking options in the last bargies game. Kellaway seems to be quite popular as a optional ball player and Hodge injected on a “short cut play” for a try.
Is this Rennie working some of the old smart wallaby magic for the northern hemisphere?

Get your questions in for Issue 28 of Coach's Corner

BW, back in the day when God wore shorts! I was a damn fine 15! But as the years the went by so did the speed and I found myself looking for “easier” jobs of which none exist except for the “Lose head prop” who spends all their time on the wing without any expectation of covering the backfield. So I slowly moved by necessity to being somewhat of a pathetic lose forward leaning against the strange thing called a scrum. I have a greater expectation for young Kellaway even though his old man looks much more like a Front row piggy! (I do realise a bunch of readers are going to beat down on me! :0 )

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from first Test vs Argentina

I thought some of the performances we capable without some of the gloss of the elite. What did stand out for me was two things, 1) Northern Hemisphere referees are closer to the law book and they are less influenced by the material effect and our obsession with keep the play moving and accept cheeky little cheats along the way. Having said that I think advantage gets stretched a little bit too much. All teams on the night struggled with their little cheats being picked up. That will help us with our EOYT and WC. Actually, I am a big fan of the POMS reff’n and the Penalty Count will come down when coaches/players adapt. 2) Rennies coaching team did a number of new attacking plays which really showed the potential of this Wallaby squad given another six months. Kellaway and Lenny (13&14) excited me the most with their ability and growing into their positions. Kellaway also showed his ball-playing skills, he reads the play well. A possible 10 in the future? Maybe.

VOTE: Wallabies player ratings from first Test vs Argentina

Yeah, it’s Geek humor! Trying for a job as a headline writer for Harper! He thinks I break the internet! 😱

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

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