The Roar
The Roar

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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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Personally I have a special place in my support for the convicts over many years. No more than one day last year when playing a Div 6 game they told me that they are more than happy to have straight players because to be inclusive is to be inclusive! That is just so impressive! But we all agree that Izzy has not been good with this style of call out. He is not calling ng on mass bashing’s or death etc. So keep it in perspective, but that still does not make it ok. In a perfect world we want him being more inclusive and scoring tries at the RWC. My challenge to Roarers is to find out how to get there!

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Andys I run a company and in my day I often feel like I am all of the above. Leaders of people/ company’s need to be humans as they manage many humans working together. It’s dynamic and challenging, especially if you want them to want to work for you organisation.

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Folau has not been sacked and I guess he won’t. But that does not mean he gets off scott free with a pat on the head and a promise to be good. Rather RC has to hold the line with the playing roster and not break the law so RA does not get sued and maximise Australia’s chances at the work cup. I bet Cheika’s not saying that Issy is not in the reconning for the RWC squad.

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Drew the author used the title as a play on the rugby family something in my time in rugby I hold close. Have played in a number of countries (poorly as a amateur) rugby has been welcoming in every respect. The CEO for Australia is the head of that family! RC has been pretty good in dealing with this issue so far. I would like to back her to get this right. But could you find a way outa this impass?

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Sure, say the tough stuff and I believe terms of his contract were breached. I don’t know his contract details so I am speculating. But we all know this the point is …. if you think the team would be better for him being in the squad than out? My test for this is if you wrote a team from one to 15 of prospective Wallabies a month ago would Izzy had been there? 95% of rugby smarts would of had him in the team somewhere. That means he is a player of value and we have an issue with him. So which way forward from now?

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Fionn what inspirational means is that he is driven by beliefs outside of just wanting to be a pro footballer. He is both, but what drives him as a person would be his relationship with his religion and God. The issue at the moment is all based on a literal view from the bible that gets him trouble. But he calls on his beliefs to play the Rugby at the level he does. Fundamentally you would have your core beliefs and why you played the game. For most of us they don’t link up. Me, I played because of my mates and beer! But my core beliefs are not those. It’s common for inspirational players to see there rugby as an extension of their beliefs. It’s what makes them special.

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Figuratively speaking

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

I would have thought RC end game is to keep Issy and smooth over the issues and win the RWC. I am unsure how not having IF improves the circumstances

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Inspirational is Issy’s profile. Recognise that and if you want to judge the treat that as separate

Raelene needs to be a mum and look after her kids

Wessels humility about the Moon Doggies face off is truly a beautiful thing. It sets the tone for the team and fans that they are no easy beats. (BTW WE ALL KNOW THAT BY NOW ANYWAY) Rebs have chosen to go for their strongest team for two reasons. 1: belting the Moon Doggies produces a solid 5 points which puts them in a really strong position on the SR ladder. 2: Another win on the trot for team building into the middle of the season will make it easier for the run home to the quarter finals plus give the fans something to be really excited about. That is something the Horra-tahs have always struggled with and Red and Brumbies can only work towards. If Wessels can get a number of his players into the Wallaby squad, the team will also be a good place for future aspiring players to gravitate towards. All in all, Rebels are on the front foot and going in a direction that can only make RC and her team at RA extremely pleased.

Rebels wary of wounded Super Sunwolves

Coached it for years with great success. You need to create a team that thinks and adapts on field. The spine is the concept of the key players thinking collectively and leading their own groups to act as one.

Halfway to heaven: The Will and Quade show rolls on

Success always breeds stronger connections between players. Rebs have the chemistry set out brewing up the magic potion that’s called winning culture. Hats off to all the mexicans they are doing a great job.

Halfway to heaven: The Will and Quade show rolls on

GP,
It appears to me that the teams can’t see the forest for all the trees. Teams (select players) appear to not comprehend what the plan is and how to engage as a team. Everybody in Australian rugby wants to score on the current phase of play. The recycle and build pressure concept in my view is the foundation of attacking play, until options for the other present themselves. But in the RedsVRebs game two things key things emerged. 1: Reds team is tough and improving. Short the odd position but you could see where the Thorn ideology is going. This year will be encouraging for the QRU, next year will be good. 2: Wessels has the brain, his game plan and harnessing the skills of Genia and Cooper with good backs is a delight to watch even if you are not a Rebs fan. The Rebs Pack has many standouts with Rangi, Jones, Philip and did I say Rangi and Jones? On form Rangi line out throws is superior to all other 2’s in the country. Jones once shunned by Australian Rugby, they now need his defence effort and work ethic.

The Wrap: Super Rugby finals spots still open for all teams

Ok Roar!
You own me!

Scott Johnson picks Quade Cooper as his preferred Wallabies playmaker

Nick,
A real pleasure to read and think on positive issues in Rugby. I have sat through a few seminar/discussions on short/push pass concepts over the time. However the key issue is the motivation versus patience. We all know that if we can generate a 2 on 1 the games major goal is achieved and try is likely follow.
This is where patience comes into play. Players are coached to reach for the extra bit and more often than not they only remember the miracle pass, the chip and regather which gets the result/reward. This is far more juicey than the grind and graft approach to winning a game through the minute segments of the match. Afterall, it’s the numbers on the board at 80 minutes on clock that count. Players and coaches need to balance the quick fix versus forge a place of power than attack. We all know what the fans want. They want Quade to throw the blind cut 3 pass with two defenders hanging off him and the journos love it too as it give them a chance to chortole!

Why even Rebels have to follow the rules

TF you and I could drink together as I mostly agree. However What is stark to most Tahs fans is that Snorter Hunt is shaping up to be a cracker 12 in D and straight running. He created a turning point which sent the second string Saders to the sword. with a crash ball that sent a player to the bench and an offensive tackle which sent all things a drift in my inner coach feelings and sent another player to the bench! While ever his form is there so should he. TK & Kerevi are great but as a pair its a no. Kerevi is a 12 and TK has to earn his spot at 13. Too many young’ns on the scene. Also Meakes has been putting his hand up and needs to be given a train on spot this season.

The Wallabies team that can bring home the World Cup

Well Done Will Knight! Touched the “Quade” button and the clicks go wild! In OZ rugby today we need a messiah to lead us from the wilderness. It could have been Raelene, Clive and or Michael. But alas it’s our old mate Quade Cooper. Love or hate this bloke and I am more than guilty of both. But in the world of Northern Hemisphere “rush defence” the Genia and Cooper fast and flat passing is a delight to watch as our backs learn to run onto passes and through gaps. Just can’t ignore it “Quake” Cooper is shaking the ground. So lets see how he goes against the Saffies and those ugly number 6,7 & 8 all of which will get and extra strip of BILTONG for belting Quade. I believe he will acquit himself well and not end up as BOEREWORS all curled up on the ground.

Calm down over Quade

Fionn, last weeks game for me was revealing about Toomua. He is a good footballer but he Rebs had the Brums locked down and MT didn’t really get the cut through as 10 and captain. He tackles well but I think SR is hes level.

Straight lines the Waratahs’ blueprint to simple but effective attack

NB, on the money again. TK cannot be picked on future form, he like all the other players running around must be picked on CURRENT form. At this stage TK needs to step up the same goes for Beale and Hodge. I am looking forward to seeing TK, Beale and Hodge all assert themselves for selection on the paddock. For me, and I find it’s strange being such a Quade sceptic, that by line looks like
9. Gennia then Gordon
10. Cooper then Foley
11. Folau
12. Hunt then Kerevi
13. English then TK & Rona
14: Korebitie
15: DHP then Maddocks & Beale
(big questions: Nic White, JOC? I really want the OS players to be available)
Its quite strange in a nice way to see some serious depth.

This World Cup is shaping up for the Wallabies to a very scary outsider option! Perhaps Rae’s has had her special prayers answered?

Why the Wallabies should be on the midfield K-trail

Rangi has been very pleasing to watch. Can he qualify for Wallabies?

Straight lines the Waratahs’ blueprint to simple but effective attack

I think that Hunt is one of the form 12’s in Oz. I HOPE that the selectors pick on form as big change from the other ideas Cheika been having. So Meaks, Kerevi and Hunt sound like depth! nice for a change. I don’t ever think Beale is a real 12 and he should be considered elsewhere.

Straight lines the Waratahs’ blueprint to simple but effective attack

PeterK, I actually believe he did the right thing by the players who all needed a reality check of sorts. I have this weird belief that Australian Rugby’s biggest enemy is Play PR promotion. They seem to lose it after hearing how they are the next big thing.
Tahs, still are well capable of stealing defeat from the jaws of victory! Especially when I start to get all excited… sigh… But I would really like to see Rona in at 13 and AAC given the finisher role. For me Hunt is a very pleasant surprise and I would love to see him continue in the 12 spot while he runs straight, hard, and defends with aggressive tackles. He was my MOTM

Straight lines the Waratahs’ blueprint to simple but effective attack

So gents! Is it me or did you think the best on park for the Tahs was Charmichael Hunt? I though he really made the centres a tough place for the Reds! Ran straight and hard with the ball and was aggressive in D.

Where will the Wallaby selectors play Folau and Beale?

To fair to Hannigan last night was the best I have ever seen him. Up until last night he has been trying to find a way to engage. Still the Tahs have their selections mixed up Rona is a good solid 13 and played most of his D there. AAC should be starting off the bench as a dependable utility when needed. After all he needs respect being a back at 34!

Where will the Wallaby selectors play Folau and Beale?

jameswm,
Jordan Petaia at 19 years old according to the red profile he is still very young for this level. 21 seems to me to be a mature age both physically and mentally to cope with the game pressures on and off the paddock. In 40 years of footy I have seen a “si%$T ton” of good young players getting hurt for playing an age up too early. The good enough old enough saying should be used carefully when player welfare issues are concerned.

Wright time to make a mark for Brumbies