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Bravo Chris, completely agree. Farr-Jones encapsulates what we are up against to progress as a society. Sincerely hope many Wallabies take a knee

The Wallabies taking a knee is a matter of conscience

Side note, Geoff do you agree that the rugby commentary panel (Kearns, Martin and Kafer) are the most unsophisticated and biased in the business? I’m shocked at how long they’ve been kept on. They come off as old boy block heads, and I feel is such a poor advertisement for Aussie rugby

Green versus gold: Mining talent in South Africa

Would love to see Willemse wrestle the no.10 shirt from Elton but the Springbok Showdown could not have gone any worse for Willemse. An absolute shocker . Elton’s grip just got stronger

The fight for second fiddle: Who should understudy Handre Pollard?

Nice article. Lord help us all if Morne is picked in the squad. Rassie won’t do it but the thought makes me sick. Du Perez is very one dimensional and has been quite pedestrian for Sale this season. My hope is that Kade Wolhuter is groomed to be the understudy and is no. 2 come the 2023 WC. But in the next year or two I suspect the no. 2 job will remain Elton’s. He’s not inspiring but a known quantity that Rassie has faith in it seems.

The fight for second fiddle: Who should understudy Handre Pollard?

I agree Elton is the custodian, but he’s so uninspiring. He kicks well at poles and has a decent step but is slow, feeble of D and plays poorly when the forwards aren’t getting go forward ball. I just pray Pollard is back to full health for the Lions tour and Kade Wolhuter comes along as the understudy

The curious case of Damian Willemse

I’m glad someone took the time to write about this topic. I too have been following Willemse’s development since his Junior Springbok days. His ceiling is incredibly high but his recent form at no. 10 for Stormers and last Saturday leave me worried. Maybe 15 is the answer. Le Roux has his place but I’d prefer Rassie/Jacques to back Willemse at 15 moving forward. Once we get Pollard back, De Klerk at 9, Pollard at 10, 11. Mapimpi, 12. DDA, 13. Am, 14. Kolbe and 15. Willemse is the sexist thing SA has produced since Charlize Theron!

The curious case of Damian Willemse

I think Scotland are in really danger of losing to Japan. I’m tipping this as the biggest upset of the pool stage. Vern Cotter laid so much groundwork and tossing him aside for Townsend was a monumental mistake

Rugby World Cup 2019 preview series: Pool A

Ah of course BB, I forgot about Kriel! I don’t understand how he was overlooked by Rassie. I agree he should be there in place of Kwagga. I also think Rohan Janse van Rensburg has been so unlucky not to be considered at 12. He’s got much more to offer than DDA and Esterhuizen (than god the latter wasn’t picked for the WC squad)

Kolisi returns as Springboks name World Cup squad

Would have been great if Dyantyi and Willemse had not incurred injuries (and bans?) and were included in the squad at the expense of Gelant and Mapimpi but given the players available this is a fantastic squad. Our best 23 can beat anyone if all cylinders are firing. A Boks v ABs final is looking very likely and has me salivating.

Kolisi returns as Springboks name World Cup squad

Keep up the good work Liam!

NBA: Predicting the 2019-20 Western Conference standings

Great article Liam. Can’t really fault your predictions and reasonings for them. I believe the Jazz are a little closer than you think. I also expect (and hope!) the Lakers to shock everyone and choke early in the playoffs. The Western Conference for the umpteenth season is stacked again; should be a fascinating season.

NBA: Predicting the 2019-20 Western Conference standings

I hope you’re right Jett. I personally like that KD walked and that the Dubs have to revert to their OG core. We’ll be tested but the pressure will be off, creating a great opportunity for the Dubs to surprise everyone. A top 4 finish is a very real prospect

NBA: Predicting the 2019-20 regular season awards

Cotter would be a really smart signing by RA. He doesn’t get enough credit for laying the foundations for which Scotland now enjoy under Townsend. In fact Townsend hasn’t taken them further and in many ways has just kept in place all the systems set by Cotter. Let’s remember that before Cotter Scotland were an utter basket case for a very long time.

Which Kiwi will RA choose to lead the Wallabies?

Love the article, Harry. Rassie really is proving a master technician but I do wish he used overseas and other outsiders last year instead of rushing them in so close to the WC, like Reinach, Steyn, Serfontein and Kwagga. Nonetheless, we have such good depth and clarity at all positions and combinations with the glaring exception of centre – I think we have to go for Steyn and Am and have Kriel covering both positions from the bench.

Springbok 'learnings' from Ellis Park

Have a good week big guy 🙂

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

Drop me a private message with your questions on morality anytime. I’m here to hell big boy

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

Cheers Justin

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

That war dance was a celebration of his heritage DURING indigenous culture round! The thugs in the crowd started barking because they were ignorant, petty and racist. Sounds familiar, Insider?

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

Essential viewing for every Australian. It’s so sad how stubbornly ignorant and, frankly, racist so many people behaved during this episode. Goodes is someone to be admired, cheered and respected. I hope our country learns from this

Uncomfortable as it might be, all sports fans should watch The Final Quarter

Harry I’ve been keenly awaiting your analysis of the Bok squad and who your ideal matchday 23 is for the WC…please pen an article soon! In the meantime, who is your ideal centre-pairing? This seems the most problematic combination for us. If Steyn is ready to go then I’d personally like Steyn and Am. De Allende and Esterhuizen are just too one dimensional. I also think Rassie really missed a trick not giving Rohan Janse van Rensburg a go

Why Rassie's right to pick the ressies

Shaw as head coach and Roos as GM/mentor-type role is hugely appealing. Roos is clearly a masterful tactician but he also places a huge emphasis on culture and ensuring his players are good role models for the community. I would love to see his influence at the club. If we can’t get Roos then I’m tempted to revert to getting Longmire, as he seems to have instilled a moralistic (and obviously winning) culture at the Swans.

What I want to see in North Melbourne's next senior coach

Love your article Harry, as always. As it stands, one year out from RWC ’19, what do you think of this matchday squad (players in brackets are bench cover) – bear in mind I am not considering players like Reinach, Frans Steyn, Ruan Ackermann and Janse van Rensberg who I sincerely wish were on Rassie’s radar:

15. le Roux (Willemse);
14. Nkosi
13. Kriel (Am)
12. de Allende
11. Dyanti
10. Pollard (Willemse)
9. de Klerk (Papier)
8. Vermeluen (JL du Preez)
7. du Toit (JL du Preez)
6. Kolisi (van Staden)
5. Mostert
4. Ezebeth (Snyman)
3. Malherbe (du Toit)
2. Marx (Mbonambi)
1. Kitschoff (Louw)

That’s 23 players as du Preez and Willemse woudl provide cover for 2 positions each.

Springbok report card: How does Rassie rank?

Fantastic article Josh! Thoroughly researched, detailed and considered. I will pray to the Footy Gods that we land Gaff and Polec this off season and Kelly next!!!!

Andrew Gaff's next move will shape North Melbourne's future

And Paige – he is definitely a quota player.

Great article Harry – some really positive signs in the Springboks team at present.

Coetzee was humbled by last year’s horror show, and he should be applauded for changing his tune and luring Venter, Franco Smith and (inevitably I hope) Erasmus into the ranks.

I personally would love to see Combrink replace Rhule, Francois Venter replace Kriel and have Van Rensburg on the bench. Jantjies hasn’t put a foot wrong but I would still like to see Pollard back at 10 and Jantjies as cover on the bench.

There’s a lovely culture brewing in the Bok camp and for the first time in many years, I’m genuinely optimistic about beating anyone not named the All Blacks.

The bunny chow wrap

Nice Harry! I’ll be at the same QF. I’ll keep an eye out for you bru!

There is no argument, the Wallabies must win Pool A

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