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Well there is a comparison in that its polarising but beyond that……nope.

Doubt hunt was suggesting any other comparison

Hunt: Folau's doing just fine ahead of D-Day

good that hunt is in communication with folau as someone who has gone through a sort of similar situation. it does sort of sound a bit like at least the tahs are, without directly saying so, keen to have him back. Kapernick comparison is an interesting one, hadn’t thought about that. there are certainly some broad similarities, but also some major differences.

Hunt: Folau's doing just fine ahead of D-Day

yes it was encouraging and needed. jordie put in a few great tackles as well. TJ has always been an excellent defensively but he was bossing those scrums, luckily the ref let him do what he did (some of it was borderline) or surely the blues would have scored at some point.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

Not for me. I agree it’s not 100% fair etc etc but it’s an international comp and seems right that as many nations are represented as possible. For all nz rugby we have M10 cup. I hope the rebels and the jags make it to the finals, want the canes to win, but will be happy so long as it’s not the crusaders, or the tahs….

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

Seriously Neil really? The impact on the country was huge, but the impact was a result of the attacks not by any perceived political posturing.

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

The rebels have been very inconsistent yes but suggesting that they only have one game plan means you didn’t catch the game they played against the hurricanes. First half they tried to match the canes with running helter skelter rugby, it did not work. Second half they tightened up, took all the speed out of the game and had the better of the canes (still not enough). I must say though that they have been disappointing this year they have a great team on paper.

The home straight: Ranking every Super Rugby team's chances

Get back out there you girls blouse!!!

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

Ok interesting. Thanks for that.

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

yup jimmy without BBBBB they have looked a bit rudderless this season. I think james marshall is a good player but only ever saw him as a back up utility who could maybe play 10. Not sure why they aren’t starting a specialist 10, fletcher smith hasn’t looked convincing so far despite a good M10 season also garden bashop looked good for wellington but hasn’t really had much of a chance at all this season. TJ is going to have to step up and run things a bit i think. Jags looked good last week but seemed to be reffed out of it when they made their final push in the last 1/4

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

anyone know what the HIA test involves?

Super Rugby Round 14 teams: Quade Cooper cleared to face Bulls; three changes for Tahs

i would be taking it as a compliment if i were quade. i know what you mean with english, i think he is good and used to think he deserved a go at international level but what I’ve seen this year isn’t compelling form. i guess meakes getting a run at 13 might be okay but they are 2 different positions, some can play both but not all. i think with toomua at 12 you would want someone with either flair or tackle busting ability outside him. with kerevi at 12 maybe someone more solid and dependable. i think toomua fits the bench role for the wallabies well covering 10 and 12, if he is playing well. if he’s playing really well then i think starting at 10 because i think kerevi has to be at 12

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

id agree there olly that he should/could have been wallabies 10 but seemed to be given a very brief chance (i can only recall that he played the abs) and then didn’t get much of a look. hard to say what he’d be like if he’d been given a bit more of a chance, perhaps eased into it a bit more than he was.. but he’s certainly a good player and even though he gets put at 12 i think he sees himself as a 10.

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

good news for the rebels. where does he fit in though? is he back up for meeks and cooper or is he taking over from one of them. I’d like to see him get a bit more time at 10 as he would make a good bench option for the wallabies covering both 10 and 12. also cooper probably could do with a bit of a rest every now and then. finally i’d like to congratulate cooper on finally being recognised for what he is, a 31 year old stylist.

Toomua makes early move to Rebels

Yup fidow was a standoit for Wellington last year. Shame he hasn’t had a chance this year but perhaps another year at m10 cup level is best… Lomax has taken a few super seasons to get to where he is now, things progress at a different rate in the front row

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Evenin’ all.

Israel Folau found guilty of code of conduct breach, sanction undecided

My gut thinks the same Brett. I somehow don’t see a broader national approach as that likely in oz as the teams play quite different styles apart from the kick for corner trend. Would seem more likely in nz. Will be interesting to see how it effects the internationals, I suspect not much, at least in any obvious way.

What impact could Super Rugby teams ignoring points have in a RWC year?

Interesting figures Brett. I had noticed the nz teams had started going for the corner more often over the past few years. I suspect maybe it’s a general directive from the heads of the union saying that they’d prefer a tendency to kicking for the corner unless it’s a sitter or games in the balance type situation. This allows more live practice of attacking which involves the whole team rather than kicking which is 1 player while the rest have a breather.
The helter skelter playing style is I think, a test for players to play right at their limit. Ofcourse there are mistakes but in my limited experience in sport I learnt the fastest when riding at the limit of my ability. If you always play/ride within your ability you’ll improve, but not as fast.
I think they see super rugby as a way to expose new talent and to test out what it can do by really pushing their limits. Once the international season comes round I doubt they will play such risky rugby Ofcourse winning is important as it’s a pro comp, but nzs results have allowed them to push the boundaries a bit.
Not sure about the oz teams as it would seem unlikely that there might be a similar directive from above.

What impact could Super Rugby teams ignoring points have in a RWC year?

All good Ralph I’ve enjoyed our little exchange and though maybe we don’t see things quite the same its good to talk with people with differing opinions. As we’ve both said it’s a complex issue and worth while discussing…. from what you write below it seems that our interpretations of what “white privilege” means differ a bit as well (which doesn’t help).
” That is why I support equality of opportunity but not equality of outcome” agree there and probably if we have equality of opportunity then the outcomes will take care of themselves eventually.
Maybe next time we’ll talk about rugby… stranger things have happened.

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

true numpty but lets keep things in perspective, it was the canes scrum….

Super Rugby team of the week: Round 12

But yes an interesting study and I’m quite aware of this as I have a young boy who I have often had fairly one sided conversations with, but try to keep it up because I know it’s important. We also have no tv. I think he’s getting a good mix of the upbringing his mother and I had. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine why other parents plonk their kids in front of the tv or feed them junk if they want the best for them. I think most parents do want the best for their kids but we’re all coming from different places I suppose and some probably look at us and think that poor boy they won’t let him have an ice cream or whatever. Breeding up the next generation of the “PC brigade” god help us all

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Don’t need a study from America to hear that Ralph my dad reminds me on a semi regular basis, he was a teacher so maybe saw this first hand. I think you’re missing my point, I’m not suggesting its about genetics. As your study seems to suggest it’s an environment thing. Your environment is largely a result of your history. That was my point. History.

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Teasing out my argument eh? Ok ok. Well I’m not going to say much new I’m afraid. Yes what I am implying is that if a society was truly equal then the crime statistics should more or less match the population, unless you think some are predisposed to crime, which I don’t. I’m not blaming skin colour for anything, I’m just calling it as I see it. As I said individual examples don’t really show the true story as it is on the societal level that this really exists. Having said that I think the story you tell gives a good insight. You’re right he’s not a victim of his skin colour he’s a victim of his father, his history. Scale that up to where I think the conversation belongs, on a societal level, and if a certain group of people don’t get royally screwed over then perhaps they could have “paid more attention at school” their children are your friend, that stuff gets passed down through generations and sure some break out of it, but it’s called a vicious cycle for a reason. I’m only speaking about what I see in my own country. I don’t know how to solve the problem or to relevel the field but to recognize and acknowledge history would seem a good place to start

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

For what it’s worth, one point that seems to demonstrate that it isn’t a level playing field. In my home country Pakeha make up 70% percent of the population while maori people around 15%. In prisons you’ll find 30% pakeha and 50% maori. if we are all starting on an even playing field why is there such a massive discrepancy. These are just approx stats from my country but you might see a trend in other similar nations. It is obviously a complicated subject and this is just one point. I would also suggest that looking at each individual case on its merits is going to stop you seeing over all trends in society which is what it’s about really. Really you need to look at groups within one shared society. In any case it at least doesn’t seem to be a problem in rugby

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Fair enough, easy to loose context when a thread gets a bit long. Can’t say I liked gloria’s original comment either, but you have to admit your comment was a ripe piece of bait for someone like me. Haha. In any case as far as rugby goes I think you’re right.

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi

Agree that the roar can do without another worm hole. Was just responding to Ralph’s blanket statement. Rugby seems to be an example which is totally free of this and should be held up as an example

The Wrap: Thrilling finishes and landmark U20 result no match for a black Audi