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Yes up to the Scotland result, Joubert was considered the best Ref in the world. World Rugby threw him to the wolves after that. We then go on to make the Final and Cheika gets coach of the year. Which then gives us a false impression of Cheika that lasted a few years longer, and an extended contract for him.

In short, the Scotland result has dug as a grave for this RWC

Is Michael Cheika a saint, sinner or something in between?

Thorn hasn’t done enough with the Reds yet. Hope I’m wrong and 2020 they go well. Fisher maybe, there’s a few kiwi names thrown around, not sure they’d want it. Don’t know much about Ryan, but what I saw, was him as Defense coach for Fiji, I’d say he’d need some head coaching experience first

Is Michael Cheika a saint, sinner or something in between?

He certainly went more aggressive than he needed to. Although, have seen many good people looked over because they weren’t prepared to put themselves forward. Can see both sides there

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Do you have anyway of substantiating this what’s app message? If it’s true then my opinion of Link goes down a lot
As for him lobbying for the job. That’s sort of what you need to do. As opposed to how Cheika came across as supporting the players, undermining Link, and then getting his job.
No denying Link was stupid letting his pekker get in the way, because…well…look at….I can’t say it
Although that was only really between Link, his wife and her. Suppose if the affair got in the way of player contact/morale then fishing from the company pond really did bite him. We will never know how he would have turned out as a coach. My guess is somewhere between Dingo and Clowno

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

I agree with most of what you said, and don’t think you are being overly negative. Where I would agree more with Geoff, is the improvement we have seen since the selection panel came on board. We did improve against Argentina, and almost no one expected us to win against AB’s in Perth. Even if AB’s were playing around in that game.

I’d say the future is positive if we have a well strategically coached team. We may not make it to number 1 in the world, but we would be more competitive against the top tier 1’s than we are now, and have a chance at another RWC title

The Wrap: Normal order restored in Bledisloe Cup whitewash

Beale off the bench should be enough to keep Cheika and the PC quota happy

Wallabies DIY Player Ratings from Bledisloe 2: The results

People loved to point out Folau’s deficiencies, but Beale brings far less to us at FB. Beale was good at FB earlier in his career many years ago. He’s clearly a bench player now, and has been for many seasons. He helped Cheika knife Link for the job, so he will probably be our FB until the post-Cheika apocalyptic era

Eight talking points from Bledisloe 2

Pleasant read Jono. Hope this culture stays

This Wallabies mob are more than worthy of your support - and it’s not just because of their win in Perth

And I thought we were desperate when saying we’d win if only Pocock was back. Welcome to the feeling you get when your team keeps losing. Although, possibly this weekend you can go back to feeling smug and modest

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Before the red card, was asking myself why they were targeting Hooper so obviously. Seems opposition teams rate him higher than we do (did)

All Blacks only see the red in a Wallabies bolt from the blue

Keep the current system then?

Barrett handed three-week ban by SANZAAR

10,15,20min is debatable. I’d say a yellow card time isn’t enough for a red. Only raise the idea, as a red early in a game is not the same as a red in last few minutes. Also, the punishment needs to be high enough to discourage foul play, but not so high that it ruins the game for the spectators.

Was it last RWC that Warburton was sent off early for Wales? Makes a huge difference to a game. The people that say it needs to be the way it is to discourage foul play have merit as well.

Barrett handed three-week ban by SANZAAR

Completely agree

What we know after the Wallabies' stunning Bledisloe 1 win

When Fisher says “…proposing a law change whereby the offender can be replaced after 10 minutes.”

I’d say 10 minutes isn’t enough. The team needs to be punished as well. Otherwise, there would be teams who would send a hitman out against a key opposition player, and take the 10 min. Like the good (bad) old days.

It would have to be around 20min, or as Piru recommended the Ice Hokey style system where the player can only be replaced after a try is scored. Only problem with it being a try, is that a Wilkinson type team would just slot field goals all day

Barrett handed three-week ban by SANZAAR

That’s an interesting piece of hypocrisy from RA. Who will get sacked for this song?

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks

I think that’s the problem. The red might be fair from a punishment perspective, but the fans then watch a lopsided contest.

I’d say the team as a whole needs some punishment as well. Possibly what I said originally (15-20min then a substitute is allowed), needs to be trialled, or whatever world rugby comes up with to improve the current system

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks

Yeah that’s a valid point. Suppose the spectator misses out if a red is handed out in first few minutes of a game. That’s not excusing the player. The game is better for taking the cheap shot out. I’m sure it’s the way it is for a reason

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks

Re: the red card. Has there been any alternatives trialled? Someone else mentioned that red cards aren’t equal. An early red card costs a team far more than one in the last few minutes

One idea comes to my mind. Exclude the player from the match, the offending team plays a man down for 15 or 20min. Then they are allowed to go back to 15 men. This would be a significant disadvantage, but not insurmountable

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs All Blacks

Yes, agree. His attack is missed. Nevertheless, first game I’ve seen where I didn’t finish thinking “if only he was still playing”

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Suppose us Oz supporters haven’t given him the credit he’s due. No one has questioned his motor or work ethic. Just didn’t see him as someone the opposition would fear

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

We had our first ‘Israel who’ game

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Why were they targeting Hooper so much in the first half? Do they really see him as our main threat? Rare to see them so ill-disciplined.

Very happy to get a win against them, even against 14. It is true what others have said; that they normally absorb pressure in the first half and steam roll in the second.

However, the teams of past have normally performed well when a man down. Possibly down 1 the entire half would be too much for any team, or possibly they really have slipped back to the field. We will know for sure in a week

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

Their empire might be on a slow decline, but wouldn’t write them off just yet.

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves

It’s disgusting that you would try to relativise what the Ottoman Turks did. This is an account by Dostoyevsky of their atrocities. Religious righteousness can cause humans to demonise other humans this way

“They burn villages, murder, outrage women and children, they nail their prisoners by the ears to the fences, leave them so till morning, and in the morning they hang them- all sorts of things you can’t imagine. People talk sometimes of bestial cruelty, but that’s a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that’s all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it.
These Turks took a pleasure in torturing children, -too; cutting the unborn child from the mothers womb, and tossing babies up in the air and catching them on the points of their bayonets before their mothers’ eyes. Doing it before the mothers’ eyes was what gave zest to the amusement. Here is another scene that I thought very interesting. Imagine a trembling mother with her baby in her arms, a circle of invading Turks around her. They’ve planned a diversion: they pet the baby, laugh to make it laugh. They succeed, the baby laughs. At that moment a Turk points a pistol four inches from the baby’s face. The baby laughs with glee, holds out its little hands to the pistol, and he pulls the trigger in the baby’s face and blows out its brains. Artistic, wasn’t it?”

Israel Folau begins court action against Rugby AU and Waratahs

It really is fantasy. Very bad fantasy that is giving our opposition free motivation. He’s like the Iraqi information minister saying they were winning the war, while bombs were going off around him

Phil Waugh believes the All Blacks are a shadow of their former selves