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ex grade union player, ex ref, ex very poor coach. Played in UK, South Africa, NZ and here.

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FR, Stunningly well for a septuagenarian. Logic would demand it but who knows it’s just rugby..
If the Boks get their big centres rolling as opposed to kicking then the game is ONNNNNN!!!!!!

‘Still stinging’: Smarting Springboks out to hit back

Very true Ken, it’s obvious you and I noticed it and don’t want it to happen again!!!!!

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the 'Boks?

Ken,we are in need of game-breakers and playmakers from the under 20’s group or miss this cycle as we did after 2003 and pay a price for it after 2023.
I understand Rennie’s enthusiasm for QC, JoC, Kerevi and Sean as these guys, plus a couple of guys for the row from Europe and he has a nucleus who can win games between now and during the 23 RWC. What happens to Aus rugby after that may not be Rennie’s problem if he has it on his resume of taking a broken Wallaby and turned it around.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the 'Boks?

You hint at part of the problem Mug and that is the lack of agreement between Wallabies and SR. Getting Brad Thorn to give 15 to JP to give Australia a young possible or just about any other coach with young talent is tricky, a lot easier if the teams were winning!

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

Mug, he can just hang in there as Rennie seems reluctant to offer the starting spot to anyone else. Hodge would have been my choice v the 2nd Boks and see what happened from there.
They are going to throw everything at Banks so maybe he will step up and maybe Rennie will get the story – at last, some would say – you and I being 2 of them.

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

This game is going to be the great one to watch. The boks will be seriously wound up and the Wallabies will fancy their chances for a second win.
The Boks only need to get their standard game happening whilst we need to lift our exits, weakness at 15, our poor breakdown work and lineout, will need to improve to hold them out.

‘Still stinging’: Smarting Springboks out to hit back

A great one this week with so much happening during that game. I think it is hard for Bell to counter this flopping unless Rennie has a chat with the ref prior to the game. Hinging is obvious and dropping on the ‘hinge’ is possible to occur so it is a clever move by Malherbe.
We need both McDermott and White and they should be used as starters, dependent on the opposition.
Bringing O’Connor into 13 and putting Banks on the pine for either Hodge or Petaia would be a good call but Rennie doesn’t see it that way.
Exits are still poor to average. Banks needs to be in position early and take the ‘Garry Owen’ and boot it out as far down the field as he can, as soon as he can. Banks is still a fullback in trainers.

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the 'Boks?

Ken, very generous of you and I hope you are right. I am a bit gunshy after Cheika’s selection time and can see similarities in the thinking. If Rennie was picking on performance then Kaitu’u would get the nod.
‘Still’ is hoping that your walk to trot to canter to gallop has some sense and sensibility in it.

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

Pete, I thought Faingaa was the weakest in the Wallaby pack and I would have started Kaitu’u as he was so much better than Faingaa.
It’s the only question with Rennie is his selection ability.

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

Good post Ken.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Great write up NIck and excellent review of the game on it’s own. Cooper has surprised all of Australian rugby supporters and the posts are full of “I always knew he had it”, well I was one who didn’t think he had it nor the ticker to play International rugby.
What a great pleasure to be proven wrong. Now I am left thinking how the hell are we going to develop the young talent we have!

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Jez, so pleased you raised Swinton’s efforts, I thought he was outstanding on Sunday and like you was a bit surprised at the comments. Then you get the occasional article writer saying something like ‘Swinton’ penalised for no arms – no surprises there’, they obviously never tried to wrap a huge forward running at them with head 1m off the ground.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

Mungbean, cutout passes have been our undoing for the last 7-8 years.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

Suzy, they will change the game plan, not massively but it will be more uptempo. They have very capable backs Pollard, Willemse, de Allende and FDK, plus very dangerous wingers. The coach needs to use his head a bit more and not just stick to what they did at the RWC.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

RedsH, I have noticed in the last 5-6 years that 13 is often skipped in the pass as the winger comes in more often and cutouts to grab space are more of a feature.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

Brett, would like to take a minor issue with Kerevi’s breaks and feeding. If he was an AB he would be swamped with choice of who to pass to, as it was, there was generally only one option if any.
We need to use his size and line-breaking ability and not re-train him to go looking for wayward Wallabies.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

Gusto, I didn’t realise that QC and Will Genia couldn’t get Australian citizenship. I thought it was a rule regarding being allowed to play for your country!

REACTION: Everything Rennie said after beating Boks, including verdict on Quade's RWC chances

Tiger you are totally evolved – into – not sure what! I wish it was me, but it is too late for me…..I dream of hospital corners.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

PerthS, poor bastard. He has a bunch of skills and can run and pass with the best of them and is stuck with a simple kicking game plan and rock-like D that hopefully is being unpicked ATM.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Pete, I think you overrate Cooper from 2016, he was still as flighty as ever and he often tried to win games on his own in his efforts to emulate Carlos Spencer and his D was still poor to lousy. From stories about him at the time he was still an arrogant P.
I am delighted to be proven wrong but the frontal cortex does not develop until young men get past 25 and with Quade it took a bit longer than most. He, like JO’C did a lot of work on himself according to commentators.
Smart move by Rennie.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Pete, I thought there were still times when both sides were going over the ball.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Geoff, Kaitu’u showed that he can step up, saw a bit of Loeta but not the same as K. I suspect Folau F will be on the backburner for a while. He was one of the few average performers in the pack and those tackles were always suspect.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Waxy, your dreaming if you think the Boks will get carved up by the Kiwis. They expected to beat us fairly easily last night. There won’t be any of that in the 100th test between the two heavyweights.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

OOP, My god! if you are right, thanks be to whoever is holding up the sky these days. I watched 15 mins of the lions series and skipped the rest.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

RT, ‘Hopefully’, you are right, we may well know by the end of the RC.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

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