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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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PIE, The ideal is to do what you suspect would be the least offensive to your opposition. Taking off a runner up medal immediately after you have been given it is not in the tradition of English respect for the game and the opposition that I grew up with.
It’s like a little kid who didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas and just as childish!

The Enigma of England: Second best but always expecting a slip up

Fans are excluded and are always welcome in Australia as they add a lot of colour to a bland and during many times in the past – boring team. Will get back to you with an example but it ain’t easy. How do you find examples of Arrogant players? Anyhow will look around and get back to you.

The Enigma of England: Second best but always expecting a slip up

England is the greater enemy on a rugby field, topping NZ by some way, due to the fact we respect NZ but we dislike the Poms. It’s their arrogance that gets in many Wallaby supporters throats.
Cheika losing so badly to them was the ugliest of ugly rugby we played under him.
I note your “He appears belligerent and refuses to pick form players.” in his time as head coach here he played the hub of McQueens winning team almost until they were in wheelchairs. Debutants would get 5mins at the end of a game and never be seen again so that Eddie could claim ‘I have started more new players than X before’.
We lost a generation of young players and never got them back.
I am hoping rather than expecting a decent win over you lot. 15 points in the plus and I can enjoy a good bottle of red, hell one point and I’ll do the same.

The Enigma of England: Second best but always expecting a slip up

I did it in subbies for 25 years and really enjoyed it until I got too old and slow.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Nick, also for a big and fast inside centre’s (part of the post RWC plan).
There may also be a spot for a rugby analyser!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Nick, have you done any reffing? PeterK is the only other ex ref here I am aware of. I think there was a Kiwi who was or had been one.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Great post MK and right on the money. Many here are thinking or writing as if we are already world beaters but we still have a long way to go.
At least we are on our way and that is more than I could say in the last 15 – 20 years.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

I was surprised that here we are one month from the UK tests and no confirmed coverage in Australia?
Anyone know anything about this????

'Jones must now revise his plans': England rugby team hit hard by injuries

Yes Mad, that is a great mantra – you don’t win with one great tactic, it is the little details that count. I am hoping that the next stage in their development is being able to change strategy in mid-game when the strategy is not working. That is what the AB’s had with McCaw and Read.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

MadK, it always amazed me how little of the law many Wallaby players showed by their efforts at the breakdown and the maul. Then making the same mistake over and over struck me as dumb.
I think Rennie is taking the time to educate these guys in the finer points of the law. The hard part for the Wallabies that the AB’s (used to?) understand is how many to throw into the breakdown and when a turnover was on. I am hoping we are getting to that finer part of breakdown work.
Better late than never!

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

Hi Mug, surprisingly I found it is easier to ref a fast-paced game than a slowed down kick fest. Things are cleaner generally and if you can keep up it makes for a great game to ref.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

This is a first for me, I am almost jumping out of my seat at the possibility of sticking it to Eddie! The ruck as I, and many old forwards here have claimed is a critical part of the game, to see Rennie re-invigorating this important part of the game gets my juices going.
Japan will be interesting this weekend but it is the Pommie game we are all waiting for.
MK will be missed, he does as much and in many cases more at the breakdown than some forwards. In that turnover above he hit the ruck harder than any forward in that game and was key to the turnover.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies are pushing the limits in contact

A great pity as he will be difficult to replace, particularly for the England game. So let’s see who stands up on tour?
Is Daugunu fit?

Koroibete OUT of Spring Tour as Rennie reveals two changes to Wallabies squad

Thank god he and his family survived. Kefu was lucky to survive and I wish all of them a speedy recovery but this will be with them for life.

It is time the police treated these kids as more than just kids stealing cars if they can do this kind of damage to a family. There is a limit to compassion and these kids, and kids like them are beyond it.

'There was blood everywhere, it was horrific': Toutai Kefu relives home machete attack

HMax, Didn’t work with Foley, why would it work with this young gun?
McKenzie stuck QC there because he was a turnstile, mind you Ewan was smart and most probably making the most of a poor situation.

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

Funbus, nice that you know what Eddie the Eye will do! We Aussies could never work him out. Hope you keep him in pommie land..

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

If Tolu Latu is anything like, or better than when he left, we will double our turnovers at the breakdown.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Didn’t see that game WL. Wish I had.

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

They need to show it in more than a couple of runs. The NSW contingent is subject to the reality of very poor forwards. Anything good a 10 can do behind a beaten pack should be regarded as very good!!!

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

OZin SA, if he’s “not a great defender but is brave” one of 2 things happen, he spends a fair amount of time in recovery or he gets moved from the D. The alternative is how to turn a brave player into a good defender, it takes a lot of time and effort. I have played with a couple of half-backs who were very brave and also had excellent D. One of them developed a ‘hop and hold’ tackle where they had to carry him stuck to their chest until the weight brought them down. Very clever and effective without great risk to himself and still legal today, although I have not seen it employed in the last 45 years.

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

Peter, big mistake in a team that plays a solid forward driven game. How does he react when the packs turn the ball over and he is defending at FB?

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

Good story, love a redemption tale. I am hoping he adds to this growing strength of this Wallaby team, my expectation is that he doesn’t slip and just keeps growing.

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

Pete, I am betting that Eddie will not start him till next season, he may get a couple of bench runs to shut the media up.

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

Who is focused on our 10’s to ensure we have the best youngster in line?
I still am a fan of Harrison but having watched a bit of young Gordon from the Rebels I suspect he will be the next in line after QC in 23. He has that calmness in attack and defence, kicks well and seems to really enjoy his rugby.
I am not dismissing Lolesio but 10 is such a critical position for the Wallabies as we have realised with QC taking over, we can’t afford to piss around!
Marcus Smith is a serious prospect but Eddie the eye is very conservative, I suspect we will not be facing Smith this year.

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

Pete, if his D is questionable then the internationals will use that and he can duck and dive as much as he likes but the likes of Hooper, Ardie et al will get to hammer him a few times and then stopping a player like Kerevi stepping inside will be another huge test for him.
Can’t wait for the Pommie game!

‘Give him the keys to grandpa’s car’: Why England’s obsessed with the kid on a Quade Cooper collision course

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