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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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Nick, will look forward to that!!!!

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

OOP, I think he is a classic running and passing hooker but I dislike his avoidance of the ruck and lack of T/O’s not that we are great in that area – YET!

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

What a difference a couple of years and a new coach can bring. Tupou was always going to be outstanding and for him to continue to improve is a juicy prospect for 2023. I feel our propping stocks including Bell are looking good but not sure about hooker, I liked BPA and not so much a fan of Fainga’a. With Latu in the squad, that issue should be fixed and then we seem to be building one of the best front rows in the world.

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

My view is that the NRC failed to garner support so no go!
The Sydney clubs are getting good support and gate takings have improved compared to a couple of years ago. Is it a resurgence? I have not one clue but I am very happy to see people in their hundreds going to watch rugby on a Saturday afternoon. Hoping for thousands at the grand final next year.
My local team has tremendous support and a great clubhouse, so I will be following them next season but they are not in Shute Shield as I live outside of Sydney.
I hope the same support is showing for club rugby around the country.

SRU reveals Shute Shield draw for 2022 kicking off on April 2

Jez, went to the NSW site for some details and stumbled over this which is a wonderful statement about our game. Rob Hemmings from the great 60s team with Thornett, Catchpole, Crittle etc. Very moving video. Great if Australia can emulate this and McQueens time.

https://nsw.rugby/videos/watch/aaac92d3-3db3-4b7b-9790-6c5003d2d889!Rob%20Heming%20Story

SRU reveals Shute Shield draw for 2022 kicking off on April 2

Jez, that’s a tough call, the Emus have had 15+ years to become a competitive club and didn’t make it. The problems were too big for them and SRU, almost a total disinterest in Penrith and surrounding areas, poor management, a playing group with many who felt they needed to be paid to play the game. Top it off with several good coaches inc Darren Coleman for one year (quite successful comparatively) who tried hard but the heart of a rugby union club was not there.
The heart being – not enough volunteers to make the game work, an approach that was hinged around ‘just give us more money’ although they proved they could not manage the money they had and the difficulty of getting and keeping local company sponsors.
I know 2 boys who played there, I helped out where I could. There were a small group of dedicated people who put in a massive amount of work to try to make it work, whilst others sat back and did next to nothing (not unusual but it was the very small numbers v the amount of work).

SRU reveals Shute Shield draw for 2022 kicking off on April 2

Nick, 12 months would be acceptable, to the RWC would be great, a year or two after that and I can depart in bliss…..

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Soapy, I think our perception of the Wallaby pack will change on this Euro trip. Just read the squad and we have some very serious forward power there.

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Pete, totally outplayed him is a bit OTT, Don’t think I have ever seen him totally outplayed!

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Jesus! that is the strongest squad I have seen in 15+ years. I am very keen to see Skelton and Arnold in the row. I have no complaints or queries regarding any of this squad. The pack will give the pommies some worries. The only question – what happened to BPA? is he injured?

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Rhys, how many times have we seen the dawn of a new age that only turns out to be another ‘winter of our discontent?’

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

ozinsa, in internationals the D can trump other assets. We saw the impact of that with Foley under Cheika.

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Bledisoe next year could be interesting Pete?

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Thanks Nick, great write up. It will be very interesting to watch how the team dynamic changes if Paisami gets the 12 spot and plays Japan and Scotland. It strikes me that Kerevi has made the biggest impact on the Wallabies with forward like, gain line advantage ball, off-loading and breaking tackles. Nobody can match that but wondering if Rennie changes things a bit in the forwards to get that gain line advantage ie using Sean McMahon in that role?

Coach’s Corner Issue 29: Do the All Blacks have a soft centre?

Makes sense Hazel but he seems to do things we don’t expect and so far so good. The Euro/Japan trip will sort out if he is right or wrong.
Still waiting to see the actual list…

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

Hazel, Rennie is pretty conservative and he will be taking Paisami for 12.

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

Rhys, I disagree. I think Rennie is doing whatever he thinks will benefit Australian Rugby Union and the players are all subject to performance. He has given many youngsters reasonable time in the Wallaby jersey and although I would like to see the youngsters coming through quicker I understand what he is doing.
My big concern is what happens after RWC will we lose a large proportion of our young talent to Euro/Japan? Then we start again maybe with a new coach….

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

What’s the issue? I see no issue. Wales needs the money, the AB’s need the money and the fans have sold the place out. There is nothing to see here.

'Stupidest fixture ever': The 'cynical, money-making ploy' that exposes Wales to All Blacks' annihilation

You get more points for who you play against, therefore the 2 wins v the Boks took us to #3 from #5 I think.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Mug, I suspect the opposite is the case, he doesn’t have enough of the egotistical ‘give it to me’ that most good wingers have and that is one of the reasons I think outside centre or fullback, where he is helping the team to win, is far better for him.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Excellent write Nick and plenty to consider in it. The idea of cohesion used to be called excellent teamwork but cohesion is a better description of the condition which many of us will recognise from successful teams we have played in.
The end of year tour will now be compulsory viewing and a win over the Pommies would be a grand finale to the season.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Nick, I was referring to the 1st game but no matter. The difference in the Boks v AB’s in their first game I thought was significant, maybe you didn’t? Did you think they showed a similar level of commitment in the Wallabies last game and the 1st AB’s game?

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

Nick, you are being obtuse. Are you suggesting that it is irrelevant how many turnovers they made in contact against us? If you believe in the old adage of lose the breakdown, lose the game, then it was very relevant to the ABs loss and also relevant if they didn’t have that level of turnover against us.

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

Tony, the AB’s have a queue of #6’s (as in all positions) but are struggling to put a good one out there. Why could S,V,Sw all be the guy?

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

Another point Nick, you said that the AB’s turned over 1:5 of breakdowns they took the ball into. Any ideas what the Bok rate was against the Wallabies?
Didn’t feel anywhere near that high, if not why not?

Get your questions in for Issue 29 of Coach's Corner

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