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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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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

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?

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