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You’ve got a point there. Its been a while since I smashed over the top of my Project Manager to get to the watercooler. …been close a few times though… 😁

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

yeah but no shaking hands after the match ok? no wait, I mean… 😱

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

Im telling ya, its all a conspiracy to stop the Blues winning again. Theyve been storing this little thing away for 17 years now. 😡

SANZAAR makes the call on Super Rugby season amid coronavirus crisis

‘Yeah, Im from Whangarei…dont call them Auckland 😡 ‘
‘Yeah, Im from Palmy, dont call them Wellington 😡 ‘
‘Yeah….

the good ol days alright 😂

Super Rugby Round 7: go ahead Blues, make my day

A Lions win would be massive wouldnt it? Totally against the flow that we’ve come to expect from this very consistent Blues side… 😂

Super Rugby Round 7: go ahead Blues, make my day

You watch RT, now he’s picked them he’ll jinx them. It’ll all be Bretts fault. 😂

Super Rugby Round 7: go ahead Blues, make my day

Only taken 17 years Brett but we’ve finally got you round to our way of thinking. 😂

Cmon the Bluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuues!!!!!

Super Rugby Round 7: go ahead Blues, make my day

Pretty soon this circus is going to start getting picked????. Next week I look forward to seeing Brett proudly selecting the Blues for their match.

Super Rugby Round 6: Wollongong is beautiful this time of year

Feels like longer… off to the match today with my canes supporting partner????

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 5

Yes he was but he was also part of a game plan that relied heavily on goal kicking to gain points, particularly vs the higher tier one sides. In that respect no Oz or AB kicker has ever been relied on that heavily, Toomua nowhere near selection for primarily his goal kicking, where had JW not been a goal kicker he would not have been selected in the number of tests he was.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 5

Yes, in a talking points of the round the unbeaten top side is beaten and the word ‘Blues’ doesn’t even figure once. Hmmm

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 5

Exactly, they’re called the Blues because they represent more than just Auckland. Don’t know why this keeps being a bugbear for some. The franchise names were chosen specifically to separate the sides from their provincial identities. Highlanders for eg are not Otago no matter how one wants to spin it.

Super Rugby: Five talking points from Round 5

Exactly, and my point above. In my day Samoans and Tongans were often at each others throat, literally in Lomu’s experiences. Even playing rugby in South Auckland schools and clubs you could feel the tension both within and against teams.

I think sport, in particular rugby and League has made a lot of that first liveable early on then normal but now and then the rift is still there. And thats to do with coaches and players bringing cultures together into small spaces where they have to share common goals, they must support each other. NZ coaches spent a lot of time doing that with the immersion of PI’s into the sides in the 80’s and 90’s, as did NZ in communities and activities of all sorts.

Oz are experiencing a trend similar to we did in the late 80s and 90’s, a growing number of PI players filling more and more of the positions in pro rugby. I’ll bet over the last five years the percentage has increased every year.

So your coaching needs to catch up. No longer can an oz coach simply know how to manage a side that is more than 50% PI in terms of what really makes them tick as Tongans, Samoans etc, Rennie does, and has ‘decades’ of experience of doing it.

Rennie well suited to reignite Pasifika pride within Wallabies

Yes he did but his idea of treating everyone the same may be very different from yours, or at least your intention by the comment. Rennies life’s experience has taught him to appreaciate the various cultures that are uniquely different to his own. He’s learned whats important to an individual as a Tongan, as a Samoan, as European etc, and by knowing those things he knows a bit more about what makes them tick as players, trainers, family people, friends, their religious and cultural importances in life. So in treating them ‘the same’ he’s taking whats important to each and every one of them into account when trying to mould a team.
If five people all love ice cream but each only loves one flavour only there are two ways of treating them ‘the same’. Give them all chocolate ice cream, or give each their own preference because of that background knowledge one has gained from appreciating the background of each ‘individually’.
In the end both models result in ‘an ice cream’ but treating them the same has very different outcomes. And that is what Rennie brings to the table.
He probably has learnings in terms of what it is to be ‘Australian’ and that is his challenge but again, his MO prepares him for that as well.

Rennie well suited to reignite Pasifika pride within Wallabies

He certainly got a lot out of Cruden, in probably his best career years, and SBW, and others. Strong combinations and a rigid belief system typified the two Chiefs wins …before injuries hit them like a convoy of trucks.

Cheika had the Wallabies performing at higher levels than their best Super side and thats where I think Rennie’s success…or not…lies…20% or 40% stronger could be the diff between winning and losing. As a rough guess I’d say the Abs operate anywhere between 30 and 50 better than the Crusaders so if he can get players like JOC to bring that overall level up it could well be enough.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Good to see JOC firing again, hope he keeps it up because he’s the type of player Rennie could certainly extract a lot of positivity out of under the right conditions. JOC’s very much a confidence player so much to look forward to.

The spiritual third-coming of James O’Connor

Yes Muzzo…and the last thing we wanna keep hearing is the Wallabies have no chance…we all know where that leads to… 😂

Bleak Bledisloe hopes a harsh reality for Wallabies fans

So do I. Much of their poor performances were down to poor management and growth from Cheika and lets face it, Oz S Rugby coaching isn’t that great in general and although much of the problem is raw talent not coming through in sufficient numbers to be competitive, part of it is also in how the side is prepared, selected and trained.

In that respect Rennie should make a ‘significant’ difference, of some sort. Whether thats enough to win is another thing but if he can put the side out in a manner that makes them competitive, it gives them an ‘on the day’ chance in any test.

Bleak Bledisloe hopes a harsh reality for Wallabies fans

Interesting, so the argument is they can’t have non- neutral refs because of ‘obvious’ favoritism to their own sides, they can’t have home town refs because of obvious ‘perceived’ favoritism towards their own sides… so neutral refs is the remedy for all that.

Fragile lot these refs huh? Seems they obsess with either looking for a team to favour, or obsess with being accused of favouring, or, in the absence of either of those…get ‘cornered’ into reffing a game without any bias at all.

Poor lost souls… 😂

The Wrap: The Sunwolves and Super Rugby’s shame file

Well it’s your interpretation and probably yours alone. I mean if 100 selectors from national teams, the rugby media, panel experts were asked to pick a list of the 10 greatest rugby players of all times I’m guessing all 100 would have Lomu on their list. I somehow doubt all 100 would leave him out saying ‘nope, not for me, a phenomenon, but not a ‘great player’

Yeah… right.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Wasnt sure about the corn but for some reason theres always carrots in there somewhere isnt there? 😂

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

oh please. He was the greatest ball carrier the game has ever seen by a mile. ‘Not a great player’ come on.

If you went back to the school yard picks of one each till theres none left Lomu would be the first player selected for one main reason. Of any player you would not want him playing for the other side. Before every test he played if the opposition could pick one player from his side 100% of the time Lomu would be it.

Sure SA stopped him, but only because their entire game plan revolved around doing exactly that.

No other player in history commands that level of player power.

Not a great player…laughable.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Don’t need to fly in these days… 😂 sorry…pesky mood…

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

I’d wager against that. Far too soon to be heaping that sort of accolade on a player. He’s been impressive though not too sure about his straight line pace and for me looks more of a centre future, turns well and reads the situation quickly.

How many promising players in the last ten years have ended up a more complete player than Folau?

Answer…none.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Nah, that was more the sound of reaching, some belching, followed by spurts of last nights corn, carrot and chicken pieces coloring the changing room walls… 😂

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell