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If you can’t beat them buy them!
What happened with your love affair with Curry and Underhill?
If you want some extra pleasure, there is an interview with Itoje speaking about what he felt while rewatching the final (I think it was on the Dan Carter podcast/Facebook show). He slaughtered his own performance.

My British and Irish Lions 23 to face the Springboks in 2021

If I had to choose between the best concert experiences and sport event experiences… It is very hard to choose. For pure joy and drama, sport is number one but a brilliant concert is like a religious experience that stays with me for a long time.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Do you really think “global” is the way to go?
I might be wrong, but the lesson I see from SRA and 6N is that a short, “local”, tribal competition where every game counts is the way to go.
The big question is do we want a comp with the main purpose to develop players or do we want a top-level HQ comp that stands on its own legs?
If I put my virtual AB’s jersey on, I would stay away from the NH for a million reasons. It is time to build a real position of strength in the AsiaPacific region and aspire to earn top dollars (it is the only language those billionaire owners understand).

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

I just can’t bring myself to start picking a Lions 23’s yet, especially since there are serious doubts this tour will even happen.
But overall, there is enough quality depth on the British Isles to give the Saffas a bloody nose.

My British and Irish Lions 23 to face the Springboks in 2021

(1) You won’t see that again from those forwards Harry, they won’t get done a second time;

Yeah, it is a bit naive to think that the English forwards have not learned anything from that final. A fair few of those Saffa forwards go monstered (for real) against the AB’s in 2016 and 2017.

My British and Irish Lions 23 to face the Springboks in 2021

David Gilmour is a master, no doubt.
A quote by Johnny Marr has stayed with me for a long time: “What is the point of playing a million notes a minute if not one of them notes is blue“.

And yeah, sorry JD for going OT in a big way. My only defense is that it always felt like a huge musical discusssion is looming under the water at the Roar (I believe most of us regulars are music-lovers in one way or another).

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

The vocal harmonies were great too!

Yeah, no matter how much brilliance Björn and Benny brought to the table, the girls’ voices, harmonies, and timing are what makes ABBA special.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

“The Loner” by Gary Moore is no easy song to play. Slow songs are so easy to mess up (every single mistake will take center stage).
Training classical guitar at Trinity college is pretty impressive. No walk in the park.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

You mean the two guys (Björn and Benny) who wrote all their songs, produced all the albums, and formed the band? 😛
But you are on point, they are very solid musicians.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

I was already in a good mood this morning, but now it got even better.
Thanks, mate.

On a huge side-note (sorry JDK), did you know that ABBA actually could rock hard when they wanted too?

The first time I saw this it blew my mind. Proper boogie-woogie 😊

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Give us a link to some of your stuff, Piney
Just to ease the “pain” I will embarrass myself and go first. This is all me: https://soundcloud.com/the-bad-boy-3/demo-sweet-smile

P.S. I am no pro, just a happy amateur who loves to write songs on my spare time.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Piney, I had no idea you are a musician (who likes Simple Minds – big plus points in my book of brilliant things).
All is forgiven, and I apologize for some personal slurs back in the day.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Simple minds make good music

They were brilliant in their early days, but after “New Gold Dream” they lost their magic touch.

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Thanks for this, JDK.

Lots of interesting thoughts, suggestions, and ideas.
Personally, I think a Champions League-style tournament in the AsiaPacific is the way to go. Playing in the wrong timezone has been tested in absurdum, and apart from Test matches, the fans don’t like it.
I know where you coming from regarding keeping all players active but in order to create some real hype around a CL-tournament it needs to be close to the best against the best from each country.
A six-week tournament, top three from NZ and OZ, and top four from Japan. Two groups of five, top two progress to the semis and a final.
Short, intense, and high-quality, that is the lesson learned from SRA (and the 6N).

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

What are the chances of the Wallabies playing the AB’s with a NZ referee? 😛
And calling NZ referee’s “class” is a stretch.

Tahs down Force for second straight win

Very expected but still very sad.
This really puts a big question mark about playing Test rugby in the SH later this year too.

Super Rugby Aotearoa finale cancelled due to COVID restrictions

On a sad day like this, I could not care less about what Laurence Delaglio has said on the podcast The Ruck (and how Kiwi media has “spun” it).

Super Rugby Week 10: four becomes two?

Very very sad news. NZ has been a beacon of hope for many people around the world. But C19 doesn’t take any prisoners and has no feelings. It will be around until we have a vaccine combined with widespread herd immunity. No two ways about that.
Huge decisions loom for NZ now. Is a strict lockdown really the way to go forward?
SRA has been the best rugby comp (below Test level) I have ever seen. Not just on the field but off the field too. It deserved a great final weekend.

Super Rugby Week 10: four becomes two?

Very very sad news. NZ has been a beacon of hope for many people around the world. But C19 doesn’t take any prisoners and has no feelings. It will be around until we have a vaccine combined with widespread herd immunity.
Huge decisions loom for NZ now. Is a strict lockdown really the way to go forward?

NZ lockdown threatens trans-Tasman clashes

As others have already mentioned, not too hard to keep Poey out considering he was either injured or on a sabbatical.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

My question is, if he is playing well as a 7 now what was he doing for the last few years??????

Hooper has been world-class for several years. Maybe you should go back and rewatch some old Tests?

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

Funny how a lot of people in Oz don’t rate Hooper.

Never stops to amaze me too. Hooper has been world-class for years and it seems pretty much all rugby players, coaches, fans, and pundits outside OZ agree on this.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

Really looking forward to read that, JDK.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

“Dilemma”. is indeed the correct word.

As someone else wrote earlier in this comment section, with the Mitre10 coming up, loaded with AB’s players and no Tests (possibly for the whole season) things could get really interesting hence if we see another smash hit and lots of love from the Kiwi fans, the message could be even more clear what the everyday NZ rugby fan really wants.

That the “dead rubber” Blues-Saders game is sellout on Sunday tells us pretty much everything how the Kiwi fans feel about a top-level domestic competition.

The Wrap: Topsy-turvy round throws up so many questions

I am in total agreement with you, Jacko, and see the same flaws as you do in RA “suggestions”.
I get the same vibe when I read RA’s comments about the WC 2027 and the possibility that Australia might share some games with NZ (the RA CEO said now it is unlikely due to new WR “regulations” and yada yada yada = playing hardball with the Kiwis). Last time I checked, the host for the WC 2027 has not been decided yet, but still, RA is acting and talking like they already got it.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering