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Law reform: Why the mark and maul rules are outdated

The ball is kicked high, the chases are making a great effort and could gain an advantage with numbers inside the opposition 22, oh no, the defending player, sliding along the ground, takes and catch and calls “mark”. It is the game’s most ridiculous and outdated ‘get of jail free’ card.

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Does Australian rugby need to harden up?

Don’t worry, I can see the poisoned arrows coming my way already… but not so long ago, in the halftime interview during the Rebels game, new Waratahs, coach Daryl Gibson, when asked about his team’s performance, famously proclaimed “Some of that stuff out there was rubbish.”

An Australian calling anyone else boorish an unsophisticated is laugh – just hand around in Bali for a while and you will see the charming sophisticated side of Australian culture or the yobbos on green chanting “Hadlees a w…k.r” or the charming verbal attacks on Murili to the point where no longer wanted to tour here or Warns finger to crowd after they won the Ashes…I mean seriously I could go on.,..but Aussies have no business taking the high moral ground when comes to being unsophisticated, bombastic, and boorish…Yeah and that cheating from Warner and Smith – yep that was sophisticated – Couldn’t see Kane Williamson lowering himself to that level of sportsmanship

The English or Kiwis winning both World Cups - what's worse?

So you are saying that an average of 22 batting where he does is good? So you are saying in an era where 300+ is common you are happy with guy batting at where he does to just regularly get you 22 of those runs and that is if you are lucky ? It is not hard to have a strike rate that high or in 120+ range if you are just to belt 22 runs of 16 deliveries then get out

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

Yes but Handscomb is only in the side because of injury -Carey has delivered pretty well at this WC and played a decent innings with Smith at the other end – Stoinis has been stronger overall in the WC with batting and bowling though his place in the side long term should also be in question. Maxwell has been the most disappointing of Carey and Stoinis and this tag he has of ‘the big show’ – not that he gave it to himself to be fair him – but it is becoming a bit farcical considering his performances at this WC which is the big show where the best players turn up to make a difference on a more consistent basis than Maxwell has. But then maybe that is unfair as you would not rate Maxwell as one of the world’s best ODI players by any stretch of the imagination except in his fielding but that is not enough.

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

Yes I think u r right Pk but I would rather have Hodge at 15 and Beale on the bench – Foley is the incumbent so should start but one feels he is playing for the right to keep his starting spot as well

Boks could field weaker side vs Wallabies

Who starts at 10 and 15 and 8 will interesting

Boks could field weaker side vs Wallabies

Well yes, except that SA have already said they won’t be fielding their best side – but a win is a win I agree and you take it.

Ellis Park win a golden chance to get Wallaby tails up

It also tells you PK which victory they value more and they think an A- side will be enough to beat Australia but if,as he says, there about 5 players who are definitely 1st choice players then it is effectively a B+ side really as that is 1 x 3rd of the run on side. NZ are resting many of the Crusaders AB’s in the 1st game against the Pumas as well. This is what the AB’s and Boks do every WC year so it is to be expected but the AB’s will play their best available side in the 1st Bledisloe game as Hansen has already stated and as there is only two this year. The Wallabies need wins to build confidence before the WC, and badly, so I doubt Cheika will do the same but we shall see.

Boks could field weaker side vs Wallabies

Yes but as Vaughan said – has has been susceptible to the quicker bowlers and the bouncer in particular. Fact is , he is a very in consistent player and his flaws in his technique have been exposed in this WC as they have been at other times in his career. He had a chance to prove that he could hang around with Smith after Australia were on the rack but failed to take the opportunity and it was another soft dismissal. he has been poor in the WC and Starc when he needed to step up got punished despite having a good WC to be fair to him. The two best sides who performed under the pressure of a semi-final deserve to be in the final.

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

Yet again he done by pace and yet again he is a no show – poor world cup for him – his prime role is batting and he has not delivered under pressure _ I think is time to end the championing of Maxwell who is to hit and miss and too often miss – his issue is some glaring flaws in his technique which seem to get more exposed against the real quicks

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

The way the tournament is going if you bat first you have 75% chance of winning

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

Apologizes for dreadful grammar above – typed fast and not proof read – cardinal sin! 😉

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

You might have a point Ronan but Maxwell’s consistency has forever been his problem and if wants to stay in any side he needs to better than one key innings in 5 or 6 and while his bowling is handy he is hardly a world class spinner while sends fear into the opposition nor his he as accurate as other in side who are consistently masters of tying down teams. If he plays, he needs to make runs that is all I can say because otherwise he is bringing very little to Australian batting order so far at this WC. Forget big show – he has been a no show!

Dropping Glenn Maxwell against England would be a huge mistake

Mate that was just a typo so climb down off your high horse – I could pass equal comments about your spelling of ‘madia’ meaning you know nothing about the media either but I am prepared to acknowledge it is just a typo – seems i am a little more rational and more reasoned than you after all huh 😉

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

Well just thought you might since his comments came after that game but anyway fair enough

The 20 minutes where the Jaguares’ fairytale got away

No, he will still have good shot as he has international credentials as well but Robinson would be the fans pick for sure – His record since he started coaching is just insane

The 20 minutes where the Jaguares’ fairytale got away

I thought the Jags were outstanding and Mantera and Matt Todd equally man of the match for me. They were both in everything. One of the finest games I have seen either of them play. Brett have you heard Robinson’s the change of heart on the AB’s job after Hansen goes ? He has now said that he is going to apply for it after Hansen retires and has an interview in December – I wonder if Gatland coming back to NZ to coach the Chiefs motivated him as well? But I think he is a shoe in. Lookout oppositions side that’s all I can say if he gets it and at 44 who knows how long he will have it! This is great news for the AB’s IMO – I suspect he may have been asked to apply as well

The 20 minutes where the Jaguares’ fairytale got away

And what political side of the fence do you think those journos come from then? Exactly why I mentioned the media mate. The canned outrage’ you talk about has in the last 2-3 years come largely from the left and globally. And do your homework better woodart – the strong left wing elements in the NZ labor party and those in the media are the one’s who began this notion from the very beginning. So some in NZ may or may not give a damn about the game but they sure as know the publicity it would generate beyond NZ if their pushing for a name change succeeded don’t be under any illusions about that. I suspect it won’t change but it won’t be from lack of trying from some. The world cup may filter it however which is a good thing. Let’s hope so.

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

True to a point but the Crusaders should not have to change their club name just because people want to make it into something that is very clearly is not in 2019 – There was a romantic element to the Crusades, and in both cultures as well; things that have transcended into modern literature and film – are we meant to ban those books and films in NZ as well? The Crusades and the famous Islamic military leaders of the day have been romanticized in films out of Hollywood and the Middle East and good on them. I mean seriously, how far do we want to take this nonsense. Common sense should prevail but too often doesn’t these days when certain groups deliberately emotionally charge everything for political purposes. If their name was such big problem then it should have been so long before the attack – but it wasn’t at all – so now it’s change is being weaponized as another sacrifice at the altar of political correctness. Gee I hope there are none of the valuable tapestries from the period showing Crusaders killing Islamic warriors or images of the Knights Templar in NZ museums or of the Kings of England of the period – better ban those as well huh because surely they would offend someone now by god – seriously – once you start this crap – where does it end because I tell you it won’t?

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

It’s a good side you have chosen and I like the batting order but with Maxwell adding not much at this WC and Australia’s lower order not doing a hell of a lot with bat either – that has the makings of long tail against England. Starc was off the boil in one of his infamous wayward spells in the last game against the SA top order so one hopes he brings his A-game – but he sometimes does go off the boil for more than just one game and especially if batsmen get after him. You would have to fancy England in this one but whoever bats first may get a decided edge – in both games to be honest.

Mitch Marsh and Handscomb can help Australia beat England

I respectfully disagree Geoff – the conversation should have never started in the first place but they are compelled into having it because political correctness which now permeates every issue, demands that they at least entertain the idea. The club should flatly just no that won’t be happening and I suspect many in the club feel – including the coach from his comments – that deep down they don’t want to but they are feeling the pressure from vocal groups and some politicians to discuss it but the truth is they will have every PC trail blazer demanding action be taken.It will start with friendly discussions but once certain media personalities get hold of it – if the Crusaders club doesn’t play ball watch what happens next Geoff – Pressure will be mounted from special interests groups through political avenues and known sympathizes in the media to get the club to change their name. They may not in the end, and shouldn’t, but the pressure will mount if it seems they won’t come to the PC party. Honestly, I truly hope I am proved wrong believe me.

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

Well yes except a wee thing called tier one and two nations, the first of which the USA is not, but Australia are not – so you need to compare the US getting demolished by another tier two nation. Not sure who I would pick there – probably Japan. as for unwanted records – Cheika is becoming quite the master for championing those!

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

I think changing the Crusaders name is completely ridiculous. No one gave a damn about it until the attack in Christchurch and the loud political left immediately get on the bandwagon. Now we are to shun our European history for any migrants that come in to the country in case they get offended – and in this case after an attack on their community. To their credit, no one as far as I know, from the NZ Islamic community is asking for the name to be changed. I mean the Saracens were hardly saints in the 13th and 14th centuries to put it mildly, so hey that might offend some Church of England people in Britain so lets change that name of the famous British club as well since British citizens have been killed globally at the hands of Islamic terrorists. It is a knee jerk, silly left wing driven and promoted notion that needs to end. All heritages of nations have their share of shame and brutality but equally within it , great bravery and fighting against the odds with their comrades in arms. NZ like most Western democracies, has Christianity as its core religion in all its various guises. If you move there – attack or no attack – you need to understand that we should not have to apologize for our heritage because we might offend some people. I get offended by the archaic justice of Islamic law that exists in most Islamic countries – do think they would change a local football teams name if it could be connected to historical Islamic war mongering ? Islam was a militant religion for the very beginning as Mohammad lead his army through the Middle East. I am just fed up with this type of crap – and too often the very loud minority ( in this case clearly) shoving their political point of view down everyone else’s throat. And seriously, NZ politicians should stay the hell out of the discussion as their motives are just that – political self promotion and vote gathering and people getting offended for others is becoming farcical

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

Well it’s simple, if Australia and France lose, they are on a knife edge to stay in the tournment having to beat 6 nations champs Wales and EJ’s England to stay in or France need to hope Argentina can upset England as well. SA and NZ will merely go down different sides of the draw. But yes day two is a complete blast and will determine so much very early on – which may make some other days a little predictable except we all love a good try fest from time to time, if we are honest. And I think the French will be doing overtime on studying the Pumas before the WC – I mean they know England well but the real threat to their quarters birth is the Pumas. Just watching Mantera will give them sleepless nights I am sure. He is lethal out wide and in the contact and that’s just the beginning of the nightmare!!!!

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

Well you do have point there Jeznez but I think your point also aligns with mine, in that by worried – I mean they might get thrashed at the hands of the AB’s ( I said might) which is not a good showing – so my point about worried is not about a loss perhaps but the nature of what it might be is the worry.

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch

The French will be gone early and dare I say it England will need to be at their best to beat the Argentine side with impressive Sanchez at the helm. I think Todds performance has booked his ticket to Japan if it continues into the RC and he gets game time. His only issue is that he is specialist no7 which may go against him in the final count of lose forwards. Ennor was outstanding in the D at 13 as well IMOand though Reece did not get much of run with the ball – his D was strong also.. I think the Wallabies should be very worried about what might happen come Bledisloe Cup time as well. So many AB’s are in top form right now that is it scary.

The Wrap: The Crusaders do it once again for Christchurch