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Peter, don’t believe all that you hear. As a teacher of many years, I haven’t heard of a single school who truly has taken TKAM off their curriculum. At least in NSW that’s my experience.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, you have two important jobs this week

May be because his experience had largely been at a semi-professional level before the LA Giltinis. That may have been the final stepping stone needed to demonstrate his ability at a wholly professional level.

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

Yep, fair enough on all fronts. I just hope he is given the time.

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

Really? I’m super interested to see why you think Rennie is a dud coach.

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

Cheers JD.

I think it’s a good comparison to make, with Thorn. I believe DC has more runs on the board than Thorn in terms of where they’re starting at Super level, but I’m less confident in the willingness of the Board to actually keep him on.

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

What I’m concerned about is that the Board only wanted to give him 2 years, rather than 3. He had to fight/push to make that happen.

Sure, there was an external recruiter running the interview process, but I don’t believe they’d be setting terms for the length of the contract.

Where’s their confidence in the process and rebuild required if they’re only offering the incoming coach two years?

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

Born and bred NSW rugby, always aspired to the gig, has a track record of turning underperforming teams around. Many reasons!

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

And that’s it huh, the idea of hope. It’s tantalising, easy to hold on to, easy to crush, but easy to grasp again when searching for improvement.

Hope never dies, right?

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

Cheers Ken, appreciate it!

Enjoyed the metaphors, was a fun way to tie things together. May have taken some inspiration from NB for that approach!

Darren Coleman’s not the Messiah, he’s just bloody good

I know his isn’t the focus of the article, but I’d love more insight into Petaia’s lack of form. He’s playing poorly at the moment, making bad attacking decisions and his handling of the ball is unreliable to say the least. I wouldn’t have him close to my Wallabies 23 in his current form.

Why picking the best players does not always make the best team

Any thoughts on Campbell being left out of the Wallabies 40? I find it interesting they’ve only got one out and out fullback, Banks. Hodge is really the only other cover for the spot, rest of the wingers chosen are pure wingers!

Why picking the best players does not always make the best team

Cusack faces the lottery of the disciplinary panel, while Brown injured his shoulder in the match and isnout for a while.

Why picking the best players does not always make the best team

That’s super interesting, hadn’t seen that article before, thanks for the share!

The Wrap: Injuries and depth to determine Super Rugby AU

I question how true those reports really were, and how much was motivated by his manager/agent. There really didn’t seem to be any substance beyond the initial report, and rumours died down quite quickly

The Wrap: Injuries and depth to determine Super Rugby AU

Wow. Two of the best Tahs players in 2020 and you say that?

Objectively, what were your issues with their performances?

Looking forward to the Tahs’ season? Nah, yeah

Got to interview him for my pod the other week (out now, Pick and Drive Rugby! 😀 ) and I was mightily impressed with the positivity Harro brought.

We were honest and suggested 2021 would be a struggle with the exodus of talent, but he was seeing it as a positive as much of the pressure was off them and they could buy into the direction of Penney and perform to their best.

Looking forward to the Tahs’ season? Nah, yeah

The ruck was a constant issue on Friday night. We couldn’t secure our own ball, and seemed to have very little on-ball presence until Tizzano took to the field.

I’m fairly worried, especially considering that nobody in the starting pack is a renowned ruck money (aside from Tizzano, who is unproven at this level).

Looking forward to the Tahs’ season? Nah, yeah

I’m getting fairly excited with Jack Whetton. Seems to have the musculature and breeding (in NZ rugby) to fill that role well. At least, he’s more exciting in my mind than Caird and Sykes.

Looking forward to the Tahs’ season? Nah, yeah

It’s comments like this that make me despair about the state of humanity.

Can Michael Hooper stay ahead of the pack in the race to 2023?

Peter, I think it’s relatively poor form to insult the intelligence of a player like that. Hooper is no dummy (though TBF we can question some on-field decisions as captain), just listen to him in any off-field interview and his intelligence and capacity is obvious enough.

Can Michael Hooper stay ahead of the pack in the race to 2023?

Thanks Nick! I must say I’m a big fan of his new haircut, adds a certain ruggedness to his appearance, Elsom-esque.

My big concern with your argument here is that the quality of the teams doesn’t override the financial realities. The money is simply too good OS. BPA signing for Marseille is worrying. 25yo starting Wallaby with no real competition at the Reds.

What do we do here? Encourage private investment into the game? Reduce our footprint of clubs to minimise expenditure and increase salaries, despite the HUGE PR disaster this would be?

I’ve never been convinced by Ben Darwin’s argument of reducing the Aus teams down to three. Sure, the stats may back him up, but he never speaks to ‘how’ it would happen.

Can Super Rugby AU bring the wild geese home?

Just finished up 🙁

What are the best rugby podcasts?

Thanks for including us (Pick and Drive) on this list!

Honestly, Mitch and I started the pod because we found that there weren’t enough quality, weekly, Aussie rugby podcasts at the start of the season. We’ll be revamping things in 2021 so keep an ear out 🙂

GAGR were far too irregular (though fantastic), the Rugby Report Card (affiliated with GAGR) swear every second word and I’m not keen on my 5yo listening to that, and I found the Fox Rugby podcast far too ‘matey’.

Sad that GAGR and The Aussie Rugby show have now finished up. I’d also recommend you check our Rugby Fixation, Mitch Evans and his brother have some good insights and love their stats!

What are the best rugby podcasts?

Great, glad I’m not crazy or ignorant!

It seems to be one of those things that is often let go by refs, though it’s not too common so isn’t a major issue.

How the All Blacks found their wings in Newcastle

Thanks for this Nic, it was plain to see the extra width they were playing with this weekend. Adding to that was the ease at which they controlled the territory, far too many unforced Argentinian errors never allowed them to get into the game.

One point about Richie’s chase in your second to last clip, isn’t his pull on Cordero once he’s been taken to ground illegal? The tackler has to release, surely he can’t keep pulling once he’s on the ground.

How the All Blacks found their wings in Newcastle

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