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A footy fan still longing for Sunday arvo games to return to Ballymore and Lang Park.

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Not sure you’d get him for just a year without throwing a truckload of coin at him.
Needs minimum 2 years.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

They wouldn’t get as many clicks if they just said “RA chairman advises he will not seek re-election at end of term”

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

Yep.
But in true News Ltd fashion, if you currently google Cameron Clyne their clickbait headline is “Cameron Clyne quits as Rugby Australia chairman amid Wallabies crisis”

Rugby needs a “great reformer and unifier” as the next Chair. Not too many of those out there in Corporate Australia…

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

I’m still advocating for Jake White. I think his style suits a rebuilding phase.

And it would be particularly fun to watch how wound up Spiro would get over the Wallabies playing “Jake Ball.”
Spiro had a fervent disdain for White’s game style during his Brumbies tenure.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

To be fair, Jones has been accused of and apologised for racist, sexist and misogynistic remarks long before Geoff wrote this piece.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

It’s why I’m nervous about a Rennie appointment too.
Johnson will likely push hard for him when, in reality, both had mediocre success to be kind when they were in Scotland.
It’s not exactly a case of securing a “dream team” with a winning track record together.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

He’s too busy bashing the Greens and his usual targets for the bushfires.
It would be hard for him to blame God when he’s already blamed the Greens, Gladys, Anna Palaszcuk etc

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

It’s the same as his radio program.

I was in an office for 3 months some time ago after our business purchased the company and we were going through the integration process.
They played 2GB through the place from 5am to 5pm. Even had it on the phone call holds.

Listening to Jones and Hadley regurgitate the same agendas and try to whip them into quasi crusades simply because they got some traction and were picked up by other media (Sky and the DT) was nauseating.

The business we took over had a few blokes in senior management who loved the Parrot.
Once we started the internal changes and were renovating the office space a common request from the team was to stop playing talkback at work

Jones will push any agenda he thinks will appeal to his (ageing) audience or will help bring down a political opponent.

The Wrap: The art of writing the recurring rugby column

He hardly missed a game last year. Albeit most were in the NSW ISC…

The NRL players under the pump in 2020

Good point about McCullough.
It is another reason why the Broncs should be speaking with Josh Reynolds’ manager about getting him for 2020/1. The Tigers apparently are willing to subsidise his salary.

He’d be great at half or at least great depth at half and playing 14 he’d be a super option coming into dummy half. His enthusiasm and effort is exactly what the Broncs need in a senior player.
When he came back into the Tigers top side late last year he was very good.

The NRL players under the pump in 2020

Thanks Nick. Really informative and on a subject (English domestic comp) that I’m not a close follower of.

Fireworks on the fifth: What the Saracens crisis means for the global game

But Scott Johnson’s success with Rennie was moderate.
I’ve benefited from previous work relationships in my career and have brought on people who I’ve worked with too.
But in each instance I could show seriously high performance and business success to justify it.

With Rennie, Johnson can’t…
What did they win together?
What did Johnson win as Scotland coach? 3 games against Italy and one each against Japan and Ireland. 5 wins 11 losses.
And as Scotland Director of Rugby the results were equally moderate.

Rennie a good man as Wallabies coaching job becomes a seller’s market

Of course not.
However, opting for someone you’ve worked with before and feel comfortable with and maybe even know you won’t be put under pressure by can rule out many better contenders…

Rennie a good man as Wallabies coaching job becomes a seller’s market

Maybe Silver is what we should be targeting as our first step in rebuilding the Australian Rugby side TWAS?
Outside of the rarest freaks of sports, most gold medallist’s won silver at some time in their careers and its usually either when they are on the way up or on their way out.

Frankly, what Australian Rugby needs is some wins and a lot fewer dumb losses.
A more conservative game but one in which each of our Super Rugby sides can use as the backbone for their own style and talent is logical.
The Reds and Brumbies already play a strong forwards and set piece game so it’s no stretch to see a Jake White style fitting in there.

When the players come into the Wallaby’s squads there won’t be such a great divide between how they play in SR and how the Wallaby’s play.

A proven international coach has to be given preference.

Alas, I fear we may end up with someone who Scott Johnson feels most comfortable with rather than the best person for the job.

Rennie a good man as Wallabies coaching job becomes a seller’s market

I don’t think any fair minded person would consider Cheika’s treatment of BPA as either fair nor logical. It was an outlandish example of bias in bringing back old slow TPN and then also bumping Latu up when BPA had done so well against the Irish.
And I cannot explain Thorn’s preference for Mafi over BPA who is a far better scrummager and lineout thrower.

And yeah. I reckon Cheikas treatment of BPA would probably knock a bloke’s confidence around and also their trust in the Representative Rugby system.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

BPA slipped to Thorn’s second choice hooker last year with Alex Mafi preferred.
No doubt at all that Cheika treated Mafi terribly though.
He went from being our first choice test hooker who performed very well in the series against Ireland, to not being able to even make a wider squad not long after.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

Forgot Caleb.
Thanks TWAS.

Another player with great potential who was burned by Cheika and when back at the Reds Thorn didn’t make him any better.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

He probably wouldn’t.
But I’d still be asking him.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

You’d do it if the short term coin was immense. Otherwise you’d be looking for 4 years.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

Really?
Jordan Petaia, Brandon Paenga Amosa (who has gone steadily backwards) and Liam Wright.

Rodda, Tupou, LSL & Kerevi were all capped before Thorn took over.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

So far Thorn hasn’t proven himself to be able to develop anything.
Tupou went backwards last year.
He consistently tinkered with his 10 & 15.
The common game plan looked like; get it to Samu…U13s stuff.

And whilst he’s striving for a good “culture” there’s no evidence that he can actually coach. I think Slipper’s performance this year also shows Thorn’s cultural decisions might be based more on his personal morals than what is good for a player and team.

Loved and respected Thorn as a player but that doesn’t mean I’ll give him the free pass from criticism he’s been getting from the Rugby media.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

Yep.

Can’t see him wanting to report to Scott Johnson.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

2 Years of Jake White with an option for RA to extend it subject to results and player development.
And the head coach is effectively under Scott Johnson who is supposed to provide direction for the whole of Australian Rugby.

The great unmentioned issue is the quality of our SR coaches…

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

White’s game will still ensure that those guys get the ball enough.
What it doesn’t do is force them to run the ball when they are in poor field position or on the back foot.

Australian Rugby has had enough of the “expansive game” without results.

The best thing we could teach our young guys after Cheika is how to play a gritty, knock em down, grafting style that gets wins.
They all know how to run the pill and won’t forget how to do that while learning how to respect field position, tactical kicking, hard chasing and, sometimes, winning ugly.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach

I think that more than any other coach mentioned White would suit where the Wallaby’s talent is currently at.
He likes a strong set piece and coaches a field position game to use the set piece.
The only thing missing is a really solid 10 with a dominant kicking game.

He’s the perfect rebuild coach. Does not over complicate the game and gets results.

Give him a 2 year contract.

It's time to go all out for Eddie as Wallabies coach