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I see promise in each of the Melbourne props but they were rubbish against the Sharks. I will say I thought Orr and Eloff were better than Gibbon and Ainsley but they were coming off a low base. The starting props body shape, coupled with poor skills and positioning in the set-up, especially the lethargic pace they bound at ensured they were never really in the scrum contest.

The Brumbies and the Reds should provide most of Rennie's Wallabies

Good morning Spiro,

Being a Novocastrian when I read, ‘Rennie Penney’, I suddenly felt a craving for BBQ chicken…

As a level 2 coach, coaching in a Colts program in Brisbane I can see my club working productivity with the QRU on coach education and development.

On Robbie Deans, I recall opposite. Dingo Deans was adored by much of the media with only the brave few willing to criticise the appointment and reappointment. Great coach who got his opportunity.

Rennie and Penney should be the last of the NZ coaches in Australian rugby

My brother, Jake Turnbull has moved from Houston to Old Glory in Washington. As has my support obviously.

US Major League Rugby enters its third season

G’day Nic,

Interesting read. I submit that England and Ireland have a greater reliance on a direct attack as opposed to Australia who can be more creative which may either commit or overload Tipuric or Navidi early.

I further suggest that if the Wallabies can produce a quality scrum that will keep the Welsh attached for longer, and also a clean lineout that either the Wallabies drive on from or spread quickly to the 13 channel off the top at the back should, in theory, nullify the Welsh somewhat.

Furthermore if they do get bogged, Nic White does have a descent box kick so contestable kicking might play a role.

I’d still play with Pocock to start as he is a greater influence at the recycle than Hooper. I’d also start Lealiifano over Foley as the latter tends to catch the ball whilst stationary making it easier to gain momentum for the defence.

The Wallabies must be accurate and legal at the clean out to draw Tipuric and Navidi into that area. I say this as they are also used by the Welsh attack out wide and by consistently drawing them in defensively it makes it harder for them to operate at width attack off turnovers.

I know Hadleigh Parkes has improved in defence in the past 9 months, but he can have a bad game on D occasionally and I don’t think he was tested by the Wallabies in Cardiff last year. The Wallabies were abysmal that day and off first phase I’d look to overload him.

Cheers

Nick

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?

I’d love too see some recognition of guys like the late Norm Hadley of Canada, Gord McKinnon and Al Charon who were huge for their country.

Whilst the list is one of superb players there were some Cup legends in some of those minnow nations.

The Roar's 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 15-11

Mate Kearns is one of the greatest Hookers of all time.

The Roar's 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 15-11

Good afternoon Harry,

I submit Tim Horan should be higher on your list. Considering he came back from an horrific knee injury in 1994, most players don’t come back the player the once were. Horan came back better and was the player of the tournament in 1999.

Furthermore he was quite ill prior to that semi-final in 99 and came off his sick bed to play. What a game he played.

Arguably the greatest 12 to play the game.

The Roar's 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 15-11

Ahh you know me too well. I have missed our chats. I’m flicking between the Rugby, NRL and AFL as my teams are playing.

Yep, Grace Hamilton, good rugby player. I think our women will struggle but the weather looks ok. 😁

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I haven’t missed you but good to hear from you. How are the stilletto’s?

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

Gday mate.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

No, that’s not what I said.

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

Much will hinge on Jaco Peyper. I think he will be a more strict around the breakdown than Jerome Garces and is a referee that the All Blacks enjoy more than the Wallabies. I can’t recall a test that he has adjudicated the Wallabies have won.
I still have memories of a Bledisloe test in Wellington, circa 2013, where it appeared Stephen Moore had scored early in the match yet Jaco would not ever refer it to the TMO.
Jaco aside, it will be be the most physical test either side would have played this year. I can’t see the Wallabies sqibbing it, nor the All Blacks not bringing it.
A Kiwi mate, who coaches in the Mitre 10 Cup, raised concerns over the All Blacks fitness levels compared to the Wallabies. Interesting observation. Perhaps it will come down to the final minutes?
Wallabies by 3

All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction

I do?

The Wallabies need to drop some of their Waratahs stalwarts

Thanks mate, much appreciated.

The Wallabies need to drop some of their Waratahs stalwarts

Yeh, I know that bloke pretty well ????.

Thanks.

The Wallabies need to drop some of their Waratahs stalwarts

Hey Jez,

I can’t think ever where an uncapped 18 year old speed bumped the current Black full back?

Do recall Petaia’s try against the Fijian’s in the NRC last year where he bullocked his way to line taking would be tacklers with him?

This kid is a special player already.

The Wallabies need to drop some of their Waratahs stalwarts

Good morning Spiro,

Agree with all of that. I wrote an article for The Roar, in November last year, prior to the Welsh Test titled ‘The Wallabies can win if they flex their flexibility’. I was calling for the Kerevi-Petaia combination for that test. As the tour went on I called for Rob Valentini to play against the English.

Wonder if Gregor Paul is still looking in car boots?

The Wallabies need to drop some of their Waratahs stalwarts

Jed Holloway played well, was best on ground for the Waratahs.

There's a lot to like about the Waratahs, but the bad elements are still bad

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Super Rugby Round 1 expert tips: Guess who’s back, back again

Hi Don,

And no more out the back second man plays! Too easy to pick and leaves the ball runner too often isolated as his support runners are in front of him. How about some old fashion advantage line focused attack? But that would likely mean the removal of a dual playmaker system. Perhaps in 2020?

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

Hi Don,

Who doesn’t rate Larkham as a player? He was superb. However how good were the players he had on his outside to straighten or re-align the attack if he ‘ghosted’ across the field when launching an attack? Names like Horan, Grey, Kafer, Howard and Holbeck come to mind in the 12 jumper. Then Little, Herbert And Mortlock we’re not known for ‘crabbing’ across the park either.

It appears to me that Bernie’s width game lacked straight alignment to truely make it effective. That aside I would have looked at removing Simon Raiwalui first as the Wallabies forwards struggled in possession at the set piece in 2018. Get that right before we look at the next thing in my opinion.

Cheers.

By dumping Larkham, the Wallabies have been Cheika-mated

Sorry mate I was referring to Wayne Smith the writer who mentioned Knuckles as an interim recently.

The Wrap: Is this D-day for Michael Cheika or same old, same old?

For memory Drew Mitchell and Steven Hoiles do not support his sacking. I don’t think Bob Dwyer or David Campese do either.

The Wrap: Is this D-day for Michael Cheika or same old, same old?

Morning Baz,

Fair call.

The Wrap: Is this D-day for Michael Cheika or same old, same old?

Fair call.

I support Wayne Smith and think Knuckles could do a job in the interim.

The Wrap: Is this D-day for Michael Cheika or same old, same old?