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Maybe the RA and MC could have a discussion as to the relative merits of Dickensian wisdom; “The wisdom of the head and the wisdom of the heart”.

The Wrap: What the Dickens does Australian rugby do now?

Here is Ben Smith’s informative piece on RugbyPass about how the game is evolving in attack and his comments about why the Wallabies are struggling in attack. I would add that playing players out of position, chopping and changing combinations, without the core roles of a position embedded in their DNA further compromises this evolution.

https://www.rugbypass.com/news/analysis-how-the-all-blacks-have-changed-since-the-2015-world-cup?utm_source=edm-monday-review&utm_medium=email-news-story-link&utm_campaign=all-blacks

“The Wallabies have adopted many of the same ideas, but it is like they have seen the engine and have tried to build the same one without knowing any of the specifications.

Their spacing and depth is amiss, the timing is all out and in some cases, the players don’t have the skills required. The autonomy to play what you see is also missing, trying to run set plays with pre-determined outcomes. The system must have the flexibility to use the best option available, allowing the player to determine what that is, and the team must have shared knowledge about what to do next”.

The Wrap: All Blacks seal 16th title as Wallabies stare down wooden spoon

Another interesting point from the Ryder Cup weekend was selections by captain/coach. Bjorn’s Captain’s picks taking experience over form and the experience delivering. Cabrera Bello and Pieters were unlucky to miss out as their form in 2018 was much better than Garcia and Casey’s. Think Dan Carter leading into RWC15 and Ma’a Nonu who’s Super form was always below what he delivered at test level. We all know what DC did in RWC15.

Moreover all 12 of Bjorn’s team stood up and provided at least one point towards the final tally. Individuals delivering for the team.

The Wrap: All Blacks seal 16th title as Wallabies stare down wooden spoon

Well batted Brett!

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action”. – Shakespeare.

Fan abuse is never great, but the message to the Wallabies is clear

Came up in conversation during the test match that there’s a rumour doing the rounds, that the reason IF has not signed with RA is that he considering an offer from Twiggy to play in West Sydney next year. ?? like all rumours watch this space.

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

Geoff – did you notice some of the traits common in the Wallabies coaches box are being replicated on the reserves bench when a decision is not agreed with?

The Wrap: Dyantyi and Lavanini ‘slide the doors’ for the All Blacks and Wallabies

In Peter Bills book “The Jersey” he writes of the expectation that the ABs will win every game and it this expectation that drives the high personal/team standards and the need to evolve and strive for the best/complete performance. We remember our losses more than our wins says it all.

Are the All Blacks still happy when they win?

“the Wallabies are playing the white keys in Bb Blues…”

Australian rugby – dissonant chords all over the place.

The Australian rugby system is the problem, not just Michael Cheika

Geoff if you squint your ears on the NZ commentary when WN scores his first try you might hear Nisbett say “Naholo is going to win this like Winx”

The Wrap: Aretha, Sam, Winx and the Wallabies (spot the odd man out)

Hybrid vigour – outbreeding is the opposite of in-breeding (cue sound of banjos and finger count) results in stronger progeny.

Michael Jones – distant parental gene pools – on his Dam’s side goes back to Samoa Moataa. on his Sire’s dam side to Canterbury and North Otago. Welsh name to boot. Arguably the best player to play rugby is the product of hybrid vigour.

The original “boys from Brazil” would have likely failed because of the “close” gene pool and indifference to colour.

Why Michael Hooper is the Six Million Dollar Man

Cliff also depends on season ending collateral damage from the mate against mate game.

The Crusaders’ relentlessness will see them home

I would like the Crusaders to be the first team to win a Super final in all franchise cities.

The Crusaders’ relentlessness will see them home

Hey Geoff and RT

The strong systems and self belief the Crusaders set up has came up in conversation over the weekend in respect of why the Blues cannot do likewise despite their huge base and the quality individual players they have. We came up with a solution (O week in Dunedin and Steinbrenner’s Yankee’s come to mind) to bring the Blues to a common point to move forward together from. Tana gets his dreds cut and invites (read mandates) all Blues players to do likewise. A Blues grooming protocol established as a symbolic gesture to say I give up my individuality, I am the same as you, we are all the same and we make sacrifices for each other. Excess weight and aerodynamic resistance reduction were also discussed as secondary benefits.

After all God blessed Samson and returned back his strength after his haircut.

The Wrap: ‘Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch you know that I love you’

Harry finally read this. Self imposed time out during the IF saga.

THANK YOU for generously sharing.

A verse from the good book for you: Proverbs 11:25

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”.

A verse I wanted to share with Izzy at the time: Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”.

And if you come to Singapore in your travels, You and I should meet and follow Paul’s advice to Timothy found in 1 Timothy 5:23

Forty years ago, we were all in Hell

Highlander. Some history trivia for you.

The first ever Hyde Street party started at first light with George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun”.

The Wrap: Was this Australian rugby’s watershed weekend?

Don’t know much about him only that he spent time in the Czech Republic.

For those on these boards who know about rugby hits and red cards Google Cap’s Tom Wilson’s hit in game 3 against the Penguins. Ouch.

There’s new life in the old line yet…

Looks like Jets going to game 7 as Nashville up 4 zip late in third period.
Walker is Welsh born in Cardiff raised in Australia.
Also nice to see Cardiff City Bluebirds get promoted over the weekend – “Do the Ayatollah”

There’s new life in the old line yet…

Hey Sweden you watching Stanley Cup playoffs? Caps got into conference finals this morning beating Penguins in game 6 with the young Aussie Nathan Walker getting an assist. Love to see Ovechkin takes Caps all the way.

There’s new life in the old line yet…

Sage advice from The Bard.
“Have more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest, lend less than thou owest.”

Tell your story walking Israel. The NRL doesn’t want your crap

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God”? – Micah 6; 8

The Folau case is a public relations disaster for Qantas and Rugby Australia

Rotuma is Fijian Polynesian

Welcome to vaka viti - rugby sevens the Fijian way!

Ovi#8#600vinaka!

Welcome to vaka viti - rugby sevens the Fijian way!

Pass on Beale and Folau.

The moment that illustrated the gulf within Australian rugby, three weeks in

Disagree Lions looking best team so far. Sharks make their kicks and stop making dumb decisions in the last 10 minutes and result could have been different. For me more Sharks losing rather than Lions winning that game so reserving judgement on Lions being best team so far.

Sharks dumb again last weekend.

Super Rugby Round 4: Only way is up

Congratulations to the Waratahs and their long suffering fans. Enjoy your Super title.

SPIRO: Michael Hooper out-captains Kieran Read