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Or what about this, how would the current semi-finals be looking if Eddie Jones had of been appointed Australia coach instead of England? I would say there would be a good chance Australia would still be in the comp

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

OK seems a bit harsh though. Would be interesting see some stats about defenders beaten – I would guess he must be near the top of the table for the comp?? I thought he was awesome against NZ

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Nice call. Tough coaching ABs up against Joseph and Rennie for Boks and Wbs respectively. Foster would get shown up in that case I suspect

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

A colleague just suggested Craig Bellamy. Australia play the same game plan he reckoned which I thought was genius

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Good call. Yep Razor is pretty much front and centre in this actual (can we ever really be sure) reality so hadn’t really considered him. Maybe Japan is the new Wales in terms of pathways to the All Blacks coaching role…

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Honestly I think he will find it tough to get a gig with a tier 1 nation again and rightly so

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Great idea. Thats the awesome thing about alternate universes – you can do anything you want

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Yeah amazing how well Lam is doing over there. Sorry to play devils advocate but some might claim Bristols success is more down to budget at Lams disposal than his coaching skills. People will refer to his akld days as ‘proof’ that he struggled to win titles in tough competitions. Abit like Foster he could be plagued by this perception (although Foster maybwell get the ABs gig anyway) that he couldnt win super rugby

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Excellent idea

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Thanks for the comment. I like the logic re Hansen and Henry but can’t help feeling you are underselling the SA playing stocks a bit. Yes the forwards are outstanding but so are the backs (Kolbe anyone?). Vern Cotter for the Boks – thats an interesting one I hadn’t thought of. Could be a good fit. Wasn’t Cotter fired for some kind of animal cruelty thing? Game hunting or something?

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Mitchell could also be good for the ABs second time round as a defence coach? I was thinking from an AB perspective having Cheika coach the Boks could be a good thing 😁

International rugby coaching selections for an alternate universe

Yeah. Youth seems to be the latest fad replacing (ironically) experience as the most vital component for winning a title. I suppose it is the natural cycle of things. Looking forward to seeing how the kamakaze kids go against read savea cane and barret

Four hard truths for Australian rugby

Sure, and thats a good point you make. But it would be good to see the island teams get in on the gravy train as well.

Rugby World Cup 2019: A tale of four superstars

These are suddenly looking like very pertinent comments 😁

Rugby World Cup 2019: A tale of four superstars

I didn’t realise Ireland hammered SA by that much last time they met. That should breed confidence

Rugby World Cup 2019: A tale of four superstars

Yeah, what can I say, my oracle skills are taking a bit of a battering. Perhaps with the benefit of hindsight, had I foreseen Japan beating Ireland (and I would have bet my house if I could afford one that wouldn’t have happened) I may not have predicted them so strongly. Am I right Sexton wasn’t playing? If so I think I mentioned Ireland would be toast without him. I still get the distinct possibility Ireland have the ability to beat anyone on their day. The ‘minimalist mistake free’ team from the previous week seemed to have morphed into ‘limited and tired’ this week. What a difference semantics and a change of perspective make. Certainly if I was going to factor in the these latest variables I would would swing towards the Boks. However it seems as you noted that the point may be moot with an AB Ireland qf now looking very likely. Regardless of how ‘off the boil’ shall we say Ireland were against Japan, they have the potential to be a huge banana skin for the All Blacks. Seems the ABs and Japan have similar tactics of hitting the wings fast and it worked for Japan and may do so for the ABs. It will be fascinating to see if Ireland can counter this and adjust their game plan accordingly. I would have preferred avoiding Ireland in the qf though and a Japan AB qf (or final!) could be awesome.

Rugby World Cup 2019: A tale of four superstars

Well spotted, yep that must have been it.

Rugby World Cup 2019: A tale of four superstars