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Tony Harper

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Tony has been writing about sport since making a debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' He has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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Hey Riggers, I’ve enjoyed watching him play, and was great to be in a small interview situation with a couple of other reporters to get a sense of his personality and mind set, but I would leave that kind of judgement on his Wallaby readiness to others. Luckily we had Will Genia on the podcast which will go out tomorrow morning and he had some really strong opinions on that. Well worth a look tomorrow.

'It's human nature': Tah Tane on his Wallabies ambitions and quest to be 'world class'

Cheers, he seems a really focussed and determined young guy with the confidence in his skills that a player needs to be successful. Also, I really reckon there’s a big personality ready to emerge over the next few years. I got the sense from Charlie’s comments on him, or at least how he said them, that Tane might be a bit of a character.

'It's human nature': Tah Tane on his Wallabies ambitions and quest to be 'world class'

Thanks Macca, I do appreciate the feedback. Stirling has left The Roar and is working elsewhere and that’s why Tim is writing more. Ryan hasn’t written here for three years and Josh for more than two. But we will take a look and review. I do know some experts are happier to respond than others – some struggle with the level of discourse at times. cheers Tony

Dusty to Sydney, Tex to Port - How a mid-season trade period could spice up the AFL and 12 moves we'd love to see

It’s not the case that there are fewer expert articles, Macca. Each week day has one featured as it always had, plus Tim is writing a lot more analysis and features around the (actual) weekend games . And there is just one writer missing from last year’s expert roster.

Dusty to Sydney, Tex to Port - How a mid-season trade period could spice up the AFL and 12 moves we'd love to see

Thsnk you.

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

Thanks for reading. The clubs are mostly helpful in my experience as is the media dept of Rugby Australia, but yes a lot has to do with the players being open to a chat. There is an understandable fear with many that they might get stitched up.
I loved the chat Brett and Harry had with the Moana boys recently – that was quality!

Ned was fabulous when I talked to him for athletesvoice.com.au at a tough time and I have a lot of respect for him.

I think it’s hard for most of us to know the pressure of being 22 and copping it over footy games but I reckon whatever happens he’s now in great head space.

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

Um thanks, but not even my girlfriend thinks I’m an awesome studd. 😂

'We can't be naïve': Tahs give Tane contract update as 'forgotten man' looks to jog memories

Thanks Bobby, It’s not always straightforward to arrange something like this – a half-hour one on one interview – with most opportunities nowadays limited to press conferences where you get to ask maybe one or two questions. But this is much more satisfying from a writing point of view, especially when you get someone as great to chat to as Ned. And I’ll keep shooing for more. cheers

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

Thanks and agree – first class human

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

Thanks Harry, and it’s almost as long as one of yours!

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

Thanks, he’s a belter of a bloke.

Exclusive: Ned Hanigan on how Japan changed him, Wallabies ambition, dealing with doubters and his 'surreal' Tahs return

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'There's a line': Tahs apologise after Hurricanes player says crowd racially abused him and insulted his mum

He had wife Laura and a daughter about 10 and son about 6.

RIP ROY: Andrew Symonds, larger than life larrikin of Australian cricket, dies aged 46

That’s what you took away from this, it was a gotcha question? Criticise the question all you like, and IMO it’s a valid one, but that answer is despicable. A 67-year-old who has handled hundreds of thousands of questions in his time needs to do much better with it.

'We've all made mistakes': Greg Norman actually said THAT when asked about murder of Saudi dissident

We cool.

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 13: Prepare the dartboards

Hey TRD, welcome aboard. We like new readers just as much as our old readers. (More in some cases 😂 )

Super Rugby tipping panel Week 13: Prepare the dartboards

Thanks, good spot and will get it fixed

Rugby News: Hoops' surprise mindset shift after Aussies' Super surge, Izzy 'pushing' for No.13 jersey, AB clarifies NRL stance

Hey Bourkos not at this stage but we can investigate.

'It might be a wild claim': Springboks prop reveals unexpected truth about Super Rugby vs. URC scrums

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Super Rugby is a 'disaster', Warriors a 'disgrace' and Phoenix 'hopeless': is Kiwi sport really living a 'big fat lie'?

Thanks Dean.

Just how it came across to me when he talked about the player being thrown to the wolves and not being given preparation in the role.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

Yes, that’s what I said.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

Just on Harry Wilson, have received a text from the Reds media manager saying “he has a concussion but was up and about”. So it sounds like good news overall, if not for next week and the ongoing Reds injury issues.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

seemed to me that he was questioning why they have a guy playing at 10 who wasn’t given minutes in the role before taking it on fulltime. Might be construed as a dig at the coach for not preparing for the JOC injury contingency, but of course that’s speculation – ‘thrown to the wolves’ might mean something else.

'Thrown to the wolves': Tate questions 10 tactic as Reds stunned by Highlanders

This will bring the crowds back!

Rugby News: Wallaby having 'deep think' about Scotland switch but dad 'doesn't bloody want it', ABs big rotation flaw

oops, thanks for spotting, fixed

Rugby News: 'Don't think it's good enough' - surprise over Rebel's latest ban, Crusaders' 'hurtful' review, Tahs injury blow

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