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Tony Harper

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Tony is honoured to be next man in as The Roar editor, having made his debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' Has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, News Corp, 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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Quade: ‘I left the country, I’m playing in Japan… I’ve got to a place where I was able to be happy day to day and not defnied by being a football player. I was content with where I was at, to have this opportuntity I’m very grateful.”

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade: ‘I’ve been through some high highs and low lows. Being able to control my ego, see when it’s happening …. understand the learnings and move onto the next week.’

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade: ‘The thing with sport is it allows people to have an opinion. They’re entitled to them. But I’m enjoying the opprtunity and growth. ‘

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade: ‘There are a lot of things that have tested me, the mistakes I’ve made but also the opportunities I’ve had. Before I came in I was happy, on my holiday. ‘

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade: ‘I didn’t know how to be myself, or what that was.”

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade talks about his ‘changes and growing as a person, getting my life in a place where being a Wallaby doesn’t definie me as a man. Before it was all I knew. Everything I did was with the mask or identity of Quade Cooper the Wallaby. I didn’t know anything else.”

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Quade: It’s exciting, I’m very grateful but it means something different to what it used to in terms of whom I am as a man and a player.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Allan Alaalatoa will be playing his last game of TRC, as he will return home after the game for the birth of a child. Been a few of those in the camp lately

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

DR says Quade has ‘grown up’, ‘matured’ and ‘is desperate’ to take the chance. Decision was made 100 percent on form.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

DR on Tom Banks: We’re seeing something you’re not seeing. Tom very good under high ball, smart kicking game. Missed a few opportunities last week but we really rate him.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Darcy Swain is a foot injury, should be back next week

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Clicks are good for all of us. mmmm lovely, lovely clicks. 😂

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

I got told it was definitely happening last night, and it seems SMH, Fox and AAP got the same intel and we were all up with it at 6am, so seems strategic. Put it this way, it would be a dummy bigger than any I’ve ever seen if it doesn’t happen.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

This is brilliant!

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

I’m not smart enough to have opinions 😂

'He's a freak': Quade questions won't go away, while legend calls for 'Thor' to start

The Wallabies have been doing theirs 2 days prior to game day. so with it being on Sunday they’ll announce tomorrow. They have been doing Thursday for Saturday games.

'He's a freak': Quade questions won't go away, while legend calls for 'Thor' to start

Let. It. Go. 😂

The remarkable school days that helped shape quiet and profound Siya Kolisi into an icon

Awesome comment, thanks for sharing that.

'Pure instinct': Cheslin Kolbe's incredible rise from firefights in the street to most expensive transfer in rugby

Interesting point SolidG. Here is that incident

'Not guilty': Why Jordie Barrett was cleared for Koroibete face kick

Thank you sir. I don’t mind criticism but I feel if I came in took away all the stories and writers you like about The Roar and just REPLACED them with content (some of) you don’t like, that criticism would be more warranted. But if I add to those writers with things like press conference coverage – like ‘every word Dave Rennie said about…’ – Matt Cleary game day previews, Will Genia columns (back later this week hopefully), and NZ Views etc, I think our audience will get bigger and we will get more resources to do more content. But you have every right to only consume what you want. That’s what I do as a reader. But as an editor I have to have a wider perspective. Anyway this is way too much about me for my liking. Can ya all get back to debating what’s important, the rugby?

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

Each to their own, and as you’ve seen there are quite a few readers here who like to see what’s being said by 10 different writers without having to do that work themselves. Careful with ‘plagarism’ though. Everything is attributed, every sentenced aligned to who said it or where it came from, all links for further reading present and correct. No one passing this off someone else’s work as their own. But I urge you to give these pieces a swerve if they’re not for you. No one is forcing you, etc etc …

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

But am I willing to give you one? 😛

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

Ah Fin Review it seems?. I think I may have over-estimated my ability to help 😂

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

Gee thanks scoop… Just fyi I spent a few hours sitting in on Wallabies press conferences in the past week, asked my share of questions in them as well, wrote plenty of original material from those as well as in other sports, but sure … Hey, and feel free to drop me a line tony@theroar.com.au and let me know what you doing for a living, maybe I could give you a bit of advice about how to do your job in exchange.

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

Look, you’re quite welcome to move on without reading this. As I’ve mentioned before, different readers enjoy and consume different types of content, and the goal on The Roar is to provide content for everyone. Rather than an attempt to inflame our readers – where’s the point in that? – it’s an avenue to show how the match and the Wallabies are being reviewed in NZ. We will be doing the same with the Springboks matches coming up, so I think if you see a story that starts NZ View, or SA View, you may want to just move on without reading. Cheers Tony

NZ View: Wallabies' 'first half was a joke', 'own worst enemies', while Foster decision 'puzzling'

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