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The job of a coach

With the 2018 international season now done, and the pain of watching the Wallabies ruin rugby behind us yet again, it’s time to reflect on where the Wallabies are at and the success of the coaching staff.

No she didn’t. He was appointed by the previous administration.

Quade Cooper swipes at outgoing Wallabies coach on social media

Honestly, I wish you guys the best of luck.

From an Aussie point of view, I know so many people who were terrified of a decent result, because it might allow Cheika stay on. While our performance is a hard pill to swallow, on the plus side, at least it doesn’t condemn us to 4 more years of less than mediocrity.

England vs Wallabies: Rugby World Cup quarter-final preview and prediction

That’s very charitable for a Kiwi, James.
We’ll hopefully see you guys in the semis!

England vs Wallabies: Rugby World Cup quarter-final preview and prediction

*When Cheika goes

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Oops! Sorry mate

David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

Hmm. Ok. I wouldn’t because I think Wade is more hit and miss.
I also think Head is being considered as captaincy material so that counts for him.
Any time you’ve got Wade batting at 5, your test line up would struggle, particularly on a lively pitch.

David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

You’re going to leave Head out for Wade?

David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

I’m with you Ronan.
I think Starc is beginning a transition to white ball specialist, whether he wants to or not.

David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

So given that rules is rules, I assume you’re barracking for Read to be out for 6 weeks for his no arms tackle? Remember too that he shouldn’t have been playing that game because of his off-the-ball throat grab?

Weighing up the Wallabies’ chances against England

Actually, Davies was onside, but the two forwards nearest to the ruck were clearly offside, putting pressure on Genia.

If you don’t think that matters, Kepu (I think) was penalised in the second half for taking three steps a bit early, then realising his mistake, retreating behind the line before the 9 passed the ball.

The Wallabies AND the refs had shockers…

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

Perhaps… But 2 metres wider from Toomua, and that play isn’t possible.
Details.

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

I know DHP kicks well, but Foley seems to take them when he’s on. Fingers crossed he doesn’t.

Wallabies make major changes for Wales Rugby World Cup match

Agreed. I can also see JOC finishing out wide with AAC at 13…
Flexibility there, but not sold on kicking options. Hodge’s touch finders were one of the greatest improvements we’ve made this year…. With the Foley popgun, it doesn’t look good

Wallabies make major changes for Wales Rugby World Cup match

A key things that might be missed is that Hawkeye technology doesn’t use GPS – it uses laser measurement. GPS is only accurate to within a couple of metres at most in large cities and suffers a lag time on transmission to the satellites. So give or take a few seconds and a couple of metres, hey presto, the refs are looking good.

The other problem with using Hawkeye / Laser technology, is that they really only operate in two dimensions (yes I know, there’s three, but POV matters). This means that the laser wouldn’t be able to differentiate the feet of a player on the near / far side of the ruck, particularly where they are close enough to possibly be part of the ruck.
Finally, on the laser side of things, the first player blocks it anyway, so everyone else could still be offside.

Why doesn't World Rugby use GPS tracking to monitor offside?

Nope.. If the laws are not enforced, they are poor referees and should be done away with.

See – you were nearly there 😀

Why doesn't World Rugby use GPS tracking to monitor offside?

Mate, seriously. Barrett hit a guy who was on the ground, with a tucked shoulder, deliberately and directly.
Hodge got stepped at the last second, with poor technique, and had an unfortunate collision.
Apples, meet oranges.

Hodge banned from Wallabies pool games

Except for that one time every four years where the ABs get reffed fairly, and then wiped off the park.
Pity that happened in Perth already this year though, so I won’t be holding my breath for another one.

Hodge banned from Wallabies pool games

Umm.

They put 39 points on Fiji… So by your own measure, they did well.

Rugby World Cup: Five talking points from Wallabies vs Fiji

I’m pretty sure he has the best percentage winning record of any coach ever, but some bloke who won’t put his name to his posts think he should be sacked.
Righto

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

Given that Brisbane lost about 8-9 games last year by less than 10 points, I would suggest that even on your patchy statistical measure, the Lions did about as well as expected this year.
I tipped them to finish 6th at the start of the year, and if we and Geelong go out in straight sets, then we did.
But the teams best is very very good.

Straight-sets exits await Geelong and Brisbane

Siddle has over 200 test wickets, and a test hatr-trick. Please go and tell all those blokes he got out, that he’s not up tp trst standard.
Then go and take a good look at yourself.

Australia aim for the throat - literally

Good article Ronan,and I’ll agree with most of it, but I’ll throw up a different option.

Drop Wade – bat Warner at 6.

As far as I’m concerned, Warner doesn’t have the technique to open against a moving ball, and his international record away from home is a fair enough reflection of that. Khawaja for mine has always been a natural opener, and I think batting at three puts pressures on him that just don’t sit right, whereas opening seems to be well within his comfort zone.

Doing it like that lets you play
Khawaja
Harris
Labuschagne
Smith
Head
Warner
Paine
Pattinson
Cummins
Lyon
Hazlewood

Aussies need a reshuffle but only one change for fourth Ashes Test

Because Foley isn’t at 10, and Beale isn’t at 12!

Uncapped Petaia the bolter in 31-man Wallabies World Cup squad

TPN STILL can’t throw straight, and doesn’t offer nearly as much around the field as he used to….

There’s no way he should have been selected, and his continual presence around the squad has blocked several up and coming hookers from getting game day experience.

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Because of your second sentence.. Cheika hates people other people think are good!

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup