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Robert, really? The national team of your nation is a good team, that’s ok. It’s not a great team anymore, not your fault. Still a joyous team to watch, especially BBarret. No need to be pithy about an article nor take it personally. You can ignore it, you can read, pause, think, eloquently disagree however, why bring such nonsense?

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

Think Matt Cobain, a resounding success at 6. Wright isn’t dissimilar.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

The magic number missing from our combination to unlock the chain of success. Thank you Nick. Now that we have finally found an 8, our first since Toutai Kefu, we just need that 6. Be nice to see Wright get a run from the start for a couple of matches. It appears our 6 is NZ’s 8. For years they lacked an 8, Ron Cribb popped up for a few superb games and then disappeared, wasn’t until Reid, that they found their missing code number. Swinton off of the bench might be a nice Finnaganesque replication with a more Cobain like (Wright) starting.

6-6-6: Where is the big beast of the Wallaby back row?

Bobby sounds like Sam Cane.

Rob Simmons is not lazy

Exactly! He did his best and didn’t select himself. I get the feeling that his training box kicks are better than Tate’s however, Gordon is an instinct runner and is struggling with stifling himself. I’d pick Tate every day however, Gordon isn’t useless.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

Well done to Hodge, he had stepped up and played very well. Though his two missed kicks have costly, his others kept us in the games. Not his fault.

HIGHLIGHTS: Deja vu! Another Hodge miss at the death sees Wallabies draw with Argentina

A thoroughly enjoyable game and contest. Well done the Wallabies and bravo Los Pumas. Mario Ledesma’s post match interview – how can you not love the guy? We have a lot to thank him for from his time coaching our forwards. Shane that Gordon had a shocker. Not his fault. Argentina were awesome in defence. Let’s not forget that both of these teams beat the NZ Rugby team in their last matches.

Wallabies record second draw of the year as Argentina clash ends all square

I would like to see Ramm play at this level, I was impressed by him this year. However, Daugunu’s kick chase and solid defence (as long as he doesn’t lift) is pretty hard to beat, especially when we are going to need to kick to keep Los Pumas defensive wall guessing a bit.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

I guess Gordon is on the bench for his kicking and Daugunu for his kick chase and Defence (keep it low and no lifting please Filipo). Shame LSL injured, as his hold up tackling with Phillips was very good. Still bemused about Simmons however, good luck to him. Hope that Bell doesn’t get turned inside out when he comes on. Apart from Wilson, our back row seems very weak compared to Lis Pumas. Perhaps Wright over Hannigan would have strengthened it a bit seems, Hannigan is there to help the line out. Good luck to both teams, Go the Wallabies.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

I’d rather see Ramm over Maddocks. Maddocks had his chances.

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

Let’s not exclude the possibility that other teams may have improved, nor the very narrow/very “fortunate” last minute wins NZ had over the last few years under Hansen and his dismal failure at the RWC last year. I see similarities in the decline of the Wallabies of the late 90’s/early 2000’s and the NZ Rugby team. The cattle aren’t as good as they were and the exceptional talents they had have thinned out, Barret is still there, A. Smith is no longer consistent, no decent 8, Cane is struggling, Moody has been found out, Coles is playing past his use by date. It isn’t just the coach, it’s a generational change from an exceptional era. I’m not saying NZ are done, just trying to put some perspective on it.

The All Blacks had their choice of diamonds and went with a rock

How can you not have a bit of love and a lot of respect for Argentina? I feel particularly happy for Ledesma who contributed so much to our Australian forward play in his time coaching here in Australia, also Thomas Cubelli, who was great in his time for the Brumbies. Plus the Argentinian forward pack, especially their back row, have been immense over the last few years. As a Wallabies supporter, of course I’m hoping for an Australian win however, I’m also hoping for another equally brilliant performance by Argentina and Australia’s from 2 weeks ago, that would be a match for the times.

Argentina remind us why we love rugby

A great article Geoff, thank you. Especially highlighting the conflicts of/and vested interests of other publications. I’m grateful for Fox’s support over the years however, my FOXTEL subscription will be cancelled at the end of the Rugby Championship.

NZ’s gap has disappeared, Coles was again – very disappointing. A wanna be thug who sadly lets his arrogance detract from his exceptional abilities as a player. Sam Cane looked lost as a leader as did Whitelock. Smith was too busy screaming rather than playing. Savea was the only NZ player who seemed to be able to hold his normal high standard of play. All credit to Argentina for making it so. Rugby is back.

The Wrap: A great new broadcast deal for rugby? Depends on who’s telling the story

Wright was superb off the bench the last week. Have a read of Nicholas Bishops article on the Roar from Wednesday, some superb factual and objective analysis of Wright.

Dave Rennie's influence starting to shape the Wallabies

Bravo to both National Unions. Here’s hoping the damn bat eater virus stays away.

Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition confirmed for 2021

I think my laughter emoji, turned into 4 ?. I think you are correct in your Nigel Mansell comparison. B Barret was/is more a of a Hamilton, only ever failed due to surrounding issues and has no peer. I do hope that my beloved Wallabies have stopped picking the Pierre Luigi Martinis equivalents. Man could crash a car (and a whole bunch of others in the process)

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

A much more erudite comparison????

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

Thank you Nick. A real treat of an article. Here’s hoping that the Wallabies coaching team don’t take as long as the Reds, to pick up on your very astute observations of Wright complementing and strengthening a good 7 (McWright for the REDS and Hooper for Aus). It’s a shame so much negativity is out there about NZ’s performance as, like the week before where it was Australia, they were simply outplayed by a superior team on the night who had the bounce of the ball working for them as well. Thoroughly enjoyable series of matches and great to see so many debutants. Lord help us if Swinton learns how to handle that BMW all the time potentially, a Lewis Hamilton of the number 6 jersey.

How the bench warmed Australian hearts in Brisbane

Agree on McArdle and Harrison.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

Regardless of which team we support, it was a fantastic Test Match. My house was a mix of Kiwi’s and Aussie’s, all enjoyed the contest, not all enjoyed the score line. At least Berry was consistent, which is a positive. Good luck to NZ and Argentina this weekend. Looking forward to watching it.

The Wrap: Wallabies triumph in Suncorp dogfight

A great read, with a sad truth.

For the love of God, stop letting the Wallabies play us like this

Jeepers, at least the underarm bowl was legal and allowed in the rules of the game at the time. (Not very sportsmanlike however, legal).

Wallabies win Bledisloe 4 thriller in Brisbane

Where is the 11 for Marika? You need to fix the scoring sheet.

VOTE: Wallabies Bledisloe 4 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand

Agreed on the Red cards mate. Only Cane deserved a Red tonight and, it went unpunished. Confounding confusion.

Wallabies win Bledisloe 4 thriller in Brisbane

It was a good contest mate, despite the reff’s interference. My FIWI wife was delighted and sad at the same time. Disappointed her team lost but ecstatic that MK played so well.

Wallabies win Bledisloe 4 thriller in Brisbane