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Old man kangaroo no longer living in the wilds of New York, but returned home in 2020 to find pastures burned and a virulent pox upon the land. Captained the school 14D rugby team in the last century and moved himself from 2nd row to the safety of the centres.

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Bobby, getting himself elected is one thing. Performing the job is another.

"Gutted" Rennie remains committed to coaching Wallabies

Waxhead, it sounds to me that you just described a certain American who sees himself as a “stable genius.”

"Gutted" Rennie remains committed to coaching Wallabies

Thanks for those 2 references, stillmissit. Yes I’m interested. I read the New Republic article and I’ve started on the Kindle sample of “The End of Science”

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

SMI – thanks for a reasoned reply, unlike certain posters who make claims and then refuse to back them up.

My approach to “evidence” depends a bit on what the subject is. If it’s science it’s usually fairly straightforward to find a respected peer-reviewed reference. If it’s political it’s more iffy as I look for sources that have been independent in the past, but then their sources are more difficult to check than scientific ones. If it’s sports comment/opinion my only guideline is to note what a commentator has said in the past and consider how truthful/accurate that turned out. And then remain skeptical. I rarely get into prognostications on the future of rugby on The Roar as I don’t know much about the workings of RA or WR. And I try to ignore those who clearly are pushing “baseless, offensive rumours.” As you noted their were heaps of those about during Izzygate.

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

stillmissit: “ At this time in our history the ‘truth’ is what you happen to agree with!”
Unfortunately the only time I hear that statement is when somebody is defending an argument with no evidence. Some of us here do still believe in evidence-based discussion. But apparently not everybody.

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

NZ?

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

Yes TWAS, it’s like the US Republican Party blaming Obama for the state of the economy in 2009.

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

Sheek, I’m not sure how I feel about what I’m about to say, but what you wrote about Jones above sounds similar to statements about Nick Kyrgios. I guess I feel apologetic towards Kyrgios.

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

The H word wasn’t actually used!!??

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

I believe that what the world needs now is two dozen clones of Jacinda Ardern in power. Don’t be greedy Woodart.

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

Glad to see you still have your sense of humour, Gatesy.

RUPA encouraged before Rugby Australia meeting

Fox showed the 2011 final yesterday. I wasn’t looking out for breakdown involvement, but Horwill was, to me, noticeable there and Simmons, as usual, was working away unnoticed. Except that he scored a (disallowed) try.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

But Ken, without K&C’s post we would have missed Piru’s riposte.

Force to make comeback as Rugby AU announce domestic comp for remainder of Super Rugby season

Chook, the only point that I disagree with you on is the bit about Hooper. I think he always gives his best rather than “ he gives his best more often than not… ”. And further I disagree with Gary about the rest of the team. There’s a lot (maybe not all) giving their all – particularly the new young blokes. It’s a problem, though, that sometimes your best isn’t enough.

Super Rugby: Six talking points from Round 7

It’s hard to judge if it’s sideways or up or down. I had another look at the website and see his title is Director of Rugby. He seems to have replaced Todd Clever in that position.

As.for the WB’s skills coach – I have not heard (or remembered?) if Rennie has chosen one. Probably another Roarer knows that – TWAS, Dilko, Jeznez, Brett, ???)

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

I think I read on their website that it was based on a Negroni.

I agree that it’s strange and disappointing for Byrne to go from the ABs and Wallabies to Austin, who apparently won 0 from 9 in last year’s Major League Rugby. Money?

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

DaveJ, I just had a look at the charge-down incident and I feel sympathy for Lolesio. The rest of the Highlanders (that he could see easily) were still maybe 15 metres away, Nareki was absolutely flying (possibly in Lolesio’s blind spot), and I wonder if any of his team mates warned him about the approaching danger. Yes a Sexton or a Farrell would probably have scanned the approaching defence more thoroughly, but I think quite a few other kickers would have been caught out.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

OK, I just found a replay. Yes – 90 seconds. But they lasted 7 phases and the penalty was given against them at 79:55. So near.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Peter, as I remember it the Brumbies had a little over a minute and a half to kill before the siren. I was watching my watch and they were taking 10 or so seconds per phase. 9 phases without mistake was a lot harder than 4 phases. I actually think they did achieve 40 seconds but 90 was a bridge too far – I seem to remember the commentary team criticizing the decision when it was made.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Nick, Mick Byrne is in Austin, Texas, coaching the Austin Gilgronis. And in case you didn’t know, the Gilgronis are named for a cocktail, which, as far as I know, still hasn’t been created.

Can Noah Lolesio be Australia’s triple threat at No.10?

Good. Thanks.

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

No Train. I was not thinking “that being on pay TV in Aus makes it less accessible.” I don’t know what the accessibility is in Oz. I don’t know how it is 18 years after I left. I was responding to Nobes’ report, not trying to create a narrative. I’ll find out when I get back to Oz in a couple of months.
So how much does a subscription to Fox cost?

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

ESPN is standard cable which, I guess, is pay TV, although here anything worth watching is on cable. However ESPN+ does cost me $5 a month for the extra “minor” sports – like rugby. Nevertheless I’m always surprised that I can get so much TV rugby in the USA.

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

I was reading Nobes’ account of his visit to Oz and his difficulty in being able to see a game on TV. And of course I’ve read a lot of comments recently complaining about the lack of fre-to-air coverage and the problems of Fox possibly dropping rugby.
So now I’m encouraged that you’re implying that things are not as grim as I thought.

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here

I’m finding it hard to comprehend that I’m here in New York, and have been for 18 years, where I can watch all Super Rugby games live on ESPN+ (if I want to get up at 3 in the morning) and all of them on replay for the next week or so. And nobody I know gives a damn about the rugby. But I’m about to return to Oz, where at least a few people care about rugby, and I’m going to have to hassle to see any games live or on replay. There’s an argument for staying here.

Super Rugby Round 3: Nothing to see here