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Old man kangaroo now living in the wilds of New York. 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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A few people have been blaming Fainga for the mess in the Brumbies lineout in the semi.But people with more knowledge than me, including Nicholas Bishop, have said it was more a case of the Jaguares working out the calls and Carter not reacting soon enough with his calls. So maybe Fainga was throwing accurately to the right place – where the Jags were waiting.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Agree Nickbrisbane. Like Joe Powell.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

Well, Bluesfan, it looks like the Blues have plugged that hole for the immediate future. And given the young guys a decent mentor.

Bernard Foley's Australian rugby exit confirmed post-World Cup

Thanks Todd. I hadn’t heard about the arm injury. Unsurprisingly she did not mention it in her press conference. I can imagine others using it as an excuse. No names.

The Aussie wash-up from Wimbledon

Jacko, I’ve been reading all this back and forth and I’m hoping I can put it into perspective. I believe I understand why other posters are reacting to you the way they are, but almost nobody has expressed it. You say it’s an opinion site. And few would disagree. But the vast majority of readers here expect opinion to be backed up by facts, evidence, examples. And you have not provided any. It’s pretty generally accepted that argument or opinion is only valid when there is evidence to back it up. Almost everything that Nicholas Bishop writes here has not only verbal evidence but video evidence as well. Your “opinion” has neither. I mean what would your response be if I claimed that Kurtley Beale was the best tackler in world rugby? I’d hope you’d point to some of his misses.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

No surprises this time though Fionn. The big 3 have dropped 4 sets between them by semi final time.

Why Argentina needs to get the import-export balance right

If you think Alison Riske was disgraceful then you didn’t watch her press conference. The 2 press conferences of Ash Barty and Alison Riske were the most impressive I’ve seen recently. Both were honest, warm, unassuming human beings – no blaming umpires, referees, courts, and neither of them threatened a lineswoman or an umpire during the match. If Riske’s grunts and squeaks offended you then you need to give up watching the tennis tour. She is a pure amateur screamer compared to many – Sharapova, Azarenka, Joao Sousa, and Rafa Nadal spring to mind.

"It's only a tennis match": Ash Barty bows out of Wimbledon like a true champion

I’m sorry you ignored the doubles. John Peers and Henri Kontinen made the quarters and played a great 5 setter with Klaasen and Venus.

And I was hoping for a good showing by Barty and Azarenka, but they withdrew in the 3rd round. I’m not sure why. Does anybody here know why? If there IS anybody else here.

The Aussie wash-up from Wimbledon

Actually no, elvis. Apparently CTE can only be diagnosed on autopsy. Before death you may have your suspicions though.

Could CTE spell the end of Grassroots footy?

I’m interested to hear, JoX, that CTE can, as you say, occur from sub-concussive events. Not just head clashes, high tackles, heading a ball, being hit in the head by a bouncer, being hit in the head in boxing, ramming you helmet-covered head into another player (NFL) etc., but repeated sub-concussive traumas – even times when your body suddenly stops moving but your brain doesn’t stop inside your head – sort of a whiplash effect. There seems to be an emphasis here on “repeated.”
My source for this was a discussion on the “Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe” episode 629, July 19, 2017 from 18:15 to 32:05 (available on iTunes or at https://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcasts/episode-629.) They refer there also to a New York Times article : “NFL Brains” and a PBS Frontline (USA) documentary “League of Denial.” https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/league-of-denial/

Could CTE spell the end of Grassroots footy?

I’m going to make this comment, although I hope it doesn’t eventuate.

I wonder if Kyrgios might be happier playing the Mansour Bahrami role in tennis. Or joining Bahrami and Fabrice Santoro to tour and entertain during major tournaments with a display of trick shots. At the moment it could be argued that his approach is more suited to this than trying to win major (or minor) tournaments.

I say I hope this doesn’t really happen because the man clearly has more ball striking talent, and particularly a better serve, than almost anyone playing. And he showed against Rafa that he is able to play at the highest level when he is motivated. I watched the match and I believe the difference ultimately was Rafa’s ability to choose the right shot when it got tight in the tie-breaker. Kyrgios played a drop-shot in one of the tie-breakers that just wasn’t on and seemed like a mental bail-out. He just seemed a bit too impatient under pressure.
As for his behaviour, I think he is now suffering from the confirmation bias of a lot of observers. They believe he’ll misbehave worse than anybody else and seize on any of his “eruptions” to illustrate their point when his “eruptions” are no worse than those of others. Yes, he’s crossed the line in the past – a few times – but I don’t think this match was one of those occasions.

Nadal holds off Kyrgios in Wimbledon classic

Perhaps Rafa thinks Kyrgios should slow down his serve too. That gets hit harder and from a place closer to lines people and ball kids. I think he is drawing a long bow suggesting Kyrgios’ shot is threatening lines people and ball-kids at the other end of the court. It is, after all, a tennis ball, not a cannonball, a cricket ball, or a golf ball. Yes I know about the Shapovalov incident, but that was a temper tantrum trying to hit the ball into the stands. As much as I have my reservations about Kyrgios’ attitude at times, I agree with him this time: valid tactic, professional opponent perfectly able to protect himself, within the rules, and even if he did hit him it’s a tennis ball – hollow rubber. The last time I got hit by a big forehand (from close range) it hurt and I had a bruise for a few days. But the guy who hit me is still a good friend.

Nadal left fuming over dangerous Kyrgios antics

Looking at the bigger picture here (because I’m regretfully not expecting too much in the 2019 RWC), the average age of this selection is 26.5 which says to me that by the time the elder statesmen (or “returning veterans”) move on after the RWC there should be a good base of younger guys with test experience and presumably a new coach and selection panel, to carry the Wallabies on to the following World (& Bledisloe) Cup. I counted 16 players aged 25 or less, although only 5 of those are in the backs. I’m not looking at which Super teams they come from as I don’t believe in conspiracy theories.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Well, Jeznez, he should be used to it by now. It’s been happening for years. Does anybody know what really has become of Phibbs?

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Yes Peter, and then we could limit the number of phases and rename the game “Rugby League.”

Five talking points from the Super Rugby semi-finals

I think that’s a good point of Fionn’s – “potentially make the Wallabies squad.” The selectors are going to want a back-rower or 2 who can play 6, 7, or 8 to cover one or more injuries to 1st choice players (whoever they may be). I’d suspect it would be between Liam Wright, Dempsey, Cusack, Cottrell and maybe Jahrome Brown. And I forgot McCaffrey and Valetini. And Hardwick?
Similarly Simone would be competing with Meakes, Ashley Cooper, Hunt (fit?), and maybe Paia-aua for a mid-field Jack-of -all-trades.
On a tangent, I wonder if “the selectors” are considering taking one or two non-playing youngsters like McReight for the experience.

How the Brumbies stampeded towards the Super Rugby semis

As good as I think Petaia will be, I can’t see risking him now at test level after such a long time out with injury. And so little experience even in Super Rugby.

How the Brumbies stampeded towards the Super Rugby semis

For once an important rugby game will be available here in New York at a perfect time – 7pm Friday night. Sorry Carlos. You need to come back to the USA.

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

Not enough. What’s wrong with these people?

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

Brett, Nobes, Fionn, anyone – how many people turned up to watch the Brumbies?

Four very deserving winners to lift the Super Rugby cup from here

I believe Pete Samu is staying in Oz nursing a hamstring. And anyway I don’t think Pocock would be qualified – didn’t he only play 3 games?

Nine talking points from the Super Rugby quarter-finals

OK, Sheikh, that gives you 10% of marketing of the NRC. By my calculation you get get to promote 3 matches – personally.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Oh ye of little faith. It was Mr Parkes after all.

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

OK. I sort of thought that it might been taken, but I didn’t even know there was a junior Kangaroos. I guesss Wallababies doesn’t quite do it, does it?

Daryl Gibson resigns as Waratahs head coach after dismal season

Probably not TWAS, but it’s an interesting idea given that the Tahs will lose a bunch of experience and will be forced to bring in youth (I hope), so that the coach of the Under 20s could have a running start. Between the development of the Reds young guys and the others from the Junior Wallabies (why aren’t they the Joeys?) hopefully filtered into the other 3 Super teams maybe we could develop a good Wallabies team for 2023.

Daryl Gibson resigns as Waratahs head coach after dismal season