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To add another couple I’ve watched a bit of Tasman this year and the Faingaanuku brothers look pretty impressive.
And Rameka Poihipi shone against the French Baba’s last year.

Who are the next big names in New Zealand rugby?

When did the Roar start doing Daily Telegraph headlines?

He’s not fighting a sanctioned bout for a Ranking or Title, it’s a charity fight to raise money for homeless, surely that’s a much better story than mocking who he’s fighting.

Sonny Bill Williams to fight Bachelorette winner - no, seriously!

That was nicely formatted when I pasted it 🙁
The summary is
2 more touches on the wing for
1 less metre run
1 more defender beaten
1 less clean break.

Izzy on the wing - no, no, no!

From the 2 Belbisloe Cup matches recently

Ben Smith @ Fullback
NZL – P R MR CB DB O –
B SmithFB 0 11 15 92 5 5 3 0
vs Ben Smith @ Wing
NZL – P R MR CB DB O –
B SmithW 0 14 14 93 4 3 4 0

Hardly indicates he is hidden out on the wing does it. Its really up to Izzy if he goes looking for work and is able to inject himself at the right time from the wing.

Izzy on the wing - no, no, no!

I like Toomua at 12, he reminds me a bit of Crotty, often referred to as solid but actually offers so much more.
I think we got a glimpse on the weekend of what might have been if Beale had been developed as a long-term 10 solution. Identifying that talent and developing the weaknesses out of his game is a massive missed opportunity both by him and RA

Can we solve the Wallabies' selection dilemma?

You missed Hooper!!

Cheika's perfect record over the Pumas under genuine threat

Similarly, both past BC’s and Wallabies perhaps have a heavy reliance on a couple of stars as well. If the stars didn’t fire it can look a lot worse than it actually is

The Wrap: Wallabies will need more than resilience to beat Argentina

You often hear it talked about, and it was again this week in regards to Mo’unga.

They are drilled to focus on their own role. Because the players around them have such sound basics debutants don’t have to do anything other than play their own role. A knowledge that whoever is around them is going to make the tackle, pass in front, pick the right line.
Reads quote this week
“So I have told him to go out and play his game as if it is for the Crusaders and he will do a great job.”

Cheika has at least made the right noises about not rushing Tupou in his development

The Wrap: Wallabies will need more than resilience to beat Argentina

Jonah vs France in 1999 losing effort but just wow.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

They have a charity match between retired black caps and AB’s planned next year. Should be pretty fun
Between the Barrets Read, Dagg, Jeff Wilson and Leon McDonald there are a few who were handy Crickets, perhaps the AB’s should poach McCullum since he kept a certain D Carter out of the South Island Secondary Schools rugby team

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/106526336/kieran-read-v-brendon-mccullum-crickets-clash-of-codes-at-hagley-oval

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

It was pretty funny on Sat night, in the lead up to their complaint about a neck roll, was footage of Read getting neck rolled out of a ruck.
There’s 2 on this site from Fox News
The Aaron Smith one was a non-entity both players are competing for the ball.

The other was not a good look (not viscous either) but Pocock was also not supporting his own body weight.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

Hansen certainly learnt this the hard way early on in the AB’s below article is from 2011. There is just no winning with the press. So he learnt from the Graham Henry school of deflection through a cheeky remark that no is quite sure if your serious or not.

“So now we hear Steve Hansen has been scrubbing up on his image and that he wants to be the next head coach of the All Blacks.

The Christchurch-based Hansen finally admitted he wants to be elevated from assistant and grab Graham Henry’s job after the World Cup in a weekend news report.

The Australian rugby system is the problem, not just Michael Cheika

Barret is (like all 10’s) a player who struggles if the forwards aren’t doing their job.
Carter and Mo’unga are 2 who able to “help” there forwards out of trouble with the control and timing they have. I think that is what Hansen means by Barret can get better. Impossible to see how he can improve his front foot game much.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

I hated those kids at school, I bet he did well in class too.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

I was pretty proud of that one.
With Beauden still only 27 and Jordie 21 (Scot 24) we could have another 10+ years of at least 2 Barrets causing havoc in global Rugby.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

Under pressure and with no space to work in, trapped onto his left foot, Barrett drilled the ball 65m up the touchline, effecting a far better exit than the All Blacks could have hoped for. In doing so, he set the tone for what was to follow.

What impressed me the most was the chase he then put in after the kick, making sure the return was only 10 metres and not 30 or so.
Even more impressive than Barrets four tries tonight were his efforts and second touches. Right throughout the match, he was looping around in support or the first kick chaser, at times it seems like there were 3 Barrets on the field …….
Actually, I was impressed with Jordie as well his positional play was pretty well spot on, and whilst he like everyone took a back seat to the BB show he injected himself pretty well.

The Wrap: Bonus point Barrett a class above the Wallabies

Mine, unfortunately, was the late nineties when the Wallabies kept kicking our arses.

What would I know, Australian rugby? I am just a rookie

Or how about rather than the sack them all mentality. We support the ones who might not say the popular things or shout the loudest.
But we support those that are truly trying to make things better.

Raylene Castle was in some circles never given a chance with RA.

Likewise, Twiggy Forrest’s motives might be 100% honourable but that doesn’t mean we shout down any who dares to make sure they are or ensure that his good intentions don’t go unchecked and make things worse.

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia

It that the one with the Gold desk and floor to ceiling windows looking out over the harbour?

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia

Agreed Jacko, outwardly NZ projects itself and the AB’s being all-encompassing and they are certainly a great sense of pride. But like all countries, NZ is very socially diverse, and a great mix of sporting and cultural interests.

Secondary sports particpation rates show this too.
In 2017 a total of 25,649 secondary school students played basketball*. Netball holds the number one spot with 28,455 players. Rugby holds the number two spot with 26,951 players.

Of the top 10 participation sports, basketball continues to be the outlier for growth. The sport has increased a significant 11% in one year. Over the last five years, basketball has continued its trend of increasing by 27%. The next fastest-growing sport is volleyball, at 13% growth over five years and a total of 17,693 participants. Other more traditional sports have been dropping over that five year trend (Netball -2%, Rugby Union -6% and cricket -8%).

What would I know, Australian rugby? I am just a rookie

I think also that Australia has failed to fully embrace and leverage the expatriate New Zealanders and South Africans. They are treated as outsiders, rather than embraced and used as sources of knowledge and expertise.

Even just marketing to them as supporters, 100,000 expat kiwi living in Sydney alone. 192,000 in Queensland.
On average earning 20% more than their Aussie cousins.

Instead, we are treated as outsiders the Phil Kearns of the world think we are the enemy, ignoring the massive numbers of NZ born or NZ descendants playing and supporting rugby in Aussie.

What would I know, Australian rugby? I am just a rookie

Agreed but rose-tinted glasses about how great the past was isn’t going to make things better either. Just enable us to repeat all our ancestors’ same mistakes.

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia

How many events in history to people have to see that accepting the “great fixer” never ends well.

Rugby in Australia does not have a single fix. could Twiggy be part of the answer 100% is he the only answer NOT a chance.

Change for the better comes slowly and messy. Change for the worse fast on the back of someone with all the answers.

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia

No the NRL have a perfect record in Sydney, Manly are a well-run club, Super League was perfectly managed, the sharks didn’t take drugs.
Or the WS Roar are well in control of a minority of flare throwing nut bags.
The Swans took 20 years of chaos to finally make a profit and will a championship (all with dispensations that annoy other AFL clubs)

Geoff also pointed out Clynes attempt to end the pandering to the inner/northern Sydney by reducing funding that was making it impossible for Penrith to keep players.

The ARU has a lot to answer for but to all the “we could do better” crowd, there a plenty of examples of others not just as poor if not worse. Often with better resources and less political hurdles.

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia

An open-eyed look at history will tell you,
Things are actually no worse than they were before. In fact by most measures are actually better.
Politicians have always been self-interested.
And immigrants are always to blame for all of societies ills.

Andrew Forrest ramps up political and PR war against Rugby Australia