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Thanks Topo, it is Mr West Aussie, and pleased my article grabbed your attention. It’s an honour to read some views from an ex Wallaby captain, player and someone with opinions.

I liked the ‘lesson’ and it made sense to me. The bit about ‘playing on your feet’ us so true, the attacking team don’t always get the credit for going forward if defenders just lay over the ball. We saw that in the Bledisloe when a defender could put a fingernail on the ball in the ruck and there’s a turnover. I enjoyed reading the other stories also, especially about Randwick.

I think it is exciting time for Australian rugby – let’s get those good times back!

Running rugby: not in my name!

Disappointing last 20 but compared to where we were a year ago, at least we’re competitive. I agree with the comments about Hooper as captain. I think replace him as captain at the end of the year and then time for a real analysis of his impact in the back row -if he’s good enough, he stays in the team, if not, he’s out. Composure, taking kicks for goals, drop goal (remember those?) -we’ve got some way to go with game management, that’s for sure

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

Mick, that shows the disconnect between the Wallabies, super rugby and what comes beneath -so many discussions on this site over the past year. Personally, I don’t think rugby can compete against NRL and AFL `clubs` in the same way – all the more reason for the Wallabies to stimulate interest that does lead to full crowds at super rugby at least, to begin with. C’mon Wallabies!

Running rugby: not in my name!

You’re all being very kind, pleased my story resonates with some. Mikey, your question about Aussie Rules skills, defence does n’t really apply as no off side and games so different but kicking is an example. I always wondered why drop punts not used for accuracy, particularly kicking for corners. I think Israel folau showed what he had learned about springing off one leg to mark the ball. So some parallels

Running rugby: not in my name!

I agree. Riveting stuff from Wallabies at last, after the last few years. It’s amazing what structure can bring, all players seemed comfortable in their role, not expecting random attempts to run from the back in Cheika’s era. Nick White was sensational and the forwards were solid. I still think we are too light on with both Hooper and Samu in back row -Samu was not strong enough post tackle to clean out despite some good work in the loose. Better to start with Valentini at 6, wilson to 8 or Lukhan to 6, Wilson to 8 and an extra lock

IT'S A DRAW! Bledisloe 1 ends all square