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My all time favourite Wallaby…an ornament on and off the field

David Pocock calls an end to his spectacular professional rugby career

“Along with Connors and Keenan Farrell”
“Stuart McCloskey and Chris Farrell”
Are Keenan and Chris Farrell related to each other or to Andy?

A look into Ireland’s Six Nations clash against Italy

I’d like to see Hosea at 19 to provide a big body. I agree Samu covers the back row at 20. Wright is a lineout option as well as second jackal but is lighter than Hanigan. I worry that Wright/Samu at 6 and Hanigan on as substitute lock results in an underweight scrum.

All Blacks by 20 means changes aplenty for Wallabies

Great article Mitch, your run on team is worthy of consideration.

I would like to see Trevor Hosea on the bench as lock cover.

Hosea would replace Samu or Hanigan.

Hanigan doesn’t strike me as a viable test quality lock, however he adds mass at 6 where DR sees his future.

Despite his versatility Samu is a natural 7, as are Wright and Hooper. It depends on whether DR wants a traditional backrow or playing twin 7s.

I prefer Hanigan based on the past two games

All Blacks by 20 means changes aplenty for Wallabies

Will Cleary be the only half?

Cody Walker back in NSW squad as Brad Fittler adds five more Blues

Very informative article Corne. Many of us this side of the Indian Ocean are not familiar with SA rugby outside of RC and SR. Naas Botha was a personal favourite…

Irrespective of what’s best for SA players, the game is riled now by the dollar/rand. I wonder if SA rugby will experience litigation from broadcasters or SAANZAR if they chose not to participate in RC,

Should South Africa participate in the Rugby Championship?

Good article Earl. WBs cannot call upon o/s players until the official test “window.” At that time I anticipate DR will call two of Rodda, Skelton or Kerevi into the RC squad. From all accounts Skelton has improved dramatically since going O/S. Unfortunately, Coleman has not.

Take a second for the second row

Nick B secretly dreams of being a quick stepping half-back.

How Dave Rennie’s Wallabies moved on from Cheika-ball at the Cake Tin

Cordner, Keary, Tedesco, Crichton, and Tapou added to Blues along with RCG, Paulo, Gutherson and N Brown

Six talking points from the NRL semi-finals

SMH has Paisami, Daugunu and Wilson starting

Revealed: The Roar's Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Great article BB…well argued.
Based on current form, Parra, and table position, the Raiders, will be eliminated this week.

Who may be under consideration?

For the Raiders it appears to be Jack Wighton is definite especially after his latest game. Nick Cotric is possible but Barrett would prefer he concentrates on learning the Bulldog’s playbook. Unfortunately Ryan James’ time has past. The other forwards are generally from UK and Queensland.

For the Eels there appears to be more prospects. In the backs, Clint Gutherson is a probable bench utility. Moses is a possible half/five-eighth in the squad of 27 rather than the initial 17. Blake Ferguson’s time has past.

The Eel’s forwards offer more selections. RCG and Junior Paulo are both worth considering as they are both massive props. Ryan Matterson is a probable and Nathan Brown a possible.

Of the names suggested I favour selection of:
Wighton, Gutherson, RCG, Paulo and Matterson plus Moses. That takes the total selections to 12 leaving 15 selections from the last four teams

NSW State of Origin selection surprises (Part 2)

Fairfield is on the Brisbane River…

NSW State of Origin selection surprises (Part 2)

Klemmer’s omission is a surprise as Freddy appears to be assembling a huge pack. Saifiti and Lomax are sound selections

David Klemmer axed as Brad Fittler adds two players to NSW Origin squad

Great article BB, Tommy Turbo predictably bites the dust. No word on Zac Lomax suggests he won’t be selected.

Sharks and Knights appear most likely eliminated this week. Who will be picked for NSW from them?
Sharks: It’s hard to pick anyone other than Wade Graham.
Knights: David Klemmer. Possible: Daniel Saifiti, Mitchell Pearce aka Junior jnr

So that’s possibly 8 when added to the 4 existing selections.

NSW State of Origin selection surprises: Part 1

Mark Coyne Trophy winner was Tristan Sailor who is released…go figure

2020 Dragons season review

You need a bus

2020 Dragons season review

Strange decision to release Host and Sailor. I struggle to see value in Fuimaono or Merrin. Williame is another interesting signing. All are signed for 2021

On a brighter note Elliot and Gentle bring a wealth of experience and nous as assistant coaches.

2020 Dragons season review

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 198cm and Matt Phillip 199cm are “domestic” possibilities but I feel DR is looking abroad for two locks…

With Rory A unavailable we need height. Adam Coleman’s (204cm) form has been patchy of late. Rodda is 202cm…Nick Bishop wrote sometime ago that Richie A was playing better rugby but did not suggest it was WB selection standard. NB writes glowingly of Will Skelton’s (203 cm) improvement since going to Europe.

And we need a lineout caller…
Simmons and Rodda both call lineouts.

So my preference for the wildcard selections are Skelton and Rodda.

Wallabies dealt massive injury blow for Rugby Championship

That leaves $2m sitting on the bench, (Hunt $1,2M plus Norman $850K)

2020 Dragons season review

Rebuilding years are convenient excuses for dud results

2020 Dragons season review

Dean Young’s signed 3 year deal with NQ
Tristan Sailor released…go figure

NRL rule tweaks here to stay as Broncos pick up deserved spoon

1/8 but score blowout wrecks my PD in tipping comp

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 20

I’m predicting 0/8 this round

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 20

Mitchell Starc started and finished the match. (Bowled first ball, scored winning runs). Surely a rare occurrence.

A little bit of resilience goes a long way for Justin Langer's men

1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Mitchell Marsh, 6 Alex Carey (wk), 7 Ashton Agar, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood

Stuck in the middle: Aussies uncertain ahead of ODI series