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Friday’s Rugby News

Fridays Rugby News sees amazing headlines, Wallaby stalwarts on the move, Ma’a speaking and Porn.


 

 

Kiwi drought won’t happen again

 

Ned Hanigan running it out of his own in-goal.

‘Wallabies star vows that Kiwi drought won’t happen again for Aussie Super sides’ screamed the headline and I cringed thinking some mug had shot his mouth off about our chances this season. But, thankfully, Ned Hanigan hadn’t said anything like that in this Stuff.co.nz article and I, had been the victim of a clickbait headline again.

This from the article

Waratahs back-rower Ned Hanigan, who won 20 test caps for Australia from 2017-18, said the team had not spent any time thinking about losing streaks or last year’s results, but were hoping to make a stronger stand on behalf of the Australian conference.

“If you worry too much about what happened in the past you’re worrying about the wrong stuff. You go into what you can control and let the results take care of themselves,” Hanigan said.

“I hope, as everyone does in Australian rugby, that that doesn’t happen again. We’re going to do everything to make sure it doesn’t.”

That paints a slightly different picture, doesn’t it?

Hanigan goes on to talk about the Hurricanes.

“They’re quite quick off set-piece, they get up in your face. They’re a fit side as well and have a few skilful guys there in the backs,” Hanigan said.

And his team mates.

“It’s hard to say and all a bit interesting,” Hanigan said of the back-row equation. “Demo is good around the field and a genuine option in that lineout, so we’ll see what happens later in the week.”

Still shaded by most teams on size, Hanigan said they would continue to carve out a reputation for mobility up front.

“Definitely you want to be big and fast but the style we want to play and the playmakers we have, we want to give them as much front-foot ball and be able to work inside and outside them,” he said.

“Mobility and speed around the field is definitely still at the forefront of our minds.”

The Waratahs take on the Hurricanes Saturday at Brookvale Oval.

Fardy Could Be On The Move

fardy dead

Scott Fardy might be leaving Leinster! But not heading back to Australia like we all hoped!

The word in this article is Fardy’s being headhunted by wasps to fill a hole in their back five. It goes on to say,

It’s believed that Fardy, who turns 35 this summer, wants to remain on in Ireland. However, with the IRFU seldom keen on keeping big money players on its books as they near the end of their careers, a switch to Wasps could be seen as good business even though it would potentially leave Leinster short of second row and blindside cover while Irish Test players are away at the World Cup.

Leinster have form for losing popular veteran locks. Nathan Hines was previously moved on unceremoniously when the province were previously winning European Cups.

Fard’s hasn’t been helped by Irelands foreign player rules that restricts Australian and New Zealand players in the matchday squad. Fard’s was the main man last year but now he’s the third wheel. Kiwi Gibson-Park becomes Irish eligible under the three-year residency rule later this year but that will probably come too late to save the popular Aussie. How much more time Fard’s has left in his 35-year-old body must also be waying heavily on Leinster’s mind.

Ma’a Nonu Tells Us What We All Knew!

Ma’a Nonu has broken his media silence to tell us, shockingly, that he’s still keen for an All Black gig. Nonu, who has 103 test matches under his belt and two World cup winning medals is now 36 years old. As we know time stands still for no one but Ma’a is hoping for a crack at a third world cup and has taken his first step this week he’s been named ahead of All Black incumbent Sonny Bill Williams at inside-centre for the Auckland Blues.

But Nonu did concede he had things still to prove in Super Rugby that were also big motivators for him this season.

“Yeah, I haven’t won a Super Rugby title before, have come up short twice, and played in a lot of semifinals for the Hurricanes. It’s another driver this year,” he told a large media contingent.

He admitted it was “surreal” to be re-entering the Super Rugby arena after such a long absence, but said finishing his playing career was something that had not yet entered his thinking.

“There are a lot of young players playing, and a lot of great players playing, and I’m stoked to be running around. I haven’t thought about stopping. Hopefully, I can still play at this level and that’s the challenge I’m looking forward to.”

 

US Carcassonne Are Here To Clean The Pool

French Pro D2 club US Carcassonne picked up a unique club sponsor March 1 game against Biarritz in the form of porn website  ‘Jacquie & Michel’!

The website enthused in a statement, “Commitment, power, endurance and vigour are all values that Jacquie & Michel share with (Carcassonne coach) Christian Labit’s men.”

The club said that they had already seen an increase in demand for tickets for the game on March 1.

“It’s about being part of a fun and offbeat communication,” said Carcassonne general manager Christine Menardeau-Planchenault.

“There will be nothing that will shock anyone. Today, like many clubs, it’s hard to get people to the stadium, so we thought about a way to create a buzz and decided to partner with them.”

The Carcassonne players will wear shirts featuring the website’s logo during the warm-up, but will stick to their traditional strip for the game itself, while there will be advertising in the stadium.

The site also sponsored the reserve team of Belgian football club Villers-devant-Orval in 2015.

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    I hope Nonu makes it. Great plyer, and I love watching him.

    • Ed

      Agree. He was the ABs best in 2015.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Any man that wears make up but is tough enough to play for the AB’s is a star in my book.

  • Huw Tindall

    Maybe porn will get fans back into the game in Australia too? Free DVD with every general admission ticket.

    Also after seeing that photo of Fardy again with claret flowing freely we need to amend the Giteau law post haste.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Would love to see Fardy back. Another victim of the Cheika era!

    • Dud Roodt

      Free DVD? What is this, the 90’s?
      Free PornHub logins with every ticket would get the people you want in the doors, not some VHS that your brother picked up out of a skip

      • Brisneyland Local

        Or copied from one VHS recorder to another ;-)

    • Who?

      Pretty confident that Cheika couldn’t get Fardy back, and that he wouldn’t want him back anyway…

      • Brisneyland Local

        Correct. But any players that Cheika doesnt want should almost automatically be considered!

    • andrewM

      Isn’t Australian Rugby screwed enough at the moment?

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks for this Shane, Gotta love some journalists, I thought exactly the same and then read the article and just went “Gorgina you twatt”! Talk about making something out of nothing, maybe she’s just not getting the love anymore and so has to try harder. Interesting to hear the Tahs concentrating on being Mobile, but I guess when you have a bit of a small pack that’s all you’ve got so you better make it work.

    It’ll be interesting to see how both Nonu and SBW go this year. TBH I don’t think either of them have a full 80 mins left at test level and maybe even not at Super rugby level and so both could be either starters or finishers but not both. I’d personally start Nonu and finish with SBW in the Blues but I think there are others like Luamape and Crotty that I prefer to start at test level. I wouldn’t write Nonu off though he’s still playing very very well.

    Only the French! I think a set of kit showing a mankini would round it off nicely

    • Ed

      Maybe Georgina wrote that after losing her chief rugby correspondent gig at the SMH. Grumbles Growden is back at Fairfax.

      The Tahs will be concentrating on getting the ball out pronto from a scrum whereas the stronger scrummaging sides will place big pressure on them. If Simmons is to be a rested player, what effect will that have on their lineout? Holloway is a backrower, not a lock.

      I am really looking forward to seeing how Ma’a goes. I reckon he will play well this year. There were reports in the past that he was second to McCaw in how he prepared himself for a test.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Yeah although it was printed in rugby heaven here before it was in NZ. Fast ball can work but at some time you have to muscle up and that’s where I see the Tahs struggling.

        • Ed

          True. When the Saders play the Tahs at the SCG, I bet Razor will be saying “remember what we did in the last 50 minutes against them last year and not repeat the first 30 minutes”.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Someone was telling me the other day that Simmons and Holloway was as good of a lock pairing as Carter and Arnold.

        Simmons is better than people admit, but Holloway appears to be one of their first choice locks and is in reality a backrower.

        Honestly, Hanigan appears more of a lock than Holloway to me, but he’s probably the Wallabies’ preferred 6, sadly.

        • Ed

          Was that discussion where someone said the Tahs front row was the equal of the Brums too?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yes…

          And the back 3 too (not convinced that this applies to the back three Gibson has decided to run this weekend!)

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Not big enough to be a lock or a flanker. I admit that he is a good lineout jumper, but I still think he is too weak in the contact to play at Test level

      • Braveheart81

        Georgina Robinson is still titled “Chief Rugby Reporter”. Growden has “Chief Rugby Correspondent”. So presumably correspondent means gossip columnist.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Would it be mean to say that I’m surprised Georgia isn’t the Chief Propaganda Reporter?

        • Braveheart81

          I’m not sure what people want. There are a total of about half a dozen rugby journalists around the country at major news outlets. You want them to talk down the sport and the teams? There’s more than enough of that coming from Growden and Alan Jones etc.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate I’m not sure that we want them to talk down the teams, although I’d really appreciate them asking some hard questions of them every now and then instead of just endorsing whatever dribble the players and management say. The issue was that Hannigan didn’t say anything like the headline reported and that’s just poor journalism designed to pull people in.

        • Braveheart81

          Journos don’t write and have never written the titles of their articles. Sub-editors/editorial team do that.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I didn’t know that. There you go Gorgina sorry for pulling you down – on that ppoint

        • Dud Roodt

          I think some people forget that for Fox Sports, the rugby is their product as much as it is RA’s – so it would be kind of dumb to be constantly talking the game down.
          Ever watch Channel Nine news? It’s all fluff stories about the players, the coaches etc. The only time they ever report negatives to do with the NRL it’s when they can’t ignore it (e.g. when Hayne went all Patrick Bateman on that girl, or [insert players name] beat his partner to a pulp).

        • Brisneyland Local

          True. But even Fux ignores the completely obvious issues with the team. Selections. Poor form. they gloss over it and add to the PR. “They trained really well!” Vomit!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Constructive, intelligent journalism, and not functioning as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Waratahs and Cheika would be a good start. Chest thumping idiocy with heads buried in the sand is useless also.

          Journalists like Wayne Smith and Brett McKay are great. Unfortunately, few of them work at the SMH.

        • Braveheart81

          Wayne Smith largely gets to write opinion pieces. SMH is the Sydney paper so of course the content is Waratahs centric. Likewise Dutton writes Brumbies stuff for the Canberra Times, Jim Tucker writer Reds stuff for the Courier Mail etc.

          Brett McKay is great and he’s forging a career doing a bunch of different things with seemingly far more of a choice to write what he wants. I’d imagine his articles would look very different if he was writing for a major paper.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Georgina gets to write opinion pieces too, hence the propaganda.

          I have no issue with SMH journalists writing primarily for a NSW audience. That’s not the point at all. In fact, in a way it is actually irrelevant to what I am saying.

        • Braveheart81

          Do you reckon maybe you just notice it more because you hate the Tahs and Cheika so it stands out to you more but when Chris Dutton writes a piece blowing smoke up the Brumbies’ arses you don’t notice that it is effectively the same thing but you just agree with it?

          I don’t think the rugby writing in Australia is good at the major papers but they are largely writing for a mainstream audience and producing material to talk up the game and largely advertise that there’s a match on the weekend by crafting an article around that fact. The problem with being a small sport here is that there isn’t the depth of coverage with multiple writers covering different things and more detailed analysis and critique of both the game from a technical perspective and the administration. Pretty much all of that comes from the various rugby websites like this written by people who love the game but aren’t getting paid for what they write.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          No.

          Also, I don’t hate the Tahs, or Cheika. I think Cheika is in an incompetent coach and the Waratahs are favoured under him.

          The mere fact you had to bring Cheika into a conversation when your previous comment was about Georgina writing for a Waratahs audience proves my point – it has nothing to do with writing for a NSW audience and all to do with the content of what she writes.

          To name but a few:

          – being involved in the smear campaign against Link;

          – being a part of the NSW establishment praising all things Randwick and NSW when not relevant;

          – steadfastly defending Cheika against all criticism;

          – holding Cheika’s record to a very different standard to previous coaches;

          – virtually always running with Cheika’s narrative whenever something blows up with him;

          – writing near constant articles about how great the Wallabies’ culture is, against all signs;

          – writing articles about how world class ‘Nard’, ‘Beale’ and co are;

          – at best never questioning and more often defending the biased inclusion of Waratahs that the vast majority of fans (and even many Waratahs fans) don’t agree with.

          If she reported the news, I wouldn’t mind. But she doesn’t, she pushes her agenda of protecting her mate Cheika and trying to influence the public into supporting him, his dysfunctional regime and his biased selections.

          She wants to keep in power the NSW faction of the old boys club, and defend her mate Cheika.

          The problem is that just like Wayne Smith, she does write opinion pieces, but they’re not couched as being opinion pieces like Smith’s.

        • Ed

          BH,

          I was a Tahs member for over a decade and I can see her bias towards the Tahs and Cheika. One morning we were watching Offsiders, which had Georgina on. She was defending Cheika and his behaviour after another loss and my wife, a former journo, said “Geez, she is biased.”

          Yes, they are writing for the larger (though shrinking) audience but they could still write previews and reviews that explain events. Case in point – before the first Beldisloes the past two years, Robinson and Decent, failed to mention the Wallabies defence and its potential weakness in any of their reports in the week leading up to those Sydney tests. There was quite a bit about the Foley/Beale combo but nothing about their defensive frailty.

          Another point. Nearly every article Georgina writes about a young player, she points out which private school they attended – Shore, Scots, Churchie etc. This reinforces the view that the game is a private school domain and us state schoolers can piss off. What other football code/sport in Australia regularly makes mention of the school a player went to?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I remember that Offsiders episode. Cingeworthy.

        • Ed

          Found the spot on Dryandra ridge. I take it quite a few park there and walk along the bike path to the stadium?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Yep, takes about 5-10min at all.

        • Ed

          Cheers for the tip.

        • Who?

          That bit naming the school, that frustrates me. She’s not the only culprit, either. Frustrates me no end when you have a game hosted and it’s all about whichever school they played at when they were 17, but nothing about the club they played with when they were 6…

        • Brumby Runner

          I do not read, or listen to either of Growden or Jones, and haven’t done so for more than a dozen years. I am close to never reading anything attributed to Robinson too.

          When I want quality reporting and journalism on matters rugby, I am well served on this site.

    • Happyman

      Clickbait just feeds into our own personal bias. It is the scorch of modern discourse.

  • Keith Butler

    Good luck to all SR teams for 2019. May you deliver us exciting rugby and stay injury free. Go Rebels!

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well good morning GAGR’s! I am back in Brissy ‘working from home’ today. All is right with my world. No EA to bother (except by email and phone and I can ignore those). Sitting on my balcony, coffee and laptop in hand, board shorts (Okanui’s) on, my new Melb Rebel’s shirt on (gee aren’t I a traitor), reading GAGR. All is good with the world. Ramblings of a mad man, go on:
    – Georgina Robinson and her lack of journalistic talent! I will not afford this the due ire it deserves as I don’t want to spoil my lovely Friday.
    – Fardy. Gee I would wish that he came back, but also perfectly understand why he doesn’t. Another piece of collateral damage from the Cheika the Ass Clown era. To many of these good players gone. Cheika the individual I hold responsible.
    – I have always loved Ma’aa Nonu as a player. I really hope he is back in the mix. His form says he is more than still capable. Any man that wears make up in a Test match for the AB’s has my vote. What chutzpah!
    – Free porn? Where do I sign up!
    – Cant wait for the games to begin tonight. I am taping them (recording them, gee I am an old bastard). Wedding anniversary dinner. So me and Mrs BL out to eat and drink way too much!
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • Bernie Chan

      Alas, Georgina Robinson is not alone in masquerading as a journalist…we seem to have a lot of her ilk in the Oz rugby media. All part of being one of those connected to the “inner sanctum”…?
      Fardy is not the only Oz rugby player driven away by the current set-up (and I agree Cheika is almost entirely responsible for the fact Fardy no longer plays for the Wallabies…) but he is THE glaring example of mismanagement. How we missed a true #6 of his abilities in the gold jersey.
      Brumbies v Rebels tonight…love Pocock, but he’s playing against a team that has the Sanchez and QC in the XV (pity Toomua will miss a great number of games…).. For the experts on forward’s play…is the Rebels pack good enough to give Sanchez front foot ball…? Go Rebels!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Really good point.
        I think if the team the Rebs are playing has a really strong forward pack the Rebs will have difficulties. BUt with Sanchez and QC they should be able to find enough gaps to slide through.

        • Bernie Chan

          Rebs backline play shouldn’t be complicated once Genia gives QC front foot ball…all the coach has to do is get the lads to watch the running lines used by Digby, Rocket Rod et al…

        • Brisneyland Local

          And Ant Faia’nga.
          Yep, but if the are on the back for they will just have to adjust there play.
          QC should be smart enough to do that.

        • Bernie Chan

          A game of rugby still needs to be won up front…forwards parity at least for the backs to win it…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Concur.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      I didn’t know it was your anniversary. Congratulations mate that’s awesome.

      Fardy is better off, like so many players, staying away until this mob are done and then looking to see who is comes in afterwards. I tend to agree that the Giteau rule may be relaxed once these tossers bugger off and some of the players who have been pushed out can then come back. While I agree that for NZ this shouldn’t occur I can see it working here if it’s managed well.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Thanks mate.
        I agree. I would to see Fardy back. and Liam fucking Gill! I cant believe we let him go.

    • Keith Butler

      A Rebels shirt. I knew you were a man of taste.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Thanks KB

    • Greg

      Happy anniversary.

      I can share a list of Brissie restaurants that have fox on the wall if that is helpful.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure Gold.
        We are going to Bacchus.

  • Hoss

    Smell that punters – a heady mix of tiger balm, bear cave and Thai massage parlour – Rugby is back.

    The predictions, forecasts, wishes and wants – all ether in the wind – its go time.

    Park the excuses (KRL), dust off the insults for match officials, roll out your conspiracy theories and get tribal, as Franky said, ‘when two tribes go to war one is all that you can score’

    So much to say, so little time – so, here we go shorthand

    – Porn & Rugby ?? Isn’t what Segall has done to us since 2015 all WAY beyond anything porn can offer ? I have a limp and adult diaper to support claim.
    – Baaaa Nonu – let him play, he’s like 85 or something in human years – gives us a sniff. Pick Merhtens at 10 and we are a big sniff
    – Georgina is a barell scraper – must be barred from ‘inner sanctum’
    – Getting ancy about naming of third selector – hurry up Pirate & Co.
    – Tips. Rebels (Ponies dont have a good enough 10/12 for mine). Tah’s by PLENTY – could care less bout the other Middle-Earthers of Dutch Dirt Digger Descendants.

    My challenge to Oz rugby this year is this – ‘Can you imagine what you would do if you could do all you can?’

    Happy Anniversary Briz – there should be a medal or some award for Mrs Briz surely

    Hoss – out.

    • Adrian

      Good tips Hoss, though I picked the opposite, based on bookmaker odds.

      I think both Rebs and Tahs will improve after this week. I suspect both are underdone.

      • Hoss

        Now i am nervous. You are spookily accurate at your tipping, but like the players i am hoping you are underdone first round. I am tipping three unbeaten Aussie sides after round 1, 2 of them sitting top of table in a precursor for greater triumphs.

        • Adrian

          Na, I wouldn’t worry Hoss.
          In reality the first round is often a lottery.
          I’m especially interested in the Rebs 9,10 and the Brums 12.
          Unfortunately, I think the Brums are slightly weak at 9,10 and the Rebs slightly weak at 12. This all puts it back on the packs, and Bruns slightly better. Bookies say a 2.5 margin.

          Bookies say 7.5 loss to Tahs v Canes. I really can’t tell, but I think it could be closer.

          I’m particularly interested in the Tah pack, which I actually like. I am also interested in how the Tah centres go, and how Rona goes on the left wing. He has big shoes to fill

        • Adrian

          Good news.
          Latest odds have Waratahs shortening from 7.5 to 6.5 start, but Rebs blowing out a bit to 5.5 v Brums.
          A horse that is shortening is always a good bet, as you’d know from back at the ranch Hoss

        • Brumby Runner

          Hoss, I’ll go with two unbeaten sides but for the life of me I cannot see a third.

        • Hoss

          Oh ye of little faith

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      No excuses mate. I’m not Cheika and we’re either good enough or not.

      Nonu is still better than any 12 here and if Merhtens turned up in a Zimmer Frame he’d still kick further and pass further than Foley mate.

      The time it’s taking to pick the 3rd selector is interesting isn’t it? Either they did this with no idea about who they might pick or they have a few names and are struggling getting support for them from Cheika and co. Dream on with the Tahs mate. As they say “may all your dreams but one come true”

      • Hoss

        The current status of the third selector says alot by RA saying nothing doesn’t it. Either no one wants the gig, those pencilled in have given it a wide berth, lack of desire to work with Segall – curious.

        I for one would throw a fast breaking curve ball into the equation and put an agitator in. Some one who challenges every decision and offers some left field thinking. Not a trouble maker, just someone who continually asks ‘WHY’, why him, why this game plan, why now, why would it help – why,why,why,why,why. Cant believe i am actually typing this, but someone like the Sydney Parrot – Mr A Jones.

        It cant be a Segall sympathiser

        • Braveheart81

          I reckon it will wait until Scott Johnson gets here in March.

        • Hoss

          You may be right Mr Wallace.

        • Silver Ghost

          Agree. I would think Johnston should have a big say in the 3rd selector.
          I wonder whether Bernie – the high performance guy gets consulted on who the 3rd selector should be???

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I think there may well be a large group of people say “No Way!” to the job

        • Ed

          Novocastrian man – no bloody way to ABJ.

          The below is from the Parrot’s column today:
          “Surely if Cheika wanted a coaching change, it had to be signed off by the chairman.

          In my day, as coach, the board would have laughed at me if I’d told them who the coaching “team” should be. But then, there was no “team”. There was an assistant, a doctor and me.

          We seemed to do all right. We were unpaid. And our jobs were advertised.

          How is it possible to draw any conclusion other than the fact that Clyne and Castle have no clue on leadership or providing a positive thriving environment for the organisation?”

          Maybe Alan has no clue about how much more in-depth coaching is today? I’d like to see Alan and his assistant prepare for the ABs, SDs or the Paddys today.

      • Andrew Luscombe

        According to the plan they need to appoint the 3rd selector selector and then that person can select the 3rd selector, but they are first conducting a survey to find out what is world’s best practice for choosing 3rd selector selectors because they have never done that before. Unfortunately it is proving difficult to find a suitable range of precedents from other sports to form a basis for RA policy on the issue. They are still waiting on replies from NASCAR, Major Arena Soccer League, and the Kontinental Hockey League in case they may have something, but then they’ll need to take several months to debate the relevance of those sports to Rugby in Australia if any. I’ve heard they have begun a spreadsheet in preparation.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          gold

      • Greg

        @KRL Just so long as you train well, it will all come good.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha of course

    • Brisneyland Local

      Mrs BL already has a few medals and none them come from sympathy awards for being married to me.
      Although she deserves a Victoria Cross for that. Especially for giving birth to two rugrats that were BL sized. 9lbs 13 and 9lbs 10. and the 9lbs 13 one was three and a half weeks early!

      • Hoss

        Holy smoking – that size child should have it’s own post code or electoral boundaries.

        Tell me you have them in rugby junior programmes Briz – please.

        • Brisneyland Local

          They are both girls. Now they are skinny as rakes, like I was at there age. My 12 yo is already 5’7′ and growing like gang busters. She plays basket ball but used to play rookies to reds. The younger one is is a clear head shorter but weighs 7 kg more than the older one. She plays hockey (rugby with sticks). I wont let he play rugby. she will break someone badly. I do BJJ and wrestling, and other martial arts with her. she hurts me badly and is only 9. She does not play well with others! ;-) As she doesnt know her own strength or how good her technique already is. When she is older and more mature I will take her back to ruggers.

        • Who?

          From my experience running junior Rugby, there’s only two types of girls who play. The terrified, and the terrorfying. Sounds like your younger daughter fits the latter category… Best tackle I ever saw was from a girl. She was in a rubbish team, but was head and shoulders above anyone else on it (playing up an age group, too!). This tackle, a poor kid made a break, thought he was home… Had no idea she was hunting him down. Drove her shoulder into his kidneys from directly behind, his head snapped back, and she drove all the way into the ground. I felt really sorry for the poor boy who wore that tackle…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Who, yep that would be my little one. She is brutal. I train her at home now with Martial arts. None of the other kids would spa with her. She isnt vindictive, infact has a very gentle nature. But physically because she trains and wrestles with dad, she trains very physically hard. God and she hates to lose. If she is losing to me, rather than lose she will go the squirrel grip! Terrifying!

        • Greg

          Squirrel grip from a 9 year old. Now that is terrifying. you can probably be comfortable when she starts to date.

        • Brisneyland Local

          No man or woman (presuming nothing) will make her ever do anything she doesnt want.

        • Happyman

          Mate just be careful I was recently injured by my son and he has not let me forget it.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I still weigh 90kg more than her, so she knows she is in trouble. But she just hates losing. If we are grappling, she will allow herself to be choked out rather than tap out. Man she is stubborn.

    • Keith Butler

      The chores are done – today it was weeding and killing blackberries in the back paddock – Mrs B likes he pound of flesh. Getting ready for home made snapper and chips washed down with A bottle or two of James Squires The Chancer as an aperitif followed by a glass or two of Tassie Sav Blanc. And then on to 4 hrs of rugby action. Rinse and repeat on Saturday. Neutral for the Chiefs/Landers game but would like to see the Rebs put one over on the Ponies. Will be tough though. Go easy on the Canes tomorrow as they’re my Middle Earth team. Looking forward to entertaining and hopefully injury free SR for 2019.

      • Hoss

        Cant wait mate – was going to sneak out early to get supplies.

        Favourite arm chair, sour mash and nibblies and i am in the zone.

  • Hoss

    I hear you and I am absolutely no fan of this gent at all. But when it comes to improving the Wallabies and by default, RA, then all options are on the table.

    After all the enemy of my enemy………..

    • Braveheart81

      Is the person who says everything is crap but offers absolutely nothing constructive going to help though? I don’t think he adds any value.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    I’d take you over any of them mate, but do you really want to be associated with that group – I mean REALLY!

  • Funk

    With the time to kick-off counting down rapidly and anticipation ramping up exponentially, I have an important yet slightly off-topic questions for the edumacated bunch here on GAGR…Does any one here stream their sport through Kayo?
    I am currently Fuxtel subscriber/sucker and am sick and tired of paying a mozza for my rugby fix…paying for a whole lot of additional crap that I never even watch and yeah I know Kayo is owned by fuxtel, I’m just sick of paying for shit like “Keeping up with the Kash-dash-iens”.
    I have been waiting for SuperRugby to start up again to start my 14 day free trial with Kayo to test it out, but it thought I’d ask and see what people thought, especially around watching replays later?

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Never seen it but I’m interested in what people come back with

      • Funk

        Yeah I’ve just started looking into it and interested to see what other’s thoughts are. It seems that they are yet to develop a smart tv app, so currently to watch it on my tv I would need to get a chromecast ultra, screen mirror from an ipad or HDMI the laptop to the TV…there may be other ways but my IT expertise comes down to: “turn it off and on again”

    • Hoss

      I had an English teacher we used to call Funk – just remembered that.

      I just googled Kayo, hadn’t heard of it. My experience is FUX are passion fingers – they fuck everything they touch. Ive had to call the fuckers three times this week due to issues – each time i get ‘i see you are a platinum member’ – so fucking what, does that mean non-platinum members systems shit themselves 5 days a week and mine only 3 ?? I updated to IQ3 a few months back and within 2 weeks of getting it they started advertising IQ4 – i thought you lousy Karmichael Hunts – i would have opted for the 4 if i had known.

      Yep – platinum member and been with em since ’99 – remember ‘no ads ever’ sales pitch – FFS.

      If it wasn’t for rugby and the occasional incest and dragon show id take my bat and ball and exit stage left.

      And dont get me started on cricket ‘like you’ve never seen before’ – yawn.

      What was the question again ?

    • Bernie Chan

      Yes. My lad (fully sponsored by his parents…of course!) signed up to Kayo for the football (EPL) and it has been fine for that. We stream Kayo via our mobiles and chromecast to the TV as the download speeds tend to be better than the bloody awful internet (well done Murdoch for helping knobble the NBN…).

      • Funk

        ok that was going to be another question…do you use the Chromecast ultra?
        how is it for watching replays (because i struggle to say up to watch the late night games in SA these days)?

        • Bernie Chan

          No…we use the normal Chromecast. Watching EPL highlights n replays seem ok…

    • Brisneyland Local

      I looked at it, and it was $25-30 a month. Which is the cost of a basic Fux package.
      I have neither, and walk next door to my Fijian neighbour who has fux to watch the games which beers and wine in tow. either way it is a ripoff.

      • Funk

        unfortunately none of my neighbours watch the rugby, so I’m kind of stuck having to pay for it…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Bugger.!

    • Happyman

      There is thread on this in the forums I have basic fox and Netflix with the APP and pay for it with vouchers from Parents and inlaws gifts on birthdays and Christmas.

      Win Win no shitty ties or cologne and I get my Rugby and Netflix for essentially no cost.

    • laurence king

      I have a digital subscription that costs me about 50 dollars a year, I watch it on the computer the next day in the studio when I should be painting. I do this because I’m only allowed to watch the tests on the tele, and there are no discussions entered into.

  • Keith Butler

    Kearns or Marto would get my vote if it meant they had to give up commentating!

    • Brisneyland Local

      Pure Gold.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    what’s the chance that after fucking everything else up RA suddenly change and get this right? Not a lot I’d suggest

  • Silver Ghost

    Afternoon Adrian – you’d get my vote, though I think after a couple of selections some north of the tweed may be after your blood!
    You do have a preference for the colour blue (of all shades, but lighter the better).

    • Adrian

      Ha ha Ghost
      I reckon plenty Qld forwards + Kerevi + Peteae + Naivalu + Duagunu all a chance
      Quade a chance too in my book

      • Silver Ghost

        You’re softening mate. Start down this slippery slope of considering the colour red and the wallabies will be playing ten man rugby!!!
        Seriously, the names you suggest should be in the frame

        • Bernie Chan

          But Quade no longer in red…..:)

        • Adrian

          Yes, they all should Silver.

          Australia has the cattle to play 3 types of backline play.
          1. A rugged big body crash through style with counterattack ability
          2. A style that makes breaks through sleight of hand and good passes
          3. Something inbetween
          The Reds (should be Maroons..where did Reds come from?) have guys for a (1.) rugged backline if you add halves so that they actually get the ball. Could be used by Wallabies v any other rugged team such as South Africa, or the basis of a bench.
          Try this: Genia, Duncan P, Naivalu, Kerevi, Peteia, Duagunu, Hegarty.

          Whilst I’m at it Tuopo as prop, Lukhan and Rodda as locks and Timing at 8.

          I could live with about 8 or 9 Queenslander guys in the Wallabies so long as the tactics matched the players.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Nobody is a yes man.
    Look what has happened whilst he has sat on the board! He oversaw the axing of the Force. He has overseen this whole Cheika mess. Although it pains me to say. Eales can not be trusted.

    • Adrian

      You are probably right BL

      I thought of him because I believe Cheika is subject to cultural cringe and hero worship in certain circumstances. If he is hearing a bad story from Eales he mightn’t know it.

      The other reasons for Eales is that he is from Qld, and a tight 5 forward

      • Brisneyland Local

        I have no doubt in Eales understanding of the game. But as part of the RA Board or former apparatchik, he will tow the party line. His state allegiance isnt an issue. The fact that he has persisted with Cheika means he is part of the problem and not the solution.

  • Happyman

    I would go for someone who was tough and mean as a player or coach.
    Alec Evens Old School
    Owen Finigan
    Justin Harrison
    Elton Flatley
    Andrew Slack
    Dan Crowley
    I would suggest if you have ever hosted a segment on Fox you are barred from the process.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Friends of ours bought their house of Elton FLately. He has had a lot of head knocks.

      • Happyman

        I know he retired due to head knocks in about 2005 and that was before anyone knew much about the effects of repeated head knocks. Meet him at a school training session a few years back not his school by the way and he seemed like a nice bloke.

        My favourite quote about him was from an english player when he knocked over a pen to tie the 2003 RWC final game late.
        “You must have nuts the size of cannonballs”

        He was a clutch player.

        • Brisneyland Local

          He was a great player. His career was ended way too early. I have met him once or twice and he seemed lovely. But the effects of his suffering were evident.

        • Bernie Chan

          Yeh…Flats sure had steel. There were several guys in that era with more verve, but the team could always count on Flats…

    • Adrian

      All ok by me Happy

    • Brumby Runner

      I could wear Harrison but not keen on Slack (looks to be a company man to me).
      The other candidate I’d like to see in the mix is Jeremy Paul. Has a very good rugby brain and not afraid to tell it like it is no matter who his target is.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Problem is I dont think Johnson has any say on who the third is. So if it is a yes person, then Johnson’s positions is neutered from the the start. And RA are definitely capable of that.

    • Adrian

      Agree they might think about doing that, but I don’t think they are actually capable of doing it BL.

      They’d fuck it up, and Johnson will get who he wants I think

      • Brisneyland Local

        I am sure what ever choice they make will lead to the situation being worse. RA have a tin ear!

  • Brumby Runner

    Question for GAGR management/IT.

    Can we run a poll (or pole) on the usual suspects for the third selector position.

    Names like :

    Eales, Gregan, Kafer, Kearns, Googy Harrison, Jeremy Paul, others?

  • Andy

    Campo, beef jerk or a some one left field like Manenti from the women’s 7’s. Outsiders with a rugby brain

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