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Friday’s Rugby News

Friday’s Rugby News looks at a Reds appointment, The Wallabies and Wallaroos, and changes for Wales.


Rod Seib appointed St.George Queensland Reds Academy head coach

Credit QRU

Queensland Country and Brothers Premier grade coach has joined the Reds academy as head coach. He joins Imho one of the legends of Queensland rugby, Paul Carrozza who will continue in his role in talent identification and management.

This from the QRU’s media release

Seib, who has nine years of Queensland Premier Rugby coaching experience, is currently preparing Brothers for Sunday’s Hospital Challenge Cup grand final against University of Queensland at Ballymore.

QRU CEO David Hanham said: “Rod’s appointment further strengthens the QRU’s strategy to ensure we have the expertise to identify and develop emerging talent through Queensland’s pathway programs.

“With close to a decade of elite coaching experience within Queensland Premier Rugby, the NRC, plus Queensland Schoolboys, Rod has an in-depth knowledge of our pathway programs, which is backed by the proven success he’s had at various levels of the game.

“The combination of Rod and Paul in our Academy will ensure the future of Queensland Rugby’s elite talent is in good hands,” said Hanham.

Reds Academy head coach Rod Seib said: “It’s a privilege and honour to be handed this opportunity. I’m looking forward to offering my experience and knowledge of something I’m really passionate about.

“The prospect of working closely with Paul (Carozza) to help develop the future of Queensland Rugby, plus also the Reds coaching staff also excites me.

“Having coached both Brisbane City and Queensland Country, Queensland Schoolboys, plus being around Club Rugby as both a player and a coach, I know Queensland is a breeding ground for talent.

“The Reds Academy is a key part of the Queensland pathway in identifying and developing emerging Rugby talent here in this great state,” said Seib.

Seib played 118 games for Sunnybank between 1995-2001 and has three caps for the Queensland Reds. He also represented Queensland at U19 and U21 level, plus the Australian Sevens Rugby team in four IRB tournaments and was vice captain for the Australian Barbarians against Queensland Country in 2001. Seib also played Rugby internationally in Scotland’s Premier Division 1 where he was awarded the competition’s Player of the Year in 2004.

For a second consecutive year, Seib will coach Queensland Country in the upcoming National Rugby Championship (NRC) after he guided Country to their second-straight NRC grand final last year.

He was also the assistant coach of Brisbane City in 2014 and 2015 when they won back-to-back NRC titles, before taking on the head coaching role at City the following year.

Wallabies Named For Bledisloe Decider.

Rory Arnold gets into full stride

Every ex Australian tight forwards worst nightmare has happened. One of the giraffes, in his best form, before the most important game of the year… No, the decade has succumbed to injury.

Look I don’t know how bad Rory Arnold’s arm injury is but I do know Australia is a weaker side without him, and that is absolutely not disrespecting Adam Coleman in any way. Arnold has tapped into a deep vein of form that only comes along once if you’re lucky and as good as Coleman is he’s not in the same place right now.

The man lots of Wallaby fans love to bag, Rob Simmons joins the bench as cover.

The good news is besides that one forced injury the side is the same as the one who trotted out and racked up more points against the All Blacks than anyone EVA.

They’ve managed to throw a few surprises on the bench though. Reds openside flanker, Liam Wright gets the Backrowers reserve spot ahead of Luke Jones. I’m a big fan of Wrights but I’m not sure this is the right move. Liam is a big seven and plays more of a hybrid six/seven game but to throw the young guy into the rear end of a Bledisloe decider is a gutsy move from the selectors.

The other bench change sees AAC take the outside back spot. An old head might be what the selectors are looking for and Ashley-Cooper certainly brings that!

All in all, I’m one fan pretty happy with what they came up with.

1. Allan Alaalatoa
2. Tolu Latu
3. Scott Sio
4. Izack Rodda
5. Adam Coleman
6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Isi Naisarani
9. Nic White
10. Christian Lealiifano
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Samu Kerevi
13. James O’Connor
14. Luke Hodge
15. Kurtley Beale

Bench
16. Folau Fainga’a
17. James Slipper
18. Taniela Tupou
19. Rob Simmons
20. Liam Wright
21. Will Genia
22. Matt To’omua
23. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Black Ferns v Wallaroos.

The Wallaroos crashed back to earth last weekend going down 47-10 to the Black Ferns in Perth. The team are hoping fullback Mhicca Carter and flanker Shannon Mato for the Eden Park return match will add some much-needed spark to the mix.

Australia has no chance of winning the Laurie O’Reilly Memorial Trophy but Nestor wants more fight, believing his side were “bullied” by the world champions.

“We were disappointed with the performance we put out last week as we know that wasn’t our best rugby,” Nestor said.

New Zealand coach Glenn Moore has made no starting changes and his team expect to face a sterner challenge from the Australians when they bid to extend their perfect trans-Tasman record to 19 wins.

“We’re expecting Australia to bring more physicality to the game and to be more clinical,” he said.

Like last week, the match will be played before the men’s Bledisloe Cup Test.

BLACK FERNS: Selica Winiata, Renee Wickliffe, Carla Hohepa, Chelsea Alley, Ayesha Leti-l’iga, Ruahei Demant, Kendra Cocksedge, Charmaine McMenamin, Les Elder (capt), Pia Tapsell, Charmaine Smith, Eloise Blackwell, Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, Toka Natua. Res: Luka Connor, Leilani Perese, Olivia Ward-Duin, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Kennedy Simon/ Joanah Ngan-Woo, Arihiana Marina-Tauhinu, Krysten Cottrell, Grace Brooker.

WALLAROOS: Mhicca Carter, Mahalia Murphy, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilia, Lori Cramer, Trilleen Pomara, Georgia Cormick, Grace Hamilton (capt), Shannon Mato, Millie Boyle, Alisha Hewett, Michaela Leonard, Evelyn Horomia, Averyl Mitchell, Liz Patu. Res: Ash Marsters, Emily Robinson, Christina Sekona, Michelle Milward, Emily Chancellor, Iliseva Batibasaga, Arabella McKenzie, Samantha Treherne.

Wales Change Three

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Wales blew their chance to be world No1 after the Wallabies opened the door for them in Perth last Saturday by losing to England hours later. To add insult to injury they lost their number one flyhalf for the foreseeable future.

They go up against the Orcs again this weekend at Millenium Stadium in Cardiff and they’ve made three changes to fix things up.

Jake Ball comes into the second-row alongside captain Alun Wyn Jones with James Davies coming into the back-row alongside Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty.

James will also line-up alongside elder brother Jonathan Davies for the first time in a Wales jersey. (The last pair of brothers to play alongside each other for Wales was Jamie and Nicky Robinson in 2006).

Dan Biggar comes into the starting line-up at fly-half and will partner Gareth Davies at half-back. The rest of the backline remains unchanged with Hadleigh Parkes partnering Jonathan Davies in midfield and Josh Adams, George North and Liam Williams comprising the back three.

“This weekend is another opportunity for us to take the field, test ourselves and continue our preparation for Japan,” said Gatland.

“It is a little over five weeks until we kick-off our campaign in Toyota against Georgia and it is important we are fully prepared and rugby-ready by then.

“We were disappointed to get the loss last weekend so it is important we step it up on Saturday and put in a big display in front of a packed Principality Stadium.

“The squad are looking forward to getting back out there, taking another step towards the RWC and putting in a big performance.”

Wales: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Owen Watkin

  • Hoss

    Thanks Sully.

    Welcome to a historic Friday. The day before we reclaim the Bledisloe. Not only is it 42 years today since the King slipped away in Memphis, it’s the day before another King gets toppled in Eden.

    I reckon Saturday we will see just how smart Cheik is as a coach and how tightly wound the Nearlies are. If we massage our game plan a little I reckon we win. They will be so focused on big SK that we surely must use him as bait / decoy fairly often and create space for others accordingly and just as the baits been taken a few times give it to him for real. On top of that I reckon the Nearlies are wound tighter than a spring and could easily lose composure. Yellow cards, panic, new combos, players out of possie, I tells ya I like our chances.

    Fitting on this day we go out with Mr Elvis Aaron Presley the King if R&R said ‘I just can’t help believing’

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Good luck mate. I hope you lose

      • Hoss

        I would expect nothing less. May the best gold side win.

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          I think you’re on to something there, Mr Cartwright. The best gold side turned up last week. Hope it does again tomorrow.

    • Keith Butler

      Is Cheika smart or have the other two coaxed him to pull his head in. Picked a team to do the job but a pity that Arnold isn’t there. Mind you the ABs front five could struggle. Last time I looked the forecast for Auckland was wet so I reckon we’ll see a bit more kick chase from both sides. The ABs back three have pace to burn so expect to see the Wobblies under a bit of pressure there. The game will be won up front imo and I hope the G&G come out on top to send them to Nippon on a high. Jeez, I almost sound Australian. Luckily I have the Rose tattoo on my arm and am also hoping for a SD win against the Leek Eaters. Both game too close to call and please, no injuries for all sides.

      • Yowie

        “Is Cheika smart or have the other two coaxed him to pull his head in.”

        I think you’re on to something there.

        • Hoss

          The tragedy is i think he’s always been a decent coach, but as a sole selector – farrrkkkkk.

          No good crying over spilt milk, but just imagine 2016 to now with a selection panel in………….

        • Yowie

          I think he’s a good coach in the sense of firing up a team to run hard etc. I have a few issues with his strategic nous and ability to plan for a particular opposition. Perhaps some of that vibe is the contrast with Ewan McKenzie.

      • Hoss

        Rose Tattoo ?? Your new nickname is Angry Anderson

      • John Tynan

        Great band, Rose Tattoo. oh, Hoss beat me to it.

        • onlinesideline

          had couple of guitar lessons with lead guiitartist Greg Jordans when I was a youngin. Rocked up to his house in Paddo, got starstruck, couldnt play a not, watched him play for an hour, paid him $20 and f..ked off. Kid you not.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I want the SD to win just to shut the people up who seem to be obsessed with the World rankings lol

        • Keith Butler

          World rankings pretty meaningless as far as i’m concerned. It’s what happens on the day that counts, the rub of the green and if the ref got out of the wrong side of the bed.

        • Ads

          I reckon they are useful for seeding in WC, but that’s about. Aus has benefited in some WC’s from the current seeding not being applied from memory. Would be good for that, but that’s about all!

        • Keith Butler

          Trouble is they used to make the draw a couple of years before the event when the seedlings bore no resemblance to the current performance. Case in point, Wales, England and Aus in 2015 when Wales were seeded a lot lower when the draw was made.

        • Geoffro

          Besides all that there is no way Wales are near the top side in world rugby no matter what any ranking says.

        • Max Graham

          That’s so supporters can plan their trip – tickets, accommodation, etc.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I agree. It just shits me the way it’s being spouted. maybe I just need to calm down and ignore it

        • Brumby Runner

          Easy for you to say that about the rankings KRL, but your team hasn’t had the ignominy (yet) of deservedly sliding down to no 6.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          True

        • Dud Roodt

          I have some bad news for you… if the Poms beat Wales by 15+ and the ABS lose, they go to #1

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          We better not lose then

        • Keith Butler

          Meaningless. No way, we, the SDs that is are close to No 1.in the top 6 yes.

      • Cymru am byth, Sais ffwrch. But yes, no injuries please.

        • Hoss

          I think that’s in the other room EP.

        • I’m letting my Old North Welshwoman out for a minute…

        • Keith Butler

          Had to try and get a translation. Something to do with England and dentistry. Nice one.

        • That’s not quite what my Welsh dictionary says… but Google Translate is, um, euphemistic at best.

        • Keith Butler

          Could be ruck the English.

        • More like calling you the English puddy-tats. Something like that anyway.

        • AllyOz

          When i did it they said “Furry English”

    • onlinesideline

      I think JOC is going to target SBW personally. When I say target I mean slip right past him. Sonny Bill is a big unit and I reckon JOC is going to smoke him on inside channel and will be offloading to Marvellous Marika on the fly more than once. Cant wait !

      • Hoss

        Now THAT’s more like it !!

        You’re my favourite Hungarian-based Australian OLSL !!!!!!!!

        • onlinesideline

          chuckled

        • Greg

          I do wonder how you know so much about the local film industry tho….

        • onlinesideline

          thats the world of serious retardation that is.
          Hungarians at their worst.
          The country has some serious dumbness in parts.
          But each to their own.

        • Patrick

          I was in Budapest last week, as well as lake Balaton (yes real tourism!) but I loved it. Even dared bring some wine home and survived an elephant sized portion of Somloi Galushka(?).

        • onlinesideline

          great little city isnt it.
          never been to Balaton. I think the northern part is less touristy
          iIt is 70km lomg aparantely
          chilled country isnt it – ive loved it here too

        • Patrick

          Balaton certainly has some touristy bits! But much more eastern European than western.

          I loved Budapest. I found the “Hungary as traditional (successful) defenders of Christian Europe” theme pretty omnipresent, interestingly, even with non-Orban types.

          We were/ are even tempted to buy a property there!

        • onlinesideline

          Yeah the nationalism is big with this lot. They are not exactly innocent though. They have invaded / raided every one of their neighbours. They were known for their cruelty. The also send 500 000 people to the death camps which included 150 000 little kids. These people do have a serious dark underbelly and most visable among people outside Budapest. There is some serious retardation in the countryside. People get fooled by their gentle disposition but hustling is in their DNA. If you do buy here be very very careful. They can be very charming when a sale is on, especially to the Poms / Yanks / Germans. They actually morph into different people. Ive seen it with own eyes. Just know like OZ there has been a 7 year boom here. But you can get a beautiful big place for not too much. If you rate it compared to OZ prices you will always be happy. And thats what foreigners do. But if you rate it to what they sold for 7 years ago you wont be happy. Same as everywhere. So.. trick is just do your homework,

        • AllyOz

          I only spent a couple of days in Budapest but found it to be a beautiful city and loved the food etc. Unfortunately, after I returned to Australia I got a call from my card provider asking me if I had authorised the purchase of $2000 of leather goods from a Canadian online business. In this particular case I hadn’t authorised the payment (I have many fetishes but leather doesn’t happen to be one) and it was traced back to a restaurant in Budapest.

        • Patrick

          Happily that has never happened to me, I have to authorize every single online purchase I make with an app on my phone so I don’t expect it to either. And even if I didn’t eat in very touristy restaurants, TripAdvisor has almost eliminated that kind of practice now.

          But I’m not pretending that the Hungarians are all angels!!

      • AllyOz

        We’ve seen the grubber….this week the 140kg chip and chase

        • onlinesideline

          hes friggin awesome isnt he

        • Alister Smith

          I have no doubt he CAN do it I am not sure if he SHOULD do it but his grubber was actually appropriate in context

        • Greg

          Show and go and…. crash….

        • Keith Butler

          Surely burger and chip.

    • idiot savant

      Keep rubbing that pot roast all over your chest. It seems to be working

      • Hoss

        IS – we can’t go on together with suspicious minds.

        • Yowie

          “treat me nice”

      • Alister Smith

        That is more Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy” than anything from Elvis

    • Happyman

      I like your optimism Hoss but until I see the dawn too often the light in the distance has been the on coming train.

      For the second game in a row I think our bench is actually better than theirs. Apart from two dads obviously.

      • Hoss

        Afternoon Chuckles. I get it, i really do. But for too long we have been like Pavlov’s dogs on here. We see a Nearly All Black jumper and through training and negative experience we cower and wimper in the corner expecting a hiding.

        Verily i say to all on here regarding the Nearlies – fuck em. Fuck history, fuck records, hoodoos, streaks and all the other BS deigned to keep us supplicant.Fuck em now, fuck em long, hard and and fuck em often.

        Its our time.

        • Frosty morning

          I’m with you Hoss… as Marlon Brando did in Last Tango In Paris, let’s grab that butter and give them a damn good rogering.

        • Hoss

          All it takes is a single spark Frosty and i reckon JOC is the spark that ignites the flame.

        • Frosty morning

          A CLL cut-out pass to JOC with Kerevi running a decoy…. I’m going to have to take a cold shower…

        • Hoss

          Yeah – a double bluff with big SK as a decoy for most part or popping little inside pills to JOC, Koribete and co.

          Goog said the other day that sport has no respect for history, so what a night to make a stand

          – Shags 100th as coach
          – The last Bledisloe for some greats of each side
          – The Eden park factor
          – 17 years without the cup.

          The planets are aligning for a huge boil-over.

        • Happyman

          Mate I am all on board with Fuck them and the horse they rode in on.

          fuck the sprinkler dance and got to respect it cuz and be humble cuz.

          Fuck them when they win by some dodgy call going mate that the way it goes bro rupect the ref bro. When there gets sent off the sky is falling in.

          I hope we put 50 on the fuckers.

          But it could still be a train.

        • Hoss

          Be a train all right – bound for Glory Road Station.

          All aboard !

        • Yowie
        • Brumby Runner

          If they win this weekend Hoss, I’ll start to believe it is possible.

          BTW, George Bridge has come into the ABs side. Suggest a nickname of “One Lane”. All bridges in NZ are one lane.

        • Hoss

          ‘if’ is for fence sitters BR, ‘when; my good sir, ‘when’

    • Who?

      It’s also 50 years since Woodstock. Before last weekend, if I’d read those lines about an Eden Park test, I’d have thought you were on the brown acid…
      Or the tainted red rope liquorice. :-P

      • Hoss

        Dropping by my favourite Irishman’s place on the way home to purchase a wee dram for tomorrows historic festivities.

        History beckons, i’ll splash out on something a bit special

        • Yowie

          If you’re into scotch, it would be nice to sip something that has been aged about as long as an Eden Park record.

          (Although, usually it’s diminishing flavour returns and scandalous pricing after 10-12 years in the barrel…)

        • Hoss

          Ease up mate, I don’t have that much coin. I am not Briz……

        • Patrick

          If we win my local has an Armagnac from the year (1986) in question, I’ll be paying joyfully.

        • Yowie

          Make sure you also toast the French for their fine refereeing of shoulder-charges.

        • Patrick

          Won’t be hard to do since I live here :)

        • AllyOz

          you’ll give up a fair bit to the “angels share” of evaporation over a 33 year period in the barrel

        • Keith Butler

          Jeez Hoss you must be drinking it by the pint. What happened to the 3 full bottles I saw the other day or are you using it as embrocation.

        • Hoss

          You can NEVER have to much bourbon Angry.

    • Thylacine

      Paraphrasing The King (Hoss)

      Ode to the Bledisloe
      It’s now or never
      Let’s play it tight
      You’re fucked my Darkness
      You’re Ours tonight
      Tomorrow will be too late
      It’s now or never
      Old Bill can wait

      (With Apologies to the Pelvis; with thanks to Mr Angry Slug for technical advice)

      • Hoss

        All i know is come 8pm real time tomorrow night The Nearlies will be down the end of lonely street……..

    • Feels good. Hasn’t for a while.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Sully, a couple of good games this weekend.
    I hope the girls come back and set the tone for the week with a good start. I think they’ll still struggle but need to go from the start as last week they seemed to wait for things to happen too much.
    Bledisloe Cup will be so good. I’m not a fan of the Mo’unga/Barrett and Savea/Cane combos and I’m not sure that what the bring outweighs the deficiencies in players out of position. I understand it’s all about the RWC and all that but I think especially in the Loose trio you need more specialists and I see it as weakness.

    The only thing I will say is that if the Wallabies take the Bledisloe back then by hell they’ll have deserved it.

    Boy there’s some fascination from the NH about this whole No 1 ranking. Personally, and easy to say I guess when the ABs have been 1 for so long, I couldn’t give a shit what the AB’s were as long as they win the RWC. I’m pretty sure if we lose the Bledisloe and win the RWC then I’ll still be sort of happy and if it means I have to put up with Wales or England being No 1 leading into the tournament I won’t really care.

    • We’ve been doing it for yearsband look what it’s done for us! But sure as the sky is blue once pocock is fit they’ll try it on again.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Once or if?

    • Keith Butler

      I know it’s be said loads of time already but I don’t get or agree with this playing players out of position that seems to be in vogue across a load of the top nations. By all means, apart from the front row and SH fill the pine with utility players but not the starting XV. The ABs may well struggle with their back row combination and Read is definitely not the world class player he was 2 seasons ago.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        100% agree and I’m thinking the point mentioned earlier about players already looking at post AB contracts may be right. I’m hoping last week was a wake up rather than anything else but I guess we’ll see

        • AllyOz

          I think if Barrett is the best 10 that’s where he should be. You have one of the best fullbacks in the world not even in the 23 because he didn’t play well enough as a winger. The best 10 in the world out of position so you can accommodate another who could just as easily sit on the bench. I don’t understand why Steve Hansen is adopting the Australia trait of picking players out of position. I have a wig and a clown nose at home that I can take him over to Auckland. having said all that, if NZ play with 15 men all match I think it is going to be extremely tough. I am hopeful of a strong performance from Australia but i am yet to be convinced we will win – but even if we are in the match in the last 5-10 it will be confidence boosting and demonstrate we are on the right track.

    • GeorgiaSatellite

      Hi KRL. At least if you lose the Bledisloe you know your second team has the trophy. Can’t be so sure with RWC.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        A small but important point

      • AllyOz

        somehow I don’t think he’ll be consoled by that fact

  • sambo6

    Boys, I don’t like it. We are too confident. We say we aren’t. But we are…….this could go bad…..

    • Ads

      Spot on. One (fantastic win), ignoring the history etc. We are going to get smashed IMO. We don’t have good back-up on the bench for 10, we don’t have a proper 6 either starting or on the bench, and our wingers (and bench cover) are either too slow and/or don’t make instinctive def reads.

      • onlinesideline

        Arnold was a huge loss. He is really taking shape as the bedrock of the tight 5. Cool head and heeps of presence. Eales like even, Real shame. I would have stuck with Jones. I cant fiigure out the logic in trilliaing Wright in this match over Jones who was just getting into swing of it. At least let the guy finish 4 nations penultimate match while he is in the groove.
        And while Banks hasnt played the house down, maybe persisting with him. I think AAC is amazing and wouldnt suprise me if slips a tackle or two to win the match. I dunno – tough one.

        • Keith Butler

          i just have a feeling that the Aussie management are not being entirely straight about the nature of Pocock’s injury hence Wright on the bench. LJ has had hardly any meaningful game time and unless he gets a run on against Samoa I cannot see him on the plane to Japan. LSL is Cheika’s choice even though his games at 6 have been nothing to write home about but let’s see how he goes tomorrow.

        • onlinesideline

          yeah think your right. Cheika is not that hard to predict.

        • Geoffro

          Cheika has come out and said Pocock is definite for the Samoa game.

        • Yowie

          …the Aussie management are not being entirely straight…
          …Cheika has come out…
          Hell awaits!

        • Geoffro

          new set move,the ‘double entendre’

        • Yowie

          Brilliant. Someone yells “stick it up your jumper!” then Mr Humphries from Are You Being Served puts his eyebrows up.
          It can’t fail against this ABs lineup.

        • Geoffro

          Is Mr Humphries code for Nigel

        • Alister Smith

          Mrs Slocombe’s pussy is giving you the evil eye Yowie

        • Who?

          We already knew that. They’ve been damned since the Force was cut…
          Liars, just in case it wasn’t clear.

        • Keith Butler

          Good. Let’s hope it happens. Rest Hooper with Pocock where he should be at 7?

        • Frosty morning

          I can’t help but think the Samoa game is just injuries waiting to happen…

        • Yowie

          Normally I whinge about the Wallabies selectors picking mainly Waratahs, but for Samoa games I’ll make an exception.

        • Geoffro

          Don’t think Latu would last long before heading for the sideline

        • Greg

          yes!!! Why on earth would you bring him back to tackle furniture removal vans on legs!

        • Ads

          I think the logic for Wright will be Latu is the on-baller, so when the hookers are swapped he maybe goes on for LSL who either moves to the row or comes off.

    • Hoss

      That’s the scars of yesteryear talking mate. The longer the darkness have held the cup and fortress Eden Park blah blah blah blah blah – the closer they are to losing it all.

      Tomorrow salvation is at hand.

      • Anonymous bloke

        I do enjoy your optimism Hoss.

        • Hoss

          “Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”

        • Yowie

          The Aussies have little to lose by playing their hearts-out with attacking rugby. Conversely, imagine the extra pressure on the AB players to “not be the team who let the Eden Park record come to an end”.

        • Hoss

          Wasn’t it a Wayne Bennettism – ‘don’t die with the music in you’

          You are spot on – we have zero to lose.

        • Yowie

          Must be. I just recall the famous Wayne Bennett press conferences where he would break out into enthusiastic singing, such is his love of answering media questions.

        • Alister Smith

          Must have been singing on the inside

        • Alister Smith

          Whilst i am a confirmed pessismist, if we get ahead by ten or so at any stage it will be interesting to see the ABs reaction. The added pressure thag last weeks loss brought for them may have an effect on their mental composure

        • Yowie

          George Gregan could appear at that exact moment with some choice sledging.

        • Alister Smith

          1 more year doesn’t have the same ring to it

        • Yowie

          I was thinking more along the lines of any of the various long Eden Park streaks that will be re-set at zero with a Wallabies win.
          Or Gregan could free-form something pretty cutting without my help. He has form.

        • AllyOz

          “I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.”
          ― P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves and the Unbidden Guest

        • Hoss

          That ‘fellow’ will be wearing a Nearly All Black Jumper…………

      • Keith Butler

        Or salivation even.

      • laurence king

        I’m not going to allow a good week to be spoilt by fear. A little bit is OK, it adds to the occasion but I believe we can do it. And I think this could well be one of the great games.

        • Hoss

          “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”

          We know how good the Nearlies are, imagine how good we could be…………

        • Greg

          Some excellent quotes this morning @hoss !

          I would suggest that knowledge is limitless as as well. We just haven’t discovered it all yet!

          Either way…. we just need to play our best on Saturday and then who knows what limits we can exceed.

    • Anonymous bloke

      I’m going in expecting the worst (with a sliver more optimism than I had last week) and if we defy history then I will be over the moon. If not, well, it was anticipated.

      • Hoss

        “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

        • Andrew Luscombe

          Super athlete doing 140 kg sit-ups in bed, and now genius philosophy.

        • onlinesideline

          easy – 135kg thank you

        • Hoss

          I may have enjoyed winter hibernation a fraction too much.

        • Hoss

          I do what i can for the common folk.

        • theduke

          I’m with you Hoss:
          Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

        • Brisneyland Local

          You dont have to be good to start, but you have to start to be good!

    • Will

      Yes I reckon but it’s hard not to be given we haven’t felt this way about a wallaby side in 10yrs!?

      NZ have a history of choking when the pressure is on though. The heavy weight of expectations by all & sundry in the land of the long white cloud is almost enough to cripple their performance should the wallabies be there or there abouts with 10mins to go.

      This will be a game won by mental fortitude I think…. something the wallabies have lacked in recent years, but this time I feel the pressure on the ABs is greater than usual. We are expected to lose this, they are expected to win…..

      • onlinesideline

        yep. TBH, I thought they were a dropped ball away from crumbling around the 65th min last week. I was saying these guys are about to crack and the flood gates open. Im glad its a 1 week turnaround. Maybe the boys can teleport their heads back to last week and keep it going.

        • Andrew Luscombe

          Maybe they will/did teleport their heads back and that’s why they won last week.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Sambo I agree. I have always said be careful of poking the bear. I am presently on holidays in NZ. Sitting in Queenstown as I type this. The Kiwi’s are sticking it to their own team pretty heavily. They will come out hard and fast. That is what scares me.

      • Hoss

        Even an expensive Swiss watch can be overwound and stop working properly.same with the Nearlies.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Very true, my learned friend. The question will be, are they over wound. Will they pop under the pressure? tonight will tell.

        • Yowie

          With comparisons to the Swiss, are you saying the All Blacks have been hoarding nazi gold?!
          Typical.

        • Hoss

          What, the ‘Super Race’ of rugby sides do something wrong……..

        • Yowie

          I’m sure it’s just coincidence that the Germans “came in from the side” when they went around the Maginot Line to invade France via Belgium.

      • Keith Butler

        I see it’s a tad nippy in Queenstown. Enjoy the winter activities and celebrate in style when we stick it up the Darkness – hopefully.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Man we got stuck in a snow shower driving up to the Remarkables today. I was pretty solid. Could not see more than 2 car lengths in front. 2 wheel drives sliding everywhere. But once up the mountain it was a great days skiing.

        • Keith Butler

          Ready for the big one.

        • Brisneyland Local

          And the normal Wallabies returned.

  • John_R

    In other news today – Tate McDermott and Fraser McReight have signed on with the Reds until 2023 https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/08/15/reds-mcdermott-mcreight

  • Missing Link

    I’m not religious but please god make this happen:

    – Bledisloe Cup returned for the first time in 16 years
    – NZ beaten by Australia for the first time in 33 years

    and a bit later this year:
    – Australia win their third world cup, equaling NZ
    – Ticker tape parade somewhere in Sydney
    – Bronze statue of Michael Cheika erected outside Moore Park

    (last one optional)

    • Yowie

      “Bronze statue of Michael Cheika erected outside Moore Park”
      It would confuse future generations as to why the bronze figure was holding up a golf club.

      • Ads

        and have a clown face, with Mickey Mouse ears.

      • onlinesideline

        and the words engraved on it “ya know what I mean ? “

    • laurence king

      I am religious AND please God make this happen:

      -Bledisloe Cup returned ……..

    • Ed

      If we do that ML, the Wallabies would set a new record for consecutive wins for the side.
      Win Bledisloe and all matches in World Cup would mean 12 straight wins.
      Our best run is ten consecutive wins – done three times.

  • Nutta

    I’m sitting here stewing on the Eden Park Bled. I’m stewing on how much I want to choke off this fkn annoying protrusion in our rugby history. I’m reminded of a story about a particularly hard nosed Wobbly front rower called ‘Wild Bill’ Cerutti…

    On the 1936 tour of NZ Wild Bill, who as the name suggests had a penchant for non-verbal conversation, came to pretty ferocious blows with an opposing prop from Dunedin (I think). Apparently it got a bit out of control and there was a fair bit of ‘smoothing the waters’ required between management teams afterwards which culminated in the Dunedin guy – who also happened to be a beef farmer – sending a substantial amount of fresh steaks to the Wobbly hotel by-way of good will and apparently a case or two of scotch went the return way as acknowledgement. All good. Such is the detante of the cultured.

    However someone underestimated Bill…

    The same opposing prop was to oppose Bill again next week – only this time as part of a Combined South Island selection. So as the story goes Wild Bill took one of the peace-offering-steaks, nailed it to the roof outside his hotel window under a cray-fish pot to stop the birds from stealing it, and let it ferment in the sunshine for the week. Then on game day he shoved it in his undies pre-game. Apparently everyone was on alert for the expected fisty-fireworks at the first scrum and then once everyone crashed in Bill pulled the steak from his undies and mashed the by-now-putrid remnants of NZ finest protein in the face of the protagonist… and so it kicked off again…

    Gold. I don’t care if it’s all lies. Just bloody gold.

    • onlinesideline

      As a former lock I believe it and I think most locks would believe it..
      Its not pleasant down there.

      • Keith Butler

        Favourite old lock trick when the scrum was bound, release your bind on your prop and as they say ‘pull one through’ on the opposite prop. Worked a treat but cut both ways.

        • Alister Smith

          Doesn’t always work KB. Hopefully our hooker, Red Dog Thompson doesn’t read this thread but in 1989 I missed judged where there hookers head was and got our own. Still had the desired effect. Red Dog, blood pouring from his broken nose, proceeded to tear into his opposite number and took our MOTM points that day. I have never to this day revealed the truth.

        • Nutta

          “I don’t care HOW you do it Boy. Just fkn do it.”

        • Keith Butler

          It’s a question of timing and mine was usually pretty good. But as they say ‘shit happens’ and it’s nothing that a couple of pints as recompense won’t cure.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold. Did something similar. Mis-judged my non verbal communication and it hit both our guy and their guy. Similar out come though. The two props went at it like hammer and tongs! fortunately their guy got a yellow! so all’s well that ends well! ;-)

        • AllyOz

          we need to work on our aim Bris….which I am sure your wife and daughters constantly remind you

        • Brisneyland Local

          Was much better with a rifle and a pistol. And yes we all have bad aim.

        • Yowie

          barrel-length helps accuracy doesn’t it?

        • Brisneyland Local

          YEp in both senses! ;-)

        • Parker

          The best ever one of those was Finnane on Price in the WBs v Wales test at the SCG. It was a marvel to see Price’s head pop from the scrum with a shattered jaw.

        • Keith Butler

          Steve Finnane, Richard Loe’s mentor.

    • Keith Butler

      Read a story about Wild Bill a little while ago prompted by a piece on this site. Apparently his post match warm down was down the pub, a few beers and a punch up.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      That’s brilliant

  • Huw Tindall

    Amongst the excitement I looked up who the ref is for Bled 2. Old mate Jaco Peyper with Marius Jonker on TMO duties. Ably assisted by some pom and a Japanese fella. What’s Peyper’s form like? I can’t recall from Super season but is it a free for all at the ruck? Are scrums allowed to play on after a collapse? Is the offside line optional? It’s not Nigel Owens so we have a chance but just wondering if the lads need to watch out for any of Mr Peyper’s refereeing predilections?

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