Podcast 299 - Dodgy Connections - Green and Gold Rugby

Podcast 299 – Dodgy Connections

Podcast 299 – Dodgy Connections

Eight years. Same dodgy internet connection.

In a short and sharp version of the Green and Gold Rugby Show, Rugby Reg, Hugh and Matt battle through the dodgy internet to discuss the equally dodgy and bizarre events that unfolded in the Wallabies win over the Pumas on the weekend, and attempt to answer one key question: where do the Wallabies players and coaches go from here?

Producers Note: The first two minutes are the worst of the internet connection. Fight through that bit and you’re all set. Bar one or two moments.

  • Bixbyvegas

    Too right. Morgan Turinui and Ben Kimber are making a great new podcast. Credit where it’s due. Gagr, trrc and now the rugby ruckus are really doing a great job with quality independent analysis & opinion of the game from an Aussie perspective. Keep up the good work fellas.

    • Hugh Cavill


  • Richard Patterson

    Reg’s point about freshening up certain players has some merit following an underwhelming season. However, didn’t Israel Folau miss last year’s EOYT after being granted a sabbatical by RA? What, so he misses this tour as well? Didn’t he miss 3 weeks mid-season with an injured ankle?

    Didn’t Will Genia miss a month of the season with a broken arm? Weren’t the Rebels eliminated from Super Rugby play-off’s and he therefore missed 3 weeks rugby in July whilst those games were getting played?

    What sort of message does it send to the broader playing group that 2 of the highest paid Wallaby players are allowed time off? How refreshing would it be for Folau and Genia to be very vocal about actively participating in leadership roles on the short 1 + 3 match tour. We shall see….

  • Tim

    Nathan Grey should go, Stephen Larkham should go and most likely Cheika (but to replace them? No idea! :(. I just find it so strange since the world cup we always used our bench most of them always got at least 20 minutes so they made an impact. But his year we always leave a finishers on the bench. Or when they get put on they have 5 minutes which gives them very limited chance to make an impact. You mention alot of players in the podcast but what about Richard Hardwick? He destroyed the wallabies when it was the super rugby team vs the wallabies? He is pretty much Hooper but actually attacks the breakdown

  • Jason

    I am quite convinced that those changes couldn’t have come from the coaching staff, Cheika has proven consistently that he won’t adapt.

    Our hooker selection is insane we have to be picking our hookers on the basis of scrum *and* lineout, not just around the park, would love to see BPA get a go at starting, but we can’t continue to select TPN.

    I think we need to see some of the young players brought into the squad, we need another flyhalf likely Steawrt, Cooper or Deegan. We have no centres at the moment why not look at the young Petaia while we wait for Kerevi to come back. Our bench should be made up mostly of young guys.

  • Huw Tindall

    Great pod again guys. Re the question from Matt about who made the call to seemingly change the tactics for the second half – Cheika/coaches or the players – Cheika said on Kick & Chase on Fox that he didn’t impart any tactical wisdom to the team at all. Was a good old fashioned spray about heart and so on. So that begs the question – do we actually have some rugby nous in the team but they’ve just been letting themselves be overrun by the coaches? I can’t fathom that the second half was how they were meant to be playing all along but that they just didn’t have the ‘intent’ or ‘heart’ or ‘enthusiasm’ or whatever to get it done. Do we need a sports psychologists? The ABs have one so it can’t be a waste of time and probably quite cheap compared to a replacing coaches.


Die-hard Brumbies/Country Eagles fan now based in Sydney. Author, anthropologist, musician, second rower. Still trying to make sense of the 21st century. Dropped a debut novel last year...

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