Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcast with Michael Lynagh

GAGR Podcast Ep 175: Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcast – Michael Lynagh

GAGR Podcast Ep 175: Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcast – Michael Lynagh

Green and Gold Rugby returns with the next in our Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcasts with Wallaby World Champions as our special guests. The Wallabies’ all time leading point scorer, Michael Lynagh, is our very special guest on the show this week, joining us over the dodgy skype to London mobile waves that become evident at times in the interview. Still it is an extremely worthwhile lesson from one of the iconic figures in Australia’s RWC history.

Noddy takes us through some of the learnings from that inaugural RWC way back in 1987 before we focus more on the success of 1991. What better man to talk to about that amazing Quarter Final win against Ireland than the man who orchestrated its grand culmination?

To wrap up his appearance on this Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcast, Lynagh glances forward to this year’s tournament and gives his thoughts on two of the Wallabies’ biggest problem areas – the flyhalf position and goal kicking. Whilst its not entirely RWC-related I couldn’t let the opportunity go by without asking Michael for his thoughts on the recent issues around Queensland Rugby and the appointment of his old coach, John Connolly.

On Lynagh’s departure we have our very own Steve Lenthall and Tim Wrathall who I guess you could call G&GR’s version of Scott Bowen and Pat Howard as they try to fill the shoes of the legend that is our Noddy. Unfortunately much like Pat and Scott, they were unable to replace Lynagh sufficiently well, at least the recording of our chat failed. But never fear as I believe I do a sterling job at recreating the discussion, and in half the time!

What we did discuss, and we are now relying on you for answers, were these four burning questions. Make sure to give us your answers in the comments section below.

1) Are the Rebels the real deal (or can they go on the crack the finals)?
2) Is the conference system broken (given current points table)?
3) Should some 15 stars be recruited into the 7s team for the the Oceania Championships in November?
4) Should Wallaby fans be panicking about the RWC yet?

We will be back next week, hopefully, with another Rugby World Cup 2015 Podcasts and another, hopefully, Rugby World Cup legend. So be sure to tune in, download and have a listen then.

  • Kiap

    Nice work. Lynagh is a class act.

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      Class act indeed. His comments always seem so measured to me. And he hints or alludes to things in a nice way.
      Thanks for making that interview available. Much appreciated.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Are the Rebels the real deal (or can they go on the crack the finals)? I’m assuming it’s a typo with the word ‘and’ left out. Unless of course…..

  • SuckerForRed

    From a Wallabies point of view, is it flyhalf or scrumhalf that is the biggest problem? Let’s face it, although Foley & Toomua are not at the very top of form they are still quite capable players. And we all know what QC can achieve if uninjured……. But if we look at the Scrum halves………….. Phipps – seems to have gone backwards this year; Genia – has had flashes of form but something is just not right; White – is White; Stirzaker – although I have high hopes for him I don’t think he is yet ready for the rough & tumble of a RWC.

    As to the burning questions:

    1) They remind me of the 2009/2010 Reds – Are they the real deal – I think so. Can they crack the finals – maybe not this year. Next year is going to depend on the stability of their squad and they seem to be a little better off than the Reds, Tahs & Brums in that department.
    2)This debate comes around every year – “The conference system is broken because [insert conference here] leader is below multiple teams from other conferences. Wait until next year & the 18 team/ 4 conference structure…………
    3) My initial response is no. The game’s are so very very different now. A couple of the 15’s boys who went to Glasgow last year came back saying that they didn’t think they could cope anymore despite playing 7’s before. Having said that it will/might depend on the player & psoition. Some of the 15’s backs might be good thing. Either way the decision has to be made soon as I the squad needs to be together (if not stable) before the qualifying at the end of this year. Let’s face it unless England forfeit the London 7’s we are unlikely to get above them.
    4) Nervous – Yes. Panic – No. A lot is going to depend on who is available & in form at the end of SuperRugby. Then I will start to panic.


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