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Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s rugby news has Christian Lealiifano rejoining the Wallabies squad, Brisbane Broncos to thank for converts according to Wayne Bennett, Stuart Lancaster in contention to coach the Reds and All Blacks name side to face Wales.


Hope for Lealiifano

Christian Lealiifano has joined the Wallabies squad following the birth of his child yesterday.

Wallabies assistant coach Stephen Larkham has reportedly been passing on backline plays to Lealiifano over the past 10 days as waited for his partner to give birth.

Larkham holds Lealiifano in high regard following their six years together at the Brumbies.

Bernard Foley said he would be comfortable playing with Lealiifano if he was selected to partner him at inside centre.

“It’s not a problem because we’ve played a fair bit together, (three) Tests in 2014 and I know his style of play, his excellent running and distribution game,” Foley said.

Broncos to Thank

folau savea

Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett believes code hoppers Israel Folau, Karmichael Hunt and Ben Te’o have the Broncos to thank for their success.

Bennett attributed their success to the habits formed whilst playing for the Rugby League club.

“It’s been a great club, this club, and we’ve produced a lot of wonderful men out of it. They’re all playing another code but the grounding is here in this organisation,” Bennett said.

“Melbourne [Storm] and ourselves do it better than anybody else, in terms of turning kids out that have the right attitudes to play the game.”

“Sometimes they have to leave and find out it’s not as good outside as it was here. That’s why they want to come back lots of times. We’re always happy to have them back,”

Lancaster in Contention

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has emerged as a contender to coach the Queensland Reds next season.

Lancaster resigned after England’s performance in last year’s World Cup after having beaten the All Blacks and Wallabies (twice).

Lancaster was announced as England coach in 2012 and won 28 from 46 Tests in charge.

Current Reds co-coaches Nick Stiles and Matt O’Connor are both understood to have ambitions to take the top job for themselves and will be on the shortlist for the final candidates.

AB’s Name Team

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The All Blacks have named a strong team to face Wales in their first first this weekend.

Ardie Savea and Seta Tamanivalu could both make their debut if they come off the bench.

Team: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody

Reserves: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu

  • TB

    C’mon guys you can’t be serious! Landcaster? Surely the ARU needs to step in to give this QRU board an uppercut l.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Well with a history of employing coaches with a losing record at least they’re being consistent. I feel for you guys (and gals) I really do. The QRU Board seem to have made stupid decisions an art form and are looking to perfect it. I remember it coming up in NZ and the general consensus was he would need to be an assistant in the NRC to start and gradually build up to an assistant in a Super team to gain credibility before he’d even be considered as a head coach.

      • Train Without A Station

        So an experienced International Coach of a Tier 1 team which was one of the very few teams to defeat the All Blacks since 2011 (I think only 3 teams have) would need to start as an assistant at NRC level to gain any credibility?

        • Cyclops2

          Peter de Villiers had a far superior record against NZ, but that didn’t help land any jobs post Springboks. Lancaster has even less credibility as a coach than de Villiers.

          Sitting atop the rugby pyramid while others do the work is one thing; having an understanding of the game from the ground up and being able to develop players and improve their skills without an army of helpers is something else.

        • Train Without A Station

          But all of World Rugby had a far superior record in that period than they have since 2011 also.

          Your second point is somewhat flawed as a good assistant may not make a good head coach and a good head coach may not be a good assistant because they are very different roles. A head coach’s job is more about managing assistants and a playing group then developing skills of individuals.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Absolutely! The complete stuff up that was the English selection and performance at RWC dissipated any credibility he may have had and that would have to be rebuilt. To be fair I thought he would make a good assistant Coach in a Super Rugby team but there’s no ay he could come from that debacle and take over as a head coach

        • Train Without A Station

          How was it a “complete stuff up”.

          It wasn’t a success, it was a failure but it was a result of losing to 2 tier 1 nations who the team regularly does lose matches to.

          Calling it a “complete stuff up” ignores the reality of the situation and that 1 tier 1 nation was going to miss out.

        • harro

          Of the three Tier 1 nations in the pool England was the only one playing at home. To not even make it out of the pool, I’d say that’s a stuff up

        • Seb V

          @ki@kiwirugbylover:disqus By that argument Graham should have been dumped and lost all credibility after the 2007 RWC, yet he didn’t and went on to win the next one. I think you’re being a bit harsh on Lancaster.

      • Callum

        But Lancaster doesn’t have a losing record so they aren’t being consistent.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I can’t get over the complete stuff up that was Sam Burgess and I guess I’m letting that cloud my judgement too much. I looked up his record and he has done well but obviously cracked when it counted. I still think that cracking under the pressure of RWC means he needs time as an assistant coach to get his mojo back. Also, he said he wants to come down to the SH to learn and I think he’ll do that better as an assistant than he would as a head coach.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Man if the Reds hire Lancaster I will resign my membership again like I did with Richard ‘I cant do a damn thing right’ Graham. Do the QRU ever learn?

    • Pedro

      What if it’s either Lancaster or Foley?

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pedro, I would be happier if they gave Thorn the Job and invested in him long term! Or as a Dark horse take Mario Ledesma from the Wallabies.

        • Braveheart81

          And what if he proves to be average? Surely the Reds are going to hire an experienced head coach and not take a punt on someone who has never been a head coach.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I am optimistically working on the principal that they cant do any worse than the last three years!

        • Callum

          As an Englishman i would like it to be Ledesma and hope the Australian scrum falls apart as quickly as it improved under him. Can he start immediately?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Too late for that I think! But wishful thinking is always a good thing!

        • Bruce Lyle

          Wayne would claim brad as well.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Give up and watch soccer

  • sampro

    QRU should hire Wayne Bennett.

    • Pedro

      He’d probably only coach the all blacks

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    That’s a pretty good looking Kiwi team there. I almost can’t wait for this weekend. Getting so excited

    • Tomthusiasm

      Me too, I’m going to marinate on the couch for a good 4-5 hours. Does anyone know where to get a good catheter on the cheap?

      Also, Wales has been named;

      Wales: Liam Williams (Scarlets), George North (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Davies (Clermont Auvergne), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Bradley Davies (Wasps), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues, captain), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

      Reserves: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Rob Evans (Ospreys), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Scott Williams (Scarlets).

      • Simon

        That looks a pretty close to a full strength Wales team. Charteris seems to be the only big name missing, other than of course Halfpenny.

        I really liked the little I saw of Hallam Amos before he got injured at the RWC. He’ll be marking Naholo so he’ll have his work cut out for him, hope he’s up to the task!

        • Tomthusiasm

          Yeah, I must admit that there’s a lot of names that I don’t recognise, but there are quite a few usual suspects so it should be a good contest.

        • Simon

          Wales are my preferred NH team so I recognise more of them than I would from most other NH teams. There are a few on the bench I don’t recognise and I don’t recall ever seeing Ken Owens play but the rest are pretty close to full strength.

          It is sometimes hard to keep track of all the Welsh players though as there are so many with the same surnames! Even in this squad you have two Williams, two Jenkins and three Davies! It’s a bit of a relief when they pick a guy with a name like Taulupe Faletau!

      • muffy

        Inverted traffic cone with a hose running out the back (bus) door – halves the time of any country rugby bus trip.

        Um…. so I’m told

  • Brad Thorn, Lote Tuqiri and Wendell Sailor were all also Broncos, so maybe Bennett is on to something?

    • muffy

      Wonder why they all left?

      • Joy

        As Rod Kafer says, they didn’t leave they are just coming home.

    • npivag

      Broncos have their pick of the league talent coming out of Brisbane (arguably Australia’s hotbed of league talent).
      Is it that insightful for Bennett to imply that talent comes from there? It’s the biggest code in the city. Silly and obvious stuff.

      • Davo

        Thorn came from NZ, Tuqiri from Fiji, Folau from Sydney.

        Plenty of other players were identified and nurtured at the Broncos, who weren’t from Brisbane. It’s also why a number of Queensland State of Origin players are not actually Queenslanders.

  • muffy

    Everyone is a product of their experiences, so with that logic Bennett is right and the ARU also needs to send a letter of thank you to their moms, the playground bully and their first root.

    • Mart

      a heap of younger Broncos usually come straight from school boy union

    • blueboy11

      Of course the broncos aren’t the sole custodians of quality Aussie rugby, but I’m pretty sure their culture and ability to develop talent has had an effect on the players he mentioned.

  • npivag

    Bullshit aside here are some key notes on Lancaster –
    – Coming second in his first 6Ns with a VERY green squad and little prep time. This was a huge achievement at the time.
    – Being staggeringly consistent (2nd in the 6Ns almost every time)
    – Beating the ABs (a feat the Wallabies only matched in the same period with way more opportunities).
    – Developing and shaping a young roster from almost no base. A group Eddie is still relying on (though he is getting better performances out of them).

    Is he a shit coach? No, not at all, he achieved much. If anything he’s shown the ability to develop groups and select talented players (Burgess not withstanding).
    Give him a 2 year contact with the brief of ‘develop players’. The NBA are great at this, knowing some coaches have the high level knowledge to win championships and some are great at developing young groups.

    • npivag

      And it will bring some non-traditional intellectual property into Australian Rugby. Why do you think other countries look outside their boarders for coaches?
      It isn’t because Kiwis have the magic serum for leading men to greatness, it’s because they’ve got the IP. Englishmen have plenty of great IP on rugby too.

    • Seb V

      Would be very interesting too see how an English coach will go with an Aussie team. I certainly give it my support. The reds need a big change.

    • Fatflanker

      Reds could do a lot worse than Lancaster – RWC notwithstanding he has a sound record.. I wonder if Styles would be willing to stay on as assistant coach though?- need to keep that scrum firing.

      • npivag

        Yeah, I actually like the Reds coaches. Retention of good Aussie coaches in important too, but a role is probably opening up at the Western Force.

        • Dud Roodt

          We can but hope

    • Lancaster probably looked at the Reds roster and saw that there was no true ball winning 7 for next year and said, “perfect, exactly what I like in a team”.

      • npivag

        Haha. Jokes aside, there has been PLENTY of successful teams that don’t have ball winning 7s.

        • muffy

          Not out of Aus though, a forragng 7 is a big part of how the game is played here.

        • npivag

          Who’s the ball-winner for the Tahs or Rebels? Sure, Mahon/Reid and Hooper occasionally pilfer but it’s not their key asset.
          I guess what I’m saying is it’s silly to think it’s a necessity. You can take Aussie skill-sets and play them in different systems.

  • Davo

    Phil Mooney, Richard Graham, Stuart Lancaster. Those Queensland administrators do like a certain type don’t they?

  • muffy

    Was that a compliment for the darkness?
    Has your account been hacked?
    This is not want we want/expect from you.
    Will the real Missing Link please stand up!

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