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Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s rugby news has Israel Folau happy at fullback, Tomas Cubelli sending snapchats to Wallabies, Alby Mathewson leaves the Western Force and Jones calls out All Blacks weaknesses.

Folau Happy at Fullback

Israel Folau says he is comfortable at fullback despite constant debate surrounding which his best position is.

“If I have to fill in that place (centre) for whatever reason then I’m more than happy to but otherwise I’m pretty comfortable where I’m at, playing fullback for the team,” he said.

Folau also praised the new players that have come into the Wallabies this season.

“Those guys that have come in and had there first test or first couple of tests have done a good job for us.  We’ve been happy with how those guys have been going.”

Snapchat Banter

Brumbies halfback and Argentinian international Tomas Cubelli has admitted to sending snapchats to some Wallabies ahead of this weekend’s match.

“I was going to training and [I’d] send them one saying we’re going to beat them,” he said.

“Scott Sio is good on Snapchat, Tevita [Kuridrani] is a good fan of Snapchat.”

Cubelli also revealed Argentina have had to adapt the way they play since joining the competition in 2012.

“Argentina had to change their style of footy because if you wanted to play in this tournament to be competitive…

“You want to be competitive and not just go and participate you want to compete and try to be the best you can, so I think it’s the only way to win a space in this competition is to take the risk and to play a bit out of your comfort zone.”

Alby Leaves Force

The Western Force have confirmed that Alby Mathewson will leave the Force to return to New Zealand.

Mathewson will play for Canterbury in New Zealand’s provincial competition, called in as injury cover for Mitchell Drummond.

Mathewson played 50 games across 4 seasons with the Western Force.

The news comes after the fact the Force have also lost Kyle Godwin and Chris Alcock to the Brumbies for next season.

Jones Hits Out at AB’s

England coach Eddie Jones has claimed that the All Blacks have significant weaknesses and that his England side are not too far off from them.

Unfortunately, England will not meet New Zealand until 2018 but the British and Irish Lions will play in New Zealand next year.

“New Zealand control the world,” Jones claimed.

“They control every bit of rugby.

“Every law that is ever changed, New Zealand drive it.

“They control rugby in many countries.

“They are smart.They are good, bloody good. But they are beatable. They have significant weaknesses.

“People say it’s 15-20 per cent but it’s three.

“When I first started, I coached the Brumbies in Australia and we went from being second before I arrived to 10th and I thought I wasn’t very good.

“So I got all the performance stats and the difference between finishing 10th and in the top four was only three per cent.

“That has always stayed with me.”

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  • Dud Roodt

    Oh Eddie – setting the banter bar pretty high with 2 years until you next play the darkness (and how the fuck do they get away with not playing them for that long!!?).
    Gees the Force are going to be in all sorts next year.

    • Bobas

      Louwrens in the NRC looks like he could break out.
      Plays a bit like Brett Sheehan.
      Also Cam Shepherd said he was in his top 5.

      • Dud Roodt

        I really hope they aren’t the wooden spoon challengers yet again, but I don’t see how they won’t be.

  • Tim

    The ARU really needs to focus more on the Force. There is no Rugby league team for Perth so it is prime to cash in on alot of players playing union. All teams have weaknesses but All blacks are smart and can change their game plan quickly.

    • Gavin

      I firmly believe that the Force and the Rebels would thrive if they were playing in a proper competition instead of the design by committee farce that is Super Rugby.

      • Tim

        Force are not a bad team. They just need to produce and develop there own players. They brought that Australian outside centre which he is a talent (from overseas). It would be very disappointing if they rid Western Force. Rebels are getting better each they should be able to pick of brumbies because of the loss of Pocock, Toomau and Lilafiano

    • qwas

      There’s good reason why there is no rugby league team in Perth. It wouldn’t be financially viable. The force have just lost 3 crucial players. Sounds like it’s getting prepped to be culled.

      • Johnboy

        Which 3? Alby who stands at the back of ruck waiting for the defence to set? Godwin who hasn’t really performed for the last 2 years?

  • brumby runner

    I don’t see Alby being such a loss to the Force. Though he was definitely good value over the years. But with Louwrens and Prior they have a couple of good operators at the scrum base. And I expect the NRC is helping to unearth new talent as well.

    • Kevino

      Agreed, thought Ben Meehan should have moved west with McGrahan dropping him straight away for Stirzaker this year. He had played well and deserved to make Stirzaker earn the starting spot from the pine. Glad we still have both in Melbourne but for the benefit of Australian Rugby we are wasting Meehan’s potential.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      I agree. The Force should be a good step up for some guys and could be a good team for the ARU to blood players they think are ready to step up

  • Simon

    Claiming they have “significant weaknesses” is a bit much (albeit classic Eddie), but I do think the current England team are a clear #2 in the world and probably the only team capable of beating the ABs right now. And HOW I wish they were playing them this year! It would be the most anticipated Test of the year IMO. If only to see the pre-match niggle between Eddie and Stevo – they’d show Cheika how to do it properly.

    Their forwards are very good and so is their kicking, they wouldn’t win it with tries, but if they could keep the ABs pinned in their half and kick 3-pointers to victory in classic 10-man rugby, I think they could beat the current ABs if things went their way on the night.

    • Gavin

      I’m not sure if England are #2 but they have had a mighty 2016.

      Circumstances were kind to them in Europe this year and Australia were shambolic during their tour. One swallow doesn’t make a summer though.

      I predict that they will finish behind Ireland in next year’s 6 Nations

      Jones does talk the talk though and is a perfect match for England

      • Simon

        Who’s number 2 if not England? It’s sure as hell not us or the Boks, and Ireland are ranked below all three of us.

        • Gavin

          I wasn’t talking about the IRB rankings. In this case, there is no debate it’s in black and white on their website.

          In my worthless opinion I don’t think England are the best team in Europe and 2016 is an outlier year.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Mate we’d beat them 3 out of 3 by at least 10. Jones is talking a good talk but seeing how he doesn’t have to back it up it’s pretty meaningless

      • Simon

        In NZ quite probably you would. At Twickenham might be a different story. It’s really quite disgraceful that they don’t have to play you til 2018 though! In the time since the last England-ABs test in 2014 we’ve already played the ABs 5 times (for a 1-4 record), and we’ll play them another 7 times by the end of 2018.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah the scheduling is fucked

  • maka

    Eddie…the Mourad Boud—-whatever-the-hell-his-name-is—-of international rugby

    • first time long time

      I think “Bell-end” is the name you are looking for.

  • first time long time

    I don’t get how we have jumped ahead of SA in the rankings after that win when we have won 1 game this year to their 3??
    It seems a little odd to me.

    • Braveheart81

      We were substantially ahead of them after the RWC. Losing twice to the All Blacks costs us almost nothing in terms of ranking points because they are so far ahead of everyone (and we had dropped to a low point after three losses to England).

      • first time long time

        So our shit start to year is what got them just ahead of us and last week reversed that, got it.

        • Braveheart81

          Our terrible start to the season dropped us from 2nd to 4th. South Africa remained in 3rd. We’ve now pushed back up to third dropping South Africa to 4th.

  • The Genius

    Eddie Jones is certainly entitled to his opinion although not sure any of us have seen a top level team in any sport devoid of weakness. The current All Blacks side are no different.

    Eddie may want to be careful what he’s referring to. On their recent 3 test tour to Australia, his England team conceded 10 tries to a poorly prepared Wallaby side who have scored only 3 tries in their following 3 tests. In that same series his England side relied on goal kicker Owen Farrell for 62% of their total points scored. On both sides of the ball Eddie I’d suggest your side is not without fault either. None of this of course will be going unnoticed.

  • Bobas

    Eddie Jones didn’t have a poke at McCaw.

  • muffy

    Brian OD has to get a mention in there as well… the list is getting longer by the day!

  • Hoss

    You all miss Suzie the South African lady who tampered with their food in 95 !!
    Here’s a conspiracy – Suzie (now released from SA prison), relocated in Oz, has a job in hospitality, plants the ‘listening device’ in the Dark Lords Sydney digs – on the instructions of one Eddie Jones………………..
    I can smell a movie deal in this.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Hahahahahaha yep. Most of the dickheads booing Cooper probably don’t even know why. I love Jones conspiracies, he’s such a shit stirrer. While it may rile up some fans it won’t worry the coaches or players one iota

  • teach

    Or go on national tv saying he doesn’t mind the booing and ask the crowd to bring it on.

  • Brisneyland Local

    I am waiting for Eddie’s first Sheep joke!

  • first time long time

    Hold fire there. Lets not blame Cooper for some of the most atrocious sportsmanship I have seen.
    Yeah I know he dared lay a hand/knee on Ruchie, but so fuckin what, as the we keep hearing uts not tuddlywunks.
    Not saying you in particular but why is personally targeting and booing Cooper tolerated and seemingly accepted in Oz esp given the uproar about similar treatment of other sportsman in Australia.
    Rant over

  • muffy

    And accused Douglas of using his eye sockets to stop Franks doing his job

  • first time long time

    Just saw that “tackle” now that’s something to whinge about.
    Cooper has been an easy target because he does give his detractors plenty of ammo. Less now than previously and at the game in Wellington the booing of him got less throughout the game….. bet that will not be the case in Auckland though

  • teach

    I call bullshit on that. There was never a deep seated hatred for Quade because he played in Oz, Any more than you guys hate the ABs that were born in Australia.
    He was a dick and then challenged the whole country to bring it on. Unfortunately some have never stopped.

  • The Genius

    There is no hatred for Cooper, there is just no respect. There is a difference!

    Great Wallabies such as Poidevin, Farr-Jones, Ella, Gregan, Larkham, Horan, Little, Eales, Campese inflicted many more defeats on the All Blacks than Quade Cooper ever did. But they all are admired and respected for being great rugby players and high class human beings. For whatever reason, Cooper missed his chance at being either.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Mate Cooper would never have worn a black jumper. I think most people were embarrassed by his dickhead behaviour and now some just can’t let it go. Personally I think he’s grown up and is a nice guy – still wouldn’t have him as an AB though as we have better

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Yep exactly

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    He should leave Baaarbaaara and Meeeery out if it. Picking on the girls is mean

  • Hoss

    KRL – you have me in a quandary sir. Your posts are thoughtful, engaging, fair and entertaining – yet your a Kiwi ?? Were you born in Oz and forced to move to the Shaky Isles as a child ……….

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Hahaha no mate. Posted to Canberra while in the Army but got out and stayed. Married an Aussie girl I met in Timor

  • Brisneyland Local

    I myself and not partial to Kiwi Sheep jokes! I think they are disparaging to the sheep! ha ha

  • Dud Roodt

    Was it akin to when athlete’s from countries like Equatorial Guinea and North Korea compete at an Olympics and request asylum?
    I do hope your family weren’t thrown into “re-education camps” once you defected.


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