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Thursdays Rugby News sees Sio re-signs, Rodda to captain the Reds, No more Super for Pocock and a new Mens Sevens recruit.


 

 

SIO RE-SIGNS

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Wallabies and Brumbies prop Scott Sio has signed a new contract extension that will keep in Australian Rugby until the end 0f 2022.

The 27 year old has been a first choice pick for the Wallabies for the past four years, picking up 55 tests so far.

Sio debuted for the Brumbies in 2012, and the Wallabies a year later, and now wanted to pay it back by showing loyalty. With many big name players leaving the Brumbies at the end of the season, Sio wanted to stick around to be apart of the coming changes.

“I’m super excited to re-sign. I’ve obviously been at the club for a long time and I’ve seen a lot of what we’re trying to grow. It’s really cool to be part of the youth’s next progression as well. I’ve seen that Noah Lolesio and Len Ikitau have re-signed too so it’s great to be part of their journey as well.” Sio said to the media.

“It’s a special town. I’ve spent eight years of my life in Canberra and you get pretty close with the fans, and I really appreciate that so I’m looking forward to a couple more years.

“Winning the World Cup with the Wallabies is the goal this year so we need to recognise the steps to get there. We just had a camp in Brisbane and it was great to get the vibe and what we want to do moving forward,” Sio said.

Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika backs Sio’s commitment to the team and is confident that he has even more in the tank to give.

“I’m really pleased for Scott and for Australian Rugby that he’s committed long term. He’s already given so much to each of the teams he plays in but he’s still got plenty left to give.

“One thing that stands out with Scott is his commitment to the cause. He’s always committed to being a better person, a better player and contributing to a better team,” Cheika said.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has welcomed the contract extension.

“He’s been here a long time now, Scotty, 2012 was his first season and he’s developed into a world-class loosehead prop,” McKellar said.

“He’s performing well currently and it’s great to have him locked in for the next few years.

“He’s a powerful bloke with the football, which is something that’s really understated and he’s starting to understand how damaging he can be in attack and defence and obviously his scrum and maul work has always been quality.”

McKellar even spoke out Sio’s maturity around the possibility of James Slipper coming down to Canberra, a rival for his starting spot.

“I think his attitude’s been exceptional,” McKellar said.

“The first time I spoke to him about the possibility of Slips coming here, he said: ‘whatever’s best for the team, whatever’s best for the club’, he understood the benefits for him and Slips with managing their load and minutes and he’s really developed into a good leader, Scotty.

“So I’m really pleased with his attitude because it’d be really easy for someone to go the other way and not be happy about it. But he’s really bought into it.

“They’re good mates and understand each other’s role well and one starts the game and one finishes it.”

The Brumbies have been blessed with arguably the best front row in Australia, with an option off the bench. With Sio and Allan Alaalatoa locked down for the next few years the Brumbies and the Wallabies front row future looks very bright.

CAPTAIN RODDA

Photo courtesy of Keith McInnes

Photo courtesy of Keith McInnes

Reds Captain Samu Kerevi has played in every match for the Reds this season and left fans wondering how and why he had avoided the mandatory Wallabies resting period and when it would happen.

According to rugby.com.au, Keveri was meant to be benched during the Sharks game, but was kept in to try and keep the Reds finals hopes alive. Now that they have played back to back conference matches, the time to rest Kerevi seemed appropriated

Kerevi will miss out this weeks match against the Chiefs in Hamilton, making way for young lock Izack Rodda to take up the call as Captain.

Assistant coach Jim Mackay said Rodda was honoured to receive the captaincy.

“He won’t be doing anything different in the game but he’s a leader in the team as one of our nominated senior leaders anyway, so he was the obvious choice to step up there,” Mackay said.

“It’s a great responsibility for him and he’ll own that and do a great job.

“He has grown and he’s a senior player within the group.

“I think that he’ll do a terrific job for us and it’s a great experience for him as well.”

There have been three changes to the starting line up that narrowly lost to the Waratahs last week.

Harry Hoopert will start in the front row, with Duncan Paia’aua to replace Kerevi at inside centre and Seb Wileman will finally make his Super Rugby debut at outside centre replacing Chris Feauai-Sautia who is out with a knee injury.

The Reds have also made several changes to their bench, with Feao Fotuaika, Teti Tela and Adam Korczyk recalled to the 23.

Scrumhalf Scott Maloua and outside back Liam McNamara are in line to make their Queensland debuts off the bench.

Mackay told the media that the changes to the 23 weren’t a reaction to last weeks loss, more that injuries have forced the changes, with every player having earned his spot in the squad.

“We picked up a bit of damage last week with injuries, especially in the centres. Chris (Feauai-Sautia) picked up a bit of a knee knock which is not serious and he failed a fitness test.” Mackay said.

“And Samu, through the arrangement with Rugby Australia, this is one of the weeks that was selected to have a rest week.

“He’s played a lot of minutes and a lot of rugby.

“It’s an opportunity for Duncan (Paia’aua) to come on to the park and show people what he can do and we know he’s a very good player.”

“(Regardless of the player), they’re going to bring energy and enthusiasm, they know our systems and I’m really looking forward to the game and how they go as well.”

“Whoever plays for Queensland, every game is so special and it’s a really good opportunity for the team to go over to the Chiefs,” Mackay added.

“We won there last in 2013, so we’re going over there to get the job done.

1. Harry Hoopert 2. Alex Mafi 3. Taniela Tupou 4. Izack Rodda 5. Angus Blyth 6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 7. Liam Wright 8. Angus Scott-Young 9. Tate McDermott 10. Bryce Hegarty 11. Sefa Naivalu 12. Duncan Paia’aua 13. Seb Wileman 14. Jock Campbell 15. Matt McGahan 

Reserves

16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa 17. Feao Fotuaika 18. Ruan Smith 19. Adam Korczyk 20. Scott Higginbotham 21. Scott Malolua 22. Teti Tela 23. Liam McNamara

NO MORE SUPER FOR POCOCK

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With rumours of David Pocock retiring or leaving Australian Rugby post World Cup, he may have played his last match of Super Rugby.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has said Pocock’s season could be over, with a decision to be made in the coming days.

Pocock had play 138 minutes of Rugby in just three rounds of the season after being plagued with a calf injury that he picked up in preseason at Wallabies fitness camp. 

Despite hopes he could make a return after the bye, he will once again miss out on taking the field for the Brumbies when they host the Bulls in Canberra this weekend.

“The Wallabies medical staff and Brumbies medical staff will have a chat over the next few days and we’ll come to some sort of clarity there as to where he heads over the next two weeks,” McKellar said.

“There’s things we’ve got to look at to see whether he plays Super Rugby or whether we now put his attention towards the World Cup.”

Pocock comes out of contract at the end of the season but is expected to head overseas or retire due to injuries.

The Brumbies have done well despite losing Pocock as they look to secure their spot on top of the Australian Conference.

There are some big names returning from injury this week with Rory Arnold returning into the starting lineup, Rob Valentini has been named on the bench and Locky McCaffrey making’s return through club rugby.

McKellar has opted for a 6-2 split to counter act a strong Bulls forward pack but knows just how deadly their backs can be with Handre Pollard and Rosko Speckman.

“We’re expecting physicality … scrum, maul, big men running hard, nice and direct. There will be no surprises there in terms of what they bring,” McKellar said.

“But the Bulls have a little bit more footy in their game this year. They’re a little bit more dangerous off the cuff and have players who can change a game very quickly. 

“(Rosko) Speckman is dangerous, so we’ve got to make sure that we limit his opportunities and surround him with bodies when he’s got the ball.

“(Handre) Pollard is a real threat with ball in hand and discipline has been spoken about because he’ll have you down 15-0 before you know it, (kicking penalties) from 50 or 60 metres out.”

“So we’ve got to keep (referee) Jaco (Peyper) on side.”

Brumbies Side to face the Bulls

1. Scott Sio 2. Folau Fainga’a 3. Allan Alaalatoa 4. Rory Arnold  5. Sam Carter 6. Tom Cusack 7. Jahrome Brown 8. Pete Samu 9. Joe Powell 10. Christian Lealiifano 11. Toni Pulu 12. Irae Simone 13. Tevita Kuridrani 14. Henry Speight 15. Tom Banks

Reserves

16. Connal Mcinerney 17. James Slipper 18. Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin 19. Darcy Swain 20. Murray Douglas 21. Rob Valetini 22. Ryan Lonergan 23. Tom Wright

 

QUADZILLA SIGNED WITH MENS SEVENS

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Trae Williams may have been one of the fastest sprinters for Australia, but now he’s given up sprinting to try his hand at Rugby Sevens after signing a deal with Rugby Australia.

Back in 2014, Williams cam in third in the 100m at the Youth Olympics, and last year clocked in at 10.10 seconds at the Commonwealth Games national trials for 100m.

But now he has been recruited by Aussie men’s sevens coach Tim Walsh and assistant Stephen Hoiles, as they looked for an outside the box option for genuine speed in their squad.

Williams isn’t that far out of the box though, having played both rugby and league as a schoolboy and trialled with the Under 20s programs of the Cowboys and the Broncos in 2014 and 2015.

It was his rugby history that caught the eye of Stephen Hoiles who reached out to the sprinter. Williams believes the opportunity was “too good to pass up.”

“It was definitely a big decision. I obviously grew up playing league and then through high school played rugby so I have always had that passion for it. And it’s an Olympic sport as well,” Williams said.

“So to have that opportunity to go to the Olympics and play rugby is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I had to take it.

“I had a very good chance of making it to the Olympics in the 100m and the 4x100m, but it came down to what I wanted to do, and I have a passion for rugby.

“Steve (Hoiles) just rang me up and offered me the chance to come play for the sevens team. I obviously had a chat with my family and my friends and they said “do what your heart tells you”. So I took the opportunity and I can’t wait.

“The guys are a good bunch of guys and a good team, so hopefully I can be another extra piece of the puzzle to help achieve some great things.”

Tim Walsh said that Williams is in excellent condition to convert across to Sevens, in particular with a rugby back ground, as the Mens team look to replicate the speed the USA has in Perry Baker and Carlin Isles as well as Ellia Green.

“Trae is an exciting athlete to be joining the Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens program and we are looking forward to getting him into the program.  “We’ve identified that a key area we need to improve on is adding more speed to our squad and Trae is the combination of speed and physical ability.

“Physically he is excellent condition to convert into Sevens and what he will potentially offer us in terms of speed out wide will add to what we offer on the World stage.

“Players with sprinting backgrounds have made excellent converts to the game such as the USA’s Perry Baker and Carlin Isles as well as our very own Ellia Green and we believe Trae’s transfer will be just as successful.

“He’s been a talented Rugby and Rugby League player in the past and I know he is looking forward to throwing himself into Sevens and mixing it with some of the best athletes in the world.”

 

  • Miss Rugby

    I absolutely love Poey, but in terms of monetary value he has been one of the poorest buys by the Brumbies. If I had the time I could go back and look at how many games he has played vs how many he has missed through injury and I do’t think it would be pretty.

    Don’t get me wrong, I believe he has added value in other ways (eg mentoring younger players, popularity etc) but from purely a financial POV the Brumbies have spent a lot of money on a player who has had very limited game time, through no fault of his own.

    It’s such a shame because he is a really great player.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      I think you’re right to an extent, but the Brumbies have had a lot of back rowers come in and do extremely well. I think a large amount of this is probably due to Pocock’s mentorship and leadership.

    • Custard Taht

      Unfortunately for Pocock, his neck has been declared fair game and he had to participate in Cheikas “training ” camps.

    • While I think you’re probably right, it’s always a gamble you take in a sport like rugby and particularly with some of the positions like flanker. I think fans of Leicester would hold up Manu Tuilagi as a counter, they signed him as a marquee player and he missed pretty much all of two seasons, mostly as a result of an injury in an England training camp under Fast Eddie… every time he tried to come back, he reaggravated the same injury, usually in the first half of the first match!

  • formerflanker

    The publicly available informations about Poey’s injury has been quite scant, compared to the details about many other players’ injuries.
    Apart from “lingering”, I don’t remember much in the press about the actual calf injury.
    The long term effects of his injury surely calls for some detail for us mug punters.

    • Singapore Sling

      I’d like to see each club including the wallabies post and update a player injury register. Not only would it be informative It’d be a additional way for supporters to stay connected to their clubs. Maybe it already exists and it resides beyond the reach of ludite like myself.

  • Brumby Runner

    Don’t really understand McKellar’s statement that Poey might not play any more Super Rugby but may have to concentrate on getting ready for the RWC. Surely, getting ready for the Cup would require him to play for the Brumbies at some stage in the lead up?

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      You’d think so wouldn’t you. Not sure how he can get match fit without playing but I guess there are experts sorting all this out these days

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        I personally think would be in the best form if he plays only `1-2 super games in the finals, then the rugby championship. Look at Federer winning the 2017 Aussie Open, or how well Pocock came back after his sabbatical, overplaying is detrimental to performance.

        Ironically, for all the imbeciles, propagandists and liars who claimed that Pocock was being paid not to play in 2017, it is really 2019 in which he is being paid not to play!

      • While I agree with that, I wonder if they’re targeting TRC as his return games to get back to match fitness. Come off the bench against SA and Argentina, see how he goes, maybe a half or a bit more against the AB in Bledisloe 1, full match in Bledisloe 2, fully match fit for RWC against Fiji if required, certainly against Wales.

        While I still doubt it will happen, this is the year that the Wallabies could end up bottom of the TRC, and if they reach a RWC final, win or lose, the fans will forgive that earlier result. Heck, win and the casual fans will forgive Cheika, although I think GAGR regulars will still want him to go rather than suffering for another four years!

        • Geoffro

          Regardless of any future results Cheika has lost the trust I reckon he’s gone whether he’s let go or resigns of his own accord which is my prediction.Pocock has the points on the board to warrant a return at test level I s’pose but would like to see him get a few games under his belt beforehand.

        • I think Cheika should go, regardless. But then I think he should have gone 2 years ago, at the end of last year too. If he wins the RWC, I think he might just say “I come good at the competitions that really matter, I’m gonna stay.” I don’t know that I trust RA enough to say “thanks, but no thanks mate.”

          I agree wholly with both parts about Pocock. I think he’s a classy enough player, whose done enough over time I’d give him a run, but I’d feel happier with a few games under his belt first please.

        • Who?

          Maybe he’ll be a starter against Samoa, a game he otherwise might’ve missed..? Maybe Hooper will be rested for that one (might be useful for Hooper, he’s played plenty of minutes)..?

        • That’s true. The list I looked at didn’t have Samoa, but there’s that match too.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah but everyone is in the same boat and no one will really give a shit what happens in the RC or any other game if they win RWC.

        • While that’s true, and I’m sure all the coaches at TRC will be using the games more as a warm up in various ways than seriously worrying about winning – not that any of them will complain about winning TRC too, that doesn’t mean Cheika and co can’t use it to get Poey match fit before RWC if that’s what it takes.

    • Braveheart81

      I guess they’re trying to work out whether he’s more likely to end up in a better position physically if they target a return in 4 weeks for a Super Rugby quarter final or 8 weeks for a Rugby Championship game (give or take for both).

      • Nutta

        Hello BH81. Haven’t heard you for a while. Nice to see you pop up.

        • Braveheart81

          Still on the forums mate but been busy!

  • Bernie Chan

    Ahh…the damage done at “Camp Cheika Pre-Season” lingers…
    Good to see Tim Walsh adding an “X-factor” players into the 7s mix…Trae Williams is obviously a person with elite level speed, and has rugby and league in his background so let’s hope he adds strike power to the side.
    Now he finally gets a starting spot (Jim McKay…”we know he’s a very good player”…but BT won’t pick him!), I hope DPA has a good game. DPA pairing up with Seb Wilemen (doesn’t he play Shute Shield for Warringah?) is a very inexperienced combo…the Reds will definitely miss Kerevi.

    • RedAnt

      I don’t really know the full story on DPA, but seems like another case of terrible coaching/management… and once again Australia bungling a huge talent.

      • Bernie Chan

        Sad to say I’m also one of the baffled fans…DPA helped QLD Country win the NRC with BT as the coach (and this helped him get the Reds gig…immediately after the similar Nick Stiles debacle…) yet seemed to fall out with BT soon after the “QC&Frisby not required…” incident. Another victim of a ‘cultural review’ (don’t staff love those reviews…)…?

        • GO THE Q REDS

          There’s no such thing as a coincidence…..

        • Bernie Chan

          I agree…alas…

    • Singapore Sling
      • Bernie Chan

        Too funny…!

  • Hitcho

    It’s probably the cynic in me but is Poey’s injury really that bad? I mean reports early on were it was a strain. This has an odour of Australian Rugby not wanting to risk him leading into the world cup. My concern is being fit and being match fit are two different things, along with the disappointment of not being able to watch him go around locally. How does he get picked for the Wallabies on form if there’s no form to assess? (Yeah I know he’s the world’s best 7 but still)

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Why would the Brumbies not play him though? The Brumbies care about the Brumbies first, not the Wallabies.

      The Brumbies already told Cheika to get stuffed when he told them to rest Pocock and co against the Sunwolves last year, and I can guarantee you that the team isn’t feeling more positively towards Cheika and the Wallabies this year, after how Larkham was treated.

      • Hitcho

        Yeah I don’t know mate, but I’ve never heard of a calf strain putting someone out for the season. As I said it’s probably the cynic in me but it stinks of RA.

        • Geoffro

          Poey prides himself on being forthright.Dont think he’d be party to any conspiracy.

      • Mica

        Looks like they got their revenge at the start of this year doesn’t it. :)

    • Pedro

      Calf strains are similar to hamstrings, they can’t be played with and re injury is a big concern.

      • Hitcho

        Yep I understand that mate but a whole season? That and I was watching a video of him doing breakdown drills while tied to the goal posts at Brumbies training where he didn’t look worried by it in the slightest.

        • IIPA

          That video was a few years old when he was coming back from ACL.

          I have seen him in a recent video shirtless using those battle ropes and yeah he doesn’t exactly look out of condition.

          There’s fit, there’s match fit and then there’s Pocock fit.

        • Dylan Langes

          Thats an old video I think

        • Pedro

          yeah, he’s probably re-injured it after thinking it was ok, so they’re being extra careful before trying again.

      • Keith Butler

        Sounds like a grade 3 strain which can take up to 3 months to heal. Pocock’s calves are massive as well.

        • Pedro

          can we just wait until Ian Healey diagnoses him?

        • Who?

          We need Errol Alcott working on his calf – he could have a tear the size of a 20c piece and be playing the next week! :-P
          .
          In all honesty, I reckon you’re on the money below, that he thought he was ok to play, wasn’t, and so the original injury was worsened by the 100-odd minutes he scraped through across three games.

    • Singapore Sling

      I can’t see McKellar doing any more than is reasonable to placate RA regarding Pocock. My bet is his injury is a real bitch.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Dylan,

    Great to Sio sign on, he’s definitely one of the better Props around at the moment and staying on will be invaluable for the Brumbies rebuilding. It’s also good to see Rodda get a chance at being captain. It shows a lot of confidence in him and will be good for his development. It’ll be interesting to see Williams in the 7’s that Perry baker is phenomenal whe he gets going and I dare say we’ll see the same from Williams. It’ll definitely make the Aussie team more of a threat.

    I feel for Pocock, a long term injury can be hard to manage and as you get older injuries do take longer to come right, at least for me. It makes you wonder both about what the issue actually is and how bad he’s been hurt. Good to see the Cheika fitness cam still giving.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Yepo Cheika keeps on being the gift that keeps on giving.

      • Geoffro

        Dont really see how Cheika is to blame.Pocock seems to be the type that plays/trains on the edge of his endurance and the injury could have happened at anytime.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          “the injury could have happened at anytime.”

          But it didn’t, it happened at Cheika’s camp.

          If it was just Pocock who was injured it might have just been poor luck, but Phipps whatever one might say of him is one of the best conditioned Wallabies year in year out, and he too was seriously injured at the camp.

          When 2 of probably your 3-4 best conditioned players (Hooper is the only guy that really comes close I think) are injured in a camp like that, I think you’ve got to ask some serious questions.

        • Geoffro

          Dunno,was there any outcry of cruel and inhuman punishment ?

        • Who?

          There was from the resident Sports Scientist.
          Cheika’s response from Dublin shortly afterwards was, “We had the DJ down there on top of the dunes spinning some tunes, the Roosters guys happened to be round, so they joined us…” But those Roosters players had an extra 2 months without contact, and their season started a month later, so they were in a completely part of a much longer preseason.
          All four calves – Pocock, Phipps, Coleman and DHP – happened whilst doing ‘punishment’ sprints, after other players (i.e. not those four) failed to meet benchmarks. The less fit players (i.e. those who failed to pass) weren’t injured.
          .
          I think it’s pretty clear that Pocock and the Brumbies didn’t hold off long enough and allow full recovery – Pocock (was) rushed back too soon. The other three guys have all missed significant time this season – I’m pretty sure Pocock had ‘returned’ and reinjured himself twice before Phipps got a game!
          .
          When you’ve got no sports scientist involved in a camp of 30 players and 4 of the fittest blokes there (so, 13% of those involved) come away with the same injury, leaving a couple of million dollars worth of prime Wallaby sitting in the grandstands for long periods, questions MUST be asked.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          The questions can be asked but there’s no accountability at RA so no one cares

        • Geoffro

          Fair enough.Wasn’t fully apprised of the details

        • Bernie Chan

          And if it known that Pocock is already one of the hardest trainers and fittest players in Oz rugby…why would any coach increase his output? The Super Rugby guys were already well into the pre-season fitness regimen when Crusty called them up for some hills running up sand dunes…

        • Brisneyland Local

          And DHP

        • Brisneyland Local

          Geoffro so the fact that 4 players got the exact same calf injury because Cheika, and not a strength and conditioning coach (read into that a professional that knows what the fuck they are doing) made the do hill sprints up a sand dune with a boom box playing music it was an injury that was prone to happen at anytime?
          Nah dont buy it

        • Geoffro

          Yah,I get it now.Was a bit light on the details before.

        • Brisneyland Local

          No worries. I also loved the fact that RA completely underplayed it. But the SR coaches were really pissed about it. But they were told to keep their mouths shut about it.

    • Geoffro

      If it’s true Pococks SR season is over what is the justification (as good as he is) in throwing him into the rugby championship cold.Sorry,but for mine he’s gotta get back on the field before then and get some match fitness outside the cauldron of test rugby or going to be toast.I agree there seems to be more to his injury (ies) than is being reported.You’re right about Baker,he’s great to watch and if this Williams guy can catch and pass along with his pace should value add to the sevens.

  • OnTheBurst

    Does anyone know how long Lachie McCaffrey is out for?

    • IIPA

      Says he’s coming back this week through club rugby which I find a little strange. Brumbies have two locks on their bench. McCaff playing like he did most weeks before injury is a must have in the Wallabies 23 I reckon.

  • Westward, David.
    We’ll welcome you home.

  • Greg

    It’s 13:30 and the only Folau mentioned so far today is Fainga’a.

    Hooray

    • Keith Butler

      The day is not over yet!

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    When the Brumbies poached Pocock in 2013 from the Western Force I was very disappointed as Pocock played 69 games for the Force between 2006-2012, was the captain and still an impressive young man with good values and a long career ahead of him. Hodgson has filled the gap that Pocock left at the Force but you cannot replace a player of that quality.
    However the Brumbies did not get exactly what they hoped for: soon after Pocock joined the Brumbies in 2013 he damaged his knee and underwent a knee reconstruction – out for the season. In 2014 after just his 3rd game he damaged his knee again and had to undergo another knee reconstruction again. Then Pocock signed a three year deal with the Panasonic Knights for 2016-19 that surely impacts his longevity and took a a Sabbatical during the 2017 Superugby season. He missed one season with the Brumbies and another with the Knights and will have to complete his last year with thr Knights after the 2019 World Cup.
    What did the Brumbies get: Pocock only played 30 games for the Brumbies between 2013-2019 however he scored 10 tries (try every 3rd game) – mostly from line-out mauls. In the 6 years at the Force he only scored 7 tries (one every 10 games). Pocock was a big loss at the Force and the Force supporters were disappointed that he was not prepared to support the Force when RA decided to cut the organisation. However I wonder what the Brumbies supporters think? Did you get value for your money?

    • Singapore Sling

      Hannes En Brianda Barnard, you have a magnificent name!

  • Larry Jorgensen

    Re quesadilla. (Spellchecker did that and I prefer it. Let’s see if Trae has a sense of humour).

    “Match fitness” involves more than not running out of puff. Resilience to impact comes with time and unfortunately, consistent exposure to impact. I know this from personal experience having returned to a collision sport after some years away. No amount of chin-ups or windsprints can prepare for it.

    Wonder how this will be managed?

    Imagine a hematoma on them thighs!

    • Who?

      My first thought was, “Imagine having one of those quads corked!”

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