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Tuesdays’s Rugby News sees Matt Toomua back in Australia, Internal and External attack coach candidates, Rising take on the Wolfpack and TJ Perenara speaks about generalisations.


 

NEW REBEL ON THE BLOCK

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Matt Toomua might have just landed back in Australia but he has already reported in at his new home, with a chance to debut this Friday night.

Toomua was granted early release from his Leicester contract after the club escaped relegation but failed to make playoffs.

According to Rebels coach Dave Wessels, the club wasn’t expecting Toomua until after May 20th, where he would get a week of training under his belt before debuting against the Waratahs on the 31st.

After Quade Cooper went down early in the second half with a nasty head knock, Melbourne went back to Leicester again to see if Toomua could return home a week earlier. This time they obliged.

Regardless of Coopers state, Wessels may expect Toomua to step up into the 10 Jersey, to provide Quade with some much needed rest as he is one of the few Rebels who had almost played every minute up until Friday’s collision.

“We get Matt Toomua in a week’s time, which makes a big difference for us, and that probably takes a bit of pressure off Quade in having to play every single minute.

“But to be honest, I wouldn’t like to be the guy that has the discussion not to play Quade. He’s so invested in things at the moment and enjoying his rugby that I think he wants to be out there.” Wessels said on Friday after the Rebels victory over the Reds.

It is conceivable that the Wallaby incumbent flyhalf may have to start off the bench for the Rebels. Or find a way to slot in somewhere else.

Often playing either 10 or 12 Toomua will have some strong competition for spots in the Rebels star studded back line given the form of Quade and with Billy Meakes putting his name on the 12 jersey, and Reece Hodge and Tom English both putting strong cases forward for the 13 spot.

Speaking with reporters in Sydney last August Toomua said he wasn’t phased where he played.

“My junior stuff was all done at 10 and I think I probably still slightly prefer it,” Toomua told reporters in Sydney in 2018.

“However, I do like playing 12 in the Australian system because it is a lot more entertaining than other systems. So without sitting on the fence too much I’d say 10, but I don’t mind either.”

Toomua’s return also puts him in a good position for the Wallabies, allowing him to attend the  Wallaby Camp in Brisbane next weekend.  

Quade and injured Adam Coleman will have until the 11th hour to prove their fitness, whilst Jordan Uelese had a successful return to Rugby playing for Gordon over the weekend, he is expected to line up for the Rising in their match against the Wolfpack on Friday.

I for one am excited to see what new Melbourne hair styles Matt Toomua will rock in the years to come.

INTERNAL EXTERNAL CANDIDATES

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson says they will be looking at “internal and external” candidates as they look to find a new attack coach for the Wallabies.

We are four months out from the World Cup and there is still no replacement for Stephen Larkham who was dismissed from the role back in December. 

Speaking with FOX SPORTS, Johnson said that after next weekends camp in Brisbane, they would have a better idea of the right fit, and have a few options to pick from.

“We’re in a process,” he said.

“We’re looking internally and externally. Names are bouncing around and we’re just trying to see the options that fit and having a look what Cheik (Wallabies coach Michael Cheika) does.

“We’ll be closer aligned after that camp.”

“It’d be nice to have it but they’re still involved in their provincial teams.

“It may be an internal candidate and Cheik’s got a way he wants to play.

“He’s there and that’s what he’s employed to do.

“He’ll have a greater role at the start but that doesn’t mean he won’t get help at the back end.”

Plenty of names have been thrown around, and despite Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle saying they wouldn’t disturb the Super Rugby franchises, internally and externally raises a few questions.

Rebels attack coach Shaun Berne, Waratah’s head coach Daryl Gisbon, Brumbies backs coach Peter Hewat, and Reds attack coach Jim McKay have all had their names thrown into the mix.

Scots College Director of Rugby Brian Smith’s name is continuously used in consideration for the role, but it is unclear if he could step away from his duties mid season.

Johnson has ruled himself out of the role, despite having done temporary coaching for Scotland, he appears to wish to stay out of the day to day coaching operations. 

“I think it’s important you can’t have two masters,” he said.

“The team’s got to be looking at the one person and the one individual and I think it’s important for that. “If someone heeds my advice, I won’t be reticent to give it.

“I understand the parameters – I‘ve been doing this type of job for a while and I probably found it hard at the start but I’ve found a nice comfort level there and it’s important that the players and all the officials now where to look.”

RISING VS WOLFPACK

Jordan Uelese

Jordan Uelese

Victorian club Rugby players will have the opportunity to represent the Melbourne Rising in an “International” match against the Japan A Wolfpack side.

The Wolfpack is Japan’s extended World Cup training squad, and will feature Japanese internationals not playing for the Sunwolves, (and not Amanaki Mafi).

The Melbourne Rising will be comprised of current Rebels not playing on Friday and Victorian club players, for many of which wouldn’t have had much exposure to international opposition.

Rising Co-Head Coach Pom Simona says the Melbourne side will be mostly Victorian Club rugby players.

“The majority of the team will be Victorian Club players who we’ve gone out and watched, or we’ve watched video tape and potentially can step up to that next level,” Simona said.

“I’m really excited for them to play international rugby, it’s not something that happens every day in Victoria.”

“(It’s a great opportunity) to have a look at the local talent, because we know there’s a lot of out there, but we want to see them in our environment to see how they go,” Simona said.

“They’re testing themselves against players who’ve played 50-100 Super Rugby games and have played international games.

“Games like this we probably haven’t had in the past, so it’s a chance for the guys coming in from Dewar Shield to really put their foot forward and say I belong in this environment and I could potentially play NRC and make a good case for myself.”

The Wolfpack previously had a hit out against the Brumbies Runners, and came away victorious 66-17, so it will be an exciting challenge for the Victorian men.

Simona says the Rising are well aware that the Japanese players are looking to put their stamp on a Jersey a head of the World Cup, and understand the need to be prepared to put up a fight.

“We’re expecting a very well drilled and well-disciplined side full of internationals and professionals,” Simona said.

“We’re under no illusions to how tough the game is going to be.

“They’re all playing for positions at the World Cup, so they’ll be very tough team indeed.”

The Rising side is due to be announced Wednesday.

Rising v Japan A Wolfpack

Kick Off: 5:05pm AAMI Park

Tickets Available for both Rising and Rebels Games here

 

PERENARA SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GENERALISATIONS

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He might be one of the most vocal half backs, (speaks a lot with his hands as well) now Hurricane’s and All Blacks half back TJ Perenara has hit out around the dangers generalisations on the back of Taniela Topou’s facebook post.

Taniela Tupou was caught up in the Israel Folau storm after he posted comments reacting to a story about Samu Kerevi “apologising” for his faith.

Tupou wrote on Facebook,”Might as well sack me and all the other Pacific Islands rugby players around the world because we have the same Christian beliefs.

“I will never apologise for my faith and what I believe in, religion had [sic] got nothing to do with rugby anyways #TYJ “.

“For him to make a statement for everyone, I don’t think that’s right,”Perenara told Jim Kayes on Radio Sport. “He can certainly make his own statement if that’s how he feels but you can’t paint a brush over every single Māori or Pacific Islander who has any religious beliefs.

“You can’t speak for everyone.”

“It’s obviously a tender subject for a lot of people and I just feel for especially the young people that get influenced by those words and who are trying to figure themselves out at the moment,” he said.

“As leaders in our community, we need to empower those people and let them know that it’s okay to be who you are, it’s okay to feel the way you feel and that being you is okay.

“That’s the message that we should be sending, that love and that unity and empowering people is what we should be doing.”

There has been a generalisation regarding this topic, fuelled by the sensationalisation in the media of an us versus them mentality regarding Pacific Islander players and supporters. Perenara has been vocal in the past regarding his support for inclusiveness for the LGBT community in and away from Rugby. 

 

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Perenara always come across as a thoughtful, intelligent and kind man.

    Good on him. The sport is better to have him in the game.

    Also, just thought I’d love this here:

    https://m.betootaadvocate.com/sports/devout-christians-in-the-all-blacks-somehow-able-to-adhere-to-faith-without-being-fuckwits/

    • Andrew H

      +1 for this. As much as I dislike what the guy does on the field I’ve really been impressed with his actions off it.

    • Who?

      I haven’t listened to him much off the field, so given the majority of what I’ve heard him say is on the field, I can’t agree with kind. Intelligent, scheming, cunning, arrogant… They fit pretty well (i.e., he’s a scrumhalf, and in an opposition scrumhalf, these are characteristics I despise. If he were an Aussie, I’d have no drama with them!). :-P
      .
      I think he’s right that the Maori and PI players shouldn’t cop generalisations. But I do wonder if part of it is also that Maori players get lumped in with PI players in terms of culture. Traditionally, their cultures were very similar. But their last 200 years has seen significant differences between their cultural experiences. Maori people, from my limited experience with them, are much closer to the average Kiwi in religious tradition (which isn’t dissimilar to the average Aussie) these days than people who stayed on the islands and who were heavily evangelised by missionaries for a lot longer.
      I think TJ’s right to say that Maori and PI players shouldn’t suffer generalisation, but I also think that it’s wrong to group Maori and other PI players as a singular group. I believe that they should be divided significantly more than that, as their cultures, whilst similar, aren’t the same. And that’s without discussing religion (whether people are religious, or not).

      • onlinesideline

        Bang on mate. Very different cultures and TJ was just reminding all and sundry (and maybe even more so reminding “Tongan” Thor too)

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I agree – sort of like you can’t generalise about all Christians, hey?

        • onlinesideline

          or maybe hes saying, speak for your self but not the All Black Christians

        • Who?

          The way it reads, though, TJ was grouping Maori with PI’s. I’d read Tupou’s comments as coming from a place where he’s connected to his community, so I’d be ok with Tupou – or any other player – making statements around community. Because they’re inside it. People inside the community generally know their community (whereas TJ’s not inside that community, he’s not an RA employee, he’s not PI, let alone Tonga like Folau and Tupou). It’s different when it’s people outside – like us – are trying to define who’s in, who’s out, and what that community is, and does.
          .
          It’s like saying the Wallabies support SSM – which, on reflection, was where this drama all started… Someone outside the group (RA admins) saying what the group believes, and forcing someone in the group to differentiate himself on an issue where he felt strongly. If they’d said RA supports SSM (rather than the Wallabies)… Who knows what that branch timeline might’ve been?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Tupou generalised to ‘all’ PIs, not just his community.

          That’s the issue, and I have multiple Fijian friends that disagree with Folau, and undoubtedly some agree with him.

        • Who?

          He generalized to all RA-employed PI players. He’d have a better idea of how large or small that community is, who’s in and out. He’s inside it, we’re not.
          .
          It doesn’t surprise me that you’ve got Fijian friends who see things differently. Different community. It wouldn’t surprise me if Tupou’s stretched his community a bit wider than the real situation, but he’d have a better idea of the breadth of his community than we do.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Tupou would know the views of every single PI across all Australia super rugby teams?

          Right…

        • Who?

          Not what I said. I said Tupou didn’t generalize the entire PI community, he said RA may as well sack us PI players now. So that limits it to RA-employed PI players.
          Then, I said that he would have a better idea of the size of his community than we do, as he’s inside it. But I also said that it wouldn’t surprise me if Tupou’s community (as defined by his own statement) was stretched a bit wider than the real situation.
          .
          But he’s far closer to the situation than we are, he’d have a far better feel of it all than we do.
          .
          It’s the same as the Wallabies SSM tweet. Only one guy decided he needed to separate himself from that. It wouldn’t surprise if he wasn’t the only one who felt that way (the public vote was 60/40, roughly, even the ACT was ‘only’ roughly 75/25, so you’d expect that would be reflected – roughly – in most locations, including sporting teams), but he was the one who decided to be public.
          .
          I expect that, in the same way, Tupou might make a statement, but that there’d be people who wouldn’t feel exactly that way. But that he would, given he’s a Super player, given he’s a Wallaby, have something of an idea of the thoughts of the people he plays and prays with. Maybe the real number is 80% of PI players. Maybe it’s 40%? I don’t know. But I’d trust Tupou to have a better idea than we do, or than a bloke who lives across the ditch and whose primary objective is to disrupt his opposition.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Seems likely a large proportion of PIs would feel the same way. But what is also clear is that he cannot speak for all PIs employed by RA.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          I’d imagine that number is very high considering the number of players in that prayer circle at this particular point in the Australian political landscape!

        • Pearcewreck

          He would know their opinions alot better than you or I, I suspect.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          I feel maybe TJ needs to stop playing the victim card and maybe take Kerevi and Thor’s comments for what they were and more importantly put those comments in Context! I can’t believe how many poor little delicate flowers there are these days, that you have to target and specify every little detail and reference to who what where and when in case someone gets offended you answered….”nah, the white stuff…. I Hate the black stuff” I was talking about SALT sir…..(says the poor white male from prison)

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          How did he play the victim?

        • Who?

          I don’t think he played the victim. I think we’re all just used to hearing his whining voice. “But sir, he did this!!!” Always sticking his nose in everywhere. :-P

        • GO THE Q REDS

          I agree he DID. Nothing was said specifically derogatory towards him,his people or his beleifs yet he’s made into something he’s complaining about. That fits the definition I’m afraid…

        • Pearcewreck

          TJ genaraiised when assuming Topuu included Maori’s in his comments.
          He didn’t.
          When I first read Tupou’s comments about a week or so ago, i didn’t for one second think of Maoris, not one moment.
          Not until TJ gets on his virtue signalling high horse and makes similiar generalisations and assumptions, by assuming Topou means Maoris as well when he says PIs.
          TJ is a self righteous hypocrite.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          It’s nice to see some thought goes into your opinions Who! Truly is! Nothing worse than people who read a headline and form a pop gun opinion like sheep!

    • Ian

      Yeah that betoota advocate article, a parody in a parody. Classic stuff.

    • GeorgiaSatellite

      Except, as Sully pointed out one Friday news recently, Thor’s comments had nothing to do with the homosexual damnation issue. They were strictly in response to the attacks on Kerevi’s Easter message, which was a far more general “Hallelujah”. So TJ has the wrong end of the stick – no doubt as a result of the appalling media conflation of Thor’s views with Folau’s. Nonetheless, the wrong end.

    • Pearcewreck

      TJ is a vrtue signalling hypocrite.
      His comments were pathetic.

  • Andrew H

    Nice articles Dylan. Good to see Scott Johnson rule himself out of a direct coaching role, I wonder if he sees that as part of Australia’s problem- coaches not having an ‘external’ person they are held accountable by.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s. Happy Tuesday to everyone.
    – Well I am sure the Izzy issue has been fascinating for all of us, but by Jehovah himself it has distracted us from the important issues of the fact that the RA have still failed to appoint an attack coach? Holy shit what have they been doing? I am sure Cheika has a first preference. Give it to him, so that we can all belittle him for his lack of vision, and watch the ensuing train smash. But fuck me we are talking about the recruitment of one person. Is it that bloody hard?
    – Great to see Matty T back. I look forward to watching him play, and I hope his experience brings some additional focus and extra options. Because when QC left the field with concussion last week, the Rebs looked a little direction less. Having Matty T slip straight into 10 when QC leaves the field is great.
    – Is that Melbourne Rising vs Wolfpack game going to be televised? I reckon that would be interesting to watch. Anyone know?
    Maybe it is just me, now totally ignoring the whole Izzy thing, but we are about 18 weeks out from the RWC. Our clubs are struggling, our players are seemingly more divided than they were 4 months ago, which is not a good thing at all. Our preparation is a shambles, we have an Ass Clown for a Head Coach, No attack coach, a Defence coach that cant spell Defence, and are likely to select a team that is based on coaches favourites rather than our inform players. Don’t mean to be negative today, but the enormity of the shit storm that is coming has just landed for Mr BL.
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • Bobas

      To be fair not even the roar journalists that ‘GO THE Q REDS’ froths over knows how to spell it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2df4af57bd11213d65c7feb4f4efeb8487a5896ebc538b2ccc639474bc91ed97.jpg

      • Brisneyland Local

        Pure Gold Bobas!

      • GO THE Q REDS

        If only you knew how much…..

    • onlinesideline

      its incredible mate isnt it …. they are acting so relaxed – we need a decision now dont we – the cup is 4 months away – umm thats 16 weeks. How many practises can we have with the new attack coach stamping his imprint on the team ? The guy should be picked and deeply into analysis ad conversation with players. We have had 4 years to get this right. Its beyond belief. This is on Castle IMO. She didnt sack Cheika post EOYT and the rest is just flowing at the same slow rate and in same way as pre-EOYT.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Concur, I just see that there is now a series of excuses that Cheika can trot out post cataclysmic failure! “It wasnt my fault!”

      • Bobas

        After getting through a tough super rugby campaign, the first post the Force cut, Queen Raylene castles to postpone attacks on the King of Aus rugby.

      • Patrick

        Let’s be honest, they aren’t relaxed, they just can’t find anyone interested in playing Cheika’s games.

    • Steve

      our players are seemingly more divided than they were 4 months ago, which is not a good thing at all.

      I’m sure this isn’t really true in reality BL. I certainly haven’t heard of any disunity within the Super rugby squads, I don’t really think there’s anything to those rumours.

      Where I won’t disagree with you is the shambles that is the national setup at the moment. The coaching setup is a shambles and isn’t going to improve before the WC – Which is all the more bizarre as I feel like there are some really good coaches within the various Super franchises.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Sorry I should have clarified it. there was in the EOYT significant division within the Wallabies squad. And now the playing group has had another issue to divide over!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          What was the EOYT division over?

          I think it is good we’re having this discussion. The players were going to have to deal with it sooner or later anyway.

          I think the answer is what it has always been: you can’t believe whatever you want and that’s fine, but don’t see anything hurtful to other people.

        • Brisneyland Local

          The EOYT stuff was bubbling along because of the cultural divide between the player groups within the Wallabies. This finally manifested in the “Beale / AAC” hotel guest incident. But a lot of it is still a flow on from the McKenzie era divisions. The Izzy thing is the icing on the turd sandwich.

        • Yowie

          “the icing on the turd sandwich”

          I love a good mixed metaphor.

          Eg “It’s my arse on the line, and I don’t want a cock-up” (Inspector Grimm from The Thin Blue Line)

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep. I loved a good mixed metaphor too!

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yep…. I don’t see how this isn’t the greatest division amongst Aussie players I’ve ever seen! Don’t remember there ever being a threat of quite a few players quiting due to RA taking a hardline stance on inclusivity! Certain players and coaches commenting they may not want it be able to play with certain others again and so on. It’s pretty full on. Plus the fact a key Wallaby sponsor is playing silly buggers with PC cultural posturing while at the same time having major involvement in another country that literally outlaws Gay’s punishable by death!
          THAT is a mess! The world is laughing at RA

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think they are just happy it isnt them. You should see Gillan McLachlan’s (CEO of AFL) comments albeit brief on the matter.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yeah saw that. It appeared he fettled both sides of the argument!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Absolutely. But interesting their lawyers looked at it and baulked. Due to the unintended consequence. Just what RA have discovered.

        • Who?

          And the last two days Morrison and Shorten have been asked if they believe that gay people will go to hell. As if that’s a character test for running the country (especially given it’s not a social policy question anymore – SSM passed, and afterlife matters are beyond government’s remit), rather than capacity to understand and run large scale policies on economics, environment, etc.
          .
          As if those sorts of questions of character and belief are more important than loyalty, honesty, compassion, and the ability to make difficult choices (which is not a statement targeting either candidate for PM).
          .
          Oh, and BLL, it appears the Libs have also jumped in and promised $15 Million for the never-to-be-started-because-the-QRU-is-broke Ballymore redevelopment.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          It’s always either a limelight grab or a grab at new voters! Why can’t they be smart…. play all sides of the fence and say… I have no comment on anything bar our policies!
          Perhaps shuffle the question on to foreign affairs lol

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Whether you agree with it or not, Qantas is ‘playing silly buggers’ are you put it, so RA have to decide how to react.

          This division was always going to come up sooner or later as most of Australia moves more and more towards secular values, and the percentage of the highly Christian PI community begin to make up more and more players.

    • Damo

      What do we currently know?
      That for most of this current Wallaby coaching team tenure our attacking game has totally disintegrated in the face of big mobile forward packs and mid fields together with the smothering rush defensive patterns of the best of the NH teams.
      That those defense plans will be ramped up further by a significant factor at RWC 19.
      That some central coaching edict has been generated in NZ and all of their Super Rugby teams are this year pro actively refining a range of tactics, such as off loading, shifting the point of attack, quick response counter attack etc to unpick this kind of defensive strategy. They are particularly getting value and RWC preparation from it against big Saffa teams. Nationally they will be well ready for RWC 19.
      That apart from the Rebels and the Brumbies sometimes, the OZ SR teams seem to be clueless about this. The Reds simply do not offload and the Tahs are continuing with Wallabies style side to side attack which the opposition love so much.
      Whether we believe in centralising Oz rugby or not, performance at the world cup must be a common, focussed objective. But here we are, 4 months out nonchalantly looking to secure an attack coach (What defensive strategy we take into September is the subject of a whole other thesis). What this suggests to me is that the current coach believes he has it all sorted and we are going to use what has worked so well in recent years.
      RA does not operate in a bubble. It’s more like a sheltered workshop- with due apologies to sheltered workshops.

      • onlinesideline

        yep 100% – well said mate

      • Brisneyland Local

        100% agree.

    • IIPA

      Big ask for Toomua to step straight in off the plane. He was a bit sluggish the first game or two like the “trial” last year when he flew back and TPN likewise when he popped back for a quick Tahs stint.

      Tayler Adams been carving up for the Woodies in Shute Shield and maybe shouldn’t have been let go. Hodge at 10 doesn’t work and Maddocks at 10 still remains nothing more than wishful thinking at this point.

      Maybe there’s not too many people applying for the attack coach role? Perhaps remuneration package is contingent on Folau legal result ?!?

      • Brisneyland Local

        If QC is fit he will play and Toomua will likely come of the bench. If QC is not fit then he will more than likely play.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Maybe it will come down too the severity of the concussion over a plane flight and potential combination rustiness! Quade could definitely do with a rest tho

        • Who?

          I think it’ll purely be a question of the concussion. Because if you’re not cleared, there’s no choice, you don’t play. A 7 day turnaround is always tight for a concussion.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          And if Quade is cleared you think that’s it…. he plays…. despite Toomua being there now? I’d say the second Toomua turned up, resting Quade was instantly on the table. Especially after the admission of Quade 2weeks ago that he was off his feet after playing every game so far!

        • Who?

          I think if Quade’s cleared, he might be on the bench. I think the plan was always to give Toomua a run and Cooper a rest. As Dave said, he doesn’t want to tell Quade he’s not playing, given Quade’s pretty keyed in and enthusiastic – Quade won’t be happy.
          .
          But if Cooper doesn’t clear the concussion protocols, in spite of Toomua having insufficient time to adjust to game plans and get over his jet lag, Quade simply can’t play.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think we just need to reduce QC’s work load from 80 mins a game to 50-60. But he needs to keep playing to bed down combinations and to continue to demonstrate there is an alternative!

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yeah another eg of Aus rugby ignoring the development of next generation playmakers. Rebels get a pass of sorts tho considering the other clubs have pretty solid setups to draw young players from. They have zero excuse.

      • GO THE Q REDS

        Whys that? Quade was playing lowly Brisbane club footy before stepping directly back into Super rugby and was the form 10 in all of supper rugby the 1st half of the season. Toomua would be playing at a far higher lvl and should slot in very smoothly as he is a high quality player also! There shouldn’t be many dramas you’d think….

        • IIPA

          I was referring to the 20hr flight and the timezone difference. Pretty sure in interviews both Toomua and TPN referenced how hard this was shuttling back and forth last year. Admittedly this is only a one way trip but still in an ideal situation he’d start off the bench I would have thought.

      • Keith Butler

        Not an ideal solution I know but I would rest QC and play Hodge, and English with a Toomua on the bench.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Mate Cheikas preference is probably one of the school kids teachers/coaches that impressed him immensely in their attacking prowess……

      • Brisneyland Local

        You could be right there. I would not be surprised.

      • Brumby Runner

        It will likely be someone whom he won’t worry about having the balls to differ. Your suggestions just might fit the bill.

  • Greg
  • Moz

    Japan A – is that the same team that also played the Force a few weeks back in Tokyo?

    • Perth girl

      Yes it is. Force lost that game

  • Larry Jorgensen
  • Pearcewreck

    So TJ Peranarra is a Virtue Signalling Hypocrite.
    He is a Virtue Signaller because, well, it’s obvious.
    He is a Hypocrite because he accuses Taniela Tupou of generalising regarding the faith of PI’s.
    Yet, TJ himself commits a gross gerealisation by assuming that when Taniela Tupou says PI, he also means Maori.
    Taniela Tupou never mentions Maori’s in his comments.
    TJ himself is not PI, he is Maori. They are very diferent people groups.
    TJ, I suggest you get off your self rigteous, virute signalling high horse, you hypocrite.

    • Dud Roodt

      Just for clarification, are you trying to say that TJ is a virtue signalling hypocrite?

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