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Tuesday’s Rugby News has a new Waratah, an injured Springbok, the Argentina squad to face the Blicks and Jordan Uelese wisdom


New Tah

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The Waratahs have signed a leaguie by the name of Tepai Moeroa from the Parramatta Eels.

Moeroa  has made a good first impression by vowing to take back the Bledisloe from the Kiwis, even if that means going to the lengths of bugging the chairs in their hotels.

First off I want to get a game with the Tahs, that would be a nice start, but the end goal is to win a Super Rugby championship, play for the Wallabies, but I’d like to get the Bledisloe back in Australia,” Moeroa told The Sunday Telegraph (via ESPN).

“That would be something I’d be looking to have an influence on and helping make happen.

“I’ve been to a few of the Wallabies versus All Blacks games, just to hear some of the fans and people and their comments about Australian rugby. I burn, because I know that Australian rugby is so much better than what they think it is.

“Just the way they talk about Australian rugby makes me burn. I want to have an influence in helping Australia get back to where they deserve.

“I want to bring the Bledisloe back to where it belongs.”

Moeroa is a second-rower or lock for the Eels but it is expected he’ll play in the backline for the Tahs next season.

Dyantyi Out

Aphiwe Dyantyi

Copy and paste’s Aphiwe Dyantyi has been ruled out of the Boks – Wallabies clash from the weekend after the winger did his hamstring.

rugby.com.au reports that Dyantyi, who played 13 tests in his debut season last year scoring six tries, will out for an indefinite amount of time.

“Playing for the Springboks is such a great honour and a privilege,” Dyantyi apparently said when asked about this weekend’s game.

“The prospect of representing your country at a World Cup makes the prospect more and more exciting for me.

“I’m looking forward to that and the guys are looking forward to that.

“If you’ve been to our training sessions‚ you’ll see how excited the guys are in terms of what lies ahead this year.”

Looks like the Springboks will just have to put another one of their super quick wingers in Dyantyi’s place on the weekend. Oh dear

Pumas Announced

The Pumas have announced their squad that will embarrass the pesky All Blacks on the weekend, reading out the Jaguares team sheet plus 5 overseas players. So says Fox Sports.

The Argentine RU softened its rules this year, allowing Mario Ledesma to call up fly-halfs Nicolas Sanchez and Benjamin Urdapilleta, back rower Facundo Isa,  winger Santiago Cordero, and prop Juan Figallo.

Juan Imhoff, who peeps might know, didn’t make the cut.

The 30-man squad only includes one uncapped player, Lucas Mensa.

The Pumas will play the Darkness in Buenos Aires at 4am Sunday, Official Super Rugby time, before coming to Brisbane on July 27.

Forwards: Matias Alemanno, Agustin Creevy (capt), Juan Figallo, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas

Backs: Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Santiago Cordero, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Lucas Mensa, Manuel Montero, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Nicolas Sanchez, Joaquin Tuculet.

Thor Saved By Earthlings

170903 Jordan Uelese

Tongan Thor was saved by teammates as they sensibly urged him to follow his assailant into the getaway car, fearing the assailant would be caring a knife, gun, or even worse, be an adult Harry Potter fan.

Jordan Uelese has all the news.

“Something I read on Twitter that day is that you can always replace a phone but you can never replace a life,” says the social media-savvy hooker, to the SMH.

“He was obviously trying to chase down the car but we obviously told him to backtrack. You never know what they have. It was a matter of safety and we’re always there for each other. If he chased that car, you never know what could’ve happened.

“Really grateful he’s safe and he’s ready to go today and train well for this week’s Test.”

A prolific scroller on Twitter, Uelese has obviously come across more magnanimous wisdom.

“I’m not going to let a little minority of crime-makers tarnish our thoughts on people here in South Africa,” Uelese said.

“They’ve obviously been really great to us. They’re really nice people. If you walk around the hotel, they always have big smiles and are always willing to accommodate you whenever and however they can.”

  • Max Graham

    Uelese is dead-set beast. In comparison most Oz hookers are house cats. He gets himself for an extended period and he could be anything.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      I agree. I hope he remains injury free

    • Jason

      You can be as big as you want — if you can’t/don’t play rugby it doesn’t matter. I hope Uelses is proven to be a ready made test player because looking at his history (or lack of) he’s nothing more than a big question mark.

      • Max Graham

        If you’d watched him play you wouldn’t have written this. If he’s fit, he’ll start on Saturday.

        • Missing Link

          Correct mate, Uelese was shaping up nicely prior to that knee reco. I would put him in the same category as Dempsey, a long term prospect worth investing in despite a recent injury setback, that’s why they’re still in the squad despite limited game time. With experience, these two will be close to first pick in the Wallabies forward pack in a few years time.

        • juswal

          Before the June 2018 knee injury, there was a March 2018 shoulder injury. He was only two games back from the shoulder when the knee went.

          The year before, he went from the Australian Under-20s team to the Wallabies. Maybe he hasn’t played enough in the senior grades to find out if his body can survive it.

        • Missing Link

          alright alright, just don’t throw the baby out with the bath water :)

        • Max Graham

          I like Dempsey but reckon he’s got some competition from Valetini. Two different players that might compliment each other in the back row. That new, big unit that got some time at 6 for the Tahs has some promise too.

  • NSWelsham in London

    Saw Moeroa play back in his schooling days and he was immense as an inside centre and a real shame when lost to League as he was a schoolboy in 2012 & 13. He has played lots of union but lets be honest, when he joins union again it will 7 years since last playing the game so its going to take a season or 2 to get back to top form (that’s a big if) and then, will that form translate to Senior Rugby? One big positive though is that he doesn’t seem like he would be the kind of player to laugh and joke after a bledisloe spanking, bit of pride back in the jersey….

    • Wonky Donkey

      Yeah i dig his burn and attitude

    • UTG

      I think he will become a good Union player pretty quickly. League players moving into the backs have made the transition into test rugby very quickly of late. Laumape played for the ABs the year after his Hurricanes debut and SBW played for the ABs without ever playing Super, only a year and a bit after starting playing footy in France. Folau and Koroibete also were able to crack the Wallabies almost within a year of hopping over and were both standouts in their debut seasons. The obvious counter-example would be Sam Burgess but that was more a major screw up by the English where the test side wantedto just plonk him at 12 just run over people. He was always far too big to play 12 without the requisite handling skills and if they really wanted him to succeed in Union they needed to train him up as a loose forward.

    • juswal

      He’s a promising prospect but on the downside, there goes another Waratahs spot that won’t be open for an NRC stand-out.

  • sambo6

    Stop the presses Jordan Ulese…Hotel staff are much nicer to hotel guests than muggers are…

    Good thing you’re good at rugby:)

    • Geoffro

      mate,I’ve stayed in places (particularly France) where the hotel staff have treated the paying guests like rubbish and other places where they’ve been absolutely amazing,It’s not such an outlandish statement

      • AllyOz

        I have similar experiences in France TBH …. you are made to feel grateful that you have been allowed to stay in their establishment (food was good but).

      • Hoss

        Just be aggressive with them – they’ll surrender pretty quickly.

        • Geoffro

          tried that.The limited English goes to none at all and a shrug of the shoulders usually

        • Hoss

          ‘Enculer’

        • Geoffro

          Had to google it but yeah , been enculer-ed a few times (not literally mind)

        • Patrick

          Bravo. That will do the trick, depending on which trick you are aiming for!!

        • Keith Butler

          Thought that was Italy.

        • Hoss

          You say tomatoe, i say…..

        • From NooZealand

          As well

        • Happyman

          They do get upset if you tell them that the only way they can win a war is when they fight on both sides.

    • Yowie

      I saw this documentary about an English hotel in Torquay where the owner was pretty rude to guests.

      He was even goose-stepping around some German guests at one point. Disgraceful.

      • Nutta

        Think I saw the same doco. Some random bloke called The Major kept charging about the place with a shotgun after a rat named Basil…

        They had a pretty decent Waitress on staff though.

        • Bobas

          He’d let himself into people’s rooms to do maintenance on the closet hinges

        • Brisneyland Local

          Manuel! Pencil!

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I loved that program/doco. Sometimes the cringe humour got to me but it was very clever.

  • Geoffro

    The Pumas have lost to Ireland ,France and Scotland in their most recent outings and have never beaten the All Blacks.Regardless of the Jags form I dont think they’re going to come within cooee of the AB’s this week.

  • Geoffro

    Don’t they usually give a phone in a little gift baggy to the MOM in South Africa.There’s an incentive for Thor.

    • Bobas

      Can’t remember a last time a replacement prop was given MOM. I don’t even think Les-Makin has done it in his entire bench-cap career.

      • Geoffro

        I’m sure you’re right.Not to worry , he’d have a new phone by now , youngsters can’t go for very long these days without a mobile in their mitt.

    • AllyOz

      isn’t that the Oscars? I am sure Vodaphone would have given him a free one when they were sponsors

      • Nutta

        Well apparently free phones are so common among the Wobbs that Kurtley couldn’t recall which one was his…

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Ba-Boom!

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nick,

    Real shame for Dyantyi, although as you say it just means they bring in another of their fast wingers. I hope he gets better for RWC.
    I must admit I’m seeing Moeroa as “the next best thing” and just another dream where a short term hope of a solution is put in place instead of some long term development that is actually more likely to provide something sustainable. I hope I’m wrong but anyone expecting a guy who’s played in the second row of league for 7 years to come into 13 in rugby, which by the way is almost the hardest position to learn, and set the world on fire is I think dreaming. Good on him for the dream but I think there’s a lot of hard work needed for a couple of years first.
    I do hope the Pumas do well this weekend. Not well enough to beat us of course but it’ll be good to see them take some of the Jaguar form into the RC.

    • Geoffro

      The Tahs probably need to put their head coach in place also before they go chasing down players.After reading a piece on Cornal Hendricks and his struggles the other day I really hope he gets a call up to replace Diyanti (he’s in pretty good form too)

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Yeah I think that’s just weird. So now the coach is coming in and he’s already got a new player that he knows nothing about and has to develop into the hardest position on the field. Great introduction for whoever takes the gig.

        • Geoffro

          For sure.In just about any sport the coach has some say in who is recruited.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          any “other”

        • AllyOz

          well in some cases (Wallabies, Reds?) we have the coach with too much influence on selection and in others limited influence on recruitment. Working at cross purposes.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          To be fair I believe the coach should be the main selector. As long as they are held accountable for their decisions

        • Geoffro

          Tend to agree.Thankfully its not like cricket where the captain has a large say as well otherwise we’d really be stuffed

        • Yowie

          If you sandpaper one side of a rugby ball do fewer forward-passes get picked up by the TMO?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Ouch!

        • Geoffro

          Maybe,but Id be more worried running around for too long with said sandpaper down my shorts.Could take the shine off yer nuts.

        • Yowie

          Depends on the grit of the sandpaper. Perhaps use course grit to roughen one side of the rugby ball and fine grit to polish the other.

          If you put each bit of sandpaper in a different pocket your intimate partner could “take the rough with the smooth” I suppose.

        • Geoffro

          Conjuring up unwanted mental pictures here

        • Max Graham

          Centre is the hardest position on the field? I’d say it’s close to the easiest. I can name 10 league players that went on to some success in the centres, but can’t think of many tight head props, hookers or open side flankers. Centres spend half their time pulling up their socks. League props make rugby test centres

        • Who?

          It’s the hardest position to defend. Hardest positionally, lots of coordination and decision making.
          Agree it’s way less complicated at set piece than the tight five, but I’d note that recent seasons has seen 13’s (from BOD, Conrad, AAC on) doing a fair bit of jackalling.

        • Max Graham

          Yeah, the second closest defender to the sideline is the hardest position to defend. We’ve had the 10 defend on the blind wing for the past decade so the number on the back isn’t the be all and end all. Reckon this bloke will defend at ‘12’ – likely play this position anyway – where he won’t have such a hard adjustment. Teo, Burgess, SBW and Andy Farrell made the adjustment pretty quickly and few people considered them a weak link in the defensive line. A league second rower and a rugby 12 don’t have very dissimilar roles in attack and defence when you think about it.

    • Keith Butler

      I’m with you KRL. England tried it with Sam Burgess to fill the 12 slot and it proved to be a disaster. Needed at least 2 full seasons with his club, Bath, in that position but spent a fair amount of time on the blindside. Given time he could have been a great 6 but that’s history.

      • Geoffro

        Whoever came up with recruiting Burgess should have been bitchslapped.At least Moeora has played some junior rugby at a decent level,I don’t think Burgess had any.Anyway,history shows what happened to that Pom group at WC2015

        • Keith Butler

          Too true, we were an embarrassment. I think Farrell had a big hand in his recruitment. I always thought that Burgess would have made a great blindside given the chance but that as they say is history.

        • Geoffro

          Big call,can’t think of too many (if any) players that have transited from league to the forwards in Union successfully but both games are evolving I s’pose

        • AllyOz

          Just Brad Thorn really. But even then they originally used him as a loosie and in the end switched him to a lock before it started to pay off. Lock is a little easier to learn because you are generally following the ruck and there is a bit less decision making in general play. As long as you can pick up your scrum and lineout technique (which in itself is a fair bit too learn).

        • Keith Butler

          Back in the old days lock was even easier. Push, jump (without assistance), making the odd tackle or three and generally ruck (shoe) or whack anyone of the opposition who got in your way. ‘‘Twas a simple life requiring few brain cells.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Ah those were the days. I remember them well

        • AllyOz

          I was a lock Keith… and you have described me to a tee.

        • Keith Butler

          Same here and we didn’t have ARs or cameras to highlight our nefarious activities.

        • Keith Butler

          Would have taken 2 or 3 seasons but I reckon he could have made it. England left it way too late for him to be an international 12.

        • AllyOz

          I agree. If he had joined straight after the world cup and worked towards the next one but he had less than a full season and they picked him on the side for some club games and at centre for others. I think he could have, at the very least, filled a similar role to SBW – a tackle breaking off loading 12 who is also very solid defensively in the front line. He is a tremendous athlete.

        • Keith Butler

          Arrived way too late and badly managed by the RU imo. Always saw him as a 6 myself. He could have been a contender.

    • juswal

      OK, it’s now on the the record that you suspect that Tepai Moeroa will not adapt readily or well to rugby. You said it at least three times yesterday and there it is again.

      Is that enough? Can you leave it there?

      I find a few things objectionable about you but the worst is that you just say the same negatives, every time one of your target players or coaches is mentioned. Time after time. Beale, Hanigan, Cooper, Cheika, Wessels . . . now Moeroa.

      It’s not obligatory to chime in on every post and comment, and your criticisms aren’t worth repeated reading. Can’t you just let it go by, once you’ve had your say?

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate you need to go on the Roar, that’s where the dickheads are usually found

        • juswal

          Don’t call me ‘mate’.

          This discussion group is self-moderating. Always was, long before you washed in.

          At least pause for a moment and think about your conduct. You want to talk about Australian rugby players, fine. Got strong opinions, fine. Want to play a broken record of narrow-minded hate against certain people? That’s shitty behaviour—are you a shitty kind of person?

    • I must admit, I was kind of surprised to see the optimism with which his code switch was greeted. I don’t know what his history (I could look it up) but the players that do well generally play back-three or have a long history playing union as kids, so they’ve got an idea about the skills required. But we’ll see…

    • Patrick

      Um wtf all of you what sport did our all time highest super rugby try scorer come from???

      • Max Graham

        AFL

        • Patrick

          Haha

  • Hoss

    Whats with the Harry Potter sledge Big Nick – fucking uppity muggles !!

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday of the first test week of the year – a lot to like and deluded-ville here i come.

    Fearless Forecasts

    Gold to win in a boil-over v Saffa B’s. Look for strong platform from piggies and the Big Fijian Flyers at 12 & 13 to cause some damage – Gold by 15

    Jaguares v AB’s. A FISM ambush – FISM’s by 9.

    A new world order is coming my friends – what a wonderful idea indeed.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Hahahahaha love your optimism mate. Obviously with Adrien away someone has to take the mantle. TBF I think your first one is on the cards but you’re dreaming if you think we’re going to lose to the Super Rugby silver medalists

      • Hoss

        ‘An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.’

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Wow! That’s deep for a Tuesday

        • Hoss

          i can be serebrel, cerrebrail, seereebrell – clever sometimes.

        • Yowie

          “I have nothing to declare except my clevererer-than-other-people-ness”

        • Hoss

          Wot he said.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold. Cant wait for this weekend and our Brissy extravaganza.

        • Hoss

          I may have already started packing, still trying to convince Mrs Hoss that i am really going to miss her deeply, have to work on my delivery a bit.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Ha ha! That is hilarious!

        • Keith Butler

          The essentials (hip flask) are packed.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Excellent.

      • From NooZealand

        Agree, it is time they (Pumas and the rest) know what the ABs led by the Canes can do.

    • Keith Butler

      Always assuming that Cheika selects KK at 12 and not KB (always fancied myself as a hard running centre in the body of a lock) outside Spanners. But it has to be the BFFs or GAGRs will explode.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate if KB is st 12 we’re fucked. Almost as fucked as that decision would be

        • Happyman

          Mate we all know how fucked that would be. But we all know it could happen.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Delete could, insert will!

    • Brisneyland Local

      I am worried that we will see Kerevi at 13, and Beale at 12.

      • Hoss

        Stop that, stop that now.

        • Brisneyland Local

          It is my dream……It is my nightmare.
          Last night I dreamt of a snail crawling across the blade of a straight razor! ;-)

        • Yowie

          Everyone gets everything he wants. I wanted a mission, and for my sins, they gave me one. Brought it up to me like room service. It was a real choice mission, and when it was over, I never wanted another.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Three is a true fan! well done Yowie!

        • Yowie

          For that reason, this was the funniest Huw Parkinson mashup video I’ve ever seen. Made around the time then-PM Turnbull had to deal with newly-elected Trump

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKADdK2c8j4

      • Happyman

        Just worried we will see Beale start

        • Brisneyland Local

          I know we will see Beale start!

      • Damo

        Surely he won’t BL. Surely…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Dont call me surely!
          Oh course he will!

        • John Tynan

          Roger, Roger.

    • From NooZealand

      Sorry, what is FISM ?

      • Hoss

        Falkland Island Silver Medalists – Argentina.

        • From NooZealand

          LOL and thank you. I heard at the time that they were saying that they didn’t loose the war, simply they came “subcampeones”

    • I have no idea on the first one – it’s certainly a possibility. The second… just no, sorry. The Pumas, like the Jaguares, have improved, but that much?

      • Hoss

        I acknowledge it’s in the outer realms
        of possible, BUT, the Nearlies have left a fair few regulars at home alah the Saffa’s and there’s a hint of upset about this game.

        • Trouble is, the Nearlies’ “also rans” are also bloody good…

        • Hoss

          Well, yes, there is that . But the Pumas have an entire season together under their belt, playing at home – I just have a feeling in my waters.

        • Can’t argue with those I guess. Roll on Saturday evening to see! (Or your Sunday morning I guess.)

        • From NooZealand

          I am sorry you have feelings for the severity of the wake up call will have in you.

        • Hoss

          I am pretty sure it was Elvis Costello who said ‘the times, they are a changin’

          Be afraid comrade, be very afraid.

        • From NooZealand

          You are right. I can hardly sleep at night waiting for next Monday’s to read here about sorrow for the misfortunes of others tovarich Hossivich.

  • RedAnt

    I dunno, a population of 6.5-billion would suggest you can always replace a life too.

    • Brendan Hume

      If you’re talking about the earth, it’s over 7.5B now

  • Missing Link

    So when does the Cheikmeister name his winning team?

    • Yowie

      Post-retirement, after volunteering to coach the local under-10 ‘A’ squad?

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