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Tuesday’s Rugby News has a confused Samu Kerevi, Matt Toomua wink wink nudge nudge warning against rotation, the debut of the indigenous jersey and a typhoon that could affect the RWC.


Samu Kerevi

Konfused Kerevi

Samu Kerevi is concerned “the way rugby is going”, according to the SMH, and no he’s not just talking about people combing through games to find collisions that might be worthy of a yellow card.

No – he’s talking about ball carrying. In the mixed zone after the game, Kerevi joked he might as well go play NRL next year if he can’t ball carry.

“I think I was just saying that [defecting to the NRL] as a little joke [but] I’m being serious at the same time,” Kerevi said.

“I just don’t want our sport to be soft. I understand it’s all about safety, I understand that, but it’s a collision sport.

“It shocked me. I was like man, it’s the first time I’m getting looked at for running the ball.

“Funnily I was talking to Nella [teammate Taniela Tupou]. I was telling him he might not be allowed to run straight any more the way he runs.

“If you watch rugby league there are some collisions that are just nice. You enjoy that stuff, that’s why we play.

“You’ve got to understand it from a player’s point of view. The way the referee explained it to me, in those milliseconds I’ve got to move my arm from just running to tucking it down. What do I do if I don’t have my arms up? Is his shoulder going to go into my head? How am I to keep myself safe? I’m literally just holding onto the ball and just running.”

Cheika, who has now twice suffered from World Rugby’s random penalty generator (that wasn’t turned on for the All Blacks – Boks, Ireland – Scotland or France – Argentina games) was understandably upset too.

“Honestly, I don’t know the rules any more,” Cheika said. “As a former rugby player, I am embarrassed.”

Man of The Match Matt Toomua

Toomucha

The man that almost won it for the Wallabies on the weekend is not so keen on any talk of rotation for the upcoming Uruguay game.

Already this World Cup, Fiji have been beaten by Uruguay, Ireland by Japan, and Wales by Fiji  and Toomua warns against rotation for rotation’s sake.

“Everyone wants to start [and I bloody should have] but, in saying that, I got 35-odd minutes today off the bench [and almost won the bloody thing] and I’m glad that’s getting more and more and more,” Toomua said, according to the SMH.

“I’ll keep doing what I can to push for a starting job [including winning or almost winning the game after being subbed on 3 games in a row], but if it means impact off the bench, then I’ll do the best I can there as well.”

Against Japan, the one-dimensional Ireland rested 1 of their 2 blokes who can do something other than kick it and subsequently lost. Those two blokes are Murray and Sexton, they rested Sexton.

“I don’t want to have a go at other teams, but you’ve seen what happens when you do chop and change too much,” Toomua said. “It’s a World Cup. They [Uruguay] are going to be at us in terms of their enthusiasm and excitement.

“We don’t have a plan that we’re aware of [regarding selection] so we’ll see what happens. We do have essentially two fifteens, don’t we, so we back both to do the job.

“In saying that, teams need to be wary because the World Cup’s already shown there’s a few surprises around the corner.”

Jersey Debut

The Wallabies spanking green indigenous jersey is going to makes its spanking debut against Uruguay’s spanking by the Wallabies.

The jersey, which is similar to the previous jersey just with the green and yellow swapped, was brought out due to popular demand of the first one that came out last year.

Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies only current indigenous player, is understandably very excited to play it. If he doesn’t get rested.

“It’s a great opportunity to wear the Indigenous jersey on the world stage,” he told rugby.com.au.

“It’s showing us representing all Australians, but importantly, the First Nations people.

“It’s a great acknowledgement and it’s a great show of respect of what this can do for our country, for our society as a whole.

“It’s a great symbol that will hopefully unite Australians to get behind and support and encourage all the way to the end.

“That’s how powerful it can be and hopefully that’s what it will do.”

Despite Uruguay wearing blue, the Wallabies wanted to really wear this strip due to its special nature. According to rugby.com.au, they’ve also requested to wear the jersey in a potential semi-final – pending a clash with the green of Ireland and South Africa, and rub of the green with French referees and Kiwi TMOs.

Happy Eddie Jones at post-match press-conference.

Typhoon England

World Rugby and the World Cup organisers have prepared contingency options in case Typhoon Mitag interferes with France v United States in Fukuoka on Wednesday.

A typhoon, the term for cyclones in East Asia, is predicted to bring high winds and loads of rain to the island of Kyushu. Many typhoons hit Japan during typhoon season (it is currently peak season!) – in the 3 weeks I was in Japan, 3 typhoons hit.

“The latest information indicates that the typhoon is moving further away from Japan’s coastline than originally predicted and the impact risk is reducing,” World Rugby said in a statement on Sunday (via ESPN).

“However, in the best interests of the teams and the integrity of the tournament, we have informed France and the USA of the contingency plans in the event that adverse weather means that it is not possible to play the match in Fukuoka on the scheduled date.”

If the game can’t go ahead, both teams will be awarded a two points – the same as if it was a draw. There is no time allotted to re-scheduling games.

If the game was called off, it would only help England’s chances of finishing top of Pool C – and facing the wrath of Samu Kerevi in the quarter final.

England are top after getting away chopping the heads off the Americans and Tongans, while France earlier beat Argentina.


RUGBY WORLD CUP FIXTURES TOMORROW:

Group C – France vs USA (vs Typhoon)

545pm East Coast Elite / 515pm SA / 345pm WA

Group B – NZ vs Canada

815pm East Coast Elite / 745pm SA / 615pm WA

  • Nutta

    I’ve got to say, if i was a Mungo advertising and promotions guy, i would already be spooling up an ad highlighting that ‘We can do this… whilst they can do … that.’

    • Who?

      It’s only a matter of time that they can’t, though, Nutta. The Washington Post did an article the other day on the (alleged) cover up in concussions in the AFL. The NFL are looking very heavily at head knocks – players have been ejected from games for leading with the helmet this year (in collisions that aren’t dissimilar to what we’ve seen in the RWC – except these are often players who are falling).
      .
      I’m definitely concerned for Tupou – any time he plays under Paul Williams, it seems Paul’s in a hurry to find some way to pull a YC on Tupou (such as the perfectly legal cleanout in Johannesburg).
      .
      That’s a nice green on the indigenous jersey. :-)

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate I agree. It won’t be long before League has to start looking at this as well. They can’t ignore the facts and head knocks cause problems that they will likely be liable for one day

        • AllyOz

          They have done a lot already. They use the HIA constantly (so much that teams/players now look to be gaming it a little). SOO seems to be treated a little differently as “the game’s showcase” with a greater tolerance of foul play, different treatment around suspensions etc. and that should change. But the week to week games have already changed (I think there were at least 4 HIA’s in last weekends Rooster’s vs Storm game and at least 2 players didn’t return after the assessment.

          Rugby league also have spotters following play in the bunker who can direct players to be looked at. RL isn’t perfect but I think its treatment around head injury (at least once one has occurred) is on par with what rugby is doing. They have seen what’s happened in the US too and they can see the law suits coming down the line.

        • Dud Roodt

          I disagree with that. I don’t think league is taking all too seriously.
          If they were, we would see cards being thrown out with gay abandon like in this world cup – but in league it seems to be far more sorting out the player once he’s already got brain damage than stopping the hits which cause the brain damage in the first place

        • UTG

          There have been a lot of players given ten in the bin this year, it’s pissed off a lot of old school fans.

        • Dud Roodt

          I picture Tommy Raudonikis running around his lounge room in a fit screaming “CATTLEDOG!” at the top of his lungs in protest at the game going soft

        • Hoss

          Agree mate. There’s this neolithic perception mungo ball is built around ‘toughness’. Its gotta be tough, if its not tough well then what have they got. Its tough for the blokey-blokes from Blokeville who remember the good old days when Pearcey played with a semi decapitated head, but soldiered through. Tough like Cameron Smith cheap shots to players on the deck, tough like John Hopoates continued sexual assaults, tough like Sam Burgess complaining that ripping a guys head-off is all part of the great theatre of this ancient gladiator sport.

          What they have is very fit guys, playing a dumb, boring game if you take the toughness away, well……

        • Dud Roodt

          Never before have I seen rugby league summed up so perfectly.

          26 real dumb, real fit, real strong blokes running into each other repeatedly for 80 mins.

          And why the fuck do the Storm have to invent some new, weird, vaguely homoerotic tackle technique that attempts to dislocate someone’s spine every fucking season? The game allows you to hurt someone LEGALLY!

        • Frosty morning

          League is just a trench war of attrition… it’s the Battle of the Somme on nicer grass.

        • Dud Roodt

          Phil Gould, is that you?!

        • Parker

          And John Sattler’s broken jaw! legendary toughness.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          And boring. Watch the players. 1 hit up then 15 minutes of jogging up and back unless the ball comes to them

        • AllyOz

          Which is why I said “RL isn’t perfect but I think its treatment around head injury (at least once one has occurred) is on par with what rugby is doing.”

        • Dud Roodt

          Right, sorry for the misunderstanding, thought you were referring to the whole issue of concussions not just the treatment of it after the fact

        • AllyOz

          Look you’re probably right overall but League has changed its attitude, you still get the responses from commentary box and the crowd and that false toughness thing that Hoss talks about is part of the game…that “bring back the biff” bullshit. But RL would be able to afford as good as or better lawyers than RA and they would be telling them what’s coming down the line. They have banned the shoulder charge, the are using the sin bin a lot more recently than they used to and their treatment after the fact is (as I said above) I think on par. They aren’t talking about below the nipple line yet and they haven’t got a handle on a lot of the other crap that goes on, we still see eye gouging, hair pulling, elbow applied facials, testicular manipulation … all that rubbishy shit that I personally hate but (with the exception of the eye gouging) that doesn’t do a lot of damage…cheap shots I suppose you call it.

          Having said all that, I enjoy both games for what they are, they are different (which a few players changing each way have found). League appeals to a different part of my persona…but you can like to listen to AC/DC and Mozart, it’s all good

        • UTG

          I watch quite a bit of League and can attest to the fact that they definitely are making efforts with the HIA although in big games they have left players on the field who look concussed which is an

        • AllyOz

          I agree but sometimes players will actively avoid being caught if they can and I personally tried to do it – just stay out long enough for the fog to clear a bit. I think there is a bit of that in some of these big games with the players themselves trying to avoid being taken off. Obviously I have stirred up a bit of anti-league comments here so I will respond with the high quality wit and pithy intellect that I picked up as a kid playing and watching league. “F#ck youse all!!!”

        • UTG

          Definitely Hodgson should have been hooked in the Souths and Canberra final on Friday night. I’ll be keeping an eye on what happens in the RWC finals to see if they are as strict as they are in the pool games.

        • AllyOz

          I just want to correct one thing I said above (but also make another point). There were only 2 HIA’s in Saturday’s RL game – Kefusi came off and didn’t return. I am not sure about the other player. But one of the first tackles of the game saw a scuffle in the play the ball, something that would have been lionised, not just encouraged, in the old days. This was part of the traditional softening up period. The replays showed that neither blow (one was a slap the other I am not even sure that he threw a punch – just shaped up really) did any real damage but the referee sent both players to the bin. So RL has changed and is looking to address this at least as well as rugby.

          I would also suspect that we have more cases of spinal injury in rugby and there were 3 people who died in France last year or the year before. Let’s not be launching too many stones from inside our glass palace.

        • Who?

          I think Rugby should actually be respected, if not praised, for the fact they’ve been proactive about it all. It’s not perfect, there’s definitely room for improvement, but the improvement in enforcement for the sake of player safety over the past 25 years is worthy of respect.
          .
          The question for League is how long it takes before someone starts suing them, given they’ve already got two proven cases of CTE from former first graders (Steve Folkes, former Bulldog and Bulldogs coach being the first named). It’s going to bite them.

      • Dud Roodt

        I don’t watch much league, but every time I do I’m always staggered by how many hits to the head there are.
        I watched 5mins of Origin this year and I think Kalyn Ponga got a shoulder to the head 3 times in the space of that 5 mins. None of them were even mentioned by the 15 refs on the field

        • Timbo

          not to mention the high shots and tip tackles that still go on. There there is Origin where all the rules go out the window and the spectators are begging, nay, baying for biff.
          The AFL is worse purely because the guy who gets concust generally doesnt see it coming and cant brace himself. When they’re legally able to run in and specifically use their hip shoulder or elbow to attempt to ‘hit the ball’ and accidently some poor bloke’s heads in the way, you have to question the laws of the game.

      • idiot savant

        Great point about Paul Williams. Its the scrum penalties that worry me as well. Last time he reffed Tupou he stood on his side of the scrum well into the second half, never once going to the other side and looked at him and him only at every scrum. He penalised Tupou repeatedly.

    • Personally think this RWC will be looked back on in a few years as the
      year of the pedantic ref, where referees got all het up about their own
      importance and pulled rules out of their hats (yes, trying to keep it
      polite).
      Just watched another rubbish send off in the Samoa v Scotland game…beginning to wonder if the refs have a quota they have to fill per game.

      • Geoffro

        Samoan player sent off for knee to the back when he slid on his arse with his knees in the air after the scot hit the deck in front of his covering rush.These refs are just becoming so gutless its not funny

        • Greg

          This is interesting actually….. once the blue player was on the deck it was probably impossible to touch him legally.

          As far as I understand, you can’t tackle a player on the ground.When a defender goes down on the ball, you see the attacking player wait for them to get to their feet before tackling them.

          KRL, what is the situation here where a player dives early. Can they be touched?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          A player who goes to the ground and is still holding onto the ball can be tackled on the ground. Look at players going back and sliding onto the ball with players following through. Once held he needs to place the ball back and then let it go. If there’s other players there from his side they can form a ruck over him and protect the ball, or pick it up and get rid of it, if there’s no friendlies then he is likely to lose possession as with none of his team there a ruck can’t be formed so they can go around and pick the ball up.

        • Yowie

          A player who goes to the ground and is still holding onto the ball can be tackled on the ground.

          At this World Cup the refs and TMO will probably keep “the line of the shoulders” horizontal to the ground (from the lowest point of the lowest shoulder) even when a player is holding the ball while lying on the ground.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahahaha well they can’t dive in on the player with their shoulder leading, that’s never been legal

        • It was a cleanout, sir..

        • Keith Butler

          Nice to have a ref on this site. Not to late to put on a fake French accent and head off that Japan to show them how it’s done.

        • Brumby Runner

          But KRL you need to say what constitutes a legal tackle in those circumstances. A player cannot dive onto another player on the ground even if he has the ball. Just putting a hand on the player on the ground constitutes a tackle.

        • But if not held, they can play on… does a hand-on constitute held?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Correct and worded poorly. Once the player is on the ground to gather the ball the opposition can attempt to tackle him if he gets to his feet, otherwise they can Just fight for the ball if no opposition and if he’s not on his feet he can’t play at it. If he has support they can form a ruck over him and try to drive off support so they can get the ball. Once the ruck is formed the player in the ground can place the ball but then has to leave it and attempt to roll away

        • Who?

          You can’t tackle the player, but you can challenge them for possession of the ball. That’s not tackling. Tackling is holding someone and taking them to ground – how do you take someone to ground when they’re already there?
          A player off their feet is not part of the game, therefore cannot tackle, cannot contest the ball, cannot be tackled. They must immediately regain their feet, play the ball or release the ball. If someone’s trying to rip the ball, they’re required to release…

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah sorry poorly worded. I added some to it above

        • Parker

          I rarely see an AB forward waiting to do that Greg. They’re in on the opponent quick smart whether they’re on the ground or even have the ball or not.They get away with it all day

      • AllyOz

        I actually feel a bit for the refs. It appears that they started the first week of the tournament with a certain understanding of how the games should be referee’ed and then the off field officials and judiciaries and later the administration has come back with a different interpretation that they are now dictating that the refs use. At least that’s the way it seems to me.

        I would also add, in response to your comment and Geoffro’s below that there will be no circumstances where rugby can remain a contact/collision sport and no one get any injury at all. The incident that Geoffro refers to could have (and in fact has happened) in a game of touch because I have had someone accidentally slide into me playing on a wet pitch. So I fully agree with those comments

        If Kerevi had deliberately raised the elbow into the face of the tackler there would be an argument for the penalty but that is not what I saw. Having said that, I thought one of our second half penalties (one that we kicked) was a bit dubious too so I am cancelling those out. Then it comes down to the off-side intercept from the Welsh 9 but still, when you make as many errors as we did and make selections that contribute to your inability to be able to clear the ball from your own half, then you open yourself up to a game turning on one or two refereeing decisions. Any Scotland supporter with a memory of the 2015 RWC would tell us that it’s just karma coming back to bite us.

        • Dont care too much about refs making an error, shit happens, players get offside etc. Getting red carded or penalised for stuff that doesnt happen annoys the crap out of me though. Especially when its picked up by TMOs and played over and over whilst the ref lectures the innocent..
          Yes, someone seems to be forgetting its a contact game

        • Keith Butler

          Could be time for Samu to put a zip in it. If he had deliberately raised his forearm into the face then I could argue that it was a card offence. If he had kept his left arm down and braced for the tackle then I do not see any offence. As it is, I reckon a penalty was the right decision. Still a very grey area not helped by the inconsistency of advice from the administrators that the refs have to interpret.

        • Mica

          The consistency is the bigger issue. This is even worse when it’s in the same game. Still I reckon it’s easier from the couch with multiple replays and angles. Needs a bit of perspective for the bloke on the field. Less sympathy for the video ref.

        • Keith Butler

          Too true. Skeen has form for being a complete arse.

    • Personally think this RWC will be looked back on in a few years as the
      year of the pedantic ref, where referees got all het up about their own
      importance and pulled rules out of their hats (yes, trying to keep it
      polite).
      Just watched another rubbish send off in the Samoa v Scotland game…beginning to wonder if the refs have a quota they have to fill per game.

    • Nutta

      Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against proactive movements towards fair-dinkum protecting the head or eliminating proper cheap-shotting. As a tight-running piggy I’ve taken enough blatant shots to the noggin and face to know better then that.

      But the garbage we are seeing right now has just about … nothing … to do with that.

  • Steve

    I’m more ok with the Kerevi pen the more I think about it.

    Not for the idea that he was ‘leading with the forearm’ – his arms were tucked into his body/the ball at the point of contact so it should be the tackler’s responsibility to stay clear of them.
    But after contact he throws the forearm, which does come up to the neck – which is a penalty under current interpretations any day of the week.

    Are the current interpretations pretty soft? Probably.
    Was it mostly the tackler’s fault for poor technique and positioning? Yep.
    But this is one of the rare rules which protect the tackler (who are the majority of concussion victims), so for me it’s generally one of the more useful of the current crop of interpretations.

    • Greg

      My view…. there was a collision. The red player could not hold on. The gold player pushed him away with his arm.

      Where is the issue?

      • Timbo

        lucky for us Naiyaravoro and Skelton arent in the squad. Imagine the penalties they’d conceed carrying the ball?

    • AllyOz

      While I agree most of the injuries come to tacklers I think these are more from either head clashes, or hits to the knees and hips. Kerevi’s first point of contact is the chest, what occurs after is just a glancing contact with limited if any risk to the tackler.

    • joy

      Kerevi had to fend to stave off a head clash.

      Incidentally, if there is a head clash do they both get penalised or cards? Maybe something like two penalties for low impact, two yellows if concussion test required and two reds for a double knockout.

      • Yowie

        Incidentally, if there was a head clash do they both get penalised …Something like two penalties for low impact,

        I think the penalty kick takes place from the centre of the field. A kicker from each team lines up behind the ball from the opposite side, then on the ref’s whistle they both run up and try to kick the ball first.

        • Greg

          Spanners in trouble?

        • Geoffro

          Dont be ridiculous mate,if youre going to be silly just draw a circle and bounce the ball in the middle of it….um……..wait…hang on.

        • Yowie

          Nah, it might cause the crowd to be really awful to indigenous players.

      • Who?

        Tackler would be the only one penalized. Both the Samoa/Russia high tackles had high contact on the Samoans – the second one, the hooker stayed down looking groggy, the first one, the tackler’s head hit the Russian shoulder as the first point of contact, before the Samoan shoulder hit the Russian’s head.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nick,

    That jersey looks good but I still like the yellow more. The Wallabies do need some consistency, it must be hard not knowing who you have inside or out you, however in saying that I’d like to see JOC at 12. I love Kerevi’s play but he misses too many opportunities to pass when something is on.

    • Geoffro

      I dont think he misses opportunities KRL , hes just not looking for them. Hes not a decent ballplayer and is becoming less effective because the defense isnt in two minds,they know he is just going to tuck it .He shouldnt be at 12

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I think he’s like Nonu was. Great crash player but needs to develop his game to stay relevant. Nonu could so there’s no reason why he can’t

        • Who?

          I thought he did better playing for the Reds, looking for opportunities around him.

      • Jcr

        Strangely enough for the Reds I thought he had started to develop the off load and a kicking game , luckily Cheika noticed in time and has rightly drummed it out of him .

        • Geoffro

          In SR I think he was but he was breaking the line far more often.Opposing test sides have woken to the threat and are marking him heavily so now’s the time for him to be ready to offload quick sometimes after hes sucked in those defenders.He doesnt do it naturally and as you say gets back to the coaches.

        • Brumby Runner

          Right on the markJcr. But the way he’s playing (or being told to play) at the RWC, he probably would be better suited to a wing spot.

    • Hoss

      Yep – even the Pope has passed the pill.

      • Yowie

        For a free-flowing game perhaps we need TMOs from the Vatican. They would be used to overlooking a lot of stuff.

        • Hoss

          Would be a few cash settlements prior to reaching the judiciary i reckon.

        • Yowie

          Perhaps the TMOs could quietly re-allocate a repeat offender player to a different team in a different region?

        • Hoss

          When i went to school mate i enjoyed wrestling as a sport and the only thing i found more dangerous than a half-nelson was Father Nelson.

        • Yowie

          Yeah, best to politely decline the offer of private tutoring there.

        • Geoffro

          A master of the squirell grip I’d presume

        • Im sure I could run with that…Due to common decency and the early hr, I will resist the temptation

        • Dud Roodt

          After players have spent enough times in confessional the tribunal they’ll be begging to pay cash to get out of another one.

        • Brisneyland Local

          They do love the folding stuff. And a good single malt.

        • Parker

          Nah mate, the scrums would take too long.

    • Bernie Chan

      Don’t mind the jersey, but Beale shouldn’t be neat it next game. Beale n Foley did SFA positive and DHP did enough at #15 to retain the spot. Unless the Clown ignores form to pick a ‘favoured son’ again. White/Lilo/JOC/Kerevi/Koroibete/Petaia(is he fit?)/DHP. Time to give Thor a game…

    • Missing Link

      *Gold :)

    • Or even a just a Fly that could throw a cut-out ball to JOC while Kerevii ran the inside angle.
      Be interesting seeing them swap in the centres.

      • Mica

        Don’t really need to swap jerseys. Nothing wrong with the old scissors play.

  • Hoss

    Morning to all the wallaby weary fans,

    Time to buck up. This weeks http://www.yourwallabysquad.com is now live for the match against Uruguay.

    Be interested to see the results from this one. I fully expect a very wide spread of votes. Do you mix it up, do you stick – over to you. Share it with your friends, neighbours and your family if you have too.

    We’re still in the cup folks.

    Our density awaits.

    Happy voting

    Hoss.

    • Greg

      Hoss,

      Can you add me as an option for 10?

      Thanks

      • Hoss

        I had you at 12, will fix now.

        • Greg

          Thanks. Just checked the votes and am polishing up the boots and checking flight schedules now.

    • Geoffro

      My density has already arrived.( must be all the headshots I’ve copped) :)

    • AllyOz

      “Be interested” is that a directive.

      • Hoss

        Yes – you’re not enjoying your voting enough.

    • AllyOz

      Can I pick Finn Russell from the Scots to play 10 for us? I would love to see him in a different side or the Lions just to get a feel for how good he is. He seems to have the best all round game of any 10 in the RWC.

      • Geoffro

        Funnily enough he was called into the lions NZ tour off the back of a performance against us (plus he was nearby in Oz)

        • AllyOz

          If he was holidaying in Oz for two weeks that mean he qualifies for selection for the Wallabies?

        • Geoffro

          Of course,qualifies through his Aussie gr.grandad Fatty Finn

        • Brisneyland Local

          Makes him an Honoured citizen

        • Greg

          Only if he arrived on a plane?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah something like that. What about a cruise ship?

        • Jcr

          I thought you mob all arrived originally on a cruise ship , albeit as non paying bottom deck guests.

        • Some of us were employed as seamen

        • Jcr

          Was that spelt right ?

        • Spelt seamen?
          Sounds like the Book of Onan, read with a kiwi accent.

        • Geoffro

          No,that was some pommy mob

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think my mob were the ones holding the guns pointed at the people on the bottom deck.

  • Yowie

    “Many typhoons hit Japan during typhoon season”

    The name is quite apt now that I think about it.

    • AllyOz

      sometimes when I read your comments Yowie I think…this guy is a bit of a smart arse

      • Yowie

        I’m probably long overdue for a punch in the head.

        • Geoffro

          Hahaha,give yourself an uppercut mate (just make sure you’re out of sight of any cameras,refs or TMOs)

  • muppet
    • You need to start your own website muppet.
      I’d nearly pay to have these in my inbox every Monday.

      • muppet

        Ha cheers. I’ve not really done comics before and I’m quite clearly learning on the job – like a Wallaby wing

        • Missing Link

          you’re a deadset legend mate, keep up the good work!

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Spot on. Open handed fend and perfectly legal

      • Geoffro

        Isnt utterly destroying someones ego a citeable offense ?

        • Yowie

          Isn’t utterly destroying someones ego a citeable offense?

          Are any of the Wallaroos are married women? If so we might need extra rules seminars for the team called “leave sarcasm at home”.

        • Geoffro

          And if cited they remind the committee member of the offense he committed on the field 30 years or 175 games ago ??

        • Yowie

          “Is the judicial hearing finished already? I’ll have to finish off proceedings myself I suppose”

        • Geoffro

          Regardless of the plea rarely get a hearing .Best just take the (fifth ?)

      • Custard Taht

        Or what about the actively transfer the ball in to arm that is about to get by the defender, so when tackled, the ball pops out into touch…..brilliant stuff.

    • Frosty morning

      Brilliant!! I never realised Jonah was an amputee. Makes his feats even more incredible. How good would he have been with two legs?

  • Custard Taht

    I have always wondered what happened to Pluck-A-Duck and his wheel from Hey Hey its Saturday.

    Now I know, he took his trade to the World Rugby Judiciary.

  • AllyOz

    Would you say the All Blacks have an Em-Barrett-ment of Riches..hahhahahahha

    • Geoffro

      yes while we suffer the Folly (sic)Of Fools

    • Brisneyland Local

      Gold.

      • AllyOz

        Fools Gold I think…I’m not even a dad but that’s a real dad joke.

        • Brisneyland Local

          May I borrow it?

        • Yowie

          Surely you can find your own ways to make people wince?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Generally with my flatulence!

        • AllyOz

          All yours

        • Brisneyland Local

          Cheers

  • joy

    That picture of Jones needs pointy ears.

  • joy

    The players seem to be developing a mind of their own. Not too soon in my view.

  • moaning expat
    • Human

      Nothing if not consistent.

    • Greg

      It’s quite simple really.

      The TMO looks for a Fibonacci series which includes the numbers of the jerseys of players involved. If the series includes only one prime number then a penalty must be awarded, If it includes two prime numbers then yellow etc. The play with the jersey number closest to the lowest prime number is penalised.

      Easy!

      It is left as an exercise for the students to assess why the jersey number 15 above might be an exception.

      • Yowie

        But why don’t the players know this when you ask them!?

        • Human

          They’d be thinking about the ‘framework’.

      • Ads

        Easy – the beneficiary in every case is a kiwi! :)

      • Missing Link

        that’s easy, it’s greater or less than the mean plus or minus 2 standard deviations

        • Greg

          That would normally be true 95% of the time.

        • Yowie

          gold

    • laurence king

      That’s a bit grubby isn’t it? Wiping your nose on a blokes wrist. A low act I say

      • Yowie

        haha, not as bad as attacking a bloke’s undefended forearm with your pointy adam’s-apple

        • laurence king

          Brilliant, you can get a nasty wound from a pointy adam’s-apple

        • Yowie

          Can we leave my Thai holiday out of this please?

        • laurence king

          That sounds like an interesting story

    • UTG

      Good find, I don’t think anyone has a problem with any of those actions from the ball carrier. You could probably go through the whole game and find half a dozen more examples which is why it’s so ridiculous that they would pick on it in the first place. If WR want to crack down on actions from the call carrier, they can find a better time than midway through the second biggest match of the tournament thus far.

  • Brendan Hume

    It would be wonderful to see the Wallabies sporting an indigenous jersey in all future matches – gold or green. The design worn previously is probably the only action of Rugby Australia universally praised by rugby fans since the early 2000’s.

  • Patrick

    Ardie Savea to wear protective goggles against Canada: https://www.planetrugby.com/ardie-savea-to-wear-protective-goggles-against-canada/

    Would you not just rest him?? Against Canada? Or do they see this as a nice way to try it out?

    • Who?

      I got the impression it’s a permanent thing going forward.

      • Patrick

        Fair enough to try it out against Canada then.

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