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Tuesday’s Rugby News has O’Connor’s wisdom, Pocock’s wisdom, Leali’ifano’s wisdom, and Andrew Hore being weird.


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Obi Wan O’Connor

Local monk James O’Connor has graced the media with the calming words he doth verily said to youngest squire Jordan Petaia before the latter’s premier appearance for thine Australian national team sur le weekend.

“I got to speak to Jordy the night before the game and [verily] all I passed onto him was almost what was passed on to me, it was just, ‘focus on your defence and get [thy]self in the game early and the big moments will come’,” O’Connor said, making the sign of blonde boy with cornrows with his right hand while his left hand remained tucked under his robe, while he was floating in sensory deprivation tank that had its lid adjusted for rugby.com.au’s  microphones.

“[Yae,] you’re going to be very excited and adrenaline’s going to be flowing. It’s just (about staying) composed and I think one thing he does have is that composure.

“He’s quite a calm presence on the field and then when he gets the ball, he switches into game mode.  He plays in the moment very well so possibly he’s a bit calmer than I was on my debut, that’s for sure.”

O’Connor, who has taken on the role of the Wallabies spiritual leader now that Israel Folau has gone, also mentioned that he was in contact with the parents of Petaia, esquire.

“I’ve spoken to his folks briefly about that sort of stuff but I think that’ll more come when we settle into the Reds and whatnot,” he said.

“He’s got a pretty level head on him, I think he’s been brought up very well and obviously he’s got a job at hand to do here and once he goes back things will change for him but that’s not for now,” he said.

“I’m focusing on me and our job, just for the rugby right now, that sort of stuff can come after the Cup.”

Stand-in Captain David Pocock

Respek

David Pocock has come out swinging in support of Tier 2 nations, telling journos to have more respect and also that eligibility rules need to be looked at.

First, respek.

“As a player, I sometimes find it a bit disrespectful with people expecting massive margins at the World Cup,” Pocock  said (via SMH) yesterday, after Australia’s massive 45-10 margin over Uruguay at the weekend.

“I think some of the tier-two nations have put a huge amount of work into their prep over the last four years. You’ve seen a massive improvement, obviously led by Japan and the strides they’ve made, but Namibia also against New Zealand last night – in the first half really held their own.

“You’re clearly seeing a lot of IP moving around the world with coaches and that sort of thing. It’s great for world rugby.”

 Pocock, who was born in Zimbabwe and once paid $300,000 a year by Rugby Australia to go on a safari for 6 months there once, would love to see that nation return to the World Cup. The Zimmers made the first two cups in 1987 and 1991, but haven’t made it since.
“I would love to see Zimbabwe at a World Cup,” Pocock said. “They’ve got so much talent at schoolboy level and it would make me very happy to see them running out on the world stage again.”
Remaining tight-lipped about whether he’d help them out once he’s retired, Poey went on to discuss Tier 2 eligibility.

“It’s worth talking about … it gets pretty complicated,” Pocock said. “In my mind if you’re not playing for a country that you’ve been capped for for a while, and clearly aren’t in contention, then potentially.

 “But that’s a discussion for the players’ unions and World Rugby to be having.”

Christian Lealiifano

The Da Cheika Code

Has Leali’ifano cracked the Wallabies first half code?

According to the Rolling Maul, the compilation that the Daily Paywall puts together for stories that aren’t big enough for their own piece, there’s a few revealing quotes from the flyhalf discussing the Wallabies’ first half woes.

Is it anxiety?

“I think we’re putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to really, really start well and it’s creating a little bit of stress maybe, I don’t know,” Lealiifano said (via Fox Sports).

“And you can’t really start a game well when you’re getting penalised. We really need to fix that up as well and just be smart with what we’re doing early.”

For three games in a row, the Wallabies have had shocking standards and 11/10 finishes.

For the record, Cheika also noted the issue. But that’s not an indication that it’ll be addressed any time soon.

“Not that we haven’t played well. We’ve just been a little bit less consistent in the first 20-odd (minutes) and it gets you off on the wrong foot so it’s definitely something we need to address,” Cheika said.

“That’s three times now, three games a little bit off the pace at the start. So I know I have to get my pre-match speech a little bit better.”

Andrew Hore web

Cya Stinktown

The Waratahs chairman has thrown his prawn sandwich at the dust cloud where Andrew Hore formely stood, calling the former CEO’s departure “shit timing”.

Last week it was more or less revealed that Hore was thinking of leaving NSW for the Auckland Blues. It turns out that the chairman had no idea after – especially after Hore rocked up in Tokyo to unveil the coach for the next three seasons, Rob Penney.

“I formally communicated with him on Sunday saying, ‘It’s fish or cut bait time, you either are in or out, confirm or deny’,” chairman Roger Davis told the SMH.

“He resigned this morning [Monday]. The rumours were circulating and all I had were rumours until this morning. When there is smoke there is fire. Until such time as he tendered his resignation, we were dealing with speculation.

“The season starts soon, so the timing is shit in that regard … [we] didn’t see it coming. We’ll survive as we always have and hopefully put a good team on the paddock.”

2020 isn’t look great for the Waratahs, as they have lost half their squad, including their starting halves, their coach and currently only have 2 hookers on the books.

Davis is confused either way.

“I don’t quite understand the move,’’ Davis continued. ‘‘He has achieved a considerable amount in the three-and-a-half years he’s been with us. He’s about to get a brand new stadium, a brand new high performance centre, a new coach and arguably has got the largest player franchise [base] in Super Rugby. I just struggle to understand what he would see in going to the Blues that we don’t have here.

 “Admittedly it’s New Zealand and going home, but I’m not sure in the days of professional managers that’s as compelling as a reason as it was in the past. Still trying to come to grips with why he wanted to pull the plug.
“It’s been a hard couple of years for Andrew. We had the Israel Folau issue and a new stadium going on. We had good results and good outcomes, so it was a chance we thought for the next couple of years to celebrate some well deserved success and that’s all gone now.
“We’ve got to move on. The sun will come up tomorrow. We will find someone to take over the shop and that work will start this week.”
Phillip van Schalkwyk will be the interim CEO.

  • Bernie Chan

    I’m no TAHs fan, but cant’ imagine too many of their fans crying over Hore’s departure? Davis is correct..if nothing else his timing stinks. He travels (likely in First or Business on Qantas…) to Japan to announce the new coach then “jumps ship” just before the new season…
    The Blues have endured a long period in the proverbial rugby wilderness, and I’m not sure this is the guy to turn it around as he was at the most influential club in Oz with the most financial backing. RA also treated the NSWRU very well…

    • From NooZealand

      “‘[Blues] I’m not sure this is the guy to turn it around” Agree with your comment, specially going to the Blues here. But it is OK, I do not support the Blues.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      I agree mate. He did nothing in the Tahs that demonstrates he can do anything good for the Blues, or any other team

  • sambo6

    Fellow GAGRS…amongst all the hand wringing and teeth gnashing over what has become of our beloved wallabies, I have some heartening GOOD NEWS…..

    We are less than 2 week away from Mr Cheika no longer being our national coach.

    Let that sink in, and smile a content smile…..

    • wilful

      Couldn’t come soon enough.

  • Nutta

    So Mr Hore has left our shores and no one saw it coming? I wonder if THAT constituted the big plans that NSWRU had for western Sydney that were good enough to warrant shutting out the one entity with the will and the cash who were willing to have a go (Twiggy-ball)? Or do you suppose it was maybe the high-performing joke the Sydney NRC team is? Or perhaps it was the massive financial and supporter success that was shifting the Shute Shield GF to an empty mungo stadium? So much to choose from…

    • Andy

      He was a virus on Nsw rugby. Glad he is gone. Bad decision after bad decision.

      His complete neglect of the pathways in nsw – the nrc teams and the shite shield were ridiculous. But to make it worse, to completely butcher the squad/player list and leave so many players uncontracted in 2019 is unforgivable. So by the end of the 2019 season they had no coach, no players and no real player development for upcoming talent. How he wasn’t removed by the board is beyond me. A complete and utter failure of a sports administrator.

      • Hoss

        Yes, but apart from all that he was a good administrator.

        • Nutta

          It’s only a flesh-wound.

        • Andy

          Surely you’d have space for him in the back office?

        • Hoss

          Well the Latte’s wont pour themselves – derrr.

        • Nutta

          There’s a consultancy gig around every corner…

    • AllyOz

      Sorry to be ignorant but is that true Nutta. Just one development officer for that whole area. I thought country rugby was being short changed but that is just ridiculous. What is the point of holding games Bankwest Stadium and making out you’re supporting the game there but paying lip service to actual development. Sounds like his all polish and no spit.

      • Nutta

        I confess it has been a while since I last checked, but at last checking… Yup.

        I recently had a chat to the Principle of the Primary school my 3 kids attend(ed) in the Blue Mountains. We’re maybe 20-25km from Penrith. In general chat I went through the codes and here’s what I got; ‘Hey xxx, what sort of contact do you get from the footy codes Development Officers?
        * League? Nah. I hear from them usually every 2nd year. Usually it’s an office person doing their ‘list’.
        * Soccer? Yeh they contact me probably twice/yr to update their database but mostly to update their price list for coaching clinics.
        * Rugby? Never heard from them. Not once. (xxx has been there 6yrs).
        * AFL? xxx didn’t speak. He took me two doors down the hall to the sports room and simply showed me wall-to-wall Sherrins, bibs, sponsored water-bottles, mobile goal-post kits…

        • disqus_NMX

          Yep, I played rugby for years, but my son plays AFL. Has done since under 6s. I’ve even grown to enjoy watching it almost as much as rugby. At his school there’s AFL, league, and soccer, almost no one plays rugby. So is he going to play rugby at some point? I highly doubt it. Do I care? Not really. Realistically, if you didn’t go to a private school, then the rugby community in this country is a bit awkward at times. In contrast, AFL welcomes everyone with open arms, rich or poor. I can’t see anything but a continuing decline in rugby in Oz to be honest. Wallabies to drop out of the top 10 within 20 years.

        • Nutta

          Rugby won’t disappear. Don’t forget we are still one of the largest and wealthiest sports on the planet with the 3rd most watched sporting event (after Olympics and Soccer World Cup). World Rugby will not ever let a x2 winning world cup nation who also provides well over 500 contracted players and coaches to other countries simply fold up. If they truly ever decide to flex their muscle we would swallow mungo in a heartbeat. However we are doing ourselves no favours certainly and it is clearly unsustainable if left as-is with no significant structural change.

        • disqus_NMX

          “Don’t forget we are still one of the largest and wealthiest sports on the planet” – yes, in the world, but not in Oz. The wealthy rugby countries aren’t exactly into giving it away to the poorer ones. Just ask the pacific islands. All the islanders that are Wallabies (or All Blacks etc) don’t play for Oz because they’d rather represent us than their home country, they do it because the Wallaby top up eclipses what they’d be payed at home. And that is exactly where rugby in Oz could possibly head to if AFL continues to overtake rugby in the private schools, and rugby continues to ignore the public schools. As the money shifts from rugby to AFL and league, then the salaries of Oz based players will decline, and the top players will shift to AFL, league, and playing rugby in Europe, and in the later case, end up gaining eligibility to represent a European nation and get their test team top up.

        • donktec

          that really sums it up for school development… my niece’s kids are playing U6s in Melbourne but not at school. She married a kiwi and there is enough of them locally to support a Club

        • Who?

          Reality is that kids who play rep in other codes don’t rely on their school to get them into a rep team, it’s only Rugby that works that way (and it does work that way – it’s not talent, it’s school tie). Yet they’re the codes who have a good reach into schools. Until we realise that clubs should be assisted to recruit out of schools, and that clubs are the key drivers of the game in this country (by which I don’t mean clubs which are semi-pro, I mean the local club with 100 kids), and that the school ties are a hindrance more than an assistance, we’re doomed to repeat our failures.
          .
          I’m glad your family in Melbourne’s connected with a good club.

        • Nutta

          Yes but connecting through the school tie is a good way of ensuring only the … right … kids gets to play. We can’t be having the sort of commoners who just show up willy nilly to a club now can we?

          Rugby in this country is and always has been class-based. It’s our greatest weakness.

        • Who?

          I know, I know… I know I’m not supposed to be part of the game. Didn’t ever have the right school tie…

        • disqus_NMX

          Same same. And even though I loved playing the game, I never did feel like I 100% belonged.

        • AllyOz

          G’day Who? A bit tangential comment here but I don’t expect the new bridge at Harwood will be open by the Christmas Holiday period. There seems to be more progress on the section from Woodburn through to Ballina and the southern section from Glenugie to Maclean. The new Harwood Bridge itself is complete but they are still waiting for the soft soils on the approaches to settle further. There are new sections opening all the time but they tend to open a new piece of two lane stuff (one each way) and then close the previous section of single lane each way and upgrade/repair it. I think my Easter 2020 we will be starting to see big sections open up.

        • Who?

          Thanks mate – good to have some form of update. Given the DOT’s useless at updating things clearly.
          Bridge sounds like the delay on the Toowoomba Bypass – months behind because the thing moved significantly on its foundations. All ok now, but scary…

        • AllyOz

          That’s called “putting their money where there mouth is” I guess.

      • Nutta

        Had my little intern guy follow it up. Yep it’s still true.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      You’re sounding very cynical this morning mate

      • Nutta

        Just this morning?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha true mate

    • Richard Patterson

      For the majority of the past 20 years, the dysfunctionality of the NSW Waratahs has been both an enormous, and painful, headwind in Australia’s most important rugby state.
      Now the latest clown to oversee the asylum is coming to run New Zealand’s most dysfunctional professional rugby franchise. God — that makes real sense doesn’t it!?
      The easy conclusion is to brush it off claiming you could not possibly make this shit up.
      The sobering reality is they have both become such structurally flawed organisations no capable candidate would have the remotest interest going anywhere near either of them.
      To Rugby Australia and NZ Rugby I point very direct fingers. It should never have been allowed to get this bad. Both are “must get right” regions for too long you hoped would miraculously fix themselves.
      There should be people in jail for clear breaches of fidiciary duties as Directors!

      • Nutta
        • Richard Patterson

          Impressive Nutta. Extremely well written.

          More sickening to me as an outsider looking in is how every year in the highly competitive Sydnery winter sporting landscape, the NRL and NRL Clubs find ways to shoot themselves in the foot with poor governance, poor leadership, poor behaviour and poor publicity. Every year I sit and wait for Rugby in NSW to seize upon the latest opportunity to railroad their way through, promoting a superior code with a brighter future, a clearer vision, thoughtful leadership with enhanced standards around pathways, welfare, incusiveness, diversity and behaviour. Every year I see nothing, read nothing and hear nothing. Crickets! I shake my head.

          Actually that last point is not statistically accurate. I hear the chuckles from the Ivory towers in Pitt St about how Rugby League are screwing up their sport. It feels ironic.

    • AllyOz

      “So Mr Hore has left our shores and no one saw it coming?” That sounds like the first line of a limerick.

      • Damo

        Not quite a limerick but a 2nd line could be something like
        “He put a Penney in the box while his player stocks leaked like Russian plumbing
        So out of the blue, he’s off to the Blues, without a single word to the boss
        But I’m sure the fans of the Tahs, despite a few scars, would count Mr Hore as no loss. (or “would be happy to hire Mr Hoss”)”
        Recited as per AB Patterson’s “A Bush Christening”
        Fee free to add to the verse if you wish.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nick,
    Funny no rumours in NZ about Hore taking over at the Blues. Mind you living in Sydney I don’t hear as much as I used to. Seems like a pretty stink way to manage a change no matter what’s behind it. I just hope the new guy/girl looks at all of Sydney and NSW rather than the 10 to 20 km West of the high tide mark. The Tahs are in a bit of a shit state at the moment. Lack of players, new coach, change needed in so many areas. 2020 could be a rough ride.
    Good to see JOCs change of attitude so far this year and I hope it continues.
    Interesting comments from CLL, maybe the pressure is finally starting to bite.

    • Human

      To paraphrase the late Keith Miller, “Pressure? There is no pressure in Test rugby. Real pressure is when you are flying a Mosquito with a Messerschmitt up your arse.”

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Hahahaha true, but if it’s all you know it’s still pressure

      • Nutta

        Perspective and context is everything.

      • Patrick

        In all fairness I reckon that if some of those guys were bearing down on you at 34-35m/s you might feel like that was a fair bit of pressure too :)

        In all seriousness “social” pressure is possibly worse than having a Messerschmitt up your clacker.

        • Who?

          34-35m/s? I’d certainly be nervous if any of those guys were bearing down on me at 125-odd km/h!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          We are so soft

        • Nutta

          In the head…

        • Human

          If Nathan Grey was the defence coach, he’d have me standing somewhere so remote, that not even the Jehovah’s Witness crew could find me let alone Usain Bolt on steroids.

  • AllyOz

    “The season starts soon, so the timing is shit in that regard … [we] didn’t see it coming. We’ll survive as we always have and hopefully put a good team on the paddock.”

    If that is a direct quote then it’s welcome to see some plain speaking from administrators. Not the usual glib press conference cliches. Hopefully this means he identifies an equally frank and forthright CEO to take over rather than the big talking virtue signaller who has flown the coup.

    • BigNickHartman

      It’s absolutely a direct quote and a direct copy+paste from the SMH

      • Hoss

        That’s a guy i could work for. Call a spade a fucking digging utensil. I like it.

        • Nutta

          Commentary custom-made for plagiarism!

  • AllyOz

    I have to disagree with David Pocock re: respect for Tier 2 opposition. I agree with him that some of the performances of these teams have been admirable, particularly Namibia’s first half and the wins by Japan and Uruguay. But to be critical of the Wallabies performance is not to be disrespectful to these teams. The Wallabies themselves have admitted that their first 20 minutes have been poor, they have made errors (many what I would call “unforced”), given away stupid penalties and been out-enthused in some cases by opposing teams that have a lot less advantages than they do. So by all means respect your opposition but don’t use it as an excuse for your own lack focus and application.

  • Greg

    “So I know I have to get my pre-match speech a little bit better.”

    Hopefully he actually reflects on this. Just imagine if we played well throughout the game….

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Yep a better speech is all that is required. Nothing to do with tactics, selections or skills

      • Crescent

        But they are all training so well – the only variable has to be the speech……

        If only he could find a way to play in accordance with the training – running lines to no one or some bloke with a hit shield (although they would probably still try to take his head off)

  • Hoss

    Mr Roger Davis
    Chairman NSW Rugby

    08th October 2019,

    Dear Mr Davis & Board Members

    Please consider this my formal application for the role of CEO NSW Rugby which I believe has recently become available.

    I have briefly summarised this qualities that, I firmly believe, make me the ideal candidate to restore NSW Rugby to its rightful place as THE powerhouse of provincial rugby in Australia & a plan to Southern Hemisphere domination whilst achieving sustainable growth and development of the code to ensure stability and capital returns well after my tenure ends.

    Firstly. I have a great passion for our great game. A student of the rich history and tapestry that rugby has woven through the fabric of NSW society and since conception, I have been largely a resident of the Premier State.

    I fully appreciate growing up in NSW, having an affinity with its people and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities the code faces, based on the recent hiring of NSW Rugby, is an impediment to my employment. Why, after all would you hire someone from your own back yard with corporate ties, an awareness of the issues, a plan for sustainable growth, a passion and for the club, it’s history, it’s future and with the sport itself when you could parachute an outsider in who, after a short period would earn the moniker of ‘passion fingers’, as they fuck everything they touch.

    I have vast life experience. Earlier this year I enrolled and was accepted into seven (7) religious orders to better understand the diversity of opinions and beliefs that make up a modern sporting organisation. Admittedly i was kicked out of six (6) of these organisations and not realising one was actually a sex cult i ended the membership of the seventh. In between overseeing a commercial development in Western Sydney of a religion based theme park, i also found time to consult with God and i can tell you for a fact she is a NSW Waratah’s fan and would stridently support my application.

    I believe is a quasi fascist-democracy approach to running an organisation and encourage engagement and a collaborative approach that engenders team work and the pursuit of a common goal. Any one who doesn’t agree can just fuck right off.

    Having two young children aged 5 & under I am extremely well suited to dealing with Kiwi staff and can slow the pace and veracity of my language to smaller syllables so any New Zealand staff can com,pre,hend what i am say-ing. I would very much look forward to working with the new new Kiwi coach, another trumped up reserve grade wanna be form the south island whilst they inflict yet more pain on long suffering, card carrying Tah’s fans. Indeed i have a new nickname ready to role out already to help them feel at home ‘Money Penney’.

    Depending on how thorough the background checks i would pass most police history checks and for the 2 or 3 i didn’t are all accompanied with a very funny yarn and some extenuating circumstances to go with.

    So there it is Mr Davis. A passionate fan, a corporate titan, a resident of NSW with an interesting past and just the man you need to right the good ship Waratah now.

    And remember ‘success occurs when opportunity meets preparation’. I’am prepared and you have the opportunity.

    Your Faithfully

    Mr Hoss.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      That’s gold mate. I’d hire you based on that. “Money Penney” very funny

      • Hoss

        Just sewing leather patches onto my jacket now. Anyone know where i can buy a pipe ????

        • Greg

          No, but do check your RMs…. (said he wearing his RMs :-) )

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’m wearing RMs

        • Hoss

          You have just ruined a lifetime of ownership for me. It’s like finding out Milly Vanilly lip synched. The hurt never goes away.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’m an Aussie now (almost) I thought it was mandatory

        • Hoss

          You cant just yabba a few words and then put RM’s on FFS. There’s a crotching and mulesing criteria first – done the ol’ school way too.

        • Nutta

          Teeth and a hook knife?

        • Hoss

          You have lived

        • Human

          …and skiting about it to Penelope at the Nindigully B&S.

        • Nutta

          I’m wearing RM’s.

    • Keith Butler

      You’re hired.

    • Nutta

      Mr Roger Davis
      Chairman NSW Rugby

      08th October 2019,

      Dear Mr Davis & Board Members

      Hire Hoss. He brings two clear advantages:
      1. He cannot possibly be worse than the last chap.
      2. Even if nothing else, at least it will be fun.

      Cheers Big Ears
      Nutta.

      • Hoss

        Exactly, its a win-win

    • Hoss

      PS. This weeks Wallaby Selections are now open – http://www.yourwallabysquad.com to make your selections

      Do you pick our best XXIII for this one, do you rest Lee Magors & 7A’s, does Brian start. ? Who’s your 10 ? Two-Cows, Lilo, does Spanners get a swan song. Do we see Petaia again?

      Forget the difference in rankings, for me this weeks selections could tell us plenty about the Wallabies brains-trust and where their heads are at.For mine its all about England. Rest Hooper, 7A’s and play your best side from there.

      Pass the site onto you friends and happy voting.

      Release details Thursday.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Done

        • Hoss

          What – the official team ????

        • disqus_NMX
        • disqus_NMX

          No great surprises there. These are pretty much the players that have been performing the best. Dempsey and Petaia earned their spots. I suspect this is close to the best team having their warm up game before the quarters, plus or minus a couple of players due for a rest still. The 3 selectors thing really has made a massive difference.

        • Hoss

          Cheers mate. Maybe they wanted to get the drop on us for a change !

          Don’t mind it too much. Some obvious resting of players. To’omua deserves a start. Like the looks of the fairies, you could argue for DHP at 15 and Gilbert on pine, but i can live with it. Tupou is an interesting one – is he any chance of the pine for a QF (for me – yes).

          Bring 7A’s, Hooper / Poey in, Tupou on bench and i am starting to get that stirring in my loins and its not even my birthday.

        • disqus_NMX

          Yep Gilbert and DHP have both performed well in patches, but neither really grabbed it by the balls. Gilbert by a nose for me. There are some Gilbert haters on this site, but they seem to conveniently forget the awesome things he does. I don’t think JP will ever forget the sweet inside ball Gilbert popped him for his debut test try!

          And yep, I damn sure hope Tupou stays in the 23.

          I’m guessing it will be the pooper for the quarters, and Dempsey on the bench if he plays well again this game.

        • Ads

          LSL must be close to being the bench 2nd rower too ahead of Coleman if Demsey takes over reserve 6.

        • Patrick

          DHP was a mile ahead of Beale in every game he played so far, he beat more defenders in traffic than Beale in space!

        • Patrick

          QC, my 11 year old daughter, anyone really.

      • Patrick

        Rest everyone but start Isi, White and Lilo and whoever you want at 12 for England

      • Keith Butler

        It’s not a forgone conclusion that the SDs will beat the Frogs and end up playing the G&G.

        • Who?

          No, it’s not. Just like it’s not a foregone conclusion that there’ll be a mutiny in French ranks after they sack their captain. Oh, hang on a minute……

        • Patrick

          No I am looking forward to the game to be honest, some more class in this French team than there has been for a few years now.

          I expect England to win but I am hoping for a thriller.

    • John Tynan

      “..a quasi fascist-democracy approach…”
      GOLD!

    • AllyOz

      If it was for the Queensland CEO’s job Hoss I would say “just loiter around in the carpark for long enough and they will get to you”. For NSW it’s probably the same, just that you’ll have to go to a carpark is in Auckland or Wellington.

    • Fatflanker

      Sold yourself short there Hoss – no mention of the cutting edge player selection software you could bring to the table?

  • Hoss

    In other news. The Japanese God of Weather – Godzirra, must be a Wallabies fan. Typhoon baring down on the Island Wales are scheduled to play at on Sunday. If games cancelled, both teams get 2 points as pool games are not replayed.

    I dont want anyone injured, but oh prease, oh prease, oh prease………

    • Geoffro

      if we finish tied on points is it F/A or head to head for top spot ?

      • Hoss

        F/A

      • Who?

        Head to head, then F/A. Eventually it works down to rankings.

    • Fatflanker

      Hah could you imagine the howling if that went down and we went on to bring back Bill! We can dream.

      • joy

        The World Cup is a world of dreams. For us it’s a two headed coin with all of us preying for an vertical landing. It will happen.

    • laurence king

      Yo arra frunny brugger

  • Mart

    Rolled out the A team V Georgia looks good

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Wallabies side to face Georgia
    1. Scott Sio, 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Rory Arnold, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. David Pocock (c), 8. Isi Naisarani, 9. Nic White, 10. Matt To’omua, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Samu Kerevi (vc), 13. James O’Connor, 14. Jordan Petaia, 15. Kurtley Beale

    Reserves: 16. Jordan Uelese, 17. James Slipper, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Adam Coleman, 20. Michael Hooper, 21. Will Genia, 22. Christian Lealiifano, 23. Dane Haylett-Petty

    • Greg

      Can we lock that in for the rest of the tournament?

      • Custard Taht

        Almost lock it in; Kepu and Beale should be sayonared out of the 23. DHP at 15, with Hodge on the bench.

        • joy

          Is it possible to have an expert opinion on a tight forward and an outside back in the same breath?

        • Custard Taht

          In this day and age, anything is possible. We can be a anything, and it’s not our fault if we don’t make it.

    • Who?

      Interesting to see Kepu starting against Georgia. They love their scrum – not sure that’s our strongest scrummaging starting front row. Kepu’s a very good scrummager, but time progresses. The bigger concern is Sio.
      .
      Glad to see Hooper getting a little more time off the field. He’s more than earned it.

    • Patrick

      We should absolutely put them to the sword with that line up.

      And it’ll be a worry if we don’t!

    • Fatflanker

      Good team although I assume you’re keeping DHP at 15 on ice for the quarters? :)

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        This is Cheika’s side mate not mine. I wouldn’t have Beale in the 23

  • Who?

    I only knew it was high because I vaguely recalled 100km/h was about 27.777m/s, and 90km/h is 25m/s.
    If you’d said 10m/s, that’s 36km/h, and there was an NFL player clocked at 21mph scoring a touchdown the other day. That’s 35km/h, so 10m/s isn’t implausible…

    • Patrick

      I knew that a 10 second hundred meters was 36kmh from high school athletics but I got all mixed up with m/s :)

  • joy

    Verily say unto you – thy smart arse inclusions do nothing for this piece.

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