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Wednesday’s Rugby News has a shakeup at the Waratahs, a bit of discipline at the Reds, ex-Lions unhappy with the ABs, and bit of an oopsie.


Waratahs Shakeup

Wallaby Defence Coach Nathan Grey

Nathan Grey is set to announce this morning that he’s going to move to his Wallabies defence coaching role full-time. That’ll mean that there’s going to a reshuffle at the Waratahs.

Fox Sports has all the goss. Assistant (and scrum) coach Cam Blades is moving on, and his place will come Norths and u20s coach Simon Cron.

Cron has previously knocked back offers from the Brumbies and, presumably, Real Madrid, such is the hype around this up-and-coming coaching talent.

Who’s gonna replace Grey? Why Daryl Gibson of course. Gibson will continue as head coach, but will merely combine his new role with his current role (as well as his role as chief novelty rope officer).

These changes are in part to an internal review, which according to the report “found that the club needed to improve in numerous areas including coaching, physical conditioning, leadership and player responsibility”. NSWRU chief Andrew Hore rattled on about said review.

“We need to improve in all those areas and Daryl Gibson is the right man to lead the organisation in making those changes,” Hore said.

“We’re initiating changes to ensure we have great talent coming through the ranks and we’ll continue to put systems in place to provide the best environment for our team to be successful.”

Stiles Unhappy

Nick Stiles for the Reds 2017

Nick Stiles has sent Andrew Ready and Michael Gunn away from the Reds for a bit in the hope they begin to really fight for their place at the Reds.

“It’s not like they’ve been expelled but I am asking two good footballers to decide how absolutely hungry they are to do the work to be really good,” Stiles told the Courier Mail.

“No one is holding their hands … it’s up to them to get to their own gyms, do their sessions and do little extras as it was done in the amateur rugby days.”

Stiles has sent the pair away to train solo, and the duo haven’t rocked up to Reds training in two weeks. The Reds coach sat down with all the players during the June break, and has only decided to take this action with Ready and Gunn.

The article says that Ready has been seeking feedback from Reds coaching staff during his time on the naughty step (or naughty fitness stepper, as it were). It is the second time Ready’s been told off, after he was dropped for getting too l00se one weekend in April.

Meanwhile, Nick Frisby has also been given a two-week break to rediscover his inner self or something. He’ll be passing balls to chests for GPS this weekend.

Salt or Truthbombs?

British and Irish rugby internationals are getting feisty in the press, with a couple of them commenting on the “dark arts” employed by the All Blacks.

Former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan, who almost got into the 2009 Lions squad, wrote in the Irish Independent:

“Some of what [the All Blacks] did [against Ireland in Dublin last November after losing in Chicago] was on the borderline of legality and in Auckland on Saturday, it was the same.

“I didn’t think Jaco Peyper and his assistants picked up some of the angles that the Kiwis were entering rucks. They go off their feet and enter rucks from the side so often.

“They are hell-bent on nullifying the opposition’s threat at all costs. Technique often goes out the window and bodies fly in everywhere. Any mere sight of a red jersey was just cleaned out and it wasn’t always done so legally.”

Quinlan also reckons he noticed a few neck rolls, and the deliberate targeting of Conor Murray.

Former England and (uncapped) Lions prop Matt Stevens was also unhappy.

“Gatland has got some pretty good reason to point the blame at [Jerome] Kaino there,” he told Sky Sports (via stuff.co.nz). Kaino apparently targeted Murray in one incident, where he took out Murray’s legs (here’s footage).

“Conor Murray is being touted as the best halfback in the world and is definitely one of the best kicking halfback in the world so he is one of the better players in this Lions team.

“Are New Zealand being cynical? From the evidence, it looks like they are.

“When you look at that – Jerome Kaino has made a decision. He has put his head down, put his hands out to attack the ball but he can’t attack the ball from that side.

“So, in my opinion, I think it is cynical play and it is something he has thought about before he has done it.”

Oops

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Spiro Zavos has issued an apology on The Roar, after yesterday writing an article based on source material that, ah, turned out to not be true.

The original piece has been pulled, but from the apology it’s easy to put the pieces together. As Zavos says, he wrote an article “based around an email that purported to establish that Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, had a hit list of “enemies” of the ARU.

“The article further suggested, based on the email, that before leaving the ARU Rob Clarke had drawn up this hit list.”

Zavos, who received this purported email from a ‘source’, was then sent the actual email concerned by someone in the ARU. Presumably, Bill Pulver.

“Bill Pulver did not write the email that was published in the [original] article. Rob Clarke did not draw up a hit list of “enemies” of the ARU as the email suggested,” Zavos continues.

“The article and the email the article was based around were published on The Roar in good faith. The person claiming to have received the email from Bill Pulver gave me permission to publish it.

“For the record. I apologise to Bill Pulver and Rob Clarke for publishing the email in question and I retract any implications arising from that publication.”

If you want to see what a bingle looks like, The Roar have left comments open on the apology piece.

“We’re leaving the comments open on this post because that’s what The Roar is all about: expressing your opinion. In this case, we got it wrong and Spiro’s apology is heartfelt and genuine. But at times like this, we understand that our audience want to have their say, which is why we’re keeping the comments open,” wrote editor ‘Zoltan’ below the line.

*try to keep comments clean please

  • Huw Tindall

    Grey out Cron in = win for the Tahs…loss for Wallabies :(

    • first time long time

      I don’t know much about Cron but I think he still needs to do his time (before Wallabies). Granted, not sure time is something we have up our sleeve at the moment.
      Phil Mooney won the u20s and although he did great work assembling a competition winning squad at the reds he hasn’t gone any further yet.
      Wouldn’t mind seeing Mooney in a development/retain & recruit role at Reds.

  • Bobas

    Is Matt going to get on media watch again and stick the boot into Spiro?

    • Brisneyland Local

      Lets hope so! A kick for Spiro is good for rugby!

  • Bobas

    I was hoping the inanimate rope might replace Grey.

    If the sideline is your best defender surely a rope could be your best defensive coach? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91d1be61972d800bcc3a19f2dfa04f164c08db290b15e4c8f7378f9bb97ffe7b.jpg

    • Who?

      Does that mean we’re sending Grey (and the rope) to space?!

      • Bobas

        Insert rugby joke about not being able to find space.

        • John Tynan

          Or with Grey concerned, being able to find space…

  • Gottsy

    Bit concerning, the attitude of Ready. I know last year he wasn’t interested in the NRC and consequently lost his (potential) spot to Latu. So much talent but doesn’t seem to be too keen to put the hard yards in

    • I hope this situation is what it is being reported and not Ready and Gunn responding to a poor culture. I hope it isnt and they both go elswhere. Mind you, I dont know how I would respond if i played myself into wallaby contention one year and was replaced by a walking frame using retiree the next… maybe a move is the best thing for ready. Wont be the first time a red has made good under new management.

      • John Tynan

        Not a bad observation. Ready and Frisby both fringe or reserve Wallabies last year, all of a sudden they are crap or have a crappy attitude. No-one has a free pass into a team, but that’s a fast and coincidental slide.

      • Gottsy

        What’s more concerning for me is that he didn’t keep working hard. He could have easily unseated Moore for the starting spot but spat the dummy about it instead. Hope he gets a kick up the bum and gets back to what we know he can be

        • Call me cynical but I’m pretty sure he had no chance of unseating Moore. No chance what so ever. He would never have made it against moore. Chieka has continued to say Moore is Aus skip and hooker. 3 year contract for a has been, out of form, 33 year old hooker? Nah… The crap politics in Aus rugby would never have seen a rookie take the wallaby hero. It was a complete stitch up. And the convenient thing for chieka was that his boy Latu is now next in line. This may sound a little dramatic but I believe they would do this. Load of shit.

    • Jack Mallick

      Sounds like Brad Thorns influence, there’s a good video on youtube where Thorn tells the story how lazy and unfit he was as a teenager until his dad called him out with the tough love. Can only hope it has the same effect on Ready’s work ethic as it did Thorn!

      • Gottsy

        Fingers crossed mate. Would be a shame to see him squander his talent

    • Missing Link

      It is more concerning to hear fans last year calling for Ready to be the Wallabies starting hooker!

      • He was in great form and added what latu did over the ball. With hooper at 7, we desperately need a player to be over it and pilfer. A shame his form hasnt continued.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Ready was in good form last year. This year not so. Attitudinally he has not been good this year, and has not been getting a lot of game time. If these players arent lifting tie to shed them. Frisby too.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Attitudinally! Love it

        • Brisneyland Local

          “relating to, based on, or expressive of personal attitudes or feelings attitudinal judgment.”
          I got it off my ‘Big words for the Big boss’ calendar that my daughter gave me for fathers day!.

      • Gottsy

        He could have been there if he took the NRC seriously. Hopefully he regains his form

      • Gottsy

        He could have been there if he took the NRC seriously. Hopefully he regains his form

  • Dud Roodt

    Think it’s Cam Blades who’s out?

  • first time long time

    Well I’m getting excited!
    Off to Wellington tomorrow for what should be an epic clash on Saturday!
    At least this year I won’t be wearing my punch me in the head canary yellow jersey in a sea of black.
    Com’n Lions! I want this to go to a decider

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      This will be the game of the year mate. I’d like to see more of the first try they scored in Auckland and some of the defensive efforts in both teams. A wounded Lion is dangerous and this game will be epic. I’d be happy for the AB’s to take it but won’t be too disappointed if it goes to a decider.

      have a couple of drinks for me too mate. Wish I was coming with you

    • Brisneyland Local

      FTLT enjoy your flight, and have a few pints of Bulmers for me!

      • first time long time

        If you have my hangover for me!

        • Brisneyland Local

          I dont get hangovers, so sure! ;-)

  • Greg

    Watching that video angle… https://www.facebook.com/OfficialWallabiesMemes/videos/1804699429860319/

    it is pretty crap from Kaino on number 9. The likelihood of stopping the kick: nil; The likelihood of a serious knee injury; high.

    • onlinesideline

      or maybe this is what happens to a tiny guy in a game where most guys are huge at this level. If the half back was bigger / heavier would he have gone for a six like this bloke ?

      • Stin

        Conor Murray is 1.88 and almost 100kgs.

        • onlinesideline

          pfffttt – tiny

    • SuckerForRed

      And the wide angle shows Kaino being checked/bumped in his run by the Lions 8. Not saying that he would have been able to get to the ball. Not saying that he wouldn’t have hit Murray. Just saying that I am not entirely sure that in this particular example the outcome was entirely what Kaino intended.

      • Tomthusiasm

        Have you tried watching Greg’s cropped video with sinister music playing underneath? Only then can you get a real sense of Kaino’s evil intentions.

        • SuckerForRed

          Pay that! No I am at work so can’t crank the sinister music.

        • Brisneyland Local

          SFR, that is what headphones are for.
          That way no one knows your true sinister intentions!

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    With all due respect (take that as none) to Quinlan and Stevens, what a load of wank. Absolutely the AB’s,and every other team, plays to the laws in the way the referee is interpreting them for the game but to fall back on this stupid conspiracy theory is just a load of crap and an attempt to try and justify their own failings and the failings of their team.

    Look if it makes them happy and they can sit at home feeling better about losing because the AB’s are cheats and that’s the only reason they win then good on them. Whatever rocks their boat. But what a lot of cry baby bullshit

    • Greg

      that said….. I honestly never understood how Mr McCaw managed to spend so much of the game shaking hands with our half back at the ruck.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Hahahahahaha Yeah lets bring that old one up. Sorry I’m not going there

        • Greg

          it is what it is….. I just never understood it!

    • Gottsy

      KRL is fired up!!!

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Yeah I am mate. I hate all this bullshit. I hate they way Gatland and Hanson seem to think they have to have public spats to prove who’s top dog. I hate the way players and coaches react to journalists who don’t care about the game but need a controversy to sell papers. I absolutely love the game of rugby. Played it for 40+ years, coached for about 7 on and off and refereed for about 7. I’ve played all over the world when I served with the NZ Army and met some great people and have some great friendships through this game.

        I love the good natured banter on this site and I feel for all the rugby supporters in Australia who are seeing incompetence and self centred nepotism drag the game down here.

        Deep Breath in………out…….. and calm again :-)

        • Gottsy

          That’s an extremely well written reply considering. I wholeheartedly agree mate, and I’m pretty sure most of the level headed supporters like ourselves see through the bullshit

        • onlinesideline

          40 years – your not Brad Thorn are you ?

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think KRL is a little older than Brad and a bit shorter. Mind you Brad Thorn is shorter than me, so that is allright!

        • SuckerForRed

          Fark me! How tall are you?

        • Brisneyland Local

          6’8″ in the old language. 200cm in the new.
          I am a freak, and fly my freak flag proudly! ;-)

        • SuckerForRed

          Oh. Is that all…….

        • Brisneyland Local

          Well I am the baby of the family!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha I wish I was that good mate. I wouldn’t be sitting here in front of a computer dealing with the crap I do if I was that good

    • Harbo

      Did you watch that video angle? Kaino has no chance of charging that kick down and every chance of ruining a blokes career. That wasn’t the only instance either…

      • Bobas

        Thought he was a left footer.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate one instance in a game. I agree it doesn’t look good but I disagree completely that it is a deliberate attempt to injure the player. What happens in the instance of time in a game where you are giving 100% and trying to do your job is just what happens. Anyone who has ever played has been in the same situation so sorry a still label this as bullshit whinging cry-baby crap

        • Harbo

          I’m not agreeing with all the other bullshit mate, I thought it was a hard fought game by both sides on the weekend and the better team came out on top. Just thought that particular play didn’t look too crash hot but if I agree if I’m Kaino I’m not thinking about Murray I’m wild eyes trying to charge that ball down

        • Stin

          I agree the Quinlan et al comments are yawn inducing but the Kaino moment was wild and reckless. NOT suggesting he was trying to injure – but just have a bit more presence of mind Jeremy!

      • SuckerForRed

        See my comment on the video re the wide shot. To me, for this particular incident, it looks like Kaino tripped over and fell into Murray. Plus if you were only ever allowed to going for a charge down when you are likely to get it, then prop’s are never going to make an attempt.

    • Brisneyland Local

      KRL, ignore it.. It is just the bleating of a loser! I am sick of people losing games and then whinging that the other team were cheating, or “We waz robbbbbbed!”
      Second place is the first loaser. Win on the scoreboard.
      It is the referumps job to call the play, if they dont, crack on, play the fucking whistle.
      Too many people whinging about there team losing rather than saying, they werent good enough on the day! Like the Wallabies. I dont bleat about them losing, I admit that they are shit and need to work harder!

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Thanks Mate

      • Damo

        Yes KRL ignore the crap. Watching the ‘canes game last night it occurred to me that this Lions tour has evolved into a masterclass of how rugby should be played in 2017- in virtually every game. Passionate desire to win, high speed, relentless aggression and seriously outstanding skills. Mistakes are made and rules are being bent at times but there is no ambiguity about how all the teams want to play and shit it is entertaining. The skill involved in BB’s running tidy up scoop was not the best part. It was that he immediately went looking for a counter attack opportunity rather than just getting out of trouble.
        It is sadly in stark contrast to the confusing, tentative and error ridden game plan the Wallabies have decided to bring to the June tests program- which in the end hasn’t built any momentum and I’m convinced hasn’t taught the team anything about how they want to play. A team that seems so overcome by not being as good as they believe they should be that it is seriously affecting their ability to just play.
        Apologies for straying from my original comment- I plan to thoroughly enjoy watching the rest of this Lions series.

    • Tomthusiasm

      Not sure if I had my Black and Yellow glasses on last night but I though that the Lions throwing the ball away and slowing the Canes ruck ball wasn’t exactly in the spirit of the game, so if that isn’t a bit of the tea pot calling the kettle All Black, I don’t know what is.

      • Who?

        I don’t have yellow and black glasses, but I thought Poite was inordinately ordinary last night… Lots of non-calls against the Lions. Even had the English commentators surprised when he didn’t blow the penalty for taking out Otere Black in the air not 5 minutes after he pinged the Canes for tackling JJ in the air…

        • Tomthusiasm

          A lot of his calls left me scratching my head, he blew the Canes off the park in the first half and the Lions, impressively, took every chance they got. The Canes should’ve adapted quicker but it was frustrating to watch as they struggled to build continuity and the the Lions seemed to get the rub of the green. I was pretty pissed off when Poite wasn’t going to bin Iain Henderson for the reckless cleanout when he had already binned TTT for a high shot. Thank God George Ayoub intervened. With all the huff and puff about NH refs coming down finally policing the scrum correctly and Poite couldn’t even follow the tip tackle directive correctly. I just wish all refs were on the same page.

    • Tommy Brady

      That silence you coukd hear all day today was the lack of commentary emerging from either Alan Quinlan and Matt Stevens over the rather nasty looking tip tackle by B&I Lions lock Iain Henderson that saw him sinbinned for 10 minutes in yesterday’s match against the Hurricanes.

      Hopefully now we can return to putting focus back where it belongs – the quality of the rugby on this tour.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Absofriggenlutely mate

      • mikado

        Yup, agreed.

    • Mica

      Love your work KRL, but Qunlan has a point.
      I love watching these games, since I don’t care who wins and can just enjoy the rugby.
      There were a number of times where the ABs were entering attacking rucks from 90 degrees.
      These are a penalty every day of the week and I don’t think one was called.
      No doubt that the ABs are the best team in the world and by a considerable margin.
      Being able to get away with this is not needed and if it was reffed properly would help the contest.
      Just my 2 cents – good luck for Saturday.
      I know I am looking forward to what is likely to be one of the best matches this year.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate happy for your comments and I’ll always see it differently. No doubt I see the Wallabies breaking a lot more rules than you do as well.
        Having refereed for a fair while I think the issue on ruck entry is twofold. Firstly it’s timing and if you get there before there is “2 people, 1 from each side in contact over the ball” then the 90 180 or any other degree doesn’t matter. The second part of it is “does it matter?” If someone enters from the side but doesn’t affect anything then who cares? They’ve just put themselves in a position where they can’t affect anything and are ineffective so let them be.
        Of course I am incredibly biased and I accept that as well.

  • Duncher

    So the report “found that the club needed to improve in numerous areas including coaching, physical conditioning, leadership and player responsibility”… Why didn’t it find that we need to play better rugby and win more games?

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Apparently that follows mate

  • John Tynan

    “..chief novelty rope officer…” he he he he. Nice one.

  • Waz_dog

    That’s and out and out cheap shot Nick with QC as your image on that article about Spiro.

    • BigNickHartman

      it’s a photo of someone “dropping the ball”, that goes with the title of ‘oops’. is there something I’m missing? (and then, is it really a cheap shot after there’s been a defamatory email published?)

      • Waz_dog

        QC has never and will never be “someone” on this website. Not to mention that there were plenty of players “dropping the ball” in the game on the weekend, yet you’ve chosen a photo that’s more than 5yo to associate Spiro’s ‘oops’ moment…

        • BigNickHartman

          There might have plenty of players dropping the ball on the weekend, but were there plenty of royalty free photos taken of that?

      • first time long time

        Ill tell you what, Quade dropped the ball with that haircut he’s sporting!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep he has had some haircut shockers!

  • Brendan Hume

    Hang on a minute – is there no rugby Aussie this weekend or next weekend? Bloody hell, the Wallabies should have lined up a mid-weeker against the Lions – at least the Lions may have go a good win under their belts…

    • BigNickHartman

      There’s no Aussie rugby. Just 4 rather average intra-South African games

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        And the Lions mate

    • SuckerForRed

      Next weekend there is. Reds play the Brums at Suncorp on the 7th.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I will be there with bells on, but low expectations!

        • SuckerForRed

          2 meters tall wearing bells…. should be able to spot you without a problem.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Even with out the bells. When you are as tall and unfortunate looking as I am you tend to stick out a little.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well dont know about the rest of you GAGR’s, I am glad the Wallabies arent playing this weekend. I really dont think I can deal with another game of “Tres average”. (See I can be polite and not swear all the time).
    At least we have the BIL’s vs The Darkness to watch. Scares me to think that I have never been hanging out for a match so much that we (The Wobblies) arent playing in (other than a Fiji match!)

  • EngineRoom

    YES! Finally Cron has taken a job in Australian rugby. Absolute gun. Can’t wait to see the Tahs next year

    • John Tynan

      I don’t understand what’s generating the excitement though? Norths 1 premiership and….? U20’s finished 6th with a heap of Super rugby talent. Genuine question, not a veiled sledge – I’m not in Sydney, so I can’t say I’m as close to the rugby community backgrounding down there.

      • EngineRoom

        Fair enough. I’ll try and help fill you in a bit on Cron.

        As you mentioned he led Norths to the premiership last year. On top of that Norths beat Brothers w/ Taniela Tupou, claiming the Australian club championship. He took a struggling club to the top. Then was appointed Sydney Rays coach and took them from 7th in 2015 to 2nd in 2016 with only one loss. As you mentioned, he took over the Aus 20’s team with super rugby and 7’s talent. Unfortunately there was problems with the team due to the commitments of the super rugby and 7’s players meaning they were unable to play any of the pre tournament games, filling in at the World Cup only. So understandably there was some cohesion issues with the lack of time spent together. Considering that U20’s had a huge change up until the final moments to beat England, losing by one point, therefore not making the finals.

        He also has developed players like Will Miller, #7 (Norths captain), Hugh Sinclair, #6, and Irae Simone, #12 (Named player of the year 2016 in his first year of union since switching back from league. Has played multiple games for the Tahs and is much better than the dud Horwitz. As you can see Simone is one of my favourite players). These players just to name a few are all huge talents and have long rugby days ahead of them if they are coached correctly and picked.

        He is an all round great coach and should hopefully improve the Waratahs, and maybe take over at some point.

        Hopefully that helped you a little bit. Maybe even understand the hype.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I really hope he comes in and makes some positive changes. God knows they need it

        • EngineRoom

          Mate all we can do is hope

        • John Tynan

          Appreciate the time and effort. Thanks.

  • Bay35Pablo

    “the club needed to improve in numerous areas including coaching, physical conditioning, leadership and player responsibility”
    Doesn’t leave much we are getting right.
    And the right man to fix it is the bloke who has been in charge for the last 2 seasons and was an assistant coach for 3 years prior.
    Do they think we are saps? They need to provide some justification given those 2 facts.
    Even “We cannot afford to sack Gibbo as we’re skint and we’d have to pay him out” would suffice.

    I don’t actually think Gibson is a bad coach, but given the issues they need to provide some explanation as to what the causes were, and how they are being fixed in a more general sense. Punting Blades and Grey and hiring Cron is it? No one else in back office land to blame? Players? Systems?
    Meh, it’s the vibe.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Its the Contitution, its Mabo!

  • Bay35Pablo

    Spiro’s mea culpa mildly amusing. He tried to be Grouchy and failed. This is why Grouchy carries on with nameless sources and nicknames like “Radio”, to avoid coming unstuck as much. Although it drives me nuts as if true bloody well say it rather than innuendo.

  • Adrian

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the BIL pulled off an upset

    • Tomthusiasm

      It’d be a remarkable achievement if they could, they get better with every game though. It’s a shame that it takes until the end of the tour to get the playing combos and a collective understanding and then it’s all over!

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Winning won’t be an upset. They’re a top class side and it could easily go their way

  • Brisneyland Local

    Not for a while yet! BIL are the best chance of beating the AB’s. I would love to see a Rest of World 15 against the AB’s.

    • Tomthusiasm

      Would love to see England tour NZ next June, that’s be a good series, if both teams maintain their form.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        We’d kill them

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep I would almost fly over there to watch it.

  • Brisneyland Local

    I decided to keep quiet about it this morning, but couldnt bite my tongue any longer. Are they farking kidding me?
    Grey full Time Wallabies Defensive coach. So the idiot responsible for the Warratahs and Wallabies defensive fuck ups is going to be given the opportunity to be our World cup Defensive coach. Wow we are condemned to mediocrity by that alone. This is totaly shite!

    • Miss Rugby

      Ahhh … I love your rants BL. All the stuff I’m thinking but would get slaughtered if I uttered out loud.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Ma’am, I only get to mutter it out loud on here and in my living room (and only when my kids arent present)! At work being the Boss I have to be Mr Congeniality!

    • Bernie Chan

      Someone in the ARU bunker is really taking the mickey….or Cheika really can do whatever he pleases. It is purely by happenstance (Cheika decided on a whim…didn’t tell Hunt or Larkham in advance…) that Hunt ended up playing at #12, so the defensive line was more stable.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Which means he doesnt trust the defensive line if he re-inforced it.

  • Wolfman

    It is just another reason why the All Blacks are the best in the world. They give away deliberate penalties when a certain try is on to concede 3 points instead of 7 or quite often don’t even get penalised. They do it early in the game when they know the ref won’t yellow card them and then they eventual concede a yellow card for repeated infringements somewhere from the 60-80th minute when they already have the match in the bag.
    No point whinging about it, the other teams just need to do it better.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Wolfman, some would call it cheating. I dont! I call it playing the whislte, and doing it with pure playing ability. It is also interesting and amazing that they back them selves. Even if they are 10 points down with 7 mins to go, they back them selves knowing they can still win it from there and ususally do!

    • Adrian

      It’s annoying, but it’s legal.

      I seriously differentiate between”illegal play”, and foul play. Giving away offside penalties is part and parcel of football I think.

      Play to the whistle. It’s football not cricket.

      When I used to play, many, many years ago, I played inside centre and occasionally open side breakaway. I was hardy ever on side in defense. My heroes were Bob Fulton and Greg Davis, and they were never on side either. Yes, I played League and Union, in case you haven’t heard of Bob Fulton.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    He’d be lucky to have achieved half in both mate

  • Brisneyland Local

    Now you are just rubbing lemon juice into our paper cuts.
    So not funny! Because it is just so bloody tragic.

    • Adrian

      Notwithstanding that he’s a bigger dickhead than any of the players currently are, he might just come up with something new.
      I thought that somehow the defence looked better v Italy, and the strategy (if their was one) looked simpler.
      I don’t know the stats though.

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