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Ireland v Australia, Lansdowne Road, 22 Novembe...

Nov 18 2014 11:36 PM | NH Fan

As Ireland head for a tense showdown with Michael Cheika’s Australia, they find themselves (having beat Georgia last weekend) surprisingly occupying third spot on the IRB rankings. Heady stuff. It's eight years since they were last there. This won’t do at all. Ireland are looking decidedly non-underdoglike, with 9 wins out of ten in 2014, and a couple of prize scalps on their belt: the Boks and the French on their home patch in Paris. Similarly, Australia have a home Bok game and three-...

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Rugby League: Kiwis squad

Nov 16 2014 12:40 AM | Sneakdefreak

All I can say is thank Christ the Kiwis won otherwise the battle of Courtney Place would be raging right at this moment..... I wasn't going to attend the game (being superstitious and all that) but a mate rang me at 3pm asking if I was keen to go since he's never been to a league game, being a traditional rugby union man from Christchurch. So we grabbed some tickets online and his missus dropped us off outside the concourse at 8:30pm (kick off at 8:45!?!?). He joked that he wanted to see ho...

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AB's Team v England

Nov 09 2014 11:49 AM | Razbra

On Owen Penalty try was good I thought as well. No card for a cynical off side in front of their own posts was bullshit. Coles deserved the card and I have no problem with him over ruling the TMO. The conversation between Owens and his TMO was hilarious. It was a mini welsh and Irish version of the Abbott & Costello "who's on first" routine called "pulled his opponent". I took great delight in a Welshman saying he didn't understand the Irishman. The best bit was at the end of the exch...

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Oct 19 2014 03:20 PM | Mick Gold Coast QLD

ARU press conference Bill Pulver: I haven't seen any evidence of the players losing respect for Ewen. 12 hours earlier: Pulver spoke after McKenzie's announcement and said the Super Rugby title-winning coach felt he could not count on the support of the playing group or staff. "In essence Ewen said that he felt he was going to struggle to retain the level of respect that he needed from the playing group and his support staff in the Australian squad" So which is it? "So which is it?" Wee...

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Oct 19 2014 03:20 PM | Mick Gold Coast QLD

ARU press conference Bill Pulver: I haven't seen any evidence of the players losing respect for Ewen. 12 hours earlier: Pulver spoke after McKenzie's announcement and said the Super Rugby title-winning coach felt he could not count on the support of the playing group or staff. "In essence Ewen said that he felt he was going to struggle to retain the level of respect that he needed from the playing group and his support staff in the Australian squad" So which is it? "So which is it?" Wee...

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Learning from a loss

Oct 09 2014 12:22 PM | Knock On Wood

It's often mentioned that a team can learn more from a loss than a win. In general this is a sentiment I agree with. Nothing highlights weaknesses better than having them exposed on the playing field. Even Graham Henry has been quoted saying that the All Blacks needed a loss (or two) before the World Cup to help them focus on weaknesses in their game-plan, personnel, use of the bench - whatever. Now that they've had one, can we actually draw any useful conclusions from it? I haven't had the...

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