Rugby Union


#521

Ref misses the offside call. Keeps NZ in it.


#522

Wow!!


#523

deserved the win


#524

What a great game.


#525

could have been better


#526

Ab, not trolling you , but it seems like the nz team has lost some of its blistering pace and maybe lost that brilliant offloading ability. Were there notable outs that contributed to this ?


#527

I think it had more to do with Australia limiting mistakes at key moments and applying sustained pressure when it mattered that was the difference. That was the first time in ages that Australia tested NZ for sustained periods.


#528

Kiwis took safe options way too often especially when they were on top in the first half. Missed Barretts play making as well. I am not sold on McKenzie at 15. Mostly though Australia didn’t give them space and we couldn’t work a way through it.


#529

Ex-Adelaide Crows AFL coach Neil Craig joins England rugby to work under Eddie Jones
Updated yesterday at 9:23am

Photo: Neil Craig is making the switch from the AFL to international rugby union. (AAP: Ben MacMahon, File)
Map: England

Former Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig will take his experiences at four AFL clubs and join Eddie Jones’ staff as high performance manager for the England rugby union team.
The 61-year-old Craig, who took the Crows to five finals series in a row, recently left Carlton where he was director of coaching, development and performance.
Prior to his stint at the Blues, Craig was the head of coaching strategy and development at Essendon and the director of sports performance at the Melbourne Demons.
Jones, who coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005, has recognised the fitness and planning expertise of Craig, who is just one of several appointments to the England senior team.
He is also bringing in Melbourne Storm NRL assistant coach Jason Ryles from the premiership-winning team to help England prepare for its international season.
“We’ve got Neil Craig who’s an ex-AFL coach coming in as a consultant for highest performance to look at how we operate and see how we can improve,” Jones told the Rugby England website.
"We’re being quite progressive in that area, I think.


#530

Does lee have an interest in English rugby?


#531

Wallabies got the job done in Wales. I believe that’s 13 wins in a row against Wales…

I see the Kangaroos V All Blacks hybrid encounter is gathering steam. If they could come to terms on the rules it would be huge. A slap in the face for the Wallabies but I’d watch it for sure.


#532

Ireland v. Seth Effrica in Dublin. Ireland demolished Seth Effrica 38-3.

Johnny Sexton was brilliant. He’s inherited Ronan O’Gara’s mantle as the best fly half in the world.


#533

From what I have read it would be a smashing. As soon as rucks and mauls become a part of the game, the Kangaroos would be stuffed, ABs would be pilfering at will


#534

But if they agree on a 5x stoppage limit, like in League, it would even it out a bit. Mauls probably would need to be excluded also. Look, I’m no expert but it makes for a fascinating concept.


#535

I like the idea but I think they were looking at playing it league style in the defensive half and union in the attacking werent they? Skilled loose forwards will tear it to shreds

I would watch and sink many cans whilst doing so. I would invite every Australian I know to watch it with me. Death or Glory style


#536

Met a former Wallaby through wrk - Bill Campbell.
Some blokes are brick shithouses - this dude is roughly three, maybe four, brick shithouses stacked on top of each other. Would not fancy trying to stop him.


#537

Not a bad thing for the game that Northern Hemisphere teams looking do good. Scotland almost got us


#538

Screw England.


#539

Some unlucky but justifiable calls. England probably the form team in world rugby right now


#540

Enough from you, England lover.