Rugby news for Friday 06/24/2022
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Today’s news sees possible Wallaby combinations at full-back, Sir Clive Woodward’s take on Eddie Jones and more on brain damage.
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SMH’s Wayne Smith gave his thoughts on Australia’s back row options. The Reds presented Harry Wilson with the Stan Pilecki Medal for peer-voted player of the season while Rob Valetini is well in line for his second straight Brett Robinson award when the Brumbies host their big night after the England series.
It’s hard in the extreme to build a case for NOT using both Valetini and Wilson in the starting lineup against Eddie Jones’ men, but Wayne Smith does.
Valetini has become the tip of the spear when it comes to the Wallabies attack, carrying fearlessly into the heart of the defence. Wilson, too, is a dynamic ball runner but of a different variety. He was left at home after the Wallabies spring tour last November to work on his footwork and did so well in that regard that he was the only striker in the top 10 in yards carried (1036m) in Great Rugby. Add to that a season in which he finished in the top 10 in tackles and offloads and his value becomes all too obvious.
But is Australia overcharging in one area? Rennie coached the Wallabies for 20 Tests, but he only used Wilson for 10 of them. Valetini, on the other hand, has been a regular, capped 18 times by Rennie and appears to be becoming one of the back-row constants alongside flanker and captain Michael Hooper.
Rob Leota (Rebels) is the No. 6 Test holder, having taken advantage of Wilson’s absence on the spring tour to make his international debut. He’s arguably a top roster jumper, but his biggest asset is the physique he brings to the blindside. With an injured Lachie Swinton kicked out of the squad, Leota could be the man to make an impression. Still, he too has had an injury-hit campaign and can the Wallabies be sure to take the same workload off him?
The other alternative is to use Jed Holloway at six. The Waratahs veteran has demonstrated throughout his career that he is just as capable in the second line as he is in the loose role, making him an ideal reserve. Yet there is a vertigo to his game, pure rugby intelligence, which would make it very tempting for Rennie to release him against England.
After weighing all his options, Rennie may find himself at the very beginning. In his first test as Wallabies manager, in October 2020, he selected a back row of Valetini, Hooper and Wilson against the All Blacks in Wellington and deserved to get much more reward than just a draw of 16. Valetini was at No. 8 that day and Wilson was six, but a position swap now would certainly be in order.
There is a terrific look at the Wilson-Hooper-Valetini unit. Perhaps not as menacing as Toutai Kefu, Dave Wilson and Matt Cockbain, the last backline combination to win a World Cup for Australia. But who is that to say?
July 2: First Test, kick-off 7.55pm AEST at Optus Stadium in Perth
July 9: Second Test, kick off 7.55pm AEST at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
July 16: Third Test, kick off 7.55pm AEST at Sydney Cricket Ground
Clive speechless (not that one)
Rugby 365 reports that World Cup-winning manager Clive Woodward has once again ridiculed Eddie Jones following England’s loss to the Barbarians at Twickenham.
England flew out on their three-Test tour of Australia on Tuesday following a 21-52 spanking by a 14-man Barbarians side who lost ‘Jagged Little Will’ Skelton to a red card in the first half -time.
For some time now, the 2003 World Cup-winning boss has been extremely critical of Jones and his run of deflating results in recent years in charge of England.
He gave Jones both barrels in March after the end of a second straight Six Nations campaign with just two wins in England from five matches, and he has since reloaded and fired another series of shots on the back of what materialized at Twickenham two days before the team flight. from Heathrow for the start of their tour.
Woodward criticized England for allowing the tour’s warm-up match to become, in his view, a farce.
“I was disappointed in George Kruis for allowing this to happen, especially his antics around his backheel conversion. I can’t imagine Phil Bennett laughing at that,” he wrote.
“It was also a mistake to allow French manager Fabien Galthie and the other French players to do whatever they wanted at Twickenham. That says a lot about this England team. To concede 50 points against an opponent with 14 men was beyond mediocre, but allowing showboating said a lot about the team. Something had to happen and it didn’t.”
“Can you imagine New Zealand or South Africa letting a Barbarians team come to Auckland or Pretoria and take the mickey? But does anyone at the RFU really care – or, more importantly, understand the relevance – or was it just another game, another day, a chance to boost the finances?
Woodward added that the time has come for the RFU to appoint a director of rugby above Jones to sort out the mess England are currently experiencing.
“Giving Eddie Jones the keys to Twickenham holds England back in many ways,” He continued.
“Some of the rhetoric that Jones continually comes out is just plain stupid and on that level it doesn’t help. I’ve seen some of his quotes about the squad for the upcoming Australia tour and that was a ‘good mix of youth and experience.
“It should be absolutely nothing about it. It’s about picking your best starting XV, but we lost it under Jones. Choose your team based on the best team to represent England, nothing to do with age or experience – it really isn’t that hard if you know what your best XV is.
“But nobody knows who the best team in England is and it seeps into the mindset of the players. England went from near the top of the world at Japan 2019 to, at best, a professional side which few people currently respect. Beginners, finishers, apprentices – we can’t even name a captain until we get to Australia!”
Meanwhile, aviation pioneer Nic White called Jones “the mastermind” according to Nathan Williamson.
“But you know, when they ask the question of who you would like to have dinner with, it comes to mind right away.”
“I would love to pick his brain, it’s obviously a brain.”
“His name in World Rugby carries so much weight. When he speaks you have to listen to him because he’s seen it all, he’s been successful at all levels and he’s obviously a very good coach.
“He’s someone I really admire.”
“Penalizing players no cure for concussion”
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According to The Guardian’s Michael Aylwin, rugby’s approach to concussion simply doesn’t work. Another year, another round of concussion statistics as high or higher than the last. This year is actually the highest on record since the program began in 2002.
Admittedly, at some point the dime will fall that wild red-card Wild West rugby officially launched on January 3, 2017, five-and-a-half years ago, but unofficially even before that doesn’t work – and it never will. . Expelling players and banning them for the ugliest (although far from the only) examples of head contact is supposed to act as a deterrent, but worldwide deterrents only work when targeted offenses are the result of a deliberate decision. made by the authors at their right time.
No rugby player today deliberately hits an opponent in the head (because he is liable to be sent off for that apart from anything else), and the time for deliberation over his actions is measured in fractions of a second. . Anyone who repeats the mantra that they just need to aim lower is invariably sitting in an armchair with Twitter open.
The idea is to eliminate standing tackles, but watch any game for five minutes and count the number of standing tackles. They are everywhere and very often the safest option. So what we’re really saying to players is: “Don’t attack standing up. Except when you should. And if you’re wrong in that split second, it’s game on.
The key factor is what neurologists call the “cumulative dose” of energy injected into the brain. In other words, how many times over a long career players’ brains are shaken, which is a constant in a sport like rugby union. It doesn’t even have to be direct contact with the head. As the instrumented mouthguards used by Harlequins and others reveal, more than half of the cumulative force experienced on the skull by a Premiership player comes from collisions that don’t involve the head at all.
Recent changes to the return-to-play schedule only tip the tip of an iceberg. We need to stop viewing concussions as separate from the hundreds of other times brains are shaken during a rugby game. All sit on the same scale, and they all count. Those deemed concussive are only those that trigger immediate and observable symptoms. At least they cause the punch to pause when the concussed player is taken out of the scrum. It’s the players who don’t show symptoms that you have to worry about, because they carry on.
The way out of the CTE crisis, realistically, rugby is in the hands of science. Developing some sort of therapy that could alleviate brain damage during a player’s career is the most plausible solution. Who knows? Neuroscience is on the eve of all kinds of breakthroughs.
However, what will never alleviate brain damage, or even just how much of a laughingstock rugby is in the eyes of so many around the world, is sending innocent players off the pitch for incidents they have no hope of avoiding. It’s not looking after them; it is betraying them. It’s rugby that blames the players for the way rugby is.