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…and right there is what separates McCaw from just about every other rugby player – he knows what “conversely” means, AND how to use it in a sentence. He may have ruled out a tilt at parliamentary leadership for now, but when he moves to Australia, he might change his mind…

via Rugby World Cup 2015: All Blacks captain Richie McCaw’s retirement fear.

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Bubba has a tantrum in nearly every tournament he plays in. He’s a prat. He’s a bad sportsman. He’s not much liked on tour by players and crowds alike. He could take a leaf out of Jason Day’s book, and start behaving like a gentleman. But he won’t – Bubba by name, Bubba by nature.

Will we ever see the end of obnoxious professional athletes?

via PGA Championship 2015: Bubba Watson in heated exchange with official over anthill.

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Regardless of what Cooper and Cheika say, poor Quadey played as he usually does – kicked as he usually does, passed like he usually does, and tackled as he usually does. And it cost Australia dearly. The entire 15 contributed sure, but for QC to come out and publicly say he played well, and with the coach’s backing, that he controlled the game, highlights how utterly clueless he is. Yes, Quade, you DID have to make that tackle, and your glaring defensive inadequacies delighted the Eden Park crowd as you made one of the weakest attempts to stop Smith from crossing. It WAS a game-ending mistake, no matter who says otherwise, or how many times they say it.

via Bledisloe Cup 2015: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika quick to deflect blame from Quade Cooper.

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Lucky for Foley that he had his captain’s confidence and backing – after an ordinary game (due mainly to the terrible ball he was receiving from his halfback), Foley gets dropped like a hot potato for THE most important game of the last decade. Forget the RWC – most Australian footballers would rather win a Bledisloe. Sure the World Cup is the game’s showpiece, but it’s a 6-week IPL-style tourney, and is rarely won by the best team in the world (consider the Kiwis poor showing over the years, whilst universally recognized as the best team year after year after year). Beating the All-Blacks is the pinnacle of world rugby because they have set the standard for 120 of the last 130 years, and winning a Bledisloe proves beyond doubt that the Wallabies are the top of the pyramid. And to do that, a team needs the world’s best inside backs at the very least, and an all-conquering forward pack that can CONSISTENTLY own the set pieces. Australia appear shy in both departments, and QC clearly isn’t the answer…

via Bledisloe Cup 2015: Wallabies rally around Quade Cooper for All Blacks showdown.

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Howard has fallen on his sword over the Ashes. He should have dived onto it a year ago. A generally disliked administrator due privilege who is now free to ply his trade elsewhere, back in Brisbane, and probably looking to a Queensland Reds head-coaching role?

via Ashes 2015: David Warner endorsed by Cricket Australia as new vice-captain.

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Kyrgios needs to be gone from the tour. He’s just about the biggest grub out there, and should lose funding and Tennis Australia support. He’s mean and nasty, and a far cry from what anyone would call a “sportsman”. He’s also entitled, and believes he is way beyond his station as an ordinary professional tennis player because of the pedestal he’s been put on by some members of the public. Maybe he should take up boxing, and show the world just how tough he really is.

via Nick Kyrgios sledges Stan Wawrinka by claiming Thanasi Kokkinakis ‘banged your girlfriend’.

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“The future is the future and the past is the past” Quade is quite the philosopher.

via Quade Cooper’s future still up in the air.

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nice one jarryd. why not alienate nearly half the owners of NFL teams by opining your deeply held good Chrisian values? when he gets cut from the ’49’ers, it won’t be because he’s not good enough, or too old, or too stupid to learn the plays – he’ll tell us it’s┬ábecause there’s a vendetta against him for saying something stupid, again. maybe he should try acting in hollywood when retires at the end of pre-season.┬ácome back jarryd, the NRL needs more genii in it’s ranks…

Jarryd Hayne accused of anti-Semitism over ‘Jews killed Jesus’ tweets.

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Gal says that Klemmer is “not one of these blokes who will lose his head and start throwing punches”. Gal says lots of meaningless things. He’s tried to convince everyone that everytime HE throws a punch it’s a calculated tactic, and not just some rush of blood overloading his tiny brain. The fact that Gal supports Klemmer might just be the reason why every referee in the country will take a much closer look at him on the field. And Klemmer shouldn’t take too much of what Gal says to heart – listening to the biggest grub in the NRL might not be the best POA.

State of Origin: How David Klemmer earned the respect of his NSW Blues teammates.

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It’s more like Hunt has won three lotteries in a row. He has fallen short in every department, in every game, that he has played in this year. For a guy who played Aussie Rules, and got paid big money to do so, he was surprisingly inept at kicking. So much so, in fact, that the Reds preferred Lachlan Turner to take penalty kicks for touch, knowing he’d miss the sideline 20% of the time. I’ve heard scurrilous comments from Suncorp-goers that Hunt’s selection in the provincial side was on-going only because he’d already been paid a lot of money, and the powers-that-be weren’t having him sit on the sidelines, no matter how failed the experiment. And these very same people wondered if the ARU was stumping up even more to help fill Hunt’s coffers. It’s hard to imagine the ARU stooping so low, until I remember Cooper, Beale, JOC, etc etc and the great lengths gone to keeping their sorry faces on the television regardless of their behaviour. At least THEY can sometimes play rugby…

Karmichael Hunt is the luckiest man in Australian rugby.