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Mostert saga: World Rugby remains 'hands off'

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Mostert saga: World Rugby remains 'hands off'

REACTION: World Rugby has decided, for now, to take a hands-off approach in the Franco Mostert saga.

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Team of the Week: Mixed bag

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Team of the Week: Mixed bag

OPINION: There is a real mixed bag in @rugby365com's famous weekly selection.

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Boks suffer from 'tunnel vision'

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Boks suffer from 'tunnel vision'

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks will have to be a lot smarter on the field when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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All Blacks don't need to think of painful past for motivation

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All Blacks don't need to think of painful past for motivation

NOVEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland present enough of a challenge for world champions New Zealand in Saturday's Test for the Kiwis not to have to be motivated by a painful def...

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Hi Gav

Will you make changes to the team for next week or will you keep to the same. We all know the game plan needs to change

I said earlier on another article i think its time to give some guys a run:
Thomas(we know what kitshoff and beast can do, we need a 3rd choice)
marx
louw(he needs a start ro show what he can do from the start, not a impact player)
rg( deserves an opportunity)
mostert
kolisi
psdt(where he belongs) vermeulen(thought he would be a good 7 but looks a lot better at 8)
papier( deserves a chance to show what he can do)
pollard
dyianti(had a really poor game but needs to show that he is better than that)
andre(deserves a chance)
nel(lets see what he can do)
kolbe
willemse

Bench:
Bongi(give him 20 ninutes, not 5)
Kitshoff
Nykane
Jd(20 minutes in place of rg)
Louw(made a huge impact)
Faf( only when we really need him, time to give papier a full 80 minutes)
Elton(30 minutes, pollard to 12, better as an impact player)
Willie(only when its necessary, otherwise leave him on the bench so thay the guys can gain experience on the pitch)

Happy with the ugly if very exciting win, but unhappy at how we played

1) Faf is one of the few No9's in the world who can keep a defence honest because he can always snipe and break, devastatingly so at times. But if his instructions are to kick slow telegraphed box kicks endlessly, then it's a complete waste of him.

2) Time to try Wazza as an impact player--pity it can' be He-Who-Cannot-Be-Benched as well. PSDT needs to be in there with Vermulen at 8. For the second game in a row the back row was imbalanced and only came good when Wazza and Kolisi went off. So if Unmovable has to start, it will be 50% better if PSDT/Duane are in correct positions.

3) Did the Boks manage any offloads yesterday? Not any in the backs that I saw- for the second game running. Maybe they should move RG to centre..at least he can chicken-wing the odd one. Seriously, can we do anything except crash-ball? Why do we starve two of the best wings in WR?

4) Linking fwds and backs and interplay within and between each unit significantly improved in the last 20. You can say the French were tired or maybe we switched on. Why must we switch off for long periods of the game?

Haha, my son who should know better - Masters degree with a research dissertation on rugby coaching - stopped watching after 73 minutes, he tells me. He was too young to remember when the Loftus crowd left before the final whistle when their heroes were well ahead on the scoreboard, only to find that Natal had scored two tries in the dying minutes to win the game. Big surprise when they turned on their car radios.

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Aaron Smith is a liability...

I'm still undecided.
Gut feel is a Scotland win

What you going Boks game?

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Late, shoulder to the head. Nothing wrong with that. Yet CJ Stander received RC for similar incident against Lambie.

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Makes sense. Would prefer players to be available in blocks. Doesn’t help having to continually chop and change

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Hi Gav

Will you make changes to the team for next week or will you keep to the same. We all know the game plan needs to change

I said earlier on another article i think its time to give some guys a run:
Thomas(we know what kitshoff and beast can do, we need a 3rd choice)
marx
louw(he needs a start ro show what he can do from the start, not a impact player)
rg( deserves an opportunity)
mostert
kolisi
psdt(where he belongs) vermeulen(thought he would be a good 7 but looks a lot better at 8)
papier( deserves a chance to show what he can do)
pollard
dyianti(had a really poor game but needs to show that he is better than that)
andre(deserves a chance)
nel(lets see what he can do)
kolbe
willemse

Bench:
Bongi(give him 20 ninutes, not 5)
Kitshoff
Nykane
Jd(20 minutes in place of rg)
Louw(made a huge impact)
Faf( only when we really need him, time to give papier a full 80 minutes)
Elton(30 minutes, pollard to 12, better as an impact player)
Willie(only when its necessary, otherwise leave him on the bench so thay the guys can gain experience on the pitch)

Happy with the ugly if very exciting win, but unhappy at how we played

1) Faf is one of the few No9's in the world who can keep a defence honest because he can always snipe and break, devastatingly so at times. But if his instructions are to kick slow telegraphed box kicks endlessly, then it's a complete waste of him.

2) Time to try Wazza as an impact player--pity it can' be He-Who-Cannot-Be-Benched as well. PSDT needs to be in there with Vermulen at 8. For the second game in a row the back row was imbalanced and only came good when Wazza and Kolisi went off. So if Unmovable has to start, it will be 50% better if PSDT/Duane are in correct positions.

3) Did the Boks manage any offloads yesterday? Not any in the backs that I saw- for the second game running. Maybe they should move RG to centre..at least he can chicken-wing the odd one. Seriously, can we do anything except crash-ball? Why do we starve two of the best wings in WR?

4) Linking fwds and backs and interplay within and between each unit significantly improved in the last 20. You can say the French were tired or maybe we switched on. Why must we switch off for long periods of the game?

Haha, my son who should know better - Masters degree with a research dissertation on rugby coaching - stopped watching after 73 minutes, he tells me. He was too young to remember when the Loftus crowd left before the final whistle when their heroes were well ahead on the scoreboard, only to find that Natal had scored two tries in the dying minutes to win the game. Big surprise when they turned on their car radios.

390

Aaron Smith is a liability...

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Late, shoulder to the head. Nothing wrong with that. Yet CJ Stander received RC for similar incident against Lambie.

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Makes sense. Would prefer players to be available in blocks. Doesn’t help having to continually chop and change

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Being on the end of a Japanese beating, it is not funny for fans, but for neutrals, man alive already pi55ing myself a little in anticipation.. :)

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