The annual @GAGR podcast appearance: the burning questions

It’s not a joke, for the last couple of years I’ve been popping on for a chat with the Green and Gold Rugby podcast around this time of year, to talk the pressing Wallabies and National Rugby Championship issues of the day. Fun as always…

In the lead up to the 3rd round of The Rugby Championship, Reg and Hugh, are joined by annual special guest and rugby journalistic legend, Brett McKay, to get you over the gain line on this week’s five burning questions:

1. Is too much emphasis being placed on private school rugby at the detriment of rugby’s development?
2. With the Wallaby squad, which non-capped player could best ‘answer the call’ for the Wallabies?
3. Is Steve Larkham’s reappointment as Brumbies Head Coach and Wallaby assistant coach manageable?
4. How do we measure the success of the NRC?
5. Favourite Wallaby v Springbok moment (not THAT drop goal)?

#Scrum5 podcast: Vince Aso and midfield partners central to Hurricanes force

This pic was actually Twickenham's April Fool's joke, but it's not far off the current situation with the AAMI Park surface in Melbourne...

This pic was actually Twickenham’s April Fool’s joke, but it’s not far off the current situation with the AAMI Park surface in Melbourne…

ESPN Australia & NZ: It was great to be back on the old ESPNScrum podcast with Andy Withers and Sam Bruce for the first time in 2016, where among other topics, Sam and I got a bit argricultural about the situation down in Melbourne.

Also, the Hurricanes host the Chiefs in Super Rugby’s game of the round, and we examine their red-hot form. Plus the Brumbies and the Waratahs, the AAMI Park sandpit, and the roaring Lions in South Africa…

#Scrum5 podcast: All Blacks first, daylight second… The All Blacks dominated the Rugby World Cup final from the opening whistle, smashing the gainline and executing basic skills, but they also certainly benefited from the majority of the 50-50 calls against “fatigued” rivals – particularly in “the championship minutes”. Andy Withers, Sam Bruce and I round up the talking points in the final Scrum5 podcast of the year..

#Scrum5 podcast: Cheika smart enough to learn from Gatland

ESPNscrum: Andy Withers, Sam Bruce, and I discuss how Warren Gatland outcoached Michael Cheika but didn’t get the result he deserved at Twickenham, after Wales suffered white-line fever. But the Wallabies coach is smart enough to recognise the valuable lessons he was delivered ahead of the Rugby World Cup finals.