ABC Grandstand: the final rugby chat

England clap the Wallabies off Twickenham on Saturday, after their 33-13 win to end the hosts' RWC. Image via Wallabies Facebook.

England clap the Wallabies off Twickenham on Saturday, after their 33-13 win to end the hosts’ RWC. Image via Wallabies Facebook.

ABC Grandstand Digital: After two years talking rugby and a little bit of cricket on Grandstand Breakfast, it was a bittersweet chat with Andrew Mayes this morning. Though we did get to talk about the Wallabies knocking England out of the Rugby World Cup, it came with great sadness, in that today was the last day of the program.

The ABC made the decision back in late August to end the show after the AFL and NRL Grand Finals, meaning that aside from actual sport broadcasts, there will be no live programming on their dedicated digital sports radio station.

But I have enjoyed my couple of years talking with Mayesy, and Al Crombie, and Francis Leach before them immensely. Grandstand has opened and continues to open doors for me, and so in that regard, it was great to finish up on a Wallabies high…

ABC Grandstand: England-Australia #RWC2015 review

Bernard Foley crosses for his second try against England, in the Wallabies 33-13 RWC win. Image: ABC Grandstand

Bernard Foley crosses for his second try against England, in the Wallabies 33-13 RWC win. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: Less than an hour after fulltime this morning, I spoke to Chris Coleman on Grandstand Breakfast to review the Wallabies’ win over England, as well as all the implications for the rest of the tournament.

For the Wallabies, it all starts with beating Wales next weekend, in the last Pool A match..

ABC Grandstand: all #RWC2015 eyes on England v Australia

England prop Joe Marler. You may not recognise him with such straight posture. Image: ABC Grandstand

England prop Joe Marler. You may not recognise him with such straight posture. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: With Wales having accounted for Fiji this morning – but without a bonus point – all Pool A attention now focuses on the massive game at Twickenham on Sunday morning between England and Australia.

Andrew Mayes and I talk through it all on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, including all the implications for either side. And we also touch on the hashtag sensation that has become #ScrumStraightJoe, and just how widely my little pisstake has gone…

ABC Grandstand: Wallabies top #RWC2015 Pool A after Uruguay win

Wallabies backrower scores the second of his two tries v Uruguay on Sunday. Image via Wallabies Facebook

Wallabies backrower scores the second of his two tries v Uruguay on Sunday. Image via Wallabies Facebook

England contemplate their loss to Wales on Saturday. Image: ABC Grandstand

England contemplate their loss to Wales on Saturday. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: The Wallabies recorded the biggest win of RWC2015 to date, accounting for Uruguay 65-3 at Villa Park in Birmingham last night. The bonus point win pushes the Wallabies to the top of Pool A, ahead of Wales and England.

On Grandstand Breakfast this morning, Andrew Mayes and I dissected the Australian win, as well touching on a few other results and occurrences over the weekend, including a marriage proposal after the Ireland-Romania match this morning! And we ponder what Wales beating England yesterday morning might mean for the hosts, and what the Wallabies can expect next Sunday, when the two teams meet at Twickenham..