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: Wallabies RWC squad dissected

Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika (left) and Captain, Stephen Moore at Friday's announcement. Image: ABC Grandstand

Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika (left) and Captain, Stephen Moore at Friday’s announcement. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: This morning on Grandstand Breakfast, Al Crombie and I were joined by Andrew Logan, to talk our way through the Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad announced on Friday. Fair to say we’re still scratching out heads at some decisions..

ABC Grandstand: Wallabies and All Blacks too good

David Pocock was excellent again on the weekend. Image: ABC Grandstand

David Pocock was excellent yet again on the weekend, in Australia’s big win over Argentina. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: I joined my old sparring partner, and inferior Super Rugby tipster Al Crombie on Grandstand Breakfast this morning to review all the action over the weekend in The Rugby Championship.

In Johannesburg, some All Blacks’ lineout trickery saw them home 27-20, while in Mendoza, the Wallabies enjoyed a second half romp to run up a 34-9 thumping of Argentina..

ABC Grandstand: Wallabies squad trimmed down + more Chilli talk…

Wycliff Palu was one of nine players cut from the 40-man Wallabies squad, but it seems more about player management than form, in his case. Image: ABC Grandstand

Wycliff Palu was one of nine players cut from the 40-man Wallabies squad, but it seems more about player management than form, in his case. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has trimmed his initial 40-man squad by nine ahead of the first Rugby Championship Test in Brisbane next Saturday, and Chris Coleman and I had a good old fashioned natter about it on Grandstand Breakfast this morning.

Plus, we also discussed this week’s Samoa-All Blacks Test in Apia, AND Al Crombie finds out he’s up for the #RedHotChilliChallenge – video of which I’m really looking forward to seeing…