The Christmas Wish List for 2015

It definitely won't be Richie McCaw, but my wish is for the 2016 Bledisloe lifter to be wearing a gold jersey. And I'll trade another Eden Park loss if that's what it takes.. Image via All Blacks on Twitter

It definitely won’t be Richie McCaw, but my wish is for the 2016 Bledisloe lifter to be wearing a gold jersey. And I’ll sacrifice another Eden Park loss if that’s what it takes.. Image via All Blacks on Twitter

The Roar: If the decorations have been up in the shopping centres for three months since the footy Grand Finals, then it must the week to hand down the much-anticipated Christmas Wish List!

2015 has been the year of big events, which in turn has led to big sleep deprivation, big morning-after grumpiness, and big chances of a 2pm fadeout. Even the local event took a toll: the Asian Cup football, the Cricket World Cup, the Women’s (football) World Cup, the Ashes Tour, Netball World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup all have much to answer for themselves.

Nevertheless, the wish list can still deliver in 2016, and with no further ado, I present thee..

#ThreePoints: Wallabies now have scrum to challenge

The Wallabies' back five forwards' scrum engagement is so much better in 2015. Image via Wallabies Facebook

The Wallabies’ back five forwards’ scrum engagement is so much better in 2015. Image via Wallabies Facebook

ESPNscrum.com: After the glow of The Rugby Championship, Wallabies fans came crashing back to earth with yet another Bledisloe Cup mauling at Eden Park. Just when things were looking up, the All Blacks hit their groove in the most spectacular fashion, though, the Wallabies perhaps didn’t help themselves.

And in Argentina, South Africa made short work of Los Pumas with Patrick Lambie throwing down a playmaking gauntlet that Heyneke Meyer might just find irresistible.

Here are three points to stick out from the weekend, and with eye ahead now to the Rugby World Cup:

  • Australia’s scrum is ready for the north;
  • News of the All Blacks demise greatly exaggerated, and
  • Springboks better without Jean de Villiers?

Cheap Seats Episode 84: the Bledisloe post-mortem edition

Ryan O’Connell and I are nursing sorrow-drowning hangovers in Episode 84 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats takes a distinctly Bledisloe flavour, as Wallabies fans still come to grips with the 41-13 loss in Auckland last Saturday.

The Bledisloe Cup is gone for another year, alas, and questions remain as ever as to just what is the first choice Wallabies side, and indeed, the questions about certain players and combinations just will not go away. And the Rugby World Cup is a month away.

News Ltd Godfather Rupert Murdoch at the AFL TV Rights announcement on Tuesday: "We've always preferred Aussie rules and we've always believed this is the premium code in Australia.."

News Ltd Godfather Rupert Murdoch at the AFL TV Rights announcement on Tuesday: “We’ve always preferred Aussie rules and we’ve always believed this is the premium code in Australia..”

The ‘Who’s This Week’s Premiership Favourite?’ question is again becoming difficult to pick, Manly have the football gods smile on them, while the NRL had their massive TV deal trumped by the AFL’s massive TV deal. And copped a spray from Uncle Rupert in the process. And rounding out a big weekend, the Diamonds won the Netball World Cup, and Jason Day took out the PGA Championship golf major. Plus the weekly wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, which you can join now for the Rugby World Cup.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!