#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.

ABC Grandstand: talking rugby

Lions captains Alun-Wyn Jones (L) and Sam Warburton (in suit) lift the Tom Richards Cup in Sydney on Saturday night. Image: ABC Grandstand

Lions captains Alun-Wyn Jones (L) and Sam Warburton (in suit) lift the Tom Richards Cup in July. Could we see national quotas in future Lions squads? Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand: There’s a bit going on in the rugby world, still, and I was on the Grandstand Breakfast show this morning to talk about it all, including:

  • Lions’ coach Warren Gatland’s suggestion of the need for minimum numbers from each of the four Home Nations;
  • The ARU’s pet project for 2014, the National Rugby Championship, and
  • Reasons for optimism for the Wallabies in 2014.


Wallabies: Five things we learned from Melbourne

Wallaby Captain James Horwill celebrates the Second Test win in Melbourne. But will he play in Sydney? Image: ABC Grandstand

Well, the three-test series between the Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions has the decider we all hoped for. After two ground record crowds in Brisbane and Melbourne, and with extra tickets for

Sydney released (and presumably snapped up) yesterday, what odds for a third ground record?

If it wasn’t already apparent, rugby fever is taking hold.

Over on The Roar today, I’ve outlined five talking points for the Wallabies coming out of the Second Test in Melbourne.