Has Fate Already Decided?

Danny Blanchflower - loved a bit of fate with his greens and chips

The Mole was recently reminded by a friend who is a Spurs fan that for more than
60 years, every fan of Spurs – Tottenham Hotspur, the English football team – knew that no
matter how bad things were at White Hart Lane, it was only a question of waiting for the
year ending in the numeral 1 and things would be different. Continue reading

At Thixes and Thevens: Australia vs New Zealand

Last Week’s Legacy

If we were to draw conclusions from the quarter finals, its that “out-and-out groundhogs” playing at seven proved hugely important in getting the right result. This was due in part to the interpretation of the referees and in particular the games on the bottom half of the draw. Continue reading

The Wallabies Are In Danger Of Growing Stale. I’m Taking Them Into Strange New Places …

Dingo Deans, his choices strangled by injury problems, has selected a matchday squad that includes three hookers, three scrum-halves and a 35-year old No8 on the wing. This must be the ‘experimental’ fourth album … Continue reading

George Smith and RWC11

George Smith with his most recent John Eales Medal

Interesting broadcast from Australia’s ABC Grandstand Sport, in which ex-Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, now coach of the epically-named Suntory Sungoliaths, talks about Dingo Deans and why George Smith isn’t at the World Cup … and if he soon will be. Continue reading

Australia v USA Preview

Get used to that feeling, Kurtley

Australia re-enter the fray after the Ireland upset with Will Genia as captain. Dingo Deans has chosen to give game time to a number of players returning from injury, notably Slipper, Mitchell and a slimmed down Cliffie Palu. Polota-Nau could be thrown into that category except he started against Ireland. Scott Higginbotham starts at blindside and has a chance to stake a claim for the 6 jumper. Pocock was unlikely to start this game due to rotation policy but the diggers must have concerns over his fitness. Continue reading

Ireland vs Australia Reaction: Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Get Dropped by Robbie Deans

Stirling Mortlock and George Smith Catch Up

A lot of Australian fans are hell-bent on blaming Robbie Deans on absolutely everything that goes wrong for the Wallabies: he’s the head-coach, and a Kiwi head coach at that. The Mole just doesn’t subscribe to that. Deans is a good coach. However, he does have some blind spots. Continue reading