Was Hooper REALLY going to fly from Argentina back to Sydney, to play a low level (all relative) club game for Manly...a week before the bloody bledisloe?! Surely Cheika wants his whole squad together to prepare.
Just a thought - if bans are only significant in terms of how many games a player will miss, why do the IRB issue bans based on time. I get the impression things would be a lot less messy and open to dispute if a player is banned for x number of games, rather than x number of weeks?
Also spent some time down under. I want to grab every Australian by their shoulders and give them a shake. Someone has to tell them that all of their best players are playing the wrong bloody game! It's got to the point where I much prefer to watch a game of NRL to a game of super rugby - purely because of the quality of players. »