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Tony has been writing about sport since making a debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' He has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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Excellent comment thanks

Germany stunned by Japan comeback, Seventh heaven for Spain, Canada taught brutal Belgian lesson, Croatia stutter

In rugby maybe. In football it was 1-1 in 2010

'Five World Cups for what?': Socceroo legend's bitter truth bomb, Arnie praises defender after Mbappe mauling

You don’t say!

REACTION: 'Welcome to world class football' - French stars destroy 'shy' Socceroos in Cup opener

Don’t think so and it doesn’t matter

Tim Cahill's brain fart we've airbrushed out of history and how VAR would have ruled on THAT Grosso moment

Great summary although I disagree on the red card against Germany. Felt that was a fair decision

Tim Cahill's brain fart we've airbrushed out of history and how VAR would have ruled on THAT Grosso moment

Autumn Series Team of the Week: Four Wallabies, four All Blacks and a '1980s bouncer on ecstasy' makes the bench

Confirmed: Wallabies' worst fears realised over Tupou, White out of Wales clash amid injury crisis

A heads up that this one was held up due to the word ‘transgressed’. You can take a guess at what part of that words set off the auto moderation tool.

Rugby News: Folau doco setback, Sexton lines up Wallabies, Jantjies reveals Rassie advice after scandal

They have a Dave Rennie press conference at 1am aedt. Then a seven-course degustation (only one of those things I know for certain)

'It's just crazy': Even Marky's blown away by his rise from sixth choice Tah, and a Fiji flirtation, to starting against Ireland

The team will be named 12.45am Friday AEDT. We’ll have it here then

'It's just crazy': Even Marky's blown away by his rise from sixth choice Tah, and a Fiji flirtation, to starting against Ireland

It’s exclusive to SBS with all games on SBS On demand

FIFA World Cup 2022: ALL 32 squads announced for Qatar finals

No. Christy has left News Corp and joined The Roar full time

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

😂

'I don’t have respect for him': Ronaldo unleashes on ten Hag and United in explosive interview

Here we go again. From memory, the same naïve disbelief was trotted out when ‘sources’ were talking about Justin Langer. And we all remember how that panned out. Can lead a horse to water etc…

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

If he’d brought Donaldson on with 25 minutes to play that would have been on Donaldson. As it is it’s an avoidable coaching error.

Studs and duds: 'Shocking' coach call, 'appalling' moment that could end RWC dream, time to axe 'invisible' man

In this article Rennie gets criticised for taking NLL off for Donaldson, but then gets criticised by the same commentator for playing NLL in the first place. I’m all for people offering opinions but they need to make sense.

Rhys both of these things can be true. It can be an error to start someone, and then it can be another error, having started them, to take them off 5 minutes from the end and bring in someone cold when you need a kick to win the game.

It isn’t that hard.

Studs and duds: 'Shocking' coach call, 'appalling' moment that could end RWC dream, time to axe 'invisible' man

Hey Adam, Dave fronts up after every match win or lose. Can’t fault him for that.

Ex-Wallaby reveals northern hemisphere tactic Aussies can't handle, Rennie says loss 'hurts everyone'

No. Weird question tbh

What Rugby Australia should do with their first $10m - and why fans must stop looking for others to blame

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What Rugby Australia should do with their first $10m - and why fans must stop looking for others to blame

John, noted, but I’m sure the Germans look at him that way.

World Cup Daily: 'F---ing out of control!' - Socceroos bolter's emotional reaction, stunning return of 2014 hero

Not every post it through to be fair

Late Wallabies drama: Lock out, Jock in doubt as Swain gets start

No comment

Late Wallabies drama: Lock out, Jock in doubt as Swain gets start

Yep I think that nails it around risk management. Although the six weeks was actually eight. But Sanzaar eh?

Late Wallabies drama: Lock out, Jock in doubt as Swain gets start

Thanks tsuru that’s much appreciated. No I’m definitely sticking around. My first goal was to try beef up the rugby news coverage on site to make the case for a FT rugby editor on staff to complement the amazing work of the experts. I’m appreciative of the owners of The Roar for their backing and this shows they can see where we’re all (writers and readers) taking this.
I’ll continue to produce some rugby coverage but as BS points out below I also want to spend more time in my core role of editing the entire site (and maybe a little less on midnight press conferences 😊 ) . Anyway exciting times !

Late Wallabies drama: Lock out, Jock in doubt as Swain gets start

No junkets on my watch

Late Wallabies drama: Lock out, Jock in doubt as Swain gets start

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