Author: Hoss

A Masters from the Uni of Life, majoring in BS. Call the Hunter Valley home and a passionate Wallabies, Tahs and then the also-rans of Oz rugby next. Yearn for the days when uppity Kiwis knew their place - losing in dying stages of Bledisloe's or as garbage collectors. Contact me for all things rugby at hoss@greenandgoldrugby.com.au

Greetings rugby lovers, as we gather for another Friday’s Rugby News on the vinegar stroke of rugby’s test year and the naming of St Joe’s first ever Cadbury Wallaby squad, around noon today. Before we get started with today’s literary gold, big shout out to RAWF who filled in admirably last Friday while once again I made a complete mockery of our legal system and was acquitted of all charges. Thanks RAWF, you did your best. Off we go today with my Wallaby squad in ‘Camp Ponderosa’. We’ll update the official squad, when released, in ‘And Lead Us Not Into…

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Welcome one, welcome all to another Friday Rugby’s News and a finals Friday at that. Without further adieu let’s get stuck into all things rugby and start with a look at St Joe’s choices for a training outfit in ‘The Odd Squad’. Visit up north and check out our upcoming opponent in ‘Wale Research’. Dive into the finals fixtures with the Chiefs v Reds in ‘Kiss Goodbye?’. Then the Canes v Rebels in ‘Dead Cat Bounce?’. Preview a fair belting in ‘Blue By You’. Head down to the ACT for ‘Where The Bloody Hell Are You?’ before kissing another rugby…

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Welcome to Friday’s Rugby News rugby lovers and what a jam packed rugby Friday it is. There’s niggle, aggro and conflict all around the rugby cosmos. A team is canned, a union in conflict, former players tossing hand grenades, injuries, form, finals variables and a whole lot more. So grab some happy juice and strap yourself in. First up we discuss matters on the home front with the Rebel culling in ‘Good Call?’. Ponder possible outcomes in ‘Where To Now?’. Actually discuss some on field action via ‘Is That It?’. Look at the finals ramifications for Oz sides in ‘What’s…

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News breaking from RA that the Rebels will fold at the end of the 2024 season. Rugby.com.au has the official statement or you can read the article below. RA advised the known representatives of the consortium of this outcome this morning, noting that the application did not demonstrate sufficient financial viability. The application relied upon projections for revenue growth and cost savings that RA believes are overly optimistic, raising significant doubts about the long-term sustainability of the proposed licensee. Further, the consortium’s proposed alliance with Western Melbourne Group (WMG) regarding co-location at Tarneit, which is central to the proposed model, is…

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Welcome one, welcome all, to the second episode of our new G&GR podcast: Getting Intimate With Hoss. Apart from the ratings, who said it wouldn’t last! Last night I had the opportunity to sit down with the entertaining and engaging former Brumby and current Tahs tight head, Mr Tom Ross. Tom talks about his great escape from the barren wastelands of the ACT and signing with the Tahs in November 2023. He reflects on a pretty decent prop education he got while down south, with one or two reasonable prop mentors and some useful coaches as well. 2024 saw Tom…

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Greetings Gaggers and welcome to another Friday. Today’s rugby news has a distinctly international feel to it, but before we sample foreign whines we put forward a coaching solution for the Tahs with ‘Spoon Fed’. Then look into the magic of ‘targets’ in ‘All Black?’. Look at a simmering battle brewing in the land of the sheep lover with ‘Uncivil War’. Learn some new swear words at a Rob Penney presser with ‘Fargin’ Icehole’. Jump into this week’s round #14 SRP preview with ‘Who Cares?’. Preview the so far underwhelming Wallaroos in ‘Harden Up Princesses’. Before putting an exclamation on…

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Welcome one, welcome all to the first of a new G&GR podcast: Getting Intimate with Hoss. To kick off the series, our first guest has been a revelation at the Tahs this year. Starting the year on a ‘training contract’, injuries to other players coupled with his own rising form saw him demand a spot on the pine and then quickly into the starting team. Currently recovering from a shoulder injury, we welcome NSW Waratahs hooker, Julian Heaven. Special thanks to the Simon at Waratah Media for his co-operation and support. And of course to ‘The Axe’ himself, who as…

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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to reduce productivity, avoid the mind-numbing mundaneness of it all and instead concentrate on that which makes life bearable, rugby bloody union. Welcome to another seam-busting Friday’s Rugby News. So much news, so little time. Today we address rumblings at Daceyville in ‘I Want to Break Free?’. Fall for a fake headline with ‘The Greatest Ever?’. Cast a critical eye over Queensland motivation and tactics in ‘Les Tanking?’. Dim the lights (and your expectations) and ready yourself for ‘Getting Intimate with Hoss’. Look at this week’s upcoming SRP matches in ‘Unlucky 13’. Preview…

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Good morning, good evening, good day and good riddance to another working week. It’s Friday, and the world’s best G&GR Friday’s Rugby News is back again. Wall to wall rugby news today, in fact I’ve included a musical intermission to break it up and let you stretch. First up let’s go back to the future with ‘Cheik Please’. Celebrate provincial brotherly love in ‘Tah Rebels’. Get the low down on a recent re-signing and feel hungry at the same time courtesy of ‘Paisami on Why’. Preview round #12 of SRP in ‘The Dirty Dozen’. Hop up, shake it off and…

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Greetings humans and welcome to Friday’s Rugby News from a sodden Hunter Valley. Money, money, money matters this week. Who’s got it, who wants it and who’s been spending it like Barnaby Joyce on a pork barrelling genuine re-election campaign. Let’s jump into the money pit first up with: ‘Not Drowning, Waving?’ Head south to the land of promises without proof in ‘Show Me the Money, Please’. Preview round #11 of SRP in ‘Last Rights?’ Look at a possible career change in: ‘The Rabbit Whisperer’. And bid the working week farewell with another ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, recently appointed a…

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Greetings, salutations and welcome rugby lovers, to yet another Friday’s Rugby News. Lots to discuss today so what’re you waiting for? Once more unto the breach we go and start with ‘Biscuit Test?’. Hook into some late breaking Thursday night news with ‘Rebel Hell?’. Check out your team’s finals chances with ‘The Run Home’. Preview round #10 of SRP in ‘Get Busy Winning!’. Peak behind the paywall and ask ‘Is STAN The Man?’ Preview the SRW final in ‘Tahs Time’. And wrap it all up with ‘Friday’s Goss With Hoss’, currently urinating in the forests of PNG with Albo. So…

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The Green & Gold Rugby faithful have spoken. The votes are in, the tabulations processed and the official G&GR Wallaby XXIII and voting breakdown are below. Thank you to all who participated. Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, James Slipper, Sam Talakai, Taniela Tupou, Matt Faessler, Billy Pollard, Jed Holloway, Lukhan Solakaia-Lotu, Nick Frost, Rob Valetini, Fraser McReight, Liam Wright, Harry Wilson & Charlie Cale (tied). Fairies: Ryan Lonergan, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Josh Flook & Lalakai Foketi (tied), Andrew Kellaway, Corey Toole, Tom Wright & Jordan Petaia. ‘But I was never here?’ The Voting Breakdown Props: James Slipper…

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Welcome one, welcome all to another Friday’s Rugby News. and another rugby good news week. Today we cast an eye northward with ‘Kiss of Death’. You get to vote for your Wallaby Matchday XXIII in ‘Expert Idiots’. Welcome the latest addition to ‘The St Joe Show’. Look at this week’s SRP matches in ‘Cream Always Rises’. Preview the SRW semi-finals with ‘It’s Go Time’. And put the olive in your rugby week martini with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, now close to securing employment with Channel 7 in a role ‘pampering incoming media personalities in need guidance’ or ‘PIMPING’ for short.…

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Better Late Than Never! A first for G&GR and our absolute thankyou & admiration to ‘RA Rugby Royalty’, Mr Nathan Williamson (we had a contractual agreement I would say all of that) for his donation of time and effort in getting these three cracking interviews & G&GR / Dropped Kick Off podcast exclusives. Enjoy! Brian O’Driscoll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-VfWj5nc8I Danielle “Nolli” Waterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6YP29Q4jWA&ab_channel=greenandgoldrugby Bryan Habana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YufR1DwUpVY&ab_channel=greenandgoldrugby Thanks Natho. Hoss – out.

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Greetings Gaggers and welcome to yet another Friday’s Rugby News in what has potentially been a pretty good news week for the game in Oz. Today, let’s first follow the faint sniff of money in ‘Go West Young Rebs’. Catch up with the latest coaching appointments with ‘St Joe & Co.’ All hail an Australian rugby legend in ‘Golden Slipper’. Follow the trajectory of another Oz legend in ‘Hooper’s Honkers Hello!’. Address our falling rake stocks in ‘Someone Call a Hooker’. Preview round #4 of SRW in ‘Show Time’. And settle in for a ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’ currently ‘negotiating…

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Welcome to the holiest time on the calendar of the most winningest religion ever, Easter. When a young Hebrew backpacker invented chocolate, rested for a few days and then got straight back into production. Today we kick off a discussion about exporting democracy to our neighbours in ‘Liberate Them?’ Jump aboard the Midnight Express with ‘Swanning Around’. Preview round #6 of SRP in ‘It’s a Simple Equation’. Dive into round #3 of SRW in ‘Grace Under Fire’. And close out the rugby week with another ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, now offering half priced beef for all non-believers. Not yet anyway…

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Is it Friday again already? Greetings Gaggers and I hope Thursday night/Friday morning (or if you’re in WA, 15 August 1996) finds you excited for another weekend of wall-to-wall Rugby. All aboard today’s Friday’s Rugby News as we start out with ‘Use It. Or I Will Lose It!’ Put on your Tina Turner wigs as we dive into ‘Mad Max: Beyond Blunderdome?’ Visit the judiciary in ‘Good People Make Exactly What Again?’. Look at this weekend’s SRP matches with ‘Respecting Their Brains Out!’. Jump into round #2 of SRW in ‘Wanna Have Fun’. And round it out with a bulging…

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There’s so much rugby and not enough time for the usual niceties, so sit down, shut up and let’s go. Today’s Friday’s Rugby News is bulging at the seams and likely to go viral. First up, let’s praise the rugby gods for all they have given in ‘How Good is Rugby, Ay!’. Have a look at the laws of unintended consequences in ‘Space Invaders’. Look into SRP round #4 via ‘Stairway to Rugby Heaven’. Welcome the kickoff of SRW with ‘And We’re back!’. Grow bored and jaded with me in ‘Hey Hakarena’. Then gorge yourself senseless with this ‘Friday’s Goss…

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Welcome to Friday Gaggers and all you education deprived, melanin depleted, binary gendered, children born out of wedlock. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Sam Kerr style. So wipe the vomit from the taxi floor and come with me down this week’s rugby rabbit hole of wonder, amazement and adventure. We kick start today by looking at a ‘Record Breaking Result’. Then shake ourselves off and bask in the reflective sky blue glory of possibly the greatest rugby win ever by an Australian side in ‘Tahriffic Performance’. Switch gears completely and revisit the Brumbies capitulation in ‘Weakened at Bernie’s?’. Before…

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Bienvenido a viernes amigos. Time to celebrate your inner Mexican, peoples. Grab your sombreros, prepare the nachos, wash it all down with a tequila shot or two and lock your underpaid and illegal house servants in the basement, as this Friday’s Rugby News heads south to the sporting capital of Victoria: Melbourne First up today we look at a the scourge infecting the Tahs with: ‘The Kicking Curse’. Look at the teams, times and fearless predictions for this weekend’s SRP Super Round in ‘Anyone Home?’. We take an intimate look into the life of a rugby referee with ‘So Ronery’.…

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