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

Good morning world. If you’re reading this then I’m dead, brain dead that is. For I have entered a world where the clocks are slow and the inhabitants even slower: the Queensland People’s Republic of Queensland (QPRQ). What better way to celebrate a winning rugby season for the Tahs than by flying into the heart of enemy territory to cheer on my beloved and unbackable favourite NSW side. But first there’s Friday’s Rugby News to get through, so let’s kick off by donning the TV critic hat for ‘An Unpolished Turd’. Launch the SRP season and our first fearless predictions…

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Hello lovers. It’s the Friday of Valentine’s week, so give your loved one the gift they truly deserve: the lack of your company and leave them alone for 30 minutes while you enjoy another Friday’s Rugby News. No rugby to talk about? Don’t you believe it. This week we have dead pets, Mexican rebellions, whingeing Scots and a whooooooole lot more, First up we take a look at SRP in ‘The Parrot is Dead’. We then journey south of the border to Mexico and ‘Rebels without a Clause’. Check out this weekend’s meaningless games in ‘Trials & Tribulation’. Try having…

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Ladies and gents, and all those in between, it’s time to breath again. The eternal emptiness of the holiday season is over, rugby is back. So to the most sacred day of the rugby week and you know what that means, Friday’s Rugby News is finally here. Refreshed, rotund and roaring to go, so let’s climb aboard the insanity express and hook into rugby, 2024 style. We kick the year off with a look at the exciting prospects for the code with ‘Funk Off?’. Take a trip down south with some scandalous allegations in ‘Rebels Yell’. Go inside the gala…

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Greetings Gaggers and welcome to 2024, Chinese Year of the Tah. It’s time to shake off the summer holiday blues and focus again: rugby beckons once more. The G&GR team will be back on deck from next Monday, 5 February 2024 with daily news, podcasts & more. This year we hope to welcome new writers with a focus on Women’s 7s, Brisbane Club Rugby, Queensland Country Rugby, as well as Australia’s premier club competition, the Shute Shield. Tune back in from next Monday for: ‘Mad Mondays’ with Brisneyland Local ‘The Chewsday Chew’ with the Professor of Props – Nutta Wednesdays…

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G&GR is looking for writers to join the team for 2024 who can provide weekly content around community rugby, with a specific focus on: The Hospital Cup in the Queensland People’s Republic of Queensland. The Shute Shield in what is really Australia’s proper capital city. The Dewar Shield in Mexico. The Women’s Game: 7s and XVs. School age rugby. A voice for Pacific Island rugby both domestically and international. Junior rugby. If you have the time and the passion for any of the above or any other rugby content, please drop an email to emperorhoss@ hoss@greenandgoldrugby.com.au Could be the perfect…

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Leave the cold turkey for Christmas day and instead get your Fast 5 Rugby Fix here: Bullish about the future: Angus ‘The Bull’ Bell says he wouldn’t mind a crack at being Wallabies skipper if asked. And why not, Eddie used 23 skippers in France, it’s the law of averages. rugby.com.au has more Grand Sham? 2024 is 40 years since the immortal home nation Grand Slam by the Wallabies. Whispers from the SMH that a possible end of year tour might include a tilt at another record. The first such attempt since 2016. No, not that Foley. NZ’s second favourite…

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Greetings earthlings and welcome to another Friday’s News, our last scheduled Rugby News for 2023 and what a year it’s been and still continuing to be. Today, let’s get all the crap out from under our nails with ‘Game of Thrones’. Look at what lay ahead for 2024 in ‘#crowdfundrugbyoz’ . Pull out the acceptance speech for ‘Done Good’. Step inside RA for ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. And launch in festive frivolities with this year’s last ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, guaranteed to fit into a Christmas stocking this festive season. Herbie inspects his new digs. Game of Thrones. Hands up…

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Hello Gaggers, great to be back in the saddle for Friday’s rugby frivolities. Special thanks to Yowie, who tried his best last Friday. Now, where was I? Oh yes, let’s kick start today with RA’s version of ‘Dumb & Dumber?’. Cast your vote in who should be the next coach of the Wallabies in ‘Help Wanted’. Check out your SRP squads for 2024 in ‘Super Sized’. Look at one of Yowie’s favourite pickup lines as well as player safety in ‘Mouthful of Goodness’. And get exclusive access to none other than Eddie Jones himself in his only official* RA exit…

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Greetings fellow rugby lovers and welcome to another Friday’s Rugby News. Today I invite all Wallabies fans to cast off the yoke of despair for all that ails Australian rugby and instead pay homage to the rugby gods for what we witnessed last week and for this RWC in general. Putting our orange woes to one side, as fans of this great game, we have witnessed sumptuous rugby and titillating sporting theatre thus far. So for all of that, let’s hook into today with ‘We’ll Take it From Here!’. Dive into semi-final previews with ‘My Precious’. Hand out a G&GR…

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The Match The quarter finals are upon us and so the brutal knockout stage of an epic RWC. First Half Both sides looked settled early with space being found on attack by both, down their respective right hand edges. Sustained right hand edge pressure for the FISMs saw a 5th minute penalty, although Boffelli pulled the attempt to the left, leaving scores at 0-0. One thing evident early in the match were the Welsh jerseys. The WRU’s decision to save money and attaching playing numbers with sticky tape would prove rather embarrassing and a complete farging disaster. Welsh #9 Davis…

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Konechiwa, and welcome to the Black Friday edition of Friday’s Rugby News. No point fluffing about, so today get the firing squad ready and take aim with Later Traitor? Take a look at possible rugby positives and opportunities from The Regression we had to Have. Discuss actual rugby matches and cracking ones at that in Eight is Enough. And put a full stop on a week of war, referendum, scandal and lies (and that’s just within Rugby Australia) with Friday’s RWC Goss with Hoss categorically ruling out I’m the next coach of Uzbekistan. ‘Sayonara maaaaaate’ Later Traitor? It’s a fair…

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Sunday, 8 October: Ireland v Scotland, Stade de France, Paris (6:00 AM) Ireland (15-1): Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony; Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne; Tadhg Furlong, Dan Sheehan, Andrew Porter Replacements: Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, James Ryan, Jack Conan, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Stuart McCloskey Scotland (15-1): Blair Kinghorn; Darcy Graham, Huw Jones, Sione Tuipulotu, Duhan van der Merwe; Finn Russell, Ali Price; Jack Dempsey, Rory Darge, Jamie Ritchie (capt); Grant Gilchrist, Richie Gray; Zander Fagerson, George Turner, Pierre Schoeman Replacements: Ewan Ashman, Rory Sutherland,…

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Greetings all and welcome to the first ever RWC edition of ‘Green & Gold and Nearly All Black Rugby’ or ‘GAGANABR’ (pronounced ‘gag-en-aber’). I said a few weeks back we all needed to embrace our inner Kiwi as our own side looked destined for the dung heap of RWC oblivion. With only a few more sleeps before our dear ol’ pet Wallaby is finally laid to rest and shot in the head at close range by Fijian hunters, today we look at the games that still matter for those nations who can actually play rugby. Let’s start today with a…

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Monday, October 2: Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne (2:45 AM) Australia (15-1): Andrew Kellaway; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Izaia Perese, Lalakai Foketi, Marika Koroibete; Ben Donaldson, Tate McDermott; Rob Valetini, Fraser McReight, Tom Hooper; Richie Arnold, Nick Frost; James Slipper, David Porecki (capt), Angus Bell Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Pone Fa’amausili, Rob Leota, Josh Kemeny, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Carter Gordon, Suli Vunivalu Portugal (15-1): Nuno Sousa Guedes, Raffaele Storti, Pedro Bettencourt, Tomás Appleton (c), Rodrigo Marta, Jerónimo Portela, Samuel Marques, Thibault de Freitas, Nicolas Martins, David Wallis, Martim Belo, José Madeira, Diogo Hasse Ferreira, Mike Tadjer, David Costa Replacements: Francisco Fernandes, Duarte Diniz, Francisco…

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Well, to steal a quote from Mrs Hoss on my birthday: ‘thank fudge that’s over’. Today let’s confine the past to the past and free ourselves of the depressing shadow of that match featuring those seafaring mammals and a group of underperforming marsupials. It’s time to turn our attention to the future with ‘The People’s Champion’. Jump into Round #4 RWC action with ‘Who Cares Anyway?’. Investigate a whisper growing to a rumble in ‘Not Again’. Jump on the Nippon Express with Eddie in ‘Wax Off!’. Hum a ditty with ‘The Brian Side of Strife’. And take us home in…

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Live Chat. Monday, 25 September: Wales v Australia, OL Stadium, Lyon (5:00 AM) Wales (15-1): Liam Williams, Louis Rees-Zammit, George North, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Taulupe Daletau, Jac Morgan (c), Aaron Wainwright, Adam Beard, Will Rowlands, Tomas Francis, Ryan Elias, Gareth Thomas Replacements: Elliot Dee, Corey Domachowski, Henry Thomas, Dafydd Jenkins, Taine Basham, Tomos Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Rio Dyer. Australia (15-1): Andrew Kellaway; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Ben Donaldson, Tate McDermott; Rob Valetini, Tom Hooper, Rob Leota; Richie Arnold, Nick Frost; James Slipper, David Porecki (capt), Angus Bell Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Philip,…

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Sunday, September 24: South Africa v Ireland, Stade de France, Paris (5:00 AM) South Africa (15-1): Damian Willemse,; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian De Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Manie Libbok, Faf de Klerk; Jasper Wiese, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt); Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Cobus Reinach Ireland (15-1): Hugo Keenan; Mack Hansen, Garry Ringrose, Bundee Aki, James Lowe; Johnny Sexton (capt), Jamison Gibson-Park; Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony; James Ryan, Tadhg Beirne; Tadhg Furlong, Ronan Kelleher, Andrew Porter…

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Bonjour & welcome one, welcome all to another RWC edition of Friday’s Rugby News. Today come with me on an adventure of whimsical nonsense and kick off with ‘Building A Better Future’. Preview the Wallabies v Wales match in ‘Last Chance Saloon!’ Hedge our bets with another team to follow just in case, with ‘Welcome Home Cuz’. Preview round three RWC in ‘Troisième tour.’ And put an exclamation mark on the rugby week with another bumper ‘Friday’s Goss With Hoss’, also available for selection should Eddie call. And let’s face it, with some of the bat-poo crazy calls so far,…

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Monday, September 18: England v Japan, Stade de Nice, Nice (5:00 AM) England (15-1): Freddie Steward; Jonny May, Joe Marchant, Manu Tuilagi, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Alex Mitchell; Lewis Ludlam, Ben Earl, Courtney Lawes (capt); Ollie Chessum, Maro Itoje; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Joe Marler Replacements: Theo Dan, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, George Martin, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Marcus Smith, Ollie Lawrence Japan (15-1): Semisi Masirewa; Kotaro Matsushima, Tomoki Osada, Ryoto Nakamura, Jone Naikabula; Rikiya Matsuda, Yutaka Nagare; Kazuki Himeno (capt), Pieter Labuschagne, Michael Leitch; Amato Fakatava, Jack Cornelsen; Jiwon Gu, Shota Horie, Keita Inagaki Replacements: Atsushi Sakate, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu,…

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