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

We’ll open the comments section for some of the key matches of the RWC for those keen to participate. Enjoy & go you Wallabies! WALLABIES (15-1): Ben Donaldson; Mark Nawaqanitawase, Jordan Petaia, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete; Carter Gordon, Tate McDermott; Rob Valetini, Fraser McReight, Tom Hooper; Will Skelton, Richie Arnold; Taniela Tupou, David Porecki, Angus Bell Replacements: Matt Faessler, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Matt Philip, Rob Leota, Langi Gleeson, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Ben Donaldson Georgia (15-1): Davit Niniashvili, Akaki Tabutsadze, Demur Tapladze, Merab Sharikadze (capt), Mirian Modebadze, Luka Matkava, Vaso Lobzhanidze, Beka Gorgadze, Luka Ivanishvili, Tornike Jalaghonia, Kote Mikautadze, Nodar Cheishvili, Guram Papidze, Shalva Mamukashvili,…

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Well Gaggers, like my GP constantly tells me: ‘your wait is over’. That’s right, after four years, two coaches, 16 CEOs, 3 GMs, COVID, Super Rugby Oz, SRP, loving NZR, hating NZR, winning hosting rights to our own world cups and a partridge in a pear tree, finally we are just one sleep away from the greatest sporting spectacle of the year. The 2023 Rugby World Cup. Today let’s have a closer look at three matches across the weekend. Starting with ‘NZ Hates France’. Preview our Wallabies first up match with ‘Those Grizzly Georgians’. Stoke the flickering embers of bitterness…

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Now where was I before I rudely interrupted myself? Oh yes, hello and welcome to Friday’s Rugby News on whatever site I am on this week (is ‘The Roar’ for sale?). Today let’s slip the straight jacket back on with ‘Sympathy for The Devils’. Look at the Wallabies first up game in ‘Georgia On My Mind’. Try not to gloat in ‘The Kiwis are Stuffed’. Then I invite to to exercise your upcoming votes thoughtfully in ‘You’re The Voice’. And wrap up the news week with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’ now officially with more credibility than QANTAS! ‘Worst press conference…

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Greetings Rudders & welcome to the one after the penultimate Friday’s Rugby News on rugbydownunder.com. From Monday next week you will find the RDU team & some exciting new writers on Green & Gold Rugby. Never fear, should you type RDU into your search engine, our resident basement dweller, porn addict, Dorito bandit & IT extraordinaire promised us you will land at G&GR or a site with some interesting goat ‘wrestling’ techniques, so best not open at work. Now to Rugby. I don’t know if it’s quite ‘Hoss off the long run’ today as Happyman likes to close his usual…

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Welcome to the holiest day on the Rugby calendar peoples. Time to set aside petty, trivial matters, like paid employment, childcare, or running of the nation and any of the drudgery of your day-to-day life and dive into what makes life truly bearable: Rugby! Today we first look at ‘balance’ and start off with ‘Guilty Until Proven Guiltier’. Ask ‘is it me you’re looking for’ in ‘Hello?’ Look for hidden meanings with ‘A Sign?’ Partake in the first ever, exclusive rugbydownunder.com interview in’He’s ‘Armless’. And finish with a whimper in ‘Friday’s Goss’ with Hoss’, the most trusted Goss with any…

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Thanks to RA for the Thursday night announcement to capitalise on Australia’s best* Friday Rugby News coverage (* based on Gallop poll of one Hunter based resident). There’s no bigger news to kick off Friday than with our RWC squad announcement with ‘Holy Grail Part 1: The Search’. Take a respectful look at what should be our one national sporting chant in: ‘Holy Grail Part II: Shut-up Stupid’. Scour the Rugby cosmos for opinion & comment on our squad in ‘Holy Grail Part III: Who said what?’ And wrap up a fantastic week of Rugby excitement with ‘Friday’s Goss with…

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Hello one and all and welcome to another Friday’s Rugby News on Green & rugbydownunder.com home for all your half-true rugby stuff on a Friday. Today we are ‘pre-Bledisloe’ again so let’s all inhale and dive into the aftermath of Bledisloe #1 with ‘Patience’. Dust ourselves off and look at our chances in ‘Dead Rubber Is It? Then prove once & for all that size really matters in ‘That’s not a Boomerang’. RDU issues an unreserved apology in ‘Unreserved Apology’. And we wrap it all up with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, now really enjoying the excellent quality, craftsmanship and at…

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As if Friday’s Rugby News on rugbydownunder.com aren’t special in their own right! But the day before a Bledisloe and another Melbourne Bledisloe at that has got to be special, don’t it, you can almost taste the excitement! First up today let’s kick off the weekend buzz with ‘The Hope That Kills You’. Witness history and the probable end of ‘The Governors Curse’. Have some fun at Kiwi’s expense in ‘And Another Thing’. Put a price tag on your sole in ‘R.M.R.U.O.K?’ And take it all home with ‘Fridays Goss with Hoss’ now no chance of any free kit from…

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Welcome one, welcome all to another Fridays Rugby News on rugbydownunder.com, the highest rating rugby fan site called rugbydownunder.com in Australia. Kudos to rugby bodies for taking the week off to let the lesser known codes like Women’s Football World Cup, The 4th Ashes test & some royal & ancient Scottish game called ‘whack-fudge’ have their moment in the sun. No rugby this week? No worries, today lets snuggle up with Fraser Mac on the couch with ‘Be a Goldfish’. Drink the Cool-Aid in ‘Cadbury Favourites’. Lock the doors of the car as we cross the northern border for ‘Kiss…

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Greetings from the invigorating and soul cleansing air of the Blue Mountains. Home to artisans, writers of skill, insight, wisdom and me for a few days as well. Today we are bulging with Rugby News, so let’s hook in. Let’s cast off the yolk of despair from last weeks shite-show in Saffaville and instead look for signs of life with ‘Mr Jones & Me’. Preview this weekends test against the Argies in ‘No Prize for you Argentina!’ . Cast our eyes east, across the dutch and the upcoming NZ v SA match with ‘When Two Tribes’. Look at our Wallaroos…

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Greetings one, greetings all and welcome to Friday’s Rugby Odhossy on rugbydownunder.com. A site that caters for the obnoxious, crass, sporting bogan in us all: kinda like MCC memberships dontcha think? Today as the Wallabies Rugby Championship season is about to kick off, let’s all take knee and seek guidance from above, or below, with ‘The Forwards Prayer’. Look at selection methodology of The Catholics with ‘R-E-S-T-E-Z-E’. Look at the teams, tactics & fearless predictions in ‘Like Donkey Kong’. Check out our Wallaroos as they prepare for game two of the Pacific 4 in ‘Brawn in the USA’. And wrap…

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Eddie Jones first Wallaby squad is out. What do you think? 1. James Slipper (c) (127 Tests) 2. David Porecki (10 Tests) 3. Allan Alaalatoa (64 Tests) 4. Nick Frost (9 Tests) 5. Will Skelton (24 Tests) 6. Tom Hooper* 7. Michael Hooper (124 Tests) 8. Rob Valetini (30 Tests) 9. Nic White (59 Tests) 10. Quade Cooper (76 Tests) 11. Marika Koroibete (51 Tests) 12. Reece Hodge (62 Tests) 13. Len Ikitau (26 Tests) 14. Suliasi Vunivalu (1 Test) 15. Tom Wright (23 Tests) Finishers 16. Jordan Uelese (15 Tests) 17. Matt Gibbon (5 Tests) 18. Zane Nonggorr* 19.…

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Today I am a poor man’s Nutta & step in to fill the masters shoes. Read on for what’s new, what’s old, what’s happening and what may not actually be remotely true. ‘Bring it on’ 7A’s A-OK News from everybody’s favourite cadet journo, the one, the only, Nathan Williamson of rugby.com.au fame that Mr 7A’s Allan Alaalatoa could be a likely starter for this weekends test against The Cathoilcs in the per capita crime capital of the world, Jo’Burg this Sunday morning 1.05am AEST. 7A’s also reports with some enthusiasm that Taniela ‘The Abattoir’ Tupou & Angus ‘The Bull’ Bell…

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What is it that two Wallabies coaches don’t like about ‘Dirty’ Harry Wilson? First it was former coach & Kiwi resident, Dwight Renby, who continually snubbed Big H & now our very own Eddie ‘Brian’ (‘I’m not the messiah) Jones has also cast him aside to ‘training squad status’ Apart from the fact Dirty Harry is a NSW born & bred player who chooses to play for the Queensland Peoples Republic of Queensland or QPRQ, something I will never understand, he’s surely big enough, skilled enough, fit enough, aggressive enough, willing enough and by my reckoning if that aint enough…

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Thu, 29 Jun 6:30pm Kick off 7:00pm AEST on STAN Sports Our Wallaroos side kicks off their Pacific 4 campaign tonight against a familiar foe when they face the Black Ferns at Kayo Stadium in Brisbane. Now I know we can all probably agree that ‘yes’ New Zealand Rugby sides are generally fair-to-middling when it comes to consistent delivery of top notch rugby. There’s that side down the arse end of The Poxy Isles that wins a few trophies in Super Rugby. Their national side that are Nearly All in Black, ‘the Nearlies’, also go ok (more so when Nigel…

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Get the tissues reader folks, today we look at those players departing the most successful Australian Super Rugby side circa-2014, the NSW Waratahs. Let’s be honest, 2023 was entirely underwhelming on every front for Tahs fans. Sure there were injuries, every club has injuries, sure there was setbacks and hurdles, but again, which side didn’t? So if it wasn’t already tough enough, take a look at who has abandoned the good ship Waratah: Michael Hooper Ben Donaldosn Te Tera Faulkner Harrison Goddard Tolu Latu Will Harris Taleni Seu Zane Marolt Nephi Leatigaga Tiaan Tauakipulu Zac Von Appen. Iliseva Batibasaga SRW…

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Welcome, greetings, salutations and a hearty ‘hello’ from the Ponderosa for another Friday’s Rugby News. Today, let’s take a closer look at Kiwi fauna in ‘Cheetahs Prosper?’ Cast a withered eye over your sides chances for round 14 in ‘Rebel Yell?’ Hop straight into the likely week one finals matches via ‘The Finals Prophossy’. Then opportunity comes a knockin’ with ‘Position Vacant’. And take us out with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, for a limited time, selling commemorative prosthetic leg shot glasses. NZ Referees Association Mascot? CHEETAHS PROSPER? ‘Cheating’ is such a strong word huh! So perhaps, when it comes to…

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Welcome one, welcome all, good morning, good evening and just plain ol’ g’day from the Ponderosa! It’s Friday Rugby News time once again, where last week’s delusions are this week’s confusions. Today I pay homage to International Jackie Chiles day and kick off with ‘Outrageous: The King is Dead, Nearly’. Get the Prozac ready with ‘Egregious: The Sky is Falling Again for the First Time’. Put the Akubra to one side & ponder this week’s winners & losers in SRP Round #14 with ‘Prephossterous: Money for Nuthin’ & Your Tips for Free’. And say goodbye to this week’s mundania with…

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Welcome one, welcome all to yet another Friday rugby free for all. Fresh from our complete pounding of Kiwi teams last week we kick off today with the question of ‘Breaking Bad?’ Jump aboard round #13 SRP news with ‘Hosstradamus again, as predicted’. Then let’s converge at that most prickliest of intersections where sport & politics collide, in ‘Splitters?’. Celebrate a 7’s sensation with ‘Levi Grouse!’ and preview the Wallaroos v Fijiana & Shannon Parry’s last test in ‘Bloody Legend’. Before heading to your rugby ‘happy place’ with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, the proven friend to the criminally insane. ‘Yeah…

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Happy Friday Gagarians and welcome to Friday’s Rugby News, the home for all things rugby on a Friday on G&GR. Much to discuss today and first up we mess about upstairs with ‘Brain Gains?’. Look at round XII of SRP in ‘Tantahlising Prospects’. Revisit the battle of the 10s from last week’s Puppy Killers v Rebels game with ‘Flash in the Pan?’ and bid the week farethewell with a budget deficit sized ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, although now fully funded as ‘critical rugby infrastructure’ by Albo’s mob for $1.6m per episode. Thanks Comrades. ‘Normal’ brains are blue! Naturally. BRAIN GAINS?…

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