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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Matt Toomua Falcon against the All Blacks

As seen in the match highlights on Sunday, Matt Toomua's Wallaby debut will be remembered as a 47-29 loss to the All Blacks, and for a rather comical moment midway through the first half that resulted in him face down in the turf.

Ironically it's the Australian's that love the good old Falcon - when a ball hits a player on the head - but it was one of their own on the receiving end after New Zealand scrumhalf Aaron Smith failed to get any height on a clearing kick.

In fact if Toomua had gone for a proper charge down, rather than turn his back on it, a try might have been the result. It summed things up on a night when nothing went right for the hosts.

Quade Cooper, who Toomua was picked ahead of, found it quite amusing from the bench, although in fairness neither player impressed on what was a rough night in Sydney.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had a dig at Wallaby counterpart Ewen McKenzie after the game, hinting that he himself probably isn't sure where to turn ahead of Saturday's Wellington game.

"I felt both of them went OK. Both of them are good players," Hansen said of Toomua and Cooper, the latter having been booed by New Zealand fans for the last few years.

"I don't pick the Australian teams. I think they are both good players, but I am just happy I have got Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden... and Beauden Barrett for that matter.

"All five of those people are all very good rugby players, and four of them are New Zealanders."

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CEO Front Row Union August 20, 2013 9:26 pm

"All five of those people are all very good rugby players, and four of them are New Zealanders."

And your kicking/skills coach, defence coach and one of your props were all born in Victoria Australia Mr Hanson

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paimoe August 21, 2013 2:39 pm

I bet NZ even poached the groundsmen

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Ando August 21, 2013 4:34 pm

Is that true? That's GREAT ammunition to use with my Kiwi mates!

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CEO Front Row Union August 22, 2013 6:51 am

Mick "The Kick" Byrne ex AFL Demons (kicking/skills coach)
Brian "Aussie" Mclean (defence coach)
Ben Franks (he's not playing this weekend BUT Owen his brother was born in NZ)

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gez August 21, 2013 12:59 am

And three of them are injured Big Steve you helmet!!! #bigstevewiththekeystotheallblackcastle

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WelshOsprey August 21, 2013 9:21 am

obligatory booing for Cooper

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FoXtroT August 21, 2013 11:41 am

Never liked Steve Hanson and this just keeps reaffirming my position. What a toss, its ok for fans to rib other teams over players that are not originally from their country but not the coach.

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DrG August 21, 2013 12:00 pm

A tad hypocritical too, especially from an NZ coach, it's not like every All Black player in the past has JUST been from New Zealand!

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you idiots August 23, 2013 7:28 am

I watched the post match interview and what steve Hansen said was very tongue in cheek. good natured trans tasman gamesmanship. its true that the all blacks have had many pacific island players over the years, many of them born in nz, many of them not. If u want to count people of other origins lets start with Australia this week: Genia, toomua, oconnor, lealiifano, folau, faingaa, sio, kepu, cooper and kuridrani. not to mention the other injured players, pocock, timani and heavens knows how many others. just enjoy your rugby guys and stop hating.

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Pleeze!!! August 24, 2013 12:06 am

I cannot believe the huge dummy spit comments, you bunch of old whinging women, getting upset over a quite obvious tongue in cheek remark. Steve Hansen is actually a very good coach/manager and I think there would be many teams around the world that would be very happy to have him on their side. I do normally enjoy reading the comments as usually they are relatively informative and mature in opinion but as per comments above, it seems aussie sensibilities are often very fragile when comes to their sports

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