I really fail to understand how bringing a Japanese team to SR will help comp's quality develop further. Imo it will dilute even more the overall quality across now 4 continents (4, !!). Nonsense. What about TV audience?
The least bad solution would be for the JRFU to keep their domestic league as it is (with finals in Jan), the winner representing Japan at SR level from Feb to July. But I doubt sanzar would agree with that for logistic reasons. I just hope this doesn't kill Japanese domestic scene. Not a great day for rugby, SH and Japanese rugby.
Whether you're pro or anti Tahs, lets agree its probably the best choice at this point in time. I reckon he will bring the mongrel out of some players who until now thought they could tune it down and still get a jersey.
Imo, in Cheika's eyes talent and ability are important but attitude is too, especially in terms of defensive effort. He needs an enforcer or 2 in the pack so there is room for someone to step up during the eoyt. he might as well have a chat with the aru re eligibility rules for overseas based players. Not the best couple of weeks in oz rugby but glad we can finally move on with a new coach.
Awful ending. Wont be easy to forget this one. What a great game though but still don't know how the wallabies lost this one :(