What’s left you ask?? Ahhh.... current Wallabies Adam Ashley Cooper, Bernard Foley, Rob Horne, Peter Betham and Nick Phipps. Particularly AAC who this year has been arguably the best 13 in the comp being rated in the top 3 for clean breaks and the top 6 for defenders beaten and number of carries. Not to mention a bunch of young players with a lot of potential such as Alofa Alofa, Cam Crawford, Ben Volavola, Jono Lance and T Naiyaravoro.
You can’t (if you know anything about rugby) discredit the job that the piggies and Phipps and Foley have done in getting guys like Beale and Falou the ball when they need it. I’m a huge fan of the 2 guys in your article and for mine they’re both Wallaby starters (although many can’t find a place in the XV for Beale), but a lot of their tries involve them getting the ball when all that’s required is a stroll across the line or to beat a defender in a position that any quality test player could do with their eyes shut.
Beale and Falou have enormous talents. This year they’ve continued to build on their reputations as class finishes and shown off their freakish abilities to start something from nothing. But just as much credit goes to Cheika and the guys 1-10 who continue to get them in the position they need to be in. Not to mention their fellow backs AAC, Alofa and Horne who have all made valued contributions game in game out this year.
It would have been interesting to see them behind a Reds pack that spent most of this year in reverse.
I love both codes. Member of both the Sharks (Cronulla) and Reds nerval, not sure that qualifies me as a weary old code warrior..?
Tim’s piece had the potential to be a relevant piece. Instead it’s nothing more than a very limited analysis littered with uninformed jibes like the ones I’ve listed above.
Crowe owns just over one third of the Rabbitohs and he burns through nothing like $20 million a year. I’m sure those losses would even test out Rusty’s loyalties.
It would be hugely irresponsible of SANZAR to enter a new market knowing full-well that substantial losses are ahead for the foreseeable future. You can’t rely on the good faith and charity of wealthy benefactors to always be there. Look what happened with Tinkler and the Knights.
Owen this is going around in circles, I just mentioned a few posts above that the Top League (not Top 14 in Japan as you put it... do you really follow rugby?) doesn’t make money and it’s in a very unique situation not just in world rugby but world sport. Agree to disagree for now and we’ll see how it all plays out over the coming years.