Posts Tagged "Australian rugby"
I’ve tried to find words to be highly critical of the refereeing of George Clancy in the Australia – England Test at Twickenham in a polite fashion but, dammit, let’s be brutally frank: Clancy, his assistant referees and the TMO had absolute shockers.
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It always amuses me how we rugby types cope with the extra time afforded to us with bye weekends, and competition changeovers, and the like.
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Over the last 12 months I have read some interesting suggestions and have comes across some downright ridiculous proposals for the future of Australian rugby.
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Australian rugby commentators and supporters are making some really bad choices. Recently, what annoyed me most is the way Israel Folau was constantly referenced as the “needing more ball” or being “under used”.
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Finally Australia managed to scrape together its first victory of The Rugby Championship with an unconvincing win against a physical Argentine outfit.
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The most depressing part of the Wallabies 38-12 loss to the Springboks was the feeling that we are not progressing as a side.
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The Wallabies and Springboks meet at Suncorp this Saturday night and I am really struggling to pick a winner.
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There would be many things running through Ewen Mackenzie’s mind in regards to his team selection for this Saturday’s return Bledisloe Cup Test; one being who the right man is for the number six jersey.
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The time has come once again where SANZAR are sitting behind closed doors to decide the future of the Super Rugby competition and the Rugby Championship.
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A few weeks ago I floated the idea of the Australian Rugby Championship being decided on the outcome of the Australian teams’ home and away games played as part of the Super Rugby regular season.
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‘Ewen McKenzie will ensure the Wallabies play a more expansive form of attacking rugby, as the Reds have done’: statements like this are being heard everywhere in response to his appointment as Wallaby coach.
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When attempting to explain the allure of our game to non-believers, rugby tragics commonly cite two things. One, that it’s a game for all shapes and sizes. And two, that it provides constant contests for possession.
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Following here in part two of ‘The Lucky 29′ are the pen-portraits of the touring 1939/40 Wallabies. This being the amateur era, occupations given are at the time of selection, which some readers might find interesting.
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I was big fan of Deans’ appointment in 2008 – he was the most credible option Australia had at the time and in his first few years he did a great job of cleaning out the closet and bringing some fresh faces into the mix.
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Take a great old song, make it relevant and give it some spice. In the music industry it`s a tried and true formula for turning out a bankable hit song.
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It cannot not be disputed that rugby, as winter sporting code in NSW, is struggling behind AFL, NRL and the A-League.
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It’s time. Six weeks into the Super Rugby season, and we’ve been able to get a good enough look at all teams to start passing judgement.
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I become evermore resolute in my belief that the structure of southern hemisphere rugby and in particular Australian rugby must change.
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This is the first in a series of articles addressing the fundamental issues the new head of the ARU, Bill Pulver, must face with ideas on how to tackle them successfully.
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Earlier in the week I referred to the cost of Lions tickets and why I thought they were outrageous.
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