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I still call Australia home: Why do we turn our backs on ex-pat Wallabies?

Cassandra new author
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29th June, 2021
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Cassandra new author
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29th June, 2021
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Peter Allen was one of our great singer-songwriters – I get the hanky out every time ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ comes on the radio.

Liza Minelli may have been a little slow on the game plan, but she got pretty on side for a while there too.

So if we laid out the red carpet for ‘The Sequined One’ every time he rolled the white piano out in Oz, why do we treat our rugby players as if they killed their grandmothers when they play overseas?

Can someone explain to me why it’s harder to get a good Aussie expat on the park for a Test than Meghan Markle doing tea with the Queen?

I will just ask one question to the vast audience of Wallabies fans out there who grew up, as I did, when Johnny Warren was a household name: where would the Socceroos be if they had the Rugby Australia policy for their round-ball game?

I can tell you. Like the great Bazza McKenzie said once in London, they would be shaking hands with the unemployed.

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Give these honest toilers a chance. If they stuff their face with sushi rather than a Sargent’s pie while trying to earn a quid, are we any poorer as a nation?

If they move Las Vegas to Blacktown we may get the next Pater Allen to stay here, but if the boys want to buy a decent fibro in Woy Woy for the tribe, assuming you can still find one, give them a chance to turn a buck and play for their country in the ten-odd years they have to play top level rugby.

If you’re good enough you’re a show with me when I get to be coach.

Of course, by then Hell will have frozen over, the North Sydney Bears will be specials for the NRL title and Donald Trump will be called Old Baldy!

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