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To be fair The Barry, it’s not often League adapts or follows anything from Rugby Union…but League’s referees & rule book are becoming as convoluted as Union’s…maybe a symptom of the age we’re living in?!?!

Tigers lodge official complaint after bunker shocker but NRL claims Cowboys challenge was legit

@Doctordbx, “NZs domestic competition with its own problems and non-competitive stacking. I think this is also part of NZs current problems.”

This is an uncomfortable, unspoken issue in the New Zealand domestic system that has festered for years. Has been left unchecked & as you have said, is now rearing it’s ugly head.

I won’t harp on about it, but results & talent haven’t mattered in the lower ranks for decades & is far more pronounced currently.

Unless you’re a certain size or play for the “correct school”, country players & late bloomers are seldom looked at.

Those “earmarked” are persevered with despite declining performance ie: Tu’ungafasi…

The Wrap: New Zealand rugby lurches from bad to disastrous

@Soapit, agree mate, well said.

The Wrap: New Zealand rugby lurches from bad to disastrous

Unfortunately AKAjorrie, I think you are correct.

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

That’s a good point too Funbus! I’m ashamed I missed the “Fijian” part of it in my rant… 😢

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

So instead of admitting they got it wrong & appointment the “right” man, NZR are trying to leech off of Robertson’s success by “stealing” some of the Crusaders IP?!?! Disgraceful…

Rugby News: Two All Blacks coaches axed, Tonga qualify for RWC, Boks bring back Cup winning veterans

Problem with the Schmidt as a co-selector, Is can be voted against 2-1. So regardless of his opinion, it can be overruled.

'I'm always under pressure:' Defiant Foster remains ABs coach, Cane call made, as squad named for TRC

@Jim Parker, great post mate! And we’ll said too! 👍

'I'm always under pressure:' Defiant Foster remains ABs coach, Cane call made, as squad named for TRC

@ jcmasher 😂 😂 😂

'I'm always under pressure:' Defiant Foster remains ABs coach, Cane call made, as squad named for TRC

Have to disagree Jez, the “current model” is not “killing the code in Australia”. It’s the historical failure of the ARU/RA to provide a framework & support underneath SuperRugby. A lot of people seem to forget that this competition has helped keep Australian Rugby afloat. The “dead-horse” may still be getting flogged, but SuperRugby was not the cause of death. RA are like the people who mocked Noah in the Bible story, or built their house on the sand. Funny how the two most successful teams in Union history have continued to invest heavily in their national domestic comps & are relatively stable, but the Union with a “foundation” of league players/envy continues to be shaky. Hard to see how it’s NZR or SuperRugby’s fault for RA’s failures.

Rugby News: Jones switches to Reds, Forrest backs RA in Super fight with NZ, Ireland on top of rankings

Or maybe they both just need to grow up Paulo…(RA & NZR)

Rugby News: Jones switches to Reds, Forrest backs RA in Super fight with NZ, Ireland on top of rankings

@Riccardo, great comment mate!

NZ View: 'Drastic change' demanded with Foster and Cane in crosshairs as 'woefully flawed' ABs need answers fast

@connor33, “Hate to say, the ABs are a little further back than you realize–and have been since 2017…” 100% accurate 👍

NZ View: 'Drastic change' demanded with Foster and Cane in crosshairs as 'woefully flawed' ABs need answers fast

In regards to your “just met in the car park” comment Highlander, my wife & I sat down to watch the Haka. She mentioned that the AB’s “looked” like they were already resigned to losing. She couldn’t reconcile with the fact, that there was a lack of confidence in both the haka & the players eyes. Quite discerning I thought?!?!

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

Hopefully nowhere to be found…

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

PeterK, that chip certainly isn’t getting any smaller…seek help mate, for your own sake…
And as for the “most All Black’s supporters” line, is just straight BS, an attempt to make your argument seem stronger when it lacks substance. How & where did you survey the majority of Kiwis?! Just because there are a few whom are overly vocal on the Roar, doesn’t equate to “most”.

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

3. Has already begun, spread the word: https://chng.it/569QtghvVY

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

Imagine if we did that with the continually successful Crusaders…

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

To be fair, Tu’ungafasi contributes so little to a match, it was of little consequence.

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

There’s a couple of petitions. I prefer this one as it names Scott Robinson as the replacement: https://chng.it/569QtghvVY

ANALYSIS: Lacking belief and constrained by uncertainty, the All Blacks are suffering in the land of the long dark cloud

Also an excellent defender, which is not always acknowledged.

Coach’s Corner: how the southern hemisphere teams can turn it around

Another prop Mr. Meads loved was Howard Paiaka (his prop at King Country). Colin could never fathom how he never played for the AB’s. RIP to both good men.

Coach’s Corner: how the southern hemisphere teams can turn it around

Funny you mention that, one of the sports betting agencies had the Irish at $7.11 immediately after the first test. So (for the first time ever) I placed a $100 wager. Must have been one of the few “happyish” AB’s supporters after the 2nd test?!?!

All Blacks vs. Ireland: RTS named for debut, Havili to No.12, Scott Barrett back to flanker, Irish make one change

I would have replied with, “How many World Cups have you won?!?!” 😂

'You're a s--t Richie McCaw': Brutal sledge that sums up All Blacks' falling stocks as Kiwis slump to all-time low

@ PeterK, why do you find it hard to accept, that all teams cheat? Why the constant need to claim the All Blacks do it, there by insinuating that others don’t?!?!

Coach’s Corner: Global season structure can't come soon enough to reveal true balance of power

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