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Agreed. That Tier Two international Men’s side in gold at last year’s World Cup? A shocker. Burned over $5m out-of-budget in 9 months too, and paid two Head Coaches salaries for almost the entire year.

A rational approach would see just the Women and the Sevens Australia squads being financed from 2024 now and into the future.

Why things could be about to get even uglier for Rugby Australia in fallout over Rebels debacle

Reflecting on the question in the headline, the primary takeout for mine is the All Blacks are unlikely to put third-string players in at 9 and 10. With the entire country to select from, they are almost certain to find first-tier players who are fit and injury-free.

The Crusaders dynasty looks dead - so how will it impact the All Blacks?

> will that then mean they owe all the other teams similarly for the same reason

yes. Which is several million reasons for RA’s lack of transparency.

Why things could be about to get even uglier for Rugby Australia in fallout over Rebels debacle

Wow. [my gob-smacked emoticon didn’t “take”]
After resuming my composure, I regathered and looked at the Laws:
“8.7 When a try is scored, it gives that team the right to attempt a conversion…”
Player rights is being taken away!

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Kind of you, Nick, and thanks for your efforts too (back at you!). I just enjoyed the atmosphere but did not bring huge player or tactical insights. Except that Chiefs backs patterns thing: they’re ringing some clever changes phase to phase. Oh, and for every team the value of a kicker who is above 85%

Thrilled that I’d picked MP for the win. Tough men.

Hurricanes vs Reds felt like a test match.

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Can the RA types stop it with the car metaphors already? We had it in 2023 with Eddie Jones and that failed.

Try a botanical metaphor. Rebels are trying to grow something in Melbourne and meantime RA provide Round-up and tell the Rebels they should pay for it.

Why things could be about to get even uglier for Rugby Australia in fallout over Rebels debacle

Apparently there was something on social media somewhere. It may have been a tweet. Perhaps two. I did get an email from the Rebels mailing list and the events promo company may have ghost-written that paragraph. We are told however that the main promo is in markets other than Melbourne, to get the interstate and international travelling tourist dollar. Such as Sydney folk, for example.

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Fair comment. Because there’s no follow-on and it’s complete unto itself, perhaps call it a “success”? 😂

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Even-handedness and fairness is what almost all folk look for. The test is that the organisation being looked at does not look like hypocrites. One of our politicians called it the pub test. Does RA pass the pub test on this one?

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Rebels have a case that RA owe them $10m or so. Take that off the $20m figure RA are spruiking in the forefront of the public mind, and it’d fit.

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Morning Geoff! What a marvellous weekend it was. A really enjoyable festival of rugby with every game a standout in one form or other. Interesting to see half the crowd leave after eighty minutes of Reds vs Hurricanes, apparently satisfied with the drawn scores and not aware that a Golden Point period of play would be played. Another sign of the Super Round concept’s growth and maturity is that on Sunday, unlike last year, the bars hadn’t run out of beer and the punters did not manage to drain the Bundy dry. Your points are well and gently made. Of course, some questions remain:
Does the concealing of the Waratahs debt in a few line items come from the same school of accounting as Bernie Ecclestone’s magic suitcase of money, of Melbourne Grand Prix fame?
Why did it take until the 79th minute for the Blues to be yellow-carded for taking out the players near but not in the breakdown, holding them down, including past the breakdown? Other teams are doing it too, but the Blues were most conspicuous at it.
Did Mr Bidwell, another who poohpoohed the Super Round in Melbourne, see my friendly wave to him from the stands?
Last week we saw a few “tackles” with no arms. This too is an offence which appears to be ignored, but alas this week it led to the 41st-minute 14-point try down the other end to the Blues. What is the point of a TMO? They appear to be arbitrary and whimsical, perhaps they are the rugby equivalent of court jesters. In truth I respect the referees but the number of times I look at a final score and mentally add an asterisk to the scoreline as “meh, but…” is too large a portion of all scorelines nowadays. Scotland, Italy, All Blacks, and now Super Rugby, I wish it would end.
The Hurricanes win. It wasn’t a try, that score in the Golden Point period where Tosi grounded the ball in a points-scoring move which ended the match. Back in the day, the emphasis in rugby was on kicks for points, for example, tries only got 3 points. The reason we call it a “try” is that grounding the ball in the points-scoring zone entitles the team to try for a conversion. (You know this of course). On Sunday there was no conversion taken; the referee saw fit to to call off the match even though the Hurricanes had earned the right to try for a conversion.
I’ve no idea what it was or what to call it, and Iosi’s score stands – as it should – but the lack of a conversion attempt means it wasn’t a try.
[edit: spelling]

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

Apparently the crowd want tight matches but they also want a winner and a loser because if it’s a draw what’s the point is the question which gets asked.

Reds rue missed 'moments' as Hurricanes get up in golden point to deny Australia another Super Rugby win

It’s not all bad news for the Brumbies. The Chiefs left two tries on the park!

'Reality check': Brumbies cop hiding from Chiefs in worst display ever under Larkham

No mention on ABC News Melbourne (sports news) 9am this morning that the local crowd witnessed the Waratahs upset the Crusaders.

'Reality check': Brumbies cop hiding from Chiefs in worst display ever under Larkham

Nah, just fed up with the perpetual raining on the parade when the sunshine is out, I’ve a hot morning coffee in hand, and the rugby’s been a joy.

'No one backed us': $8 outsiders Waratahs upset Crusaders AGAIN as Edmed steps up to deliver famous win

Does anyone know Bliksem in real life? He won’t have watched this because for years he’s been complaining Super Rugby has been boring and predictable, in fact I bet he’s missed the entire (excellent) weekend. Can someone send him a text message with the score, please?

'No one backed us': $8 outsiders Waratahs upset Crusaders AGAIN as Edmed steps up to deliver famous win

Ms Cattermole is a guy? 😱

Certainly gives the rest of your comment credence.

COMMENT: This is the real reason why the Force were cut in 2017

I am baffled by all this chat. I distinctly recall the articles in the local rugby media when Coleman was appointed, all about him becoming a Wallabies coach and this was a mere stepping stone. I cannot believe all those Sydney voices in that echo chamber were wrong.

'If I get this team winning, I keep a job': DC's incredibly classy response to questions over his precarious future

This is the sort of story I’d expect Christy Doran to investigate. It looks meaty.

'Our talent is spread too thin': Ex-Wallabies captain urges Rugby Australia to cut Super teams

The thing with the World Cup Final is the officials made a ruling on something that the Laws said they did not have authority to rule on. In this case the officials did have authority – it was within scope, not out of scope – and they elected to take the path of inaction.

The question therefore is: if the officials are arbitrary and whimsical, why give greater $ rewards to the winning team? Why should the World Cup winner’s purse be larger? Just split any purse 50-50 between the two teams.

'Who doesn't kick that out?' Stunning play turns match for Blues as forgotten All Blacks star says 'pick me'

There’s a difference between being having a decent personality and being able to think coherently and I suspect we’ve just seen a demo here.

'Our talent is spread too thin': Ex-Wallabies captain urges Rugby Australia to cut Super teams

It was certainly the turning point of the match. Nice work and a shame it carries an asterisk with it.

'Who doesn't kick that out?' Stunning play turns match for Blues as forgotten All Blacks star says 'pick me'

I do wish some of these chaps would check facts before opening mouth and putting the nether hoof in it. The vagueness about whether or not he was talking about “ten years?” hints at the fact-free zone. The Rebels pathways and feeder have been quite credible. But hey, we got a headline here.

'Our talent is spread too thin': Ex-Wallabies captain urges Rugby Australia to cut Super teams

It’s a type of slippery slope. You don’t want to go there.

'They haven't learned anything': Crusaders' Penney opens on Tahs - and why he 'feels really sorry' for Coleman

Hi Ed – there are some typos and perhaps missing words in this article, so I didn’t follow bits of it, can you put someone onto it please?

COMMENT: This is the real reason why the Force were cut in 2017

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