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Andrew Kennard

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If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools - Kipling

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How are the force going? We aren’t getting any advertising for the matches here on the east coast, but the games are being shown on free to air, so that is awesome. I actually saw the last part of the Samoa game last weekend, it looked very wet… It will be interesting to see what happens next year when the competition starts up officially.

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

Cheers Geoff, I’ll definitely try to get to some NRC matches this spring. I will cover it in another article, but I guess the question of what role super rugby is playing is part of the problem. I feel it is trying to be too many things at once.

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

Hey Gabbie, yeah they probably need to be rebranded as the Brisbane reds… I know they used to play a game each year up there, but they dropped that what 10 years ago…?

The cowboys are up there every second week, unfortunately, rugby is not. Where does the QLD country team in the NRC play their games?

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

Club rugby it is – a few people have suggested that. I feel it is a bit of a band aid solution, which is fine for me, but long term, I don’t think the solution to super rugby not being engaging is to send fans off to watch club rugby. There seems to be enough in this idea for a whole article, so I’ll look into it this coming week. Thanks for the suggestion. Link for the Thorn interview? My google foo is letting me down.

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

Hey Nick, I actually manage to get to quite a few club games (3/4 this year @ Wests), and do prefer them to the super rugby, which is probably a problem in and of itself. I also think the reds have built nicely this season and if they can manage the turnover of players look good for the next one. Will the reds winning solve all the problems though…? Maybe, we will find out next season!

Hard truths: I’m still in rugby limbo

Thanks Mick, I’m personally still working through the game/me changing element of it all. Hopefully the next article, which will look more at the play of the game, will shed some light on it. We shall see.

Hard truths: When I woke up and realised I was a casual fan

Interesting. I’ve always just assumed a virtual saturation of AFL in Melbourne. On the plus side, being a general sports fan in Melbourne must be very convenient.

Hard truths: When I woke up and realised I was a casual fan

I too asked my partner if it was I that had changed or the game, we agreed it is almost certainly both, but I will have a look at a couple of actual games this weekend and write a follow up piece next week. This one was more about the hurdles even to watch the game.

Hard truths: When I woke up and realised I was a casual fan

Just looked up Aubrey Faulkner – seemed like a quality cricketer. Never heard of him before, but he’ll make the next fictional XI probably.

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Yep, feel free to change up the lists, I tried to make them balanced (in my opinion) and in the spirit of the self inflicted exercise – according to the comments I have failed miserably – but the original thought was just to imagine how it would play out.

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Bradmans XI is pretty attacking, I like it. Very easy to see them taking 20 wickets, and with those batsmen they could easily put up good scores you would think even without Hammond

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Yeah, just put him there because of formatting and convention really. I’m pretty sure the Allrounders XI would be pretty blasé about changing the batting lineup.

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Would be a cracker of a match, A real grind when the traditional XI was batting, I see Kallis and Sobers as being the 5th and 6th bowlers in the team, so I thinks it’s safe to say there wouldn’t be many ‘easy’ runs.
With the Allrounders batting, a real struggle to see off the main bowlers to get into the very, very part timers for an absolute glut of runs. The Glenn McGrath factor might sway the game slightly to the traditional XI by virtue of him being able to bowl virtually all day without a rest. But, Kallis scored runs against the Aussies, so who knows.

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

too good at batting I reckoned

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Yep, feel free to sub players into the hypothetical teams to your liking.

In a way I thought the omissions were more important than the players that made the teams. I think when we look back at the great teams we tend to realise the incredible contributions from admittedly brilliant players. Players like the Waugh brothers and Viv Richards were fantastic batsmen but I think too good at bowling to make the traditional list, where as Glenn McGrath I think obviously belongs as the quintessential tail ender.

The Proctor/Hadlee decision was probably the one I spent longest over.
Apartheid was/is such a shame. That’s all I have to say about that.

There were too many options for 12th man, I simply couldn’t choose.

Who would win? The Allrounders XI versus the Traditional XI

Woolfe. I know you only as an interweb friend (at this stage), but if what you are suggesting is true (censorship), I will have to leave this website.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

It is a completely valid argument to say that it is legal – the mining project in question.

Unfortunately many times in the past perfectly legal ventures have been found to be be not so legal later on. I hate to flame the fires further, but declaring Australia ‘terra nullius’ whilst maybe legal, was surely not fair or just. So, the argument that it has been through “legal procedure” is actually what he is protesting. He is simply stating that the procedure is wrong, and is hoping to halt development to review the procedure leading to it – I think. Ultimately, I judge his concern for the citizens affected to be sincere, and for that I applaud him. He is surely brave, right remains to be seen. The fact he chose to protest this, as opposed to many other mining ventures, must say something.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

“Did he live his life with passion?” apparently that was the only question the ancient greeks asked to determine if a man had lived a good life. I know no where near enough about the maules creek mine to have any relevant opinion on the subject, but I love that he is passionate about it. I reckon he is the right person to lead us in the world cup.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

My favourite poem. regarding the mining money, probably the section “if all men count among you, but none too much” but yeah, the whole thing.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

It must be difficult at times. Imagine being a non-drinker (for moral reasons say) and being sponsored by Tooheys…? Mining is a pretty contentious issue (worthy of entire books of articles), and I think given the crap the ARU has put up with from Beale, how could they turn their back on Pocock.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

Yep, he sure was childish at some points, but, then he grew up, and became a man, with honour and all that. Most athletes eventually grow up at some stage. I just happen to think that declining to carry your nations flag at the olympics opening ceremony is quite a personal sacrifice, maybe he wouldn’t have refused in his younger days, but he did after he’d grown up.

'A Wallaby gets arrested' and other good news

Great read Harry, always good to see poetry mixed in with the nuts and bolts rugby chat. Great wins for the Boks and Argies!

An ode to Bok beserker

Good points about television revenues and ground attendances Train w/o station. There is obviously overlap between the two, and is a very detail specific issue that I wrote an article on this specifically a while back. As the only afternoon game this season, does anyone have viewer numbers for the France test in Sydney?

I hate agreeing (and disagreeing) with Spiro Zavos

Had to read your comment a couple of times…

Ewen McKenzie handed winning formula on a platter

Interesting first point there Fin.
I remember a segment run at the start of this year about the waratahs and what it took to win a title/ why they hadn’t won one previously. Ewen stated something about it not being enough just to win… Like you say, maybe he is committed to getting some more newspaper space lined up for the wallabies/rugby…? Maybe the thinking goes, get in early, when the sports section is largely passing time until the weekend, get some pages of articles in an leave the end of the week for inevitable build up.

In relation to the article, I am equally unsure. On one hand, it is unnecessary to divulge information early, but rugby is a simple game, you have to tackle your opposite number no matter who it is. Maybe link should list the team alphabetically and go from there, let the media speculate on where people will be playing.

Wallabies lack the element of surprise