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The article says their bid would be for a place from 2022. Isn’t NZR’s plan for 2021 only?

My plan for the greatest club rugby union competition ever

Maybe RA should focus on Brisbane as flagship and Perth as the main growth centre. Sydney with nine (?) NRL clubs and Melbourne with ten (?) are pretty much strongholds for someone else. B and P each have a preference for a sport but perhaps gains are more achievable there for rugby.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

You are likely right TWAS, but just say you could still pay salaries (using Wallabies earnt tv and gate money, at a level well below what it takes to keep a Hooper or Thor or whomever, and you you accept you will typically lose players once they reached the 24,25, 26 age and experience cost), but against all those negatives you got to have a comp that ran year in year out for 5-6 months and didn’t need to stop and start or finish before internationals started and other positives I haven’t even thought of yet! what about that!?

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

Yeah, I think so too. Split NSW and Qld in two and have the teams as both city teams. It would take a couple of years to work through the contracts so Brumbies and Rebels weren’t still Super Rugby teams playing against lower budget teams, but I’d go that way.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

If, for a while at least, it was the case that we had all the Wallabies overseas but the team still earnt coin to fund the development of a decent local sport, would that be that bad?

I don’t know if I’ve the stamina to last another 20 years watching rugby lurch from problem to problem. The above would be drastic, sad and disappointing, but perhaps not worse if there was progress towards a domestic comp of quality in 20 years time.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

Personally I think the ease with which you can follow your team in the other sports relative to rugby has been as big a catalyst as the wallabies form. It’s often said Australians will only support a winner, but St Kilda, Richmond, the Rabbits, Carlton, Western Bulldogs and so on present a challenge to that assumption. Rugby here needs more presence amongst the other three mens football codes. Football struggles for attention as well, but the game has a huge presence amongst younger families and the kids are happy to idealise the global stars like CR7 and Messi.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

I’d be very pleased with the QRU if they did that. Admittedly I’m uninformed, but it really seems the Shute clubs are the only ones pushing us NCC way instead of NRC way. Perhaps the other states could all just kybosh it in the manner you suggest.

Let’s be realistic about Rugby Australia’s new broadcast offering

I reckon we can assume Covid will keep rattling around for at least another season, so this allows those that are in a position to participate in some form to do so if they want. The main thing is to get a broadcast deal. I bet most every element of the package will able to be carved off and discarded in the event its not possible to deliver it.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

No non-SANZAAR tests. Is that a Covid-19 point?

RIP the NRC or was that already announced as dead? I’m sad to see it go. I don’t think a national club championships will actually work. It will be the bit I’m least interested in.

I like lots of it. NSW and QLD only is a bit narrow but better to get it off the ground and build I guess. I hope they learn from league and put in some clear eligibility rules from the start.

Good on them for getting it out there.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Yeah, plus if I think about it he named about 5-6 blokes and was possibly working his way through 1-15. He mentioned Joseph Suallii last. He did give him a good wrap though.

Super Rugby AU Round 6 teams: To'omua shifted to inside centre, Petaia returns to starting line-up

It was only one game ago they performed pretty well. Up and down like a yoyo. Maybe back up this week, or might be walking the dog.

Super Rugby AU Round 6 teams: To'omua shifted to inside centre, Petaia returns to starting line-up

On the rugby ruckus podcast, Nongorr was the first bloke Peter Hewett mentioned when asked to highlight the upcoming talent he came across when involved with the oz schoolboys.

Super Rugby AU Round 6 teams: To'omua shifted to inside centre, Petaia returns to starting line-up

I think what would supercharge our rugby would be to figure out how to have a 5-6 month season where your team is at home every other week. International rugby is without doubt rugby’s strength but also a weakness as it impacts what can be done on the level below. The level below is the weekly interaction for most of us and I’m no longer convinced international provisional rugby is the way to go. There are just too many competing needs and misaligned priorities to end with an uncompromised competition.

Sorry Australia, the other two nations will supercharge southern hemisphere rugby

I can never really work out who is his intended audience. Who would still be following rugby if they also believed his view of it. If you felt that way, why would you waste time reading it.

A rebuttal of Alan Jones

I’ll be surprised if it goes ahead, even between us and the kiwis. The bug is clearly very jumpy. I wish you guys over in SA every luck as it seems from the press we get it is taking a fair crack at you.

Rugby Championship to resume on November 7

Absolutely Jez. We can’t assume there is a Twiggy sitting in every corner either.

If it’s just one year I think we should stick to ourselves and sort out some structures that works for us here. Take advantage of the opportunity while the rest of the world is also disrupted to get some resolution on our rugby from Club to Wallaby level.

Even if one year is not what NZ is talking about, there is still SANZAR to work out, and I’m pretty confident the same invitation currently offered will be available to us in a year or two’s time. There just isn’t many teams NZ can look to without compromising what they say they are trying to achieve.

Know when to hold 'em, know when to walk away

It’s a real challenge that rugby can’t have a domestic season from 1 April to 30 September. The need to keep the lower tiers engaged and happy, and prioritise the international season, makes what happens between the club level and the national level difficult. I think the need to ensure a player can follow a pathway from club to Wallabies within a season leads to a confused and confusing calendar.

Turning Super Rugby AU to gold

Definitely agree on the Waratahs name. As a non-Sydney based supporter I would be a bit annoyed if the name came to be given to the city only, but more importantly, not using it on a week to week basis keeps it meaning, history and prestige available to use for its original representative purpose if that become a viable option at some time in the future.

Dear Rugby Australia, make the NRC the main game

I’m country NSW and tend to agree a West Sydney team would be more effective all round than a NSW Country team.

I think a key difference in growing up in the country is you don’t expect a team at the end of your street. I’ve always followed a Melbourne VFL / AFL team and a Sydney then Canberra NRL team. I played for and now go watch my local amatuer club, but I understand it is just an amatuer club. Good kids move up and away.

Dear Rugby Australia, make the NRC the main game

This summary doesn’t read like that Jacko. It reads like NZRU stuck on a couple of issues, and over the course of years they could not be resolved. O’Neil is a *rick, for sure, but NZ didn’t cover themselves in glory and that’s what their own report said.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=2147161

I would rather take a few years to get our house in order however that is to be done. Signing up to a solution with others now just feels like it will have to be continuation of a compromise and a system that will never lead us somewhere better. We are already broke, with a bad system, that doesn’t pay for itself. Maybe accept we don’t have the money to have the perfect system but work towards one that over the course of 20 years allows us to break out of this perennial rutt.

The Wrap: Rugby Australia must resist being drawn into New Zealand’s spider web

I wouldn’t pick the first year players if we can avoid it. The kids are good but a couple of seasons at least to work on their games and harden their bodies at Soup is the better longer term plan. For me, use Toomua, O’Connor and Lance rather than Noah and Harrison this year. Debut Wright, Valentini, maybe Swinton, over Harris. Banks, Maddox and Wright all look ready for more opportunities as well.

Does Dave Rennie opt for youth or experience in 2020?

The Man of Golden Feathers.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Yes. I know what he provides and like I said, I wouldn’t want him out of the picture, but lock is our biggest and longest term problem. There are several others who have received contracts for years for whom the time has come to either step up or their contract be given to someone else. It is so frustrating that, not only are there better NSW locks at other sides (both current and potentially), but the Brumbies can bring back a bloke like Neville who makes an excellent impact immediately. Meanwhile, we keep faffing around changing the blokes next to Simmons who don’t cut it. Perhaps they are too comfortable.

What will your team aim to achieve in Super Rugby AU?

I’d like them to rest Simmons for a lot of this comp. I don’t want to put him out to pasture, but having the season off won’t hurt him in the long run and we need to see if Staniforth, McCauley, Holloway are worth persisting with. We can’t go on with so little at lock.

What will your team aim to achieve in Super Rugby AU?

I’m pretty sure (say 50/50) that HJH was a tighthead all the way up to switching sides at the Waratahs. At least, I watched him play there for the Gen Blue team prior to his senior contract days.

What will your team aim to achieve in Super Rugby AU?