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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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“The worst case is we go back to being an amateur rugby nation! Would that be so bad? ”

Yeah, I reckon it would be, SMI. I reckon it’d be terrible in fact…

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

Don, I had that same thought but concluded that pro-Cheika types could further their cause not through an anti-White push, but simply by not acknowledging the White approach at all and maintaining the ‘no obvious replacement option’ perception that is very obviously out there – and that’s probably another reason supporting White as the leak: he needed to disprove that perception.

And your last points there sound worryingly likely..

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

“The author”, Akari? That’s a bit unusually impersonal, isn’t it?

And this isn’t about whether I want White as coach or not; that’s irrelevant, even.

And sure, no evidence (except the reports), but plenty of experience. It would be naïve to assume that the only Australian number Jake White called to flag his interest in coaching the Wallabies was Raelene Castle’s…

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

Boz, I just want to make clear that this wasn’t me having a shot at you or your article. I probably needed to be clearer on that in the column, on reflection.

I know that the premise of your article was about promoting the game and improving the Super Rugby fortunes. And that to do that, it’s a bit rich of Cheika to ask the SR sides to sit key players out. And I don’t disagree with the sentiment.

But the fact that Cheika and Whitaker need to go on this roadshow in the first place speaks of the self-interest in play. The Australian coach thinks he can’t just ask the Australian SR sides and their coaches to rest a few key players here and there, he needs to meet with them and convince them of the benefits for the Wallabies.

If there wasn’t the self-interest, the roadshow wouldn’t be needed. The plan would probably already be in place with everyone’s support.

Your last point there remains valid and speaks for the lack of planning and evident lack of an idea of what the best way forward is for those key players. And yes, Cheika is largely responsible for that..

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

Bobby, there’s no doubt White acted for himself in making contact, but he’s an ambitious international coach; he has to be, to an extent.

But RA could still easily have the conversation and hold all the power in discussions. They could easily set the terms of discussion, even to the point of telling White it will be all off if he leaks it.

To cancel up front is a tad short sighted, in my humble opinion..

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

TWAS has nailed the issue Boomer (and Haradasun, above).

NSW and Qld’s power comes in the form of veto. Even if the 9 other votes were in favour of ‘de-powering’ the states, NSW and Qld voting together could kill it off…

Australian rugby can turn this corner, but only if it wants to

Might I suggest you go back to my Tuesday column, Maxx…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

Haha, love it DJ, chop and change so much and so often that eventually everything that’s new is old again, or some such…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

I think we’ve proven it’s not a better idea, Nick…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

4:40 was as far as I got, Gotto. It was just too much. I don’t think we’ve seen him at top speed, either…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

If I and other commentators could answer that eternal question, Bucket, we’d all be well paid coaching consultants!

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

Won’t I need to putter off the tee though, Bison?

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

“Your attacking and defensive structures should remain the same ie: defend where you attack from. This isn’t American football where you can reset between phases.”

Great comment Max. Love getting comments that could have saved me writing a thousand words!

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

“You end up with something so convoluted that nobody understands what the original design intent was anymore.”

Really good analogy, Paul…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

It just makes no sense, Jez, but that’s probably the only element of consistency surrounding the Wallabies at the moment.

Even if the early conclusion is a polite ‘thanks, but no thanks’, surely it hurts no-one to have the conversation…

NV,

White did contact RA, but RA had agreed to phone hook-up – which they’ve now cancelled because Georgina Robinson at the SMH found out about it…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

For the removal of all doubt, Skid, that was a terribly selected backline on the weekend.

But my point was more that if there wasn’t so many moving parts, it could still work.

Instead, we had a backline poorly selected, and hampered by an overly complicated set up, completely outplayed…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

I can live with the idea of the flyhalf dropping out of the defensive line, Hoy, and Ewen McKenzie years ago saying that he wanted Quade Cooper at the back to drive the counter attack made a lot of sense.

But this open winger in defence just sounds unnecessary…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

Quite clearly..

NSW Rugby to receive new facility in $20m investment

Goodness, it’s literally there I the first par…

NSW Rugby to receive new facility in $20m investment

Which in itself is interesting, Lano, in light of planned phone calls with potential coaching applicants not going ahead due to media leaks!!

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

not always, RahRah, not always. Also, a bad day on the golf course is still better than a bad day in the office…

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

Skid, I think you could throw up any backline combination you like, and if it’s having to play the same complicated patterns that the Wallabies are inflicting on themselves, it’s going to lack effectiveness.

Genia-Toomua-Maddocks-Foley-Kerevi-HaylettPetty-Folau was the lineup on the weekend, and if everyone played the actual role of the position in which they’re named, it could still work.

But while ever the Wallabies over-complicate things, no-one can really shine..

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

Harsh, man. Harsh… 🙄

Why do the Wallabies make the game more difficult?

This is great Nick, so many questions immediately come to mind about the Wallabies setup..

Why the answers for Australian rugby are blowin’ in the wind

Valid as the point may be, Sheek, you’d know full well that the quick fix is the first step in reinvigorating the game. Much as it might be needed, desperately needed, Australian rugby can’t afford to wait a generation for the obvious generational changes that are needed to take effect.

It has to be both. We need to look long term and not miss tackles or throw rubbish passes next July…

England loss confirms Wallabies are no closer to RWC success