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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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As I understand it, the same ARU proposal was put to the Qld clubs around them running two teams.

But I also believe the QRU model to keep them in-house came quite early, too – so it may not have been a choice at the time of the offer to the clubs, but the choice became obvious when it was presented..

(For what it’s worth, your take on the NSW evolution is pretty much the same as mine. The ARU suggestion was for four teams, but it was up to the clubs how they sliced them up..)

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

I wonder if it was also a case of offering ‘enough rope’ to the clubs, Jez.

And don’t forget, the same offer was made to the Qld clubs, but they quickly worked amongst themselves that it made no financial sense to pretend they could do it better than the Reds running both teams..

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

..also, the reserve 9 is Jacob Abel, younger brother of Robbie (ex-Force, Brumbies, Auckland, now Waratahs hooker).

Won a McDougal Medal in Canberra two seasons back, and has played NRC for Canberra and Sydney. Very handy player..

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Mitcho, Ralston is another Junior Wallabies grad from last year – played in Brothers premiership in Brisbane last year and was one of, if not *the* leading try-scorer in the comp. Really quick, good finisher.

Tim Sampson enticed him over to Perth for the NRC and he proceeded to tear it up as well, finished with a Rising Star nomination.

So yeah, he’s pretty decent!

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Yeah, Cowan was in Sydney, Frisby in Brisbane..

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Frisby and Cowan only just linked up with the Force this week in Sydney..

Super Rugby AU Round 2 teams: Hodge to the bench for Rebels, Hunt back in Tahs lineup

Definitely lacked in the bench forward impact last weekend, Hazel – but in fairness, aside from Jermaine Ainsley, the other five wouldn’t have 20 SR caps between them..

Super Rugby AU Round 2 teams: Hodge to the bench for Rebels, Hunt back in Tahs lineup

Yeah, I reckon it’s a case of needing some familiarity for the first game back too – Frisby and Cowan weren’t linking up with the Force until this week in Sydney, for eg..

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Love that last line, Piru.. 😁

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

I’ll be intrigued to know how much homework the Tahs have done on the Force, Jez.

Publicly, it’ll be “we’re pretty new ourselves, so we’ve just focussed on us and haven’t worried about them at all…”

Privately, where do you start? What can you gauge out of GRR game back in March? How insight can you really gain out of an NRC campaign nine months ago?

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

RT, let me assure you, I will be entirely unsurprised if the Blues get up. Their history of spite towards me is as long as it is infuriating… 😡

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Yeah, likewise Dan, I though the AU games might have thrown up more difference than it did, though the Force are a bit unknown admittedly.

Suspect if CRU-BLU was in Auckland, things would’ve looked a bit different..

Super Rugby Week 5: The Force is strong with this one

Likewise. Super excited to see Harris get a run, was a beast during the NRC last season..

Super Rugby Week 4: Here come the Aussies

A cracking segue and a song stuck in my head – what a way to start a Thursday!! 😂

Super Rugby Week 4: Here come the Aussies

No, don’t be silly, you’re not short of slow wingers!! 😂

Waratahs smashed by injury ahead of Super Rugby AU opener

How handy would Adam Ashley-Cooper be right now. He’s still in Sydney!

Waratahs smashed by injury ahead of Super Rugby AU opener

Robbo, interesting to note the penalty counts from NZ now:

R1 – 58
R2 – 49
R3 – 33

..so the adjustments have been made!

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

“you lot”?!? 😛

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

Cupboard’s getting a bit bare, isn’t it…

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

Much the same way they did in February and March, I’d imagine RT!! 😂

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

Riiiigghhtt…. 🙄

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

They’ve had a couple of young academy locks training with them Markus, but it’s fair to say Douglas, Swain, and Hyne are being delicately packed away in cotton wool between training sessions at the moment. The hope is Frost will be right by Rd.3 after the bye, and that Neville only misses the first month..

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

I’d have been stunned if you were expecting otherwise, Tooly…

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

I disagree with that RR, there’s a pretty solid overlap of players between last year’s NRC and this year.

And regardless of how you see the skill levels, the variations in play had an effect: kicks did become more accurate looking the 50-22 kick, there were more opportunities to attack with fewer in the front line because the back field defence had to play deeper to cover the kicks. And pick and drives near the line also become more accurate, so as to minimise chance of being held up..

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

That’s Jed Holloway-sized, from memory. Ben Hyne is around the same mark..

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1