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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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😆 I’ve done very well to not spray my keyboard with coffee, Ricco!!

Beauden Barrett staying in NZ Rugby, but makes surprising Super Rugby club switch

Bobby, it’s not wrong, the contracts pay players over 12 months. It’s true they’re not paid extra for the NRC – and that concession from RUPA allowed the NRC to go ahead in the first place.

But the players are still paid during the NRC. And you would have them sit out the NRC in favour of lesser quality players for the sake of it. That’s not an opinion of mine, that’s what you’re advocating.

And don’t forget, the contracted players in the NRC are often players 24-35 in the SR squads who didn’t see a lot of game time. They especially need the NRC to continue their development…

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You can’t run a semi-professional national competition without the available contracted players, Bobby, that’s just ridiculous.

There’s no disconnect, the opportunity for the club guys is there, and guess what, they probably aren’t as good as the contracted professionals! Shock horror!

But the ones that do make a mark can absolutely take the next step – you mentioned Jock Campbell before, and the list of uncontracted guys to have shone at NRC level and picked up a contract (never mind actually play SR) is lengthy.

What you’re effectively saying is you’d rather the states pay guys to not play in the NRC, which is the definition of nonsense.

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Great post Carlin, thanks mate.

And I agree – the Gatland factor adds a very intriguing element to the Chiefs next year..

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Stay tuned indeed… 🙂

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As I said Bobby, that still leaves 20+ players in the rest of the squad to come from club rugby.

You want the best players playing in the NRC, but it’s still giving plenty of opportunity for guys at the next level up..

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You may well be right, Jez, and I’m quite looking forward to getting my first look at Frost in the flesh this weekend.

Cusack and McCaffrey both re-signed for a couple of seasons each this season, and I was only today having a conversation about the Will Miller situation – though it’s been long rumoured, it hasn’t been finalised yet to my understanding. Jed Holloway was thrown up last week as a ‘Brumbies are showing interest’ option as well, interestingly..

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Ha, very kind Ken, thank you. But I’m pretty sure I’m way too smart to entering front row territory.. 😉

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Really. You’ve got to remember, that of ~140 contracted SR players, you can take out around 35 for Wallabies duty, probably another 20 for end-of-season surgery and injury, and probably another 20 or so who head OS for whatever reason.

That leaves 65 contracted players for 6 Australian NRC sides. (Because Force players are separately contracted, as are Fiji Drua players).

Now, they’re obviously not spread evenly; but for the sake of example, ~25 of those 65 would be Brumbies and Rebels playing for Canberra and Melbourne.

And even if we factor in a higher Wallabies representation for Waratahs, we could still be talking 15 NSW-contracted players and 25 in Qld to make up the remaining 40.

Of those 25 in Qld, they’re roughly split 50-50 between Brisbane City and Qld Country, leaving 12 and 13 going into NRC squads of 35. That’s at least 20 club players required for each Qld NRC squad, therefore.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think there have been anywhere near 40 NSW and Qld contracted players playing NRC in recent seasons, so this number of club players required would be quite likely higher than that, too…

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Yeah it would include Finals. And perhaps it was Angus Scott-Young was the fifth? Can’t remember, doesn’t really matter now. But it was interesting that after so much talk about defensive workrate of Australian forwards in recent years, here was some really good news..

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“A few cheap running metres out wide” suggests this mind is well and truly made up Jez!

Still find it interesting Australian players occupied the top five tacklers as at the end of Round 18 – Hooper, Wright, Carter, Fitzpatrick and another one who’s name currently escapes me (and that order behind Hooper might be quite correct either)

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Bobby, that’s literally what’s been happening for five seasons now…

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There is always room for more promotion, Ferret, for sure.

But again, the vast majority of those Law variations that started off in the NRC have now been in Super Rugby and other competitions globally for some time.

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Muzzo, my Foxtel guide tells me it’s on ch.507 1250-1500 Saturday – so that’s set for recording already!

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Plain and simple…

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Blues by plenty of what, Ricco?!?

“More please; Internationals are upon us and Japan round the corner. Your invective just adds to the spectacle.”

Great comment, I’m fully on board with this..

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A harsher man than I would suggest you’re prone to choking in the big games, Nobes!! 😆

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Good on you Ken, thanks for joining us each week.

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Haydn, reckon we can add the Highlanders to a growing list of teams undergoing fascinating rebuilds in 2020 – and in all three conferences, too!

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Oh, make no mistake Chookman, I’m paid to be here! 😆

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Thanks for you assistance in the latter for chunks of the season, too mate.. 😉

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My continued shunning of the Blues is a highlight, RT, don’t take that away from me!!

“This weekly segment on Roar Rugby has been outstanding. A great way to embarrass oneself anonymously in that so many who thought it had been easy to pick 6 or 7 winners each week also fell over! But so we can laugh at each other as well as the panel, please bring back the crowd individual tipping comp!

Eds, RT has spoken!

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And that’s all fair, Ferret. But it’s interesting that you thought Law variations were still in place – because your’s is certainly not the first comment along these lines in recent months..

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Both of those points can’t be true, though Bobby.

If the contracted players aren’t playing for whatever reason, then the players for the NRC teams have to come from… ?

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That ongoing inclusion will obviously be reviewed, given recent results!!

But it’s been my pleasure mate, thanks for the quality input every week..

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