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I've tried my hand at everything rugby. My serious playing ceased 40 years ago. My social playing, Fifths with my brothers, finished 30 years ago. I've refed, managed and been a delegate to the QRFSU. I've taught rugby as a school subject to boys and girls and I am still coaching schoolboys with an old mate, Got to loves the 4th's. I agree with the old colonial powers, spread rugby and develop leaders for the future in the community. You don't have to be 1st XV or a rep player to be a leader.

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Jacko,
Not interested in a discussion. Your statement, “Firstly the 2 wins were fortuitous.” Dictionary definition of fortuitous, ” happening by chance rather than intention.”
A simile for fortuitous – lucky.
Stop coming on here just to be insulting. Get real or go somewhere else where you will be appreciated.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

If less teams equals more success, why did NZR persist with Auckland for those ten(?) down the drain years? And by the way, I didn’t hear anyone in SANZAAR calling for the Blues to be culled during that time either.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

We are the AB’s bogey side. They are more than happy not to see us during the WC for that very reason. But they are No1 in the rugby world and we should not be embarrassed by our performances against them.
Rather we should be focusing on our results with the rest of the rugby world, working toward the day when we do achieve parity with the darkness.
They like to play head games with us, and we fall into their trap. Wake up Australia and control what we can control.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

Hey Rhys,
I may be pulling a long bow here, but here goes. I think a lot of what is happening now goes back to 1989 and 2002-3.
Leading into 1989, both Au and NZ rugby worked successfully to re-invent rugby worldwide by insisting and proving that a Rugby World Cup was not only feasible but what the game needed to grow at the time. And look at what it has become.
Move forward to the 2003 cycle. Australia nominates to hold the RWC again and invites NZ to be an active participant, but with the final to be played in Aus this time. NZ dithers, can’t make a decision and Aus is left to make the application on its own. And what a success that was, without NZ participation in the running of the show.
Do they have long memories and continue to harbour ill-feeling because of that result? I wonder.
There is an opportunity at the moment for both Unions to work together, perhaps to change the face of rugby once again. But it will have to be done with mutual respect. I fear this will be a major stumbling block.

Super Rugby AU Round 7 teams: Thorn rings the changes for crucial Rebels clash

A bit over the history of NPC/Mitre 10 and Currie Cup comps arguement. My guess is that their first 5-10 years didn’t run perfectly, but their Unions stuck with those comps, worked out the bugs and proceeded to build quality competitions OVER TIME. Be patient.
I’m also over the question of how much the NRC costs(?). You’ve got to spend money to make money. You spend it on the NRC (basically semi-professional) and you make it with improved players picked up by our professional teams and the final payout through improved Wallaby performance. And you don’t have to have a better than 50-50 win ratio against the AB’s to show your supporters you’ve improved. There are also opportunities against SA, ARG and the NH.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

” but no one else would support it”. Do you mean in Sydney? Must have been lonely for you. Plenty of support elsewhere. I can only speak of experience in Brisbane and Qld regional centres where they took Qld Country. But I did see spectators at other venues through the TV.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

Sorry Olly. Are you a Brisbane boy? Being at club games and Reds games I can’t agree with your first sentence. And the numbers that have attended the last few Grand Finals at Ballymore haven’t even warranted the opening of the Eastern stand and left room for families on the Hill.
None of this is a good thing for rugby in Brisbane/Qld, but concentrating all the top players in fewer clubs would be disastrous.

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

Sorry jez, I’m with you now. Got to say though, I was on the outer bank, not the Hill, at Ballymore on a Wednesday afternoon in the mid-seventies when Qld played Sydney, and some, how shall I put this, very enthusiastic students from Kelvin Grove Teachers College began the “Reds, Reds, Reds!” chant. Too enthusiastic to try for, “Maroon, Maroon, Maroon!”. Many of us continued on for the Qld v NSW RL game at Lang Park that same night. The wins that day, 1-all.
“Reds”, majority? Only for the last 45 years.

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

I’m glad not everyone thinks like that Rabbitz. Otherwise there’d be no Wallabies and probably very little local rugby to be interested in, let alone proud of.
Stand up and be counted. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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

Why not? We’re already seeing the local club comp from S Aus on NITV.

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

Mike,
Do you know any potential owners who can afford the huge loses that English and French owners subsidise? The current and former owner of Bath, one of England’s more respected and supported clubs, both told the club it had to be self sufficient within a certain timeframe. Never happened.

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

Not a fan of SoO, BUT, if it goes ahead it can’t be City of Origin. That would just narrow the focus. Why would anyone in Toowoomba or Newcastle give a rat’s?
Qld Vs NSW… no nicknames.

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

I’ve never noticed a problem in Qld/Brisbane. There has always been support. And it looked like the other sides had support as well… except for the Syd/NSW sides. Is this problem just with one-eyed, tunnel visioned, one club and one competition only Shute Shielders?

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

But for us it seems rather silly for a guy who plays for QLD and against NSW to then play for NSW, against QLD.
The original State of Origin, one year Artie Beetson bashes up Qld, the next he leads them to victory. It would really need to be sold as Queensland V’s New South Wales, not Reds and Tahs.
With no NRC there’s going to be a LOT of talent missed that did not get picked up by scouts at school level, and who matured later in life, People who have grown out-side the “rugby bubble” and can more effectively cope with different pressure situations, unlike last week’s Reds (too harsh?)

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

Not just favourites… favourites in Sydney. 😱 😱 😱

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

With Aus having been awarded the Women’s Soccer World Cup, will WR consider trying to keep Aus rugby as a Tier 1 nation (a bird in the hand?) or are they happy to see us slip into the Tier 2 group, or further?

Phil Kearns will run Australia's 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

Thanks Brett.
I know we shouldn’t compare eras… but here goes.
Remember when our players were trade apprentices or tertiary students, and not that many representative players establishing themselves in the business world? Remember when it was a young man’s game? And remember when we expected, and they delivered, the maturity that was expected of our international players?
Are we now saying that today’s players of the same age, who are brought through the pathways and academies and all other opportunities that yesterday’s players didn’t have, aren’t yet mature enough to play at the top/international level? I hope not. I think that, given the chance, the young ones could and would step in.
What we have had is the longevity of the older player extended by professional opportunities, no longer having to stop after education etc has finished to establish themselves in “the real world”. I believe this longevity has sent a false message that, in general, the young need more time to mature.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

TWAS, I won’t say I agree totally with Glider, but I do think we limit our pathways when identifying players at school level and disregard the late bloomer. This , I hope, is the saving grace of the NRC. It should have SR players involved so that we see how the “older” club player stands up when surrounded by higher quality players than he gets to play with and against at club level.
Basically, I think we don’t spread our identification net wide enough to catch the schools 2nds and 3rds players who come on later, with something left to prove.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Them too! 😱

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

One major difference between now and yesteryear is the emphasis and concentration put on the Under 20 program. Quite a number of these players already have international experience through the former Schools (now U’19s) games as well. So, yes they have international experience, just not at the very top.
It always saddens me to look back at the way one of Australia’s greatest players was initially treated. Mark Loane, if memory serves me correctly, was thrown to the wolves as an 18y.o.(?), did not play well, and was not seen again for another 18 months. But we know how well that story ended.
Sure there are some born to play at the top almost immediately, Ella, Lynagh, JOC. And some discovered from down in the grades, Kearns, Zander.
But let’s remember that in general, the “kids” are the future, not the now, of our game.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Don’t worry about Brisbane based media. One tiny article in the Sunday Mail just past, somewhere between the horses and the pages of Aussie Rules. And it’s been years since the FTA stations bothered to give scores from club games.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

mused6, you left out 1963 when NSW refused to play us as our standard “was not high enough” for them to bother. That was the catalyst for the improvements into the 70’s and 80’s. Nice to see Q’ld on the rise again.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Thanks jeznez.
My problem is being “older” I remember a time when it was just illegal. And as a safety aspect I think it should still be. Even when the rolling maul has splintered the defence I believe the offensive maul should break up.
If “the last line”, fullback, is confronted by numerous players, bound together and charging down on the defender, the possibilities of injury to the defender are multiplied. Imagine the weight of 4 rampaging forwards colliding with and then “resting” on one defender. It is a) dangerous, and 2) unnecessary.
This is not a situation that mothers are going to be happy seeing their sons, or the possibility of their sons, being involved in.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

G’day Geoff. Thanks for the read. An enjoyable start to the week yet again.
One thing that I feel that keeps getting missed in the Brumbies forward conversation is Laurie Fisher. I know he tried his hand at Head Coach on a couple of occasions, and not with the greatest of success, but surely he has to be one of, if not, the top forwards coach in world rugby. Can you ever remember a team he’s been involved with that has not had the dominant pack?

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

It must be “G” names. Take out Gibson, replace with Graham and…

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller