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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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Attacker or defender, it shouldn’t matter. The Law doesn’t differentiate. If I’m bound to a scrum/ruck/maul then I have contact with my shoulder AND a grip with my hand. Now unless I have go-go-gadget arms, if I move further up the scrum/ruck/maul my shoulder disconnects from the player I’m bound to and my grip has to change. I am no longer bound and, by Law, should drop to a position behind the last feet before I can rejoin.
The #8 in a scrum can change as the back of the scrum changes when he releases. If he rejoins, it has to be behind the last feet in the scrum.

The Wrap: Lineout issues tower over Super Rugby

The attacking players shouldn’t be moving forward through the ball. The ball should be being moved back. There should be no relative movement by the attacking players unless they are forced out the side of the maul by a good defence. Once formed the maul should maintain
its structure just as a set scrum does.
Doesn’t the defender, if attacking the ball in a maul, have to arrive THROUGH the maul, not skirt around the outside/edges?

The Wrap: Lineout issues tower over Super Rugby

not allow them to change bind or swim forward to provide a screen.
G’day Geoff. I thought this had all been taken care of when the direction was that a player could not move back through the maul but that the ball had to be transferred from player to player to the back of the maul. JOC didn’t swim forward, Mafi dropped back? Different wording, same result.

The Wrap: Lineout issues tower over Super Rugby

We’ve had disagreements in the past Jacko, so just to let you know… I’ve had season tickets with the Reds since they first started selling them back in the amateur Ballymore days. I’ve played at a pretty good level, reffed at National U’16 Level and coached and managed schoolboys at State Championships. I think I have experienced more than enough rugby to make my statement. Your opinion is yours and you are entitled to it no matter how wrong I think it is. I’m sure you will continue to voice your opinion too, as is your right.
But for me, the implication made by your statement was, is and always will be in my eyes less than dignified. And if there is another occasion where I think you need to be chastised, I will.

My plan to resuscitate rugby

G’day TB.
Yes I’m old and the music and fireworks and bloody flame-throwers do nothing for me. BUT, when are the teams going to talk to the stadia and allow the kids on after full-time?
Some-one mentioned autographs and selfies. What about being able to “score tries like Mafi” or “kick goals like JOC”? Suburban grounds get it all week with hundreds of players, under age and seniors training, and can be played on on Saturday. Surely the amount of wear caused by some kids after a game can be taken care of by the full-time professional staff that the various stadia around Australia employ. You can’t help but notice the way it works for AFL. Or the way it used to work at Ballymore.

My plan to resuscitate rugby

Funny you should say typecast private school sport TB. I’m concerned that should the Schoolboy game go televised the player base, at least in Brisbane, will really shrink to the GPS system. Although there is no admission from them, we know that those schools go out and recruit and I fear only for what benefits them.
I go back many years now when a lad at the State High School I was teaching at was offered a scholarship by one of the big privates. He had discipline issues that I hoped would be sorted by them. He played the season for them quite well. He may have even made the Qld Schoolboys team. But when the season was over he was suspended, disciplinary reasons and eventually expelled. This is not common, but I worry about the extent schools will go to to further their reputations?
Of course there is now no real schoolboy pathway, it’s U’18s…but it won’t stop the recruiting which will ultimately shrink the player base.

My plan to resuscitate rugby

He must have been upset when Toomua missed that final penalty…. Bit harsh Jacko, in fact totally unfair. I hope you wrote this when you were angered and common sense hadn’t yet taken over…though I see it was edited after posting.
I’m not going to defend Way to the hilt, but he is a young referee. No doubt he’s trying to make his way into the profession and will ref the game the way the Refs Associations, mentors and appointment boards tell him to.
I will agree that there seemed to me to be a number of decisions that were made that seemed too technical,eg penalising the attacking backline for being inside the 10m when their forwards are moving forward. How far were they inside the 10? Was their action really going to affect the outcome of that particular phase of play? How much warning did the ref give the backs, allowing them to get back on-side before penalizing them?
There are the two areas of Foul Play and Player Saftey that should never be compromised. There’s also the aspect of the “feel for the game” that I don’t think refs are encouraged to follow, especially at the higher levels where slow-motion replay exaggerates the on-field action .
Some might say that Nigel Owens reffed with a combination of all the factors I’ve mentioned and then some. Sure, but in his 100 Test game career and all other rep standard and club and all his experience, when did he start to show “the added qualities”? I don’t think it was in the equivalent of his third SR game.
Like players, refs have to start somewhere, and like players, if they are not up to standard, they too will get dropped.
Back to your last statement…less than dignified.

My plan to resuscitate rugby

Thanks savant. You made me think, which my wife says can be dangerous. I’ve dropped a comment to Nic below. Your thoughts?

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

G’day Nic. What a great addition to our rugby landscape.
Just finished reading one of savant’s comments and it brought to mind the fact that, as established earlier in the week, Jim McKay is no bunny.
We have become used to “one game plan” seasons. Will tonight show us that the way HS played last week was for the Tahs and tonight’s will see him in a different role, be it similar to last year, or different again?
He’s a canny fellow that JMcK and perhaps HS is more adaptable than we know.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Every thing old is new again. (Hope for me? 😛 )

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Thanks soapit. Is few in one tournament enough? I hope someone reminds him then, that it is another powerful weapon he has at his disposal.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Potential: noun
1. latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
There are three words here that say it all about JP for me; latent, may and future.
I see a player who was the “big kid” at school, told he had “potential” going forward and may believe he is the saviour of Aus backline rugby. He looks to me as though he believes he is going to break every tackle.
Maybe I’ve missed it, and am happy to be proved wrong, but I haven’t seen much in the way of “draw and pass”, which is different to off-load, as it allows the player to offer support to the new ball carrier. (A part of our game that I think has become underutilized.)
I also worry that in trying to use his physicality, as a young and still growing player against full grown men, the injuries so far, and possibly into the future, may curtail the potential that is there.
Put him on the wing or at fullback where the collisions that occur are not as heavy as at 13 and he has the opportunity to run. Let him develop into physical maturity and playing maturity, which may not take too long, then slip him back into 13. 11 or 14 for the Reds, leave JC where he is, very possible Wallaby custodian.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Not trying to make too many excuses for past efforts, but wasn’t the 2003 and Reds era the time when EJ was suffering with a brain tumor that no-one knew about? May have had influence on the situation.

Why Jim McKay is the best attack coach in Australian rugby

Open space… a rare commodity in modern rugby that needs to be earned and so far, he’s not earning it.

Why Jim McKay is the best attack coach in Australian rugby

It was Peter Norman who suggested Carlos wear Smith’s left-handed glove. Carlos had forgotten his own. On his left breast Peter Norman wore a small badge that read: “Olympic Project for Human Rights” — an organization set up a year previously opposed to racism in sport. San Jose State University honoured Smith and Carlos with a statue depicting the moment. Norman was asked if he wanted to be a part of it and declined suggesting his spot be left vacant so that others could stand in his place in solidarity with the two Americans instead.
You might like the following.
https://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/24/sport/olympics-norman-black-power/index.html
or
https://theconversation.com/fifty-years-later-peter-normans-heroic-olympic-stand-is-finally-being-recognised-at-home-102112
Too little too late?
His Mexico time was still a Commonwealth record until 2012 I think.
Thanks for taking the time to recognise a great Australian.

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

G’day Rhys. Have you gone to Youtube and listened to the players comments about Larry Bird? And Magic Johnson?

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

Not when our greatest sprinter, Peter Norman, second in the 100m at Mexico, gets ignored by selectors for the ’72 games, his qualifying time was good enough to have made the final, and receives zero recognition from the Organising Committee in 2000. At least the Americans recognise him for his athletic ability and moral courage.

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

Potential maybe, but they only time over 40 yards (about 36 metres).

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

NFL… a sport designed to have 10 blokes protect one bloke, who gets to show off.

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

Tiger, like all other golfers of the time, had the benefit of clubs, and balls, DESIGNED to hit further. I think it’s more likely to be Ping, Wilson, Titleist et al, that had a greater influence over the changes in golf than any single player.
Serena Williams has still to match Margaret Court for Grand Slam titles. Let’s not underestimate the contributions of the many women active in addressing pay inequalities. Pam Shriver’s leadership as a player representative, let alone her playing and broadcasting achievements, springs to mind.

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

G’day Tbg. Funny you should nominate born in the 70’s. I don’t think the general public in that age group would recognize the name Bill Russell. But for basketball, I don’t think you could go past Magic and Larry. Individually, their skills were superb, their ability to involve the the whole team and their rivalry changed the way that the game was viewed by their nation.
No Jack Nicholas, Ben Hogan, Garry Player? Great players AND course designers. Sorry, 70’s.
One more, John Eales…ran like a 3/4 with the ball and in cover defense and still managed to perform his standard lock role better than anyone of his time… and captained his nation… and won two World Cups.
GOAT discussions, very subjective… and more dangerous than a marriage proposal. 😱

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

Thanks NickoM. Can you ever be too late to a rugby party? 😛
Travelled in my late teens to watch younger brothers play, odd ages in Sydney and even ages in Brisbane with U’16 Nationals played in various locations changing each year. It was a great experience for all.
Seems that with some states now having various Queen’s Birthday weekends, Qld has restircted itself to playing Qld only State Championships moving around the South-east of the state. Lots of kids involved, which is a good thing, but lacking the fostering of interstate rivalry.
I went to champs organised by Manly, Parra and Eastwood Districts which were all very well organised. I wonder if that sort of arrangement could be done in this day and age? Memories…

Is it time to reconsider dumping the National Rugby Championship?

Thanks for the explaination. Can’t say I agree but we both want the same thing, a strong domestic game format and international success. Let’s hope we can get there in a way that keeps us all happy.

Is it time to reconsider dumping the National Rugby Championship?

Thanks for the time jez.

Is it time to reconsider dumping the National Rugby Championship?

G’day jez.
I know you support NRC…and we all support our own. As for Marto, well he’s a radio “personality” which says it all for me, and Moore… too many knocks around the head before HIA?
On a more important note, please help me. I noticed when looking at the Club Champions that Parramatta won SS back in 86-87. I also remember that they used to have very strong junior teams when National Under 10 to Under 16 comps were played over the Queens Birthday weekend, particularly mid-70s to mid-80s. I now hear that support for rugby in the west, Penrith I know and presume Parra as well, is at an all time (?) low. I also know Parra have become Western Two Blues. What’s going on/wrong?

Is it time to reconsider dumping the National Rugby Championship?