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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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Thanks Geoff. It’s certainly been a stimulating year. Had a thought that one of the reasons we had trouble during the SR games in NZ was simply that we had a concentrated exposure to NZ refs and their interpretations, where in other years our interactions are spread throughout an SR season, with some SA interpretations thrown in. This is not to blame differences in Law interpretation, as I believe that all refs do try to get as close to each other as possible, given the instructions they receive from their national Unions.
I’m more along a country theme at the moment, the end of the season, like the end of the working week and I’m appreciating a song by Jameson Rodgers and Luke Combs, “There’s a cold beer calling my name”. I’ve entered pre-pre-season until mid-January, then looking forward to being back into it.
As I said to Brett, you keep the old mind ticking over, though not sure the better half appreciates it.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours and all Roarers.

The Wrap: Life in the times of Quade and Covid - rugby’s sublime and ridiculous moments of 2021

G’day Brett. It’s great to live in this wonderful country. We have two seasons, rugby season and the “season to be jolly”. And they just about overlap!
My wife does some voluntary work on air for the ABC in Brisbane. Sometimes their decision making boggles the mind. Then they turn around and fix it. I hope they appreciate the value you bring to their brand.
It is said that in retirement you have to keep your mind active. You and all the Roarers certainly do it for me.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

What Australian rugby needs in 2022 with a Super return and progress in the Rennie revolution

G’day mz. Story goes that Lynagh gathered the team behind the line and told them what was going to happen from the kick-off. I guess some leaders are worth following.

'We all end up as props': A rugby memoir

Thanks H. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

'We all end up as props': A rugby memoir

Thanks Harry and all others. It’s a great game we all love.
Firstly, let me say that anything that I have achieved in the game is due to an encouraging Dad and an understanding and often forgiving wife of forty years.
As the name suggests, a career at 15 from 9 to 35 years of age (with 5 years off thanks to a leg broken in four places) was my lot. Why did I chose 15 (or 1 as it was way back in the old Australian day). Inspired by the great Australian RL fullback, Clive Churchill. Always loved the challenge of 1-on-1, making that last tackle.
Did have a couple of games over the years in the forwards. As a 19 year old had one day playing 4th grade as a flanker. Broke through the line out, past a “granddad” to nail the half. Thought that this was going to be an easy day. Next line out found me on the ground looking up at granddad with him telling me that it usually took him only one line out to figure out his opposition. “I wouldn’t try going through there again today,” he said…and I didn’t.
The only other time was a venture into the second row when my brother, the flanker, had to play prop. Tried the crutch bind, unsuccessfully. My brother still went on to have two lovely daughters.
I was light, couldn’t run out of sight on a dark night, but loved the challenge, even when chosen to play on the wing and mark the Wallaby winger… “You’ll be right Busted. We know you can tackle.”
Started refereeing at 17 and kept going to about 38, taught rugby as a subject at school and have spent from 35 to now coaching schoolboys, for the last four years with my 71 year old mate. We could be the oldest coaching team “running” around. I hate to steal another’s thunder but yes, I too, am a rugby tragic.
But it could be worse.

'We all end up as props': A rugby memoir

G’day jez. Had a very smart coach who once said that if there was trouble/injuries in the backline, you need your best back at 15. Glad you were able to make the swap. 😂 😂 😂

'We all end up as props': A rugby memoir

Though not mentioned in the article, I seem to remember that, from an Aussie point of view, he was a pretty handy defender as well. His was just one of many “strange” sackings of All Black captains, and loose forwards, that puzzled me as a young outside observer, back in the amateur days. Certainly one of the greatest loosies to tour Australia.
Thanks AJ for the article and the memories. Merry Christmas.

Beer with an All Black: Ian Kirkpatrick

Thanks CB. I’d forgotten about FB. And yet, as soon as I read it I was reminded of yet another quality player in the Black jersey. The vagaries of an old Aussie mind.

Carlos Spencer: The rugby conjuror

Thanks again PD. After players like Fox and Bachop, Mehrtens and Spencer certainly came as something very different from the All Blacks. They’re appearance in Super Rugby promised so much but, like you, I think Hart and Mitchell were not the men to get the very best out of either.
But, the game was never dull, nor never over, while Carlos was on the field.

Carlos Spencer: The rugby conjuror

G’day Brett. I’m with Machooka. Schoolboy rugby in Brisbane GPS had an interrupted season, but proud of the way our 4ths (who had a loosing season this year) and all other schools and teams maintained their enthusiasm and intensity. Bodes well for the future of grassroots club rugby.

Top five moments in Australian rugby in 2021

G’day Geoff.
In 1993, an inner city State High School in Brisbane began a Rugby academy, as they call them these days. The coordinator had been one of my old club coaches. This was quite a step forward because, as legend has it, Q’ld Education Dept had signed an agreement with the QRL to play RL and have no involvement with Rugby. And Q’ld Ed took this very seriously. I don’t know when the change in attitude began, but it did.
The Principal at the time was a rugby man and was happy to include rugby with academies for Ballet, Tennis and golf. These were self funded.
I “head-hunted” my way into the school when I heard that the coordinator’s position was vacant from 1995. I had six wonderful years there. Sadly, I started to suffer from sleep apnea towards the end which affected my recruitment and the new Principal, a soccer man, saw the opportunity the ax the rugby and introduce soccer.
In my time there I attracted students from all corners of Greater Brisbane. My philosophy was to be non-aligned with any club, but to help develop players for all clubs. We played Nudgee, Grammar, Ashgrove, Churchie and other schools over the various years. In fact, it may interest James584 to know that, for four of those years, we were Nudgee’s first trial game and we didn’t go too badly either. We did, however, suffer from approaches from private schools to individual players and their families with the offer of scholarships. This continues to this day with the private schools poaching from each other.
The QRU were involved with coaching expertise and other help, which allowed us to go to an annual international carnival that was run on the Gold Coast during the June-July holiday (our annual tour).
There are now a number of state schools running rugby programs, I’m retired and lost touch so can’t be accurate about numbers, but the over-riding point is that for there to be any success in the state school system, at least in Q’ld, you need a supportive Principal or nothing happens in the school, no matter how keen staff members may be. And then the staff needs to not be transferred.
Back in those days, it seemed that school boy selectors weren’t terribly interested in state school boys. Yes, we had one who made it to the Reds, but there was also one who tried for years to break into the rep scene. Eventually he used his mother’s heritage and spent a very successful career playing in and for Italy.
But it is still very hard getting recognition of players from AIC, TAS or Independent or State Schools in Queensland. It almost feels as though GPS has a monopoly on all the “good” players.
From someone who was trying to get this kind of development going all those years ago, more power to you.

Growing rugby in Australia through the state school system: No, this isn’t a joke

Question Ken, do we have hearts big and strong enough to take whatever it is the girls have (and the boys developing)?

Aussies again! Womens sevens side claim back-to-back trophies in Dubai

Too late for you. She sold the business about 5 years ago. 😢 😡

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Which one? I’ve met Gregorieva at her ice-cream shop in Brisbane. A lovely lady and proud Australian.

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Maybe, but it was legal at the time. Doesn’t matter what the game or situation, you’ve got to know the Laws/rules.

'Forever grateful': Quade Cooper faces final test of the year as citizenship bid comes to a head

Thanks piru. If we took the same approach I’m sure we’d have much less controversy courtesy of the TMO.
In case we don’t talk again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

I would feel vindicated. Gutted if he never gets a chance. I still hope he’s the next Q’ld 10.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Much more complex, requiring how many officials?
Don’t know that I could have played it, but it sure is a spectacle. Go 49’ers. #16

Is it too late to reverse rugby's long decline?

May be fine in a social situation, but not during professional (or amateur) occasions.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Thanks JC. Raised a lot of points and given some of us, me included, plenty of opportunity to say some things we haven’t had a chance to say in other articles.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Agree generally Tooley. I do think that JOC’s maturity and the right game plan still puts him ahead of the youngsters, who need to stand up if they want to be the future.
Hodge has been wasted, should have been 15 for years now.
Couldn’t agree more about Stewart and McIntyre. Still think there may be an opportunity for them.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Hodge to cement a spot that should have been his for a while now. He’s suffered because of his great versatility, as has the team. Then Jock Campbell who brings everything they have looked for in Banks, only better.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Youth policy, or picking the (perceived) best available?

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

I wonder how good NW would be if he just concentrated on the game. How many decisions, both offensive and defensive has he missed waving his arms and looking to the sideline? Just because one or two AB halves can get away with it doesn’t mean he will. We’ve heard it, we’ve coached it… a player talks to the captain, the captain talks, not argues or challenges, the ref… respectfully. And here’s a lesson for free, every interaction should start with the three words, “Excuse me, sir…”.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

So, which exam? All are important but do we accept that there is now only one that really matters? A series of tests with the major exam at the end of a four year cycle?
Don’t get me wrong. I think every test played deserves the best available player in each position, which limits player depth/exposure/experience. Others believe in building for three years and solidifying in the forth. Might be easier if we knew what was happening in the minds of the brains trust. It could make some loses more bareable.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

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