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Carrick Ryan

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With no disrespect to those who wore the jersey this year, I feel Rory Arnold has been a huge loss for the Wallabies. His presence in the rolling maul alone is massive.

The mystery of the missing Waratahs locks

I think the back row is very competitive, especially with a lot of people saying positive things about Will Harris. Front row is good, but not a great deal of depth there. We certainly don’t have the Brumbies luxury of having Wallabies on the bench.

But the second row… we don’t really have anything…

The mystery of the missing Waratahs locks

Yeah look a large part of that optimism is based on hope rather than lived experience, if they genuinely have got no young gun or high value transfer in the works then this will surely be one of the great failures in roster building. It’s not like a back line position that can be easily filled. There just aren’t that many 200cm rugby players around.

The mystery of the missing Waratahs locks

Really good write up mate, and I agree with your sentiments. I wrote a few months back how important it was for Rugby to end its abusive relationship with Rugby and whilst it’s early days it’s hard to see them carrying on like anything other than a jealous ex.

There is a sudden burst of optimism around the game that matches what a few of us have been saying for the past year, we are on the cusp of a new golden era in Australian Rugby…

It’s time for Australian Rugby to end its toxic relationship with News Corp

The Wrap: A great new broadcast deal for rugby? Depends on who’s telling the story

For some reason the Roar didn’t publish all the stats I provided, here is every teams record against NZ since 2010

Australia
30 games, 5 wins, 2 draws, 23 losses (13 in NZ, 8 at Eden Park)
Av 31-19

England
9 games, 2 wins, 7 losses (only 3 games in NZ)
Av 23-20

South Africa
22 games, 3 wins, one draw (only 2 games in Eden Park)
Av 29-17

Ireland
10 games, 2 wins (neither in NZ), 8 losses
Av 35-17

Wales
10 games, 0 wins, 10 losses
Av 36-15

France
12 games, 0 wins, 12 losses
Av 33 – 13

Source: Wikipedia

(also can the editor please fix up the grammatical mistakes in paragraph 3 and 7)

The statistics that prove Australian rugby is not dead!

pretty sure they’re only allowed 10% or something? I know GIO stadium is capped at 1500 people

Why Super Rugby AU is the competition we never knew we needed

I agree with your points 1 and 3. I really like Campbell, though I wonder whether he is just too small to play against the All Blacks , but he is definitely in the best form.

Blyth has grown on me this year, there is something about him that makes him seem like one of those abrasive Retallick style locks. Maybe he just needs a little more meat on the bones first.

As for the hooker spot, I think this is a our greatest weakness across the park. Uelese has been the heir incumbent for years, and now he has an injury free period and his throw is not reliable. I think we need to hand the 2 jersey to whoever can hit the mark consistently. Worry about developing a dynamic field player after that.

Waratahs surge onto Dave Rennie's Wallabies radar

I agree it’s difficult to speak for the entire Australian rugby public, but if this season is anything to go by, I think it’s clear that every team (minus the Force) is still in a good position to win this competition. That keeps us engaged.

If this was a regular Super Rugby season we’d probably be hoping, at best, that a 2nd Aussie team might scrape into the finals to play the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Imagine if we had crowds allowed!

Why Super Rugby AU is the competition we never knew we needed

The Brumbies have won… one game in NZ in three years? Yes that’s one more than the Waratahs but hardly proves a point. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the Brumbies play but they beat a QLD team after the siren and got towled up by the Rebels last week. I wouldn’t count your chickens just yet.

I guess it is deeply subjective, a beautiful game of Rugby is in the eye of the beholder, and I’ve thought Super Rugby AU has had some beautiful rugby this year. Whilst you have lost interest, I have found myself eagerly awaiting 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Why Super Rugby AU is the competition we never knew we needed

Why not have tests played in Western Australia? both teams will have to Hub beforehand, but you’d possibly get a sold out Optus Stadium again!

NZ lockdown threatens trans-Tasman clashes

I guess the point is, if someone like Twiggy really wants the Force to be in a comp, he could plausibly do it without diluting our current domestic playing stocks too much (if he was prepared to match European prices), which is kinda what he’s done in Super Rugby AU by bringing a few overseas players back home.

Debunking the lack of depth myth

again, not suggesting this team would save Australian Rugby, but sprinkle two or three across every super rugby team and they would definitely add strength

Debunking the lack of depth myth

Absolutely, and I’m not suggesting these men would save the Wallabies, I’m suggesting they would strengthen our Super Rugby teams. A lot of these players that never cemented a spot in our national team could have been great club men for our provincial franchises.

Debunking the lack of depth myth

100%. So if Twiggy wanted to make a strong 5th team… all he needs is money.

Debunking the lack of depth myth

I’m not suggesting Australian Rugby is as strong as NZ, the sport is a religion to them, I’m suggesting we’re stronger than only having two professional teams.

Debunking the lack of depth myth

English, French, and Japanese clubs don’t believe they’re sub-standard

Debunking the lack of depth myth

Yep there are a lot of Shute Shield players that don’t quite catch the eye of one of the four super rugby teams, but then go on to have impressive careers overseas

Debunking the lack of depth myth

More clubs more pathways, and more chance of a decent contract

Debunking the lack of depth myth

Absolutely, I would love to see our Stats against the South African teams (not exactly a weak rugby nation) over the same period.

Debunking the lack of depth myth

Respectfully thouh, before he went full biblical, Folau did bring people to the game. For all his faults he was a star and a very marketable face of the game

Joseph Suaalii is the gamble Rugby Australia has to take

I take your point, but I think there is a difference between the fact FTA Network competed for the rights, and the suggestion that Rugby Australia would have had to pay them to take it.

Shut Shield is an amateur club sport so naturally it doesn’t have the same market, but as recently as 2014 the games had bigger average attendances than most NRL clubs.

In any sense, I think at this point it might take someone like Twiggy to provide that financial fix to break Rugby Australia’s dependence on Fox. He has stated he wants a long term investment in Australian Rugby, well ensuring it can actually expand its fan base is a necessity.

It’s time for Australian Rugby to end its toxic relationship with News Corp

I think the constant attacks on Rugby by News Corp has been overt and intentional. This is a company that makes no apologies about the power it wields to influence democracies, it has absolutely no moral reservations about what it does to our sport.

The perpetual stories slamming Rugby Australia for walking away from the initial Foxtel offer and declaring the slow death of rugby has been so damaging. Trying to recruit sponsors and players in that environment is almost impossible.

It’s time for Australian Rugby to end its toxic relationship with News Corp

FTA is the obvious preference. Twiggy has discussed investing in Australian Rugby long term, if he believes in the product then this is where we need him. Supplement the sport as it goes FTA for a few years and the returns will come.

It’s time for Australian Rugby to end its toxic relationship with News Corp

I agree we should stay with an Australian domestic competition, but the attempt to create artificial Sydney suburban teams never works. Why not just have the NRC teams?

Being one of many that donned the Sydney jersey as a junior, it actually means something. Would love to see Michael Hooper rocking the Blue and Gold. Have the games shared between Brookie and Bankwest (and maybe Leichardt?)

Plus straight away you have that grudge match between City vs Country in both NSW and QLD and a push into towns like Newcastle and Townsville.

Turning Super Rugby AU to gold

No I’m saying the lack of a big crowd cheering may not adequately convey the intensity of the game. The action on the field has been great, but the reason why the NRL added their canned crowd noise was for exactly this reason (not suggesting Super Rugby AU add it at this point). It’s not a criticism as there is no way around it at the moment.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU