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Carrick Ryan

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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

Agree and glad to see some positive chat. Also don’t discard the impact of having almost no crowd in the stadiums (due to Covid). NZ are lucky enough to have packed stadiums thanks to their enviable situation. That adds to the apparent intensity of the games that is hard to match in an empty ANZ stadium.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Look colours aren’t my forte, dark blue?

Yes you are correct (though I didn’t know about him signing with Sydney). Deegan and the Force are playing great rugby too.

Five reasons to get excited about the NRC

Yes good points. I guess the hope is that as all the teams are directly managed by the Super Rugby franchises, they will manage it closely.

But yes, that is perhaps relying on an optimistic outlook.

Five reasons to get excited about the NRC

Yes but… when?

Five reasons to get excited about the NRC

Absolutely, it all depends which Wallabies team turns up on the day really. Perth Wallabies or Auckland Wallabies.

Why we should be excited about the Rugby World Cup... in 2023

I take your point and I definitely don’t think that everything should be moved north, but at the very least moving the NRC homebase from Concord to where the crowds are proven to come makes sense.

Also, don’t forget a huge chunk of the average Waratah’s crowd are Northerners forced to wait patiently in the Sydney Tunnel traffic jam every week. At least moving more than one game that way makes sense.

The winnable battle for a rugby heartland

don’t forget it’s privately owned now… it may not be up to the club.

The winnable battle for a rugby heartland

Sure, but I remember many years where Wallabies tickets were almost impossible to get in Sydney. No we don’t even sell out the Bledisloe.

The winnable battle for a rugby heartland

yes but Manly fans don’t travel, so I think moving any “home” games will slowly kills the franchise.

The winnable battle for a rugby heartland

Yep Manly Oval would be out but Pittwater Rugby Park or Brookvale Oval could be used.

The winnable battle for a rugby heartland