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Yeah agree about the catch pass decision. Still remember the look on Kieren Read’s face as he tried to make sense of the call with the ref!

Hansen still waiting on apology for Lions refereeing call

This made my otherwise ‘pretty down’ day!

Force to make comeback as Rugby AU announce domestic comp for remainder of Super Rugby season

I’m glad to see the JOC experiment continue at 10. Deans saw it many years ago(although trying it in the middle of a BIL series was maybe bit nuts), shame no one in Europe thought to give it a go. If the Reds play like they did last week they should win this one.

Super Rugby Round 4 teams: Rebels smashed by two huge outs

I’d rather the ad breaks and the teams have decent sponsors and therefore the players get paid properly.

If we want our rugby to remain amateur, then no ad breaks and no money. If want to be professional and challenge for a Bledisloe some time this decade, take the ad breaks.

A national cup competition is an idea worth exploring

Nice article Brett!

I say let the broadcaster decide, they’re the ones doing the marketing to figure out what will be financially viable, successful and what we the consumer will want to watch. They’ll act without parochial bias or fond playing memories but in the interest of bringing in revenue. A financially successful domestic comp is desperately what we need – get that right and the players will turn up, good coaches will get paid to be there and we will get to watch some good quality rugby with benifits going all the way up to Super and the WBs

A national cup competition is an idea worth exploring

I get the feeling that was it for Deans. Happy to comply, not fussed as he was still Head coach. Cheika obviously had little regard for his assistants too as we saw with Larkham and his comments. This must be a change brought in with Castle, but it’s not as if all the other leading nations aren’t putting together coaching teams as opposed to individuals.

Wise choice: Scott Wisemantel new attack coach as Wallabies confirm multiple appointments

Well put JED. I currently stream my Rugby through Foxtel online app. I’d rather not have to deal with Foxtel at all and just get an online subscription to Optus or another streaming service and be done with them.

Foxtel versus rugby: The next battle

“Randwick promise” 😂

It’s a big Super Rugby season ahead for…

Put Hodge at 15 please. He did well there for the Rebs last year

It’s a big Super Rugby season ahead for…

Yeah I agree, all of my other points hinge on it. I should think RA will point to the turnout of Aussies at the RWC as evidence of a healthy fan base when negotiating with potential broadcasters

Why everyone got it wrong about Rugby Australia and Israel Folau

Brilliant. Thanks Geoff, sanity prevails in your wrap of events. I’ll admit I was for the briefest of moments guilty of no. 5 in your list but quickly realised the dread I had about the start of the season being a Folau melodrama had now gone. Well done RA! They are starting to tick a few positive boxes for mine – the Wallabies coaching set up is taking shape rather nicely and they have retained most of our U20s and youngsters to build long term success with. Now if they can just sort out: the NRC, Japan’s involvement in SR and lobby for them to be in the RC, find the right path for the Gituea Law, get a good broadcast deal which might make SR more visible to the casual viewer, get some of our talent back from Japan and Europe… ohhh wow. Castle has one hell of a job still to do. Good luck to her.

Why everyone got it wrong about Rugby Australia and Israel Folau

Nice Rhys!

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

I can’t disagree more with this article, and I’m really disappointed to be reading this on the Roar.

This rings of the dog whistling which is taking place at other Oz Rugby media outlets where the knives are definitely out for Castle. And who might we replace her with?? Phil Kearns?! 😂 She hasn’t even been the job all that long and has already made several positive changes including the set up of a selection panel and a director of rugby.

The mediation settlement is a good thing, despite people want for blood and justice and Folau to get nothing. All parties walked away and can move on with their lives. In fact it was very big of RA to settle and decide it had better things to do than fight a case on religious freedoms etc and get in with administering rugby. I’m sure on a personal front Castle most likely would have wanted to post Folau for the comments he made about her, but instead she just did what made the most sense economically and for the game in general

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

I agree with you Rhys that Wessels major game plan appeared to be that Cooper and Genia would make it all happen.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

Can’t disagree with this more Rhys. Cooper and Genia were the only reason the Rebels fired a shot last year and when their form dropped the Rebels fell away poorly and that was Wessels fault for not resting his halves pairing and instead running them into the ground along with other bizarre selections he made along the way. I want to believe that Wessels is the real deal but he showed little last year that he is a good coach. He still has a quality squad this year in spite of losing some WBs overseas but I wonder if he can manage his squad properly and get the best 15 on the park.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

Yep. I think Japan is where it is at for developing partnerships for players and coaches with a view of also getting Japan in to the RC and back in SR. This would build a bit of a time zone base for all of our players and between us the Kiwis and Japan we might be able to retain our best players within the Pacific at least.

Why the Giteau Law has to be fit for purpose in 2020

Great read Nick.

I agree that a tweak to the Gituea Law so that it suits the Wallabies is required. BUT, a reduction in caps is dangerous as Geoff has written many times.

What I think is interesting about the Gituea Law is that it may be making Aus players value rise in Japan and Europe due to the exclusivity gained by not meeting the threshold of 60 caps. Clubs get Kerevi and Arnold, world class players, knowing full well that they will not be getting a Wallabies call up. What needs to be tweaked, IMO, is something that makes less certainty over players eligibility for the WBs which in turn will lead to a reduction in Aus player values overseas. What exactly that is I’m not sure.

I also think that we should be allowing WB eligibility across all SR teams and picking certain teams in Japan with an Oz coach or even Robbie Deans to make an exemption with. All complicated ideas I know.

Why the Giteau Law has to be fit for purpose in 2020

Heard Fischer on the Rugby Ruckus podcast a few weeks ago. He sounds like he’s ready for the call up!

Dave Rennie inks deal to become next Wallabies coach

Well done BB! Hope you Boks fans are celebrating!

CHAMPIONS: Springboks strike late to win third Rugby World Cup

And Radradra… and Koribete… and we could go on

Sam Burgess confirms injury-forced retirement

You obviously didn’t watch his short experiment in Union. He wasn’t great, did he even make the squad that didn’t make it out of the pools stages at 15 World Cup?
There are so many good examples of dual internationals that went better than Burgess, just stick to raving about his Clive Churchill medal

Sam Burgess confirms injury-forced retirement

DCE has a young family living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He’s not moving to Brisbane 😂

Daly Cherry-Evans responds to Brisbane Broncos rumours

Nice article as always Nic! I guess good tactics and strategies have their used by date eventually and to remain at the top you have to know when that is and keep evolving to keep ahead of the pack.

I get the feeling like both the ABs and England will try some things we have not seen before to try and break down each others defensive structures. I think it’s going to be an epic! Gotta back our brethren from across the ditch on this one! The ABs to win it in a thriller.

Can England dethrone the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final?

I think the same about Hooper. I definitely rate his current value and he is world class BUT a big part of that is down to his speed as a forward which he may lose with his next injury or over the next few years. I hope he doesn’t but chances are he will

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

I still rate Tom Wright’s skills to put him in the starting 15 somewhere but otherwise good match day squad

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?