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You would struggle to find an ARU game regardless of your stance as the ARU rebranded as RA(Rugby Australia) over 12 months ago now. Which makes me wonder how much rugby you’ve actually been watching to not notice this quite obvious change?!

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Wow, bit of sass in this weeks Wrap! Pulling no punches Geoff! I particularly enjoyed campaign 9!

I feel the Brumbies still have another gear to hit, so hopefully this weekend is it, as the Jaguares will be extremely hard to beat at home. I liked the 6 – 2 bench split last week too, do you reckon we’ll see that again this weekend?

The Wrap: Folau initiative sparks plethora of new ‘Go Fund Me’ pages

Yep

Is Tom Banks Folau's replacement as Wallaby fullback?

Do we invade then? Send up and coming coaches over and set up Ozzie abroad teams in the Japanese domestic league with links back to Super or NRC clubs and RA and the WBs?

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

Yeah we are stuck together no matter how much NZers may not want to be.

Thanks again for the good read Geoff, not enough journos understand the commercial and political side of World Rugby like you do, so I’m always eager to here your thoughts on this front.

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

Thanks Geoff.

This is really disappointing and you can’t help but think it is only going down hill from here for rugby in Australia. SA will make the switch to the lucrative European market and we just cut Japan out of SR, 2 nations with enough broadcasting power possibly to keep us competitive.

I feel sorry for NZ more than I feel for my home nation, they’re stuck with us and ironically it could be the lack of success of the WBs and rugby in Australia which may lead to the downfall of professional rugby in NZ and the ABs!

This is the end: Rugby’s Nations Championship abandoned

“Hahahahaha. I’m pretty sure the gay community doesn’t make up RA’s main customers.”

No but the majority of people(RA’s main customers) obviously support the gay community’s right not to be vilified or told they are going to hell.

As a rugby fan I can be heterosexual and annoyed that the brand ambassador of the sport I follow has said something abhorrent to the gay community and want RA to act on that.

Folau hoping to crowd-fund legal case against Rugby Australia

“His job will be to help players achieve their top levels of play and stay at that level more consistently,” Cheika said.

Consistency was not the Rebels strong suit in attack this year! Seemed to fade horribly and lacked a plan B when the front foot flat line back play wasn’t working.

Five months later, Michael Cheika and the Wallabies finally have an attack coach

I have said this before but Hodge’s greatest asset is his massive boot which is wasted at OC. Meakes and English were a great combo outside QC and although DHP has some skills, he lacks the wheels for fullback, especially at international level.

It would be great to see Banks get some time in the gold 15, his attacking play on the weekend injecting himself around the ruck off CLL was great to watch, he makes me think of a Union version of Tedesco.

I think you’re right though, DHP and Beale will get the nod.

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

Don’t want to see heads roll, Wessels, I hope, is around down there for a few more years at least as he will get better from this.

Cheers mate

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

All the best CLL!

It’s a shame to see players go overseas but in his case he has done his time in Aus Rugby and deserves to have a few years now to explore the big world of overseas rugby.

Christian Lealiifano to depart Australian Rugby

Ruru is a good back up too! I was surprised at how little time he got. Quade as well. No planning for the future here by Wessels which is sad. And whatever happened to Maddocks being a potential 15 or 10? Is he now just another winger?

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

Thanks Geoff.

If the NRC is allowed to fail or just run as it is with little to no pay or incentive as to being selected for SR teams, then we can forget about a Bledisloe or Web Ellis for awhile…

As to the Aus SR coaches, I think that Wessels made a few mistakes this year as far as tactics and selections that I hope he’ll learn from. The first one I noticed was when Coleman came back from injury, he rejoined the starting 15, didn’t work his was back via the bench, in spite of the Rebels good form and the second row playing quite well without him. It was similar later in the season with DHP, back in the 15 jersey and Hodge shifted to the centres and a seemingly good centre combination in Meakes and English separated. I’m not sure what support/assistant coaching staff Wessels has around him? As far as quality of his assistant coaches but comparing that with Thorn and McKellar who have quite strong assistant coaching staff around them, I think the Rebels should look at that and give a young coach some experienced support.

The Wrap: Only one Australian finalist a poor Super Rugby return

It imo, helps overseas clubs poach our players earlier inflating their(the players) value as Kerevi will be exclusively playing in Japan, but, had they waited another 2 years he would be getting called back for WBs duties which is less desirable for the Japanese club

Samu Kerevi confirms he's on his way out of Australian rugby

Good luck to him! What a great last SR season he has had too, shame the Reds weren’t so great.

Surely we can see now that the 60 cap rule isn’t really working.

Samu Kerevi confirms he's on his way out of Australian rugby

I hope you’re right about Wessels. Thanks again Nick. Talk to ya next week

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

I’m still hopeful for Wessels as he is young but maybe he needs a bit of guidance from someone. As I thought this was going to be the Rebels year! Doesn’t look like they’ll make the finals at this stage

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

Great article Nick, here’s hoping Cheika and the other selectors are reading this too!!

Like a few other folks in the comments section, you have to give a lot of credit for this to the Brumbies coaching staff who for some reason seem to fly under the radar, how Laurie Fisher has never been snapped up for WBs forwards coach is beyond me!

I am starting to question Wessels at this stage though, he has appeared to lack a plan b in attack and imo been a bit poor in his selections on occasion. Especially when DHP came back he shuffled his midfield who I thought were in form.

Take note, Michael Cheika: Canberra must be the Wallabies' power base in 2019

I think anyone saying this will result in a settlement is misguided. Looking at his statement, Folau is not looking for cash, he already got offered a payout before the tribunal. I think this is about his “rights” and him feeling persecuted by RA etc.

This is going to be very painful, and you really have to wonder what it is all for.

BREAKING: Israel Folau takes legal action against Rugby Australia

“somehow I think he wants his day in court”. Exactly! He’s on a crusade not trying to cash in imo.

BREAKING: Israel Folau takes legal action against Rugby Australia

This is an excellent article! The topic is something I have been thinking about for quite a while. The flow on effects of having 2 different 10s in QC and BF are stark. Kerevi is a genuine hard running 12 who can distribute and imo has earned the right to pair with TK in the centres, but where does that leave our incumbent 10 Foley??

To play-make or distribute, that is the question: Part deux

I am all for the WBs and Rugby Australia to bend it’s rules when it suits them to get the best players back from Europe, especially in a World Cup year. The thing that is obvious is that the value of Southern Hemisphere players come with their unavailability for internationals and therefore uninterrupted use of the player for the club. For a player of Nic White’s standard as a former WB that’s a great outcome for Exeter. So for RA to show that they don’t mind making exceptions here and their and being non specific about it may make the NH sides think twice before going on a recruitment drive through Australia. It may also devalue the contracts offered to Oz players which, although not so great for the players, is a good outcome for SANZAAR.

The Wrap: Suva rocks as the World Cup magnet pulls players home

They certainly lacked go forward last night. English is a serviceable 13 and I’d have him starting in spite of the plethora of WBs in the Rebels squad. Hodge is a good player, whether he is a centre or a fb is hard to know but I would like to see him get more time at fb as 13s don’t really need a kicking game and therefore one of his best attributes is automatically wasted!

Tahs trample over Rebels to win tight encounter

That’s all fair enough, I think it is where the majority of the angst over these decisions comes from though. The cynical vs accidental penalty have the same punishment and so it can never appease the fans sense of justice

Should the Rebels have been awarded a penalty try?

I agree, my question about whether a player who commits a penalty resulting in a penalty try must be sent to the bin was a genuine one as I don’t know if that’s what the law says or not. If anything needs a bit of lee way for refs, it is severity for a penalty for cases where it could be argued that Rona did not intend to shoulder charge MK and was caught out and collided with him (as some other posters are suggesting)

Should the Rebels have been awarded a penalty try?