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Well hot off the press there is some good news for the blind side wallabies. They are officially no. 6 in the world now even though they have only managed a draw. Well done team!

How Rennie's Wallabies were blindsided in Bledisloe 3

It’s a wise man who is lawyered up with exit clauses. We will see what happens after RWC 2023 Jacko.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

No no no. Marinos is an Aussie citizen via Wales and via Zimbabwe. Please this is a respectable site and you should get your facts right before posting.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

It may be a best of both world scenario where we will not be ambushed by the unknown factor (England pummeling the ABs into the dirt) but one could also say that there was no unknown factors for the Boks at the RWC since it was Bok props with inside knowledge against English props as club team mates, and the same story with those two openside flankers who schooled Barrett and Savea.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

OB, You are basing your assumptions on a media release when we all know that these statements mean less than nothing compared to signed agreement which can be torn unilaterally.

What has been spoken about is the July window disappearing to be replaced by the October to December window with another window February to March.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

What have you being watching all these years? Any layman with common knowledge will know simply by watching the match pre-show exactly where teams originate from.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

Some people call it a bailout while others say it’s a donation, but there are some who claim that it’s an equity purchases. Who knows..

As for the PE it’s obvious why NZR wants total ownership while only issuing participation licenses to 2 or 3 Aussie teams because they do not want dividends going over the ditch.

McLennan being a PE man himself knows the game being played and will want his share.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

Well now that away matches are called mini-tour matches this is exciting news.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

You fell for it. This ‘new’ 12 match home and away competition 😂

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

‘ The championship will be restructured to include a 12-match format with teams playing each other on a home and away basis.’

This of course is all theatrics from the Welshman, Marino’s. To calm the market down and make it seems that everyone is happy holding hands and singing along.

So basically they are saying this restructure is exactly the same format that it has been for years where we have a 12 match competition contested home and away. Genius announcement this maybe someone can explain the difference.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

If Scotland can end their 18 year losing streak in Wales then why not Aus?
I know it would be like winning the lotto for no. 7 to beat no. 2 over three matches but if Eddie could do it why not Rennie.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

‘ Since 2010, no team has beaten the All Blacks more than the Wallabies. Let that sink in’
Statistically speaking no team plays the ABs more than the wallabies. Let that sink in!
Also let it sink in that Aus is a drought ravaged county where it hardly rains and where playing in wet conditions is something the current group of players last did when they were still in primary school.

The statistics that prove Australian rugby is not dead!

Maybe you should be asking CVC that question, it is they who are pushing for NH inclusion and the Pro Unions are all for it.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

I couldn’t agree more. It’s time to completely dump the down under kissing cousins.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

When Jurie announced the result of the vote Sky’s stock price took a dump and it was Robinson who gave some half-hearted statement about how everyone was still committed to the RC.

You do know that right now Jurie is having serious discussion with CVC, you know the same CVC that invested big time into Premiership rugby and ProX. And you do know they want to buy into the 6N/7N big time too. So why would SA in SANZAAR be party to such a dumb statement.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

I guess we will have to wait for the next SANZAAR General meeting to get some answers for 2022 onwards. Until then we are on opposite sides for sure but it seems that I may be on Juries side and you on the side of the old team that was voted out of power 12-1.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

Well then they must be economic gurus then. Can’t argue against them. Case closed.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

Look at it this way. When they sell to sponsors they can say that it’s for 70% in prime time and 30% percent bad time. When SA Rugby sells to sponsors it is 30% percent prime time and 70% percent bad time. It does not make sense if you look at the numbers and it is numbers that counts not unnecessary rivalries.
Also take note that Julie said decisions will be based on commercial value, meaning rivalries are not a deciding factor at all.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

It has served NZ and Oz more at the end of the day. No one can doubt that it is eyes that matters in the professional age and we can get way more eyes and more importantly revenue if we align West. It would be stupid to take a financial hit (from sponsors specifically) just to please ungrateful Aussies and arrogant Kiwis.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

It’s a good thing that it was hypothetical because even had the Cheetahs ended the entire season unbeaten, sailing into the playoffs they would not have qualified for the Heineken cup. Hypothetically speaking those Scots would be blowing their pipes celebrating while trying to pronounce the names of their prop forwards.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

One could say that after 25 years you have to admit that the Super Rugby and the RC has brought no real benefits in terms of on field results. it’s the same old all the time and maybe it’s just not meant to be. You may not mind early morning matches or past midnight matches but I think that the players do not like that. Four weeks on the road and 18 hours flying time is a killer and a huge disadvantage to our players.

Why not try something different? A comfortable 10 hour over-night flight with no jet lagged would be huge and career saving. Playing against your fellow Boks mates is another bonus (Kolisi vs Coetzee) but best of all it would be a bonus for fans and more importantly a big bonus for sponsors who will be more willing to come to the party if it’s is prime time as apposed to early morning. Think about that and about why PE investors prefer alignment West over the South

Also we don’t really know what Jurie’s plan is for ProX. It could be three domestics competitions. A six team Welsh one including two Italian teams, a six team Irish one including two Scottish teams , and a six or eight teams SA competition. This is future pandemic proof for the first round then the cross-over competitions where the top two or three teams from each league plays for the Champions Cup and the bottom three playing for the League Cup.

This will only work with full alignment West and with a total divorce from the South.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

JD France and England have 11 month seasons. They have the player talent to play that long and can do real damage if they get their off field acts together. The French are getting their act together with two junior RWC’s in successive years and guess what in four years time when these players are a little older they will be winning RWC 2023. You heard it here first.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

They must be the same people who talk negatively about black people playing rugby and talking about the T word (transformation). Well guess what there is a huge untapped pool of future players that could be playing the game and all indications are that these players will be making an impact in the years to come.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

I agree on the 8 team domestic competition followed by a cross-over champions cup style competition but do not follow the logic of playing the cross-over against Southern Hemisphere teams.

We are a Western Hemisphere rugby nation and should use the COVID reset to align 100% with Europe. It means that the cross-over should be with Europe competitions, be it the Heineken Cup or a future cup against the Celtics. That is what it should be so that 100% of matches is played in the same time zone. As soon as anyone talks about playing NZ or Oz then that’s an automatic 70% loss of prime time viewing and we don’t want that. That’s a big revenue loss right there with no benefits at all.

Now as for the RC that too must be scrapped because again we do not want 70% of matches played outside of the prime time viewing window. Some may argue that we to need test ourselves against the best but that is rubbish. Consider the fact that with minimum contact against NZ, England were able to easily manhandle and pummel the All Blacks when it mattered most just a year ago.

Also consider the fact that for years the director of SA Rugby has been saying that there is no need to play against NZ and Oz and that we would be better by playing against European teams. He is not some clueless retired old player or former coach with zero idea. No he knows better than anyone because he has played and coached at Super Rugby level, he has also played and coached in Europe. He is also someone who has coached at three world cups bringing home two gold medals so when he talks people pay attention. A total divorce from the SH is what is needed.

The SARU must seize this opportunity to create a strong domestic competition

I don’t know if it can be called a blindside. It’s more like severe lack of depth in Aust. rugby. They are in no position to be imposing laws like the Giteau one and overlook players who could add value.

How Rennie's Wallabies were blindsided in Bledisloe 3