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Yes, not saying every rugby match needs to be on FTA – that’d be unfeasible. Need to have some live Super Rugby which isn’t just on pay TV though.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Yeah Origin’s a bit strange for me given we already have that Queensland-NSW rivalry. To use a hypothetical from this year, it’d be pretty odd to see, say, Waratahs Rob Simmons and Karmichael Hunt playing against NSW.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

The FTA point is crucial Ferg. Can’t have another five years with rugby hidden behind a paywall.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Also worth considering how long-term a captain To’omua could be. He’s the right man to start at 10 this year, but if everything goes to plan we’ll have Harrison or Lolesio there in 2021 or 2022.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

To each their own. Allan Alaalatoa’s done a decent job in the role for the Brumbies, Nic White’s an option, as are Hooper, Dane Haylett-Petty and a few others. I don’t really have a preference, but am curious to see who ends up getting the gig.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

Yep, better distribution would be of great benefit to everyone.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

Who knows, maybe the ABs would have been even better had Carter been playing at 10 in Super Rugby. Now there’s a scary thought…

I was actually thinking about New Zealand when writing this piece, albeit in regards to who they’ll pick at 10 and 15 rather than 10 and 12. Beauden Barrett’s been shifted between the two positions, but isn’t the form player in either – his brother’s comfortably been the best fullback and Richie Mo’unga’s been outstanding at first-five. Although I suppose wondering how to fit a two-time world player of the year into your side isn’t the worst problem to have.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

All fair points Rob, I just think more consideration needs to be given to each side’s forwards when comparing To’omua’s and O’Connor’s form. Yes, O’Connor has been good, but he’s had far more of a platform to work with. If their teams were reversed, with To’omua playing behind the strong Reds pack and O’Connor behind the Rebels’, each player’s formline would be significantly impacted.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

Burgers are pretty good.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

To’omua as captain is an interesting call, Rhys. It’s obviously just one moment, but his decisions after Jeremy Thrush was binned last weekend – calling for a scrum right in front of the posts and then taking the three after they won a scrum penalty – were pretty bizarre. Wouldn’t like to see that in a Test.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

It wasn’t bringing Phil Kearns into the World Cup bid which did the trick?

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

It’s never ever failed me Chook, aside from the times it didn’t work.

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

Believe all five teams have a border exemption, Peter.

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

Desperation? It’s called being savvy and cunning, RT.

Also maybe just a teensy bit of desperation.

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

Definite danger game for the Brumbies JC. Reckon the backs and their defence give them a bit of an edge, but the forward battle is tough to call.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Yeah he’s a Large Human

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Should be a ripper. Would have liked to see a Reds back row of Wright, McReight and Wilson again against the Brumbies, but still an enticing match-up.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

I’d not say Tupou is lazy Bobby, he’s really improved his workrate this year.

Think we can all agree with you on Petaia though. A clean bill of health for him, please.

Top-of-the-table clash the perfect chance for Brumbies to find their best form

Concur. Particularly given we’re well covered at 15 with Banks, Haylett-Petty and Maddocks.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Cheers Chook. Yes depth isn’t great right now, particularly in the second row, but I suppose that’s to be expected the year after a World Cup. Three more years to build it up before the next one, and with gen-next showing positive signs I reckon we’ll get there in time.

As for number 8s, between Harry Wilson and Will Harris we’ll get exactly the type of player you’re looking for. Give it a year or two.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Fair enough on Lolesio, although he’s had a far better pack to work behind than anyone else in Australia this year. At any rate, sounds like finals is about as early as we can expect to see him back, so his injury has certainly opened the door for everyone else.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Well if he can beat the commentator’s curse we know he’s the real deal.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

I don’t think To’omua’s the best long-term option at 10 for the Wallabies but he was good at the World Cup last year and hasn’t been given much of a platform by his forwards the last few weeks. Should get first crack at it this year.

Hodge, I think, would become a good 13 if he’s just given a proper, season (or two!)-long run in the jersey.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

Who’s your starting Wallaby 10 then Bobby?

Also I said Bell scrummaged well in the Waratahs’ last game against the Rebels, not in the first two rounds of this comp.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

He shouts from second-last on the panel.

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment