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Phenomenal signing what an athlete. Will bring much needed aggression to a quality forward pack. The Cowboys have lacked an enforcer since the Sims brothers left, this is a great move.

Reports: McGuire set for immediate Cowboys move

In Union the ball is in play for about 30-35 minutes, for a standard league game it’s 50. That suggests to me Union players are kicking the ball out of play a lot more.

What can rugby league learn from rugby union?

Wrong.

What can rugby league learn from rugby union?

Yes I agree with that too.

Australian rugby must innovate or perish

Size doesn’t matter, sounds like a bad joke. Size has a place and I think the Wallabies pack has demonstrated that they need a bit more.

Pocock: Size doesn't matter for Wallabies

Hi Cole, nice article. It’s a more realistic aim than those proffered in The Weapon’s article. Similar, but more achievable. I like your ideas. The short term objective is to try and win games, why not learn how to do that from guys who know nothing else?

Rugby Union can take a lot from League. I’d love to see the ARU try to do more of this. Most of all, I just want to see the Wallabies be great again.

Australian rugby must innovate or perish

The ratings for test matches have been solid of late, averaging around 700,000 from the last 10 tests. If the NRL promoted them properly they could crack 1 million. The domestic schedule is grueling, but many jobs are. Hopefully the code changes its outlook on test matches and stops using it as an excuse.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

Wow that’s an interesting pick. He has definitely been the most consistent back of the past two tests, but the best in the world? Not sure. Most improved maybe.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

And Rugby isn’t a game built around territory and possession? Rugby is more reliant on kicking for territory than League is.

What can rugby league learn from rugby union?

Hopefully there is close to 35,000 at Elland Road on the weekend. The Anfield crowd of 25,000 was about 5000 more than I expected which was good. That’s still a sold out Galpharm/Dairy Farmers Stadium which is pretty good for a league test.

But therein lies the issue.

Promotion is definitely an issue, Origin hype and advertisements are everywhere around June-July but you’ll be hard pressed to find decent efforts for internationals.

The NRL should devote some resources to addressing this. With the power of internet/social media, even a small amount of capital can really create an effective campaign.

Maybe, I dunno, playing more matches in genuine series against England, Tonga and NZ will help foster a rivalry? That would be a good start NRL.

What can rugby league learn from rugby union?

The greatest travesty is that the Kangaroos play so few matches against England. I’d love to see that reversed.

The English team and supporters are discovering something not seen in many years, confidence.

It would be fantastic to see Aus play 3 tests against the Lions next summer.

How accurate are the RLIF's international rankings?

That’s true Adam, it really is a fine line. I think we can both agree that the coach left the changes too late last year.

If things start poorly this season, there will be no reason to dawdle. Or like you wrote in your piece, Green will be under serious pressure.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Maybe left of field for Green, but we’ll see. I can see the merit to it.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

That’s a good point Speep. The players definitely looked sluggish, perhaps this was due to a large workload over the previous two years.

I wouldn’t like to hear it used as an excuse but mental and physical fatigue do take a toll, that’s why I like the Cowboys recruiting a high performance manager from the Freemantle Dockers.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

I am looking forward to it as well Big J.

I think the storm will sink a bit, probably finish between 5-6th, although with Smith (both Cam and Brandon) I can still see them making the top 4.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

I have to appreciate the production Adam and clearly Lowe’s is lacking. I could go either way on his selection but agree, based on those numbers, the team will lose nothing by picking Wright or Dunn.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Probably worth the risk, will bring media attention and hopefully some decent form.

Dragons look at Hayne for 2019 NRL: Report

This is a left of field team that I think would be interesting to see in action, should the Cowboys start poorly in 2019:

1. Barba
2. Feldt
3. Tuala
4. Opacic
5. MacDonald
6. Clifford
7. Morgan
8. Jensen
9. Granville
10. McLean
11. Cooper
12. Dunn
13. Taumaolo

14. Baptiste
15. Scott
16. Hess
17. Bolton/Molo

Jensen is a better lateral defender than Scott and would help tighten up the middle early on. Scott and Hess keep the momentum going through the middle of the game. Dunn switches to Lock when Hess comes on and then gets substituted for JT13 with 20 to go.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

It could be the case that Molo, Dunn and Pere cement themselves. I hope they do, but I think you need to back experience over youthful exuberance to begin with. If results are shaky, the form line would suggest they are past it, and Green will have no choice but to hit the button.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Disagree.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Thanks Nat. I’m hoping that Jensen has a breakout year. He cracked the 100 m barrier a few times this season which is great for a rookie prop.

That’s an interesting idea. I can see Scott being used in a Ben Hannant role from 2015-16, providing solid go forward and experience through the middle periods of a game. Jensen could start, he is a workhorse and very enthusiastic.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Yes I agree Ferret, I think they need to be given a few games at the beginning to show they can still produce. Or else, the changes will be swift.

I hope Lowe can return to his tackle breaking try scoring 2016-17 self. It was disappointing to see his fall from grace this year.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

In the modern game size is favoured over speed. I think it would be interesting to see MacDonald play left center and Mosby left wing, but the more conservative selection is to go with the above.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

We’ll wait for the results of the trials, but I don’t think there’s a need to make a host of rash changes (aside from O’Neil, who hasn’t shown much in two seasons). You’ll be surprised at the difference a creative, speedy fullback will make. Barba is definitely the key, the season rides on him making a big impact.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans

Peter Parr has confirmed that the club needed a specialist hooker on the bench to replace Granville. That’s why Baptiste was recruited. He can also put pressure on Granville, who was well below his best this year. Consider how successful Canberra were when Baptiste played backup to Hodgson.

When the Cowboys last had two specialist hookers (Granville and Kostjasyn) they looked far more organised in attack.

Hampton is a jack of all trades, and is solid backup for the backline. But he showed during the 2018 season that hooker is not his best position. Baptiste is a specialist hooker, Hampton isn’t. That’s why I selected him, and Parr said the Cowboys hired him.

2019: A new dawn for Cowboys fans