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KH, I was at the Reds game at Suncorp. There was very little leadership on the field shown by the Highlanders. There’s an issue right there.

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

“male pears”?? 😁

'Hugely important': Wallaroos hail Rugby Australia's huge step forward after multi-million dollar deal

What an inane comment by you, GP. And very risky.
Let it go. Move on. (As Aussie fans delighted in telling Kiwi fans after the 2007 RWC quarters).

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

For a start, RA couldn’t organise their way out of a brown paper bag. Secondly, the FRU are also involved through the Drua … I refer you to the previous brown bag comment. And thirdly, I’d say yes given that they are evidently waiting for the future broadcast deals to be finalised. Hope this helps! 😊

The Wrap: Why SANZAAR must hold Frank Lomani accountable for 'going back for his hat'

The Reds are based in a city of 2.4m; Canberra is about 450,000 or so and covers an area slightly smaller than Luxembourg. The Brumbies have had to expand their catchment into southern NSW with the blessing of the NSWRU, so limited are their playing catchment. (Sidenote: Canberra’s population would make it the second largest urban centre in NZ by far).

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Even when they did get home semi-finals (way back when), the crowds were falling, partly because oof a lack of success but also because of their playing style. The casual rugby fan in Canberra (or anywhere else in Australia) really would prefer NOT to see their team score via rolling mauls.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

point is even when they were coming close, crowds were not going up — they were going down. Case in point with this link to a story several years old:
https://the-riotact.com/the-brumbies-need-to-put-on-a-show-to-bring-fans-back-to-rugby-in-the-capital/533878

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

won it three times, though. NSW and Qld are stilling dining out on their solitary title wins! 😊

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Re the QF — No, they wouldn’t have, HJ. That game would have flown under the radar. That’s the point; you can’t sell, say, a SA-France thriller to Aussies because the depth of rugby coverage and passion for the game is sadly lacking.
Aussies need a competitive forward pack; they just can’t afford to let it dominate their approach to the game. NZ is often cited as a model because that offers the better prospects: earn the right to go wide, as it were. Wallabies still can’t do that but they seem to be working on it.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

The Bok style of winning rugby cannot be emulated by Australia. It would kill the OZ SR teams; we have an example. The Brumbies are Oz’s most successful SR team with a strong emphasis on forward play yet they are close to insolvency. All their success is not bringing more fans through the gate (and gate takings are crucial to a team’s financial viability).
Aspects of the Bok style are also causing concern at the WR level; i.e. the bomb squad and the dour approach that results in shutout rugby. (Anyone else notice that all the talk about the RWC 2023 grand final since then was less about the Boks then it was about … other stuff?)
All the talk about trial rules are ways of making sure that that style of rugby is not rewarded without banning it.
For Australia, the fightback starts with skills and attitude. Improvements, and style, will flow from there.

Scrap the Giteau Law: Rugby Australia should look to Rassie's 'Boks RWC recipe if it wants to re-join the big boys' table

Not just for RC games but old-school tours involving games against SR sides as well, Jacko.

All Blacks star signs surprise short-term deal with Irish heavyweights

Does Phil Gould understand what ‘restraint of trade’ means? 😱

NRL News: Maguire happy with Papi's claims for Origin berth, Souths set to name new defence coach

And concussion is starting to kill the players/ex-players. Literally. Change is needed and all the collision sports need to get onboard.

Rugby is losing the long-term battle: What World Rugby must learn from Australia before it's too late

IRB?? Really??

Rugby is losing the long-term battle: What World Rugby must learn from Australia before it's too late

Yes and he will pay the price. It doesn’t detract from the illegality of the cleanout.

Drua 'shocked at racial abuse' as Lomani faces judiciary over Canham blow

It’s still illegal, Bodger. The player coming through cannot play at the opposite No 9 who is getting ready to play the ball. This is blatant obstruction. If refs are not going to crack down on it, expect players to react. This is why the game had rucking in the first place; the players’ penalty.

Drua 'shocked at racial abuse' as Lomani faces judiciary over Canham blow

He played at the 9 in an off-side manner, GJJ. This has become a feature of the Australian game for 10 years and more.

Drua 'shocked at racial abuse' as Lomani faces judiciary over Canham blow

that clean out IS illegal. But the retaliation was even worse!

Drua 'shocked at racial abuse' as Lomani faces judiciary over Canham blow

Doubtful YouTube will want to pick up the tab. YouTube, like Google, is a content aggregator, not a creator. It broadcasts other peoples’ videos; it doesn’t create any actual creative content, to the best of my knowledge.

The Wrap: 'Take them to a dark place' - A quiet round grabs eyeballs for all the wrong reasons

Tailoring the competition to suit broadcasters’ needs makes no sense, TWAS. Look at all the near-empty stadia and judge for yourself. Besides, the TV broadcast model is failing; taking longer than some other forms of media sponsorship, granted, but it is still failing.

The Wrap: 'Take them to a dark place' - A quiet round grabs eyeballs for all the wrong reasons

Aust/NZ are like 11-13 hours ahead of the UK so to have a later game shown UK time means a local kick-off time of 8, 9 or maybe even 10pm! Nothing you can do about time zones except to work around it. More day games may help bolster the gate, though, and that is just as important.

'Curse the money all you want' but RA must work out what it wants from Super Rugby - otherwise the game is doomed

One reason for SR’s decline has been the broadcasters’ insistence on night games. Night games are a major reason why I stopped attending SR games (mind you, at that time, I was living in Sydney so the Tahs didn’t help their cause!).
How many of the former South African SR games, especially against non-SA sides, were played at night? I can’t seem to recall any. NZ games are the opposite but maybe not nearly as bad.

'Curse the money all you want' but RA must work out what it wants from Super Rugby - otherwise the game is doomed

Joe Schmidt didn’t exactly pronounce his enthusiasm for the Wallabies HC role either!

How Schmidt landed All Blacks icon at Wallabies - and why '80 per cent of coaching is selection'

He had retired.

'It can be something great': Schmidt turns to 'scrum doctor' as next step in Wallabies rebuild

It’s a FIFO job!

How Schmidt landed All Blacks icon at Wallabies - and why '80 per cent of coaching is selection'

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