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What a farce. Will it take a mass exodus of players for RA to scrap the Giteau Law?

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

Build it and they will come …..eventually. I say this a lot here, but Australian Rugby people always want instant results. You are absolutely on point, Crowd. There is a lot to be done. The grassroots clubs are, in my opinion, doing their bit, but their players mostly have full-time jobs. The Super Franchises need to step up. Sleeves need to be rolled up, and time spent, even for no immediate result.

Player meet-and-greets and truckloads of Gilberts: It's time RA started looking at grassroots growth as an investment instead of an expense

“..Coleman has long said that the Waratahs would ensure they don’t overcook Jorgensen so early in his career, but the decision to send him back to Super Rugby will raise some eyebrows given the mega bucks he’s on for such a young player…”.

Isn’t that where he should be, contractually? Why wouldn’t you play club Rugby if you are not required for the match day squad. The idea is to freshen him up, isn’t it?

Jorgensen set to be left out for Hurricanes as Schmidt drops in at Tahs training

or ..”if I’ve told you’se once, I’ve told you’se twice and I’m not going to tell you’se a second time..!”

Five things: What Beale has over other golden oldies, double pain for Brumbies as Blues expose Australia's biggest weakness

Australian Rugby people are great at trying to hold back the tide, but if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.

30 or 40 years ago, Aussie Soccer was a bunch of rank amateurs with the occasional player being good enough to get a gig in England. We now have Socceroo and Matildas teams where a lot (if not a majority of players) play professionally all around the world, and Soccer has been sensible enough to have dedicated test windows for years. Our world rankings have soared as a result.

We have some bloody good Rugby players in Europe, Japan and USA and should not be shy about picking them. A rising tide lifts all boats and the blokes left behind in Oz will all need to work harder or try harder.

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

Turns out it was a real cracker (for us, at least).

COMMENT: Australian rugby is a depressing picture - the RA board must be axed and the constitution changed

Very well summed up, Russ, and greetings from Briz

COMMENT: Australian rugby is a depressing picture - the RA board must be axed and the constitution changed

…yawn .. can’t help themselves, can they??

'Incredible' Hoops backed to do better than Boks legend who 'failed abysmally' in sevens switch

Fair dinkum – there are some real whingers in this mob. If they go belly up, they won’t be playing anywhere. At least at Tarniet, they are still alive and kicking. Uncharacteristically, for Rugby, the organisers of this Private Equity deal sound like they have some brains and vision – very un-Rugby like. I keep saying it on this sitec – build it and they will come …eventually .. better later than never. They might even teach the Tahs a thing or two about developing Rugby on their western edge. Sharing with a Soccer club makes sense, given that Soccer is largely played in the summer months, so the facility gets good use all year around. As someone else said on this thread, the East Melburnians didn’t exactly flock to AAMI Park in large numbers, while it was on offer.

Presumably this deal might also include getting the state and local governments to organise bus services and facilities and the place does look at though it has plenty of parking available.

PE backed consortium 'in final stages' to save Melbourne Rebels with $30m injection and link with A-League club

What I read into that was that they may still play games at AAMI

PE backed consortium 'in final stages' to save Melbourne Rebels with $30m injection and link with A-League club

Here is an interesting perspective.

For those of us who watched hte fantastic match between Leicester and Newcastle over the weekend, there is an argument for not stopping the clock, at least from the point of view of Leicester fans.

Newcastle were 6 points behind at the 80 minute mark. They got a penalty in kicking range, but obviiously were not going to kick, they had had trouble all night with the Leicester defence, so did not opt for lineouts, so took a scrum. Drew a penalty and a yellow card early on. Freddie Steward was already sidelined with a yellow, so two down, Newcastle took another scrum and then another and another – 20 minutes of extra time, with no result. Leicester drew a 3rd yellow card, but the extra time was so long that 2 out of hte 3 yellows returned to the field.

That would not have happened if the ref stopped the clock for each scrum.

I won’t tell you the result – you can watch it on Stan and I recommend that you do.

Is it time to stop the clock during scrum resets? - The Roar Rugby Podcast

I recall observing a lineout clinic in Canberra given by Marco Caputo. Pretty impressed. Maybe he’s available

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

… Yawn…!

Wonder kid offered 3-yr, $1.6m deal to stay in Aussie rugby - and why it could see Wallabies stars leave Ballymore

Put a collective price on them and you’ll understand that most if any won’t be coming back, any time soon.

Set up to fail: The gaping hole in Aussie Super Rugby coaching CVs - with one clear exception

London Irish was a very entertaining team to watch, under Les Kiss, and it is a pity that it had to fold. They also regularly featured up to 6 Aussies which also made it interesting. Anyway Irish’s loss is the Reds gain and how timely was his recruitment.

Set up to fail: The gaping hole in Aussie Super Rugby coaching CVs - with one clear exception

which is our first game, having a bye in Rd 1

To have your heart broken and come back: That's what it's all about - and why I'll be watching Edmed this weekend

SR is not the be all and end all of Rugby, despite what many armchair Roar experts think. To us Clubbies that was an entirely appropriate way to program the day. Just so you know we started at 9.00 am with a 3rd grade trial against Wests, then the women played their trial, then a second curtain raiser Roma -v- Maroochydore, the curtain raiser, Brisbane Wests -v- Tuggeranong Vikings (Canberra) and then the main game followed by a car park party well into the night – which I confess I didn’t stay for, as I wanted to and did get home for The Brumbies and the other games on Stan. Pretty bloody good day, actually and by the way the game is also available to watch on Stan. So anyone who still has an issue about programming, just does not understand the nature of club rugby.

'I'd love to see him back': Beale set to take first step in rugby comeback, targets milestone event

..it was, and I did..and a great result. Even though the score was close, Brothers were always in front.

'I'd love to see him back': Beale set to take first step in rugby comeback, targets milestone event

A great club day is looming. Go the Filth!!

'I'd love to see him back': Beale set to take first step in rugby comeback, targets milestone event

The Filth lies in wait!! For anyone who doesn’t know it, we won 5 out of 7 grandfinals last year and the pre-season has been outstanding for both talent and numbers.

To have your heart broken and come back: That's what it's all about - and why I'll be watching Edmed this weekend

It’s a carnival day with a lot of other games and activities going on (and I’ll be there). You can them amble (or stagger) home and watch the STAN replays of the Super RC. Much rather watch a good club game, anyway, and have great day out with mates, where you can get up close and personal to the game, and this one should be a cracker.

'I'd love to see him back': Beale set to take first step in rugby comeback, targets milestone event

Thanks, Ben, a good read. It probably doesn’t hurt as much at the time, compared to later on when you look back on it and realise all the good things that flow from the win – the place on the ladder, positive press written about your heroism, your own highlights reel and the fact that you missed in public… which is why there is always a next week in Rugby..

To have your heart broken and come back: That's what it's all about - and why I'll be watching Edmed this weekend

…. and here’s the thing. You sit up high in the stands and spend most of the night with your eyes on the big screen. Might as well stay home and watch it on Stan!!

Two new teams and a big show of faith to two more - how Super Rugby must kick on from a thrilling start to 2024

..well said, Piru, but not only that, it would most likely be a different beast having evolved and developed through its life. It would not only have given more players an opportunities, but brought in revenues, improved coaching standards as well as refereeing standards, and it is a product that Stan could easily take on board. My guess is that “tribal identities” would have developed over time and most fans would now be taking that in their stride.

It’s the jersey that people take pride in, not the bloke wearing it. Most fans would not know which state or town a player comes from as long as he is doing their jersey proud. Most big professional sports work like that.

Two new teams and a big show of faith to two more - how Super Rugby must kick on from a thrilling start to 2024

Get a lottery licence!!

Two new teams and a big show of faith to two more - how Super Rugby must kick on from a thrilling start to 2024

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