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Almost as pleasant as a Sunday afternoon at the local suburban footy ground.

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Good win for the blue and gold army. Mitchell Moses had a good kicking game.

Last time they went 3-0 from the first 3 rounds was in 1993. In saying that they finished 11th on the ladder, so best not to tip premiership hopes just yet!

The Eels are back in the premiership window

I enjoyed actually hearing the ref’s calls and directions to the players tbh. Usually there’s commentary or crowd chatter over that.

I always love in a empty stadium the frequent long pans combined with the continual close up of the same fans. They really make use of those same 3 people!

The six-again rule is here to stay, and so are the Eels

I can handle the truth, Duncan Smith.

What happens when your two teams face off? You’d be a winner regardless…

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

At the risk of sounding fickle I’m capping it a year. At the year’s end, I’ll review 😛

But not round 3? That wouldn’t have anything to do with supporting the Red V?

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

Is it really that hard to believe somebody outside of the Northern beaches follows Manly? 😂

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

Hi Adam Smith,

Sacrifice is an emotive word, and for the purpose of this article it’s being used in the context of the May 28 return.

My mum, auntie and sister are all nurses and when I can, I go out of my way to thank them.
The work they do isn’t reflected in their pay.

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

They love to hate us.

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

Hi Succhi,

Good work on actually signing. They’ve always struck me as quite respectful.

I have a few sentimental teams myself, but I omitted this as it would have been me meandering about why the Eels and the Sharks are sometimes good to watch. The latter team is particularly topical as well, so I wasn’t going to get into that.

The Warriors have made it okay to follow a second team

I agree, John.

They are on a level playing field as all are directly impacted by the shutdown and recent return to training. Some fans might argue the draw favours certain teams but I think given the circumstances to get the game back on track ASAP head office has worked with what they have. It’s inevitable that some teams may still feel slighted.

The asterisk isn’t like say the 2007 and 2009 Grand Finals which were stripped. I think it exists more to earmark just how odd the season that is 2020.

I’m curious to see how the Broncos do with Brodie Croft in the halves.

Vaccine, Warriors premiership: The miracles needed to save season from asterisk

Hi Jacko,

I guess I should be flattered that in your rugby hiatus you still read my article!

My point about the conferences at the end was more about cementing the NZ/SA rivalry in 2017, as I’m sure Kiwis would have laughed at the Lions getting a real taste of the competition when they faced the Crusaders.

The same season he employed the goose step, he hilariously asked ‘Stu Who?’
Always makes me giggle.

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

Hi Jacko,

I appreciate this is speculation and positing of ‘What If’ scenarios. I should have clarified earlier.

As a rugby fan, I endeavour to be creative when imagining when there is a proposed change to a competition or structure, and propose my own take on how it could materialise. Sometimes that means getting a ‘if ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ response, other times key considerations are left out. I.e. not mentioning the Currie Cup or Mitre 10 Competition.

Also, David Campese is what I picture re ‘goose stepping.’

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

Hi Nat,

I like that the ESL has grown more of a international profile in recent years, and I hope the tone of my article was not seen as a last resort, but more of a second chance.

When I watch league, I personally prefer to watch faster attacking styles where the ball play is continuous. Rather than seeing players put up a defensive brick wall, I like to see the long range tries. That still happens in NRL, but I think there’s space to move and experiment in ESL.

There’s always the Super League

Hi JN,

To clarify, there’s been no official statement from South Africa, Australia or New Zealand on the issue. I said a Trans-Tasman competition was proposed, but there have been discussions in the past from South African players such as Frans Steyn.

Perhaps a better title for the article could be ‘If South Africa were to leave Super Rugby, how could this benefit them?’

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

I appreciate your honesty! 😂

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

Hi Cookie,

I agree that Currie Cup could be the key to a domestic SA revival. The shortened, single round format in 2018 was an unnecessary reduction.

I think time zones, game times and travel times matter as well. Who’s watching, where and how do the players (and fans) get there?

I would have liked to have explored the benefits of a Pacific Islander inclusion, however the main scope of the article was how it could affect South Africa.

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

Hi Just Nuisance,

Thanks for the comment.

My point re the contracts was that, as you say, there was a grace period of 21 days in place for South Africa. I would have liked to explore this point further, but I did not want to delve into this compared to the Reds trio as it would have detracted from the main point of the article – that there is more freedom for SA to move abroad than Australia presently.

My example of Pieter-Steph du Toit was that ultimately he stayed at the Stormers, but effectively he was able to renegotiate his contract as a result: https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/du-toit-marx-contract-cases-review/

He could have still ended up leaving like his teammates.

I can understand Europe’s reluctance to add another nation to the 6 nations. Up until 2000 Italy were not included! However, as the Pro 14 allows South African players to play in Scottish teams aka Glasgow, it does not seem that unlikely that in the future they could be eligible for international selection as well.

I think extended tours can really hype up a sport, akin to say a football/soccer world cup. My usual hesitation is fitting them on an already congested Test rugby calendar.

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

Hi Piru,

Completely agree with your pointing about selling rugby’s unique features via marketing. That’s where I was getting at about New South Wales and Queensland having such iconic colours that League Origin practically sells itself.

I do like the Nike Running ad, but the John Eales Visa ad where he does a scrum to get on a train will always stand out to me.

I still feel the sting of the RWC 03 campaign, and that Johnny Wilkinson conversion.

What would a rugby State of Origin look like?

Hi Hoolifan,

To think that in these fringe areas, you can refer to the game as ‘rugby’ and people will know it’s about league!

Do you think any of the star signings to SL will restore the game in its current financial state? And if the game does return to its roots, will it lose popularity as league can be perceived to be faster than union?

There’s always the Super League

I reckon Scott Higginbotham would deliver just as much on the field!

What would a rugby State of Origin look like?

Hi Jeznez,

Thanks for the feedback.

ROO almost resembles the SOO abbreviation. Maybe we could market the ‘roo’ as an alternative to the wallaby?

I agree we should not stack the players to one side unevenly, but again that was why WAFL devised the Origin concept to begin with!

If we were to pick on position to fix this, could that resemble a draft pick format? That could demonstrate that undeniably there’s talent outside of the Test series.

What would a rugby State of Origin look like?

Hi Sheek,

State of Origin has undoubtedly been floated numerous times. My aim was to visualise a 2020 origin. That’s difficult with a postponed season, but the new Rugby Australia CEO Hamish McLennan has suggested the idea so it could be on the table in the future.

Rather than analyse the reasons why it could not work, I reviewed the current 2019-20 structures in place and tweaked a potential solution.

I agree the restrictions on movement place a caveat on where the player truly feels is their home. Matt Burke once referred to Israel Folau as the ‘obvious example’ when trying to decide who gets to be on the team.

AFL was right to look at the junior clubs for selection, because Western Australia and South Adelaide could boast of their player’s early talent before they were snatched by the wealthier Victoria.

League’s origin is more of a marquee event, so the players might be wearing the wrong jersey but the crowds will still come. It also benefits from a more domestic audience and less of an emphasis on Test series (though they exist, their calendar is not nearly as numerous as rugby’s). That’s why I suggested a one-off game.

There may be 5 provinces in rugby, but can we rely on the same teams in these provinces to consistently be featured every Origin? We both share similar sentiments about Western Force’s departure from Super Rugby.

League is played outside of New South Wales and Queensland, but their team colours are so entrenched in our psyche that to substitute another state would cause confusion.
I’m open to seeing what other states in league could be included, but the teams are set for now.

This comes back to my final point about the purpose of a rugby Origin. Is it to grow the game at the grassroots level? Personally I think it’s to show non Rugby fans that there can be excitement outside of the Test series. For rugby diehards, it’s a reward for their faith which has been tested on multiple occasions. It could also be a return to the tribalism that’s been underestimated by those who haven’t been to a local grand final.

Rugby is structured differently, as you point out. Instead of comparing it to league, we could work with rugby’s unique structure and focus on its strengths that make it a world class game.

What would a rugby State of Origin look like?