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Yes, transfer fees is a must to pay for the development of these players to be paid to the club and counrty even after their contracts expire. Also for PI players taken young from their homelands to help fund rugby there. It has always been a puzzle to me why there is no transfer fee. However there should be some arbitration body for all parties to turn to, to determine the appropriate fee so that players are not held back by the impost of extravagant fees. They need to be reasonable and not become the rediculus figures that are seen in soccer.

The Wallabies should ban Hockings and Lucas for life

Jaeger. I disagree completey. The reduction of Oz teams to 2 will be the death of rugby in Australia. (Please don’t call them heart lands, they are without a heart at all). We need to grow the game not turn states away and disenfranchise them and turn rugby followers in those states to other sports. People like Eddy will revert to what worked before. I believe we have the quality and quantity of cattle to have 4 competitive teams (even if one of the supposed heart land teams is useless at present)

Our problem is in our level of coaching and training. That is what needs to be lifted. Why do we see players leave Australia tagged as not good enough only to go overseas and improve under a different culture and coaching enviroment? We are always complaining that many players can’t tackle, pass, kick, run forward of the ball carrier when in support, don’t draw the opposition defender before passing, can’t offload, can’t clean out, do silly things that are dangerous and keep coping penalties, don’t back up, don’t chase the ball, not fit enough plus other issues. The fault maybe the player’s initially, but why aren’t they improving these skills? The problem comes back to culture and lack of coaching.

Last night the Richmond Chairman Peggy O’Neil was interviewed on ABC’s one plus one. She was born in Americia, came to Oz after marrying an Australian and had no knowledge of Aussie Rules. It is admirable that Richmond supporters took this gifted lady on and promoted her to be their Tigeress, and with her board turn the club around. It saddens me the way the rugby community have been so hostile and one eyed with regard to Raylene Castle because she was a woman and did not come from rugby. As Peggy O’Neal showed you do not have to be a man or come from the particular sport to suceed. The interview was very enlightening and RA could learn a lot from her on how to run a sports organision. One segment was with regard to backing the coach when all around was calling for his and the board’s heads. Richmond was getting to the top of the league but failing at the final hurdle. She suggested to their coach Damien Hardwick that he may like to attend a course run by the Americian Football League for coaches. This course provided him with a different pespective on coaching, motivation and training with the result that Richmond ended up winning the flag. This shows what an incremental improvment in coaching can do. Eddy is right that we have lost our way in Australia in our development of coaches and this must be a prority.

I morn at the lost opportunity this year in having an Anzac trans-Tasman super rugby competition with the 4 OZ teams, the Force/Sunwolves (comined and located in Perth) and the 5 kiwi teams. I think this could have been the start of an ongong competition in the years to come. Our future is with NZ and Japan and the Pacific. The time zone differences of SA and Argentina just turns viewers off. There is no reason why we could not have draft rules with this format or have Aussie players from the Japanese league pay in this cometition if scheduled right.

Eddie Jones weighs in on the state of Australian rugby

Woops, correction – “If the rules were changed to provide a free kick only with No option for another scrum for scrum infringements, then I believe we would see a lot less scrum resets.”

Rugby Australia considers Super variations

Yes, have just the 2 NSW & Qland teams and see Rugby in Australia cut its own throat and die.

Maybe Andrew Forest will then pick up the Brumbies and Rebels for his competition and the RA loose whatever backing that AF might have injected into RA if the Western Force was included in an Anzac competition.

Maybe we will end up with a sucessful Rapid Rugby left at the end of this, RA bankupt and Qland or NSW too. Then NSW and Qland can have their wonderful club championship forever uninhibited by having to go and watch their state team. NZ teams will then join with Rapid Rugby and the best Qlsnd and NSW players will be siphoned off to play for the Force, the Rebels and the Brumbies. And if you are right that Australia has only enough quality players for a few teams then they will be the Force, the Brumbies and the Rebels with Qland and NSW be forever excluded as they have their club rugby and don’t need anything else.

RA would be bailed out by AF on the proviso that the constitution of RA be changed so the NSW and Qland only have the same votes as the other states, the Brisbane and Sydney clubs to have no say and the headquarters of RA be shifted to Perth. A new board with a limit of only 2 ex- wallabies allowed on the board (so that the board is not overloaded with – I know it all ex-players of little value) and none of the gang of nine who signed the whinging letter of complaints to the board (without any suggested solution or path). And Castle reinstated. This I would really like to see. 😊 😊

Australian rugby: A blueprint for the future

Wow! What a great article Nick. Real food for thought. Thank you. I’ve never been up this early to get to comment on your wonderful pieces. Being from WA and a lazy bugger now in quarintine in Melbourne after 5 weeks lockdown in Buenos Aires, I’ve woken up restless from jetlag to find a virgin article to comment on- a first. I’ve always enjoyed your articles and those of the other writers in the Roar as well as the commentators even those that are a bit of a pain as it all adds to the flavour and colour of the mix and I take this opportunity to thank eveyone. Back to the article, I worry that due to the mess RA is in both administratively and financially that we will not find a CEO worth their salt to take on the job. Maybe it will need an outside source like Andrew Forrest or World Rugby to back them financially in the interim on the proviso that a restructuring of Australian Rugby takes place to provide a workable model that is not captive of the ES. Then we may see an admistrator of note coming out of the woodwork to accept the challange. Thanks again Nick, I’ve always appreciate your insightful articles. Saludos.

Why new wine must shun the old bottles in Rugby Australia’s new era

Thinking out of the box, if thete is no rugby in the NH for 6 months, why don’t RA organise a club rugby championship with a selection of NH and SH clubs down under in July and August . They would have to come here and go into quarintine for 2 weeks of course as would any spectators. Golf and beach resorts could be taken over and soley used as the quarintine venues for both the clubs and spectstors which would bring some revenue to these otherwise empty resorts and the clubs and spectators can pay for their stay in them rather thsn our government. It could also be a good earner for RA.

Optus put rugby broadcast negotiations on hold

All by yourself and the board and chairperson has no say in it? You are kidding!!

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

Hi Adam, thanks for an informative and interesting read. I don’t follow a lot of Women’s rugby but this is an eye opener for me on the achivements of the Black Ferns and Wilson and I will now lookout for their games. We should have more articles on women’s rugby to encourage women to view and comment on the roar articles. We may even get some new different insights.

Tammi Wilson on the rise of women's rugby union in New Zealand

With Australia and NZ Caronavirus seeming to flattern it is conceivable that rugby between both countries Super Teams and national teams could occur. They could start off playing super rugby with just games within each conference and then between conferences as the borders between the two countries are opened. I cannot see why Oz and NZ cannot provide a united border to the rest of the world and allow free movement between the two countries later in the year. This would allow many of our sports which involve teams in both countries to start again.

No Test rugby in 2020 a “possibility”

Kearns the rugby Trump. Always someone else’s fault.

Will Australia leave New Zealand out in the cold?

CA,

Second try at posting this, the first dissapeared after I hit Add Comment.

Sorry Scomo does need attacking, always late in acting. Bushfires and now Coronavirus following behind NZ and even Argentina where I’m stuck waiting for a flight home to Oz (if it ever happens with the Keystone Cops incharge of Oz).

Regarding closing borders and lockdown, even Argentina is performing better than Oz in containing the viruse with a proper lockdown in place. Only essential services are working and we are only allowed out for food shopping, or medical services within 1.5km or if you are lucky enough to have a dog to take for a walk. Its rumoured that dogs are being rented out to the whole apartment block for walks and they are so happy as they have never had so many walks in a day. A bit jealous we have no dog. Oz is also behind Canada, US and a mob of other countries in getting their people home but that’s another story.

Now I’ve had my rant, back to the serious business, rugby.

Below is an extract from an article I was reading yeterday about NZ police checking cars over the Easter break during Coronavirus lockdown.

The policeman is describing the situation and what must be done – in rugby terms!!!

“The number is tracking down but we cannot get complacent,” said Wallace.
“It’s like a game of rugby – getting into the halftime break with a big lead; you want to come out for the second half and still play hard and strong.
“You can only do that and win if everyone plays their part.”

Don’t you love it?????

And Spiro said that the influence of rugby in NZ was diminishing!!!

How the Kiwis ruined rugby for Australians

I wish she was our prime minister and not that Clovidiot Scomo who does eveything late and always behind tbe eight ball. Even here in Argentina where I’m waiting for an evacuation flight out (if it ever eventuates) they acted earlier than Oz on lockdown and I mean proper lockdown, essential services work only and no going out to excercise and Argentina is performing better than Oz in this crisis.

Now I have had my rant, back to the serious business of rugby.

Below is an extract from an article I was reading yeterday about NZ police checking cars over the Easter break during Coronavirus lockdown.

The policeman is describing the situation and what must be done – in rugby terms!!!

“The number is tracking down but we cannot get complacent,” said Wallace.
“It’s like a game of rugby – getting into the halftime break with a big lead; you want to come out for the second half and still play hard and strong.
“You can only do that and win if everyone plays their part.”

Don’t you love it?????

How the Kiwis ruined rugby for Australians

A wonderful read Spiro. A great distraction while in lockdown in Buenos Aires waiting for a plane home to Perth (if it actually eventuates). There is some rugby on TV here, old games of the Jagares and Pumas. That and the roar is my lifeline to rugby at present. In your article you describe how ingrained rugby is in NZ life and how it’s hold is slowly waining. I have just read a piece on police roadblocks in NZ during Easter and it proves that it has not diminished tjst much. Below is wn extract from the article with the policeman describing the situaction and what must be done – in rugby terms!!!

!! “The number is tracking down but we cannot get complacent,” said Wallace.

“It’s like a game of rugby – getting into the halftime break with a big lead; you want to come out for the second half and still play hard and strong.

“You can only do that and win if everyone plays their part.” !!

Don’t you love it? I ????

How to watch a game of rugby: Part 4

Dane, you are confused. Stay with cricket.

Australia propose to decide Bledisloe Cup by super over