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Better than Deliverance I suppose, they only had four and didn’t turn out too good for the pig….

Brumbies halt the Red tide to win thrilling Super Rugby AU final

Didn’t realise you were part of the negotiating team, great work.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

Name another player with a similar deal then, and I’ll change it.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

Well Aiden, people keep saying this Hooper deal will save RA and Tahs money, when obviously it won’t.
All it will do is allow Hooper to recoup lost income.
I have no problem with that, only with people pushing the narrative that it will save everyone money when that’s not the case.
This is what people don’t seem to understand.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

You guys don’t get it, I’m not talking about Pocock.
I’m asking about Hooper.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

Paul D, it’s not about me as much as you’re trying to make it so.
So by your comments, Hooper will get paid, so why are people saying this will save everyone money.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

As for Pocock did he get paid while he was on his Sabbatical and not playing for the Wallabies? Doesn’t matter how you dress it up, lipstick on a pig is still a pig.
Sure his contract was for two years paid over three, so what.
My question wasn’t about Pocock it was about whether Hooper will be still paid by RA for his sabbatical. Like Pocock had, Hooper still has a contract with RA.

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

My understanding is that key Wallabies get most of their contract paid by RA and a top-up from their Super team. I wonder how much the Tahs will actually save. Also as part of the Covid deal, will the Wallabies still be paying a retainer to Hooper like Pocock’s sabbatical?

Michael Hooper's half-year off a win for all involved

$900M of that was for divis in the first part of the year, $1.1B is the latest. So yes, $2B in total. Not a bad earn.

Twiggy, here's your 2021 shopping list

Just read he’s about to pocket $1 Billion in dividends, so cash is definitely not an issue.

Twiggy, here's your 2021 shopping list

Great article Geoff, I’ve always wondered how running behind the ‘Wall’ to kick, which blocks & prevents a player from tackling the kicking player is not obstruction. When receiving a kick the ‘Wall’ is sometimes called for obstruction, I don’t see why this isn’t the case when taking the kick? As for the intermission at the back of the ruck before the ball is cleared, two things, I don’t understand why players need to be directed into position before it’s cleared, they should now where to be next. Secondly, I hope Dave Rennie speeds up the Wallabies play in this area, it seams Oz teams put the opposition under pressure only to give them time to recover by letting the ball sit at the back of a ruck for an eternity.

The Wrap: It’s time to put the box kick back in the box

Will he spend any more money on the Force after his Bay of Plenty bid?

Twiggy, here's your 2021 shopping list

NZ Rugby at the moment reminds me of Cricket Australia when they were at their peak. And we all know how that all ended, in tears of course.
All we need now is for NZ Rugby to include All Blacks-A team in the Rugby championship and the hubris synergy with CA will be complete.

Stronger apart: The future of rugby in Australia and New Zealand

That’s hilarious Steve, that must be why Money-Bill & Burgess played Union in the backs.. 😂

Stronger apart: The future of rugby in Australia and New Zealand

Well D, “winner stamping themselves as the unanimous best heavyweight of all-time“, maybe in the UFC.
Even then it’s still a big call there have been some great champions.
Originally, I thought Cain Velasquez would be the one to end up wearing this UFC title of greatest heavyweight, but alas no.
Anyway, we all know “The Last Emperor” is the greatest heavyweight of all time, just couldn’t get a UFC deal done. 😢

UFC 252 predictions: Who will become the greatest heavyweight of all time?

Does Mary get a payout as well?
He had a year to go?
This Covid season makes a bit of a mockery about the NRL and Clubs having no money.
So much for tightening the belts.
How much has been paid out to coaches and players to leave before their contracts have finished?
Is it similar to previous years?
Is Seibold next?

Paul McGregor resigns as Dragons coach

Bluesfan, I think the Hooper thing is because he is more of a game-saver than a game-breaker. Whereas someone like David Pocock is more of a game-breaker.
In cricketing terms, Hooper is like Allan Border & Pocock is like Adam Gilchrist.
Everyone wants a Gilchrist in their team but sometimes you’re better having a Border.
I just wish more players had Hooper’s engine.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

I really hope the Optus/Ten joint bid gets up.
The way News & Fox has treated Rugby in Australia recently has been appalling.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

I’m with you Rhys regarding NRC.
I guess it is a compromise on costs versus income.
Hopefully, they can look at it again when RA is more sound financially down the track.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

Good to see Dave Rennie gets it. The more teams Oz Rugby has the more opportunities for your young players coming through. Having five teams may not see Oz Rugby winning enough games initially.
But by having enough opportunities for young players coming through and stay in the code, you’ll start to see results.
I look at it this way, it’s like pre-season training, that’s when you set yourself up for the wins during the season.
Oz Rugby is in pre-season.

Wallabies coach Rennie weighs in on trans-Tasman competition debate

Well he is good at generating headlines, the hardest part will be….. Can he generate positive headlines?
Because to win the hosting rights will need all the positive headlines possible, both here and abroad.

Phil Kearns: Keeping the elephants inside the tent

Let’s be honest, when it comes to hyping or over-hyping the next big thing, Rugby is purely in amateur status when compared to League and their commentators.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Great article Geoff, your point about the Brumbies line-out maul and Fast and the Furious is quite on point.
The Brumbies try to score using a back-line move or anything else its “Tokyo Drift”.
When that doesn’t work its back to Fast & Furious formula, box office gold.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Corne, you are talking about Oz rugby…smart has, unfortunately, been missing for a while.
Anyway, didn’t the Force or Rebels draw a penalty against the Brumbies by not engaging the maul from a line-out?
I’m surprised more teams haven’t tried to use that tactic… see first sentence.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

True Chris, the rolling maul is very difficult to defend against when it is well constructed.
That being said, how many rolling maul tries have been scored against the Brumbies in the last two years?
Two or three?
Also, let’s be honest, when a back joins a rolling maul it is mostly tokenism. They just want to be able to say, ‘great try, we helped you guys’.
Forwards know the truth, but they know the backs need to feel like they’ve actually done something during the game.

Penalty delivers Brumbies last-gasp win