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These guys are in the exact same position Lodge was in back in 2016.

Bulldogs duo sacked for schoolgirl scandal

Lodge didn’t survive. He was sacked and deregistered. He was allowed back into the game 2 years later after undergoing a bunch of rehabilitation courses and has (surprisingly) been a model citizen ever since.

Bulldogs duo sacked for schoolgirl scandal

The Broncos would definitely get bigger crowds if they had Saturday and Sunday afternoon games.

Friday night games might be good for commercial reasons, but they basically kill off the possibility of selling out a game.

Which club really gets the NRL's best home crowds?

Can’t see $2.5 million stretching very far – that’s barely enough to pay out half the contract of one terminated coach.

NRL clubs to get $2.5m to survive coronavirus shutdown

The executives are working a lot harder than the players are at the moment. And right now, the executives are way more important.

Cut executives pay by too much and they might quit. The players aren’t going anywhere. Having some players walk out would actually solve a few problems.

NRL clubs to get $2.5m to survive coronavirus shutdown

No one was predicting them to make the final, and Rugby revolves around the World Cup, so yeah – that’s a good year.

Cheika had also won the Super Rugby title the previous year and had previously won a Heineken cup. So he looked like a pretty solid choice at the time.

Cheika reveals his Wallabies regrets

And a gold star from the kindergarten of getting the $hit kicked out of you.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

How far ahead would someone be on a 2 year old mortgage? A month?

Pay cuts will show the players are genuine partners in the NRL

Super rugby is probably the closest thing to a global league. And it is still missing half the major countries.

Pay cuts will show the players are genuine partners in the NRL

That’s $195 per week until the end of the year.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

Fair bit if hindsight there. The wallabies had had an amazing 2015. They had definitely overperformed and it was on the back of some decisions by Cheika that others wouldn’t have made. Cheika had won the award for international coach of the year. He could have named his price to coach anywhere at the expiration of his contract.

Given the lack of alternatives within Australia at that time, locking up a successful coach was not completely unreasonable.

Turns out it was a terrible decision, no two ways about it, but that was far from obvious at the time.

Cheika reveals his Wallabies regrets

Also refers to himself as an outsider. 300 games for Randwick, captain of Randwick, coach of Randwick, played for the Waratahs, Coach of the Waratahs … sorry, that is as inside the tent as you can get.

Cheika reveals his Wallabies regrets

He was talking about 40 minute halves.

Cheika reveals his Wallabies regrets

Pretty sure that Hooper being out wide is part of the pod structure, primarily designed to make sure that he is the first in to secure ball when someone else gets tackled. It was the same with Higginbotham back in the day.

The fact that he is capable of catching and running with the ball is a bonus.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Exactly – players aren’t paid just to play games. In this case they are being stood down from all duties, so a pay cut is somewhat justified.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

Not sure that reasoning works.

If that were the case, a player who only got selected for half the games due to form or whim of the coach, would lose half his salary.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

What are you talking about?

This has nothing to do with ‘many ordinary citizens out there’. This is purely an internal matter for the NRL, clubs and their employees.

NRL asks players to take massive pay cut to save game's finances

There was a decent argument that Hooper shouldn’t be 7, or even shouldn’t be in the team when Pocock was around.

But Pocock has gone. Liam Wright is good and probably going to get better, but he definitely ain’t Pocock.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

That’s two. Once Wright has turned down another 300 easily kickable points we’ll put him up there on the cross with Hooper.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Well, it’s a young team that used to let blowouts happen quite a bit. Under his captaincy, that has stopped. It is true that they have faded, but that seems to be due to a depth of actual talent in the bench rather than a failure to keep focussed. That’s where a captain helps.

Just in general this year they look a lot more focussed and seem to be playing with purpose. They all look like they are pulling in the right direction. That captain is one of the main people who deserves credit for that.

They also seem to be making decent tactical decisions that are a captain’s decision.

Wright just seems to be a good captain.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Fair enough.

Pay cuts will show the players are genuine partners in the NRL

It was directed at a poster who made a nasty comment at another writer on the site. The comment that sparked Gore’s response had nothing to do with the article in question. The quoted text above is a perfectly targeted and completely warranted.

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Easy to criticise the clubs for being greedy, but where else do you expect them to get money to payout half the contracts of former coaches?

Pay cuts will show the players are genuine partners in the NRL

Stop! Stop! He’s already dead!

Pay cuts will show the players are genuine partners in the NRL