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The quotas make selection ridiculously complex:

If the wallabies lose Genia, they just slit in whoever the next best halfback is, or Phipps. But if they had the same quotas that the Boks have, if they can’t find a black or coloured halfback who is good enough to play at the international level, it would mean that they would have to drop another white player in a different position that has a decent black/coloured backup. Hopefully that would be Foley.

This leads to more chopping and changing with selections that are disruptive for combination building.

Super Rugby Power Rankings 2019: Round 1

40/20 – I was responding to Paul.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

Nah. OJ went to jail for kidnapping and armed robbery. It had absolutely nothing to do with The murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.

OJ didn’t start committing crimes until more than a decade after he had retired from football, so it diesn’t really relate in any wayto the discussion at hand.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

What are you talking about?
Lodge went nuts in New York, got convicted, got sacked by his club and deregistered By the NRL.
2 years later he got signed by the Broncos and booed by the crowds every week.
The notion that he should have been stood down to protect him from the crowds is silly, since that will never stop.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

Well, I wouldn’t know any better than you. But there is nothing wrong with a player and club discussing and even negotiating a player’s role with the club post retirement during the final year or two of their final contract. It’s probably really, really common, especially for the great players.

There is a big difference between that and locking in post retirement payments prior to, or at the same time as an actual playing contract is being negotiated.

Who are NRL HQ's least to most favourite teams?

Both those cases you linked are random attacks on strangers. They are always more likely to result in bail being refused and are nothing like the current case.

Any lawyer would agree that bail would be likely to be given in JDB’s case.

Not saying that he’s not a general scumbag, by the way. But if that was enough to get players stood down, then many NRL teams would struggle to field a team every week.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

You would pay one of your key employees something like $750k to sit at home on his couch for a year?

You must have a very successful business if it can absorb a hit like that. Impressive.

It would be highly unusual for someone to be refused bail in De Belin’s circumstances.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

That pretty much only happens in circumstances where the charges they are facing relate directly to the job they have been stood down from. For example – assaulting a fellow employee or stealing from their employer. This isn’t like that.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

How long does it take the Courts in NSW to determine a contested rape trial?
18 months? What if he is found not guilty by a jury but the crown appeals?
What you have suggested is impractical and fundamentally unjust.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

Darren Lockyer?

Who are NRL HQ's least to most favourite teams?

This isn’t a great development for Rugby League. Under Stuart, the Sharks became the grubbiest team the NRL has ever seen – ripping the stitching of cuts out of opposition players faces etc. Ennis is an infamous grub – in fact it’s what he is best known for.

This isn’t heading anywhere good. A pity. I liked the Raiders.

Michael Ennis will make the Green Machine mean and clever

Well that will teach you to listen to Phil Gould and Ray Warren. But even then, he was really only portrayed as exceptional for an 18 year old (and rightly so 18 is damn young for a prop) not by the standards of the average NRL forward.

It’s not like he was the starting prop from the first game of the season. He was getting eased into first grade mid way through the season off the bench and wasn’t even selected for every game he was available.

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

Not unusual for an 18 year old to get hurt in their first season of professional football.

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

The forwards did the job last year though. Unspectacular, clunky playmaking was what held them back.

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

I wouldn’t go that far – their spine just isn’t good enough.

McCullough, Milford and Isaako are all very solid, but still second tier. Nikorima is probably one of the weakest halves in the competition, if I’m being honest (best utility in the competition, though).

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

The Broncos struggled last year in large part due to long term injuries to Gillett and Bird and a disruptive injury to McCullough at Hooker.
Gillett and Bird are about $1.6 million of the salary cap, and McCullough is probably the main organiser of the spine players.
All teams have injuries, but the Broncos were particularly hard hit last year. That’s unlikely to happen two years in a row.

Of the forwards they lost (Sims, McGuire and Thaiday) only Josh McGuire is of origin standard, and Gillett comes back in to replace him. The rest of the young forwards have the benefit of a season’s experience. The Broncos pack will be stronger this year than last year.

They won’t miss the 8.

Which NRL teams will drop out of the top eight in 2019?

Not much of an obstacle. Andrew Johns hadn’t reached his peak by that stage. Langer was definitely a superior halfback to John’s in 1997.

John’s only got selected for 2 of the origin games that year and when he did play, he played both games at hooker.

Who would have won the 1997 Telecom Bowl?

Easily the Broncos.
This was the Broncos in their pomp. That team list has 3 Australian Captains in it. I think every single player except John Plath played origin – and he would have been a starting hooker or half at most clubs. Nearly every single one of them played for Australia at some stage.

They dominated the unified competition the following year too.

Who would have won the 1997 Telecom Bowl?

Cooper doesn’t defend in the 10 channel.

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Melbourne Rebels

My comment was answering Bangerz question as to how the statistics were compiled.
And obviously, if the police investigate and determine that a complaint was false, then they don’t record it as a statistic. Not all complaints result in a report because the police consider the complaint to lack credibility, or not worth the allocation of resources.
The number of physical assaults that don’t result in a complaint to police dwarfs the number of false complaints that are made.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Correct. Definitely the majority.
People who suffer a common assault from someone they know, usually don’t report it – they sort it out personally. And if they go report it, they often don’t go through with supporting a prosecution.
People will often report a common assault by a stranger, but because they fin’t know the person, it can be hard for the police to track them down, so they get away with it.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

The reason that the Courts and the Police often let ‘minor’ assaults go without punishment is not just because they don’t matter, but because the Justice system doesn’t have the resources to deal with all criminal acts that are reported.

There isn’t enough space in jails to house criminals deserving of incarceration and there aren’t enough officers to monitor whether people are keeping up with their bail, parole or community service orders.

They won’t admit to it, but that’s often the reality.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Reported Assaults. That the police deem credible enough to bother to write a report.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Many, probably most of the incidents of low level criminality by NRL pkayers don’t result in charges because:
1. the victims are compensated with money by the player or the club;
2. The victim couldn’t be bothered going through with the trouble associated with making a formal complaint; and
3. The victims are often drunk off their faces and make unreliable witnesses.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour

Sorry to be the one to tell you Bangers – You have personally known dozens of women who have been subject to physical abuse.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour