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Rusted on rugby fan - originally just Wallabies, Tahs, Marlins but in the last few years it's also Wallaroos and men/women's 7s just as important.

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As a Tahs fan in terms of who wins am very indifferent, either way will irritate me, just hope it’s a cracking game, so rugby is the winner !!!!!

Super Rugby AU final teams: Reds change captain, Brumbies hit hard by injuries

A good article Jez, just to irritate me further.
Seriously you have to wonder what Davis has actually done that is of value during his tenure. Maybe it’s like a lot of big businesses they actually survive despite continually making poor decisions. On a positive I really can’t see the Tahs getting too much worse than it is now – we must be at the bottom or close to the bottom.

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

Interesting – I can’t remember who I heard mention Les Kiss as an option . I note the article indicates that the Melbourne Rebels are possibly after Darren Coleman.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Les Kiss is head coach of London Irish who are doing ok for basically a start up having been promoted. And yes they have bought a lot of players, a few former Tahs actually.
Phil Blake I think is helping out in Shute shield

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

It’s going take a while to get confidence in the Tahs’ Board – who knows how they make decisions.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

We can only just hang in there knowing the sun will rise again. Will be interested in seeing who will take over as coach. It does concern me that it is the same Board who will be making the decision. I think there are options, I even heard someone also mention the names of Les Kiss & Phil Blake. I don’t know who would be the best fit, just hope the right decision is made.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Tommy, I think Porecki was approached by Scott Johnson to consider coming back to Oz for the UK without any promises of a Wallabies call up – so I’m assuming Johnson/ Rennie see something.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Just to clarify – ‘an unjustified amount of Tahs in the Wallabies’ is just your opinion.
As for Hooper maybe he will be captain, maybe he won’t – I guess it is the call of the coach – who I’m pretty sure will select what he thinks is best for the team, not based on emotional fans hand wringing.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Fingers crossed we keep the youngsters & yes my namesake has had a good season but I wouldn’t expect anything less from a Hugh !!!

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Tommy, whilst appreciating your passion in reality a struggling Tahs is not good for Australian rugby – a competitive NSW is needed for ratings, sponsors, $$$$ – its just business.
As for Cheika, I have a mixed view – he is Randwick and I have always disliked Randwick but he won Super Rugby in 2014, as such I will always be indebted to him.
I might not agree with some of a coach’s selections but they make the call and usually have more insight than I do. Its always a challenge the balance between selecting the best players and selecting the best combination of players.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

The part that seriously irritates me about this situation is that it wasn’t just a short term issue, we have seen it coming for a couple of years and I’m no pro sports management expert. Agree a win over a kiwis team doesn’t look too promising – just hope they can stay competitive.
It is funny everyone is saying look forward to 2023 – that’s a lot of pain and anguish between now and then.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

I’m just staying in my own rugby echo chamber of Stan/GEM and the SMH. It is interesting there is really no serious rugby journalism at Newscorp anymore.
I keep shaking my head that the Board/ management didn’t see this coming, it was a no brainer and very unfair on the young players – just hope it doesn’t detract from their ongoing development.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Yep great word for the Board ‘appalled’, I think I will use that in future.
I heard the new CEO of the Western Force speak the other day on a podcast and he was so impressive. He was clear on where they wanted to go, what they needed to do and how they were doing it – the Tahs’ CEO Doorn, seems a lovely guy but hasn’t impressed in any interview I have heard with him.
I forgot Tizzano he busts himself every game, hope he sticks around when Hooper is back – he may be drawn back to WA, couldn’t blame him.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Agree I wasn’t a big fan of Perese he wasn’t one of the players who I had seen and thought wow he can play – shows you how wrong you can be. Obviously with the name Hugh, I’m a big supporter of his. I think with Gordon he just had to step up this year and he has done very well, in tough times. And yep, everyone knows HJH isn’t a tight head but they persist, I assume because they don’t think they have any other option – again more planning & development.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

I seriously have no interest in either team, but will watch the fame to follow Tom Wright and Irae Simone, am a big fan of both, players with footy smarts and skills.

Super Rugby AU qualifying final teams: Brumbies bring back big guns as Force make selection surprise at the back

I guess it’s the challenge of professional sport picking and keeping the right talent. No doubt in Oz we will make mistakes, also it depends on the coach, how they want to play and who are their favourites. Inevitably some that we think are great wont fit into coach Rennie’s plans. The positive for players is they have so many opportunities overseas, the end of rugby in Oz isn’t the end of their rugby career. I’m just looking forward to how they juggle all this young talent.

Why Japan is a threat to Australian rugby

The reality there is nothing you can do about the opportunities that Japan provide – playing rugby is now as much a career opportunity as anything else. People in business/ academia etc head overseas all the time for opportunities, rugby is the same. We just need to ensure we can pick the right ones to stay in Oz to ensure we remain competitive. And big picture a strong Japanese comp is good for rugby internationally, it also highlights the differences between rugby and League/ AFL.
Listened to a great chat on the RugbyKO podcast with a young country bloke Will Grant playing in the NZ Mitre 10 comp, he is just loving it – he went over there after school just to play rugby

Why Japan is a threat to Australian rugby

Agree, the term ‘batter’ is jarring, especially as I remember many many years ago my father correcting me if I ever used the term batter. He always said batter was a baseball term. It’s just a transition, in 20 years it will be the norm. That being said, it will always be jarring to me.

Cricket’s shift from ‘batsman’ to ‘batter’ is the right one

Absolutely. I was only hoping for a win or maybe 2 if lucky this season.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail

Just thought she managed the game well – sure we all have various opinions on penalties or missed penalties but that’s just sport – hope she gets a Trans Tasman game, she deserves it.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail

There is so much going on with rugby at the moment, really can’t keep up. I think part of the issue is there is so much content now with club rugby & Top 14 on Stan plus the MLR in the USA. Even if I wasn’t going to watch Stan, I know it’s on & could watch it – lucky for the minis. Previously I couldn’t watch it because it wasn’t available which meant all I could do was a short vent. (Add to the mix all the podcasts – serious content overload.)

Also am not a fan of the captain’s challenge, agree with other comments re Amy Perrett she is just a good ref, as a Tahs supporter there were some green shoots was impressed by Donaldson, while disappointed in another Tahs loss actually thought it was good for the Force and their fans for them to get a home win. The Tahs’ time will come, just hopefully in my lifetime.

The Wrap: Rugby’s devil is in the detail

My biggest concern is whether the Tahs’ management has the ability to sign players and develop players. They haven’t shown that in recent times. Apart from a tight head and a lock or 2 I’m pretty comfortable with the players we have, my concern is whether the players we have decide to stay. For example Tizzano is off contract this year, with Hooper being back what does he do. He will want to play, not be on the bench, so he may feel he has to leave, so how will the Tahs mange that.

Future is now for young Tahs

Agree, was keen to see Holland get another run in the starting line up. He has a great long, flat pass and real rugby smarts.

Super Rugby AU Round 9 teams: Swinton back for Tahs' trip to the west

My main take out – Tahs have scored more tries than Rebela and Force – glass half full.

Reds-Brumbies has become 'the' modern-day Australian rugby rivalry

Have to admit I have noticed there hasn’t been any pre game activities – always got to a game early so the boys could get involved in the kids activities eg passing, kicking, tackle bags, games of touch footy etc plus get free stuff. But can understand if no one is going why have activities. Plus stayed late after the game to get as many autographs and selfies as possible.
Always enjoyed the half time women’s 7s too.
In Sydney there is no doubt winning makes a big difference. Unfortunately the Tahs have fallen so far behind its going to take a long long time to get crowds there again.
One of the pluses of the small crowds, the queue to get a beer is very short, so there is a positive from a fan experience.

Can New South Wales solve its crowds crisis?