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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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That’s the issue, you don’t know if he is just tossing grenades to stir the pot, why would you bother doing that or he still has that archaic opinion when it comes to women and sport. Both are pretty sad.

Caslick eyes code switch

Yep Maddocks and the backline looked good considering the forwards they play behind – it would make a lot of difference if as a back you had complete confidence in the platform laid by your scrum. Anyway, glass half full – good to have rugby in Oz

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Good on her and the other women if they want to try League – just don’t get injured. There is only so much training you can do, you want to play and who knows when that will be in 7s.
I can’t imagine Caslick would switch over permanently at this stage. Whilst there are some financial issues with Rugby Australia, I understand the 7s program will continue and be full time so it would be hard to switch from being full time professional to a couple of months of League. Also there is the Olympics which is a bit of a carrot.

Caslick eyes code switch

Completely agree, no need to compare the Oz and NZ competitions. I haven’t watched a lot of the NZ games, yes they were quality games but I don’t have any emotional attachment like I do with the Tahs. I guess it comes down to a meaningless debate of which is the better game or which game was the most enjoyable – for me the Tahs/ Reds game was far and away the most enjoyable to watch so far, even with the errors .
The Tahs haven’t had a quality forward pack for I don’t know how long, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I have some real empathy for the backline always having to play off the back foot.
Anyway looking forward to the Tahs v Force game even if it is at the SCG.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Great description ” upbeat”, as a Tahs supporter I am a lot more upbeat than I was before the game. A long way to go but I like what I am seeing – I’m always glass half full so that helps.
The biggest issue I have is getting my head around who the new players are, it’s a real changing of the guard.
Wasn’t going to go to an SCG game this year, don’t like watching rugby there but will be there next week.

Super Rugby AU: A new hope for the Waratahs?

I love all the debate, with naturally Hooper at the centre again, after just one game. Pretty sure Hooper will be one of the first players picked, especially if they pick a few youngsters in the squad.
There was always going to be a lot of rust with teams & players in the first game back, I know we were yelling at the TV at some of the Tahs. But will say we really enjoyed the game, a lot more than I thought we would. I need to check out some of the Tahs players who I hadn’t heard of or seen before.
Anyway hope to get to the Force game next week.

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

As the saying goes – ‘Hope springs eternal’ !!!!!!!

Reds looking to break derby drought in Super Rugby AU opener

I can’t seeing anything but the Tahs coming 2nd tonight, which with this young squad I will begrudgingly take – just hoping its not a flogging. (However deep, deep down there is the slightest of a flicker that these youngster can cause an upset, which is why we are going to the pub to watch the game)

Reds looking to break derby drought in Super Rugby AU opener

I’m not one to normally look forward to pain, suffering and potentially humiliation but I am actually looking forward to the young Tahs playing on Friday.

Super Rugby Week 4: Here come the Aussies

Not really a fan of the idea, as have mentioned before it all depends on the rules/laws used. I doubt the Kangaroos could get there head around the technical aspects of rugby, also the rugby high tackle laws would cause them quite a few problems. Similarly I agree the All Black forwards would find the constant up & back of League rules a challenge.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

You have to love coaches – Whits saying its a great opportunity for the youngsters what else is he going to say. Its going to be interesting. Just wish we had some forwards to at least give the backs an opportunity, I think they will be on the back foot all game.

Waratahs smashed by injury ahead of Super Rugby AU opener

No idea – 3 of them have hamstring issues.

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

It is tough being a Tahs fan, can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel at this stage.
Just heard Gordon, Hunt, Foketi and Robertson are likely to be unavailable this week with injuries.
My only hope is that the losses aren’t too bad and its doesn’t scar the youngsters in the squad.

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

The Tahs will have to lift significantly to compete with any of the other teams and whilst I’m forever an optimist it is going to be a real struggle – I just hope we aren’t flogged too many times.

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

Thanks Geoff was hoping for a fresh start, but that first para really brought me back to earth with that pain and anguish sport can best deliver. I guess then, here’s hoping the Tahs just battle on as best they can !!!!!

The Wrap: The patience of rugby players and fans is about to be rewarded

The hybrid game just a $$$ grab and for novelty value, not a fan of it but we live in different times. Agree the rules/ laws will determine who wins, my son keeps saying watching League “Wow high tackle penalty/ high tackle sin bin” – so if the rugby tackle laws are used I think the Kangaroos would be in trouble.
As for a Bledisloe drawn series, a real conundrum, I think they tried to do something for the Sheffield Shield cricket final as the team who finishes top of the table wins if the game is a draw.
I think a drawn series is unsatisfying as is a drawn game but maybe that in itself is the strange pleasure of sport – win, loss, draw each has a different emotion. Maybe it reiterates a bit of a life lesson that we don’t always get what we want, sometimes no one wins or loses, it’s just the way it is.

The time has come for extra time in Bledisloe Cup deciders

It’s a good question, I don’t know the answer and probably can’t provide an objective perspective as I have been involved for too long in rugby.
In Australia it would be difficult to develop rugby as pro club based competition with NRL and AFL entrenched here. I would also be concerned going completely down the pro NFL, NBA, MLB route that it would impact rugby’s core community based structure and in some ways rugby’s principles and unique values.

The Wrap: Private equity can fix rugby, but only if rugby gets it right

Always think the club v country debate is amusing – I understand from the club’s perspective, they pay the $$$ so want a big say, fair enough, but its the performance of the players for their country that gets the clubs’ attention in the first place. Playing for your country demonstrates the skills, talent and ability to play at the highest level under pressure, which is what clubs want. So without the international games clubs will find it more difficult to pick the best players.
As others have said not sure how World Rugby will ever be able to get all the jigsaw puzzle pieces together.

The Wrap: Private equity can fix rugby, but only if rugby gets it right

Its funny watching “The Only Rugby Show” on Youtube with Drew Mitchell, Stephen Hoiles and Louise Ransome they had on KB, there was no discussion about the Tahs playing but did discuss going to France. At the time I thought it was odd but now it makes sense.
Have always enjoyed watching KB play, as have my boys, even though he hasn’t been in the best form of late. I’m comfortable for the Tahs to throw a kitchen sink full of youngsters into the fray and see how it goes this season – the reality is that the main problem is the forwards.
In terms of the backs I’m sure I saw somewhere that Kyle Godwin may come to the Tahs after his stint this year at the Force.
Anyway thanks KB !!!!

Beale exits Waratahs

Yes they are thoroughly enjoyable to watch, even more so where areas of Oz rugby are struggling on and off field.

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light

The Kiwi girls are killing me, they are very very good.

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light

Thanks – I didn’t know that history. Yep Qld players have been the core of this squad. As for Cherry the players correctly refer to her as the GOAT, we need her.

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light

Couldn’t agree more, gold standard !!!

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light

Mz, I remember Tim Walsh saying coaching the women is quite different, they ask lots of questions and ask ‘why’, the men just listen, take in what’s been said and go about it.

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light

Yep Muglair, research methodology can always be questioned, especially around subjective assessments, my view is if it’s ok for Cricket Australia and Netball Australia to use it to promote their sport then Rugby Australia should be doing the same – they don’t have much to celebrate or promote currently.
For info my initial pub test was a few years ago when I stood up at half time of a Tahs game when there was a women’s 7s demo club game being played, I was quickly harangued and encouraged to sit down immediately as they wanted to watch the women play – that was confirmation there was some real interest.
One of the reasons I’m a fan is they have an authentic passion for their team and playing, you can’t ask for more than that – except winning of course.

Kudos (again) to Oz rugby’s only real shining light