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Long term 'glass half full' rugby fan - Wallabies, Wallaroos, Tahs, Marlins + 7s

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I thought Kellaway was outstanding. Will never know but in many ways after the red card I don’t know if we would have won with Banks at FB. Kellaway has the skills but also made so many smart decisions, I think he reads the play from the back very well. It is almost a waste to having him on the wing.

The Wrap: No global Nations Championship but the southern hemisphere sweeps Round 1 all the same

While the global calendar in some form appears to be the future, will very much miss the 3 Test series. A 3 Test Series provides a range of story lines that engages supporters. Here in Oz the discussion will all be about can England get revenge, will the make changes, can Australia lift again, in many ways it adds depth to the Tests.

The Wrap: No global Nations Championship but the southern hemisphere sweeps Round 1 all the same

Whilst embarrassing for League, the PR & exposure is, sadly, probably worth it.

The UK's Sports Minister doesn't know difference between league and union. Good

The Oz A team didn’t play well but still enjoyed the game. Like any rugby game unless the forwards match up the skill of the backs doesn’t really matter. The Oz lineout was painful to watch, neither the men or women can throw straight.
Having a Tahs bias was mainly keeping an eye on how the Tahs players performed.

'They deserved it': Brain snaps and missteps as Wannabies gift Pacific Nations Cup win to Samoa

Really keen to see this side in action.
Also interested in tomorrow nights U20s game.

Australia A team: Ryan Lonergan to lead, Edmed at flyhalf as Gilmore names side to face Samoa

I wouldn’t say we are bad, but agree England should be very confident. England has more going for it. More players in England, more finances, more professional players, more clubs plus it doesn’t have other footy codes competing for player talent while in Oz there is AFL & rugby league.

The niggly, nagging questions ahead of the first Wallabies-England Test

Yep the word is ‘nervous’.

The niggly, nagging questions ahead of the first Wallabies-England Test

Really, I hadn’t noticed. There is the A League comp which I thought was pretty straight forward and then their FA Cup comp.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby setting itself up to sink or swim?

Very much agree with ‘…because the problem is really difficult’. It just is.
Is Hamish doing the right thing or not, I have no idea but it is such an unusual challenge all options need to be considered.
Also agree it so hard to get a casual observer or fan to engage with Super Rugby when both fans & media are negative about or are debating the Super Rugby format. Can’t think of another sport where the competition format is continually referred to.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby setting itself up to sink or swim?

Any article that references the classic Life of Brian will always get a positive review from me.
We can often dwell on the negatives, when in reality there are actually lot of positives.
Add to your list the improvement of the 7s program even though men’s program has been slashed.
The women’s 7s team was the first Australian women’s national team to wear a unique First Nations jersey (not just a replica of the men’s version).
Naturally it would be remiss of me not to mention that Hamish hasn’t come to the party as yet for the women’s 15s program. But the positives out weigh the negatives.

Life of Hamish: We should recognise what McLennan has done for Australian rugby

Hope we are a surprise. Agree the standard has improved significantly, seems like the Wallaroos can compete. Although it will be interesting to see how we go against the Black Ferns on a dry track. It is a bit like the Super Rugby Pacific Oz teams, developing depth is a challenge.

Pacific Four series: The Wallaroos are heading in the right direction

Actually did this while the Logies was on last Sunday.
Yes the women’s game & 7s is a bit of a hobby horse. Mainly want to get as many player names out as possible in rugby discussions, increase the recognition, inch by inch
Really hope we can keep Grace.
Also think this World Cup will be quite enlightening as to where the Wallaroos really are. Do wonder what their program will be leading up to the World Cup.

Pacific Four series: The Wallaroos are heading in the right direction

The women’s squad has all the regular players you would expect, good to see a Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea back who missed Toulouse. Plus there are a couple of new players added Bridget Clark/ Isabella Nasser, also the return of Alicia Lucas & Georgia Hannaway in the squad

Demi Hayes, Charlotte Caslick, Maddison Levi, Teagan Levi, Faith Nathan, Jesse Southwell, Madison Ashby, Tia Hinds, Dominique Du Toit, Sariah Paki, Lily Dick, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Bienne Terita, Sharni Williams, Bridget Clark, Isabella Nasser, Georgia Hannaway, Alicia Lucas

Perfect chance for 15s fans to get into sevens as Aussies continue Com Games buildup at Oceania tournament

Aussie 7s men
A bit of an update now the squads have been announced.
For the men it is a real revamp for some reason – 5 of the players I suggested having a looking at are not even in the squad & there are 6 names I don’t know. So not sure how they will go with this number of changes
Henry Paterson
Stuart Dunbar
Declan Meridith
Dally Bird
Chris Watkins
Max Burey
James Turner
Josh Turner
Dietrich Roache
Nathan Lawson
Matt Gonzalez
Solomone Vosaicake
Nathan Carroll
Tom Morrison

Perfect chance for 15s fans to get into sevens as Aussies continue Com Games buildup at Oceania tournament

Muzzo, you make me laugh with your HK reference again.
Am not too worried about these games, it’s just a good run for the teams.
Actually don’t expect the Oz teams to win.
My focus is getting more readers to think about 7s, know the names of some of the players and hopefully they watch a few games on Stan.

Perfect chance for 15s fans to get into sevens as Aussies continue Com Games buildup at Oceania tournament

It will be a good watch. Actually keen to see how the Aussie men go playing NZ & Fiji multiple times. The men have really progressed when you consider only 6 players are on full time contracts.
As for Stan I assumed Stan would broadcast it as they would just take the NZ broadcasting feed, like they did in that pre Olympic tournament in NZ. Just need to get a few people to actually watch it on Stan.

Perfect chance for 15s fans to get into sevens as Aussies continue Com Games buildup at Oceania tournament

Have always been a supporter of niche sports !!!!

Wallaroos learning a lot from Pacific Four Series but still more to learn

Yep the rain does spoil the spectacle a bit but from time to time good to see rugby in the pouring rain, except when you are the spectator.

Wallaroos learning a lot from Pacific Four Series but still more to learn

Wasn’t sure whether to write something but noted the main stream papers hadn’t done much, so thought I had better.
Unfortunately I think also part of the problem in Australia is the lack of depth in some of the positions, there aren’t a lot of options, which is part of the problem in Oz with NRLW & AFLW.
For example the 2 best half backs are the Tahs half back and the Tahs’ reserve half back.

Wallaroos learning a lot from Pacific Four Series but still more to learn

Yep size is an issue, which is probably why Duck is playing this weekend instead of Chancellor and Kemp has been brought onto the bench. The problem for the Oz team, not sure if there are better options available to improve the backs, unless we can get some 7s players or a couple of NRLW players.
At least the Oz & Kiwis play each other 2 more times before the WC, both need more game time.

Wallaroos learning a lot from Pacific Four Series but still more to learn

Thanks Moaman – must a admit as an amateur whilst I had watched the NZ game, I didn’t go back and check the half time score, I remembered we got 10 & that it was the first time we had led at half time. Yep it was cats & dogs.
Wondering what this weekend will be like. First game ‘persisting down’, second game blowing a gale.

Wallaroos learning a lot from Pacific Four Series but still more to learn

Yes I know it’s inevitable, I understand over 50% of the Fijiana Drua Super W team has been approached. Plus a lot of other players in Qld/NSW. Will have to see what happens after the Rugby World Cup.

Expansion confirmed but pay must be top priority for our NRLW and women's Origin stars

Always good to hear a NSW country lad having a chat. #Gunnedah

Martial arts, lost kgs and chats with Dave - How Harry Wilson has prepared for Wallabies return

Mary, don’t increase the pay until Rugby AU sorts itself out with the remuneration for the Super W players, otherwise we will lose a lot of our players.

Expansion confirmed but pay must be top priority for our NRLW and women's Origin stars

Tooly, maybe chill on the Swinton commentary, he got injured in the first game and has a real issue with nerve damage in his shoulder – if it doesn’t heal naturally may have to go in for surgery & have a long time in recovery

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