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

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Obviously as a Tahs fan we have to revel in the win over the Crusaders for a few days but must back it up against the Highlanders. Thought the Tahs centres performed very well. With the ongoing chat about who is the best 10 at the moment or who should be 10 for the Wallabies, the question I have which of the 10s suits how Schmidt is likely to coach.

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Men will be kicking themselves for losing to GB in the QF, for their trouble they get to play Fiji in a 7th place play off, instead of Spain in a semi.

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With the way Tahs management have operated over the last 10 years it’s not surprising that they continue to just damage the Tahs brand & overall operations. Am guessing they ie Tahs & RA management have someone already lined up.

'They haven't learned anything': Crusaders' Penney opens on Tahs - and why he 'feels really sorry' for Coleman

Actually enjoy heading to Melbourne to watch Tahs play the Rebels over the last few years but not heading to Super Round, Tahs are playing the Crusaders.

Super Round is a celebration of rugby - that's why it should have never been held in Melbourne

The Aussie women towards the end looked cooked. As for the men, no idea what went wrong except it’s a reminder how tough the SVNS Series, except for Argentina.

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The Betoota Advocate did a great post on Instagramwith Phil Waugh letting the pigeon free.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

Similarly with the member emails some of the links don’t work to the articles/ announcements. I ignored the probs with a couple of the emails, then couldn’t help myself & sent through some feedback telling them which links were not working.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

At least it feels like footy weather, need to rug up. But yes its mighty chilly. It has felt extra cold as a Tahs supporter heading down & losing all the time. Cold & losing, at least it hasnt rained.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

That is always irritating but also funny.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

Unfortunately I think RA/Tahs are more than a little dysfunctional at the moment. Who knows who is doing what, who should be saying what. It’s going to be a tough year for Tahs and off the field. I just went to the Tahs website under the heading Your Waratahs Links, 4 of the 7 don’t work including the one to get tickets. Am guessing they just don’t have the staff & who has responsibility to do things.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

Very much agree, this isn’t the time of year to play rugby. Unfortunately the game was on the main Ch9 channel, any casual sports fan who clicked on it would have seen a minimal crowd reiterating the narrative rugby is dying, no one goes.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

Interesting listening to a sports show Big Sports Brekky this morning one of the biggest issues they raised was how poor the crowds were including the Reds v Tahs game. A real picture of how poor rugby is going. Noting one of the co-hosts is always trying to be rugby positive but it is really hard to. As he said the 6 Nations is still very popular. Matt Burke was also on the show, it’s so hard to talk up rugby at the moment. He got more exciting talking about his daughter playing a touch footy tournament up at Dubbo on the weekend.

The Wrap: Opening round of SRP a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same

Probably correct about the costs etc of the Olympics. I’m not a good one to ask I’m a big sports fan & Australia has a long Olympic history, so really enjoy the Olympics. On the flip side I appreciate those in the arts must question the $$ spent on sport.

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Most pleasing was it was a competitive game with a few tries being shown on the main Ch9 channel. That is a big plus. (Although tough the game was up against the Matildas on Ch10). As for the rugby have to say the Tahs didn’t seem to have much in attack, they all tried hard but didn’t seem to have any spark, none of the tries were from creative play. Also for the Tahs too many errors, they aren’t good enough to win when making those errors.

'Tough call': Reds too good for Tahs in cracking Aussie derby, as controversial penalty try, yellow to Jorgo proves telling

Sadly I think the Rebels’ performance & the crowd numbers are all pretty irrelevant at this stage. It appears the main issue is RA cannot fund 5 teams. If RA had the funds they would keep funding the Rebels to keep a presence in Melbourne like the AFL has done in Sydney/Gold Coast.

'Own worst enemy': Rebels' month from hell continues as Brumbies smash Aussie rivals, Lolesio's timely reminder

That maybe true but without doubt the Olympics is the pinnacle for the players as it is for the vast majority of athletes who are at the Olympics. No matter what they do, get a medal at the Olympics & that is what you are forever known for & leads your bio. (An exception is probably the tennis & golf players)

Olympic dream or pipe dream? Hoops running out of time after latest sevens omission, but Dupont ready for debut

Even before the trials I had a feeling of trepidation. In reality I haven’t felt positive preseason with the Tahs in a long, long time. With the trial losses it was the size of the losses that concerned. I worry a bit about our defence but maybe Gilmore has something he is working on. Really hope Edmed steps up, this is his opportunity. On a positive, 1 of my sons now works in Surry Hills & he suggested we head to the Highlanders game, sure it is because he can walk there after work on a Friday but will take that as a sign, positive sign for the Tahs season.

Moment of truth looms for Coleman’s Waratahs - and more is on the line for NSW should their season come to naught

A bit of concern losing your govt relations person who has been around for awhile, these days sports & govt are integrally linked. Interesting the redundancies included finance, not sure if that is a good or bad thing, considering RA’s current financial situation maybe it is a performance issue. As for partnerships/ sponsors there doesn’t seem to have been any quality/big sponsorships done in the last few years, so maybe some new people needed.

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Keen to see how DuPont goes. The Aussie women may struggle Alysia LF out injured I rate her possibly the most important player in the squad. Hope the NZ men have a few of their injured players back.

Olympic dream or pipe dream? Hoops running out of time after latest sevens omission, but Dupont ready for debut

Will note their names down

Former Wallaroos skipper joins Rebels after Roosters stint, key stars back from UK

You are probably correct 7s seems very much suited to young backs. But would like to see him have a run just out of interest. I haven’t gone through the team in detail, not sure how many vacancies are actually available to make the final cut for the Olympics.

Olympic dream or pipe dream? Hoops running out of time after latest sevens omission, but Dupont ready for debut

Long time Grace Hamilton fan, pleased she is still going to play some rugby even if it’s not for the Tahs. She can always play NRLW after the Super W season if she is offered a contract.

Former Wallaroos skipper joins Rebels after Roosters stint, key stars back from UK

Sure there are problems with rugby in Australia, but you can’t be critical of their efforts to get quality coaches for the Wallabies & Wallaroos.

The Wallaroos' new coach is a trailblazer in Australian sport - but she doesn't want to be known as that

Hope they have a quality Commercial GM to bring in some serious sponsorship $$. Although based on the last few years don’t think RA have the staff with the business acumen to get the $$.

CONFIRMED: Rebels CEO made redundant and coaches have contract cuts as hopes of Super Rugby survival fade

Nice to have some good news

'This is the opportunity': Rugby Australia announces historic funding investment in women's game

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