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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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I heard Dan McKellar say this also last week in a radio interview on the Big Sports Breakfast – he comes across very well each time I hear him. In regards to the next big thing as you would be well aware one of the issues is the non stop 24 hour news cycle and social media – so always looking for something new which is then gets picked up by social media and becomes a bigger story than it probably originally was.
Anyway just pleased to these young guys progressing and they all seem quite level headed too.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Wish him and his family all the best in the UK. Kudos, he always put in his best, that’s all you can ask for. Terrific role model, solid professional.

Waratahs skipper Rob Simmons seals move overseas

No idea how you would get 15 odd teams up by next year but that wasn’t my point and with Covid I think next year will still be pretty ad hoc.
I’m pretty cynical, my point is that Rod Kafer came out with a format, I can’t see him coming out with it unless it/he has some form of support. At the same time we haven’t heard from the Captains’ of late.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Yep next season looks as clear as mud with the Covid overlay – I do think the trans-tasman option is probably most likely by default.
However I wonder about Rod Kafer’s national club competition format, I assume he didn’t put it out there without some form of influential backing to it – where do the Captains’ stand on a new format – they seem to have gone quiet.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Keeping the glass half full – we are loving the Sydney light rail to get to the game – we probably would not have been bothered going to either of the SCG games without it as it would mean driving.

The Wrap: Truth proves elusive as Superman Suaalii saga rages on

Thanks for the article Geoff – To me one of the biggest issues out of the Suaalii saga is the ongoing responsibility (or lack of responsibility) of the media. He is obviously talented so you would expect there would be a lot of discussions with the kid between League and rugby. But was it really needed for Newscorp journos Buzz Rothfield and Bulldog Ritchie to splash the ‘alleged’ $3m rugby offer in the Tele – the answer is no but anything for a headline or back page I guess. As a consequence, SMH has to leap on the bandwagon, which while not right is understandable.

No matter how talented he is it is unfair on the kid and his family and puts undue pressure on them – there is enough pressure in the world without adding to it.

Also I assume it is another opportunity for Newscorp and their journos to bag rugby (and get the player to League). I’m actually used to the Newscorp approach, while irritating it washes over me now, I don’t have to consider whether there is any value in their stories so don’t need to read them – which is a time saver.

On a positive note very pleased to see they are going to re-sign Tom Wright, am a big fan – even as a Tahs supporter.

The Wrap: Truth proves elusive as Superman Suaalii saga rages on

As for the Tahs, prior to Friday night they were playing better than I expected they would, so in reality they probably played to my expectations. Sure I mightn’t be objective as a Tahs supporter but my biggest issue was that it was a scrappy ugly game made worse by watching it at the SCG – it just wasn’t an enjoyable game of rugby.

The Wrap: Truth proves elusive as Superman Suaalii saga rages on

At this stage not sure who should be 10, will ponder that closer to the Tests, I just want the Tahs to play a good game tonight, the forwards to the aim up, the backs get more time as a combination and show further improvement.

In saying that I really really want to see the Tahs have a win, not fussed as to the type of win, just win. I have simple needs and wants.

Short season means the stakes are already high for the Rebels

I remember my son saying to me when umpiring his baseball that I was really bad calling curveballs but it was Ok because I was bad for both teams.

Consistency across refs in the professional game is important but I guess the teams do their analysis of the refs and their differences.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

I was thinking the same re Jason Gilmore, no doubt a big plus that he knows the youngsters already and they know him.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Just enjoying the rugby, and the way it is being played. I think it has helped that there haven’t been any blow out scores.

Have to say I was concerned the Brumbies would blow the Tahs off the park in the first half so we wouldn’t be that interested in the 2nd half, it wasnt the case it had our attention right to the heartbreaking end !!!!

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Reffing in any sport is tough, you just want them to be consistent for both teams. Interesting in the recent NZ player survey Gardiner was far and away rated the best referee in Super Rugby.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Well I’m just enjoying watching the Tahs playing an attractive game of rugby and the forwards competing. Sure there are a few issues still and some of the play a bit clunky but it’s fun watching. Don’t know whether they should make changes even with Gordon and Foketi possibly being available, but I’m a Gordon fan. It’s such a challenge, I’m big on combinations and giving them a few games to click so don’t know if I want the Tahs to make changes.

Waratahs taking positives from Brumbies defeat

Its funny going back a few years maybe 2016, my son and I would go and watch a lot of the Rays games and became Irae Simone fans we were really pleased when he got an opportunity at the Tahs. My son still talks about him and follows him on Instagram even though he is at the Brumbies now. It was the same with Jake Gordon, NRC was where I saw him first and continue to be a fan. So as a competition it does have something.

Dear Rugby Australia, make the NRC the main game

As I have noted on another thread it doesn’t bother me that NZ are looking out for themselves, it is to be expected but I am disappointed in NZ rugby’s statement – “we will also be working with Rugby Australia to seek expressions of interest from their current Super clubs and other interested parties to join the competition,” this is a specifically calculated public statement that aims to diminish the value of OZ rugby. They will “also” be working with Rugby Australia ie just as a side issue and basically happy to speak to any party that has an interest, ie OZ rugby has no more value to NZ than anyone else.

Part of me wants to tell NZ in no uncertain terms to “go away” but also you can’t “cut off your nose to spite your face” – tough situation for our Board and Rob Clarke. The reality is rugby is now just a niche sport in Oz and can’t compete with NRL/AFL and probably shouldn’t try to

The Wrap: Super Rugby goes up a level, as Australia and New Zealand eye each other off

Have to say I tried to get into the NRC but my interest declined year on year – no sure why, I just couldn’t get into it, part of it was in the last season the coach and players I follow in Shute Shield were spread all over the place so couldn’t buy in properly. Maybe part of it was the Sydney games were played at different grounds so there was no home as such. But if there was nothing else on I would support a team. Then again maybe it’s just a Sydney thing we are pretty weird when it comes to sport and supporting it.
Whilst probably not surprised I am disappointed in NZ rugby’s statement – “we will also be working with Rugby Australia to seek expressions of interest from their current Super clubs and other interested parties to join the competition,” this is a specifically calculated public statement that aims to diminish the value of OZ rugby. They will “also” be working with Rugby Australia ie a sideline issue and basically happy to speak to any party that has an interest, no intent of collaboration whatsoever
Part of me wants to tell NZ in no uncertain terms to “go away” but also you can’t “cut off your nose to spite your face” – tough situation for our Board and Rob Clarke.

Dear Rugby Australia, make the NRC the main game

Still think he has more of a perspective than a hunch but we all have different opinions.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

Mighty disappointed to lose at the death but considering my pre game expectations that the Brumbies should easily roll over the Tahs, am feeling not too bad. But the most important thing to come out of the game, it was just a terrific game of rugby to watch – big tick.

Brumbies deny Waratahs in thriller

Yep

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

Maybe not much experience in marketing and media but would think he has an idea whether there is currently enough talent for 4-5 teams. Not related but I do like his analysis of games.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

I don’t know, I would like 5 teams but my gut feeling is we would currently find it difficult to have enough players for 5 competitive teams.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

He probably can’t, but at least he has come out with an opinion which very few others do. He was also suggesting that the funds that went into the Rebels would have been better used on grassroots rugby.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

I guess the only Oz team that would definitely meet NZ’s financial criteria would be Twiggy’s Force – that would be funny. It was also raised this week in the WA rugby podcast The Wrap Up.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

I saw Hoilsey very strongly saying on The Aussie Rugby Show that we can’t have 5 teams and at a minimum Melbourne have to go, too much money has been pumped into it and haven’t really got anything back.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

I think I saw an article referring to the team being put together in Hawaii for the USA MLR it is a franchise backed some former All Blacks maybe an option. But who knows.

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format