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Rusted on rugby fan - Wallabies, Wallaroos, Tahs, Marlins plus 7s

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Very much agree regarding the public perception in Australia, a good Spring tour is needed.
A few wins will keep rugby in the news for the next month. Did notice this morning Catherine Murphy, apart from the Irish cricket win, included a Wallabies story on Breakfast News, showing a bit of the Kellaway’s presser comments.

As for me, just pleased we still have the Wallabies playing – the last couple of weekends have had something missing. Need to take Japan seriously, only just recovered from the 2019 Sunwolves win over the Tahs, after the Tahs had beaten the Crusaders.

'A chance to change perception': Successful spring tour would mean more than usual for Wallabies

Just saying if need be Hodge can fill in, I’m fine with him being 15.

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

For Australia it is an interesting question, it probably should be the forwards as a collective, if I had to pick one maybe it’s Valentini. While the backline improved significantly with Cooper and Kerevi being the stars the question could be asked was their performance provided by the forwards. On the flip side I think the answer has to be Kerevi – even if the forwards were on the backfoot he would get over the advantage line, when Cooper was stuck he could give it to Kerevi, with the forwards providing a platform the difference he made was even more significant. So Kerevi it is.

The Thursday rugby two-up: Standout players of TRC

Not sure he needs a ball playing 12 – pretty sure at Tahs he had Foketi at 12 who is a solid player but wouldn’t say he was a ball playing 12.

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

Hope to see Perese having a run & hope he does well so he can have a cracking season with the Tahs – we really have built some depth in the centres with Paisami, Ikitau, Kerevi, Perese – plus Hodge, Petaia, Kellaway can fill in.
Apart from fullback (& locked in back up flyhalf) we seem to have all the pieces for a quality backline, just need to get all the right pieces in the right spot.

'I was sinking, it was rock bottom': Perese's brutal honesty after Rennie's call changes his path

Am a fan of big country lads, Ned always good for a humorous line or 2 in an interview – hoping he has stepped up his on field play too .

Son of Wallabies hero and ex-Schoolboys winger called up as Japan names squad to face Wallabies

On a side issue saw this week in the NRL Roosters Harold Matthews u17 squad Michael Brial’s son Toby – was always a fan of Michael Brial but I’m also a fan of Lachlan Swinton.

Son of Wallabies hero and ex-Schoolboys winger called up as Japan names squad to face Wallabies

Am pretty sure Drdbox regularly provides a harsh critique of the 7s players/ program anytime there is an opportunity – so when I saw it I just chuckled. I think he is one of those who just likes to pull the pin on a grenade and toss it to get a reaction. all you can do is laugh.

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

You make me laugh !!!!

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

Obviously I want the Wallabies to win every game but have to admit in light of the Covid challenges in 2021 I’m just happy we will continue to get international rugby through November.
Between the Sth Hemisphere men and women’s (except Australia) teams travelling to the the UK/Europe its a smorgasbord of rugby.

The Thursday rugby two-up: One bio-bubble too many for the ‘Boks and Pumas?

If I was any of the youngsters left behind I would pretty unhappy about it – part of the joys of rugby is the travel to different countries, some of that has gone from Super Rugby with no South Africa or Argentina.
In saying that just have to continue to have faith in Rennie, he seems to be doing pretty well without my advice.

Lolesio to miss northern tour after slipping behind Quade, JOC

Would prefer to be hearing about some forwards being recruited but I’m assuming Coach Coleman knows what he is doing. Not sure with his inexperience that 15 is his spot. At 15 we need a player with rugby nous who understands the attack options but also the defence structure of rugby.
Interesting comment “..he ticked all the boxes from the character checks that we did on him”., that is a start.

Waratahs sign Sea Eagles star in cross-code poaching raid

That’s was what I saw.
Actually it doesn’t say he isn’t playing, it just says he hasn’t agreed to play and that he is contracted to his Japanese team. So maybe there are a few things to sort out and smooth out.

Rennie names four Wallabies, including Quade, for Baa Baas, but opponents fall through

I could be wrong but I thought I saw Quade say he wasn’t playing the Baa Baas game as he would be returning to his Japanese team.

Rennie names four Wallabies, including Quade, for Baa Baas, but opponents fall through

Phil, Ikitau understandably seems to have really found confidence having Quade and Kerevi inside him – when he came in to the team he had Tate/ Noah/ Hunter inside him, last weekend had White/ Quade/Kerevi & Hodge – a lot less stress with that sort of experience around you.

Am a Wright fan, but he has gone down the pecking order with Kellaway’s performance – they are probably like for like. Agree from a non-expert perspective I would have as back 3 Kellaway, Wright, Koroibete/ Vunivalu. But I probably have no idea – who goes on the bench Petaia/ Hodge? I will just wait and watch.

Kellaway’s bolt from nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

Can’t stand all this positivity with Australian rugby !!!!

Kellaway’s bolt from nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

He does look more solid now, as you would expect he is older. Probably at the Tahs the usual too much expectation on a youngster who hadn’t built his body yet for the rigours of professional rugby. even Beale had to go away for a bit.
Hope we look after Harrison and Donaldson – they need some experience around them like Rennie has done with Quade and Kerevi

Kellaway’s bolt from nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

I really enjoy seeing a player like ikitau step up (even if he is a Brumby). Also it reminds me that I’m the amateur on the couch who can have an opinion but in reality have no idea.

Kellaway’s bolt from nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

Like many I have been surprised how easily Kellaway has stepped up at international level but on reflection probably shouldn’t be. My concern for him when at the Tahs was more his size, just didn’t think he was big enough, I was obviously wrong. He has always been a smart player with leadership qualities which he is currently demonstrating. After a couple couple of games I wanted to see him at 15 he looks like the player who will get the back 3 communicating & working well together.
The player who has really, really surprised me is Ikitau, he is playing with great confidence and skill.
Credit must go to Rennie and his team for picking both Kellaway and Ikitau
As a side note thought Tom Wright had a good run – another player who runs with the ball i 2 hands.

Kellaway’s bolt from nowhere highlights Wallabies sudden rebirth

Whilst I understand the statement, not sure I would say the incident was part of the theatre, rather just a lowlight. I think a lot of sports need to step back and reassess how they approach their officials. I really don’t want rugby head down that slippery slope.

'We stuffed it up': Springboks apologise for waterboy incident

What I found most interesting is that the Nienaber didn’t say that they shouldn’t have approached the AR. I guess we all have different standards behaviour.
In sport one of my biggest annoyances is challenging the ref/umpire. Am a big MLB fan and can’t stand it when the manager marches out to speak/ yell at the umpire,, similarly in soccer when players surround the ref. I really hope Sth Africa’s recent example does not become the norm.

Should water carriers stick to water carrying?

Resourcing & funding is a huge issue – I think that is probably why WA and Qld have had such hard lock downs, similarly in Vic. I remember discussions last year that a number of the States had in comparison to NSW under funded their health system over the last 5 + years.

Six Pumas, including Matera, locked out of Queensland after Byron visit, Wallabies Test will go ahead

We were so close to completing the Rugby Championship without a Covid related incident.

Six Pumas, including Matera, locked out of Queensland after Byron visit, Wallabies Test will go ahead

Seriously have no idea – don’t even know how you would measure return on investment. Is it $$, is it player numbers? Is it Wallabies’ wins?

'Trapped in this recurring nightmare': My new plan to resuscitate rugby

Now that is a lot of issues to address, some I agree with, some I don’t and some just aren’t going to happen.
Unfortunately one of the biggest issues is that Rugby AU is pretty much broke, so many ideas/ suggestions require $$$ we don’t have. For example more promotion through schools, development officers all takes cash, then the broadcaster has a big say in things as they provide a lot of the needed $$$, as do the media companies and the articles they write. We just can’t afford everything we want or need to do. But compared to a couple of years ago we are looking better.
In regards to the AFL clash I hear the ratings were pretty good, Media Week said metro 260K, regional 130+K pus Stan subscribers possibly all up close to 500K.
Is there still a lot to do and change? Absolutely. But will say 3 wins in row sure gets the interest back for casual fans and media outlets.

'Trapped in this recurring nightmare': My new plan to resuscitate rugby

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