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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 think I read in the last week that Porecki had picked up an injury, I had wondered where he was.

Super Rugby AU Round 8 teams: Brumbies make mass changes for Waratahs match

Even as a Tahs supporter I have a lot of time for Tom Wright, he has footy skills and also footy smarts, a great combo. At the same time I’m also a Koroibete fan, very different skillset he brings to a team, he mightnt have the footy nous yet but he makes up for it with 100% effort in everything he does, he would be in my team.

Brumbies lock in Wallabies hopeful for another season

Its only Tuesday but already looking forward to hopefully another cracking game of rugby.

Obviously want a Tahs win but I’m seriously enjoying how the Tahs’ backline is playing, even though 2 tries last week were ruled no try just great intent of how they want to play

Waratahs keen for revenge against Brumbies

Yep Hooper was furious

The Wrap: Leadership vacuum sucks life out of the Rebels

I like Hunt’s real passion, even after 15+ years in professional sport, it still matters.
So often players seem to be all understanding and nice with a ‘lets not make that mistake next time.’ Nope, you stuffed up and I’m letting you know its not acceptable.

The Wrap: Leadership vacuum sucks life out of the Rebels

Leadership is hard to define but you know it when you see it. Often it is nothing more than just holding the team together when things aren’t going to plan or when the proverbial is hitting the fan. I reckon the Tahs would have struggled on the weekend against the Force without Hunt in the backline – he was barking a lot, often jumping into 1st receiver plus the usual putting his body on the line. Actually I noted both Hunt and Hooper giving a couple of the Tahs’ players a right proper spray when they weren’t in the right position for a play.

The Wrap: Leadership vacuum sucks life out of the Rebels

Yep when the players and coaches were spread all over it lost me. The first season or 2 were ok, after that I wasn’t sure who I should support, so didn’t support any team.

Breaking down a long, busy week in the rugby world

I think the lack of NRC buy in was a Sydney/ NSW rugby thing – we are a bit odd.
My feeling is the NCC may get big support from Foxtel, not sure why or what they know.

Breaking down a long, busy week in the rugby world

Oddly all these issues have raised the profile of rugby in Australia – the SMH newspaper has had a lot of articles these last few weeks, which has to be good. It also means people must be reading them, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the paper.
I was a big NRC fan initially but that waned in the last 2-3 years. However we still follow closely Jake Gordon and Irae Simone from our time seeing them in the NRC. I also noted there was no reference to the Super W in the proposal but I can assure you Josephine Sukkar and Buildcorp will not let Super W go by the wayside. Last time that happened Buildcorp pulled all their rugby sponsorship until the women’s comp was put in place.
On a completely separate issue have a read of the Michael Hooper ‘150 game’ article in rugby.com.au despite the comments on this forum he seems to have a lot of respect.

Breaking down a long, busy week in the rugby world

NZ Rugby is a professional organisation so their statement about inviting “expressions of interest” from Australia would have been a specifically crafted statement by their comms team and management to convey a specific message and tone. It was to clearly reiterate their perceived position in the NZ/ OZ rugby relationship – which is fine. In reality in business you don’t have to be respectful it isn’t compulsory but a bit of mutual respect often helps in negotiation.
Anyway I have to say I’m really pleased with Rugby AU’s response. If as a consequence we go alone with a domestic comp again I’m comfortable with that – it may make it easier to then focus on the other areas Rugby AU is trying to develop.

The folly of Super Rugby 2021

Nick, love your weekly analysis, but I will say having played and watched rugby for a 1000 years, reading your analysis I feel like a Neanderthal who has no idea what is going on – anyway I still enjoyed a mighty Tahs win.

Michael Hooper shines in sky blue slaughter at the SCG

I bet Tim Bailey is surprised he has survived as long as he has, as for Studio 10, cant say I know much about it but it must have someone watching to keep going.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

Probably means nothing but I think I saw Matt Burke is holding onto a sports presenter role into Sydney and a couple of other states.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

As an Optus customer already (although not always a happy one), would be pleased if they got some professional rugby.
It is a really interesting time with how sport is to be delivered – in the last couple of weeks in Sydney I have tuned into Cluch TV which streams a lot of Sydney grade and Colts games live over the weekend – there isn’t any commentary just the crowd noise and the ground announcer. I wanted to see Maurice Longbottom from the Oz 7s playing 2nd grade for Randwick, so tuned in live to watch part of the the game. Also I came across the radio station SWR999FM which broadcasts Sydney Shute Shield rugby as well.
It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Optus reportedly eyeing off Rugby AU's new broadcast offering

Completely agree, have to start somewhere rather than procrastinating over getting it perfect, which is impossible.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Hahaha probably better for you to not watch it, then hop back on the bandwagon when things are going better.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Am pleased with a deadline, need to just get on with it. It won’t be perfect and people will complain as always we just have to do something ASAP.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Good to see a substantial offering has been put together, don’t know if it will all work out but it is some serious progress. Pleased to see a deadline for NZ so we don’t drag it all out, if NZ aren’t interested that’s fine, lets go it alone, I’m fine with that. Just need to make a change and get on with it.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

You know you don’t have to watch any, then it won’t bother you.

Champions League and State of Origin-style fixtures headline Rugby AU's bumper broadcast offering

Was expecting for someone to say ‘See with Castle gone we now have this group of quality youngsters coming through’

The Wrap: Topsy-turvy round throws up so many questions

Have to agree with Johnson’s comment re the new talent coming through.
With all the venom thrown at Rugby AU, (some of which is well deserved), rarely do people discuss the success of the pathways that got these young players here. I have no idea but someone, somewhere, did something really well and hasn’t received any credit – I assume it occurred during the Pulver/ Castle tenures.
Apart from obviously the Tahs mighty win which was more than enjoyable, it was also great seeing all the new talent on both teams – it feels like a real refresh of rugby in Oz.
So kudos to Rugby AU for that.

The Wrap: Topsy-turvy round throws up so many questions

As I have mentioned, I’m not going analyse the game too much, we just enjoyed it. Will say I was pleased to see Jake Gordon play well, have been a long time fan, waiting for him to get an opportunity and to show his skill, especially his running.

Waratahs crush Reds in rout

This season has gone as I expected, it’s a rebuild and blooding the youngsters, I think Super AU has been great for that. The lack of quality forwards is the issue not the loss of the experienced backs. We haven’t had quality forwards for years.

Gibson and Hore left the Tahs in a very poor state, plus the loss of Cron. Tahs starting from scratch, throw in a pandemic ,as Trump said ‘it is what it is’.

The Waratahs' youth need guidance

Except at the SCG, had one there a couple of weeks ago and it was the most miserable little sausage roll I have ever had and it cost an arm and a leg, never again. Will stick to the bakery shop sausage rolls.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

We may do a pub or club, cheaper to drown the tears.
Yep the SCG is very very average, especially from ground level. Against the Force we were up in the oreilly stand which wasn’t too bad but then again there were some funny buggers with quality banter and the Tahs won.
Also have to say from a selfish perspective getting to the SCG is a breeze, love the light rail to Moore Park

Super Rugby AU Round 6 teams: To'omua shifted to inside centre, Petaia returns to starting line-up