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

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Enjoyed that article – confirms there is a bit of sunshine coming from rugby in Australia.
Quade provided confident leadership, composure and precision in his decision making, sitting on the couch it felt good to see.

Rugby Championship turnaround: What a difference a Quade makes

Great positivity & passion- Not sure being no.1 is needed, doubt it will ever take over NRL/AFL in Oz which is fine but can definitely rebuild it’s profile in due course with better performances and more $$.
The 2 things rugby has going for it is the international component playing Tests, player opportunities and travel for the fan can’t be underestimated. The other big factor is the game is for players of different shapes & sizes, in both NRL/AFL players are very similar in size & build and can be easily interchanged between positions. In rugby we have real specialist positions in the forwards, that is a big differentiator.

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Agree in regards to Kerevi not distributing to his outside, which was one of the reasons I was never a big fan. In saying that in the last 2 matches we have needed that type of simple but effective play – crash ball, take tackle or pop an offload. I wonder if it is a perception that he has to do it himself, especially as Banks does not really add much in attack from full back & Ikitau is pretty young.
I can’t remember if he played a lot with Folau and if played the same way.
Anyway it was just great to watch a close exciting game, right to the end, like watching the French series, enjoyable. Looking forward to this weekend but the forwards are going to be in for an even more brutal battle, the ruck area will be a warzone.

A rapid Wallabies turnaround, and other non-Cooper observations

I understand you have to play to your strengths which is fine but it can also be boring. I must admit when South Africa scored with the rolling maul off a lineout I was just as bored as when the Brumbies do it. That isn’t to say how they play is wrong but I was bored. In fact whenever they kicked to the corner, I got up to get drinks or do a couple of brief chores – you know its going to be a try, penalty or yellow card.
In reality whilst I find the South African play boring if it wins then good on them. As a rusted on rugby fan I would take that sort of play if we beat the Kiwis. Unfortunately in Australia we don’t have the players to play that sort of game and it wouldn’t be accepted in the competitive Australian sports marketplace.

Why I don't understand the Springboks hate

Sure keeping considering it for as long as you like but don’t ever do it !!

World Rugby explores option of making RWC a biennial event

Watching Swinton is a tense experience, he plays a very simple game, right on the edge. I think its good to take him off at 60 min before he gets too tired and slips further into the danger zone.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Initially thought the same but probably a combination of things. 1. He has an earpiece so he is getting messages from the coaches’ box and 2. I think he is a very smart footy player, can read the play so can add a bit of interpretation/ context not just pass on the messages.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

It will be interesting to see how Rennie manages the players, especially the younger or less experienced ones.
I wasn’t a big Ikitau fan, just thought we expected too much of him but he had a great game in defence, will he be able to back it up physically next week?. Good to rotate the locks Swain, Phillips, Rodda they are relatively young & inexperienced, manage the physical aspects of he position. May need to keep an eye on Valetini he is only 23, maybe bring in Wilson or Naisarani to rest him a bit.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Probably learning a fair amount as Scott Wisemantel is the other water boy. Although will say getting a bit annoyed how often the water boys run on to the field.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

It was just great to get a win, edge of the seat excitement to the end, it’s what rugby in Australia needed. It was a Swinton type of game – not complicated hit and get hit, 1 brain explosion, stuck up for himself and team mates
Passion – White slamming mouth guard into the turf
Still need to resolve positions 2 & 15
Still bored with rolling maul tries – Springboks twitter ‘Malcolm Marx scores a brilliant maul try for the Boks..’ Really? Brilliant?
Who would be a ref – some commentary say he was great others that he was poor – you just have to laugh
Also noted Tom Wright is always the water boy talking to the players in the breaks

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Just going to enjoy this win, not going to get too deep into it. Forwards put in a great effort. Whilst never a great Quade fan always enjoyed watching him play – he is a footy player & with his experience showed so much composure. But am still so bored to tears with rolling maul tries off a lineout.

MATCH REPORT: 'He's a big game player. He said I've got it and he nailed it'

Whilst I have never been a huge Quade fan I’m pretty excited to see how he goes. I have come to the conclusion over the last few years I like watching footy players, players with footy smarts, not just brute force. In saying that I do enjoy the brute force of NFL.

Quade Cooper versus the Boks: What could possibly go wrong?

Everyone has an opinion which is fine. I think in regards to Hoops it’s the negative opinions that get highlighted which is fine just not reflective of the majority of fans, which is fine too. I noted ref Ben O’Keefe had a lot of positives to say about Hooper in a podcast the other day too. I heard a great comment the other other day, everyone can have an opinion I just don’t have to listen to it.

WILL GENIA: 'I don't get the Hoops hate - he goes balls out for 80 minutes every time'

Thanks Will, great to see an article from a former team mate. I don’t know how he does it week in and week out, if other players over the years put in the same effort we would have had a few more wins. The reality is the hate is just the noisy minority the problem is they are noisy. The vast majority of rugby fans, coaches and his team mates support him that’s all a that matters. I think most people actually feel sorry for him, a bit like Alan Border years ago.
Maybe the dislike is of his Manly/Tahs background.

WILL GENIA: 'I don't get the Hoops hate - he goes balls out for 80 minutes every time'

We live in hope !!!

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Yep the coaches are seeing things I’m not with Banks. He is a very good Super Rugby player but in my humble opinion just not a Test player. But I guess part of the issue is similar to Quade, who else is there? Can’t bring anyone into the squad from outside Queensland.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Surprised Banks has been selected again, also surprised he now has 17 Tests. Whilst not a big Hodge fan I would have had him at 15. But then again just maybe the coaches have a bit more expertise and insight than I do.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Sure timing and player welfare are the issue, what have the players said?
I was looking at rugby from a product line perspective – you start to introduce too many products, are you increasing the audience or just moving from them one product to another, cannibalizing your products. Also you don’t want to start confusing your audience especially the casual rugby viewer.
Whilst you say 7s is irrelevant it is part of the overall rugby package especially in terms of player & audience growth.
One of the biggest issues rugby has is the continual focus on self interest rather than the sport.

Rugby union with 12 players? Whoever's writing these jokes has perfect comic timing

Well I wouldn’t select him, need to move forward but in the current environment with injuries to JOC, not able to bring in any other 10s due to Covid (not that there are too many around with experience), we are where we are.
But it will be fun, some great story lines, media coverage – hope he plays out of his skin.
Just hope Hodge steps in for Banks. A Cooper/Banks combo doesn’t engender a lot of confidence and composure.

CONFIRMED: Quade Cooper returns for Wallabies at No.10, Rodda starts, two debutants

Not sure whether the rugby 12s will actually take off & personally don’t think rugby needs it. Currently rugby has apart from club rugby & various annual Tests, it has 15s World Cup, 7s World Cup, the 7s annual World Series, 7s Commonwealth Games, 7s Olympics, Wheelchair rugby in the Paralympics. Plus there are 10s tournaments here & there. They are also introducing in 2023 a global calendar of tournaments for women’s international rugby.
So really not sure how it will fit into the annual calendar. But will say it has some heavy hitters trying to get it off the ground and with most sport if there is enough money – who knows what will happen.

Rugby union with 12 players? Whoever's writing these jokes has perfect comic timing

Obviously any format in the future will be driven primarily by the $$$, which is fair enough.
Quite like seeing all the teams in the one country but with 4 countries it means there would be a big gap in the rotation. Maybe rather than holding it in 1 country, have it in 2 countries each year. Will probably find in due course the issue of reducing air travel will becoming a bit of a focus – cost, player welfare & throw in climate change..

The Thursday rugby two-up: Are mini-tournaments the future for The Rugby Championship?

Agreed.
With the Giteau law, again be up front – we understand the issues with players going overseas, it is one of the benefits of playing rugby and we would like to access them for the Wallabies. But at the same time we have a highly competitive footy market in Australia with NRL, AFL, A League, we believe we need a strong domestic competition for our fans and the broadcasters.
It is a very complicated issue with a lot of ramifications for rugby in Australia as a result we haven’t come to a decision as yet. We continue to assess the options.
I’m fine with that.

'We can’t sugarcoat this': Bring it in tight, Australian rugby

How do you measure intent? How do you measure ‘inadvertently? How do you measure an injury? This result just seems to have complicated things. All seems to have become more subjective, which isn’t a good outcome.

'Not guilty': Why Jordie Barrett was cleared for Koroibete face kick

I understand it’s a tough gig running rugby in Australia, there are lots of moving parts and inevitably compromises need to be made, but I would really like a bit more of transparency.
When decisions are made that don’t seem to align with strong supporters views eg NRC, Super Rugby AU, explain why, if the answer is they don’t have the funds, just say that.
With the Super Rugby Pacific format, just say from a broadcasters’ perspective & commercially it’s the best option. Similarly with the women’s game, 7s etc don’t PR spin it just be upfront ‘we can’t afford it’– I won’t be happy about it but will accept that.

'We can’t sugarcoat this': Bring it in tight, Australian rugby

The Wallabies seem to be lacking composure and also slow to recognise opportunities & then react. This is probably due to a combination of lack of experience and lack of footy smarts. The backline always looks unsure & at times is going through set plays, there is no natural flow.
Not exciting but I would put Hodge at 15 whether Noah or JOC is at the 10. Noah needs a confident voice from the back and I wonder if JOC plays whether he will kick goals, so Hodge would have to.

Wallabies need an urgent injection of composure ahead of Springboks and Pumas

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