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Jack Mahony

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An aspiring journalist in all things sport. Specialising in cricket, rugby and golf.

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Peter I agree that those players weren’t playing their best rugby but they would have been great to have in the squad to help the younger players. Foley would have been a great mentor to Harrison, AAC would have been great for the outside backs as well, regardless of whether they were playing they’re two seasoned pros. In the forwards the departure of Sekope Kepu and Tolu Latu is undeniably a massive loss in experience which they would have passed on the current pack.

The Waratahs' youth need guidance

I think that one of the reasons that rugby union struggles to sign promising young players is not only because of the money but also because rugby lacks a strong developmental pathway program. The NRL has SG Ball, Harold Matthews and the Jersey Flegg Cup. These competitions get the young players into the professional club’s systems and gives them an opportunity to play at a highly competitive level and gets them into the club’s system. If Rugby union invested in a similar developmental competition I think we would see young players staying in Rugby as well as the younger players being better prepared for the step up to the professional game.

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