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All that competition will drive up standards. It can only be good for the Rebels.

New Rebel Boyd Killingworth wants the No. 7 jersey every game

Green and Gold 7s then 15s. It would be a great story.

New Rebel Boyd Killingworth wants the No. 7 jersey every game

The competition for the 7 jersey will be immense! It can only be good for the team.

New Rebel Boyd Killingworth wants the No. 7 jersey every game

Agree with the comments about the SCG. Poor venue to watch games on a rectangular field.

Wallabies set to return to the SCG for Ireland clash in 2020

True, both of those players have NRC experience. I think that Super Rugby teams would be looking at a player’s entire body of work, so ‘no’ to your last question.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Good comparison. Alot of M10 crowds are poor, but it’s still an excellent competition that develops talent.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Enjoyed the analysis, Nick.

On a slight tangent–“A large part of success in selection is consistency” instantly brought to mind the Wallabies and how capricious the selectors were all through 2019. Hopefully that changes next year and beyond.

Whiteout! How selection confidence helped England beat the All Blacks

I understand where you’re coming from Garry. The crowds are small, and media exposure is minimal. However, if you focus on the benefits for the players, these games are going to help their development as they are played at a higher standard than the Shute Shield. You’re looking at the best Shute players pooled into two squads (Sydney and NSW Country), and six other teams that have generally been outperforming them. If you believe that harder rugby develops better players, then you shouldn’t disregard the NRC.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Thanks Chris. I didn’t know that. To be honest, I think it’s a good thing.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

I think England are a great shot at this. It’ll be close, and the men in white have the best place-kicker in the world…

No Jonah-led demolition but All Blacks have too much class for England

That’s an interesting comparison with Samu having gone the other way after impressing with Randwick.

I think Charlie wanted to love playing rugby again after a bit of burnout in NZ. Petersham was a good place to enjoy the game, then build from there. It seems to have worked.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Good point. Hooper’s tackling opens up opportunities for others to steal the pill. He can’t do everything…but he darn nearly does.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Fair point John. He was a good prospect in NZ, but it’s worth noting that he was uncapped at both Mitre 10 Cup and Super Rugby level over there. He had plenty to do here to get signed by a SR franchise.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Harry Johnson-Holmes actually led the team in pilfers. Gamble could help in this area. Hooper is a great player and leader, but fetching is not a huge part of his game.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Not immediately, no. He would have to be a resident for three years.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Agreed DA. Athletes can develop late, or just have a longer journey to success for whatever reason. Professional teams should not be focusing exclusively on youth imo.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

Thanks for the thumbs up, Brett. The NRC has been great this year. Hopefully it continues to build.

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

FF, based on players like Boyd Killingworth, Harry Potter and Guy Porter you could make that argument, as they were all signed by SR clubs straight from the Shute Shield this year without playing in the NRC. On the other hand, the likes of Josh Kemeny, Tom Horton, Joey Walton, Hugh Sinclair and Gamble were all signed deep into the NRC season. I think it’s reasonable to suppose that SR teams wanted to look at them play at a higher level, which the NRC certainly is. Otherwise, why not sign them earlier?

From Subbies to Super Rugby? Charlie Gamble's remarkable rugby rise

I think the lack of continuity – created by far too many selection changes – will bite the Wallabies today.

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

In 2018 they combined for one win (Country beating Sydney). This year they got four between them plus a draw. Perhaps that’s a sign of progress.

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

I was there when they played Sydney a fortnight ago. Great place to catch a game.

Two favourites, the defending champs, and the best Queenslanders: The road to the NRC semi-finals

I think Roach has been underplayed for years. Plenty more games played in England, so he could really blossom with more time on the pitch.

Aussie abroad: Hugh Roach

Thanks TWAS!

Aussie abroad: Hugh Roach

Cheers Atlas. They’ll be really tough to stop now with home field advantage for the finals.

Aussie abroad: Hugh Roach

Thanks Tommy. From speaking to players who have played in both competitions, the Mitre 10 is stronger as there are many more veterans that compete in it. The NRC is a good comp, but more of young man’s league.

Aussie abroad: Hugh Roach