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Born a Kiwi now have Aus citizenship. Referee for the local Sydney Subbies and with 20+ years in the Army definitely follow the ANZAC. NZ first then Australia against anyone

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I tend to agree but I just don’t agree that the petulance and arrogance we saw week in and week out is worth anything to Australia

The future of the Wallabies

Cheika a loss to Australian rugby! Really? The worst coach we’ve ever had a loss? The only loss was that he didn’t have the integrity to depart 2 years earlier when it was obvious he wasn’t good enough for the job

The future of the Wallabies

If I never see Beale in a Wallaby jersey again I’ll be happy

The future of the Wallabies

I hope Rennie isn’t going to be judged on games against the ABs from the start. The team sits at 7 on the world rankings, and TBH they’re almost lucky to be that high after the last 4 years of bad play, so I’m not sure that the target should be beating the ABs who are consistently 1 or 2. Maybe we need to set our target a bit lower with wins against France (5), Wales (6) and Scotland (8) first

The future of the Wallabies

Hahahaha bloody autocorrect

The principle is wrong, but are rugby's proposed COVID-19 law changes all that bad?

I think it’s a short arm anyway and I’m not sure it makes a difference

The principle is wrong, but are rugby's proposed COVID-19 law changes all that bad?

and it’ll take about 5 seconds for them to know if they get the feed and collapse the scrum they’ll get a free kick and so that will be come a tactic

The principle is wrong, but are rugby's proposed COVID-19 law changes all that bad?

He should have, in 2016 when it was obvious he didn’t have the ability or temperament to coach at test level. If he’d left then he could have held his head high as it is he has to live with the fact that he totally screwed Australian rugby and took us from 2nd in the world to 7th.

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

I question all these places available for SH players in the NH competitions. Yeah there are some and they are definitely recruiting players for them, however the idea that there is an unlimited number of places for SA teams or players is a bit much. I think a large part of the decision will be down to the NH competitions who may not actually want or have the room for more SA teams or players.

South Africa could emerge as the real winners in a Super Rugby exodus

I think the biggest issue here is the ruling on who the free kick goes to. The scrum is a tricky beast to referee at the best of times and now every time it collapses the referee has to make a ruling on who collapsed it and penalise them. I’m an active referee in the Sydney Stubbie competition (COVID aside) and I can see this being very hard to manage.
A simple ruling like whoever put the ball in won’t work because then teams will collapse just to get the free kick, In so many cases, especially at the level I referee there isn’t often a fault at play so much as people just slipping or losing grip. Going to be interesting on how they rule this one for sure.

The principle is wrong, but are rugby's proposed COVID-19 law changes all that bad?

I agree it would definitely be a better gateway for them. I just don’t see how they could fund it

The future of SANZAAR

Nice write up and clearly some thought has gone into this which is very good. I like the way you’ve brought GRR into the fold and I also like the idea of Japan being part of it. I do wonder if a local competition with top teams playing each other doesn’t just replicate the Super pools where a team is given a top spot in the playoffs even though there were better teams below them. That has always been an issue and I guess if they don’t play each other during the pool games it becomes less of an issue, how do the grade the teams in the final though to make sure that the best teams don’t knock each other out in the first round? Agree 100% with changing the format of the RC so that all teams play each other first before going into a 2nd round. I’m happy with a home and away tournament but I guess it depends on the number of teams and maybe the home and away is in alternate seasons.

My one bug bear with this and an lot of the proposals is they way they gloss over the inability of any PI team to generate the funds, governance, infrastructure and desire to make it happen. The other thing I think is missing is that do the PI teams and players actually want to play in a local competition where the finances would be less or are they happy to stay doing what they currently do? I’ve spoken to a number of PI soldiers I’ve served with over the years and most of them believe the players are more interested in going for the big money in Europe to boost their future than in staying local.

The future of SANZAAR

Are you sure you want him? I admit he’s got potential but he also got stopped by 10 2 meters out from the line and seems to be a bit self entitled

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

Why would Rennie want Beale? He’s been well below par for the last 3 seasons and it has only been Cheika that didn’t see that. I’m glad Rennie has come out and declared players will be picked on form

It's time for Rugby Australia to cut players some slack

Mate, I actually tend to agree with you. And I think they should have followed the SARU line here as that seems to be the fairest way through it all. The only thing for me, and I don’t know the answer was whether they agreed to RUPA negotiating on their behalf and agreed to accept whatever they came up with first. But even then I think they have the right to walk away if they aren’t happy.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

I’m not sure that I agree with his plan to go down to three super teams but he is 100% correct in the failure of RA (& ARU before that) in the establishment of a sustainable coach growth structure. It’s the same for referees and administrators. The focus on getting the latest “next best thing” into a contract has killed the base that allowed them to succeed

Eddie Jones weighs in on the state of Australian rugby

Mate while I can see where you’re going those club teams would lose by a cricket score every outing. TBH if the club teams from here went to NZ and played their senior club teams they’d lose by 20 points. If they played a super team like the Crusaders they’d lose by 3 figures. Any competition needs to have teams at a similar level. NPC was a start at a pathway from club to Super team and regardless of where things go that graduated pathway is needed

Eddie Jones weighs in on the state of Australian rugby

And your solution is?

South Africa brings a lot to Super Rugby – just not enough

Hahahahaha Cheika’s not here now mate. I’ll bite. Wright at 7

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

I agree Nic. Maybe the better option is Liam Wright

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

I’m not so sure. Once he got wound up in Japan he was as erratic as ever. I’d rather see more of the younger guys come through and if he’s captain that won’t happen.

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

Good. Won’t be missed and won’t ever disgrace the gold jersey again

Kurtley Beale leaving Waratahs for French rugby

Good article Nic and as usual some great analysis. I have 2 issues with him though. The first is that I don’t think he’s necessarily the first pick for 9 for the wallabies. He was dropped for some very good reasons and I’m not sure he has improved on his shortfalls that much. His passes are still erratic at times and he seems to make decisions too early and keep going even if the situation changes. I also think that he’s great when things are going his way but he gets very petulant when they don’t and he starts throwing the toys out of the cot early.
I’d definitely have him as part of the leadership team but not sure he’s the answer to the Captain position

Why Nic White should be the next Wallabies captain

I like the way you think. I’d be interested but I’d want to see some clear information on how the board structure was set, who could vote and who could be nominated and how it could be managed so it couldn’t be ambushed by some of the people currently ambushing rugby here in Australia. We definitely need Something radical to get away from the rubbish we are dealing with today

Is it time for us to own the Wallabies?

What a twatt. Proving the rumors that league players are more stupid than other athletes

Anti-vaxxer Cartwright fires back at critics