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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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A referee's view - well, mine anyway

I saw a post the other day about how much fun it is to take on the job in the middle with all the spectators, most fairly well liberated with an alcoholic beverage or three, questioning every decision you make and, despite only getting a one view of the incident, still calling you out and […]

Mate there’s always been enough raw talent in Australia, the issue has always been the incompetence of the coaching and development staff o grow them properly. Cheika was worse because in his time anyone who was good knew they’d never get a look in because he loved Foley so much and no matter how poor he was.

Lolesio and O'Connor must grow their games at 10 in 2022

Interesting concept and while it might address the issues with Super Rugby I’m not sure that it will provide improvement for the Wallabies. Yes Cooper and Kerevi stepped up but I’d argue Cooper was always good, just poorly coached and with a lack of a tactical plan under Deans and Cheika so didn’t look as good. Kerevi did improve and again I’d say it was the lack of quality coaching in Australia that caused his issues. Once he worked under a coach that taught him how to pass he improved out of sight. I’d argue that both Skelton and Beale were the same crap players on the NH tour as they were before they left Australia. The odd bit of good play in between the normal crap play that they always showed when they were here. The real issue that has plagued the Super teams (and Wallabies) over the last 8 to 10 odd years has been the lack of any improvement or skills from the players and a lack of any decent innovative tactics and plays from the coaches. Watching the players make the same mistakes week after week and having so called professional players unable to kick, position themselves properly, pass both ways well, or do core skills like throw a ball straight is really hard to watch. I’m not sure that getting rid of Super Rugby and moving to a local competition would adress any of those issues.

Why Super Rugby is broken and how Australia must shift the focus to save domestic game

Hahahaha nice post and I’m sure there are people frothing at the mouth with some of those early comments – Gold! I guess we’ll have to wait and see whether Coleman is the Messiah or whether he’s just a “a very naughty boy”. I think it’s a big ask to expect anything more than an improvement and for me winning more than they lose over the whole tournament would be an absolute success. As you say the step up from club to Super Rugby is huge and it’ll be interesting to see how Coleman goes. We already know that there won’t be the under current back hand of dirty talk and people undermining him that the two previous coaches received and maybe that’ll be enough to help him and the team move forward.

Super Rugby Radar: Only way is up as Hooper and Coleman have Tahs fans frothing

Unfortunately Australia is still hurting from the lack of development of 9 & 10 at the international level under Cheika. With RA not really providing anything for the franchises they didn’t do a lot either as they were too focused on just their team and trying to do what was good for them alone. Unfortunately this seems to be part of the Australian rugby environment where people are only interested in their small environment with very little work on the future or the larger picture. I’d like to see a bit more development of the next 9 and 10. As you say Tate doesn’t really have the passing skills needed and while White produces some good rugby at times he gets flustered easily and loses the plot while he tries to argue with the Referee and AR.

Lolesio and O'Connor must grow their games at 10 in 2022

While I agree they are likely to struggle with some of the more traditional rugby, I also think they have the ability to scare a few teams as well and I think their hard running and off loads may cause a few problems for some. It’ll be interesting and really looking forward to seeing this year develop

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Nice spellcheck mate

Rugby World: Barrett still suffering EIGHT WEEKS after head knock, McMahon's stunning impact, Rassie back at work

And fair enough if that’s how you feel mate but it’s still a missed opportunity

Paella, sangria, flamenco and rugby sevens

I really don’t understand RA over this. They have a huge credibility issue with the Australian public, despite some recent small successes the Wallabies are struggling to get following and here we have 2 teams doing really well and we hear nothing. The incompetence of RA is only matched by the Waratahs board and the debacle that is NSW and Sydney rugby. I don’t know enough about the boards at the other franchises but for a sport where the base line is from some of the best private schools in Australia the level of incompetence is eye watering

Paella, sangria, flamenco and rugby sevens

Yeah but not once he was selected and played for the ABs. I don’t know how much money he made prior to that but I’m not sure it was as much as some people think and he gave a lot away to his family

Rugby World: Barrett still suffering EIGHT WEEKS after head knock, McMahon's stunning impact, Rassie back at work

When I was refereeing in Wellington we used to get Steve Walsh and Lyndon Bray come in and talk us through the application of the laws. I remember once they brought in the Hurricanes scrum coach at the time and we spent 2 full days on just the scrum. It was really enlightening and showed me how much these guys do. While I obviously can’t talk for everyone I’m pretty comfortable that at the higher level the referees get a lot of training on the scrums and I dare say know as much as a lot of the front rows about what goes on there. Sure they won’t know all the dirty little secret tricks you front rowers know but I actually think they probably get the calls correct more than 90% of the time. Maybe at the Subbies level here in Sydney that drops off a bit.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Thanks Tony, these updates are really god and help keep me in touch. I’m glad someone else has the time to read up and summarize the news for us. The news from BB isn’t good but it is good to see that he appears to be managing it and I’m sure we’ll only see him if he’s ready to play. For me it highlights the need to keep enforcing the high tackles rules diligently. As far as I’m concerned it’s up to the players and coaches to change their behavior, although I would like to see less TMO at international games. SBW is like a lot of the PI players, played for other countries to bring home the money for his family, I’m not sure why he gets such a bad wrap for this. I’m sure that if the opportunity to earn that money playing for their Island home was there they would have, but the fact is they couldn’t earn the money there. I think it’s pretty small minded to criticize him for saying he’d have loved to have had the opportunity to play for his home country if the rules were in place when he played.

Rugby World: Barrett still suffering EIGHT WEEKS after head knock, McMahon's stunning impact, Rassie back at work

Mate I’m not looking for an argument (there’s enough of that here) just trying to clarify what i said. I agree we all make mistakes and referees are no less guilty of this than anyone. I do think that all of them are actually trying to referee the game and keep it flowing but maybe, like the players, they get a bit caught up at times. My biggest bugbear is the TMO and i think this needs some changes

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Gold mate

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Absolutely I am saying that it’s the players that do whatever the action was that caused a red card. That’s not a statement that the referees don’t make mistakes as well. Of course they do, they’re as human as the players and we all make mistakes. My point on the red card is that if the players hadn’t done whatever caused the red card to be issued then it wouldn’t have occurred. Not sure why you think it’s the referees fault

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

That’s awesome mate. Congratulations to him and I hope he keeps going. It can be a career these days which is pretty awesome

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

I’m not sure that referees not player skills decide games. If a player doesn’t make a mistake the referee won’t have anything to call

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Not sure where you got that I said no referee has ever made an error or over reacted as I can’t find that in anything I wrote. All I said was that the referee didn’t do the act that got a red card.
Of course referees make mistakes, none of them have ever dropped a ball, missed a tackle or stuffed up a pass though. I don’t think any referee goes into a game to be the focus but when the players make lots of mistakes they have to make lots of calls.

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

He was so good

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

I think at times we’re all a mixture of all 3. Hopefully less of the 3rd but I’m sure I’ve seen that way to players at times

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Wow. You’re a bundle of joy. I bet you’re fun at parties. Not sure any referee has committed a foul and got a red card so maybe it’s the players fault rather than the referees

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

Ball focus is an issue at times mate, especially when you’re new. Keep working at it, it does get better

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

You make it sound so easy 😂 😂 😂

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

You know I hear so much about this I’m thinking of doing a serious post about it. Most people don’t really understand what they mean by consistency and fall back on your comment. The issue with refereeing “inconsistently” usually comes down to the tactical application of the law. I’ll think on this because it’ll take a bit of work but it may just help

The three types of rugby referees and why they're all always right

I still think the issues relate completely to the way rugby is run in Australia with RA not really being in control and states and territories able to go down their own path. Far too many people at the state and territory are more interested in their own little pool and have no allegiance to RA. Even worse a lot of them seem to purposely work against RA in order to try and have their own little pool as better than the other little pools. Australia needs a clear national framework that outlines the development of players, coaches, referees and administrators. Absolutely there is a need for a layer between club and super rugby, but I think that until there is a clear national framework for the development of rugby then it actually wont matter

The Roar Rugby Project Part 6: Tiers or Tears? Competition structures for professional rugby

`I think the Drua and Moana Pasifika will test both countries as well. Going to be an interesting season

Why beating the All Blacks has to be top Wallaby priority in 2022

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