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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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Crap. None of them know where to position themselves and take ages to learn. Most like Koroibete never do and they take ages to learn how to contest after the tackle. A total waste of time and money

How to fix Australian rugby, Part 2: Reducing operating costs

Why bring in even more players who can’t play the game and disappoint every time they get on the field? What an absolute waste of money

How to fix Australian rugby, Part 2: Reducing operating costs

I agree an approach that doesn’t give all the money to a select few who don’t deserve it and a couple of high profile code hoppers who never perform to the level that we are promised they will but I just think it needs more flexibility than you’ve outlined

How to fix Australian rugby, Part 2: Reducing operating costs

I read this and wonder where it’s going TBH. Cut Super, OK. I’m not 100% behind that, especially as you haven’t said what replaces it so that there is a product for people to watch and for corporates to sponsor. You are probably correct in saying there are too many players being paid too much but I’m not sure your plan is flexible enough to cover the reality of player development and where players sit. What if the coach wants 28 senior players because he’s got 28 world class players who are contributing to them being back up at 2 in the world ranking, why should he cut 3 just to bring on an unproven junior who may or may not develop into what he needs? Having a cap and letting the management decide where it goes is probably better and even a cap for individual pay is probably ok, but again when overseas offer more you lose unless there is flexibility there.
TBH, I’m not sold on the breakdown of the costs and their savings, a lot of assumptions that may or may not be true and so will provide ammunition for people to ignore it all.

How to fix Australian rugby, Part 2: Reducing operating costs

Only if you’re struggling to fall asleep

Super tiebreaker given thumbs up

Really? A thumbs up? Most of the comments I’ve read about the game have given it a big thumbs down. Mind you that was due to the inept play that the extra 10 minutes produced. Neither team even looked like they had a plan on how to get points and just put up hopeful, and in the most part inaccurate, kicks hoping something would happen. It was just a big bore fest really

Super tiebreaker given thumbs up

Nice mate. Looking forward to seeing your ideas

How to fix Australian rugby, Part 1: State of play

Mate I agree 100% on the chopping and changing being bad for the team. Personally I’m not sold on Hodge as a 13. I don’t think he’s got the distribution and defence skills needed to be a good 13. I’m not sure what his best position is but I don’t think it’s 13. The trouble is he’s not ever really specialized and I think he’s turning into a bench option because whilst he can cover a few positions, there are always better players out there for the starting role. It’ll be interesting to see how Magnay goes but either way Wessels needs to stop all these changes and let the team develop

Super Rugby AU Round 2 teams: Hodge to the bench for Rebels, Hunt back in Tahs lineup

Yeah probably a bit harsh but for me there were always too many negatives in his play and attitude that his odd good bits didn’t cover. I still think he was too close in and suited broken play a lot more than structured. If he’d worked at it he could have been a very good 15. As it was I thought he was a very poor 12 or 10

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

I think it’s more a case of first game back than anything else. I’m hoping that we will see improvement as the season goes on

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

Thanks Nic and isn’t it great to see. I just watch all this and think what could have been if we’d had anyone else other than Cheika and his consistently bad behaviour, selections, strategy and attitude. Maddocks played really well in a number of areas and I hope he continues with this going forward. I really hope Penney was being polite about Beale because if that is how he really feels then he is lacking credibility as a coach. Beale going was the best thing that could have happened to the Tahs and he will not be missed by them or Australian rugby

Australia’s other forgotten man stands up at Suncorp

Hahahaha if only we had an Eales or Horan available right now. Wouldn’t that be great?

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Mate I agree with that 100% and I think all of the players will improve under Rennie. I’m certainly hanging out for it

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Ok sorry I thought people were blaming Barrett for this.

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

I disagree. While the referee may have given the advantage earlier further back. In this video when he walks back and makes the penalty mark (at the 9 sec mark) it is almost exactly where Barret kicks from. I don’t think you can blame Barrett if the referee changed the place of the penalty

Jordie Barrett launches ball into orbit with gigantic 60m penalty goal

In a lot of ways I agree you need experience but keeping bad experience isn’t constructive and won’t lead you forward. If you want experience to guide your new players coming through it has to be a positive experience and I don’t see Hooper doing that. I know I’m biased as I’ve never liked him as either a player or a captain but looking objectively where is the experience he’s got that you want passed onto your younger players coming through

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Mate you’re right I don’t and never really have. Yes he gives 100% every game, he’s got a great motor and is always running around at full tit. However, I just don’t think he’s that effective. he very rarely dominates in either the tackle or the hit ups, he doesn’t pilfer a lot and often other players in the team do more, he doesn’t relate to referees and seems to upset them more than he works with them, he doesn’t rally the team and you very rarely see him talking to the team, he makes poor decisions and can’t seem to get the players to change when things aren’t working. I don’t think that he’d have lasted if Cheika hadn’t been coach

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Why does that make Hooper more important. I’m not sure any young players coming through need to be shown how to take the Wallabies from No 2 in the world to No 7

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

I dont think I’ve ever seen Hooper rally the troops and act as a leader. He’s the most over rated player in Australia now that Folau has gone and if I was him I’d be very quiet and take the massively over payment he’s been given until it’s over and be very quiet. Took Australia from 2 to 7 and has no credibility outside of the NSW Shute shield losers

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Luamape is a real problem. I’m biased as a Canes fan but I do think he needs to show more

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I’m not a fan of Bridge, I think he’s too slow and while he’s scored some good tries he gets caught by other wingers too easily. We’ve got other wingers who are better

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Agree Pinetree. GRR leaves me dead because of both the teams don’t appeal to me and nor do the rules. I think it make sit hard for a player to move into the SR/test landscape and offers a bulletproof reason for the coach to say no thanks to anyone who is being offered up as a good player to be considered.

Reds win shows the value of the National Rugby Championship as Australian rugby’s premier development competition

Good point. Might be an either or to be honest with ALB and Goodhue or one as bench cover. I think Ioane is a better centre than Goodhue but I guess what I think won’t really matter

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Yeah it’s certainly a better situation than not having choices. TBH I’ve been less than impressed with Mo’unga this year. I think a lot of his kicks out of hand and decision making has been below average. In some ways I’d have Otero Black at least up with him if not in front at the moment. For me it’s Smith, BB, Goodhue, Reece, Ioane, Jordan, Jordie Barrett

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

true and in some ways you are correct. I remember many years ago when Steve Walsh was talking to us and someone was going on about where the props put their feet he made the comment that he hadn’t looked at a props foot position ever. Lyndon Bray also made a comment about not watching the ball go in unless an AR got back to him that it was completely under the 2nd row and even then he’d only look at the next one not reset. Their mandate was to keep the game going not bring up pedantic points that slowed the game. Unless a scrum not putting the ball in completely overpowered the other scrum then the team putting the ball in was going to win the ball in 97+% of the time so why slow the spectacle down for less than 3% of just scrums. I sort of see where they are coming from and tend to agree

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet