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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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Awesome news. While I hated the way they did the conference system in Super rugby I think a conference based on countries with one of these teams in NZ and one in Australia, maybe the Argies and SA as well would work. Then follow this with a smaller round robin of the top 3 from each with a final series of the top 4 based entirely on table standings would actually be quite good. Sure the drop off of some would lower the amount of people watching from that area but it’d still be much better than having teams given a free ride in.

BREAKING: Two Pacific Island teams given green light to join Super Rugby in 2022

Yeah agree 100% on Folau. Heaps of talent but seemingly no ability to improve his deficiencies. I blame a lot of that on the coaching group at the time and I think we will suffer their incompetence for a number of years yet

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

Yeah I agree. I think 13 is just too specialised for a player to develop his game in

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

And play them in the right position. I like him on the wing and maybe like Tana Umanga he will develop and move to 13 eventually. I just hope he’s continued to give time to learn

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

He might have been a star but he had a steep learning curve on the skills needed for rugby. Luckily he was humble enough to realise this and dedicated enough to work and improve. If he hadn’t he would never have made the Crusaders or All Blacks.

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

Thanks Nic, as you say Petaia comes with an in-depth understanding of the game that Folau never had and is also playing in the correct position to further his experience at this level. He already displays the ability to get into the right position well and he can tackle well, pass and kick, 4 things that Folau could never do and never improved on during his time in the game. Personally I think all of the players in SR Aus are better than a player who could do only 2 things well and who never improved on his deficiencies in the 6 or so years he played.

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

The trouble with this is I think other teams are working out how to counter it and while it will always be an option I don’t think it’s going to stay as effective as what it has been. We still need backs who can set tries up

Reds-Brumbies has become 'the' modern-day Australian rugby rivalry

This’ll sound bad but I almost hope the idiots running NSWRU get him on board as I don’t think things will improve in NSW until they crash bad and getting him involved will help that happening

Haylett-Petty may cover Rebels' Hodge

I actually thought DHP could have been a good test player if he’d been given the chance and if Folau had moved to the wing where he should have played.

Haylett-Petty may cover Rebels' Hodge

I admit I’m not a fan of White. He has a good pass and at times he kicks well but he spends too much time getting the referees off side with his incessant whining and carrying on and I think he’s easily rattled and goes off his game when he’s wound up. I think he’s a good Super 9 but not so good at the next step up

Get your questions in for Issue 8 of Coach's Corner

Hey Nic, when I referee a game I see the best way of dealing with the rush defence as being fast ball out to runners with a varied attack so that defence doesn’t get the time to setup. I’m thinking that we need a 9 who can pass fast and accurate. Who do you think best fills that position and is there anyone not yet part of a squad that could be looked at

Get your questions in for Issue 8 of Coach's Corner

Mate I think all the teams here will challenge all the Kiwi teams in different ways, just like all the Kiwi teams will challenge the Aussie ones in different ways. Reds and Brumbies are definitely stronger here. Not so open in NZ. Crusaders are stronger but not a lot between the next 4

The Reds can beat the Crusaders

I’d have him over Hooper any day. Hooper seems to have lost a yard of pace and without that has become very ineffective at international level. He didn’t dominate in either defence or offence last year and combined with his poor record as the worst Wallaby captain ever I’d see him well gone

The Reds can beat the Crusaders

Mate while I agree that almost any team can win on the day and that in many matches the bounce of the ball, the odd referee call and some poor or good decisions at crucial times can affect the outcome I think you’re reaching on this call. With the margin between top and bottom team in the NZ competition being so small the Reds will need to be on top of their game in all matches to even make the final. The Crusaders can have a couple of bad games, that they’ll probably still win, and still get there. I’m not sure the Reds have that luxury

The Reds can beat the Crusaders

Mate don’t get me wrong I think JOC should be both the 10 and captain of the Wallabies, I just think To’omua is under more pressure because the Rebels lack players to back him up and that leads to poor decisions

The Wrap: The Reds ride the bumps all the way to Super Rugby grand final

I think he was put under a lot more pressure in this game than perhaps in the past and he doesn’t have the players around him he can rely on to take some of the pressure so he has to do it all himself. I think this affected his game more than anything else. The Rebels really don’t have a lot of depth at 12 and their forwards aren’t stepping up to assist. I think if Koroibete is really as good as people say he should have seen this and stepped in to take more passes but everyone just left him to do it on his own. I think it was this that led to some poor decisions as he tried to make things work

The Wrap: The Reds ride the bumps all the way to Super Rugby grand final

I certainly don’t want Gatland back, he completely stifled the team with his coaching. Let’s all hope Eddie goes and he gets the England gig.

The Wrap: The Reds ride the bumps all the way to Super Rugby grand final

Thanks Geoff a great summary and some good points. While the game in Perth seemed a bit dire, especially compared to the other 3 games, I thought it was still a good struggle. Both teams seemed to just take wrong options at times and still struggle a bit with basic skills like passing a ball so the receiver doesn’t have to stop and catch the thing. To be fair all teams did this, just more often in this game. Loved the Reds vs Brumbies game and looking forward to this again in the final.

The Wrap: The Reds ride the bumps all the way to Super Rugby grand final

I agree he’s playing well. I like him on the wing and I think he’s learning a lot there. Hope he stays there for a while. Big call Brad and probably not the pressure he needs at this stage of his career

Brad Thorn says the 'Lomu rule' applies to Jordan Petaia

A better idea might be to just start winning.

Can New South Wales solve its crowds crisis?

That’s how Tana Umanga did it. Wing to learn then into Centre where he was brilliant.

Coach's Corner Issue 7: What position for Petaia?

Like they say “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from poor judgement”. If he’s allowed time and receives some good coaching he’ll do well

Coach's Corner Issue 7: What position for Petaia?

Yeah I agree. Experience will help but also looking at how he processes what’s in front of him and how to react. He does need a lot of catch & pass improvement

Coach's Corner Issue 7: What position for Petaia?

Glad to see Hodge at 15. I still that’s his best position. So looking forward to Reds vs Brumbies. That game should be awesome

Skippers back for Reds versus Brumbies showdown

Thanks Nic, I feel for Petaia as he shows so much promise but also has so much to work on in his game. At the moment he makes too many mistakes to be in a role where he touches the ball 10 to 15 times a game as the risk is he will give the game away to the other side. I do think he needs to work out where he wants to play and then work hard on the skills needed for that position so he can command it. With his ability to break lines I’d like to see him add some good distribution skills and concentrate on 13 as I think he could be very dynamic there. He’d need to learn to read attacks so he can organize the defence as it is the hardest position to defend at but I’m sure he could do it if he worked hard at it.

Coach's Corner Issue 7: What position for Petaia?