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HN that’s a good idea. If the virus wasn’t a factor, which of the changes would be good?

For me, the choke tackle is a blight on the game, but if everyone has to go low it will be dangerous for tacklers. Clash of tacklers’ heads, head on hip etc. I don’t know the details, but I’d hope that this wouldn’t apply where the attacker goes in low; too big an advantage.

Limits to joining mauls – let’s send a bunch of big guys at some little guys – their big guys can’t help them.

No rolling mauls – great idea, end those boring “legal” offsides.

Limits to joining rucks – could mean quick ball, could mean disrupted ball, I’m not sure. Defences can fan out.

Less time to play it after a scrum or ruck – 9s have less time to pose at box kicks or order their forwards around. That can only be good for the game.

World Rugby introduces 10 new laws to minimise COVID-19 risk

Excellent comment John, absolutely true.

5m back if you are 10m out from the ruck would solve this, but would be a nightmare to enforce.

Eddie Jones identifies the biggest issue facing rugby

Good speech, all true. NFJ was a very good, maybe even great amateur era Wallaby. Doesn’t mean he knows how to restructure the professional game of course.

Nick Farr-Jones speaks about the Bledisloe Cup rivalry

I totally agree – they need to assert their authority (I’ve even written an article about it) but that has to be the reason.

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

In his plan the season starts in August and finishes in June. I bet the players association had a lot to say about that!

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

I don’t think that they are talking about having the club seasons aligned, just the international, so that the Top 14 and Prem aren’t played during international windows.

World Rugby and the 6n are petrified that the billionaire clubs will buy all the best players and stop them playing tests, so they continue to let the tail wag the dog.

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

I read the same thing in several places and nobody has denied it. I’m not sure whether you read my article two Sundays ago on what it would mean?

The only possible reason to go ahead with this is because we absolutely need the money and this will solve the problem. We currently have the perfect “two halves” season structure (currently local club/SR then NRC etc/international) compared to the disjointed NH season. That’s a heck of a lot to give up.

I don’t know if you read the paraphrased Mark Robinson quote on Stuff that “we” might have a better option? Intriguing

The global season: Who wins a contest of good intentions versus self interest?

And green!

Western Force bring the fifth element to Rennie

Corne, how do you think we’re meant to say it?

Super Rugby! Ay! You!
Super Rugby awwwww!
Super Rugby Ow!
Super Rugby Gold!

These are the real questions that nobody is asking!

Western Force bring the fifth element to Rennie

Cheers Nic, I’m sure you have better informed contacts.

I hope you’re right re the cap, I’m not sure how many clubs are needed for a veto. Although there was talks of clubs breaking away without a reduction. The attitude of the likes of Lansdowne and Wray are the antithesis of rugby values in my opinion.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

How many full games have you watched this season Nic? The guys I speak with watch every game and usually know what they are talking about. Talent on attack is just part of the game.

Re the £1m that’s not Lam’s decision. I respect him immensely but detest the way the Bristol billionaire is trying to buy his way to success. He is one of three very wealthy owners who don’t want to cut the salary cap and marquee players, at a time when most of the league and rest of the Rugby World are trying to work together to make the game financially sustainable. Did you see the quotes from him about how present crisis (where tens of thousands of Brits have died and millions are losing their businesses and jobs) was a wonderful opportunity to keep spending and win trophies? Crass beyond belief. Not Piatau’s fault of course, but puts the £1m into perspective, it’s way above market rates.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Whoever is spreading these lies about Thorn and Rodda should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

Unfortunately my suspicion is that they don’t care about anything more than their bank balance.

Brad Thorn's emotional response to Izack Rodda's departure

Hi Nic, I would have thought that the Rebels are now totally unviable, unless the contract with the private owners guarantees income from RA? Do you know the details on where they are at, I’m only guessing but the abiding memory from their home games is blocks of empty green seats. It’s not even a nice green :=)

BTW just my opinion for what it’s worth, I’d have preferred two separate articles rather than one about two totally different things. For me it meant a very long article on my phone, and because I was engaged by the competition structure stuff I skipped the Bristol stuff to get to the comments. Cheers.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Rob, the player in question actually visited Thorn and talked through the issue with him, telling him that the stuff in the media is rubbish. Are you saying that there’s a rift between Rodda and Thorn and they both don’t know?

Reds coach Brad Thorn says there's no rift with Izack Rodda

Most of your pro teams already have kiwi coaches!

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Well, there goes any chance of Twiggy being involved long term as a funder of Australian rugby. He claims to be a rugby fan, but he’s describing a different sport altogether.

Thanks for posting up.

Western Force back in the fold after accepting place in domestic Super Rugby

SM I wasn’t disagreeing, just offering further information.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

You don’t have the money and we want our own teams to be as good as possible. We also need to be able to look after and develop our own players.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Mate, we are happy to help our Australian brothers, but there’s no way we’d be so cruel to our rugby players…

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

You underestimate Bob’s sense of humour OOP

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Nice one Bobby, one way for an Aussie team to qualify for the finals ;=)

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

I doubt that WR can “afford” that, but I think that the good neighbour factor would outweigh the risks of uncompetitive teams.

BTW did you know that there are far more Tongans and Samoans in Auckland?

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Speak for yourself! We’re still good!

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

My ideal would be five kiwi and three Aussie teams to keep the standards high and the Aussies competitive. I don’t think you can afford more anyway. Double round robin, final, then a short Champions League against the Saffers and Japanese.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

My English and Irish mates are all pretty down on Piatau from his time at Ulster and Bristol. Poor defence and lazy. I’ve never heard them even mention Morahan!

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby