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We will know whether it’s worked in a year or two I suppose. They will all probably get plenty of game time a step down in the NRC too.
But if SRAU is too tough for them at the moment it’s a good job we don’t have SR Trans Tasman.

The Waratahs' youth need guidance

Hi Robert, thanks for posting that up, I hadn’t seen it.

What’s clear is that the players aren’t calling for an end to Super Rugby, it’s the current format – four derbies in four weeks between byes – that isn’t sustainable.

I notice that what I proposed in my article – separate domestic comps followed by cross border matches – is being considered. My proposal also includes more byes and a Pasifika team to reduce the number of consecutive derbies, these also tie in to what the players are asking for. It also lets Australia have as many teams as they like in their comp, without bringing down the standard and attraction of ours.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Wallabies coach Rennie weighs in on trans-Tasman competition debate

I agree Jacko that this is a priority, however you need to be careful about the time and place. Debuting from the start of a match against the All Blacks in the most important decision making position might not be wise. Let them get a feel for test rugby first, you can ruin a kid’s confidence.
BB debuted from memory as a sub, at fullback, in his home town, against a weaker team. Took him a few years to regularly wear 10. Carter played 12 in his first season. DMac and Cruden started on the bench, and Cruden’s standing plummeted and he missed 2011 RWC selection when he was put into the ten jersey in a 2010 Bledisloe.
Let’s prioritise their development by easing them in sensibly.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

When I write it Bob! Been working some silly hours this week, and obviously the family also have to take priority. I know exactly what I’m going to propose, hopefully this weekend I’ll get the chance to put everything in a logical order.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

Safe was the word I had in mind too Bob. He’s a sensible player who you can rely on. That’s about as good as Australia has at the moment I think. He’ll benefit from having JOC outside him and they might even swap places occasionally.

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

You’re right Don, this isn’t exactly a choice between Noddy and Mark…

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

It was an honest question Nic! I wasn’t sure of my facts.

Although I was surprised that you brought up the cricket world cup…

Come to think of it there were three big world cups last year, we finished ahead of you in all of them!

;=)

Any which way you can: Australia’s intriguing choice at tighthead prop

Agreed, that was a disgrace JN. 1995 is a very long time ago for your fans.

Phil Kearns will run Australia's 2027 Rugby World Cup bid

We will see soon enough Nic! Honest question, can you remind me of how the Aussie scrum went last year? From memory well in Perth but not Auckland or Japan?

Any which way you can: Australia’s intriguing choice at tighthead prop

Great series! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
For more comedy gold in Season Two you can cover the Phil Kearns led bid to win the 2027 hosting rights against Putin. But will fiction be funnier than fact?

Four more years: Season 1, full time

Yes that’s the obvious order. You’d only go the other way if you desperately need a big dynamic ball carrier, or AAA was getting destroyed in the scrums. I’ve not been impressed when watching the Brumbies multi wallaby front row, although I’ve not seen every match and they have had kids at lock.

Any which way you can: Australia’s intriguing choice at tighthead prop

Hi Harm

In addition to what Potsie said, when a player is playing for one of your Super teams they are playing for a team that partially exists for the benefit of your national team. So you can ask or tell the coach to manage their workload, release them to camps, work on a particular aspect of their game etc. Also there is a particular style that each country tends to play.

Of course there are already players at a lower level who have played across the Tasman, e.g. Samu, AAA’s brother, Garden Bachop, Debrecini, Adam Thompson. No reason why that can’t happen more often, they just can’t play for the national team that year.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Super Rugby AU is a great place for all these kids come through together. Such an even competition for them to learn the ropes.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Unfortunately there’s always a market for trolling. Personally I don’t take the clickbait. More clicks more money for them.

But I agree with you wholeheartedly.

A rebuttal of Alan Jones

Is that what the Highlanders got a penalty for to beat the Chiefs? If so, are you saying it should have been a free kick?

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Cheers Geoff. You mean the kiwis because the derbies are too tough? My plan has a Pasifika team and three byes that it’s mainly only two kiwi derbies in a row.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Great call Highlander. Rolling mauls are enough of a blight on the game as it is without allowing blatant obstruction.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Hi Geoff

Thanks for another great read, especially the colourful stuff at the end. I never blame professionalism for the game’s problems, just the head in the sand attitude of the English and French who just let the clubs do whatever they wanted.

Re the Crusaders and Brumbies games, I just think you know how to win or you don’t. The Reds missed their last kick, blew their last lineout, seemed to try to take a mark miles outside the 22 and got taken out, and needlessly gave up the penalty. The Brumbies meanwhile forced the lineout error, got up the right end of the field, forced the wing out, kept the ball until they won the penalty, and kicked the kick. They keep on winning at the death and it’s no coincidence – keep calm and make it happen, and the pressure will tell.

I’m really enjoying both very even competitions and can’t imagine why either country would want to give them up for a potentially lopsided 5+5 trans Tasman. I published an article on this the other day, with a cross over series (ourselves and anyone else who is interested) following the domestic comps. For me it’s obvious (and I don’t remember anyone arguing against it below the line.)

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Wow that is a very strong team, very few retirements since last year. Hard to disagree with many of those based on performance last year and form this season.

Can you please elaborate about your thoughts at hooker? Mbonambi was a revelation last year and I thought it worked really well him starting and Marx finishing.

Lots of Europe based players there, who should be match hardened for the RC.

Why are you so worried about getting the release of players playing in Japan? In the long run I’d have thought that it was preferable to Europe in terms of release because their league is now early in the year, before the tests start. Also Regulation 9 makes it compulsory. Or is it purely an issue with getting game time before the Rugby Championship this year? Whitelock and Brodie were allowed to come home and play in Super Rugby Aotearoa (Brodie preferred to rest) but is that not the case with your boys?

My Springboks starting XV for the 2021 Lions series

Not quite the same Mark. For example NZ has five franchises which bring together all the provinces and Australia have more teams.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Thanks for that Terry, something I didn’t think of. Are they still praying late afternoon?

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Fair point. The Pro tends to be much more fast moving and interesting too.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

That would certainly be long enough! Although they have been talking about a cross over tournament, unless they’ve since changed their minds.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Hi CPM

Agree on domestic first.

That “option A” may well happen from September 2021, I will address this in part 2.

In the meantime, Europe isn’t an option pre Lions it appears.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Different team Bob. One is just Fijians living in Fiji. The proposal is the best of them plus the other islands, plus some playing offshore, plus Pasifika in NZ and Australia, plus people of other races happy to be part of the culture.

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition