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At 20, fly half Isaiah Armstrong-Ravula keeps on doing the business. Typical Pasifika nations poaching kiwi talent 😂

Reds denied a losing bonus point by Drua in Fiji as Suli Vunivalu is sent off for tripping

It was a joke Jez. The clue’s in the emoji.

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

Yes it was in a SMH article earlier this year or late last year. Tom Decent I think. Staggering stuff.

Player meet-and-greets and truckloads of Gilberts: It's time RA started looking at grassroots growth as an investment instead of an expense

Tahs are also north of 10k. I know that leaves three with less but it’s misleading to say that the A League is flourishing.

Maybe you should go back to just the two main states, at least they can muster half decent crowds 😛

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

Ok it’s 8000, no need for the passive aggression. 8,000 isn’t flourishing.

Sydney FC gets by far the biggest attendances in the league so it’s hardly representative.

https://www.austadiums.com/sport/comp/a-league/crowds

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

TV and Tuipulotu are both 1.98 which is a bit of a worry because I can’t think of anyone who’s 2m+, fit and already good enough!

The Wrap: Spare a thought for injured players as Super Rugby’s two rutting rhinos deliver an epic final preview

His win percentage 2016-19 was very similar to Rennie 2020-22

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

The average crowds in that league are about 7000. So not exactly thriving.

Tahs in turmoil: Hanigan and Harrison jump sinking ship, skipper forced to stay, CEO complains of 'tricky' task

Cheika wasn’t a great Wallabies coach but he’s a proven winner at pro club level in both Ireland and Australia.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

The question is whether Foote is the best head coach available. I know the Rebels have had a good year in trying circumstances, but I don’t think they’ve ever overachieved in the four years he’s had them considering the available players.
After years of not having a proven experienced head coach available, you now have a few proven Aussies available e.g. Cheika and Friend. Picking someone proven like Kiss has improved the Reds after all.
I know that changing the coach isn’t the panacea but Aussie Super Rugby has suffered for years from the level of coaching.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

Not many tight forwards in that lot.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

Absolutely right Crowd. I keep on bringing up the same stat, but JON and co cutting community rugby spend from 15% to 2.4% of total income to pay for extra Super Rugby teams has been a disaster for Aussie rugby.

Player meet-and-greets and truckloads of Gilberts: It's time RA started looking at grassroots growth as an investment instead of an expense

Yes, the salaries that the players receive cover the whole year so it wouldn’t cost that much to extend the season.

Player meet-and-greets and truckloads of Gilberts: It's time RA started looking at grassroots growth as an investment instead of an expense

None, but it doesn’t stop the usual whining

'Bit shy': Ex-skipper's surprising reason for backing 'world class' Crusader over Ardie Savea as ABs captain

They’d both be good, but Ardie has the potential to inspire not just the team but also the kids and young people we need to be inspired by rugby. He’s so vibrant both in his play and personality. He proved himself as captain in the final, always plays the 80, has an incredible disciplinary record and is liked and respected the world over.

Like Vermeulen with Kolisi, Barrett will be a great deputy who will complement him very well.

'Bit shy': Ex-skipper's surprising reason for backing 'world class' Crusader over Ardie Savea as ABs captain

Another catch 22- if you play too many games in a row you’re much more likely to get injured. But boy do people moan if RA make sure that teams look after their players.

'It's a miracle any player can walk': The Catch-22 that makes rugby a brutal game of chance

Exactly!

What most people will remember Sam Cane for - and what they should instead

And they stopped selecting Akira at 6.

What most people will remember Sam Cane for - and what they should instead

Amazingly there were a lot of kiwis, including the author of this article, who don’t understand that the All Blacks 7 needs to do a ton of work with ball not in hand, and think that it would be a good idea to move the best 8 in the world who’s superpowers are ball in hand.

All those who want ball in hand specialists Ardie and Sotutu at 7 and 8 seem to have forgotten what didn’t work for Foster and Plumtree. And the last 8 mins at Twickenham 2022.

What most people will remember Sam Cane for - and what they should instead

Let’s face it, a non-scientific straw poll is pretty much worthless.

I agree with them on centralising as much as possible – and wish that abolishing the underperforming state unions was possible! Realistically though turkeys don’t vote for Christmas and for all we know Herbert and Waugh might have had to fight hard to get the level of centralisation that’s currently happening.

Personally I just want to give Horne, Nuciafora and Schmidt the time they need for what won’t be a short term fix.

Where to now for Rugby Australia? Survey that reveals fans' staggering levels of pessimism

I’m trying to remember whether it Pearce who couldn’t even get an Assistant gig in the RWC knockouts whereas all the other English officials did. It mystified the English forums at the time.

The Wrap: Spare a thought for injured players as Super Rugby’s two rutting rhinos deliver an epic final preview

Yes Dickson got France v Ireland too.

Interesting that Pearce seems to top rated within England and when I asked a couple of British forums everyone who expressed an opinion went for Pearce.

The Wrap: Spare a thought for injured players as Super Rugby’s two rutting rhinos deliver an epic final preview

I agree. He’ll be 36 in 2027 and as you say we have no shortage of open sides to battle for that spot. I’m hoping that Papalii will fulfill the potential he showed in 2021 and late 2022, and/or Lakai proves to be an absolute superstar.

'I had my time': Cane stands down as All Blacks captain after signing new deal in Japan

Excellent point about the third row selections letting Cane down. It was an impossible job having to do Akira’s job for him.

'I had my time': Cane stands down as All Blacks captain after signing new deal in Japan

Yes Boshier Jr has done a good job but he’s a level or two below Cane. I was expecting Sam to come back next year so that’s a real blow going forward. Best of luck to BoP in the NPC!

I’m surprised that you think that the Chiefs were over-represented under Foster… If anyone I’d say that the Blues were

'I had my time': Cane stands down as All Blacks captain after signing new deal in Japan

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