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That’s another article all in itself Nick…

Respect for NRL referees? Let's start with media's role in making every decision a drama

Ken, if you think the current Wallabies have the same recognition in the Australian public as the players from a decade ago you are mistaken.

It’s one thing to cater to fans of your sport, but a completely different thing to market to general sports fans who may take an interest.

A decade ago rugby union was in the same tier as rugby league, cricket and AFL when it came to the hearts and minds of Aussie sporting fans.

It is simply not the case anymore and me writing so is not about a code war. It’s cold hard facts.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Appreciate your comment Toa Joe.

I love the Wallaroos and so desperately want more for them. I think this RWC might be a great opportunity to ensure that these women get the support that they deserve.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

You realise Jacko that I am a mere fan too? I may write, but this is a side passion that I do away from a full time job.

So if you want that data, please dig it up and find it and enlighten us all. I’m not particularly interested in the last year given that I’ve said that big strides have been made – go back over the last decade and tell me how many Tests the Wallaroos have played. You might also want to go back and look at the results from their last World Cup campaign and how much they improved over the course of the Tournament – quite incredible what getting the chance to play together over a short sustained period can do.

If you aren’t interested at an international level given the lack of matches the Australian Jillaroos have had, then compare the Super W to the NRLW – most of the players that play in this competition are not getting paid. It’s just not ok and I do not see the pressure to make change in this space.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

I have a brand where I write about women’s rugby…. and I do do that.

My references in the opening paragraphs were about the men and I absolutely stand by them.

There is no longer the recognition ruby had with players like John Eales and George Gregan. I don’t think there is any problem in referencing that…

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

David, for avid fans of any sport they will of course seek out coverage.

I’m talking about being a general fan of sport who scrolls social media etc – there is very little about rugby.

NRL players feature in advertisements, so do our cricketers – our rugby players do not anymore.

There is a difference between seeking out content and being exposed to it. Or perhaps I should point to the billboards of the Waratahs on Victoria Road as success? At least it is a step in the right direction.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Greysy, again I want to know for how long the Wallaroos have been paid the small amounts they are paid. Their lack of Test matches in the last 5 years also speaks volumes.

7s is in a completely different bucket, but as mentioned it must surely be of interest to you why players like Pelite and Tonegato would leave a program considered full time professional to play in a competition that is not.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

I’m sure it isn’t intentional Hugh, but it is the situation we find ourselves in and for me, it’s concerning when 10 years ago Rugby Union would have been discussed in the same conversations as Rugby League, Cricket and the AFL. It’s not in that tier anymore.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

And looked how well it worked, Danny! He got me hook line and sinker.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Greysy, I’ll absolutely agree that RA has done a superb job with the Rugby 7s program, but absolutely disagree with the Wallaroos point. Strides have been made in the last year, but to have most Super W players completely uncompensated and the Wallaroos playing 1-2 Tests a year doesn’t sound like flying the flag when it comes to women’s sport.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Actually, yes! Absolutely I do.

I was extremely vocal last year when Peter V’Landys made code ward type comments about the AFL. I stand by my view that it is childish.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Not fair Larry! 😛

The weather forecast seems to change every day now, so I stand by my comments!! 😀

I hope it does clear up…

Why Magic Round belongs anywhere but Sydney

ME EITHER!!!

Leave Jake Arthur alone: Why nepotism claims make me ashamed to be an Eels fan

Can I just say, before we pile on the Roosters here…

This all assumes that the Cowboys/Penrith/Tigers put in a bid in that initial year. I don’t think that’s the case and to be honest, I don’t think any of those teams have ever put in bids (although that will likely change in the next few weeks).

The teams that initially missed out were the Sharks and Souths.

Careful growth the key to long-term NRLW success

Fair enough. But I think it is a little more than just vision given these quotes last week:

“The reason I want to go to 10 teams next year is because there will be four clubs applying for the two spots, so why not just give them all four.

“Why have two clubs miss out if they feel they can field a team?

“There’s an argument that the depth of players isn’t there and you may injure women if they’re not to the same standard but I think with the two state authorities running their competitions, I think there probably is enough players.

“There are a number of women’s teams in the New South Wales and Queensland Cup, so there are a lot of women who are playing the game.”

My concern is that we are suddenly moving to a more rapid pace and I worry whether the talent is there to support it.

Careful growth the key to long-term NRLW success

Bigbill, if we have the same type of person dominating our media then there is very little opportunity for diversity of opinion. And also very little opportunity to have a nuanced conversation about anything.

It's 2022, 'the heat of the moment' is not an excuse for homophobia

You are missing out if you are going to wait that long!
I’ve heard nothing to indicate that at this stage the Bulldogs are interested in having an NRLW team.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Rob, I don’t know for certain, but I don’t think the Cowboys put in a bid initially for an NRLW team. I would be very surprised if they are not the next cab off the rank.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Thanks Paul – sorry I didn’t see this sooner.

I actually don’t think that that is Millie Boyle kicking the ball… I might be wrong there.

Corban Baxter (nee McGregor) is who you are thinking of. Corban has always played for the Roosters in the NRLW. Its a bit confusing because there are another two McGregor’s in the NRLW – Page and Raecene.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Unbelievable to be 16-0 with someone in the sin bin and then score 22 unanswered points. I’m still in shock!!

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Albo, I noticed the same thing with Ali and wondered whether she was injured. Aitken did most of the kicking on the day and also made a couple of errors. Upton was completely nullified too thanks to the good defence of the Roosters and the pressure they put her under.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Clint, the other thing the Roosters did very very well on the weekend was limit the impact of Tamika Upton. Temara kicked to Upton often and the defence was right up on her. Nullified her impact completely.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Great point, Albo…

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Big Daddy, I wonder though whether there is a contract with the venue, broadcast organised etc etc

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

Dutski, I was so closely following the judiciary last night.

Togatuki has been IMMENSE for the Roosters this year so it is a huge boost that she is available.

I also wonder whether the Broncs played their GF the week before too – they beat Parra by a huge margin and enough to win the Minor Premiership.

Have the Brisbane Broncos been a victim of their own NRLW success?

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