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Re-invention or resuscitation?
Its an interesting chicken and egg problem right, but I think it boils down to problems that you need to solve – but that are probably too difficult to solve ie: Participation and Optics.
Participation especially at schools level. I think is too late to address this. As soon as you have a generation out of play its hard to bring rugby at schools back. Or put differently, league is easier to watch and understand, its been played formally by this generation, the kids will continue to be encouraged not to play rugby.

And Optics: league is everywhere. I cant go to my local pub (s), not even the sports bar and watch the world cup. As an aside, on the way back from a rugby match down the coast this year we pub hopped home in regional NSW. The Matildas game was on, the pubs were full of people watching…

No players, no pathways, no results - Are we making Eddie Jones an easy scapegoat for Australia's broken Rugby system?

Gonna add on – rugby isnt just about size which is great.
Du Pont is considered the best rugby player in the world. He’d probably not get a look-in in league. So too Faf de Klerk. On the flip, do you think Genge or Marler or Malherbe or Atonio would get signed? Probably not.

RWC News: 'Carry a grudge til the day they die' - Jones dismisses Wallabies rejects, Razor 'not allowed' at ABs games

Only one Tjiuee Uanivi, what a name!
Thanks for another lovely read HJ.
Interested that you think the Argies are on the up, they’ve been really disappointing thus far, interesting shoot out coming this weekend!

Five things we have learnt in the World Cup, and two we will learn soon

Thanks mate

No players, no pathways, no results - Are we making Eddie Jones an easy scapegoat for Australia's broken Rugby system?

Thanks KTFD.. Dont get me started on the league aspects!
You know, the only person I had a RWC convo with in real life this week was a lovely 74 bloke called Terry from England, he summed it up well by saying “lad, I’m having the time of my life watching rugby all week long, that RL stuff is hocus”. Thanks Tezza, you legend.

No players, no pathways, no results - Are we making Eddie Jones an easy scapegoat for Australia's broken Rugby system?

Hey JDK, thanks for that.
Aside for Borth’s who are you thinking?

No players, no pathways, no results - Are we making Eddie Jones an easy scapegoat for Australia's broken Rugby system?

Agree except for Ireland having simple plans.
They probably have the most varied attack in the game, with fistfulls of attack moves and lineouts and mauls with lots of variation.
Ireland understands the plans so well that maybe they look simple, but they are the best drilled side at the RWC by a mile.

SPIRO ZAVOS: Eddie Jones' coaching flaw is his belief that rugby is the same game as league

Topo Rodriguez spilling some real truth, and thanks for highlighting that for the crowd Sheek.
Battling scrum – backline is halfway defeated, with a scrum thats dominant the backline finds an extra gear, have more time to make decisions, and get obviously excited.

SPIRO ZAVOS: Eddie Jones' coaching flaw is his belief that rugby is the same game as league

Lol. Yes, checkers is a better game than chess.
Just like Go Fish is better than 7 card stud.

SPIRO ZAVOS: Eddie Jones' coaching flaw is his belief that rugby is the same game as league

Glad someone answered this.
Suppose its pointless asking if NRL has any props and locks worth spending on 😂
Boy $1,6M in 24 months.. thats $66k per month.
Feel like you could build/buy or train some props and locks for that.

Besieged Wallabies throw lucrative deal at Crichton in bid to lure Roosters star back to rugby - with a Super twist

Yessir.

This is the brutal reality: There are Aussies desperate to see Wallabies fail, and many want to see the sport's complete demise

I’ve tried. Boy I’ve tried to get into NRL with everyone else, but I couldnt agree more.
Its a very odd sport. Boring as hell.
Its the Mcdonalds of sport.

This is the brutal reality: There are Aussies desperate to see Wallabies fail, and many want to see the sport's complete demise

Got it in one Mugs.
Worryingly there is much talk of clubs exiting to join subbies.

This is the brutal reality: There are Aussies desperate to see Wallabies fail, and many want to see the sport's complete demise

I mostly agree with this, thanks for the read Ben
Two points.
1) After three seasons coaching senior club rugby 90kms from Sydney, I’ve never seen an RA rep…
Our comp has contracted, less sides, some playing only 1 grade – from 3 grades only five years ago, bigger gaps between sides, record forfeits as the clubs who dont pay, dont have players etc.

2) I don’t subscribe to the view that Australians are fairweather supporters, but heck, I’ve never seen a national side get slated like this (Eddie aside), there’s definitely a large league contingent that is loving this disaster and see’s it as vindication of their preference of sport.

Just my thoughts, wanted to share as their is a lot of people sharing experiences from clubland.

This is the brutal reality: There are Aussies desperate to see Wallabies fail, and many want to see the sport's complete demise

I’m with Laurie Fisher.

How can you bring a bunch of NRL assistants in ? Hard to coach what you have never coached, let alone played.

Its Ted Lasso – the rugby version- except that’s a comedy about soccer and this ? Well, this is a disaster.

Yes Eddie, we really are sitting here thinking 's--t, what's this bloke on about?'

I’m not sure if thats a complaint? 😂
Thought the reffing team was pretty good myself.
Didnt listen to Josh van der Flier crying that Ox stepped on his hand, was rational, played some good advantage. No cards. I mean. I cant be the only one?

Biltong vs blarney: World Cup classic battle leaves both teams with a sense of final destiny - and a key area they must fix

What a game.

Hope never dies: The past is painful, but there's lot to like about the look of the Irish

As an add on – I think there were 4 or so turnovers from isolated runners not having their pod set off 10, with 9 in total for IRE (Lowe, JVDV come to mind).

Which is a symptom of pace, IRE tempo was high, the Bok plan perhaps came a bit unstuck by matching that, but that last 20 SA looked to use the backs more and ate meters.

I get the feeling that if there were more middle pod attacks this would have worked out better for the boks.

As a final note- Jessie Kriel and KLA went missing. As did Jasper. Shoulda played Vermeulen and Mapimpi, as to the other centre, Kriel was probably the best bet as the other was Canaan.
But.. is there a case of Esterhuizen and de Allende as a pair? (wishful perhaps).

Biltong vs blarney: World Cup classic battle leaves both teams with a sense of final destiny - and a key area they must fix

The bloke in Castle Hill.. Trust me on this.
I like the St Ives guys, but Karl Koekemoer CH is sensational.

Biltong vs blarney: World Cup classic battle leaves both teams with a sense of final destiny - and a key area they must fix

Of course the coaches have trackers, and there is a half time assessment.

But the above comes from current Bok players mouth. They have responsibility in that decision too and buy in. If they feel like they arent up to it – ie Etzebeth the other day – not a perfect example – they call it.

COMPLETE RWC teams week 3: Eddie makes three changes, Wales skipper misses out, Farrell back for England

I dont often agree with Cheetah. But its really not a bad plan.
7/1 and Kwagga covers centre/wing.
Realistically the Boks (except at hooker now) have got two great packs, and they’ll go hard for 53 odd mins and then throw the next lot in.
If anything its a pretty mature play that the players are in on ie if they know they are flagging they pull themselves off.

COMPLETE RWC teams week 3: Eddie makes three changes, Wales skipper misses out, Farrell back for England

On that point, no wheel reinvention is needed.
I think its similar in a lot of nations, but specifically for RSA, schoolboy big games are televised.
You then have Varsity Cup which is a Uni comp – televised and semi pro, all those guys are the ones who probably didnt make an Academy for one of the big unions.
Roadmaps exist for a successful approach.
To sum: in SA, Schoolboy is big, Academies are big – they play each other and feed the major unions, you then have Varsity Cup as a feeder (televised) and then you have 3 professional leagues… Its a big catchment.

Floundering after Fijian failure, here's the structure to pull Australian Rugby up from the depths

All rational.
But change needs to be radical, not just in action, but thought too.

Instead of everyone doing the same thing ie starting at the top (Wallabies) and ending with the real stuff – schools and grassroots, why don’t we start there.
Start with schools and grassroots and the rest follows.

Floundering after Fijian failure, here's the structure to pull Australian Rugby up from the depths

I came for the headline full of Boksuperiority, expecting more Irish big talk.
I stand corrected.
This resonates really well with me, as I do my bit at grassroots and dream again of a green day in October.
You know what though? Everyone can agree that Ireland has been unlucky at RWC time. Everyone can agree that they deservedly are the #1 side on the planet.
But.. with the top cede so too comes the loss of the underdog tag (see NZ 2010 – 2019), and its just so good supporting the underdog.
I’m never happier than when the Boks are underdogs against everyone.
Maybe thats why I’m excited about Sundays fixture.
May the best team win, they’ll both be in green (kinda)

Hope never dies: The past is painful, but there's lot to like about the look of the Irish

Marx, probably the best player in that squad.. out.
What happens if Bongi goes down?
We’ll be calling 3rd choice Joseph Dweba I’d imagine.
Pollard was always going to come in for the first injured player.
If only JN didnt take 4 scrumhalves..

COMPLETE RWC teams week 3: Eddie makes three changes, Wales skipper misses out, Farrell back for England

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