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Joined October 2018







Ex sports playing tragic now armchair sports tragic. Rugby is my vice.



Thanks NickoM I was paraphrasing it a bit but it is said at the end

How Australian rugby can build its very own field of dreams

I agree.

That’s the beauty of this model.

Women’s afl, super netball and even the A league all started small and grew.

The enticement for nsw and qld and the other sr franchises is that the private equity pays about 30% of their wage bill without interfering with the existing structures.

It also builds the professional player base from 150 to 280 and provides a clear pathway.

RA controls the structure in the set up so no club vs country down the track.

How Australian rugby can build its very own field of dreams

Great article. But I don’t think Rennie isn’t focussed on the future.

Rather he has brought the old heads in to support the young guys and give them time to develop.

You are right on pushing players through and without a NPC style competition – where all the QLD players came through before SR and now to the wallabies.

I do hope Rennie keeps on putting the best players on the field for the day but then in the camps is using that knowledge to develop the youngins to challenge the old heads. Like Bell nudging Slipper and stepping up.

It should be a natural progression not a forced decision which it has felt like in the past. Hannigan, JP are two examples. They had potential but werent given the time to evolve.

The curse of the Wallabies’ rebuild is finally lifted

Firstly good article and I agree wholeheartedly on JOC being the 15. I am not looking as far forward to the next world cup but more the state of play with the wallabies at the moment.

For a number of years we have had to look at our young talent and pray that one or a number of them will be the next big thing.

Think JP, half of the Tah’s backline and right back to JOC, QC and KB.

The pressure was on all of them the day they finished school and strapped on the boots as professionals.

We are looking for the Great White Hope.

Unlike SA and NZ we don’t have a national mid-tier competition to blood the players and provide a natural progression. When we did have this it brought us Tate, Hunter, Samu, Wilson, BPA who progressed naturally. A few hiccups but they are all now established in the wallabies squad.

What the QC/JOC axis gives us is time. Time to allow Noah to develop, Banks to find his footing at international level, JP to grow into his body and stop getting injured, the list goes on.

I do agree Rennie is probably already there. Two highly experienced playmakers who can move around into different positions and guide the younger players in playing at that level.

And for this weekend. I am so looking forward to seeing a mid field attacking scrum with JOC and QC sitting either side of it with Len/Samu/HP with those two great flyers on the wing.

I love the premise but lets focus on the hear and now and hopefully then the future will unfold naturally with QC and JOC not being the only options.

Why Rennie will pull the trigger on O'Connor at 15

All I will say on this. What impressed me about QC wasnt the game or the kicks. Well that was exhilirating to watch and his ability to keep his head and get on with things, up to the 81st minute was phenomenal.
As fans we have the right to get angry, rabid, ecstatic, cry, scream, pull our hair out, throw things at the screen or boo the ref.
The players are being paid. What I heard in his post game interview was someone who realised he was in his boardroom involved with a major deal. “I asked myself is this my ego talking with the last kick or can I do it”.
The mindset of this is my job, I do my best and at the end of the day what’s most important is my family and my life outside of rugby.
It’s sounds as though he has finally found the balance that so many young players (leagiues and AFL boys take note) don’t get.
Don’t get me wrong, you need to be passionate about what you do, you need to go the extra mile but parking your emotions in these circumstances is hard but critical.
I now understand why Rennie kept raving.
Thanks QC, even if you don’t play another test it is great to see you have grown to where you are and what it allowed you to do.
Give every Wobblies fan hope and a bit of light after the darkenss where we won’t be crying into our pretzels because of what has happened.
On this Friday’s game JOC for Banks and we will have the Boks really worried.

The Wrap: Quade Cooper finds the sweet spot to bring the Wallabies home

Alex. Great idea I love it. Maybe than a tri nations it’s a three year rotation.

Where the Mandella, bledisloe and boks vs black are played one each year with the fourth being world cup.

Which ever team has home game during 6 nations tours other country for other two tests.

The Rugby Championship should expand to six nations

So let me work this through.

Sydney bounces the Penrith Emus.

Sydneysiders and nsw flaunt the covid rules while the rest of us buckle down and do the right thing. I feel so sorry for my Victorian friends who have lost 1/3rd a year in lockdown.

A sydneysider travels to NZ with delta variant and lies leading to an outbreak.

The WA govt like QLD has managed this and it’s citizens have acted responsibly to ensure we can get back to life as normal, which we have.

Am I the only one that is sick of NSW and it’s belief in superiority messing with us all?

Let’s not blame NZ rugby. They made an informed decision. Who has put us and them in that state?

'Bloody angry', 'incredibly disappointing': Rennie furious, Marinos makes staggering claim about NZR CEO

Maybe they were thinking of the last 30. Bring him and Thor and Wilson on and that adds some real punch to the forward pack at the back end of the game. With our new found strong finishing. Also means he has an extra 6/8 as well.

Welcome back Lachie! Swinton confirmed as Wallabies name their team

Bring back Eddie 😂 😂 😂

McKellar to leave Brumbies, front runner as Rennie's Wallabies successor

All I can say. Is Rupert what your fox news has done to the US political system is one thing. But now you are screwing with sacred things like Aussie Rugby. It’s time to rise up and stop buying papers you own. We need a reliable news source like Facebook… or the roar

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

As I sit in a Cafe waiting for lunch reading this article after a cursory glance at the Courier Mail to find one rugby article. The AAP one from yesterday. So true

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

Geoff fantastic article and great idea. The Fijians looked fantastic on the weekend and if that forward pass was picked up at the 50m mark I think might of been a lor tighter.

And gutsy bringing up private equity. I still believe RA going down that path to have funds to bring back some of our talent from OS into SR and fund a professional NRC to allow it time to become financially viable (think a-league) is the future.

The Wrap: Australian rugby, you have two important jobs this week

Hi it’s Scotty from marketing. I feel bad about the vaccine roll out but I have to agree let’s go straight to TT tournament next year. My gut says it’s the way forward. I have to say working with the states to find a general consensus is impossible. A national vaccine strategy, sorry it’s rugby, an NRC will never work.

Super Rugby AU: The third tier

Can I just ask why is everyone so against rebooting the NRC?

It didnt really fail, it just didnt have enough time to develop as a format and the NSWRU treated it with disdain. With Stan/Nine on board we won’t have to go is on fox, is it being streamed…

Okay the QLD team didnt go that well against the NZ teams. But 90% of those players cut their teeth in the NRC. And you can bet now that they know what level they have to play to there pre-season will involve constant reminders of that. Thorn said as much.

You cant tell me with the depth issues the Tahs are having and a young team to boot. Another 16 solid games isnt going to help them develop.

Super Rugby AU: The third tier

And the tt plays through the test windows. Teams just lose players. Move games for TT to smaller areas where the games aren’t regularly played. Watch the reds play highlanders on a Saturday afternoon at Townsville roll out of the stadium and watch wallabies play France…

If we’re going to do a full Trans-Tasman tournament, let’s go all the way

That’s why I think you go two tier TT. Top 3 bottom 3 each tournament. Allows home and away

If we’re going to do a full Trans-Tasman tournament, let’s go all the way

Soapit. Therein lies the rub. Cash and exposure. The reason the kiwis have greater depth is they have mitre10 cup. Bring in Private Equity. Keep the competition local + the Drua with a post season TT and bring back NRC. Mirror it all with woman’s rugby. Give it three years and then look at a blended comp. It’s a product road map we need. As one Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody said “from little things big things grow”. What covid has shown is to rely to heavily on multinational comps to stump up funding takes away from decisions being made that are in the best interests of oz rugby. Build the local fan base again. Drip feed the nz teams in and then roll it up when we are stable on our own.

If we’re going to do a full Trans-Tasman tournament, let’s go all the way

Soapit. Some interesting thoughts here. Firstly some standardised approach around salary caps is a great idea. But I also think we need to responsible for our own backyard. If we need to strengthen our teams why strengthen the blacks further by expanding their depth? Here something really left field. A draft for 2nd tier nations players. Any player can nominate to be part of it. We then run a draft camp each November where players are invited to participate. All five coaching staff from SR teams run it. 3 spots each team two year contracts. Numbers are indicative but you get the point. And you want a story. The Romanian scrum half or Georgian 2nd row or Uruguayan flyer who shines in SR.

If we’re going to do a full Trans-Tasman tournament, let’s go all the way

Mate I have been to Canberra Stadium. It’s in the middle of a sheep paddock and in winter games the bundies are stored in crates outside the fridges so the staff can use the fridges to keep warm. If I could sit at home and watch it on Stan/Nine in a warm house with a cold drink I know what I would prefer.

The straight story: How scrum trumped lineout in the Super Rugby AU final

What’s new? 😂 😂. I am taking SR. Also think it would make RA take a look at player distribution and development.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Brett. I get that but why do the provincial games and test matches need to be mutually exclusive? Every other sport has windows where if international players are called up they have to suck it up and play with who they have got. Being a Brissy boys I don’t know how many times the “baby broncos” have played because of SOO. It’s a mind shift but one I have never understood.

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Brett. Great article and I was just thinking about this last night. And your right biggest problem is the length of the season. I had a crazy idea of separate SR each side of the ditch. Home and away with Drua in Aus conference. Local final. Then two tiers. Top 3 from each bottom 3 from each. Home and away. Relegation for next season for bottom 2 and promotion for top 2. With semis and finals it equates to same amount of games for players but gives best of both worlds

The two lingering questions from an incredible weekend of Super Rugby finals

Just re watched the game as the last 20m at the game was a bit of an adrenalin and alcohol infused haze.

Firstly what a tussle. Even better the 2nd time.

My thoughts:

1. It was a brutal, ugly game. Perfect for prep before the TT. As an old coach of mine said. Winning ugly and closely shows more about your character and ability than winning easy and prettily.
2. Berry wasn’t that bad or unfair. A third of the brumbies penalties came in the last 20 and I was surprised there wasn’t a few more coloured card in that last 5. He managed a game that had both sides skirting the breakdown and offside all game to find ascendancy well.
3. Seeing O’Connor’s crossing that line a 2nd time felt just as great.

Bring on the trans Tasman and then the frogs

Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

Floating out of the stadium last night with 40k other fans all I could think is what a fitting end to a great comp. Now let’s see how these guys go against the teams from across the ditch. I hope we don’t lose that. And tell me there won’t be another 40k + fans when the crusaders arrive.

Super Rugby thriller! Last-ditch James O'Connor try hands Reds the Super Rugby AU title

Well at least it means a lot of the discussion on this site will be answered. DR is going to have to be strategic in using players. Will give more of them a run and a chance for all the debate around some of the key questions answered. I think it’s a good thing as will mean having to use the larger squad and help with buildinh depth going into the RC.

Wallabies and France to play condensed series