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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
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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

My thoughts exactly. Then bring on some dynamics and the last 20m

Super Rugby AU final teams: Reds change captain, Brumbies hit hard by injuries

I was thinking that. My old man played with Bennett and Ribot. It’s almost like the best Sales Managers in business aren’t always the people who are the best sales people. Best consultants IT are not the best coders. I look at my business we define things by the thinkers, the implementers and the doers. Sounds crude but it seems to work

Get your questions in for Issue 11 of Coach's Corner

So how do we develop coaches in the right way. Both league and union seem to have an underlying philosophy of you have to played at the level to coach. But the best coaches in many circumstances didn’t. With the cry for quality coaches in oz. How do we solve the problem? Is it keep appointing ex players at the level or something else?

Get your questions in for Issue 11 of Coach's Corner

Was surprising and that was I 24 hours. As for my nephew he is a west’s junior. His old man is clueless about the game and asks lots of challenging questions. Last game we went to was the Brumbies with my brother in law. I put my nephew between us so I could try to avoid the questions and stem the flow. It didn’t but all night “Dad the ref blew the whistle for this…”. It was great. I sat back enjoyed a burger and chips and a beer and some great rugby. And I will. My tip will be a fast, brutal game not tipping the Reds as that will put the knock on them.

Why a moral victory was not enough at GIO Stadium

Nick. Sampson kind of reminds me of McKenzie in the 2011 super season. He adjusts his game plan to suit and stimy the opposition. He just doesn’t have the fire-power to execute in attack. Pity he lost Kearney so early on. It would of been interesting to see if things had shaped differently with that knowledge at the back.

Why a moral victory was not enough at GIO Stadium

All I know is I tried to buy tickets Monday and am in the 2nd tier nose bleeds in gold. Single seats only in platinum. Taking my 12 yr old nephew to his first final. On the coaching front. It’s nice to think we have three quality coaches in SRAU. Sampson’s 2nd season and a few decent off season purchases and more time to gel and it will be a lot tighter next year.

Why a moral victory was not enough at GIO Stadium

Jeznez. To actually have the demise of the tahs so clearly and concisely walked through is fantastic but leaves you speechless. You can see why the tahs are in the wilderness just like Davis was when all the crap was going on earlier this year. I do hope he steps down and they bring in someone fresh with the strength to sit on all the factions and infighting as the wallabies and rugby in oz need a strong tahs outfit. Great article

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

I don’t read newscorp. Drive past the mfceu offices in Bowen Hills every day. Not a unionist but love their sign “Is it true or did you read it in the Courier Mail?” It’s diagonally across the road from the courier mail

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

Putting some thoughts on paper right now.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

Having been through a private equity injection with a company it was interesting to watch. The owners pitched a plan and how they would manage things. The board then brought in a new CEO to implement it. They tried to bring the old management and senior staff along on the transformation. Those who couldn’t adjust self selected and moved on. This was from the board all the way down. Some were quietly walked to the cliff and decided to jump. The business was one that had great potential and was burning cash because said aspects of management couldn’t evolve with the times and adjust the way they think. The difference between nzru is they have a better structure than RA. The powerbase is skewed and old minds and ideas run rampant. The hard part is I believe RA needs a fresh set of eyes. The new chairman and CEO seem to have have some nous. Look at the Stan/nine deal. Bringing PE in, if done properly, will challenge the norms and ask for a new direction. However it may lead to some existing managements and ideas being walked to the cliff. Feathers ruffled. Newscorp pouncing etc. Etc. Change is always hard whether it’s good or bad. PE can be good but with RA they need to find the right partner who will help them make the hard calls when needed.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

Let the PE discussion begin. Public Holiday up here so this will be fun to watch unfold. Thanks Geoff. My thoughts is it’s not a matter of if but who. The benevolent billionaire from the west or number crunchers from New York. I know which one I would prefer.

The Wrap: Is there such a thing as a quiet week in rugby?

So one shift fight to another. This .an has a strong self belief

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Thanks Geoff. I have written for the site a while ago before. It was when I had a bit more time. After seeing all the ideas about how we look at moving forward have kept my thoughts to comments.

In the interim let’s just enjoy the rugby. Reds and ponies will hold their own. Timmy will keep the force moving forward. The rebels will want to support Mr wessels and the tahs should focus on shute shield to find success.

Next year will be based on how the TT goes and ratings from each side of the ditch

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

I am just glad there will be the tournament and will enjoy the rugby.

Further to this we have a lot of greener players in the wallabies wider squad.

Exposure to the NZ teams can only make them more prepared for the internationals.

Especially when we didn’t even no it was definitely on until 4 weeks ago.

Let’s just be thankful for what we have and worry about making things even or fairer or whatever next year.

The problem with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Tahs anyone?

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

Especially against the team who discarded him for the next K-train

Super Rugby AU qualifying final teams: Brumbies bring back big guns as Force make selection surprise at the back

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