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Great stuff Gibbo! 👍

Three things I learned from Andrew Symonds

league being a second rate game (and that’s being generous!) in large parts of Australia is why they’re so desperate for NZ athletes. They’re not getting enough new people interested in the sport in WA, Victoria etc to broaden the playing stock, thus allowing a natural expansion of the NRL. So the same player source of pretty much just NSW, QLD & NZ is used.

Super Rugby is a 'disaster', Warriors a 'disgrace' and Phoenix 'hopeless': is Kiwi sport really living a 'big fat lie'?

Have no idea who you’re referring to, so not sure what your point is?

Super Rugby is a 'disaster', Warriors a 'disgrace' and Phoenix 'hopeless': is Kiwi sport really living a 'big fat lie'?

The whole “per capita” thing is a desperately overused cliche from kiwis, but to be fair the kiwis do compete very well in sport in general, and their Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals are usually from a decent array of sports: usually including rowing, swimming, athletics, sailing, hockey (rugby as well now I’d assume with 7’s?), cycling (road & track) etc, which shows they do produce lots of competitive athletes in diverse sports. Jamaica (on the other hand) might win a similar amount of medals to NZ, but presumably will all be from sprinting events in athletics.

Super Rugby is a 'disaster', Warriors a 'disgrace' and Phoenix 'hopeless': is Kiwi sport really living a 'big fat lie'?

Yeah, Scotland is a bit of a joke with the Celtic & Rangers duopoly. I’ve never seen a different winner of their league. I think it was around 40 years ago since the duopoly was upset?

Ange's Celtic all but Scottish champions after crushing win

Rugby union’s major problem is that super rugby is a poor format: a weird confused top-down pseudo state/provincial format which doesn’t work in Australian footy codes. Sydney is massively underrepresented as the major grassroots heartland, and realistically should have 3-4 franchises.
Also, not having a proper pro comp (open recruitment) hurts majorly, as AFL, NRL, A League are generally unpredictable, and have huge turnaround of premiers, minor premiers, grand finalists, and finalists in a decade.
Plus the weird development war angle with NZ doesn’t really work. NZ’s national sport against a small niche sport: 7th or 8th biggest male team sport (and heavily geographically confined!), means the franchises aren’t really going to be equal, and RA can’t really afford to have 3-5 pro franchises in all of Australia for the sport where their competition have triple, and are STILL expanding! It’s a farcical setup all round!

Private equity in Australian rugby union? The answer is simple

It’s amazing how professional sports in Australia scam taxpayers for constant flashy new stadiums and stadium upgrades. I nearly fell over when I heard the Victorian government is willing to commit a billion dollars to upgrade the MCG by demolishing the Great Southern Stand (est. 1991, now “Shane Warne Stand”) because that’s what the MCG’s PRIVATE OWNERS! (MCC) and chief tenant (AFL) want!

Build it and they won’t come: Why Sydney doesn’t deserve more stadiums

Try it after the Warriors lose an NRL game or the Phoenix lose an A League game. Absolutely hilarious to see them keep bringing up bizarre conspiracy theories regarding the officials being Australian with some agenda to deny NZ franchises in Australian comps getting any success! 😂 😂 😂

The weekend that might just have made Super Rugby Pacific

Adelaide Oval is THE major marquee stadium though. This is about barely used suburban stadiums that host an NRL game once every couple of weeks for 20 odd weeks a year in a badly designed and planned city, making travelling to these stadiums a nightmare!

Build it and they won’t come: Why Sydney doesn’t deserve more stadiums

NZR is currently in the process of selling part of itself off to a US private equity firm called “Silver Lake”. This in NZ’s national sport, with only 5 proper pro franchises to run in NZ. They couldn’t even establish a second Auckland franchise without foreigners paying for it (and pushing some weird agenda!). Not sure why you would place such confidence in such an organisation Jacko???!!

ANALYSIS: Australian Super Rugby teams and the game of snakes and ladders

New Zealanders don’t even show up for their own T20 comp (Super Smash), so not sure it’s feasible to have NZ franchises in an Australian comp.
And the two franchises each for Sydney & Melbourne makes a lot more money than some country franchises would, and creates two derbies.

My five solutions to save the Big Bash League

NZR can’t even run it’s own show already Jacko. What’s the evidence RA relinquishing control to NZR would somehow create a viable comp?!!

ANALYSIS: Australian Super Rugby teams and the game of snakes and ladders

The French GP is at Paul Ricard: a rubbish circuit. Needs a better alternative.
A biennial or triennial system would work, and allow an annually alternating 24 race calendar.

In the battle between heritage and modernisation, F1 must keep the Australian Grand Prix

Because it’s not a culturally important enough rivalry.

ANZAC Day: How sport shaped the lives of our war heroes

Mick Schumacher has been overhyped because of his name/father. He didn’t really dominate the F2 championship (like Piastri did) and got a bit lucky, getting ahead near the death of the season (in fact it went down to the last race of the season from memory, with Callum Ilott and another one or two guys being a tad unlucky throughout that season).
So he kept his nose clean and managed to stay out of trouble more often, but certainly didn’t seem to be THE dominant F2 driver in that field to prove he’s a gun in the Piastri/Russell/Leclerc mould.

Mick Schumacher's Ferrari problem

Really?! Far less kiwis down there!

REACTION: 'Really disappointing'- Trans-Tasman gulf remains a chasm as Reds choke and Hurricanes rip in

Ummm…League & AFL were pretty much dominant already, and certainly weren’t desperate to “swoop in” (as you claim) to “pick over” rugby union’s “carcass” as that hasn’t been necessary since 1908.
There’s been waning public interest in the extremely dire “super rugby” comp, which has long been needed to be revamped into a proper sporting comp (like AFL, NRL etc), where every team is on a level playing field: drafts, open recruiting, salary caps etc, which would see an interesting footy comp emerge.

REACTION: 'Really disappointing'- Trans-Tasman gulf remains a chasm as Reds choke and Hurricanes rip in

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The power of 16 to Western Australia

Jeff, I’m spooked out because I’m convinced I felt it!
Had a weird dread premonition at work that something bad had happened around 2am this morning. Was thinking my house was burning down, and I would find out when I arrived home from night shift. Absolutely relieved to find my home still standing when I arrived before 6.30am today.
Chuck the kettle on, turn the computer & internet on…and couldn’t believe what I saw!!!

'Utterly heartbreaking'; 'Can't quite believe it': Tributes flow for Shane Warne, 'the man who made spin cool'

Even over Nadal or Djokovic?!! 😱

Who tops a combined list of tennis championship wins?

NZC can’t afford it, so a highly implausible scenario. The NZ T20 comp gets around crowds of around a thousand attending, so not sure how they’re going to start employing Australian players.

Trans-Tasman shake-up: Cairns calls for NZ teams to be added to BBL

Thanks Allan.
This is is a great series, even for someone like myself, who’s just a general sports fan, and won’t ever be interested in the grassroots.

The Roar Rugby Project Part 9: Almost a wrap

They struggle to get to 90 at present!

England hold on for a draw despite epic Australia fightback in instant Test classic

Seems silly not to have a fifth day up their sleeve though!

England hold on for a draw despite epic Australia fightback in instant Test classic

Why don’t the women play 5 day tests???

England hold on for a draw despite epic Australia fightback in instant Test classic

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