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I don’t think to specifically site the WC quarter final loss is fair. These things happen in tournaments.

Folau payout at risk if RA folds

It’s completely unfair to blame the Sydney & Brisbane club sides gatesy. They were part of a sport that stubbornly clung to amateurism up until the mid 90’s, when the national governing body took a huge News Corp paycheque and promoted the Waratahs, Reds, and created the Brumbies, to start a new pro southern hemisphere “provincial” pro comp. They were left out in the cold from the start by the ARU. Around a decade later they got pushed further behind when ARU started a new semi pro comp called ARC.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

You realise Sky & Fox are the same parent company (News Corp) don’t you?

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

You can’t really be surprised. Just look at what News Corp did to rugby league in the 90’s!

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

Wasn’t Gavaskar notorious for not being given out much LBW in India, even when plumb?

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

I’m not defending News corp BennO, just saying the truth. They seem to be shocked they’re not getting what they want. I actually support Castle & the board for looking at other options.

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

They seem naïve Sheek. Where do they think aussie & kiwi rugby players got these massive salaries playing domestically from the start of professionalism? Super Rugby players would’ve been on very modest salaries from the start if not for News Corp. News Corp might be acting arrogant and entitled here, but they have a point. They’ve propped up professional rugby union in Australia & NZ from the start (albeit through over priced pay tv which is biting them on the backside now).

What really is News Corp's rugby end game?

TWAS rugby union barely ranks as international compared to soccer. You mocked the Socceroos for not making it past the top 16, but when will the Wallabies NOT make a top 16 at the rugby world cup?

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Both the Australian & NZ systems are financially unsustainable. Super Rugby was a News Corp gravy train from the start, allowing these huge unsustainable salaries to emerge. Now Super Rugby has lost public interest on top of already massive overhead costs of travelling all over the southern hemisphere & Japan for around 5 months a year.

All they have is the international game to actually make money from. It’s no coincidence that aussies & kiwis are the ones screaming loudest for a new international format as it means a huge cash grab that they need. Some of the European sides are sceptical because they already have the lucrative and successful Six Nations comp, and now they might have to accept relegation along with travelling all around the world to play internationals just to prop up the failing Australian & NZ rugby unions.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

It does my head in that we never seem to win the epic close tests! 🤢
Also…Australia’s ability to fold when chasing small to moderate targets! 🤢

Fourth-innings chases: The '80s saga

Is this his recent comments?

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Why would they go?

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Ken, I’ve elaborated before that I’m a west aussie who didn’t grow up with this sport, and saw the wallabies on TV as a kid, which is where my passion started. I clearly don’t have the same amount of interest as yourself and others in the sport, but that doesn’t mean I’m not passionate about the wallabies or the professional setup here, otherwise I wouldn’t contribute so many comments! 😊

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

So why didn’t the major national governing bodies get together with the international governing body and chart a course forward? They had FIFA to look to for guidance, but they ignored everything apparently, and now we’re left with this mess.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

England often don’t make it past the Round of 16 TWAS! Italy & the Netherlands didn’t make it past the Round of 16 at the last world cup TWAS…because they weren’t even there full stop! 😱 All these nations are supposedly soccer superpowers. Uruguay are considered a soccer superpower too TWAS….and guess who was the last nation to deny them a world cup spot?! 😛
You have to either accept professionalism or not TWAS! You guys are half hearted about it, leading to this weird situation of excessive remuneration for players in a competition that doesn’t get the public support to justify it, out of some naïve desperation to have a “competition” with UK, France & Japan to supposedly have the best domestic rugby comp, and deny the natural flow of players. Get your international calender sorted and let’s get cracking TWAS!

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

So whose fault is that? Rugby union switched and went professional in the mid 90’s…a quarter of a century ago! Why wasn’t this arranged then or since?!! 😱

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

They didn’t care about the aussies Steve! They were desperate to financially prop up aussie rugby so their all blacks could keep beating our wallabies as per usual, as that means the world to kiwis! Through sheer dumb luck a good generation of wallabies emerged that were actually competitive. Don’t forget the PI nations can’t compete, and NZ’s biggest traditional rival: the Springboks, had recently been banned due to an international boycott of South African sports teams due to politics. The kiwis would’ve been all alone in the southern hemisphere,…except for Argentina.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

That’s ridiculously ignorant TWAS! 😡 We’ve been Asian champions, we’ve made 4 consecutive world cups (unlucky in 2006 & 2010 not to go further! 😡 ), we lost the U17 Final in 1999 on penalties to Brazil! 😱 Do you suggest we financially destroy the A League by paying excessive amounts to keep the best aussie soccer players in their prime, instead of letting the natural course of action take place with them heading overseas?! 😱

You rugby union fans need to accept that if you want professionalism in your sport, then accept the consequences! Rugby union in Australia & NZ is going broke because of this unsustainable “competition” with much larger economies. Get the international calendar sorted, and drop these silly archaic rules that wallabies players have to play domestically! There’s NOTHING WRONG with the best wallabies players plying their trade in UK, France or Japan in their prime. As long as they’re released for international duties, what is the problem???!!

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Wow, I didn’t know that! (News Corp being part owners of this website) 😱 Who are the other part owners of this website?

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

And who said that? 😱

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

Great evidence TWAS! 😂

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

It’s weird isn’t it? These guys want to embrace professionalism…but not all the way. They freak out that the best rugby union players from Australia, NZ etc will end up in places like UK, France & Japan. And I ask why? Instead they’d rather financially bankrupt rugby union here! If FIFA can organise internationals with pro leagues all over the world that release players for international duties, then why not rugby union, with only a handful of nations that play to a high degree???!

Haylett-Petty tired of pay-cut chat

Ironic they’d ignore Peter Norman at the 2000 Olympics. 😱

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Are you implying the A League should be a winter league from now on to achieve a “sync” with the NPL?

The FFA should plan for the worst and hope for the best

The ARU won’t support the tribalism, then wonder why the grassroots are turning against them.

Shute Shield and the coronavirus