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Mystified…………….. 🤢

Club or country: Balancing each side's needs at the selection table

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The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Fair enough.I haven’t seen a huge amount of SRA this year but both Wilson and Samu have caught my eye.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Hi Peter,
I am curious how a player can “outplay” someone ‘head-to-head’.
Surely you can’t compare it like that? One team might have the dominant pack—imagine Akira Ioane running at you all day from behind a ‘Rolls-Royce’ pack? That would make the world’s best No.8 look ordinary!
I think a statistical analysis, whilst not perfect either, over an entire season say, might give you a better idea but even then…..

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Are you accusing a forward of being “intelligible” mate? 😛

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Just about every throw to the front of the lineout is as crooked as trump’s hind leg.
If they ran the DRS over them most would end up in the dead-ball area.

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

You just dredged up painful memories Geoff. 😢

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Andy Earl played in Italy in the eighties….met him briefly when I was passing through…..

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

At 20-19 my Chiefs pick wasn’t looking too foul, either! 😁

The Wrap: Super Rugby AU comes of age in Canberra thriller

Where are these hypothetical cross-competition matches to be played and how will this be decided?
And wasn’t the original Super 6 (??) just like that? 😱

How five plus five doesn’t add up: Part 1, 2021 transition

Tend to agree Jacko.
I have one tiny reservation about Dmac…his lack of size.Otherwise it’d be a toss-up between him and Barratt at 15 for mine.
Jordie Barratt, that is.

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

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Ken,
Gidday mate. I am an admirer of BB, who wouldn’t be? It’s just the lack of scrutiny top class players often get from commentators (Nisbo, I am looking at you) and fans that concerns me…..
Lesser mortals are dripping under the spotlight with the blowtorch close to their toes and this guy can waltz in after 18 months not playing at 10 and supplant Richie Mo’unga? 😱

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

Jokerman,
Because BB struggles to stay square on to the defence, he is basically forced to either run sideways or else set his long-suffering 12 up for some more time on the physio table.
Barrett at 10 requires a veritable rock picked at 12…..one of the main reasons SBW went to the RWC instead of Laumape I reckon.
Damian McKenzie’s injury made it easy for the selectors to fit BB in at 15.They may not have that luxury this time around and some big calls will need to be made.
I don’t like Grant Fox signalling that BB will play “a big role” for the ABs this year—how come they don’t leave all options open as they should for all players/?
{Speaking of Fox, you may be old enough to recall that special way Fox held the ball up when he was about to throw a laboured inside ball to Inga Tuigamala (or whichever hapless victim who had drawn the short-straw at training 😁 )…..maybe he has taken BB under his wing? 😛 }

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

I really don’t think Brett’s comment was meant to be taken literally Terry.

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

I really am mystified about all this love for BB at 10.
My frank opinion is that he serves the Blues better from the back potentially.His form has been below par from what I have seen this season.
I’ll be keen to see how many hospital passes his 12 receives this week! 😛

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

Rebels
Chiefs
Brumbies
Blues

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

Andy, You have caught me on the hop there mate. I have memory issues! There have been a number of revamps (3 major ones) since 1985 with teams being left out of the top flight….three divisions at one point, two in another.I think big names like Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, BOP, Marlborough?? from memory(??) I hope some other Roarers cab come to my rescue here. 🤢

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

Sheek, you and I go back a long way on the Roar–you much longer than me probably.
I hardly ever agree with you but I don’t mind a person who calls a spade a shovel so I generally respect your opinions.
That comment however–strikes me as incredibly shallow and judgemental. I don’t know if you meant it that way or not but that is how it comes across to me.

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

“dressed in shorts & thongs, & he looked like a bogan” ?????

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

NZ cut teams of long-standing from the NPC ,TWAS.
It wasn’t a popular move in the affected provinces I can tell you.
If the scenario you describe occurs, you can bet your bottom dollar prompt action will be taken and it won’t take ten years of debating to achieve!

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t the NZRFU (as it was then) argue strongly against the advisability of Australia expanding to 5 teams in the first place?

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

Sheek,
So much to unpack, as they say.
If, after the round -robin is complete you have something like this:
Crusaders……56
Chiefs………….49
Reds…………….45
Brumbies………43

You DON’T make the Chiefs travel to Brisbane because they ‘won’ their conference! That’s what I am talking about. Winning your conference should get you into the semis…that is all.

As to your other points, I don’t think we are a million kilometres apart.Perhaps because I grew up in a tiny province, I never bought in to the fierce tribalism the bigger urban centres seem to have.So I have always been able to take Super Rugby or leave it—-choosing to watch quality where I could find it rather than nailing my flag to any particular mast….

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Having a big game in your city though provides a financial windfall as well as a big buzz. There is a lot more riding on it than just familiarity with your own paddock, wind conditions etc.
Wellington can take on a bit of a carnival atmosphere when a big game and a nice day coincide. 😛

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Rugger,
A point I would like to add to your comment.
I can see the benefits of a conference system per se. The reduction in travel alone makes them worth considering.
Where they went wrong, in my opinion, was ignoring the points table when it came time to allocate home advantage.

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Brett,
One of the (many) things that has disenchanted some fans has been the biased finals format that guaranteed ‘home’ semis.
Any new format will have to address that and all the other issues that saw gate-numbers in all the Super countries fall.
It is essentially a clash between meritocracy (for want of a better word) and commercialism; do you want the cream to rise to the top no matter who gets hurt along the way—or do you want to maximise revenue by creating forced scenarios?

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?