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Strolling down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées?
Wouldn’t it be humorous listening to the knuckle scraper trying to pronounce the location.

Folau payout at risk if RA folds

Des did it again!

The best and worst NRL buys of the decade

TRex, Trent Hodkinson & Kieran Foran. Des Hasler had a say in them all. A suspicious mind might believe that he was on a commission to get these overpaid under achievers off the Manly books & onto the Bulldogs roster. Of all the bad buys the doggies made, Raelene Castle was the worst. Oh well, our loss has been Rugby Australia’s gain!

The best and worst NRL buys of the decade

How many long term North, Doggies, Saints or Demons fans are going to stand up & accept a merger is their only way forward? The only way there will be any change in Melbourne is if the AFL mandates extreme low level funding for Victorian based teams. “swim or sink theory”. All Victorian based teams will be really p*ssed off that interstate teams are receiving the $$$ so it is never going to happen.

The AFL has a chance to reboot the competition

True tiger fans will always remember that exciting run into the finals. Watch the replay of the final couple of minutes of that Swans game. When Richmond won that game by 3 points I remember seeing Dusty, Cotchen, Rance & Riewoldt hugging each other & this inspired Richmond supporters. They replicated this euphoria 3 years later as you well know. I wouldn’t begrudge long term Bulldogs fans of their first & only premiership in their lifetimes. This wouldn’t have occurred with a top 5. Our great sport is funded by hopeful supporters. Lets keep as many of them as hopeful for as long as possible & practical.

The AFL has a chance to reboot the competition

TB3, you have got to get out more.

Why the 2020 NRL premiership will be forever tainted

IAP, it would be good to get some insight from a Fitzroy fan. You had only won 1 premiership in previous 70 years? Very small supporter attendance. So what steps should the Football Club have undertaken between 1975-1995 so the club could of remained competitive & viable? Please don’t comeback & tell us endless AFL handouts were the solution. What was your mindsight regarding following another team? Do you choose one & why?

The AFL has a chance to reboot the competition

TA, it would be good to get some insight from a Fitzroy fan. You had only won 1 premiership in previous 70 years? Very small supporter attendance. So what steps should the Football Club have undertaken between 1975-1995 so the club could of remained competitive & viable? Please don’t comeback & tell us endless AFL handouts were the solution. What was your mindsight regarding following another team?

The AFL has a chance to reboot the competition

TTF, I remember seeing media of footage of packed Richmond pubs on the 30/8/2014. There was Tiger fever in the air due to the fact that their team had won their last eight games. One more win would have their team in the finals for just the 2nd time in 13 years. They won in an upset, finished the season in 8th spot & these fans were ecstatic. Given final format options, how many of your fellow tiger supporters would have preferred to have their team performing in the Top 8 end of year circus or wanted the season over after about round 14 with the top 5 format back in 2014 when you only had a mid strength side?

The AFL has a chance to reboot the competition

You almost had to have a bit of sympathy for batsmen at the time. When McGrath & Gillespie finished their opening spells, they were replaced by Brett Lee bowling at 150km+ & Warney terrorising them from the other end. Best bowling attack I have ever seen. Just ahead of Windies in the mid 80s. Marshall, Garner, Holding & Walsh.

Aussie bowlers I could watch all day

IAP, I would agree that Cameron is a better player than Ben Brown. But I am specifically referring to the 2013 draft. Prioritising what my club’s needs would be in a couple of season’s time as well as long term. Hawthorn has needed a tall marking forward kicking 50+ goals over the last 4-5 years.

Is the 2013 AFL draft the best since 2001?

IAP, have you been advocating this change for years or just now that a situation that hasn’t occurred previously in our lifetime’s has entered our world? Curious to hear your reply to this. So many people criticize a club / AFL when it is run as a business not as passion. The AFL has broadened the competition to attract a wider supporter base which attracts national sponsors & increases media contracts. In the 1st & 3rd largest cities in Australia the interest in Sydney & Brisbane has increased dramatically over the last 20 years with the help of the AFL. Lets all take a deep breath & be positive in the current climate.

Which AFL clubs can survive the coronavirus?

Great stars in this draft, but in hindsight as a Hawthorn fan I believe Ben Brown from about 2016-2019 would have filled a major gap in our line-up. Similar to Brian Lake filling a weak spot in our team when he arrived in 2013. We really needed key defender to fill that position.

Is the 2013 AFL draft the best since 2001?

Great article Jakeb; Interested to hear from fellow readers who they would have selected if their club had the number 1 draft pick in 2013?

Is the 2013 AFL draft the best since 2001?

So world Rugby wouldn’t be interested in the unification unless they were actually playing Rugby! Lucky you pointed that to us all.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

You are right Moz, I stand corrected. 2011 Daly M 5/8 & runner up to the overall winner Billy Slater. Maybe he was well past his prime in 2013?

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

So what relevance does your statement have to do with the unification of the Rugby codes in Australia re this article?

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

If the money is so big in Union, why can we only support 4 professional teams in the whole of the Australia? Yes there are some players getting paid some big bucks but you are only ever going to earn that sort money playing in one of those four sides.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

2010 Golden Boot international player of the year. 2012 Dally M halfback. 2013 Auckland Blues.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

No Phil didn’t, my point is what he achieved in a short period he failed to sustain through out a lengthy career. E.g. Billy Slater etc. Izzy was a great player over a 90 game career in Rugby League & starred in Rugby, no doubts about that. But when you start droping the word “greatest” in a sentence with a player’s name you are setting a very high bench mark. Greatness entails consistent brilliance of a very extended period of time. E.g. Jon Thurston / Terry Lamb / Cameron Smith.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

“But in League in his prime he may have been one of the greatest to ever play.”
If elected, Bill Shorten may have been one of the greatest Prime Ministers ever to lead the country but we will never exactly know will we?
TWAS, stop twisting your tunes & make a definitive statement as to where you would categorise Izzy’s greatness in League?
He only played 4 seasons in the NRL so I don’t really think prime or lesser times is of any real relevance is it? Phil Blake scored 27 tries in 1983 but his name doesn’t spring to mind when we start discussing the greatest half backs of all time. When I start associating the words Folau & Greatest in the same sentence the first word that springs to mind is w*nk*r.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

Benji Marshall was dominating in the NRL before he left to play for the Auckland Blues. He struggled to get a start there thus returned to the NRL the next year. Was he pas his prime at the time? Definitely not, it is a different game. Some can succeed at both, plenty don’t.

Is the time now right for the reunification of the rugby codes?

Curious to know where you would play Northern Sydney? Chatswood oval? The population of Turramurra, Northbridge, Chatswood, St Ives & Wahroonga have no interest in Rugby League & often don’t travel further west than Macquarie Park. You failed to include the Canterbury. The last couple of years have been tough but over the last 45 years they have played in 13 grand finals & won 6 of them. Would a bit of a tweak be out of the question probably not but if you start taking long term club loyalty out of the game like Dragons, Parra, Penrith etc you are taking an awfully big risk in setting the code back a long way.

What would the NRL look like if we hit the reset button?

Multiple Super Rugby franchises can survive in NZ due to the fact that Rugby is their national sport. It is a religion there & they have virtually dominated the rest of the world for over fifty years. That is an advantage that no other sport is going to receive.

What would the NRL look like if we hit the reset button?

Properly managed to the highest professional standards, I believe the season should proceed in closed stadiums. Regular testing should be carried out & players should be given the option whether they want to play or not. Due to no crowd attendance, games can be played to suit the best times for fans to watch on TV. Society has had to be smarter & listen to health professionals but it doesn’t mean society can’t continue. Public transport is still operating, I think most people would agree you would have more chance of catching Corona on a crowded train.

AFL in the time of COVID-19: Sticking together while social distancing