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Nick works at The Roar's Producer, and can be regularly found working on their social media, talking rugby in all it's forms (especially clubland), barracking for the Brumbies and NSW Country Eagles, and dropping the occasional dad joke. Outside of The Roar, he currently hosts literary podcast 'Date With A Debut' and rugby union podcast 'The Dropped Kick-Off'. He dropped a debut novel in 2019, 'When Men Cry', and is currently working on his next two books whenever he has a chance to.

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Ahh well, there are 50 players and five articles, and if there is only one thing I can guarantee, there will be disagreements.

We can agree to disagree, and while Tupou has not lived up to his full potential in Wallaby gold, he has shown his potential at Super Rugby and I believe the move to Melbourne will do him good. We find out tonight.

Super Rugby's top 10 players: Aussie props dominate, but Kiwi sensation smiling on the summit

Mate, nothing beats a good bit of stirring! All jokes aside, it’s good fun chatting with rugby folk, even if you disagree. There will be plenty of disagreements, that I can promise! 😂

Super Rugby’s Top 50 players in 2024, 50-41: All Black legend returns and a new pairing begins in the West

Dream big mate, dream big.

Cast off the underdog tag! Fijian Drua set to become one of Super Rugby’s most dangerous sides

Yes, I know, 4th is a dangerous call. This is my bold prediction for the season.

You can say I’ve had too much kava. If there is one thing 2023 taught me, is that when on form, the Drua are a real threat, and history in the NRC and this comp so far suggests they will only grow and grow.

Throw tomatoes at me if I get it wrong by season’s end. Pain is an old friend 😊

Cast off the underdog tag! Fijian Drua set to become one of Super Rugby’s most dangerous sides

You assume correctly. Blues is out this morning, every team will get one leading up to round one.

The biggest hurdle standing in Chiefs' way to claiming first Super Rugby title since Dave Rennie's side a decade ago

If they can maintain their current form I’d consider this season a success. Under Cotter, I can see them challenging for a title in the next two to three years.

Definitely agree their backline is killer. I like Finlay Christie, think he will combine well with Perofeta. I’ve been really impressed with Sullivan. Ever since he kicked that drop goal to beat the Tahs in Sydney in 2022, been keeping an eye on him. That back three is the most dangerous in the competition IMO.

Right now, I just have way too many questions about the forward pack. Would be wrong to write them off entirely, really it comes down to how that NPC contingent translates to Super Rugby level. No doubt they’ll be decent but most of them only have a season or two under their belt.

Cotter must address depth and team cohesion issues to avoid first-season Blues

I respectfully disagree, even though I do think Jamie Joseph will get the Highlanders humming again in the next season or two. I think current coach Clarke Dermody is still to grow into the role, but Joseph will have a positive impact on him. Joseph is a brilliant coach, no denying it, but turning around teams takes time and the Highlanders are notably off the pace compared to their Kiwi counterparts. That’s even before we get to the fact that they’ve said goodbye to 23 players from their squad last year, so a lot of team cohesion needs to happen for them to challenge for the title.
While I expect improvement in Joseph’s first year, I don’t think the Highlanders will be in a place to challenge one of the most cohesive sides in the Chiefs after only four games under their belt, unless they find a way to hit the ground running, very quickly.

The biggest hurdle standing in Chiefs' way to claiming first Super Rugby title since Dave Rennie's side a decade ago

G’day folks. The Brumbies and Western Force are now offering highlights reels on their websites for trial games, you can check them out now in the article.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

*SMALL NOTE: small correction on the article, the Rebels had a club meeting last night where they provided clarification to members on the current status of the club.

– The Rebels will deliver all membership promises for the 2024 season, and Lions tickets for 2025 will also be honoured.
– Currently, 4.2k members have signed up for the year, with 90% renewing from last year.
– Cash has been provided to cover immediate operating expenses for the season until a future plan is confirmed, with all contracted players in the men’s and women’s sides now with RA.
– The Rebels are in coordination with RA on this future plan and their financial management as per PWC. It is noted that RA has an agreement with the NZRU to keep Super Rugby Pacific in its current form until 2030.
– No mention of any grants from the Victorian Government.
– It was also communicated that the club needs support, so if fans want to keep the club, join as a member and come to games. There is a serious need for higher attendance.
– More details will be incoming from RA once the future plans for the Rebels are confirmed.

What is the Rebels' endgame? A Super club in Melbourne makes sense - but only if their players play in local comps

Additional update: both the Brumbies Women’s match against Hong Kong and the men’s match against the Drua will be streamed on Bar TV Sports. Link is included in the article.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

I am actually. Have good reason to be optimistic given the state of affairs with all the clubs. But also concerned, because if we can’t close the gap this year, we likely never will under the current circumstances.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

I said ‘Canberra’s spiritual home of club rugby’, not the Brumbies spiritual home. Reason I said that is that nearly all finals games in the club season are played there, such as like the John I Dent Cup, as well as any rep games that aren’t Super Rugby or Wallaby related usually take place at Viking Park whenever they happen in Canberra. Vikings in the NRC also played there.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

Ahhhh, never get tired of those random calls to random people to get info 😂

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

Reds matches will be streamed on Stan.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

We’re still looking for details at present. A lot of the games were on Clutch last year and they aren’t around any more. We’ll update them as they come.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

They’re back home in Round Three after they play the Crusaders in Super Round. They’ve got a strange start to the year, quite a few away games.

Your complete guide to the Super Rugby Pacific and Super W pre-season trials

If I was allowed to have more than 10 or 11 he probably would’ve got in there. It’s fine, you can burn me at the stake. 😁

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest kickers in rugby history - from All Blacks 'wizard' to the Scot who changed the game

He was very, very close to being on the list!

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest kickers in rugby history - from All Blacks 'wizard' to the Scot who changed the game

Ahhh man! Knew I missed the most important one!

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest kickers in rugby history - from All Blacks 'wizard' to the Scot who changed the game

TBH, ranking them would not be an accurate representation. So many players have changed the game through their kicking, whether it be on goal or in general play. To rank them would diminish the achievements of the others, so best to acknowledge them all for what they did for the game at large.
We will be doing another article, but on different masters of the air, if you get my drift. Good picks here though, it was fun going back and watching Roger play.

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest kickers in rugby history - from All Blacks 'wizard' to the Scot who changed the game

Good picks. You have no idea how close the Fox was to being in the list! The challenges of being limited to only ten!

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest kickers in rugby history - from All Blacks 'wizard' to the Scot who changed the game

Can tell there’s a bit of chat on the numbers situation for the Six Nations, while this news piece is more just, yo, here’s what’s happening, here’s my opinion on it.
I think this is a good idea.
We don’t have to go full soccer and assign players a shirt number, positional numbers are a great part of our game. With us having a sport where players can jump around positions, it makes sense to have their name there as a constant for more casual fans.
There are merch opportunities, and increased chances to turn rugby stars into household names and get the game out there. A name can be just as valuable as a recognisable team jersey. The key drawback is that such a move, symbolically, flies in the face of rugby being a team sport, no player OWNs a position.
I challenge that idea. When we think of great players, we think of the position they played. Any rugby fan could tell you Gregan/Larkham was a 9/10 combo that was legendary, but that ain’t a dig on another great 10 like Carter or Wilkinson. Think of a great 7: McCaw, Hooper, Pocock, and Smith come to mind. They also excelled in other positions outside of openside-flanker. A great player can inspire in any position.

Rugby News: ‘Bring fans closer to the stars’ - Six Nations to trial jersey change, Razor reveals timeline for All Black skipper announcement

No, in this instance it would change based on the position of the player every game. Positional numbers still apply. If one player was a 7 in one game and 6 the next game, the jersey would have to change for them.
This becomes a bit more complicated if you start factoring in merchandise for certain players, but right now I think this current strategy only applies to match-day shirts.

Rugby News: ‘Bring fans closer to the stars’ - Six Nations to trial jersey change, Razor reveals timeline for All Black skipper announcement

Technically, this is true that football has positional numbers. However, during games, it is not as common to see players wear shirts with just positional numbers on them as it is in rugby. Usually, players are assigned a shirt number for them.

For example, Sam Kerr is a striker, traditionally a 9, but for Chelsea and the Matildas, she’s plays in the number 20. Lionel Messi wore the number 30 at PSG. You also see numbers higher than the starting team and reserves in most squads: for example, Anderson Talisca, who plays Al Nassr FC (Cristiano Ronaldo’s team) plays in the number 94.

Rugby News: ‘Bring fans closer to the stars’ - Six Nations to trial jersey change, Razor reveals timeline for All Black skipper announcement

Bit busy, but can’t complain. 😊 Got to see plenty of the family which was great.

Rugby News: 'An incredible party' - Dupont prepping for Paris, Western Force sign Black Ferns duo

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