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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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I mean, if you want to get technical then sure. Coming from someone who started out in country NSW, Queensland and NSW may be the home of our strongest club competitions, but rugby in all other states has been played for a long time. Dewar Shield started in 1909, with Rugby in WA dating back to 1895. Many in Queensland and NSW say they are the ‘heartland’, but in the case of the Brumbies, there has been a decent presence of rugby in Canberra for a long time – they also had the Kookaburras that played in the Shute Shield and in the Queensland Premier Grade as well – and did quite well in both!
While there was NSW and Queensland in the amateur era with Super 6 and Super 10, from the moment that professionalism was announced and the Super 12 commenced, we started that competition with three foundational teams – and while the Brumbies could still be considered an expansion side due to at the time being “made up of so-called ‘reject’ players” of the other two states – they were a foundational team of that new professional era we now find ourselves in, with the Force and Rebels being added later is an expansion of that era building on the structures that already existed in those states.

Super Rugby quarterfinals draw: Matchups, venues, times and predictions with all four games locked in

He’d probably love that, knowing him! Joe and him would already have been talking throughout the season, so regardless he would be picking up some good knowledge.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby about to throw a whole heap of valuable coaching IP out the window?

Folks don’t realise how good the NRC actually was until it was gone 😔

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby about to throw a whole heap of valuable coaching IP out the window?

Momentum, primarily – even from personal experience, keeping up the wins is vital at this time of year. To get a big scalp away from home will do wonders for the team’s belief – especially considering they will likely have to travel away for semis and the grand final if they make it. Should that happen, they will likely face the Blues in Auckland again – and knowing they’ve beaten them before will give them a lot of belief that they can do it again.

Super Rugby finals: Best and worst case ladder positions for every team and predicted quarterfinal match ups

You are indeed correct – knew they’d be a small technical thing we’d miss. Have updated it now. Thanks for the pull up

Super Rugby finals: Best and worst case ladder positions for every team and predicted quarterfinal match ups

Fiji is gonna Fiji when they are at home. I think the Rebels have been pretty average too, the last time they won a game was back in Round 8.

Super Rugby finals: Best and worst case ladder positions for every team and predicted quarterfinal match ups

Great read as always Geoff, always love to start off my Mondays with the Wrap.
I’m extremely concerned about the Tahs – not just in terms of the coaches, but in terms of the message their management is currently sending about centralisation – something that desperately needs to happen in Australia. While there are many rumours regarding the culture at the Tahs and whether this cleanout is to fix that remains to be seen, for the life of me, I think Coleman being cast off entirely from the organisation is an awful decision.
While there is justification for his removal as head coach, the bloke is a passionate advocate for NSW rugby and is extremely well-connected in the SRU and Shute Shield community. He knows players and players follow him to clubs. In my eyes he is a major asset to help turn around the Waratahs from this mess they find themselves in. I hope NSW see sense, keep him around in some capacity, and not cast off such talent like they have previously. Ditto on Jason Gilmore.

The Wrap: Is Australian rugby about to throw a whole heap of valuable coaching IP out the window?

fixed him. I’ll have a chat to the headline writing editor and get him to think about what he’s done 😂

Tahs confirm wooden spoon with Moana Pasifika loss, as Crusaders surprise Blues to keep finals alive

Cheers mate, thanks.

Super Rugby Women’s week two teams: Chancellor out for season, blockbuster Saturday looms as Force unveil international bench

Gosh darn it, I only just moved up here and stopped supporting Sydney FC!

Watching the A-League Women’s side at Newcastle Sportsground 2 has been a joy – despite the underperformance, there is a very strong football community here that deserves representation, and there is more than enough support and talent here to deliver another title.

Seriously hope they can resolve their issues – a loss of representation for Newcastle would be significant.

'Would be a tragedy': Can the Jets find a new owner, or are they about to spiral out of the A-League?

Great article Ben, and some very good questions here.

On a personal level, because of how slim the pickings the last few years, I’ve been in two schools of thought on this. Whenever it is the case an Australian team plays on a non-Aussie side, I’ll back the Aussie side no matter what. This has led to me looking at Aussie derby clashes not involving the Brumbies with a sense of neutrality, which can diminish my enjoyment.

However, while I might support the Tahs when they play Kiwis, the moment ‘Tah week’ comes around and we play them they are the scum of the earth who should be trampled underfoot by the mighty Ponies. Arguably also feel the same when we play the Reds too, given how close those games have been the last few years.

I think the tribalism bubbles under the surface – maybe we need to do a bit more to bring it to the surface (only in an on-field context – off field god we need to work together!)

Passionate, visceral, irrational tribalism is vital for any competition to succeed. Is a lack of it damaging Super Rugby?

Great write up Geoff. Despite the fact we fell short in terms of results against the kiwi sides, I reckon that was a ripper of a round! Plenty of positives to take, clear growth and progression by nearly all sides, and entertaining footy. Definitely confirmed that the concept of Super Round can live up to the hype promised. Now if we can just up the marketing budget! 😁

The Wrap: ‘World’s best provincial rugby competition’ delivers a superb Super Round

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 Rugby Women's 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 Rugby Women's 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 Rugby Women's 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 Rugby Women's 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 Rugby Women's pre-season trials

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