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I see what you mean. But it seems out they are handing out 50% discounts even if you do go to a hearing. Same happened with Reece Hodge at world cup last year

https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/rugby-world-cup/teams/australia/reece-hodge-dangerous-tackle-ban-rugby-world-cup-news-wallabies-winger-suspended/news-story/52b3ef8b4a20fd136af0be10a2dc8348

All Blacks go back to full-strength team to face Argentina as Pumas name three debutants

What makes you say he didn’t plead guilty? How early is early?

All Blacks go back to full-strength team to face Argentina as Pumas name three debutants

He got 6 weeks – thats the standard suspension if guilty. 50% discount for cleaner record.

All Blacks go back to full-strength team to face Argentina as Pumas name three debutants

If the Wallabies were insipid in game 3 then you can say the same for ABs in game 4 with a rotated line up.

Ian Foster 'didn't see a lot of difference' in Wallabies despite 40-point Bledisloe turnaround

Whoever it is they they need atleast 2 years test exp by the time world cup comes around. Interestingly TJ is the youngest of the 3 halfbacks currently. Aaron Smith will be 35 by world cup – at the moment he doesn’t look like slowing down but anything can happen in the next 3 years.

How does Beauden Barrett shape up at 10?

Aaron Smith won’t be able to play every game. So what Saturday showed is the TJ is just not up to it. In fact the AB attack has suffered when ever TJ has come on this series. I think Brad Webber deserves more minutes. He looked good with the 7 minutes he had. I like TJ, thought he played well in SRA. He has been playing 2nd fiddle for about 8 years or so, but with him going to Japan, I am not sure if he will be getting his place back in the ABs.

How does Beauden Barrett shape up at 10?

The Kanaloa group seem to be super sour as they got rejected by MLR also.

New Zealand Rugby confirm trans-Tasman comp in the works

The ABs were poor in a lot of areas, not clinical enough, poor passes, poor execution. The ABs side was different from last week in terms of personnel. The cohesion formed over the the first 3 games was lost due to all the changes. Wallabies played well, they were aggressive, but they have been that way through out the series. The main thing was Wallabies made less mistakes. Hence Fosters comment it wasnt a major difference in their performance.

Ian Foster 'didn't see a lot of difference' in Wallabies despite 40-point Bledisloe turnaround

I agree with the sentiment. Wallabies performance better than game 3 but not massive difference when compared to games 1 and 2. ABs failed to play their game, TJ I think is the main culprit. Look at the passing from Webber when he came on, great delivery for his forwards and backs. Rotation gamble didn’t pay off, but when the Bledisloe cup is secured already it’s good time to experiment give other players opportunities.

Ian Foster 'didn't see a lot of difference' in Wallabies despite 40-point Bledisloe turnaround

Each to their own. Theres 2 million Stan subscribers so to them it’s not crap. Add in sports, it would appeal to couples and families i.e. something for everyone without paying foxtel rates.

But I understand where you are coming from. Kayo is an amazing product.

New broadcast deal puts Rugby Australia on cloud Nine

Michael Hooper needs to show some respect

Foxtel will feel the pinch when so many loyal kiwis and saffas leave.

I am happy Stan will be showing SR Aotearoa. I was worried that I may need to have both Kayo and Stan, to watch SR Aotearoa and AU, which would have been annoying. I believe under the current SANZAAR deals the rugby content is shared amongst the partners.

New broadcast deal puts Rugby Australia on cloud Nine

The ABs side in BS3 was cohesive, it had time to develop through BS1 and BS2. BS4 you totally change it up, individually the players are good but that’s the first time in a long time they are playing together. A whole new backline accompanied by some poor performances, TJ wasn’t great. Laumape is not ready for test rugby. Scott Barrett is getting prone to brain farts.

It’s hard to judge Beauden on this performance alone when so many around him were not great. Brad Webber provided a good injection of pace and delivery, he is more of like for like replacement for Aaron Smith. In BS2 and BS3 when TJ is subbed on the ABs play deteriorates.

There is no point fielding the same team every game. This game with the Bledisloe locked away, was an opportunity to change things up, it backfired.

How does Beauden Barrett shape up at 10?

few super rugby games which may not even feature Kiwi or South African teams

Super Rugby with SA is dead, however Stan is offering SR Aotearoa, Mitre10 Cup and Currie Cup (in addition to all the Aus content).

New broadcast deal puts Rugby Australia on cloud Nine

Must be part of SANZAAR deal that runs up to 2025 (or 2030? with recent announcement of SA ‘commitment’), I assume in pooling and sharing of revenue it also means pooling of content.

New broadcast deal puts Rugby Australia on cloud Nine

‘Foxtel’s first offer that Castle rejected much more than this’

I believe the ‘free to air’ coverage of Super Rugby was a key requirement for RA. Foxtel wants to be exclusive, if they have to concede a 1 match a week free to air they significantly cut they how much they pay for rugby. Keep in mind there are only 2 games per week in SRAU, Friday night and Saturday, both prime time – so if one goes free to air, effectively they only want to pay for 1 remaining match per week. Even if TT comp from 2022, the matches in NZ won’t be primetime, there will only be 2-3 matches in Australia per week primetime- same issue arises if 1 match goes free to air.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

For all the ‘stoppages’ in NFL, one thing it does well is not waste too much game time, with timeouts, scrimmage clocks etc. It’s probably a bit extreme a 60min NFL game taking 3 hours to complete. But something needs to be done about the continuous running of the clock in rugby. Players laboring to scrums, lineouts, scrum resets etc all while the clock is ticking away – very frustrating. The NRL has mitigated some of the time slippage by stopping the clock and introducing ‘shot clocks’.

The Wrap: Wallabies triumph in Suncorp dogfight

What I learned from that test is both sides are inconsistent, Wallabies more so than ABs.
I’d like to say ABs were not cohesive because of all the changes in the side from last week but then the Wallabies also made plenty of changes – so it comes down to attitude, game plan and execution – which the Wallabies were better at.

The Wrap: Wallabies triumph in Suncorp dogfight

Oh right, ok. The SANZAAR deals, pooling of money, revenue split has always been a head scratcher for me.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

Whilst its positive news that a deaI has been struck. I don’t understand how going from $55mil year deal to $33mil year deal is positive news. What am I missing?

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

Good performance from the Wallabies. I did say they play well in Brisbane and dead rubbers. ABs played like they had been drinking from the Bledisloe Cup all week.

Four Bledisloe 4 debutants for New Zealand as Foster makes mass changes

The time was the first test in Wellington. I don’t think it will happen this weekend with the squad they have selected. The only thing riding in their favour is that they play well in Brisbane (and dead rubbers).

Four Bledisloe 4 debutants for New Zealand as Foster makes mass changes

Good to mix it up. I would have rested Sam Cane though for the first game against Argentina. He has put his body on the line, and it looked like sickening head injury that forced him off the field on the weekend.

Four Bledisloe 4 debutants for New Zealand as Foster makes mass changes

I have been scratching my head about this ’12 match competition’. Then I realize they are comparing against 2019 when it was a truncated tournament, which has been the case the last few RWC years. All they needed to announce was they are will ‘resume’ the 12 match competition instead of ‘restructured’ – FFS.

Springboks make long-term commitment to the Rugby Championship

There could be a multitude of reasons, rain was a factor also in Wellington, but it got more crowd.
The issue that I have is RA, specifically Hamish McLennan, has been saying that NZ rugby needs Australia, because it’s a larger population, economy etc but the fact is rugby is still in a downward trend in Australia, as the crowd suggests. So what exactly can it offer to NZ rugby apart from the potential (or hope) that rugby ticks upwards?

Australia seems to be living in another world when it comes to the All Blacks