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My understanding of the rules re internationals is that there can only be two capped players on the field at the same time. Young, talented provincial players not yet capped are likely to be overvalued in that situation

Reds trio terminate contracts with Reds and Rugby AU

If he’s keen to stay here he surely won’t move to the Tahs. If he wants to get better only the Brumbies makes sense

Reds trio terminate contracts with Reds and Rugby AU

Whether he was a cheat or not, Gatting was not in the right

The best England Test XI of the 1980s: Part 1

And the end result of your vision is what for the local competition with 3rd rank players? Who watches? Who pays? This a complex discussion and might best be left to the adults Steve

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

I’m sure if you take a Bex and a lie down for a wee while Steve you’ll recognise the difference between players signing new contracts with different clubs (not breaking existing contracts) and players opting out of a collective bargain agreement approved by their Players Union, (adhered to by all of their colleagues) with the goal of breaking an existing contract to go elsewhere for more money. I hope you will. Maybe not.
Personally, I was disappointed to see Arnold, Latu and Coleman go but respected their right to do so. The Queensland 3 are a very different story

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

And/or full stops. Periods really

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Geez I hope this is irony

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Agreed Hoy. I wonder how many players look back on careers where they’ve listened to agents who have very different goals and wondered if they got it right. I.e. agents get paid a percentage of money earned and players have to balance the dollars against the prestige of winning (playing in) world cups, Bledisloes, etc
I have never had to make these decisions but I hope I’d have found a way to stay at home and play for the rep teams that picked me.
As for being unhappy with your coach for not picking you as captain – that happens to us all and we find a way to man up and deal with it.
I’m disappointed with these guys but acknowledge I don’t know what’s really happening to force this situation.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Not remotely pretending this is my original work but it’s on topic:

Son, in this world there are scrums. And in those scrums you need props. Are you willing to do it? As a prop, I have more responsibility than you can ever fathom.

You use words like “drunk” and “out of shape”; those words are the very backbone of a life I spent drinking and partying in, and you use them as a punchline.

You weep for your wings and centres, and curse the prop forward. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of knowing that the front row, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, wins these games you play. Truth? You can’t handle the truth, because deep down in places you don’t talk about in your selection meetings, you want me in that scrum; you need me in that scrum.

I neither have the time nor inclination to explain myself to a back who scores on the very blanket of ball retention that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just bought me a beer and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you crawl into that scrum and get dirty. Either way, I don’t give a damn who you think is responsible.

A guide to the various sub-species of the forward pack

But good or poor hands can be observed by we monkeys outside the inner circle just by watching the game surely. I never observed this in him. On the contrary, watching his last meaningful contributions to a Wasps side here in UK, the thing that stood out was his great passing in tight situations and offloading game – hardly the sort of skill you might expect from somebody with poor hands.
I don’t question your source Sheek but will trust my own eyes on this one

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

We have had some very good players since SR started. Brilliant tough side that would stack up against any combined team

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

He was an unusual dude. I read some crap today telling me how much money basketballers have and there are plenty with lots but amongst the Bulls – Pippen $75m, Kerr $50m and Rodman $0.5M. He’s obviously still enjoying himself.
Not sure why you said Kerr was deserving of an episode himself but didn’t get it Jaeger. He did get a lot of an episode that was some of the best in the series about his dad. Really interesting stuff

What happened to the Bulls after The Last Dance?

Thanks for doing that Jez. When written down, the stark reality of our lack of quality locks is frightening – particularly given the reports in the last few days that Rodda and Philip are headed to Japan/France.

What would a rugby State of Origin look like?

Worst part was, England ran through the midfield all night so not even a strong defensive combination. I don’t recall the alternatives at 10 who were fit and in form but there surely must have been better options. From the commentary, I understood that Rogers was just back from injury so that explains him coming off the bench. Presumably, Larkham was injured.
Mind you, it was a good England team, just beaten NZ in Wellington and 5 months away from being World Champions.
I’m not sure EJ was a great selector in those days though regardless of his detailed knowledge of the game.

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Was against England in Melbourne. Rogers came off the bench to replace Kefu. I didn’t notice him being smashed especially but there must have been a few games where that midfield got a run based on your comments. My memory failing me.
England were good but bloody hell they pushed the boundaries. Offside from the first minute and simply challenging the ref to do something as they scragged Gregan any way possible

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Yep

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

I’m stretching it to raise this but watching a Wallaby team of that time – 2003 before the WC against England in Melbourne. Sailor and Roff on the wings and Latho at fullback. But they won’t get a chance to shine because the worst 10/12/13 in history inside – Grey/Kepu/Tirunui. I honestly don’t remember that combination

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

Thanks Nick, I imagine it tests your imagination to keep finding interesting articles at the moment. I have two concerns about MN – a lack of straight line speed and tackling technique.

Even in the clip where you praise his awareness, the tackle is all grabbing the jersey, which is what I see a lot from him.

Hope he gets the right coaching and we can keep him

Why the Wallabies need their big winger back

And there I was thinking Kiwis under Ardern had removed some of the chip. Turns out that old insular thinking was always there just waiting to come out.
Australian rugby is a shambles right now but it won’t always be the case and you only need to look back 20 years to a time when Australia owned every rugby trophy going.

SANZAAR fighting a losing Super Rugby battle on two fronts

Do we think Thorn and RA will be forgiving?
Or do any of the teammates who entered the negotiations in good faith and accepted that RUPA represented their interests and then accepted the outcome want to even play with these guys let alone be captained by one of them?

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

If that’s true it paints a different picture for Hocking. I’m shocked this can’t be worked out before it becomes another black eye for rugby in the press though. That all three are managed by the same bloke might indicate the moral position you’re providing for Hocking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be though.
Personally, and this is coming from a 60yo with his future largely behind him, I find the actions reprehensible. They need to accept what RUPA negotiated and suck it up.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

I just don’t see any way that could happen. I’m going to be optimistic and look at the skills as a plus.

Hamish McLennan confirmed as new Rugby Australia chairman as World Rugby funding lands

I take your point but the Australia Scotland game I think in Newcastle was the most depressing sports event I’ve watched. It was my birthday and I snuck out of the office in Sandton City to a very seedy bar open at that time to watch a terrible match with an awful result.

A New Zealand XV that hasn't won a Super Rugby title

Wasn’t Os a LH?

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Bench

Nah, Joost was great, du Preez was greater

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Bench