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A sports fan generally, but a soft spot for AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket.

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I don’t think we need conferences or divisions. They are a structure for the American market where they cover large areas and there’s a genuine East Coast v West Coast mentality. I think any investment going forward should be at a state level where they have an FA style cup for state teams, like Werribee (Vic) v Redcliff ( Qld). Granted there’s be parity issues but games like that Could be curtain raisers or even played during the breaks at magic round and aim at creating pathways in non traditional markets and further broadening the player pool and participation. Not wishing to compare but Rugby Union tries this with some good results. As a direct result we now have several genuine Victorians names in the Wallabies initial training squad. Something worth considering I think.

Why divisions, not conferences, are better for the NRL

Joe there’s been a HB conveyor belt in Melbourne since 1998 : Kimmorley, Orford, Cronk, Hughes…

Craig Bellamy finally happy with red-hot Storm

With the Fox leaving next year, I suggest Humes stays put and plays on the left wing with Papenhuizen at FB. Problem solved IMHO.

Craig Bellamy finally happy with red-hot Storm

Nicolai, I’m a foundation member also. Dave Wessels is the longest serving coach and our most successful one. From a personal point of view I think he’s been the best so far. I think he’ll leave a big vacuum.

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

All good points and I’m truly not sure of the answers. In hindsight no I don’t want a model like the French who dictate player availability (the last time I looked several years ago, not sure if that changed). I’m honestly don’t know, but selling to private investment means a seat on the board and a vote. It just doesn’t feel right.

Rugby AU post big financial loss, eye off private equity investment

Returning the game to amateurish might be the noble move but will result in not having a product broadcast worthy. I’m all for franchises to have private equity but not the governing body of the sport in Australia.

Rugby AU post big financial loss, eye off private equity investment

Brett I just watched his ‘to camera’ piece and he looks remarkably at peace with it. He’s been a really dignified and calm person. With senior players like Matt To’omua and DHP etal I felt like they were on the right track, leadership wise and culturally. Iwas actually busting to see the TT games. I just feel deflated now…

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

Liquorbox_ I agree with you but the sad thing is (and it is sad) that a lot of the Rebels losses were at the margins… missed kicks, dropped ball.. execution errors that the players generally own. Dragging them or dropping a player (or not dragging or dropping them for that matter ) doesn’t fix an 81st minute knock on against the Brumbies..

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

I don’t think Dave Wessels did enough wrong to go. Credit to him, he’s thinking about an opportunity for the next person, a clean break and a fresh start. Says something about the character of the man. I feel a bit hollow after all this. All the best to him and his family for whatever comes next.

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

Nathan Buckley challenged the draft. The then Brisbane Bears drafted him but he wanted to go to a Melbourne club. He tried to resist but couldn’t play elsewhere because of the draft conditions. He played an extra year in the South Australian league and then agreed to go to Brisbane for a single year if they agreed to trade him on to a Melbourne club. It turned out to be Collingwood. He ended up having to play by the rules.

Expansion, NRL Super Bowl and the Polynesian heavyweight title belt

If you’re asking about Matt Toomua- yes. He’s been named to start at 10.

Brumbies want win ahead of Super finals

Hey Robbo999, cheers for that will take a look!

Dismantling of Waratahs shows another layer to the Rebels

Good morning Brett and thanks for a great morning read (good to see you back btw). I think the what you’ve highlighted through the numbers is interesting. I’m wondering if it’s a case of good oppositional research and preparation or if the game smarts of experienced players is the cause?

Dismantling of Waratahs shows another layer to the Rebels

Great article with your points well articulated. I think there is a caveat involved, and that is know when it’s time to go for the corner. Toomua had a fantastic year generally but his kicking has been spot on. The Rebels back three found a way to get involved against the Force. Against the Brumbies and the Reds the Rebels were able to defend very well but being able to turn pressure into just 1 try in each game would have them sitting 4-0 instead of 2-2.

Take the three: Rebels show how Wallabies can win the Bledisloe

Didn’t see Powell do much for the Rebels last week. Would like to see him being a bit more creative and see the ball a little wider.

Super Rugby AU Round 3 team line-ups: Changes aplenty across the board

Consistency has always been an issue. Even when they were blessed with the likes of Mike Harris, Tamati Ellison and Adam Thompson they couldn’t string the wins together. To be fair that was under a different coach but…

The Roar's Super Rugby AU season preview: Melbourne Rebels

I’d also recommend “A bastard of a place” by Peter Brune, and “Kokoda” by Paul Ham.

Three things I learned reading 'The Storm Within', the Cameron Smith autobiography

Bbt I think what still bothers me to this day is that Gallop did not consult. He made the decision, imposed the sanction and then advised the remaining clubs after it was done.

Three things I learned reading 'The Storm Within', the Cameron Smith autobiography

It’s on the Stan sport splash page:
https://www.stan.com.au/sport
“PRE-ACTIVATE YOUR 30 DAY FREE TRIAL FOR A LIMITED TIME
Your free trial of the Sport add-on will start when Stan Sport launches”
It doesn’t say how long the offer is for.

You can now sign up for Stan Sport ahead of the Super Rugby season

You’ll get a free month trial if you sign up in the next little while. I bought a Telstra TV box to watch Kayo on my HD telly. Not to worry, can now stream Stan via my FetchTV box. For those who don’t know, you can also stream BeIN sport through FetchTV.

You can now sign up for Stan Sport ahead of the Super Rugby season

TWAS Stan used to be good but they are now what can only be described as the “Weekly” section of your old video library…

Stan Sport reveals subscription cost ahead of Super Rugby season

I’ll echo Dwards. Pure streaming, no ads. Plenty of content from most channels ranging from Discovery, Nat Geo and History in addition to Fox8, Sci-fi etc as well as plenty of movies. I binged Seasons 4-7 of The Curse of Oak Island and have moved The West Wing. It uses the platform as Kayo, if you have a password for one you can use it for the other.

Stan Sport reveals subscription cost ahead of Super Rugby season

Drop your Foxtel and pay $18 per month for Binge on 4 screens.

Stan Sport reveals subscription cost ahead of Super Rugby season

I can’t fault the selections this week, but what does Jordan Uelese have to do to get a start?

Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

Two words: Brett McKay.

How about a new commentary team to go with a new TV deal?