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

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Interesting comment. I think Folau’s time in AFL actually improved his leap/hang time and helped develop his weaving/running lines. Made him a more complete outside back I think.

'Tough to support him': How Suli must change his game to fight back from shocking brain snap

I agree about a full 22 round season, would completely support that. I think there’s merit in a sevens style Cup/plate format. No harm in getting the bottom 6 sides in a post season either. The other thing worth considering would be a reserves competition, be that more domestic ARC/NRC/ARS type or a fully aligned SRP reserves comp. I know that would cost a heap more though…

'Utterly toxic public relations disaster': The flaw you didn't realise exists in Super Rugby's finals system

The finals system in SR is just another way RA contrives a domestic competition and to ensure at least 1 Australian team made finals. Even the conference system from 2011 did this, making the Australian conference a pseudo domestic competition. It is a farce that 8 of 12 teams make finals. The AFL’s McIntyre final 8 has less than half the teams, but only just (8 of 18) but for SRP to have two thirds of teams make finals is silly. I think a final 5 is justifiable, using the Mcintyre final 5. That’s what the VFL used back in the day. 1st place got a double chance and loser of 4v5 was eliminated in the first week.

'Utterly toxic public relations disaster': The flaw you didn't realise exists in Super Rugby's finals system

Christo- meet Ben. He’s the resident satirist. Just read slowly all the way to the end, repeat and breathe before posting. I normally find I get him after the third read!

'Utterly toxic public relations disaster': The flaw you didn't realise exists in Super Rugby's finals system

Derek, I used a pretty strong word in ‘overlooked’ when I shouldn’t have. I can think of a few examples where Victorians who didn’t get their shot went elsewhere. Rob Valetini immediately comes to mind. He came through at a time when the Rebels had Adam Thomson, Sean McMahon and Jordy Reid in the backrow. He was definitely ‘one who got away’. Also Sione Tuipulotu- he was in the same era, behind Mitch Inman, Tom English and Tamati Ellison (I think). If we ever ended up with an Origin style tournament, I’d love to get those players back!

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

Yes. I like that. It’s incentive to develop a franchise’s feeder area. I’m looking at the Rebels squad, seeing names like Uelese, Leota, Nabolokasi, Canham, Faumasili, Mailava, Vaihu x 2 (I think?) , Kailea. That’s nine current players. Let’s look at Rob Valetini and Moses Tuipulotu for a sec. They’re Victorians, through the pathways. They couldn’t crack the Rebels squad, and took offers to go elsewhere. I definitely think there could be compensation for those who leave, and financial incentives for contracting the local talent.

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

My original post was a bit unfair to the Waratahs, I went too far suggesting they didn’t recognise the talent under their noses. Jeznez is 4 right, they produce a heap the players and can’t protect their investment. It’s bit like the Melbourne Storm- they produce a heap of players who go onto other clubs and earn good money because the Storm can’t fit them all under the salary cap (legally…) may be the answer isn’t in a draft then but something like a player protection model and a transfer fee like the soccer clubs, to get a return on investment…

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

It’s probably time for a draft isn’t it? Protect X number of players from within your franchise zone, play swapsies for Y number of picks/players and then go to a player draft. Have a cap on OS players. It’s got to be a reasonable starting point, surely.

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

Jeznez, you’re right – 20-20 hindsight probably isn’t being terribly fair to the Tahs. The Rebels have certainly benefited from NSW stocks over the last 14 years, there’s no question of that. May be we need to use the NZ model where franchises can have “protected players” that can’t be poached from pathway before they’re ready?

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

Yes. Jack Maddox, Jack McGregor, Reece Hodge and Andrew Kellaway all come to mind as players NSW overlooked that ended up at the Rebels.

The Waratahs are where the Blues were a decade ago. Why RA can't make the same mistake NZR did back then

Yep really good call. I hadn’t thought of that. Both are integral to the game. I think it’s time we start scouting the talent in junior competitions in clubs and schools for motivated, innovative coaches and the same for referees. Speaking as someone who has umpired junior cricket, the first step is showing value and respect for umpires, developing support and education systems and having proper pathways.

Tahs confirm Darren Coleman departure, search already underway for new coach

They can keep their hands of Kevin Foote, at least for the moment! More seriously, isn’t it time pathways for coaches was part of the conversation? Recruitment, training and development of coaches is just as important as players.

Tahs confirm Darren Coleman departure, search already underway for new coach

OK I’m officially confused. Carter Gordon passed his HIA and came back on for the 2nd half. Why does he need to have compulsory week off?

The Wrap: A slap, three trips and a telling slip of the tongue - plus the case for an eight team finals series

I cannot understand, for the life of me, why was Grant penalised for the Eels player being in an off-side position. Twice in a fortnight, Grant’s game IQ has proven to be top notch. I feel like the referees are penalising him for being a smart arse. The Storm need to write to the NRL for an interpretation of that rule. I’m sure Cam Smith has done that and was never pinged…

Munster leaves Maroons on edge as embattled Arthur insists he's up for fight despite Storm humbling

If RA can bring themselves to return the license, it’s a really good chance.. I wouldn’t mind some lime green accents on that jersey either!

'Always fighting, always Rebels': Chiefs hold on after late penalty in emotion-filled Melbourne send-off

True on all counts. I was hoping Reds would win today to take the pressure off a bit. We probably have to target the Drua game, hoping we get some cattle back between now and then. On an unrelated matter, how good is Glen Vaihu? Scored a double against the Drua, hadn’t been seen since… Lancaster drops out, Vaihu back in, and a try inside the 1st 5minutes!

'Always fighting, always Rebels': Chiefs hold on after late penalty in emotion-filled Melbourne send-off

TWAS I will confess all week I was thinking “get the losing bonus point”. Going into half time I was thinking “just don’t let it blow out”. After that last try, with scores level I was thinking “holy cow..”

'Always fighting, always Rebels': Chiefs hold on after late penalty in emotion-filled Melbourne send-off

At the game. Australia leading USA 20 – 8 at half time.

'Must win': Canada’s victory exposed two key Wallaroos issues - but also a roadmap to address them

You might be better off trying for the away game v the Brumbies Nick.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

Sorry everyone, looking down the barrel of the Rebels last home game tomorrow and it’s just starting to get to me. I’ll cutting onions real bad about 930 tomorrow night.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

May as well move the Rebels to Albury and give them a sky blue rugby top.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

And people are calling the Rebels a basket case…

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

Hey John, great analysis here. It’s helped me to understand the mechanics of the ruck a heap more. I read an article where former Rebels defensive coach Pom Simona talked about different techniques in the tackle and in the breakdown generally. Thought you might be interested. It’s here

ANALYSIS: Rebels must change breakdown strategy to compete against Kiwi opposition

For sure. Big bodied and just knows what to do. Thrilled to see what he’s achieved!

Super Rugby teams round 13: Frost to No.6, Noah back for Brumbies, Aubrey starts for Reds, Pone in for Rebels

Very happy to see Brad Wilkin back for the Rebels, its been ages since he last played. They’ve gone big off the bench- Maciu Nabolokasi, Rob Leota and Pone Faamausili. Granted there wasn’t much of a choice with Tupou injured, but still some very big bodies. Glad they’ve persisted with Nick Jooste at 12, he had a massive game against the Reds.

Super Rugby teams round 13: Frost to No.6, Noah back for Brumbies, Aubrey starts for Reds, Pone in for Rebels

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