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

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Gosh I don’t know. I think we need Religious Studies as a separate discipline. I’m not sure it’s wise to segment it across other disciplines. When I studied I was doing a History major and did units in Religious studies that were technically classified as both History and Religious Studies. Comparative stuff like looking at Gnosticism, Arianism, the Reformation I think, sure look at that through a historical lense of continuity and change. Philosophy and Sociology could cover it but when I think about things like Theology and Divinity I feel like Religious Studies should be separate. I know that there are Bible Colleges, and training centres for the preparation of priests and the like that can cater to that aspect but I don’t think Universities should be deconstructing Religious Studies departments.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Dutch Reformed Church?

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Wayback when this went down, RA should just have said, “We’re paying out your contract but you’ll never be selected again. If you want to play elsewhere that’s fine. If you do, we’ll release you but they’ve got to compensate us. There’s the door, goodbye”.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Paulo, absolutely correct. Limited right to free speech in political matters ie parliamentary privilege. Andrew Bolt tried it on a few years ago and lost a free speech case a few years back. Got pinged for racial discrimination.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Mzilikazi, that’s the Afrikaans abbreviation for the DRC ( or one thereof?) isn’t it? From what I understand it wouldn’t be the worst fit at all.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Uriah Heep… You sent me on a google journey that made me review some of my history/religious studies from my uni days! I did some googling thinking “He’s a bloody Arian (not Aryan, very very different) until I saw that it’s a wee bit different. Thank you for the post, very enlightened as a result.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Jeznez, he also would not have changed his statement of claim from religious discrimination to procedural fairness. His lawyers sensed it was too much of a coin toss and decided not to fight the good fight on religious grounds and reframed to put the spotlight on the composition of the tribunal.

Finding Izzy’s next gig is a hell of a job

Golden Point wins make for great drama so I can see how some people value it. I think the basic philosophy of sport says there should be a winner and a loser, so from that perspective a win is a win. If we want to make a distinction between a good win and a by-the-skin-of-your teeth win then there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, just use a bonus point system. 2 points for a win. A losing Bonus point for losing by less than a converted try, a winning bonus point for winning by scoring x points more than your opponent. Rugby Union recently shifted from scoring three converted tries to scoring 4 more tries than your opponent. That stops the losing team from throwing in the towel and encourages the winning team from taking their foot off the gas.

NRL must change its scoring system to resolve the golden point farce

Very fair comment Bourkos. I think competition for spots makes for a better team. Is Sefanaia Naivalu still with the Reds?

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Suliasi Vunivalu is just as good as Folau under the high ball, just as fast and nimble but probably more reliable. He’s a great get. Just spewing we can’t get him on the park against the All Blacks in Melbourne!

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Joe, good call. Papenhuizen’s got the goods, the fans just need to be patient. I think we expected a lot from the likes of Hughes, Munster and Croft. I think the Storm will be just fine. As a side note, it occurred to me that between 1998 and 2017 the Storm have had only three regular half-backs: Brett Kimmorley, Matt Orford and Cooper Cronk. That’s just nuts!

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

He may have got something close to what his contract was for and a couple of $k to not be a pain in the 4r$e.
He was done the minute he shifted his argument from “I got sacked for being Christian” to “they didn’t sack me properly”, which might have gotten up. I’ll take Izzy’s point that the composition of the panel might not have been the cleverest and RA didn’t make it easy on themselves.
His legal camp knew it was a coin toss, he’d backed himself into a corner with some of his more recent comments. The sheen came off his good Christian soldier aura in my opinion.
To be honest, he probably should have gone harder and got into a court room before the RWC. I think the whole thing lost momentum once we got to see Uruguay beat Fiji and Japan channelling their home ground advantage into an utterly unbelievable underdog and dare I say David and Goliath narrative. What a cracking Rugby World Cup! I think most people were happy just to watch some people run with, throw, kick and occasionally catch a rugby ball for a good month.
I was wrapt for the two Jordan’s. Petaia deserved his shot and I think Uelese showed enough as well. Koroibete finally got it together so there were some positives to come from October. We got the coach we wanted and from all accounts we might have some decent assistants too. The U20s have an aura about them.
So long story short, good call in the end Raelene. Clean air and a couple of things to look forward to. Now for the love of God can February please hurry up and get here??! (and then July cos I want take my son to see the Wallabies play the All Blacks in Melbourne…)

Castle insists Folau settlement cost less than going to court

I’m not qualified to speak on the matter of the players change room politics but I’ll go out on a limb and say a few leg-weary travellers returning from Japan may have choked on a well deserved beer when they read his suggestion he could have been captain.

Castle insists Folau settlement cost less than going to court

I didn’t follow the draft to closely so I reallt can’t make a specific comment. I’d raise the point re Daniher though… He wanted to leave and the Swans were willing to dance. He was/is considered a very important player to Essendon and they rightly held out for appropriate compensation, and must have thought they would get it in some form if they used their first two picks as coverage for a potential loss. From that perspective I take the authors point, well made.

I guess the broader issue is this: when you finish middle of the road, you get middle of the road picks. Unlike the year Essendon scored Saad, Stringer and Smith it seems there was no barbeque stopper. Without a truly established midfield with the right inside/ balance yes its going to be a few more years.

From a positive point of view, they’ve improved marginally but the question will now be where will the improvement come from? Woosha’s in his final year, and I just hope for all concerned Essendon can make the second week in the finals.

Essendon have stuffed up the draft

I don’t use Instagram so I don’t know the answer, but couldn’t he just have had a private or closed instagram page where he could have said what he liked? If it was away from his rugby stuff then RA wouldn’t have had a problem at all…

Folau’s hypocrisy has become embarrassing

Wonder where all that crowd finding is going now….

Rugby AU and Israel Folau settle legal dispute

For me the turning point was when Folau changed his statement of claim from religious discrimination to procedural fairness. No winners here but can we go finally hug it out and put it all behind us…

Rugby AU and Israel Folau settle legal dispute

I think he’s in a similar situation to Koroibete. He’s lived in Aus long enough and had not represented another nation in Rugby Union so he meets World Rugby qualifying criteria. I believe hee could be selected for the Wallabies as soon as his contract takes effect but I’ll stand corrected on that.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Hi Brett, thanks for an article in what seemed to be unwinding as a long, bleak and desolate off season. The Rebels may have Toomua but I dont know how to fit all these names into that back line.. Toomua, Meakes, Hodge, Kellaway, English and that’s assuming Koroibete and DHP lock down 11 and 15, with Frank the Tank Lomani keeping Ruru on the pine.

Aside from the Rebels selection dilemma I’m wondering if RA need to find the best 10 eighteen year old flyhalf from each state and fly them into a series of master-class camps, and school them. Bring in Stephen Larkham and Andrew Johns, and school them until the drop.

Huge off-season for Australian No.10s – unless you’re in NSW

I think RA must work hard to deconstruct the notion it’s a private school game.

The reality is that the appeal is a lot wider than that. Victoria is a great example of this. Some of the biggest grass roots support of the game are in the western suburbs stretching from Footscray, Altona, and out to Werribee and Melton, in the north in Broadmeadows and Preston and in the far east in Endeavour Hills. Club wise Digby Ioane came from Hills, Rob Leota from Seaford, Jordan Uelese and I think Matt Toomua from Preston/ Northcote. I have a feeling Feret Sa’aga came from Eltham. If you add in Rob Valetini, he went to Westall Secondary College in Clayton, again definitely not an APS or even AGSV school

When you look at it from a schools perspective there’s a mix, with a couple frlm St Kevin’s but there’s actually a pretty diverse spread of state and private schools.

With that in mind and back on to topic, making the pathway out of juniors to the junior elite and beyond it makes sense to make that pathway a bit more diverse and accessible.

Rugby Australia goes it alone

The name Crusader also refers to a tank used in the Second World War. Removing the knight makes the link to the Crusades a little less immediate, allowing franchise to continue with name and avoid a complete rebrand.

Crusaders to keep name but change logo

Credit to the franchise for giving due consideration to a sensitive issue and also for consulting the community. It’s a pretty brave move to modify such a well established brand.

Crusaders to keep name but change logo

After the epic fail of Optus Sports and the FIFA World Cup, I’d be reluctant to pay money for their service. Better beIN who could then beam it into Europe and yes, stream through Kayo or Fetch for the same outcome. I like Kayo because I can pay for 6 months of rugby and drop it until Feb.

Trial by media: Australian rugby’s broadcast future to play out in public

Sadly Melbourne games are more like AB home games. The expats all turn out, and have the gall to seem surprised to find people singing Advance Australia Fair. Always 60% black rugby tops in the crowd. On the venue, I always find it difficult watching rugby in a circular venue and the ticketing is just stupid. The closest seats are on the corners! And they very, very rarely roll the seats in the rectangular formation. It reduces capacity. The only time I’ve ever seen it done was for the Military Tattoo about 4 years ago. If it was anyone but the AB or may be England I’d say play it at AAMI Park.

Melbourne to host 2020 Bledisloe Cup clash as part of Wallaroos double-header

Brett I think it’s a different playing field for sports broadcasting these days. Digital channels and streaming options make it possible for other companies to compete with Foxtel. BeIN Sports is one that comes to mind immediately, which can be streamed through FetchTV. I’ve also long been suggesting that TV rights be segmented. Offer the FTA in NSW/ACT and QLD as a premium, discount the rights elsewhere domestically to get other networks to take up.

Trial by media: Australian rugby’s broadcast future to play out in public