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Hey Jimbo, who’s Valenti, not yet another unknown Qld player who’s socks you’re pumping up?

Rennie reveals OS trio for England, Taniela latest, how 'versatile' Tah changes backrow options, and A-team plan

He’s fierce over the ball as well, great counter rucker.

Rennie reveals OS trio for England, Taniela latest, how 'versatile' Tah changes backrow options, and A-team plan

I also really liked the NRC, but if the Sydney clubs won’t co-operate I bet those players who do see a rugby career for themselves will happily come into the system I have outlined above, if invited to join. I can’t think of a better f.u. to those club managers etc., than when a player selected to have a crack at a higher level season, chooses to forgo his club for a week or two, and if good enough for a season. This gets over the problems of clubs having to co-operate with each other (heaven forbid) in the interests of advancing the rugby playing lives of their more ambitious young players.

How an Australian domestic rugby competition could look

I have no attachment to any SS teams and live well outside the Sydney met area, as do a vast number of Australian rugby supporters, so no, I don’t attend any, and I don’t watch any on Stan. When SS was live on the ABC on Saturday afternoons some years ago, I used to watch a few games, but rarely managed to watch any to the end, I honestly have a better use for my time – same goes for women’s rugby. I use Stan for watching super rugby and the tests. Understand this – SS is a myopic Sydney centric comp – very happy that its there because it keeps a bunch of people happy too – Sydney people. Very glad that Coleman is managing to drag it into the Tahs orbit. The Wallabies are for me the apotheosis of the Australian rugby system and everything should be done to get them back to the top, we need a comp above SS and below Super rugby, whether it’s the NRC or some other comp. Standards right across the board will lift.

How an Australian domestic rugby competition could look

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The solution is very simple. All 5 Aussie franchises, (Drua as well if it can be afforded) field 3 teams every weekend. There’s the main team (ok A team) playing super rugby, then there’s the reserves team (B team), then there’s the woman’s team. Every weekend, whatever the main game is, ie Brumbies v Tahs etc, the B’s play each other and the women play each other. The same points system is used for each game and at the end of the season there’s the domestic club super trophy that is scored by an aggregate of points for every game including bonus points etc. Men’s squads would need to be expanded considerably when you consider there’s a match day 23 (so there’s 46 players) and then there’s injuries, so a squad would need to be expanded to probably 60 players. This gives squads a lot of depth, and players who might be required to cover injuries in the A squad are playing every week, players returning from injury can be eased back in through the B squad, and fringe players for the 60 man squad are also being called up to train and to play. Imagine the extra coaches being trained in this environment as well. The high level infrastructure and management is already there. I am certain many young players aspire to play at the highest level but are simply not getting even the remotest opportunity to shine on a bigger stage. It’s not every first grade rugby players ambition, but those who do have the ambition need to be encouraged and kept on our shores and the present structure does not serve them well, trotting out in Shute Shield does not do that. It did once, but not anymore.

How an Australian domestic rugby competition could look

Wow, I didn’t realise he was that big, I stopped trusting the height weight stats shown on club pages years ago. He’s very fast and mobile. Hope we can keep him in Oz.

Rope a dope: How the Brumbies outboxed the Hurricanes

I suspect that was the other Hooper, the big no6 from Bathurst. He’s a bewdy.

Rope a dope: How the Brumbies outboxed the Hurricanes

I’ve been watching him for a while. He’s a real good ‘un for the future. I’m not going to say anything like “Wallaby in waiting”, “the new Scott Fardy” etc etc etc (I did not say those things by the way) I’ll leave that to someone else.

Rope a dope: How the Brumbies outboxed the Hurricanes

Leave Swinton exactly where he is thank you. Tahs need a lump of a lock, should either of them decide to come back, Hockings will do fine, or Arnold. There’s a bunch of big young lads in the Tahs extended squad who should go somewhere in Australia where they’ll get game time, should they wish. I do think it’s important that RA take some kind of role in this so we don’t end up losing players like Tizzano, and many others.

Nine transfers that would spice up Super Rugby in 2023

I thought he was being cheerful and positive compared to his usual………

Nine transfers that would spice up Super Rugby in 2023

Loved the way young Tom Hooper seemed to make dominating Ardie Savea a mission of his. He certainly succeeded at times. Really enjoying watching him play.

Rope a dope: How the Brumbies outboxed the Hurricanes

If you need to dig into SOO games for inspiration you’re in trouble long before the whistle. I think Thorn has been exposed as a one trick pony. Can’t imagine him as a Wallabies coach with his seemingly unforgiving attitude.

'No one expects us to win': The Reds look for inspiration from State of Origin in Super Rugby finals

Pitjuri bush in the Australian outback. Peyote, meh……..

Heroes to zeroes: How will the Reds make up their red zone deficit?

And yet I would suggest that one of the more obvious results of the Tahs is the upsurge in crowds and I’d put a big chunk of that change into Coleman’s emphasis on the club connections.

League One final gives pause for thought about Japanese links to Super Rugby

But they’ll still finish higher than the reds……..

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

Dusrespuct you mean.

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

Egg Zachary Geoff. Hope the Tahs don’t underestimate them.

Rugby News: Blues claim 'healthy respect' after 15 changes for Tahs clash, Reds' 'tough ask', Rebel's Force pledge

JC so much the better if the squads are enlarged out to 60, and yes it would include the academy players. Also a good opportunity for injured players to make a return. Many upsides.

Here’s a shopping list for Rugby Australia, and there’s not a single NRL player on it

The domestic super rugby section of the comp should be running a parallel competition consisting of 3 teams for each franchise. The main team, the reserves team, and the women’s team. The two mens teams are going to need a pool of at least 50 players (two squads of 23 plus injuries) and the reserves would no doubt need to be bolstered by club players opening up opportunities for fringe players to show their wares. The championship is an aggregate of points from all 3 teams. Everyone has a stake.

Here’s a shopping list for Rugby Australia, and there’s not a single NRL player on it

Nic I think it will work like this. There will be a high game rotation between Gamble, Swinton, Hanigan, Sinclair, Harris, Vosayaco, and Gleeson in the 6/8 positions. They’ll get half a game each on a high rotation. They don’t lose much at all when any of them come off the bench so its not like keeping someone on until they’re flogged out because your bench player is not very good. That should hopefully keep everyone fresh and happy. Not sure of Cridge’s contract, but Williams and Hanigan can share lock with Holloway if needs be. Excited already for next year. Holtz at tight head has in my view been one of the discoveries of the season. He’ll go far. I predicted early in the season, more as a poke at out northern cousins than anything, that Thorn would lose the dressing room (its a body language thing). I suspect he’s very rigid and young men don’t like to be THAT disciplined. They don’t seem to be having a lot of fun up there. The Tahs are having fun and going about their business. The Brumbies strike me as all business.

ANALYSIS: Are the NSW Waratahs better than the Queensland Reds?

Hey Humey, Are you Russian?

'Very appealing': Why Mick O'Connor thinks fresh rugby raid makes sense, and the NRL players union should target

Call me Angus Gardner. Slouch hat has a huge place in Australia military history, like saying “Eddie Jones was wearing a shako”.
😂 😂 😂 😛

ANALYSIS: Why Lord Laurie is still king of the contact zone

And Valetini limping off.

ANALYSIS: Why Lord Laurie is still king of the contact zone

He’s a very impressive young player Tom Hooper. Brumbies are very aggressive in their tackling and really seek to go much further than just stop the player. They really have some venom about their defense. Bucket hat Nic, not a slouch hat. Big difference, but it is quite a trademark for the Lord. Sorry to be a pedant.

ANALYSIS: Why Lord Laurie is still king of the contact zone

Didn’t Douglas have a season ending injury?

Rugby News: Nic White rejects Japan, Ned's back in blue, Eddie's French connection, radical Test changes

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