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In QLD they’ll give it to the police.

I don’t think arbitrarily tazing people will help all that much tbh

An MCG grand final probably can't happen - but where else works?

he’s neglected to consider the different timezones

we’re actually only 29+ as we are behind the eastern states

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Only have to look at crossovers to gauge the games, league players into rugby teams works. I can’t recall any going the other way since the 80s

Why would they?
Sick of the bright lights Europe and want to play a simpler game for less money in a dreary industrial town?
Come on down!

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

So the roos would be slaughtered in scrums. Who cares. Competitive scrums would be banned for safety reasons.

Correct, we’d need to remove key components of Rugby for the leaguies to have a chance

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Shouldn’t every player’s starting spot be at risk?

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

Mattress
I was at a referee seminar with Bryce Lawrence years ago when someone asked a question along these lines.

He said
“What business have I got telling an international prop how to do his job?”

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

Lol no.

No I’m not.

If I were he’d be an All Black

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Aussie league fans seem unable to appreciate that the best NZ athletes are rugby players.
They seem to assume the Australian anomaly of league having the lion’s share of the best players is true world wide.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

I’m you in reverse – league bores me to tears

I have to admit I get caught up in the hype for Origin, but after the first set of six, I kind of go ‘oh that’s right, that’s all there is’ and concentrate on drinking for the rest of the game.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Birdy I don’t think you’ve ever witnessed a rugby training session.
In my experience the forwards have always worked hardest

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Roger would get the starting fullback spot atm.

Not a chance.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Would be a hell of a way to announce our return, wouldn’t it?

Western Force sign two more former Wallabies for Super Rugby AU

A lot of time at home with bored girlfriends would be my guess

Reds looking to break derby drought in Super Rugby AU opener

I’m not so sure about that Piru

On reflection I can confirm I am pleased!

Western Force sign two more former Wallabies for Super Rugby AU

Italy needs to get a few of these fellas into rugby

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Sorry Piru, with all due respect I stopped reading when you claimed the AB swould beat league players at a game of league.
With all due respect, I never said that.
Sorry you missed out on the rest of my comment, it was pretty good

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Yeah it was more civilised than I expected

Some absolute units out there too.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Well to hell with it, I’m predicting Force wins against all

We march east into Mordor, and shall return with our shields, or upon them

“A day may come when the courage of men fails,
when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship.
But it is not this day.
An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down!
But it is not this day!
This day we fight!
By all that you hold dear on this good earth,
I bid you stand,
Men of the West!”

What we know ahead of Super Rugby AU Round 1

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck would walk into the All Blacks imo

One does not simply walk into the All Blacks

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Apparently all the superior sporting teams around the world subscribe the AB’s way of being a team on and off the field.

There are superior sporting teams to the All Blacks?

don’t think so mate

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Anyway, most of the time in Yawnion you are standing around having a breather while some guy has a penalty shot at goal.

As opposed to gently trotting backwards while two of your team mates make a tackle on the other side of the field?

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

Really pleased to see Pek back

Western Force sign two more former Wallabies for Super Rugby AU

After watching the first episode of the Netflix series Home Game, I think the only way to settle this is a game of Calcio Storico.

All Blacks and Wallabies vs Kangaroos and Kiwis (27 a side).

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

It speaks volumes to the gap between the two codes that the author has to derive the AB team from the best that’s ever been just to match the current Aust league team (why do NZ get SBW or Thorn?).

I don’t think so – there’s not actually any need for Thorn. SBW you could make an argument for as he’s only recently stopped wearing black, but even without him I don’t think the ‘gap’ – as you put it – is at all large.

The All Blacks side picked to play the last test match would more than hold it’s own against the Kangaroos, even in a game of straight league. Saying they’d be slaughtered is like saying the best Test cricket players would have no hope playing T20. The skills are much the same, there are just less of them. You don’t forget how to bat, catch or bowl just because you’re playing limited overs.

Likewise you don’t forget how to tackle, pass, run at a gap, etc etc just because you no longer have to also scrum, jump in a lineout or ruck for the ball.

The idea that getting back 10m is a major hurdle for rugby players is (imo) a bit of a fallacy. Most of the players on the field aren’t having to rush back 10 on each tackle, those not involved in the tackle just keep on moving back.

Likewise this idea that league players work harder and get less of a rest, while probably true, is a bit (again imo) overstated. Most of the players aren’t involved in each tackle, maybe 5 at most are. A ruck can have 7 or 8 players contending for the ball after a tackle.

Take the big boys that are getting so much attention and comparison
A league prop does his hit up, then jogs along behind while others run the ball until he either gets another run or has to defend.
A rugby front rower may carry the ball less, but he’s expected to be at most rucks and working, in attack and defence.

Aerobic fitness is (probably) still higher in league players, but this idea that they are so far ahead of rugby players is no longer true in my opinion

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?

It’d be a lot easier to train NFL players to play league than Rugby.
The six tackles and kick format is not all that different to the four downs and punt. Most can tackle (even the offensive players have to learn it) and most are learning rugby techniques these days anyway due to concussion concerns.

I’d stick some Tight Ends and Defensive Ends in as forwards, maybe a small centre as hooker.
Chuck a linebacker and a running back in the centres and then receivers and/or punt returners at wings and fullback – done.

Can the All Blacks play rugby league?