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Send in the SANZAR Special Forces

Last weekend saw the British and Irish Lions kick off their Australian tour with a 59 to 8 victory over the Baa-Baa’s in Hong Kong. The game was essentially an exhibition game between two artificial sides, yet over 28,000 people paid good money to watch them run around.


71% of the earth is covered by a foreskin?

*Insert smiley face here*

Folau fired: Rugby Australia axe Israel

May the Fourth be with him – he’ll need all the help he can get.

Date set for Folau's code of conduct hearing

I wonder if these fall under the oft quoted three written warnings thing HR folk are so fond of?

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

To quote Iggy Pop:
“I’m Bored.
I’m Chairman of the Bored…”
Could someone wake me up when they’ve finished the appendage measuring contest?

Israel Folau to fight Rugby AU sanction

Crikey, you lot are determined to take the fun out of being a fundamentalist.

Israel Folau digs in for the fight of his professional life

The ‘others’ are still particular groups of people, and are perhaps somewhat less vulnerable. I am not sure what your point is.

His homophobia is where he has come unstuck, thus it is the point of discussion.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

I think you might have missed the lashings of sarcasm that were served with that comment…

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Look, try and keep up.
Folau is (was?) looked up to by many young people. His actions in vilifying a particular group, who are particularly vulnerable, is is causing harm to those people – harming them is a severe form of exclusion. RA and NSWRU cannot be party to that.
Are you still with me? Yes?
He is not being excluded due to his religious beliefs, he is being sacked because he did not follow the instructions and codes of practice of his employers.
He is welcome to follow his system of beliefs, he is not welcome to cause harm to or vilify a group of people due to their sexual orientation.
TBH if religious types spent more time considering the harm they do and less time worrying about the bedroom activities of others, the world would be a better place.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

If you can’t understand the nuance of what Folau has done then I suggest you take a step back and read RA’s full statement.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Well it looks like RA have spoken to the TMO and are reaching into the pocket for the red card.

SMH is saying that NSWRU are on board as well.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

Comment of the day.

The three reasons RA must come down hard on Folau

I’d be surprised if someone of that generation knew who Borg was ????

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Where to start?

When researching events that occurred a long time ago and in a different place researchers/historians/anthropologists/archaeologists need to be aware of their own biases and when drawing conclusions must look at the events and conclusions through contemporaneous eyes.

Put simply, the beliefs, world views and social norms of 2018 are vastly different to those in 200 BC or 1896 AD.

We (generally, although some dinosaurs still exist) have no doubts that all people should be seen as and treated as equals. Pierre de Coubertin did not live in such a time. His lived experience was vastly different to that of someone in the 21st Century.

I agree that by modern standards de Coubertin was off the mark, yet by the standards of his time he was on the mark. He should not be criticised for that and any conclusions about him must be sensitive to that.

Keep in mind that in two hundred years future generations will look at our social conventions and beliefs and will ask “how could they believe that?”.

Faster, higher, stronger: Tayla Harris and the Olympic Ideal


As someone who bleeds red & black it would indeed warm the cockles of ones heart to see the Mighty North Sydney Bears arise to the greatness they deserve.

Greg Florimo and his management fought the good fight but just like in 1999 the bids were strong but the Machiavellian machinations were too great.

A Saturday or Sunday afternoon, sitting at NSO in the winter sun watching the Bears run around in the NSW Cup (or whatever they call it now) is just fine.

Maybe I’ll see you on the hill at “Old Bears Day” at NSO April 7th at 1 O’Clock Don McKinnon and Flo are sure to be there..


Relocation is madness. Bring back the Bears

I shouldn’t bother, but you seem to be forgetting a little matter called jurisdiction.

The Australian (or any) government can legislate all they want, but if the content is hosted elsewhere it all comes to nothing.

Also, I for one don’t want social media companies becoming de facto censors and enforcers of what they believe is right and proper. They have proven themselves to be not trustworthy, so why trust them with such matters?

How to give it back to the trolls

I suggest the patients at the Healthscope hospital on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, built by taxpayers and profits taken by Healthscope, may disagree.

As would the public schools with decades old demountable classrooms and public schools installing demountables.

A couple of billion dollars would go a long way to resolve these issues, rather than sports fields for elite, money making sports.

Why Sydney needs a new football stadium

Here is something to mull over.
The “NSW” in NSW Government actually stands for “New South Wales”, not “Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong”.
It is a state government not a regional council. Providing sporting facilities is a council function. Even if you disagree, the fact is that providing business premises for profit making elite sports businesses is not a government function (at any level of government).
While we have a position where public hospitals and public schools run as a second priority to private hospitals and private schools there can be no justification for a state government funding this sop to their mates in business.

Why Sydney needs a new football stadium

I knew you’d come around, eventually ????

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Oh no. Now you’ve done it.

Can someone please pass me the No-Doz?

This is going to degenerate into list after list of names, which will be identical to the list after list of names seen in every thread that even remotely mentions Wallabies selection.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

And when it once again becomes competitive and offers some entertainment and success, the game will be celebrated.

That is what the elite teams are there to do. Until they fulfil that, then the negativity directed at them will continue.

Rugby supporters, can we please change tone?

They made the biggest mistake a cheat can, they got caught – for that alone they should be cut loose…

A golden opportunity: Don't pick Smith and Warner

A gutsy competitor, who never left the hill wondering if she could have gone harder. Vonn’s spectacular (and sometimes painful) foray’s into the fencing are testament to that – each time she climbed the long hill of rehabilitation and returned to the podium.

I agree with Vonn’s observation that there are plenty of established and up-and-coming competitors to keep the excitement, thrills and spills going apace.

More than just Tiger’s girl: Vonn ends skiing career as a sporting icon

Well, that’s a given. However, if Larkham and Chieka are so different in coaching methods/style/strategy why would you move one to a position that oversees all of the other teams?

Does this not create a skills/strategy gap between the teams under Larkham and the team under Chieka?

Making transition from one to the other just that bit more complex? Isn’t being over-complex one of the many criticisms of the Wallabies/RA game plan and set up?

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

“Ultimately Michael is responsible for the performance of the team. We have differences in attacking strategy and overall game philosophy. We couldn’t agree on these key points and it is in the best interest of the team that they receive clear and consistent messages from their coaches,” said Larkham.

Now let me see if I’ve got this right. Larkham doesn’t agree with Chieka’s strategy and systems. So much so that there was inconsistent messaging to the team.

Yet, Larkham has been moved to a position that “will focus on coach mentoring, coaching and skills development across the Australian Sevens teams, Junior Wallabies, State under-20 academies and the Wallaroos”.

Does this mean RA doesn’t want Chieka’s coaching style and methods spread to other parts of the organisation?

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

I don’t disagree. At All. They must not be judged on that but on societal norms and if that means criminal proceedings as well as sporting sanctions, so be it.

I am pretty sure that if I was done for DV then I’d be dealt with harshly by the courts and I’d be out of work.

The clubs can not longer be the only ones doing the dirty work.

NRL left with no choice but to impose tough stance on player misbehaviour