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Favourite Son 23 man squad

For a bit of fun and to create some discussion, I have put together a list of 23 recent players who were blessed with the opportunity of donning the candy stripes of the greatest district rugby club in the combined Sutherland and St George area, the Southern Districts Rebels.

Two of those three points are non issues, and the third he was no Robinson Crusoe.
He played solidly and is good for the game as he is easily one of the top 4 5/8s in the country.
Unfortunately it is going to be a long year with two camps exaggerating the pros and cons of Cooper and Foley depending on where they sit. For Aus rugby sake I hope they all go well.
The 5/8 that impressed me over the weekend was Pollard.

Queensland: Beautiful one day, paying the bills the next

Really? That’s what you think the author said?
Maybe he was saying ‘rightly or wrongly’ that is what the coach thinks.
Pretty sure Brett won’t have an issue talking to Quade.

Queensland: Beautiful one day, paying the bills the next

You might want to check those percentages again.
He started about 6 games for NSW at 2nd row and was predominantly the back row reserve when on the bench.
He started about 2 games at 2nd row in the NRC.
He was predominantly a No. 8 at Southern Districts also.
So most of his senior rugby has been at No. 8, not the second row.

Super Rugby Round 1 teams: Tahs unveil new-look centre pairing, Ma'a Nonu set for Blues return

The last sentence is spot on, too often people get caught up with the minority and generalise a whole country based on a few bad eggs. It’s better of to adress the individual than make yourself look stoopid making generalised statements about a country and it’s population. Sadly many here are incapable of doing this.

Will England rule the world in 2019?

SCG is due to existing contracts with the trust and I suspect it wouldn’t be available for the first round.
Newcastle and WSS are great opportunities to expand their base.

Could 2019 yield the closest Australian conference yet?

Yes definitely a market that needs to be retained

Is Twiggy ready to do a Packer, or just pack it in?

Agree, they should look at some sort of partnership with WR and bombard the region with advertising in the lead up to and during the tournament. Seems a natural fit and WR would be mad not to capitalise on it to grow the game in the region.
In the mean time, as long as those in the West get to support and watch their team this year, all is not lost.

Is Twiggy ready to do a Packer, or just pack it in?

You manged to read between a one line comment, well done.

It's official: Sam Carter heading to Europe after this season

Pretty much how I see the situation also Jacko. He may not be a success but we will see after his contract is up. However if you’re not being a sensationalist on the Roar, you’re not trying hard enough.

Kerevi named skipper as Reds look to put tumultuous year behind them

Keep it civil champ, no need for your go to insults, this isn’t my personal email that you tracked down. No sure what was anti-kiwi about your comment, you seem to be jumping at shadows there. I was trying to clear up the confusion that you may have had, pointing out that there were in fact two seperate points being discussed, one being an aging hooker, the other being slow service from the ruck, not just the one like you eloquently pointed out. Apologies for letting you know this, I’ll just let you go on falsely correcting people in the future, you know, delivering another comment of no value in your eternal quest of policing the Roar’s forum of any “anti-NH” comments. Also apologies that the irony flew right over your head.
“Hookers usually don’t provide service from the base” Clearly rugby related, nothing obscure like grammar.
Have a nice evening, another Mai Thai and chillax. Life’s too short to be always angry.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

Do you enjoy all those amazing tries scored by wingers because the corner post is not considered out.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Around the corner goal kicking.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Yes I acknowledged that there is an element of that and have coached a variant of it in defence before. But is is not to the extent of league where every side sets up the same and rep sides are picked on channels and not positions.
I don’t like or want that extent in union, maybe in defense, but not attack. How easy would it be for defense coaches knowing that a strike player was not a threat down one side of the field.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Patented ‘you are’ response and still a lacking of geography.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

Hookers usually don’t provide service from the base. Clearly two seperate issues.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

Yeah, I heard that and could have made a fist of it if persisted. Just think he plays 12 like he played his league, running and offloading.
Naming league players according to their scrum position is pretty redundant these days as they hardly ever pack there in a scrum. It is more about edges and middle. Second rowers and centres are pretty interchangable these days, as are props and locks, where as in union the positions are still fairly traditional but starting to be blurred a bit. I hope we don’t go too far down the track of players not moving from their channel as I like seeing players across the field, just not to the extent Gray/Cheika has them doing it.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Pretty sure he was talking JT and Elsom.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Agree SBW could of been a good 6 or 8, but it would take him as long as it did to become a quality back. Too much to learn by just chucking him in there, wouldn’t disgrace himself though.

Why rugby is moving towards league

but not unstoppable

Why rugby is moving towards league

Good piece Nick and indeed the game has change over the years. Most of the examples are of a forward moving out into the backs as this is an easier transition. I don’t say this to have a go at backs (ok just a bit), but it is easier to fill a hole if you have pace and can defend. Obviously a back doing this role all his life will be better, but it’s not as catastrophic putting a forward into the backline as it would be putting a back in the forward pack.
I see a few calls for putting a big winger into the back row. Size isn’t everything, there is also the ability to put your head into dark places. A lot of big wingers are out there for a reason, and that is they don’t want to be joining rucks all day.
Agree that Nowel does well, but he is more an exception to the rule. There have been a few like him who don’t mind having a crack, AAC and BOD spring to mind, but they would be wasted as full time forwards.
I can’t see there being a flood of hybrid players like Eddie, but definitely gone are the days of a back reloading for the next backline move after passing the ball, instead of sticking his head in to secure the ball.

Why rugby is moving towards league

Seen plenty of comments fom sensitive vehicles that the side is not settled and Eddie is swapping them around to much, yet some one from another country agrees with this analysis and it’s hating on England. Go figure. So much anger.

What the Rugby World Cup contenders need in 2019

It provides the same base that it does to Australia, a chance for club level players to compete at a higher level. The base is club rugby then the pyramid tiers up to test quality players.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Problem with putting a PI side in the RC is getting access to the European based players.
It would have to be at super level so that the players are making their living in the region.
Problem is again, who covers the cost?

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

Grow up

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby

It was an additional match out of the test window that England requested, The NZRU should not have to push their resources/players further to fill the coffers of others. It would have cost them more to extend their stay for another week.
30% was politely requested to compensate for the additional workload and in turn politely refused.
The need to paint either as saints or sinners with immature language from either side is ridiculously childish.

2019: The battle for the soul of Pasifika rugby