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Thanks James Duncan. Love reading these stories and good luck to Jesse Mogg. Another Cheika victim. And another Queenslander who has thrived away from Ballymore. Sigh.

Aussie abroad: Jesse Mogg

Some decent players in there and they should be competitive.

Western Force back in the fold after accepting place in domestic Super Rugby

Warnie, like Campo, is allowed to carry on like a pork chop given his record and onfield feats.

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

I read the full original interview in The Times. Cheika is pitching himself for a job coaching (preferably) an English club or if that fails a Japan club.
His failure to acknowledge and recognise his own weaknesses and mistakes (his poor selections, the failed tactics, the failure to adapt, the negligent analysis of the opposition, the easily countered game plan, his own lack of control that led to him and his players being easily goaded into ill-discipline) is breathtaking. I guess thats in his DNA (self-confidence and certainty) and has bought him success, but it also explains the failures.
What is fairly pathetic is him failing to acknowledge all the support and freedom he was given by RA and indeed rugby in this country.

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

This article and much of the commentary assumes the modern player places great value on the Wallaby jersey and the honour of representing your country, above pure financial rewards.
I think the recent behavior and choices of too many players suggests otherwise. The depressing reality (for supporters) is that too many modern Australian rugby players aren’t really up to the challenge and demands of test match football. They clearly believe there is easier, lucrative work in playing OS – particularly in Japan. And in the Picone 3’s case, as was the case with Kerevi, the reality is their agent makes significantly more money placing them with an overseas club than with them continuing their Australian contract.
Its depressing and ugly for us supporters but that is the reality.

The Wallabies should ban Hockings and Lucas for life

Over it. Sad to see the reality of the parlous state of professional rugby in Australia at the moment leaving it vulnerable to this sort of raid of a distressed asset. Some sort of transfer payments should be put in place … but perhaps thats just whinging, what happens when the rich OS clubs swoop in and pick up the best of the Pacific Island talent as they (including Qld and Aus) have for decades?
All the best to the “Picone 3” on an individual level for their professional rugby union careers. I do wonder whether a simple matter of falling out with coach Thorn and not getting their preferred status (Captain for Rodda, starting position for Lucas and Hocking) is driving a lot of it though. Sadly I have seen enough of such behaviour in recent years to at lest consider it a possibility.
Seems to happen with far too many players with Thorn for the Reds to ever be a competitive force. EVERY year we lose some of our best players in their prime … Kerevi last year.
As for Mr Picone, well I guess we all have to eat and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves though please spare us the lectures on correct behaviour.

Reds trio terminate contracts with Reds and Rugby AU

Fair enough selection by Roarers… my observation is no Lote Tuqiri or Folau on the wing or the bench? One of those two would be in my side as an impact player from the bench at least. But I’d rather have Matt Burke as the starting fullback over Folau.

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Good read thanks and interesting and distinguished career. I remember Fava playing well in the Brisbane test where the Wallabies absolutely thrashed the Springboks – 49-0 from memory.
Good that he is coaching still as well.

Super Rugby retrospectives: Scott Fava

This agent will keep on flogging players to Japan as he obviously makes excellent money from it. I thought he had already been blackballed after the Kerevi case last year? As you say, whats happened to Magnay – career down a cul-de-sac after a couple of good years of money in Japan – might be instructive to these guys, but they clearly don’t think so, and there are far more examples of players earning great money. Its a reality that Australian rugby has to deal with, odious though it is. Don’t know what the long term answer is apart from a stronger domestic game, and we all know we are a long way away from that.
I just wonder about these guys at the start of their career in Hockings and Lucas’s case.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Huge incentive for the player manager to get them to do this … ANY new contract (and the odds are pretty good they’ll get one in Japan) will generate significantly more income for the player manager than a reduced to the bare bones contract available here. For the agent its literally no risk or downside in getting them to do this … continue with next to nothing guaranteed, or get them to break this contract and move them OS where, even if they have to take a serious haircut, there is the excellent chance of a fat commission for the agent.
Whether it is in the players long term interests is another matter altogether, but at the end of the day its the players decision to turn their back on the program that has nurtured and supported them.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Ah the great Anthony Piccone rips into the vulnerable Queensland rugby development program again. All 3 players have been well nurtured by Thorn, though Rodda seemed a bit off this year (I notice this with the Reds, players are great then fall off a bit. Tongan Thor and Liam Wright seemed to be coming out the other side seriously good and improved players, though others don’t).
Presumably the agent has lined them up for well paid contracts in Japan, complete with generous commissions for said agent. I predict a career arc like Campbell Magnay … which is not to my credit to wish that on these young men at the early stage of their career, however …

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Greta idea but suspect the financials would prevent it (i.e. these professional rugby players would demand payment and may be at odds with their current club employers in Europe and Japan). I’d like to see the Fiji Drua as the sixth side. Fiji’s been relatively unscathed from C19 and no new cases for awhile. If we are going to let the Sunwolves in then no reason why not the Drua. Both sides would be entertaining.

July start for an Australian domestic comp, and it can’t come a moment too soon

Good luck to both those players. Though Luke Jones joins the list of back five forward players that we have never seen the best of in Australia/for the Wallabies. Off the top of my head in recent years … McMahan, Gill, Browning, Mowem, the Colby Faingaa, Timani x 2, Higginbotham in the last 4 years, Skelton, Coleman, Pyle.
Suspect we will see this more and more in the coming weeks, months and years, and fair enough for players like these 2. Its a short career. Would observe that Kurtley has had a very fair crack and owes Australian and NSW rugby in particular.

July start for an Australian domestic comp, and it can’t come a moment too soon

Yes welcome news. I think it would be a great look – and I am not being trite in saying this, rugby needs all the help it can get – if any start in professional rugby occured in lockstep with junior and club rugby. They have a real opportunity to build some goodwill and interest here. Lets see.

July start for an Australian domestic comp, and it can’t come a moment too soon

Yet another murky decision where of course we don’t know the full story. Lots of them in recent times … cutting the Force, Link’s resignation, Cheikás generous contract and total control, the Folau confidential settlement, NRC shenanigins.
I do not know what went on with Castle but she did enthusiastically buy into the culture of secrecy and non-disclosure that sport in general and rugby union loves in this country. To its detriment.
Anyway I suspect she’s quite relieved to be finished in what was an increasingly heated and must have been a deeply unpleasant situation.

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Another one high on my list … Wallabies in Argentina. Perhaps one of our regular posters (Carlos?) could advise the pros and cons of the capital (BA) and the regional centres for attending a test match.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Galle is a wonderful cricket ground and that Sri Lankan south coast a great part of the world.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Likewise TWAS. France is one of the great places to watch rugby, wonderful country and atmosphere. Was lucky enough to see the Wallabies win in Paris in 1993 at the old Parc de Princes and have also seen tests in Lille and 6 nations games at the new French stadium. RWC 23 will be fantastic, particularly the final Australia v France.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Sadly true. I was lucky enough to see the Wallabies beat NZ in the 92 and 03 semi’s, and at several Sydney matches in the golden run from 98 to 04 when we only lost two (one of them a strong contender for the greatest game of all time).
Last time Wallabies won in NZ was 2001 in what was Eddie Jones first match in charge. Haven’t really come close since apart from Dunedin in 2017 and have had some awful hammerings in that time.
I hope to see wins in NZ in my lifetime, but am beginning to wonder.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

2003 Semi was fantastic but the 91 semi in Dublin was even better. The 9 hour pub crawl afterwards back into the centre, starting at the bar that literally overlooked the ground.
Saw the final at Twickenham a week later which was great but rate those semi final wins in 91 and 03 over NZ as better.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Ticked off/done – RWC final Wallaby win, Reds and Tahs SR wins, Ashes at Lords and Oval (wins), British Open Golf, Wimbeldon, Monaco Grand Prix, British Grand Prix, Kangaroos in the UK, Premier League, El Clasico, Bullfighting, Aus cricket in Sri Lanka, 92 Olympics in Barcelona.
Bucket List priorities – Masters at Augusta, Wallabies or Reds in South Africa, Australian cricket tour to India and same to Carribean, Major League Baseball.
Fantasy Wish list – Wallabies Bledisloe win in NZ.

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Very diplomatic lineup Brett. I am afraid I am going to have to be disloyal to the Reds and go with the 2004 Brumbies back 5 which from memory was Roff at 15, Gerard, Mortlock (I could be wrong here, perhaps projecting a perfect scenario), a young Matt Giteau and Rathbone. The Brumbies wingers were terrific that year, as were Roff and Gits.
Very hard pick on the back 3 in the forwards as well … Beau Robinson, Higgers and Radike were fantastic for the Reds in 2011.
Need to see all 4 teams in full.

The Australian Super Rugby Championship XV challenge

Excellent read Geoff. It is a sign of the reduction in quality and standing of our mainstream media that such nuanced, coherent, balanced and just plain well written articles are by and large no longer found in legacy media.
Apart from the usual anti Raelene rant from Alan, there is a wonderful article by the league writer Rothfield accusing Nine and Gus Gould of ulterior commercial motives in Nine’s criticism of the NRL. Now there’s some merit in Buzz’s words, however it is a breathtaking double standard given News Ltd’s vendetta against Castle and RA in support of Foxtel. I guess they just don’t care about the obvious hypocrisy and devaluation of their masthead’s standing, or are more concerned with commercial objectives.

The Wrap: Revealed! The real reason why the Wallabies bombed out of the World Cup

Good side but I read in the Murdoch papers Kearnsey is going to be CEO of RA after the putsch. So expect him to use his executive powers to insist on the following starting Wallaby XV for the next test:

Beale (V-C), Kellaway (ex Randwick), AAC, Rod Kafer, Nawaqanitawase, Harrison (Randwick), Jake Gordon.
Dempsey, Hooper (C), Ned Hanigan, Peter Fitzsimmons, Simmons (Captain of the Waratahs these days!), Bell, Tahman, Johnson-Holmes.

Revelaed: The full team the Wallabies must pick for their next Test, as voted by you

I really really hope this is a “problem”.

Lions' tour of South Africa to clash with new Olympics date