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I suspected that Timmy with the younger fellas, didn’t surprise me that the size/league influence would make for some lopsided affairs before all the fellas had properly matured, especially in an adolescent age group like u15s. I also think the subtraction of some talent by league would be happening naturally as well. But, and I suppose it’s a theory also, with the quality of younger players they have in their ranks already and in the Western Suburbs more generally I think that with better direction and support the club has the chance to really grow and make a statement in the Grade comp. My hope is that with the arrival of Muggleton some better direction can be given and in the future the club can develop into a really strong organisation. We need rugby to regain it’s presence in West Sydney, there are many many rugby loving people there but they’re droned out by league thanks to the continued neglect of the area by the various unions.

The Penrith Emus are building a future in western Sydney

The emus have a fantastic junior setup, I saw somewhere a list of match results from the State championships where the emus beat Eastern Suburbs for instance 90-7 and towelled up some of the other big clubs in the u14 or 16s age group, I can’t remember exactly which. The transition to colts/seniors is obviously the issue but I hope John Muggleton can do a good job, proven coach who hopefully can really exert some positive growth. Hopefully the SRU and NSWRU give them more support which was obviously lacking in the past. I for one am very glad to see them back, we can’t shrink our way to growing the game.

The Penrith Emus are building a future in western Sydney

It is this vein of thinking in Australian, specifically NSW and Sydney, rugby that needs to be eradicated for progress to be made. The conservative, traditionalist, viewpoint of many in the sport in this country needs to be broken and support given to expanding the game with an open mind and acceptance of people who love the game but just don’t happen to live next to a GPS school. Go the emus, I hope Muggleton does a great job!!

The Penrith Emus are building a future in western Sydney

The shambles continues. Aussie rugby, you still there?! Seems to me the game has just had a sledgehammer taken to it and repeatedly mashed into nothingness thanks to the decades of “management” and “administration” letting it, and all of us, down. I don’t see how it can recover in the immediate term, no money, no CEO, poor board etc etc – too much toxicity! The wounds have festered so long they’ve now turned gangrenous and I feel seriously sick in my stomach for the future of the game. I was a month old when we won RWC 1999 and I sorely hope we win it, anything, again but with the way everything is going…. All I can say is I feel sick and sadly helpless. Go wallabies 😢

CONFIRMED: Peter Wiggs resigns from Rugby Australia board

I think I’ve just given up completely, the game’s stuffed just when it looked like a corner was being turned

Raelene Castle resigns as Rugby Australia CEO

Agree Brett and pre-state lockdowns I thought the Force were coming back into the fold for the proposed domestic comp. Plenty at stake, plenty of opportunities as you’ve mentioned.
I always felt though, since the Force axing, at some point in time the powers that be in the west (i.e. Twiggy) would get involved with professional rugby in Aust again. And I could be very wrong, but under the current climate that suspicion has grown a lot stronger…

Everything will be on the table when rugby eventually returns

It’s likely a lot higher in China than they’re reporting bear in mind…

Everything will be on the table when rugby eventually returns

Yeah okay, it’s definitely not his role there but I think he’s got unrealised ability to. Will be interesting to see what Rennie ends up going with on the wing across from Koroibete you’d think, a few options definitely

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Kellaway played 10 for a bit at school and was not a bad goal kicker but looks he’s gone to wing full time now. Not sure how those skills have been used in his professional career.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

I just have a feeling Hooper won’t be selected as captain. Could be completely wrong but I sense Rennie will look to someone new to lead the team in the wake of all that has happened, a real new beginning. I’d like to see AAA get the nod, I though he was very matured in his approach to leadership in the brumbies and from memory his handling of the refs was very good for a young captain. Not that I want to rehash the whole saga last year but after the alleged rift in camp with the PI players it could be refreshing to see him get the captaincy and put it all to bed once and for all. Otherwise I feel there’s a lot of competition for spots, especially in the forwards, and I think we might get a balanced and powerful pack – which is really the only thing I want to see as that would provide the stability needed for longer term success.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

You’ve spruiked my mind there Adsa talking about Gill, I forgot about him! I’d love to see him at 7 one day again. Chuck Wilson at 6 and Nas at 8 and that’s a big and mobile backrow – pretty balanced too.

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

The list could go on I think, there’s more that I can’t remember right now. Cheika did let Michael Alalatoa go though, blooded him in 2014…champion in 2016 – with the Crusaders!

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

Yeah exactly, the Tahs are a disgrace with the amount of talent they’ve continually wasted. Nadolo, Michael Alalatoa, Simone spring to mine immediately. Something is seriously wrong with the entire organisation. And I’m not a queenslander I’m from NSW believe it or not. I do agree though with you, Simone took a big step forward last year/this year but I’d like to see him go forward again next season to really put himself into contention for test honours. I feel that core backline group will serve the brumbies very well going into the future.

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

Definitely keen to see Simone in the train on squad at some point, I like him and has a lot of potential. Hopefully he can take another step forward at the brums next season.

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

That’s a fair view Bobby, I suppose it’s all speculative now he’s in Japan and Toomua will likely be the 12 and Kuridrani 13 but I did always prefer Kuridrani at 13 simply for defence, something he is leaps and bounds better at. Potentially a more well rounded 12 in the future will be Simone for the WBs – solid but not spectacular. I’d like to see him take a step up next season for the brums to put himself into contention. I think I always liked the idea of having a Ma’a Nonu esque 12 and we all hoped Kerevi could get to that level but did not. Simone though can kick, tackle and pass to a far better degree and is still a big frame. A lot of potential, I’d like to see it realised at some point!

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

He definitely needs to improve his linkplay, was watching a rerun of the Bledisloe from Perth last year and he bombed a try in the first half from not passing. My hope was that part of the issue was the coaching he received as I didn’t personally feel he was up-skilled significantly in the international setup. Yes he made marked improvements at the Reds but there was still, to me at least, the feeling he wasn’t fulfilling his potential in a gold shirt. In a perfect world i’d like to see him play for the WB’s under the current coaching setup at 12 and hopefully see his game improve further. But in saying that, they know a lot more than I do and could have very different plans for him if he was eligible. On another note, I am interested to see what they decide to eventually roll out, would be especially keen to see the “possible vs probables” trial match get played that I’ve heard whispers about…

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

The roar has opened up a box of worms here! Plenty to chat about, I hope it isn’t too long we’re doing it for real again.
1-Slipper,
2- FF,
3- AAA,
4- Rodda,
5- LSL,
6- Wilson/Wright (Depends on team we play),
7- Hooper,
8- Naisarani,
9- White,
10- JOC,
11- Koroibete,
12- Toomua,
13- Kuridrani,
14- Petaia,
15- Banks
16- Sio, 17- Uelese, 18- Tupou, 19- Phillip, 20- Samu, 21- Powell/McDermott, 22- Lolesio/Harrison, 23- Hodge
My additions in a perfect world: McMahon, Arnold, Coleman, Latu, Kerevi slotting in-
1-Slipper,
2- Latu,
3- AAA,
4- Rodda,
5- Arnold,
6- Wilson/Wright (Depends on team we play),
7- McMahon,
8- Naisarani,
9- White,
10- JOC,
11- Koroibete,
12- Kerevi,
13- Kuridrani,
14- Petaia,
15- Banks
16- Sio, 17- FF, 18- Tupou, 19- Coleman, 20- LSL, 21- Hooper, 22- Powell/McDermott, 23- Toomua

Pick your Wallabies team for... whenever they play next

Agree Jez, the driftwood needs to be cut. I like that 9-15 you’ve listed above, they’d go good in time with a stronger pack in front of them.

Super Rugby on hold: Early-season report card

And what happened to Cam Clark? I thought he went around alright, not a bad guy to stick on the wing if Ramm needs more time off the bench too. Agree Jez, keen for Donaldson to get a run, especially at 15 – big boot and quick! Hope they give Gamble a run too in the forwards, played well for Sydney in the nrc. Recruitment in the forwards next year onwards will be key to Penney’s tenure but otherwise there’s pieces there to be built around over a few seasons, specks of green for sure but still a lot of mud there too!

Super Rugby on hold: Early-season report card

Not a bad plan, especially if the SR players are all involved in the respective clubs, though the Drua wouldn’t get a look in is all

Super Rugby on hold: Early-season report card

I agree, he needs more time to put together a squad he can shape properly, at the moment he’s still really living off the team Gibson assembled. I hope though some more minutes come the way of the younger fellas if/when SR returns in lieu of the injuries. Nawaqanitawase or Maddocks at 15, Tafa starting at lock, coupled with the established Bell and Harrison are my hopes plus giving Walton a run at 13 and Ramm a starting go. These guys will form the team into the future and we’ve got nothing else to lose…

Super Rugby on hold: Early-season report card

Playing in front of empty stadiums? Thought that was already protocol! 😛

UPDATE: Single Super Rugby game goes behind closed doors before Australian lockout in Round 8

I like the Reds a lot and always have so it pains me to see this team with so much potential falling agonisingly short in winnable games. I think that’s what we’re confusing here though is potential and outright talent. A talented team would win more than the 1/6 games the Reds currently have. There is individual talent in the Reds for sure, but it has not been put together yet as a greater whole. We see this potential is there then to be great in games like the Crusaders and Jags, but glimpses aren’t good enough. The factor needed to bring about success is coaching – identifying the deficiencies as much as fostering what the team does well. I’ve been a fan of Thorn and his cultural rebuild but can sympathise with Reds fans for how many “close but no cigar” moments there have been during his tenure. I always had marked down next year as make or break so I think that getting to the playoffs this year as a wildcard should be the primary goal. However, failing that I do think even more pressure will be on him now that there seems to have been some serious reversals in fortune in different parts of their game this season (e.g. lineout, breakdown). It will be up to him whether he can take this team with great potential to being talented and successful. With their young age I think we will know more next season but there’s no better time than the present to repay the faith with the schedule opening up for them. You’d think all remaining games are definitely winnable so it will be interesting to see how Thorn can guide them. I hope they make the finals though as I think they could make some noise and ruin some teams plans. But it starts with a big test vs the Bulls on Sat, will be very interesting to see how they go after the Crusaders.

Lots to like about the Reds as they set themselves for Super streak

I query Thorn’s selections a bit, why Hegarty on the wing? Correct me if I’m wrong but he’s a 10/15, surely you’d switch Campbell and him if you are to play both. I hope he isn’t caught isolated against a Rosko Specman with pace!

Super Rugby Round 7 teams: O'Connor back for Reds, Chiefs and 'Canes stock up for blockbuster

Regardless of who gets selected, it’s good there’s some promise there and some players coming through. And as a result, with the current coaching team, I feel that Rennie will get the most out of the team – especially as time goes on – than Cheika did. Wouldn’t be surprised if some guys who underperformed with Cheika go a lot better. Let’s hope Gilmore can keep the production line going at the u20s and schoolboys, it’s good to talk about upcoming players and actual rugby for a change!

Half a dozen rounds in, here are six Super Rugby takeaways for Dave Rennie and the Wallabies