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Peter Taylor

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I am a man on a mission to save Australian rugby.

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Yeah I am much more of a build it and they will come philosophy. It is best to have a national footprint for Rugby in Australia and I take your point and get why people are talking about including only 3-4. If it was four then what I would want is a clear pathway for that Aus team or Japanese team ect to join. For me it would just be a shame as I think with the right administration Australia can sustain five teams, we just haven’t had one in so long…

After the Aratipu report, can’t we all just get along?

Would love to Waxhead but I haven’t seen the full report, only whats been made publicly available through NZ media. I will definitely continue to search for it though but may be one of those ones that NZ wants to keep from public view.

After the Aratipu report, can’t we all just get along?

Good call, I may have exaggerated just a little 😛

After the Aratipu report, can’t we all just get along?

Yeah interesting point and yes there is some conflict there with their mainly coporate owned domestic comp but the Sunwolves are the example. They wanted to continue in Super Rugby but were dumped. The pitch here is definitely to the JRU about continuing to expand their horrisons and play against good international teams to grow experience. Off the back of the world cup they hopefully should see the value.

The opportunity in chaos

For sure, I am not trying to say that a strong Wallabies team is not important but its a self fulfilling cycle. Wallabies have poor performances, less people get interested in playing the game, less talent comes through, the wallabies have poor performances. It also ins’t the only factor here – sports participation of young people from around the world has been steadily declining in recent years with other factors at work like new forms of entertainment and the growing knowledge of the effects of concussion on brain function. It isn’t an easy fix and takes a full organisation approach really but rugby isn’t the only one – its exactly what the swans chairman was referring to about afl, a sport with great participation and loads of cash.
Yeah the Reds and Tahs have really young teams and I believe in the talent coming through the system, hopefully that translates to the national level and gives the game a much needed boost.

The opportunity in chaos

Amazing list Paul D! Really looking forward to watching these talented young blokes grow over the next few years.

Australia's Super Rugby young guns

Yeah there needs to be a lit of thought about thay law for sure. I expect Kerevi to be back before the next world cup and I get why the law is there but its not really having the impact it was supposed to.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

Yeah agreed – the ideas just ran out for him. His heart was in the right place but when you are playing against teams like NZ, Wales, Ireland and SA who do quite alot of analysis on opposition game plans and you famously dont then you are in trouble.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

Yeah people need to start taking more notice of the womens game – the sevens team being a great example.

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

The determined support in WA is great to see for sure, especially after how they were treated by RA. Looking forward to seeing what the future hold for rugby in the west!

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

Cheers! Yeah bring on the roaring 20’s – hopefully will be a decade where we can actually get things right!

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

Yeah exactly. Its not a cure all but its a start to getting a wider audience engaged. They at least need to be in the discussions but it hust doesnt seem to be the case…

The good, the bad and the ugly of Australian rugby in 2019

You will have a great time I am sure. Enjoy!

Rugby, passion and typhoons: On the ground at the World Cup

It sure was. Can’t wait for these finals, they all look like crackers!

Rugby, passion and typhoons: On the ground at the World Cup

Ah for sure Ken, I refer more to the NZ media than the people really. There are the over-reactors on both sides but for the most part people are respectful and knowledgeable enough to appreciate good rugby, wherever it comes from. Bring on Eden Park indeed!

A golden game but a dark cloud ahead

Yeah I hope so. Eden Park is a slippery field so if they can remain disciplined and consistent again this week they will have taken a giant step forward to victory.

A golden game but a dark cloud ahead

Yeah the ABs will throw away the back row experiment for sure and will go back to what they know best. The response will be interesting as the pressure is on a bit from their own media.

A golden game but a dark cloud ahead

Yeah it takes a brave man to change a team that put 47 on the All Blacks. Will be an interesting discussion at the selection but Cheika does have a point about building an enitre squad. Personally I would not change much for the this week. The tinker game is the Wallabies v Samoa game before they leave for Japan.

A golden game but a dark cloud ahead

Yeah agreed tillmissit – nothing will change my love of the sport but as a sporting nation we just expect that our teams will be top level performers. Steve you have to understand the history of Australian rugby as well which is that we had some excellent success in the 90’s and early 2000’s. In 2018 we hit the lowest ever ranking for the team which gives you an indication.

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

You may be right Waxhead. I hope that we can pull off a miracle but yes, if I have learn;t anything over the lat decade is that there always seems to be another way to redefine “rock bottom” for Australian Rugby.

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

Yes you are right Aiden, there such a dependence on the Wallabies for Australian rugby and any success hasn’t properly been made use of. Don’t get me started on the whole Pay TV thing – being on free to air and putting the product in front of more people is key.

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

Good question and it is harder to answer than I thought. Really a good year is winning meaningful games and bringing home silverware anything short of that has to be looked at as a poor year. We cannot hold ourselves to low standards, in order to be the best we need to hold ourselves accountable.
Yes other countries have superior resources, more players, better administration but really the only measure of success is winning consistently against the top 3 teams in the world.
Yeah sorry can’t reciprocate for England haha

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

True, it is hard to definite the genesis or the root cause. Really it is many things, bad management of the game as a whole by Rugby Australia, the power struggle and poor execution of super rugby, the growing footprint of competing sports, the lack of money in the game and the lack of cohesive performances for fans to get around. A lot of things need to change to get where we all want to be but it won’t happen all at once. I am hopeful that we can start at least doing some things right and that over time we can right the ship.

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

I certainly do rate Wessels and believe him to be a very good coach, a better coach at this stage than Thron due to his coaching experience. The prize here are championships and until such time as either achieve this then they are really still trying to build a true winning culture.
The Rebels are certainly on the upswing though and are ahead definitely in terms of a skill and execution. Why I highlight Thron is because he has started really at scratch and has gone about it from a values and belief standpoint and now is just starting to build the skills and execution.

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum

Yep that is the risk that just comes along with being a coach. People believe in Thorn because, well, its Brad Thorn. He is still learning as a coach but he had to take a risk anyway with this Reds squad so why not just go for it?

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum