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

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Great read Mary! Looking forward to seeing the Wallaroos in full flight at next years WC (even if I am disappointed that it was moved out from this year).

Lucy Lockhart pursues Rugby World Cup dream for the love of rugby

Yep, the plan is still for the French to tour in July this year. They look a good side so will be a great test for the Wallabies. Not much more has been announced but I would expect another Rugby Championship/Tri Nations comp involving Argies, NZ and us again later in the year at least. South Africa may be included too depending on how things work out regarding COVID and protocols ect.

What you missed: Australian rugby’s off-season report

Thanks mate, yeah good point there. Referees are in such a hard position lately with rule changes and a real focus on the head/neck area. Offside and scrum penalties are also something to watch which I think haven’t been the best, particularly in Aus last year. Add the differences in general between the rules of the two comps now such as ruck speed and 50/22 kicks and it will be very interesting. As you said, consistency is key.

What you missed: Australian rugby’s off-season report

Yeah I think the game 100% needs to do better at explaining the intricacies to new viewers. It is a complex game and if you want the sport to grow you have to be able to make people that haven’t played the sport understand the rules. I will support your change of school curriculum.

Throwing the game away: The blight on Australian rugby

Thank you. Yeah a good lock is always a hookers best friend haha

Throwing the game away: The blight on Australian rugby

Thanks Bobby, yeah I agree, I expect Uelese to get the nod this weekend as well primarily based on lineout abilities but he hasn’t set the world on fire with his throwing either. The onus is on the coaches now to get it all humming.

Throwing the game away: The blight on Australian rugby

Very true ozinsa, the Wallabies just need to be smarter about how they execute. You don’t need to throw to two in the lineout every time but you can vary your movement enough to at least commit the opposition. Hopefully we see more of this on the weekend.

Throwing the game away: The blight on Australian rugby

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