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

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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

Thanks mate, yeah I do like what Gibson is trying to achieve, most of the time it is just execution that let the Tahs down. Early in the season though so we will see.

As for the Reds I think it takes real guts to be as bold as Thron has been and I am very interested to see how his strategy works out over the long run.

I really like Wessles as a coach and he was building a great culture in the Force before they were cut. He is doing the same in Melbourne which is good to see. Another one to watch for sure.

Australia's Super Rugby culture conundrum

Hi Tom, yeah i definitely think that Australian teams have improved but watching the Super Rugby final just shows that in order for us to consistently overcome the best teams (and particularly NZ teams like the Crusaders) the Aussie teams needs to show a lot more improvement. It will be interesting to see how things go next year but i believe we can at least definitely put the Aussie conference up a notch or two as i see a lot of future growth (especially in terms of defence, tactics and discipline that can be achieved). consistency is key.

Has cutting the Force been worth it?

Yes i would much prefer to still have 5 Australian teams in the Super Rugby set up and it is such a shame that the axe fell on the force. My argument wasn’t that this was the right call but that the remaining four teams have improved year on year, the problem here is we don’t know how it would have panned out in the long run if the Force were still included. Growing the game in Australia is a definite priority and no one commenting here thinks that it should shrink, we are all passionate rugby fans and want Australian rugby to be as good as it can be.

Has cutting the Force been worth it?

Hi Deborah, the stats in my article are specifically for Australian teams and not the Sunwolves. I did not include any stats against the Sunwolves in my calculations as I wanted a fair assessment of where our teams are at versus SA and NZ teams.

Has cutting the Force been worth it?

Hi Jules, yes I was certainly in the corner of continuing the five franchises or even if a team had to be cut maybe cutting the Rebels as they were the worst team in Super Rugby last year. What we will now never know is if we pushed through with five teams would this actually foster more Super Rugby level talent in the long run.

Has cutting the Force been worth it?

Cheers Mzilikazi, yeah I am looking forward to it too. Such a tough task for the Tahs but a win would rate as one of their all time best.

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

I’m loving these stats Baylion

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Great stuff Baylion, and as much as I do dump on Foley’s kicking out of hand his conversions and penalties have been very much improved and because of this he is rightly the point scoring leader in Super Rugby this season.

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Agreed Paul D, should be a high scoring game and maintaining possession is key. If the Tahs win the midfield battle and can then get the ball quickly to the likes of Naiyaravoro out wide then they can run over the top of the Lions wingers. The Lions will be looking to do the same thing though and their wingers have the pace to cause some real havoc.

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Thanks Craig, yeah i though the same thing when looking over the stats. Both teams don’t have a great defensive records but its their attacking stats that really save them.

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

thanks CJ, yeah it certainly will be tough and even if they make it through it will be tougher again next week, especially if the Crusaders win and the final is in NZ.

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Cheers Fionn

Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Cheers for the advice Mrs. Bradbury. Grammar is definitely not my strong suit but I always appreciate some constructive feedback.

The Wallabies and their kicking game

Thanks Bigbaz. Good to see Cheika back the same team two weeks in a row and the lineout is indeed still in progress.

The lineout is such a key indicator for a hookers confidence and it seemed a little like the occasion got the better of Brandon Paenga-Amosa at times. Deserves another crack this week.

The Wallabies and their kicking game