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I think you’ll find the 14 games is more to do with RUPA than anything else, and the resting policy has already been scrapped. Of course playing more games would be great but you’ve got to be able to sell them for them to happen, just saying create more games offers little solution

Seven point plan to save Super Rugby

I like the idea but I think you’ll find all the stakeholders are already trying to generate as much revenue as possible. Not sure how, from a financial perspective, the creation of a second tier would do that.

Seven point plan to save Super Rugby

Been doing that for 20 years and hasnt done a thing. Completely abandoned by the organisations greatest promotional tool

Wallabies, Wallaroos fixtures CONFIRMED as Schmidt eyes 'fantastic turnaround challenge' against RWC rivals

Not sure where you got Canberra from… Don’t think there’s been a test there in about 10 years

Wallabies, Wallaroos fixtures CONFIRMED as Schmidt eyes 'fantastic turnaround challenge' against RWC rivals

Fantastic, two games in Sydney in 14 days and other years goes by with no Wallabies test in Canberra. It’s like they want the code to fail in an area that once had the opportunity for rugby to dominate the landscape.

Wallabies, Wallaroos fixtures CONFIRMED as Schmidt eyes 'fantastic turnaround challenge' against RWC rivals

Leichhardt is great for both watching/atmosphere and the area around which contrasts to Alliance. And there’s the light rail which goes there now. Ballymore I have less knowledge off and you’re probably right, but considering the Rebels issues with stadium fees, surely playing games at a stadium the union owns has it’s benifits. I do note the Brisbane Roar are playing out of Ballymore this year so it must be conceivable

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

I’ve definitely seen them play cricket on the main oval. Unless the second oval has 60k seats

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

Raiders will play 7/13 home games during the day this year. Of the 6 night games only one will be in the 8pm slot

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

Yeah I know haha I’m from Canberra. So is Eden Park and Wellington (at least they play cricket there)

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

Yeah no idea, but it seems stupid to have it sitting there for three games of AFL all winter

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

If a new stadium is off the table, I’d love to see games at Manuka and in the day. Lots of people say Manuka is no good for watching rugby but I’d argue the general admission seats at GIO is pretty much the same experience. But Manuka has bars, restaurants around it.
On that note, Reds should be playing at Ballymore and Tahs at Leichhardt. Big derbies and finals as one off games in Suncorp/Alliance/Gio

Brumbies shut down talk of following Rebels into voluntary administration

To be fair every year you’ve been written off it’s been correct. But I do wish all the Aussie teams the best! C’mon

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

Valid point Jeznez and a domestic comp is something that needs to be discussed.

Points on this:

– There is a whole lot of changes that could be made to the current SR that could make a world of difference. Scheduling, marketing, home grounds to name a few. Fan engagement, particularly in NSW needs to be addressed ( the amount of people who used to be Tahs fans but now only support Shute/Swans is alarming)

– I’m beginning to see some depth issues in NZ rugby SR sides that haven’t been there in past, I’d suggest this is because of similarly the lack of growth in SR and now the introduction of Moana, who only now will we begin to see a draining of some depth from the NZ teams. I hope this addresses some quality unbalance issues, and in turn a better product.

– World rugby needs to sort some laws and TMO issues

– regarding a domestic comp. As with all things, funding is the issue, is there an angel investor will to basically fund an entire comp hoping it gains traction off the back of club right? Are we willing to see most/all our Wallabies play offshore? I see huge risk in that approach, but maybe it’s what must be done. Would be interesting to see Stan’s Shute Shield/Hospital cup numbers.

I hope the ships turns for SR this year. I think the product has been better year on year following Covid, is it too late? Not sure..

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

It’s a funding issue at SR level that keeps us uncompetitive. From an elite performance perspective, it doesn’t matter how many grassroots you fix, players will continue to get picked off by either NRL or overseas unions. With both those elements expanding it will be almost impossible to saturate our pool so much that they have no effect. I don’t have the answers to solve funding but I don’t think cutting a team will help. Just need to keep grinding, keep improving and pray we see some results at SR and international level, and hopefully that will snowball in some more cash. Until we can gain parity in pay, we’ll always be swimming against the tide.

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

I’ve raised this I’m here before and been shut down haha. I would adopt an AFL style system for the three “expansion” clubs where they sign players in bunches starting at 18-22 according to age group, that way creating “premiership windows” when that group reaches 26-30 years old. NSW and QLD to get the pick of the litter from there pathways every year.

This would hurt my Brumbies but would ensure we have 3 relatively competitive teams every year

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

I think he’s said he hasn’t retired from Wallabies. It was the same week Mark N signed with the Roosters so got lost in the news cycle a bit

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

That was an exceptionally poor game by both teams even considering it was a trial. The kiwis will run over both this year.

Wallabies depth chart: The list that dispels the myth Aussie rugby doesn’t have enough players

I fear for these teams this season, looked like an under 15s run compared to the ACT/Fiji trial

Force edge Reds at Ballymore after Harry Potter double as fit-again Wallaby stars

Pretty rare to coach against the Lions

Exclusive: Wallabies to turn to Kiwi Schmidt as Eddie Jones' replacement

Harry Potter on one wing, Hagrid on the other, might be a nice combo

'One of very few players who on their day is undefendable': Force close in on former Wallabies wrecking ball

I hope we get to play them soon and absolutely bury them

Fiasco complete: Eddie Jones officially CONFIRMED as Japan coach

There’s many many things that can be done to improve the fan experience in the coming years. Basic fixes like:

1. Marketing, its been basically non existent outside SRs own social media channels.
2. Scheduling/stadia, the Brumbies should never be playing a game at GIO on a Saturday night if they’re expecting people to come, the Highlands should never have home games during uni holidays, the Reds should be playing all their home games at Ballymore except for the Tahs clash and the Tahs should be playing at Leichhardt or North Sydney apart from the Reds. The Saturday night fixture they have on free to air should always be an Aussie derby game and there’s plenty of other things they should be doing in that space.
3. Clearly the system in NZ is broken because the same team has won the comp 7 years running and they share the same resources as 4 other teams.
4. Junior registered players should be going to SR and premier club games for free
5. SR players should be mandated when possible to be promoting the game at premier club/schoolboy games
6. Lean into what makes the game unique not advertise watered down rugby league, we’ve all seen a cute try in the corner but how often is someone getting folded in a scrum on a highlights reel
7. Embrace the rich history of schoolboy rugby, by all means look to expand, but all we here is how the game needs to move away from the schools systems, soon there won’t be any schools left playing the game. AFL will happily take the space.
8. MARKETING! market the players, market the game! Target the pacific areas in Melbourne or the expat areas in Perth, or the posh areas in Canberra, create a sense of belonging. The base is being eroded
9. For God’s sake be transparent, we’re not idiots and can see through lies and half truths.

Anyway that’s a couple of easy fixes. I wouldn’t go bringing more teams in just yet. Aussies to go better this year but still lose out the Crusades and Chiefs come finals.

'Good relationship': RA boss plays down Jones' betrayal, welcomes Tests against Brave Blossoms

Whoever is appointed I’m hoping they’re not just “taken at their word” and actually have some idea about a fan experience should be

'Good relationship': RA boss plays down Jones' betrayal, welcomes Tests against Brave Blossoms

Ridiculous but not unbelievable they’ve only just decided to view SR through a fans lens… It’s the blind leading the blind out here

'Good relationship': RA boss plays down Jones' betrayal, welcomes Tests against Brave Blossoms

Nice to see Marika looks set to return to the Wallabies. So we only really need to find one winger from our five teams to replace Mark.

Jorgo
Toole
Wright
Patea
Maybe Suailii (after he actually proves the hype)

Plenty other options and emerging players. SR will bring forward a replacement.

At least now RA have 500k to throw at another player.

Done deal: Wallabies star signs with NRL powerhouse in brutal reality check for RA at start of 'golden decade'

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