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I've been living in Mendoza, Argentina for the past 8 years and have been coaching rugby here for the last 4. Very pleased to see SANZAR open up to Argentina. Favourite player of the past 10 years would be Agustin Pichot for work both on and off the field.

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Six Nations - but for how long?

There has been much talk and jostling about the status of the club championships in Europe. The way I read it, France and England are not overly content with teams from Italy and Scotland qualifying so easily for the Heineken Cup.

A lot to digest here Nobes and thank you for posting. I was discussing Super rugby with two of my students today and the topic of overseas based players being excluded from the Pumas came up. In theory I think it has merit but while there is a lack of depth to support two Super teams I think it is counterproductive. I also believe Argentina has similar problems to Australia regarding Super rugby and if not addressed could result in disaster.

I also think the introduction of two teams should be sooner rather than later if super rugby is to survive in Argentina. I got the kids to brainstorm about the make up of a second team should be. One said it should be based in Córdoba and the other Santa Fe?! At least we agreed that they should be named the “gauchos”!

Argentina's rugby conundrum

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the Tahs concede 40+ points in their last 5 games? How do the ARU promote a defence coach to the a full time Wallaby position with this sort of record? Or perhaps it is actually a demotion.

As you’ve clearly pointed out Nick, firing out a single defender strategy is a very dangerous tactic once the ball gets past the defender who shoots out. It has its place if a team is being pressured on their own goal line but to do it continuously seems ridiculous. It would seem most coaches have have worked Grey and can only predict the worst for the Wallabies.

South African leopards are changing their spots - can Nathan Grey?

A very Good article in support of the Brumbies and Canberra and some fantastic metaphors thrown in for good measure. Thumbs up and good luck Brumbies!

Canberra remains a key cog in Australian rugby

Hi Piru, just wanted to say I thought the end of the Force Tahs game was the highlight of the (albeit depressing) year for Oz rugby this year so far. Clearly a very proud bunch in WA.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

Tranquilo chicos.

Carlos, for the record I’m not against Argentina being involved in Super rugby, I’m against them being involved in the current format. How much travel will the Jaguares/Pumas travel this year? Way too much. Two teams in Arg would be ideal to alleviate travel pressure but then we’d have the same problem that Australia faces where depth is severely tested and you get teams who become perennial losers. On balance I think two Argentine sides should have been introduced from the start.

The best model I believe would be to have 2 Arg teams in a conference with one each from Uruguay, Chile and Brazil and a couple from SA but these countries aren’t quite ready yet.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

Tranquilo chicos.

For the record Carlos, I’m not against Argentina being involved in a Super rugby, I’m opposed to how they are involved presently. How much travel are the Jaguares/Pumas going to do this year? Two teams would ease that burden and I’d be all for it. However, you’d then be presented with the problem facing Australia which would be regular beatings due to lack of depth.

Ideally, a conference with two teams from Arg and one each from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil joined to a couple of South African could be a very workable model but we are talking quite a few years before those countries are up to standard.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

Yep, as if following a script.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

Hi Sheek, I also believe losing Argentina and SA would be a huge loss but I reckon they’d do their best to keep the RC going. I also agree about your point about money but Arg and SA would go north for logistical reasons more than financial.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

That’s exactly how I see it Geoff. Expansion for SANZAR at the time I believe was necessary, however it has been done in such a thoughtless manner that the comp will ironically shrink.

The Wrap: Chaos reigns as Super Rugby finals take shape

But TWAS, is just cutting a side really going to make that much difference if in the medium term effect is going to destroy a whole supporter base? To me it seems like putting a band aid on an axe wound.

The thing about revolution is that you have to want change

That’s the plan? Not become insolvent? I think this is exactly what the article is pointing out, that there needs to be more direction as to what the ARU are going to do to improve the game, where and what levels as opposed to just staving off going bust.

The thing about revolution is that you have to want change

I think the test run of the Kings and Cheetahs will be crucial for the future of Super rugby. If it goes well I don’t think any of the South African teams will want to continue traveling east/west for their games. Time slots are a massive part of bidding rights these days as is player welfare.

I see migration north for SA confronting two major hurdles. Playing out of season and a desire to continue competing in the RC. If these are both overcome I can’t see SA involvement in Super rugby past 2020.

The consequence would leave ANZAR to find a solution but it is likely ANZAR would shrink to ANZR or become JANZR as Argentina would likely see Europe as a better option also. Turbulent times ahead I see….

The thing about revolution is that you have to want change

It would be fantastic for world rugby and the Lions concept if they beat the Darkness, unfortunately I can’t see it happening. I think the AB forwards are going to monster their opponents this weekend which will make it all too hard for the visitors to rack up enough points.

The centres of conundrum at Eden Park

Yep, massive! By the way the “kiwi excuses” article has been well covered by Spiro.

The Wrap: Lions keep series, and their future, alive

I read the first paragraph and thought this could be an article of “kiwi excuses”. After reaching the bottom of the page however I think it is the best piece of the weekend, truly good journalism. Well done Geoff, looking forward to next weekend!

The Wrap: Lions keep series, and their future, alive

Yep, it’s all a bit of a dog’s breakfast. I’m in a couple of other tipping comps that have included the Chiefs canes match in last round.

Super Rugby Round 15 part II: Here it is!

Sounds like a Donald Trump impersonation Piru!

Why I'll be cheering for the Lions this weekend

Great article!!

Why I'll be cheering for the Lions this weekend

You guys need to tour Argentina and try a Malbec. Hint: Wallabies play the Pumas on the 7th of October.

Time to cut all the Australian Super sides and re-design the entire rugby season

Can I ask why your coach has the nickname “Shag”?

Time to cut all the Australian Super sides and re-design the entire rugby season

A complete pyramid structure which is proven. I played for the East Coast team in the Wairapa bush and claim that perhaps even a 5th tier exists.

I agree if we had that structure oz rugby would be extremely strong but unfortunately the landscape of winter sport in Australia makes it a very difficult prospect, not impossible though.

Time to cut all the Australian Super sides and re-design the entire rugby season

As a Tahs fan, can’t say I’m sad to see Nathan Gray leave. Defence has been woeful this year.
As a Wallabies fan I fear the worst.

Waratahs keep on losing - this time two coaches

It is no secret that the current format is rubbish but the proposal for next year isn’t going to address the real flaws that have caused the Super rugby decline. There has been little to no thought go into expansion and it has been done only to mark out territory in potential markets. The once great Super comp has been reduced to a watered down mess which has become a cancer on both rugby in Australia and Argentina (can’t comment on SA). It needs to be completely overhauled.

Not so Super Rugby

Fantastic outcome, only possible in a fantasy land unfortunately.

Pulver not going anywhere after ARU EGM

Hola Carlos, local rugby is strong and I’d guess that it is the no.2 team sport here (obviously football no.1). I don’t think the Jaguares lack of success has had much of an effect on your average fan, although many watch Super rugby it is more for entertainment than really wanting to get behind the Jags. As you know the provinces don’t always have the highest affection for los porteños so rugby here is happy to keep to itself (include San Juan and San Rafael as it is the Cuyo comp). Of course when a Mendocino makes it as a Puma it is well reported, I think Bertrenaud is the most recent. The Pumas are well followed but last year they went to London, ridiculous move, the year before the cost was extremely high so hopefully this year prices will be more reasonable and the get a decent showing to Malvinas Staduim.

I hope Super rugby here doesn’t have the same disastrous effect that it has had in Australia!!

Modern rugby, more seagulls than Bondi Beach