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ex grade union player, ex ref, ex very poor coach. Played in UK, South Africa, NZ and here.

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RR: Or TWAS!
I think the clubs will survive but professional rugby may take a big hit. In times of trouble sport and entertainment has always done well. Let’s hope rugby gets a shot of reality into the organisations that run it. The administrations are there to do only one thing and that is ensure the ongoing health of the organisation. Nothing else….

The state of grassroots rugby in Australia

This should be in league but we could do with something like this on rugby.

The games you must rewatch during the NRL shutdown

Ken, how could I forget one of the greatest, if not the greatest 6 we ever had.
I was thinking about Fardy and how we miss him and 6’s of the past came into my mind. Didn’t make it clear in the post, just slid over from small 7’s.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Puffer: Who said it was discussion about Hooper? I was discussing backrow issues.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Nick wouldn’t that be a big step forward? Plus they are both good at passing and taking the ball to the line.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Dilko: Rodda also looks a little lean atm. We are really going to miss Arnold and Coleman if we have an international season.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Sorry TH, I was comparing LSL with Rodda in the row, I didn’t make it clear.
Not sure that LSL wouldn’t make it as an international, at 23 he has time to develop into a 6, it’s not as simple a position as it appears. Certainly, his D needs to improve to make it.
Likewise Rodda at 23.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

No, my little puff puff! I am pointing out that it was hardly a strong game from most players and Samu was almost invisible.
This is hardly a game that Hooper could have turned, in fact, I can’t remember a game that he has turned from a potential loss to a win, as Wright did v the Bulls. Please remind me?
BTW I am in the Wright is good but not great yet basket.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Numpty: I wrote a reply and went out and got a heap of stats on Hooper from last years Interenationals. Put the link to where I got them from and the post disappeared.
Basically from what I remember.
Hooper had:
84 runs for 226m at 2.7m per run
Tackle success 95%
Turnovers 10
Turnovers conceded 14
Games played 8

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

TWAS: There were several players missing in that game one being Samu. Tui had just lost his father I think and his head was elsewhere.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Love the idea TH but not sure we are using what we have effectively. I think Phillips showed up as the best row in SR and made Simmons look average as he is. Not sure Rodda has it over LSL in the row but I do like LSL at 6.
All will be revealed if not this year then next or the one after that!!!!!

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

TH: not sure about this. If we have T and O’C at 10/12 then a lot of our defence issues would not be there, compared to Foley and Beale. That would give us the option of a fast linking 7 and maybe Hooper could be far more effective in an environment like that?

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Pete: The only time I have seen Hooper playing loose and tight is this season in SR where he has had an excellent few games. I didn’t see a lot of this in the world cup or his last 2 seasons.
We have been through this flanker argument for years with Waugh, Smith, Wilson, Croft etc.
I always thought the Wallabies went best with Fardy, Elsom, Finnigan, Kefu, Cockbain, Scott- Young etc. This gave us stronger ability against teams like AB’s, SA and England, where we were often blown away by their forwards.
I am hoping for balance from Rennie and less of this avoidance of the breakdown to favour supporting the backs. We need to compete and defend in all areas of the game and not focus on defence v attack or vis versa. It did us no good under Cheika.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Agree Nupty, what you seem to be pointing out is that there is a fair bit more to it than meets the eye. If we had 5-8 players in the team who can be effective in the loose then that would help a lot.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Numpty: Understand your thoughts on Hooper but what impact has he had over the last 4 years?
If I accept Nick’s argument that we need 2 fast players like Hooper then we tried that with Pocock and Hooper and I didn’t see much advantage (Pocok is slower) in our play at that time, apart from Pocock tacking serious risk with his neck.
Hooper’s great strength in the last 4 years was patching holes that the backs were too useless to fix themselves. On this measure, without Hooper, we would have lost most games by 20+ points.
In the meantime, when Pocock was injured, we were done like a dinner at the breakdown and the backs who could not tackle but might be able to attack got little decent ball to work with.
I am wondering if this idea that Nick is very keen on has past it’s use-by date. The AB’s tried it on a few occasions but they had Reid to so some of this out wide.
It will be interesting, if we get an International season this year, on how this turns out and what the coaches use and the effectiveness of their backrow.

The great Australian openside debate: Round 2

Just looked it up and looks a great game. Don’t remember it too well so ideal for another watch. In fact, we could all just feast on 1998/1999 games. Any one from Fox here?

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

I’ve seen that game a couple of times and it is great. There are also some outstanding classic’s from SA v NZ.
How about this as one of the greatest tackles of all time. Joggie Jansen tackling All Black Cottrell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh4qDqe0wuQ
Anyone here who hasn’t seen the game in the 90’s a 15 min review here might clear it up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgka_01anL8
Halfway through it and I got quite emotional.

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Totally beyond me Jacko. Have you any ideas?

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Dan: I would like to read some thinking on what you guys think rugby will look like when this is over. I am not sure it is going to be the same, particularly if it takes a few years to get over the damage to the economy. ie Will Fox be around, what will RA look like, how much will players be paid, When can we expect international rugby to start again.
Get RA to give you some insights into what they are thinking and planning for the startup.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Fer Fk All?

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Jez, we may as well keep these old threads going there’s nothing new.
The Tahs, Penny and the management need to take this opportunity to completely overhaul the tahs.

Are the Waratahs a symbol of an ordinary workplace?

I really enjoyed watching an old Aus v NZ matches from 1998 and half of a Brumbies v Crusaders final in Super 12 years ago. I watched them at the time but had forgotten all about them. They were showing on Fox.
It might be interesting to review these old games as if they are new, which to many on the roar would be the truth.
I am amazed at the quality of rugby we played in those days. No wonder we were #1 in the world.
Both games were great to watch. BTW how good was Matt Burke and Gregan who I disliked at the time was into every thing.

As sport goes into lockdown, what do you want to read on The Roar?

Numpty: haven’t looked at it since the hot spot search was on. I’ll get back to you after some digging around.

Play it safe or play on? Tough calls coming up for RA

Numpty: thanks for your reasoned reply. I take issue with part of your post.
” If warming were due to the sun, the upper atmosphere would also be warming. It is in fact cooling. This is because more CO2 in the lower atmosphere traps more heat close to earth. No other factor outside volcanoes (very easy to measure) leaves this fingerprint.”
I think you are referring to the ‘hot spot’? That has not appeared in satellite records the last time I looked about 2 years ago.

“Satellites also show this similar effect – less radiation (heat) is leaving earth.”
My files on Satellite data from 2013 show that more heat was being lost to the atmosphere due to the warming. Has this changed since then?

Play it safe or play on? Tough calls coming up for RA

Purdo: just read a couple of reports on catastrophic ice loss in Greenland and Antarctica.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51846468
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/greenland-antarctica-melting-six-times-faster-than-in-the-1990s
The reality when compared to the total ice mass results in a loss in Greenland 0.005% per annum over the period 1992-2018 and results in a close to zero straight line.
Similarly in the Antarctic is 0.0003% of the Antarctic ice mass per year. A result so close to zero over that period it could be lost in the noise.

It is scientific reports like these without comparison to total ice mass that makes me question this science.

Play it safe or play on? Tough calls coming up for RA