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Tom English

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Joined November 2017







Previously a TAFE student of journalism, lives in Sydney, writes from time to time, rugby and cricket player, plenty of other sports as well.



Cheers Brett – it’s been refreshing to have some alternative, thoughtful opinions all these years compared with the same old same old coming out of just about all the other outlets. Brb, just bookmarking !

Welcome competition in the rugby broadcast rights race - and a farewell, for now…

Brett, I’ve tipped 1/8 the last two weeks. So much for underdogs and upsets etc idk.

But the Highlanders didn’t let me down last week, and that’s enough to make me content.

WAR-REB could be the closest game of the round huh

Super Rugby Week 7: Movers and shakers week

Interesting point about Bell. Now I wouldn’t know, but if he was carded for nothing more than being pushed back…that makes no sense.

Like, you’re allowed to suck. It’s why you don’t get penalised for dropping the ball, or sent off for missing kicks right in front. Smh.

Anyway, cheers for the article, some good points there as well. I think this competition will show why, at the very least, we need NZ involved. Adds a whole new level to the competition and keeps us realistic about where we stack up against the main rivals.

The Wrap: Be patient and Super Rugby AU will stand on its own five feet

I’d agree with this Ryan. I think at a time when it looked like we’d see just 15 rounds, kicking off much later in the year, it seemed more accurate to call the year “not a proper season”.

But for god’s sake, it’s still 20 games, and that’s well past the point where we’d normally start talking about what a long season it is. Hardly the BBL (or is that not a good comparison, given the way the BBL has gotten longer? Anyway).

Forget an asterisk, the 2020 NRL premiers may be the most impressive winners ever

Yeah nah, draft is a ridiculous idea, not sure why anyone would suggest that

Dave Rennie lays it all out ahead of Wallabies start date

Good write up Brett.

The Super Rugby eligibility thing. Common sense, imho. Without players leaving to fly all over the world, they’re still within the Super Rugby bubble.

Picture this. 21yo development NRC player gets offers from the Rebels, Crusaders, and a French side. He’s not gonna go to the Rebels (no disrespect to them, but let’s be real). He’ll either chase the bucks, or the chance to be part of a powerful franchise. Currently, both options rule him out of the Wallabies. But if the Crusaders’ gig kept him eligible, who’s to say he won’t go for that.

And maybe two years down the track he returns to an Aussie side. A lot better than the current rules.

Dave Rennie lays it all out ahead of Wallabies start date

Brett, I don’t know if it’s just that I’m too excited about rugby being back that I’m seeing it through rose-coloured glasses, but I didn’t even notice the penalties on the weekend. Obviously there were a lot or whatever, and a few people have complained etc, but I barely even picked up on it.

Seems like the quality of rugby was good enough that it overshadowed the crackdown by refs. And we’ll be better for it, once teams tidy up their game, especially re: offside line.

Rugby’s back - and what a difference a week makes

Got a source mate? Was hearing rumours but nothing confirmed to my knowledge.

Great article btw

The Penrith Emus are building a future in western Sydney

Ha, oh this would actually be kinda fun. City-Country (never should’ve got rid of btw) meets internationals, with a Warriors-ish team thrown in. Also a chance to for the 2nd NZ team to prove its viability.

Must admit I was originally skeptic about May 28, but things are starting to come together. Still wouldn’t be surprised at a mid June kickoff, but hey

How to play rugby league in 2020 without the NRL

Andrew Brace was the man I was thinking of Geoff, refs for the IRFU, born in the USA Wikipedia claims.

Yeah, I’m not incredibly worked up about bias, I just feel like if we’re assuming all refs are biased to their home country (not saying I agree with that), shouldn’t we extend that to a domestic level, or teams they’ve played in/coached?

More consistent messaging is what I’m saying. Cheers for the reply

The Wrap: Referee Angus Gardner blows the whistle on COVID-19

Geoff, met Angus one time. Seemed a lovely bloke.

My question would be: should we assume referees are biased to the country they grew up in, like we do currently? And if so, why do we let them AR games, where they’re still possible to make a game changing decision. And if we’re operating under this assumption, 1) should referees be allowed to ref their home country as long as they came from a different union? I forget his name, but there’s an Irish ref right now in that situation. And 2) wouldn’t this bias also play a part in domestic rugby competitions, especially when a ref officiates his former team?

The Wrap: Referee Angus Gardner blows the whistle on COVID-19

Bears @North Sydney is great as well just quietly

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

Love to do the College Football experience in the south. Magical.

How about Texas-Oklahoma as well

What events are on your sporting bucket list?

I meant more FTA, whether that be ABC or the commercial networks. Certainly true about an economy hurting their revenue, sure. But definitely sport remains a key player for those, moving forward.

The Wrap: Rugby’s off-again, on-again, rollercoaster a test for players and coaches

Geoff on the other hand, look how the public turn to media companies like TV especially in times of crisis like these. Surely the increase of audience might give them some extra dollars to work with.

And when COVID-19 dies down, the crowds turn away from tv, how essential will sport play as a means to keep people watching. For most sports fans, they watch 0 hours a week. If you count sport, they watch 10+

The Wrap: Rugby’s off-again, on-again, rollercoaster a test for players and coaches

Government have denied any thought of banning interstate travel according to Morrison yesterday. However, the way things are going, that could all change tomorrow. And it would affect a number of sports, yeah

Aussie sports and me

Actually, I’m surprised they did well enough to take down the Brumbies. I expected even less.

Super Rugby round on hold: Tipper’s remorse

Brett, Hurricanes-Sharks got me as well. I think at that stage I was pretty hyped about the Durban dudes’ tour so far.

Geoff, I’ve noticed that the Odds are often not indicative of what most fans would think. They tend to be very much ‘last year’s form’. The punters lag behind I guess. That or they just go “Highlanders-Rebels. Hmm. NZ are better at rugby, yes? Ok then.”

Super Rugby round on hold: Tipper’s remorse

Great article Mary 👍

I’m not saying anything that hasn’t already been, but hopefully we do start to see increased opportunities in the XV format. Assuming the Olympics go ahead, and that Australia achieves, maybe the public’s attention (and RA’s funding) will extend to the Wallaroos, especially with a World Cup coming up.

Claudia ringing the Bell for women's rugby

Upset won’t come in Brisbane, fair to say. Waikato? Canberra? Either of those.

Sure thing: there will be less calls for rugby teams to “get out into the schools” after the last week…
Sure thing +1: The Bulls’ jersey will clash with the Reds, somehow. Not sure how, but they’ll manage it

Super Rugby Round 7: go ahead Blues, make my day

Re: jerseys.

How is it that multiple NZ teams seem to have the same away strip? Crusaders, Hurricanes and Highlanders all look very similar. I don’t think they look terrible, just doesn’t match the colour scheme of any NZ team barring the Landers.

That being said, shame the Bulls had to change jumpers given their original once was the nicer of the two.

Reds have done well, IMO, seems like they’re trying to get at least a losing bonus point per game. When the Crusaders started to pull away in the 2nd half, I’m thinking “gosh they’ve lost this now”.

To their credit, they reeled it back. I think there’s some real promise there. It’s just the little things which are sucking the life out of them.

The Wrap: Super Rugby splits into two

Brett, great to be back. God these offseasons are getting short. Soon rugby season will look identical to the school year, mid December finishes and late January starts. Anyway.

Half decent slate of games, not gonna lie. Blues and Chiefs is a coin toss, Lions may put up a fight in Buenos Aires. Stormers and Hurricanes is fascinating, although at the least fan friendly time for us east coasters.

The Reds? The Tahs? Could both win, I think, but I’m still tipping against em.

Super Rugby Round 1: Whaddya mean it starts this week?

“I’ve just been amazed by them. That Aussie 20s group is the real deal. They compete out there, they back themselves.”

Little bit off topic, but I saw a few people on the cricket reddit tab talking about Australians approach, and one of the things they said was that Aussies always believe they can win. Kind of surprised me, I guess you it’s one of those things you can only see on the outside looking in. Anyway good to see the U20s seem to have that confidence.

I don’t have a problem with SR starting early: even gives rugby a bit of freedom without the major codes within Australia. But I reckon draw the line at a mid February start, not January.

And moving forward, with a shorter SR competition, surely you have to push back round 1? If this year was a 13 week regular season with 3 weeks of finals, at the current start date, the grand final would be on May 16.
A winter sport which is finished before winter comes around…

The big questions coming out of the shortest ever Australian rugby pre-season

I know I had a whinge about Texas last week, but geez. Geez. I’d hate to be their fan.

I’m assuming that rules out Notre Dame for the CFP. And good riddance. Without them, we can play Ohio State, Clemson, Bama and LSU. And it’d be awesome.

And even though I support them, Oregon are overrated.

Shout out to Navy – 15th bowl in 17 seasons I heard.

College football 2019: Week 9 winners and losers

XI, I’d disagree. Bama have beaten no-one who is anyone, it wouldn’t look good to lose to the first good team they play.
LSU’s scalps on the other hand: Texas, Florida and Auburn.

College football 2019: Week 9 winners and losers