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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.



This is what I found- dunno if it will hyper link, or whether youll need to copy and paste.
Very interesting to see how it pans out. I expect more news within the next couple of months.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

I mean, everything’s so up in the air. Honestly, I feel like if they want to take over the world or whatever, they should try something a bit whacky.

Who knows. Certainly rule changes at NRC level have mostly worker quite well.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

Yes, that’s how it would appear. You don’t become a billionaire by wasting time, however.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

Thought I elab’d in the article, but just checked and I didn’t unfortunately.

I think purely 60 minutes (as opposed to 80) sounds better in terms of actual minutes spent on the field, add in 12 subs and you have a much easier game to play.

What I briefly mentioned, is not for every stoppage to be a timeout – it isn’t NFL – but for scrums and contested lineouts, as the two big time wasters IMO, for the clock to be stopped, but not the full 60.

Penalties, after tries, after penalty goals and at 22 metre dropouts would still be time on. I feel if time wasn’t ticking away, teams wouldn’t feel the need to save energy as much by cutting down on ball in play time.

Perhaps in time, if my theory is correct and teams did speed it up, they could increase to 80 again, with time off.
Maybe it’s just that I hate seeing the seconds tick by while scrums collapse, especially when my team is losing etc.

In summary: 60 minutes. Timeoffs, but ideally shorter stoppages, meaning the game could finish in less time (matches seem to go for about 1:45 from when I’ve kept count), 60+10 for halftime, still leaves a sufficient 20 minutes of timeoffs,if you want to finish within 1.5 hours.
More ball in play, up to 40/45.

That’s how I’d like to see it.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

Tell your story walking, pal

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

Interesting mate. Of course RA have approved and everything, so the ball seems to be in Twiggy’s court, but yeah there may be some things we just don’t know about.

Re: Western Sydney, I can understand the NSWRU having a query about where the competition’s talent comes from, bearing in mind the best grassroots comp in Australia could be severely impacted.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

You raise a fair point. There’s no doubt that there’s enough rugby in the year, some would even say too much, but how do we tie this in with the fact that there are just four pro teams in Aus – a huge dropdown from other codes – and surely, to include more, more rugby has to happen.

It’s futile to suggest that WSR won’t clash with Super Rugby, what this year’s games have shown are that it very much has found an interest on the East Coast, within the already established rugby community.

Ideally, the comp would be played at a different time of the year to Super, but between Super, NRC, Intls etc, there’s only December and Early february.

I dunno the answer, clashes seem inevitable.

World Series Rugby: Please just do it, Twiggy

It really depends why you’re on the couch. If you were watching the Wallabies, I’d be easy to “drag off”. Enjoying Tulkinghorne’s wines, and that’s a different story, no doubt.

Haven’t seen it, but I agree with your last line.

Contrary to popular belief, I felt like he was in it for the right reasons– if there are such things in reality tv. The staged factor of it all would have done him up the wrong way, IMO.

The Wrap: What the Dickens does Australian rugby do now?

Geoff, I feel like too much expectation has been placed on Cummins– you couldn’t really say the same for the Wallabies.

He has little over a month to find love (come on, seriously?) while the Aussies have to win a reasonable number of games for the year, ideally more than they lose.

Yes, this year was the hardest in terms of opposition in recent memory (best Ireland team for a while, same with the All Blacks) but I’d want better, really. Pumas win at home isn’t too much to ask, they played at about 50% or less for that one, surely going at 100% (110?!) would see them home.

Let’s hope the 2nd half v the Pumas inspires them, so to speak, to greater things in a month’s time.
I just think Aus can’t just lose to NZ, take their annual win in Wales, the win in Italy, and lose to England and call it a standard year.

IMO, they haven’t done anything to be proud of yet.

Not often you can say a Dickens adaptation did it justice, but BBC’s 2005 Bleak House was top notch.

Helluva story, hopefully we can say the same about Wallabies after November.

The Wrap: What the Dickens does Australian rugby do now?

The key thing is: the die hards will come even if the ad is nothing more than a kid drawing the A-League logo. No-one really is gonna go “oh that’s a cool ad, I’m now going to buy a membership”, not really.

The best ad is the football itself. Hopefully last year’s issues are behind us, and we can just focus on the football. I’m preaching to the converted, but the off field issues are what pushed the sport itself under the carpet last year.

The A-League needs to get back to what it does best - football

Interesting. Two of Melbourne’s losses have been very close, whereas City lost by 18 and 51 – although the scoreline was a little harsh on them in the Drua game.

From looking at the draw, Rising’s remaining games don’t flatter them, Canberra at Vikings, Force at home before Rays at home.
I’m resigned to the fact that a Rays game is a Rays’ loss, but that’s really only one win…

City got Qld C, Eagles and Vikings…I dunno.
As I said, top 4 looks pretty sewn up to me.

The NRC report card at the halfway point

Brett, I think it’s up to Brisbane City to shake up this seemingly set-in-stone top 4, which as you say, most of us predicted pre season as being finalists.

Fiji, Qld C, Canberra and the Force have been a level above really, but we ARE only halfway through.

Underneath them, I don’t think anyone has a real chance, certainly neither NSW team and Melbourne’s 2 point difference feels like more than it is.

Who knows, they may just be a dark horse, but yeah, only 5 teams in it this year.

On another note, good rugby so far, only got out to one game this year unfortunately – as opposed to five last year.

At this stage I’m thinking Drua will win any home final, but lose any away game. Even though the finals series storyline seems to be told, here’s the bit where some other sub plots pop up.

The NRC report card at the halfway point


The NRC report card at the halfway point

What about alphabetical order? Bankstown-Canterbury-Illawarra-St George BullDragons. Quite catchy when you get used to it.

Which teams deserve the axe?

You’re a harsh marker mate. In saying that, 4/10 for the cupcake thing was kind.

Brownlow Medal red carpet fashion ratings, photo gallery 2018

Completely unfair claim. While Brett may love and talk positively of the NRC more than most of us, nothing that he says is factually wrong in the least.

People like you Jock, are so out of touch with what’s really happening, only laying in the boot because the Sydney Rays haven’t been around since Roman times, unlike the Shute Shield.

The NRC has been a success pretty much everywhere except NSW this year, yes, but look at the facts.

Sydney Rays have played at Woollahra (more like a hockey field than a rugby one and not a great place to watch), at Concord in the wet, and at Leichhardt on a school night.
If you want proof that the midweek games don’t work in terms of crowd, watch the Mitre 10 Cup.

Hopefully a massive crowd out at Concord on Saturday, like in the last Drua game in Sydney. I’ll be there anyway.

The NRC bridge must be kept open. That was the whole point…

Thanks for the article Jed.

There’s no doubt that the value of club has gone down in comparison to the value of school or academy, which was first brought to my attention in a NZ article a few years back.

It mentioned especially how it wasn’t uncommon for a commentator or scribe to mention someone’s club, whereas now more often than not, it’s the school, putting the emphasis obviously back on schools not club.

Going by this season’s form, the Rams’ cull hasn’t done NSW a helluva lot of favours, but I wont get started on that.

I doubt that that 23 the Rays ran out against the Vikings is the best 23 in Sydney, it can’t be, even allowing for injuries and resting due to scheduling clashes.

Of course it wasn’t the best 23. The fact that Qld can run two successful teams with a QPR that, while still high standard, most of us would agree is less than that of the Shute Shield.

Thanks again Jed.

The decline of the NSW NRC and the death of the second-tier player

Honestly feels like this has been brought up multiple times before.

The BBL is the BBL, it and the A-League are worlds apart, just like cricket and soccer are worlds apart.

You’re never going to replicate the atmosphere at BBL, just like BBL are never going to come close to the fanatical support which soccer drums up.

Soccer is a pretty continuous sport, cricket is constantly stopping which obviously gives DJs a chance to keep the high temp atmosphere. Soccer already has that.

Anyone would be impressed by how the A-League creates an atmosphere naturally and not artificially if that makes sense.

Music during play at A-League games is the FFA's worst idea yet

Hahaha! Yeah I think I’ve been a standout all year, and am destined for the wallabies.

Appreciate the kind words mate.

What the Bok? Saffas stun All Blacks in incredible boilover

I can’t get my head around it. Why not move NSW C v Melbourne onto Sunday? Maybe you know something I don’t.

Not much between first and last, even if the ladder disagrees.

Battle of the backrows lighting up the NRC

Sounds crazy, but I’m going Brisbane over Sydney- losing to the Drua in Fiji isn’t the greatest embarrassment ever- it was the margin that was the issue.

NSW C by 15 or something similar.

Qld C v Fiji will be decided by a point or something like that. Drua by a whisker.
Force will win by 7 ish.
Watched three games last weekend, honestly what kind of rugby fan would throw dirt on this comp?

Battle of the backrows lighting up the NRC

Rassie? Is that you?

Seriously though, good article mate. Right now, I wouldn’t say the Springboks are that bad on field. We’ll have to see which direction they go in ahead of the WC however, but mainly positive onfield.

Why I am considering handing in my notice to the SARU

I can tell you first hand that they are planning for a 2019 team. Or World Series Rugby if that doesn’t work out!

Do the squads validate NSW's NRC consolidation?

Gday Brett.
There’s no doubt at all the squads are better, but justifying it by saying that no NSW team made the finals last year is just wrong. As you mention, almost all 3 of them made it in 2016, but with the Drua and Qld Country being serious contenders last year, it was almost like a 4 team finals didn’t do it justice.

Will the cull make the other Sydney teams stronger? Probably, yes.
Will it be bad for Sydney rugby? Most likely.

Also, if the four teams from NSW (1 too many, I’d say) was a recognition of how good the Shute Shield was, is the cut down to 2 a recognition of how weak it is now? Doesn’t make sense I think.

Anyways, out to my first game this year on saturday. Won’t even be able to go to as many as last year, but might as well make the best of it.

Do the squads validate NSW's NRC consolidation?

Cricket isn’t played at TG Milner, it’s rectangular. Other than that and possibly Uni, you’d be right. Difficult to negotiate with all of those.

NRC Season 5: Less means much, much more