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Agree with moving Norman on ….. but this article was about a swap deal and that is better than simply paying Norman out.

Should the Dragons bring Gareth Widdop back?

As A swap deal …. Whiddop for Norman …. I see a lot of upside but only if Whiddop costs far less than Norman’s current $850K. I would sign Whiddop for 2 years for his professionalism, knowledge and leadership, especially within a young backline list. The money I saved I would use to tir Sailor to the club ….. use Whiddop to mentor him, give Sailor the majority of game time and use Whiddop off the bench.

Should the Dragons bring Gareth Widdop back?

I have tipped with the herd Canes, Saders, Brumbies, except that I am a Newsouthwelshman and the Tahs are my team so they will lose the scrumming, even up the lineouts and score more points to get home against the Reds ….. Faith, Hope and Charity

Super Rugby Week 9: The ultimate pen round

Agreed …. Bell might not get a game but just being in the wider Wallaby squad and getting intensive scrumming would do him the world of good.

Any which way you can: Australia’s intriguing choice at tighthead prop

Hello Nick, yeah I cannot disagree at all ….. depending on the opposition AAA to start and Tupou to finish. On the LHP side of the scrum at the moment I will go with Sio to start, with Slipper to finish but Slipper needs to be looking over his shoulder at Angus Bell …. again depending on the opposition.

Any which way you can: Australia’s intriguing choice at tighthead prop

Good morning Brett, I agree with everything you say and McKellar is absolutely correct. I think all the coaches and serious rugby people think the same but McKellar actually said it. It seems to me that much of the 10 cent media, and many comments here, are responsible for the hype ….. an example ….. how many comments have we read on who will be the Wallaby 10? Lolesio or Harrison? Neither is yet ready and I actually think the next Wallaby 10 will be JOC.

Dear Australian rugby: Cool your jets. Love, Australian rugby

Lol my tipping should be called “Faith, Hope and Charity”

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

Ok, the Force will notch their first win …. the Rebs will trip up on one they should win. The Reds pack, both scrum and lineout, should get the bickies which will go a long way to starving the Brumby backline …. if the Brums can defend very well then the Reds will not win …. however. The Saders will smash the Chiefs and the Highlanders might be rested just enough to give the Blues a headache.

Super Rugby Week 8: Lessons learned. Or learnings gained.

To be honest I was expecting this to happen ….. Simmons has given good service to the Reds, Tahs and Wallabies ….. good on him on getting a final good paying gig in Europe. The Tahs will need to recruit a good set piece lock …. maybe Rodda or Hocking ….. and I reckon Holloway will also be heading OS soon ….. leaves the Tahs with Hanigan, Tafa and Staniforth….. bit thin on quality and experience there ….. would make me worry about the scrum

Waratahs skipper Rob Simmons seals move overseas

Good morning Nick, I accept your point but make this counter argument ….. if RA and NZRU cannot craft competitive and meaningful competitions then I foresee a larger player drain to Europe and Japan where young players get to play regularly, earn good coin and live in pretty good environments. Either RA goes it alone with a domestic competition which broadcasters are hardly going to pay good money for, or both RA and NZRU make the best of it together. In addition, one major point that I think you miss ….. in previous years of Super Rugby expansion, NZ had development pathways, Oz did not, now Oz has/or is developing those pathways …. I think we need to go Trans Tasman and give it some time.

Too big to fail: Why Rugby Australia must not make the same mistake again

The so called Pasifika team, which is a paper concept only at this stage, may not even get past that

Japan, Fiji to join new northern hemisphere rugby tournament

Good morning Brett …… yeah even without my dubious crystal ball the 10 team tans Tasman competition makes the most sense. One thing I do see is that if us and NZ do not create a strong competition then the player drain to Japan and France will possibly increase ….. if a guy wants to play rugby regularly for reasonable money in pretty good living environments then why would they not go?

The pub test: What is actually plausible for 2021?

Hmmm interesting ,,,,, may put a cog in the works for the proposed Kiwi plan

Japan, Fiji to join new northern hemisphere rugby tournament

Tipping against the Saders at home … in a word …. NAH. The Tahs are on the up curve and the Rebs have stagnated …. Tahs by a few. The Force will be brave but the Brums should get up….. and Brett this week you are safe tipping the Blues. My sure thing ??? Come Sunday arvo there will be four results in these games.

Super Rugby Week 7: Movers and shakers week

Yeah I agree …. he can be very good but then also seems to go missing ….. at this point in time I have Swinton and Wright in front of Valentini for 6

Changing of the red guard bodes well for the Wallabies

Hmmmm interesting Nick …. LSL is definitely more comfortable at lock …. the only things that worry me about him is his work rate (which has improved markedly) and his up right running style …. every time he carries I fear he will get turned over.

Changing of the red guard bodes well for the Wallabies

I can watch highlights on rugby.com.au but nothing from Fox ….. “this video cannot be viewed outside of Australia” …. even video embedded in a Fox Sports news item. Yep, know about Kayo and Rugbypass but have delayed subscribing until I have a full season to watch or/if the internationals get up and running this year.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Good morning Brett ….. yes have to agree that the games seemed good ….. all I get here in the Philippines is highlights until a week or two later and some kind soul uploads a full game to YouTube …… its a struggle but I try to keep as current as possible. My personal wish for 2020 was for my Tahs to turn up and play for 80 ….. they are and I am happy although the loss was a bitter pill.

The weekend that made Super Rugby AU

Actually I think Jonathon Thurstan knew how to get the team to the GF

Paul Green parts ways with Cowboys

Although the loss is a bitter pill all I asked from my Tahs for this comp was to be competitive, to play for 80 minutes ….. I am happy that they are doing that.

Brumbies deny Waratahs in thriller

The suggestion is a Honolulu based team …. different time zone also ….. do Tongans, Samoans and Fijians mix ok ??

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

So the invited teams have to be financially viable …… please explain how a Pacific Islands team would be financially viable

Rugby Australia coy after NZ announce preferred Super Rugby format

Thanks for the response from you and Geoff ….. yep pretty much explained.

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment

Brett this is not to do with tipping but should be mentioned ….. yesterday news.com.au ran a story about a disastrous tv deal from Foxtel …. I have trawled every other rugby news site and no one else mentions it ….. is this more BS and game playing from people who still have axes to grind?

Super Rugby Week 6: Choose your own disappointment

I am happy for Lafai to leave ….. use the money to pick up Harawira=Neara. I think the selection change is good and Mary is probably listening a little more but he is still the coach.

Who’s actually coaching the Dragons?