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Will Knight

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Sport is so simple yet often so complex. Sometimes black and white, more often colourful. I try to make a bit of sense of it - mostly cricket, rugby union and rugby league - but try harder to have a laugh along the way. "We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees” - Jason Kidd

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Yeah Rhys by lightweight I probably meant physical dominance, although being so new to Super Rugby they haven’t had time to prove much. Tonight should show us a lot. I get the feeling they will kick for field position a lot and try to muscle their way forward with a strong lineout. And with the security of a strong scrum they can afford to push a few passes after six or so phases.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Fair enough Freddie. Yeah cultural change usually creates significant upheaval, especially if it means cutting your staff in a fairly public and humiliating manner. And it comes with great risk.
As a comparison, imagine what it would be like to manage an NFL squad with all those egos and testosterone?! How many in a squad? About 55 I think? Imagine trying to build and maintain a club culture with so many alphas?!? Tough! Although Super Rugby squads aren’t nearly as big, it still seems more realistic to manage egos and only shake the real outliers. Is Quade, for instance, one of those?

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Crash it up one-off for five phases then kick for field position?!? Thorn and Peter Ryan bringing the Broncos to Ballymore?!? 🙂

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Yep that’s the great unknown: does “squeaky clean” as you put it get the job done? I like the philosophy, that you get growth and camaraderie out of army camps and lung-busting summer workouts. But does it produce results or is it fanciful? I hate the cliche, but have the Reds “bought in” to Thorn’s approach?! I hope it works. It will prove that coaches can make a real attitudinal difference, not just a strategic effect.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

I reckon that back-row is a pretty lightweight and probably lacking a bit of power Fionn. And Izack Rodda doesn’t seem to dominate physically as you’d expect someone at 120kg should.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Ha sorry snowybaker. The Donald pops up EVERYWHERE! It was a quick line to make sure that I’m not deemed to be a nationalistic loony. Patriotic yes, but when national pride goes too far, that’s dangerous. Trump often steps into that territory when he talks foreign policy, trade etc. But this is only sport, right? I’m open to a foreign coach. But a foreigner comes with risks – he would have to turn things around quicker than an Aussie. To me, that’s just our parochialism.

A role for White, but not as Wallabies head coach

No Val I’d be keen to see White get a gig in Australian rugby. You can’t argue with his record across many countries and age groups over a long time. That’s not a fluke! But what I was trying to address was a bit sympathetic to White in that a foreigner doesn’t get cut much slack if things don’t improve – and fast! I think – as pointed out in a few comments – it’s an Australian parochialism that drives this. But it’s probably an innate tribal trait for most humans; they tend to trust their own, particularly when under pressure and stress.
So I’m not against a foreign coach for the Wallabies. I’d prefer an Aussie. But for that foreigner, beware that the marking system is a lot more rigorous.
I liked Robbie Deans. A tough, sincere and honest man. White seems like a strong character. Get him in whether it’s as head coach or Director of Rugby.

A role for White, but not as Wallabies head coach

Ha. Brilliant Harry. Killin’ it!

Ned and the Dragon

Agreed Dre, the scheduling is all over the place like Lloyd Pope’s hair. But it’s hard to feel sorry for the players. They want to be paid more which naturally means playing more. And all international players are pretty much in the same boat – they roll from format to format in different countries often within a few short weeks. They should be willing to adapt and not make excuses.
For a lot of the Aussies that demanded more during the pay dispute, they are the same cricketers that moan about the packed schedule. They can’t see the link?!?

Australia’s batting: it’s not the batsmen, it’s the formats

Fair call. But I was trying to keep the article to a simple argument about who the Wallabies look to for more points. Spot on regarding Beale and Foley – they missed quite a few tackles in the first half in Salta too.
And thanks for pointing out that Toomua didn’t play 10 in RC. Factual frailties from me 🙂

Don’t cut Quade Cooper from World Cup contention just yet

Yep we are all prone to a brain fade, right?!? 🙂 Woops. Thanks for pointing out.

Don’t cut Quade Cooper from World Cup contention just yet

That will do me. So if you’ve got your feet planted on the ground, swinging arms and shoulders to the head are just unlucky mistakes. I mean you’ve got your feet on the ground, right, so it can’t be careless or reckless. Give me a break.

Folau ban farce: It’s World Rugby that need to lift

No way did he aim to take O’Mahony down. I challenge you to jump in a contest close to the ball with an opponent and NOT have any contact with them. It’s just about inevitable if you both judge the path of the ball correctly. There wasn’t any intent from Folau that to me was careless or reckless.

Folau ban farce: It’s World Rugby that need to lift

Yeah good points Brasstax. But the appeal is conducted before an independent commissioner. Which makes it all a bit nebulous. Do they need to take into account the recent public sympathy given CA said they took into account the public’s initial outrage when handing out the bans?!? Does the independent commissioner take into account the financial implications you mention? Justice not simple. The Rabada appeal proved how differently the independent commissioner can view an incident.

Come back soon, Steve – we already miss you

Hey Paul – I mean a 3-month reduction from 12 months to 9 months. That would mean he’d be available from January 1. Therefore he would get that second half of the Sheffield Shield season – I think it is split down the middle so 5 games between October and December and 5 games between February and March.
When would they leave for the Ashes? Start of June? So squad announced middle of May? Not sure if any Test series away in March and April like this year. Wouldn’t think so. So Shield form is paramount over that second stage.
It’s not entirely out of the picture that an appeal could lead to a return to state cricket as soon as possible and an international ban reduced from 12 months to 9 months?!? Even 6 months?!?

Come back soon, Steve – we already miss you

Yep fair enough ozina. Geez I woulda loved to have seen those two Tests you mentioned! A shame given the quality of the teams. I thought first Test was a cracker and I’m revved for the rest of the series. But a buzz around the ground coming through my TV would naturally add to it 🙂

At least there was passion on the field in Durban

Yep agreed. Our summer Test crowds are healthy, and it’s due in a large way to the schedule being over the school holidays-Christmas-NY stretch. Nonetheless, play a four-Test series against South Africa in Australia in March and I reckon the crowds would still be solid. 20,000 I’d say for weekend day’s play in Sydney and Melbourne for a start.
Yeah, perhaps the South Africans have moved on to Super Rugby after a long multi-format series against India. March cricket tricky. I’d imagine the crowds will be down in New Zealand too for the two Tests against England. But like South Africa, I think Test cricket has been diving for a while with the Kiwis…

At least there was passion on the field in Durban

Yeah schoolyard trash talk was meant to highlight the intellect level, but you’re right – it was, hopefully, more bitter than an average playground squabble. And I agree, it’s a risky business pursuing sledging through a session or a long innings. I guess the mentality is once you start, you can’t then go silent because that would be an admission that it hasn’t worked.
I actually wouldn’t like to see banter taken out of the game. It gives it a bit of spice. But as always, stay in the boundaries of decency.

At least there was passion on the field in Durban

So start the BBL a few weeks earlier matth?!

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Ben Brown – that was a question that was answered definitively by the male players in the recently negotiated EBA. Male players signed the deal to give females I think it was a 127% pay rise. For international players. And a massive one for domestic female players too. This even though they hardly generate any income (although that might change in new broadcast deal).

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Yep fair Paul D. There’s plenty of posturing going on from James Sutherland on this. He is very keen to reiterate that CA’s priority is Test cricket. That can be viewed as a power play against the T20-heavy BCCI. And other T20 tournaments like in Caribbean and Pakistan.
CA can’t keep lid on player power.

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Anyone got a link to the percentage of contracts paid by BCCI to other national associations like Cricket Australia?!?

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Simon – is this right?!? Makes my proposed tax look ridiculous ??

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Good points spruce moose! The top guys like Smith, Starc and Warner need to consider legacy which can be lucrative in years after retirement. Plus endorsement opportunities might not be as forthcoming if not playing for Australia. But your points on financial dynamics are spot on. Will cricket move further towards soccer in which club holds much greater sway than country (excluding only the biggest tournaments)?!?

CA should tax any contracted player headed to the IPL

Yeah agreed – the Waratahs lack that two or three players who have played 15-odd games and are ready to make their mark like a lot of the Kiwi teams produce every season. Dempsey one who should bloom hopefully. Rona maybe in that category even though he’s a bit older given his years in the NRL. Gordon at halfback maybe.

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