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A footy fan still longing for Sunday arvo games to return to Ballymore and Lang Park.

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And 4 Universities

Designing the Bledisloe Super Bowl

Yep
And if any team should be associated with Toshiba Brave Lupus can we make it Randwick.
Lupus symptoms are pain, rash and a fever. Like you get when you listen to Randwick fans…

Designing the Bledisloe Super Bowl

Andy that’s closer to fair.
10 from 200 players playing in SR.

The notion that guys like Deagan going to the Force at 23 is a WA developed player is nonsense. Or Orr, Philip, Meakes and quite a few of those others.

Where did they play their first senior footy?

And this isn’t about being critical of WA Rugby. This is about the fact that to be competitive they will likely need at least 20 players from other states and the complaints about weakening other sides will start again unless RA exert some control and centralise contracts.

Western Force back in the fold after accepting place in domestic Super Rugby

No one has ever accused NRL players as being broadly smart so it would not surprise me if there’s more.

I’d be testing Ado Carr too given he’s been working with the same sprint coach alongside Xerri.

Morris denies drug culture at Sharks

If WA supplies fewer than 2 players to the Australian Schools Representative teams each year and just 9 since 2010.
Where’s all these WA developed talents that are now playing in East Coast SR teams?

No one should be expecting a good number of SR or Test standard players coming out of the WA club or school competition because there’s simply not the depth.

But if you’re only seeing one or 2 guys recruited every couple of years it’s hardly a “feeder region”

Western Force back in the fold after accepting place in domestic Super Rugby

I agree that it is a bit rich to talk about the Force salary cap.
But nonetheless, it’s going to be discussed. Has to be.

And for as long as there are RA top ups it’s going to be an uneven playing field for the Force because you will struggle to get East Coast residents who are Wallabies, to move to Perth without offering significantly more money.

And W.A. doesn’t develop enough of their own top level players to see a good number of WA residents make the Wallabies and then stay home playing for the Force.

Even central contracting would struggle with Incentivising the guys who are contracted to RA to move to WA.

But you also can’t let Twiggy pay players whatever he wants to.

Western Force bring the fifth element to Rennie

ASADA randomly test.

Again, offering up every player for a drug test immediately would show the club is showing there’s no institutional PED program and they are unaware of the use of PEDs by any player.

Otherwise if I’m a business looking to gain exposure through sponsorship of an NRL side and I can select from a few, I’m not going near the Sharks.

Morris denies drug culture at Sharks

Paul Kent’s comment that ASADA and the NRL will likely test and investigate the whole club given the past decade of irregular activity around PEDs was interesting.

If the club is serious about immediately restoring the confidence of fans, sponsors and the competition they should invite ASADA or an independent testing body in to test every player this week.
Get on the front foot and put rumours and innuendo to bed .

Morris denies drug culture at Sharks

Happy to see them back.
But the problem with the notion of the Force giving opportunities to the 2nd and 3rd string players is that they actually targeted the first string players (rightly) and weakened QLD and NSW and also drove up the value of rookie contracts.
And of course they also picked up a few Force legends which had originally been cast off from their SR clubs.

It’s part of why we need to centralise player contracts with RA and get some controls on player movement.
I know it goes against the nature of those who believe in free trade etc but soon we’ll be back to whining about poaching players and weakening clubs all over again.

The salary cap will be the interesting stumbling block. How much will each team have available to pay their players and does the Force already exceed the cap?

Western Force bring the fifth element to Rennie

I hear you but…
How is WA a feeder region for East Coast teams?

There’s hardly any WA developed players in the SR sides. There’s not even many WA developed players in the Force team!

Western Force back in the fold after accepting place in domestic Super Rugby

Nah Chook.
Our borders are open to freight and commerce.

They are only closed to NSW people. And most of us up here are OK with that. 😂

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Clean shorts?
Most didn’t even need a shower after a game!

We had one who’d play on the grandstand side in the first half. Then the bugger would line up on the grandstand side again when we changed ends.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

I admit it is a pretty old joke Clyde.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Nick the only people watching Rugby last year who would disagree are Michael Chieka and AAC’s mum.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Morahan may not have made our RWC squad but that would have been more due to our inept coach rather than ability or merit.

He’s a pure winger who could fill fullback positionally as required. Someone like him puts positive pressure on Koroibete and probably stops you taking AAC given we had Hodge & Petaia as cover for 13 and AAC was too slow to play anywhere else.

Assuming he was playing as good as he has in Europe a fair coach would likely have considered him strongly.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Didn’t he snap a hamstring and missed 4 months or something?
I remember him starting really well on year at the Force then didn’t play again until the NRC.
I don’t recall him missing games regularly over the years.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

But who funds it and can it bring extra income to the competition?

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Two Samoans, a Tongan and two Fijians walk into a bar.
The barman says “congratulations on making the all blacks squad fellas” 😛

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Cheers Ken.
So effectively it’s as I thought, if they didn’t wear the club gear and some footy boots (usually fluorescent) you could include them in the crowd numbers and just name 13 players.
Or just name the other 13 positions and note “+2”

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

I think allowing one or 2 sides from Japan into the competition and Australians playing for them are eligible for Wallabies selection is an option worth exploring.
Just restrict the number of imports any side can sign.

And I’d prefer that solution rather than the added cost and player dilution of having 5 Australian sides.
5 Australian sides means finding an extra 30 top level players.
Whereas you might only see 10 top level players going to Japan.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

I’d like to see a side from the PI.
But really it’s a risk and step too far to try to start with a PI side.
We need to build a competition that is both high quality and has fan, sponsor and broadcast value.
For that to happen we need the NZ sides and we need to work closely with them and Japan so everyone is trying to achieve the same thing.
Ultimately the fly in the ointment could be the inability of RA to control the State Unions and NSW in particular.
There will never be a better time than this year to force some centralisation and, if the State Unions are concerned about bias then appoint an independent council to provide some oversight.
What’s ex PM John Howard doing? Get him or someone who loves Rugby and understands dealing with politics and business and a couple of guys from business who can cut through the self interest and power playing.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Good article Nick and your insights are very much appreciated.
However……can you ease up on the recent love being shown for wingers!
2 articles in a short time from someone respected like yourself might start them thinking they should have some input into things. 😂

The game doesn’t need more wingers with egos.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

The Official Airline Sponsors should be able to offset travel costs. Usually a good chunk is contra.

Agree with the PI comment. Too early for A no return investment.

I think a Super 12 type competition would work well.
Ideally you’d love to be able to have a Northern V Southern Hemisphere provincial / club championship game each year as well.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

Scratch Fiji Or a PI side maybe for the first couple of years.
Other than for the additional side, they really don’t bring meaningful sponsor or broadcast $ to the table and add to the broadcast and travel costs.

Why the trans-Tasman bubble must include rugby

I expect no real details on selections.
I want to understand selections and see that they are merit based. I can do that if Rennie and Co select players who are in the top 2 or 3 for form at that time.

This isn’t something that needs to be communicated. Just something that is obvious to those of a fair mind after watching a lot of games.

I do however still think that if there’s a valid reason for not selecting a player who is tearing the comp apart, the selectors should articulate it. And not something like “he didn’t look like he was enjoying his footy”

The future of the Wallabies