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The job of a coach

With the 2018 international season now done, and the pain of watching the Wallabies ruin rugby behind us yet again, it’s time to reflect on where the Wallabies are at and the success of the coaching staff.

Why? Because Melbourne teams have to travel for once?
Some would say this is the fairest the comp has ever been.

The Lions and the Power: Genuine premiership contenders in a strange season

And can tackle

Has COVID-19 gifted Lance a Wallaby lifeline?

Because they are the Tahs, and they ruin everything good about Australian rugby.

Has COVID-19 gifted Lance a Wallaby lifeline?

And also because we were objectively better…..

How to save Australian rugby? Rekindle tribalism – and forget New Zealand

Yes mate, it was 9 years ago – so there’s no need for you to go bashing Super Rugby winning Aussies, who declined as they got older.

Whether you like them or not, the Saders team they beat in the final were exceptional.

Crusaders:
FB 15 Tom Marshall
RW 14 Sean Maitland
CT 13 Robbie Fruean
SF 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Zac Guildford
FF 10 Dan Carter
HB 9 Andrew Ellis
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 George Whitelock
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Corey Flynn
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes:
HK 16 Quentin MacDonald
LP 17 Ben Franks
RL 18 Luke Romano
N8 19 Matt Todd
HB 20 Kahn Fotuali’i
FF 21 Matt Berquist
UB 22 Ryan Crotty

How to save Australian rugby? Rekindle tribalism – and forget New Zealand

The Faingaa brothers won Super Rugby, and played in a side that beat every NZ team that season.
They were also part of one of the most exciting SR teams Australia has put on the field.

How to save Australian rugby? Rekindle tribalism – and forget New Zealand

OOP, I understand where you’re coming from, but our issue is NOT with talent in Australia.

It’s frankly, a cultural issue inside Australian rugby.

Not only do we have a dearth of coaching excellence in the right roles, we have SR environments that take people who should be exceptional Wallabies, and turn them into journeymen, or entitled brats. Just take a look at the number of Aussies going overseas in the last few years and improving out of sight (particularly in the forwards).

Talent is subjective, and is simply the raw material. It’s funny though, how if you trainer smarter, harder and more often, you magically end up being more “talented.”

The Wrap: Rugby Australia must resist being drawn into New Zealand’s spider web

Agreed.
And I’d have Rabada ahead of both of them

The fab four of fast bowling

It was played at the WACA, and the Zimbabwean attack, while not amazing, was led by Heath Streak who was ranked as the 5th best test bowler at one point.

Do you know the size ground for Lara’s records and who was bowling?

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

100% SMI

This guy has done more damage to Australian rugby than anyone else I can think of – and that’s saying something.

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

Ahh mate, if that was true, Quade would have been first choice 10! 😀

Cheika: I should’ve quit before the World Cup

Actually mate, I think the point that you’re missing, is picking the Wallabies from overseas might be a sugar hit for a few seasons, but people won’t pay memberships or watch a broadcast of second rate teams playing in the local comp.

This means less money, fewer eyeballs, fewer development pathways, and in the long term, few quality Wallabies to pick anyway.

The Wallabies should ban Hockings and Lucas for life

What’s your source for that?

Reds trio terminate contracts with Reds and Rugby AU

The sheer weight of incompetence that would move with it.

SANZAAR fighting a losing Super Rugby battle on two fronts

Actually, no. It’s clear that in catastrophic times, with health, societal and family pressures, 3 (only 3) players who share an agent won’t take a pay cut.
We don’t know any more than that, and while I err on the side of the Reds here, that’s pretty much all we know.
Now, if the players come out and say it’s because they hate Thorn, well that’s one thing.
If they come out and say it’s just about the money, that’s another entirely.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Captain Turncoat….

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

Playing rugby is their contractual obligation and the players aren’t doing that either.
Funny how one-sided people seem to think this is.

Reds trio refuse to take pay cut, stood down by QRU

I reckon that France has different labour laws than Australia does, so the comparison is moot.

The siege on Castle in review

Not really.
Gate takings and ad revenue for finals are always higher, and frankly every club / franchise / province in the world is going to take every dollar they can get at the moment.
Finals are an extra option to sell ads, (and hopefully, oh so hopefully tickets) so they’ll try and fit a finals series in.
Maybe even aim to get the finals on Free to Air 😀

July start for an Australian domestic comp, and it can’t come a moment too soon

Hah
Well it fits with what we know of each of them…

The Wrap: Overreach stops Rugby Australia coup dead in its tracks

He’s never let that stop him before….

The Wrap: Overreach stops Rugby Australia coup dead in its tracks

100% agree.

V’landys is showing everyone what a hard-nosed, ambitious operator can do.

When you remember that the last person in his job was Peter “I’m Sorry” Beattie, it really does point out that the problem is most often with people, not the position.

The Wrap: Overreach stops Rugby Australia coup dead in its tracks

Agreed Scott.
I’m pretty tired of this getting left out of the Cheika story. The guy was a blight on the game, in many, many ways.

CONFIRMED: Peter Wiggs resigns from Rugby Australia board

ScottD – several sources have said that castle only found out about it at the RA Christmas party – including Geoff Parkes, and Christy Doran. Also, Castle and the HR department met with Cheika in advance, and specifically didn’t want changes as reported by several sources.

The Wrap: Rugby’s ugly in-fighting just got uglier

https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/exclusive-embarrassing-contract-gaffe-cost-castles-ra-huge-payout-for-wallabies-legend/news-story/600f34bb84b45e0bcb54d3d4b255e22e

CONFIRMED: Peter Wiggs resigns from Rugby Australia board

Me for one.

I’m also aware of several colleagues who’ve just been terminated on a two-week notice period in the current climate for failing to keep sufficient cash reserves, and in their board’s opinion, failing to protect the interests of the business.

If you make it part of your hiring policy, then you set the rules in advance of the problem.

CONFIRMED: Peter Wiggs resigns from Rugby Australia board