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A rugby game isn't a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that.

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Brian in Super Rugby that’s really not the case.

Some of the weakest Australian scrums have actually been the Reds in 2011 and Waratahs in 2014. Just avoiding penalties is enough for Super Rugby.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: NSW Waratahs

I think that’s probably a bit optimistic for this year but wouldn’t be surprised if they show promise but fade out this year and are then consistent in 2021.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: NSW Waratahs

Forwards can’t carry wide off a scrum.

Forwards can’t really carry off a full line out.

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

Yeah but Tupou isn’t going to carry more than 2019 where he was the most effective forward carrier already.

Without a backline gain line runner; they are lacking in the pack (ie. the pack would be fine complemented with a big winger/centre).

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

Terry.

On what logic do you have the Reds so much better and the Rebels so much worse despite minimal change in their rosters and coaches?

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

Nah really. If you are saying it’s unfair on the HC opponents due to them being from competition with a cap, you have to say the opponents spend less if Sarries have had an unfair advantage over them.

They don’t

Leinster are from Pro14 which has no actual salary cap (though the Welsh teams have a Welsh mandated cap).

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

Yeah. The Force were better than NRC teams.

The Wallabies aren’t picking on NRC form.

And yet not a single Force player will get a look in because the opposition you are assessing their performances against is much inferior. They were have to be amazingly dominant to be considered.

Look at Deegan. He wasn’t poor in the trials but doesn’t look like a compelling Wallaby option.

Rennie's Wallabies need success from Australia's Super Rugby teams

No the Under 20s selected aren’t more switched on.

It’s the pure reality that almost all Force players were those who failed to secure a Super Rugby contract, evidenced by the departure of players like Deegan and Orr who appear to be fringe 23 players at the Rebels now.

This is not the case with 20s players though.

Rennie's Wallabies need success from Australia's Super Rugby teams

Possibly but I can’t say the Rebels will feel it’s a gain getting a back up that’s less experienced than Moore.

Maybe Tuala who is a slightly more experienced third string (still not at the level of those I mentioned though).

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

Nah they’ve only lost Ruan Smith.

Hoopert, JP Smith, BPA, Mafi and Tupou all remain.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: Queensland Reds

No. But they really haven’t replace the role that Kerevi offered.

With a balanced centre combo of JOC and Petaia they really needed to replace Kerevi with a big barnstoming 6, 8 or winger. Petaia has the footwork of Keveri, but his ability to create first phase front foot ball and suck in defenders isn’t replaced anywhere.

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

Yeah it’s unideal that Dec Moore is their reserve hooker.

I expect Rangi to play 70+ mins.

They have 2 decent hookers so it’s not dire. I wonder if we will see them pick up somebody around Hugh Roach/Robbie Abel/Nathan Charles level for the month on an injury contract.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

I think that’s really not proven at all.

Maybe they’ll be a great combo. But they’ve lost the first piece in the puzzle. Without go forward they may find it hard to capitalise on anything.

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

If you are saying they are playing against French HC teams that have to stick to a cap, then surely not spending more than them is relevant.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

Even if it’s a dud year (likely) there’s promise for 2021 and beyond. Just a necessary year of growth.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: NSW Waratahs

Or just the look at the players from that list whose tenure ended in 2017:

– Toby Smith
– Sean McMahon
– Nic Stirzaker
– Jack Debreczeni
– Mitch Inman

As well as the mentioned James Hanson and it really debunks the “two squads” narrative.

Inman, McMahon, Hanson and Smith would have been their highest paid players alongside Hodge for example.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: Queensland Reds

Reds the only team to have injuries?

What do we know about the Australian conference ahead of Round 1?

Mees will never be a hooker.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

Yeah but did Saracens spend more than the French cap?

I’m pretty sure they did not as it’s 43% higher.

Also the Pro14 has no cap.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

The Itoje deal with Wray’s daughters company sounds dodgy.

But others are pretty subjective.

The Wrap: Where did rugby’s offseason go?

If Kurtley is the answer I think you’re asking the wrong question.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: NSW Waratahs

You don’t need a good scrum in Super Rugby. Just not a liability.

Super Rugby 2020 preview: NSW Waratahs

Yeah he did get into legal trouble but that was about 7 years ago and so signs of issues since.

Curtis Scott charged with assaulting a police officer

Their forward pack has dominate wallabies in key positions. Their center pairing is one of the strongest in the comp and definitely the strongest in Aus conference. They have the most exciting next generation players coming through their ranks

So exactly the same as a year ago?

They look very fit…much fitter than last 2 seasons

I very much doubt this as their Wallabies have had their shortest pre-season ever due to the early Super Rugby start (This applies to all teams though).

Super Rugby 2020 preview: Queensland Reds

I wouldn’t read to much into it.

If he thinks it’s dire it’s not like he’s going to come out and say it.

Wallabies coach happy with Rebels training