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Certainly having a bad run, like Uelese from the Rebels. I wish him well.

Reds dealt massive blow as Jordan Petaia ruled out for the Super Rugby season

Well Spiro, you have your history and exceptional connections. Here are some real life facts outside of the comfortable cocoon of the inner city and Private Schools. 30 years ago, I didn’t have a clue nor heard about Rugby Union, until a teacher told me I was playing Union (I had played AFL and League) at a very poor State/Public School in NSW (horrid place, but Dad had work). A sport I came to love. Since then, the Randwick /GPS /Shute Shield/ Waratahs/ ARU have grown the game, grown it to a point where my teenager had 2 team mates at training and a total of 7 registered players today. This is at a club of a city of 110,000 a whole 2 hours South of your Randwick mates. We have paid the extortionate RA Registration fees, bought the Dentist mouthguard and a pair of affordable boots, not an insignificant amount of money. So well done RA and NSWRU, you have come a long way in 30 years, they have gone backwards. Prior to moving back to this horrid state my child played for a club that produced several Australian Schoolboys and an All Black, all in the NT!! Far away from your mob. Broadcasting is the least of our beautiful sports’ worries.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Holloway as an 8, was like a helium balloon at a kids Birthday – exciting at first but then falls flat and it ends in snot and tears. He has so much physical potential, yet has failed to deliver through a lack of effort. He just goes through the motions. Yet, you look at Harry Wilson, all 20 years of him, and his drive and effort results in damn fine performances. If Holloway could just get some of that, he would be the answer however, that has not or will not happen. Sack him and find somebody with a work ethic.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Mate, on the money! Beale is a handbrake. The few times he has played to his potential and with desire (maybe 5 games in a decade) he was superb, but those days are long gone. Harrison looks the best out of the new 10’s, Lolesio seems solid, but Harrison seems to have more time, even behind a posie of a pack on rollerskates.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

I could go the WaraFlops game in the Gong with little effort, I may still, but highly unlikely. Why? Time and not an insignificant amount of money to watch a group, that in the main is full of over rated, under performers. The only thing that will get me there is to watch Harrison, Gordon, Bell, Nawaqanitawase, Abel, Swinton and maybe Mason. The sooner Beale is sat on the bench (to come on for the last 15-20, where he can play really well (once every few years)) the better, Hunt should also be in the bench. Apart from Nawaqanitawase, they don’t have any strike power in backs, the pack, Abel, Swinton and Hooper (it hurts to admit that) excepted, is bloody useless. I feel for Penney. No doubt Gibson had the majority of the squad forced upon him by the “ole boys”.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

I agree mate. But I’m also over the media beat up hoohaa at the start of each season, with both the Wallabies and our S15 teams. The success (which I’m confident of) of this REDS Squad will come with a focus on humility and honesty. Shame we lost Daungunu for 5 weeks????

Reds look the goods in pre-season trial

As a lifetime REDS fan (even stuck with them in the 92-6 thrashing by the Bulls) can we not carry on about a win over a park 15?

Reds look the goods in pre-season trial

Beale at 10? That has worked soooo well in the past. Nawaqatanase (sp) is my pick for the fullback spot. Maddocks and Beale on the wing or bench. Hopefully Maddocks puts the training and effort he was putting into try celebrations with Willy G, into learning the skill of tackling.

Moeroa could be as valuable as Maddocks to the Tahs

Oh well, no tv Rugby then. Farewell to the “Superstars” and hello even more to the park heroes.

Foxtel versus rugby: The next battle

Very well articulated. I too only have Fox for the Rugby. My subscription is on borrowed time, Kayo looks like an option. Farewell Fox!

Foxtel versus rugby: The next battle

I’m happy for Rennie and trust he will be good for our national team, also to not have a NSW aligned coach from the old boys network. That said, I don’t believe a word that comes out of Tim’s mouth as he sings for his supper from the RA/NSWRU, great player and a decent bloke, but a media tart.

Tim Horan praises Dave Rennie's appointment as Wallabies coach

All the best to Rennie. Without doubt there will be some in Wallaby team/squad who will be disruptive (if not already). However, with turbulence, comes opportunity. I’m looking forward to the team shake up next year and the unveiling and inclusion of some new Wallabies. Hopefully, we as supporters and the players can see past nationality and get onboard the Rennie bus.

The Dave Rennie casebook: Can a Kiwi coach the Wallabies again?

Quite sad really. Surely binning Q & A, the Drum (wish we could bin the equally abhorrent Bolt Report) and the stupid ABC News 24, would certainly facilitate savings and Olympic coverage?

Sad day for Australian sport as ABC opts against broadcasting 2020 Olympics

A poignant article. It is also a very expensive game to play, the increasing of player fees a couple of years ago saw us lose quite a few players. All to top up the ARU/RA.

Such a shame, that such a brilliant team sport struggles here in Oz.

Rugby has a problem with exclusivity

Jack Debreczini was the perfect player to develop at 10. His confidence was down, but his skill set and defence, plus kicking, was there for all to see. We will see him grow via the NPC and Chiefs into what we shpuld have developed.

Cheika's legacy: Consistent inconsistency and puzzling selection to the very end

That is part of the problem. Nobody in the NSW, ole boys or Randwick mob were willing to address the issues. Sadly though, for QC, it comes across as sour grapes. He was my favorite Australian player for ages, I’m disappointed he didn’t go to the Cup in place of the Nard, would have been great to have him there.

Quade Cooper swipes at outgoing Wallabies coach on social media

A very astute and accurate article. I do however, have reservations about our supposed “traditional” strengths. We have been living in the past in relation to Randwick, Old Boys schools, the Ella’s and the 1984 Grand slam. The self appointed Rugby “elite’s” stranglehold on our game, has to end. May I suggest, that along with free to air, that we must invest in our suburbs and regional areas outside of traditional playing areas.

How to rebuild the Wallabies after World Cup defeat

I wish Cheika all the best in his next chapter. I’m grateful for the World leading scrum he has left us. I wouldn’t hold Larkham up as a shining light. The attack at the Brumbies and Wallabies under his tutelage was poor.

Rugby Australia have questions to answer

Quade didn’t need to comment. It detracts from his good character. He probably regrets it.

Quade Cooper swipes at outgoing Wallabies coach on social media

HJH is not worthy. Send him off to the NPC for a couple of seasons. McDermott over Powell, Powell has not grown enough. Isaac Lucas needs to play at 10 or 9. The new winger for NSW Nawaquasea (spelling?) is a fantastic athlete and player.

Time for a well overdue Wallabies spring clean

Watching the highlights, at 8’13” to 8’15”, I now know why Farrell is such a stain our game. He tried to rip Petaia’s hamstring off the ball. What a grub. He is better than that and doesn’t need to lower himself.

England eliminate Wallabies in World Cup quarter-final

As much as I wish Laurie Fisher was part of the Wallabies coaching group, Ledesma was the man. Laurie’s strength is the maul and breakdown. That is where he should have been employed. Anyway, it’s done for us (again) however, I’m going to enjoy the remaining 5 games. Peace out Cobba.

England eliminate Wallabies in World Cup quarter-final

It’s interesting how many emotional comments there are, about an emotional coach. That is our common quality, we all care. I wish him all the best. Yes, I’ve been annoyed, disappointed, disgusted and frustrated by the collective group. However, for a few minutes, here and there, I’ve also been hopeful. Farewell and thank you MC.

Michael Cheika's emotional reaction as the Wallabies bow out of the World Cup

We all hoped. A lot of us hated. We were outsmarted by a formerly sacked Oz coach. I’m no Cheika fan however, maybe he might learn from this (I hope he can) and be Cheika 2.0? Cheikas legacy of the best scrum in the World (acknowledging Ledesma’s coaching) and an exceptional line out, will be the foundation to our successful future. He should not have the power as a selector.

HIGHLIGHTS: England continue dominance over Wallabies with crushing quarterfinal win

KB, the Chinois pirated, inferior knock off of Beauden Barret, epitomised this pure madness with his Chip kick. The Horror!

England eliminate Wallabies in World Cup quarter-final