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Does ‘four more years ‘ get a run here.
He’s not getting any younger. He’s not getting any faster. He’s not learning an…(more)
$6 million to Hooper and how much to Folau ? I`d love to know what those two figures are worth put combined . If the Syd…(more)
Apparently, Australian Rugby is broke but has 2 of the top 10 paid players in global Rugby.
Why wouldn’t Folau stay, his form is irrelevant to Cheika .If he was still in the NRL,Folau would have been dropped year…(more)
As long as the kids love him.It`s all good then. Rolls eyes.
Sorry Mate, I normally like and agree with much of what you write and say but WTF.
“The kids love him. He’s a big par…(more)
Yes the Reds, who are pretty much funded by RA, maybe they didn’t have enough money left after Folau. Hard to compete ag…(more)
You have to remember Waratahs are looked after first. Especially old ones like Folau.He is 30 next year . I can see 24 y…(more)
The usual Bullhorns from you again. Nothing constructive as per normal.
Whilst it was a wholly flawed decision to contract Hooper for so long (for a whole host of reasons), at least 5 years as…(more)
A surprising one given most players 30+ post WC will chase the international dollars, but its great for the game that ou…(more)
No commitment? He has been playing in Australia since 2013. Not even your saviour Pocock can say he is more committed, e…(more)
Who’s they? You must mean the Reds I assume. He is in their backyard afterall
Folau is not as good as he’s cracked up to be ; his best work comes from forward passes and being off side on kicks. H…(more)
Just the small issue of exactly what % goes to who. The RA are funding rugby through a model that the domestic market he…(more)
But they let this kid go the Sharks.
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So he finishes his career here. NO reason why at 32-33 he can’t still be playing good footy.
That’s a poor call. Folau is humble, hard working, and popular. A selfish guy doesn’t have those qualities.
If you want to whine about how much players get over grassroots, take it up with the RUPA, not RA.
This has been said thousands of times, but the money for players can’t go to grass roots. RA spends a percentage of its…(more)
The kids love him. He’s a big part of our marketing.
And a bloody good player, within certain limitations.
Winnning big games starts with Defence but a flow on affect of the defensive silliness is that in attack the best strike…(more)
” I believe it is the Wallaby coaching group, and in particular Nathan Grey (who designs the defensive system) and Micha…(more)
Hello Mr Bishop. Been reading, but not commenting – nothing of value to add, generally! But always enjoy reading your …(more)
It’s sad that Cheika has created an environment that even someone with Mitchell’s intelligence feels completely incapabl…(more)
I met Mitchell recently and was talking to him about the fact that Tui being used on the edge was hurting us on turnover…(more)
I am with you on this Nic. Had a chance to talk to Will and a couple of others at the airport.
It’s probably what was…(more)
I simply don’t understand why they are doing it? Initially we though the musical chairs was to hide the likes of Beale a…(more)
The mystifying aspect of it all Nick is that it wasn’t working for the Waratahs and is showing no signs it will work for…(more)
It’s a bit like it took 10 years to fully test Beale as a 10. Probably his natural position but after a decade of shuffl…(more)
“Told you so!”
As usual Nick your analysis is spot on. Modern defensive structures are more complicated than in the past but the curr…(more)
How often we hear Cheika moan about the WBs lack of fitness. It led to all SR sides sharing player data more openly, and…(more)
And how much energy it must take for him to get to any turnover.
Nick, wow I look forward to your your expert analysis each week. Hugh highlight on the Roar. You point out stuff that th…(more)
It’s all about attitude!
Such technical review is clearly unwarranted!
I forgot, Izzy signed for 4 years. WTF.
He is not going to get faster or a better skill set.
Has any player for any coun…(more)
yes ok , aren’t we close to that last resort , have you a defensive plan you would like to see the Wallabies use ( in ge…(more)
Spot on again Nick
Is it just me, or do they muddle along with this until there is a crisis, then simply it a bit and g…(more)
Do you know what Nick, you guys are living through a Tarantino type nightmare that anyone else, in part of the world can…(more)
Nick, your critique makes perfect sense and explains much. But I would love to understand why our coaches chose this sys…(more)
Folau to 13 – with Beale and Foley inside him?
ABs will score 50.
So much wrong. Genia is a waste of space defending at fullback.
This might be part of the reason we’re gassed in the 2…(more)
Without being nasty about English – Oz really are pushing the limit on their depth if he is in the Wallabies.
Ahh, the heavy hand of sarcasm 🙂
Simplicity is the key Hugh. There is nothing wrong with a simple system if it’s fully understood. The problem with Grey’…(more)
And so Nick, what changes do you think brought about the Wobblies’ quite extraordinary second half turn-around in Argent…(more)
The idea seems to be to avoid Foley having to make frontal tackles on bigger men, and avoid Koroibete having to shift in…(more)
The system worked better in 2015 when they had better people to operate it (like AAC and Mitchell especially). Poor Koro…(more)
The player stress aspect is prob a shrewd call Damo… Remember a lot of these players cannot replicate the same defensi…(more)
Drift or slide is something you do as a last resort nowadays BB… it’s just too passive given the amount of phases mode…(more)
Historical hangover is the only answer.
Its call a Try because it earnt you the right to “try” and kick a goal
Are conversions in any form of rugby useful at all, apart from as a breather for the players and a chance to go to the f…(more)
From the dogs perspective, it would be nice if KB can finally play more than half a season.
It’s incredible that both K…(more)
Hopefully the girls get a decent run with injury this season D. It’ll be interesting to see how they shape up under Coo…(more)
read again – quade will start shabby. The backline is formidable
The article is rubbish as many of the comments on the thread point out. So many inaccuracies and half-truths. For a star…(more)
The Rebels have a superior backline than the Wallabies especially the 10 and 12. Cant wait to renew our 6 memerships. An…(more)
You can`t help yourself can you . ? You just love having a dig any anyone outside of NSW .Keep up your pathetic work.
No, turn up like the crowds do for Quade Cooper.
Proven at test, super, NRC and club level. The biggest draw-card in Aus…(more)
Nah, Thorn is just letting his personal bias cost his team, on and off the paddock. His treatment of a number of faithfu…(more)
I never bought into the “Real Madrid” title for the Brumbies.
Giteau was a local product returning to his home club af…(more)
I just think its a great move for Australian rugby…Rebels get QC, Thorn gets rid of him and Australian rugby gets it m…(more)
Early days. But,I’m loving the LeBron effect: Cleveland suck as expected. And so do the LA Lakers.
No surprise really,b…(more)
Well written Ryan. I agree, it has been so long a gap in the NBA, you can’t help but look at what has happened and ponde…(more)
I think you are overstating Troisi’s ability by referring to him as a no. 10.
Technically both Honda and Troisi are competing for the same position (10) so he’s moving players around to accommodat…(more)
Idk what’s the point of all the moving around of all the players, and I’m not sure if right central midfield is Honda’s …(more)
Certainly good for the stadium owner, good for government too because it never cost the taxpayer one cent.
Yes the nsw govt is inept
But parramatta stadium should be built properly this time . Rugby. League and soccer will u…(more)
This is an interesting story.
First, there is no club in Australia which has received a sweeter handout deal from a Go…(more)
Understand your argument, but to me the eye-test was Lobb can’t carry lead ruck duties, my numbers backed that up. Simps…(more)
I agree that Simpson is going to be vital to GWS in 2019. However, your analysis of Simpson vs Lobb is a bit simplistic…(more)
Brainstrust, that’s a very interesting observation that I’ve not considered before. Older brothers being the batsman an…(more)
It’s Dan doing a satire of Damien Fleming. There is no book.
no way. sounds like corruption to me.
Giants & Jaguars seem like the only sure-fire bets to take a QB.
Broncos next, but they could wait an extra year if…(more)
Very well written EJ, especially as a debut piece. Didn’t agree with everything, especially not about Central Coast, and…(more)
though its the same on every list, there is one or two imports that go underlooked, Ken Ilso and Mirko Boland at the red…(more)
Can’t see how too many clubs would be interested in him from hereon.
Yep. Can’t help thinking Barrett shat in his own nest.
We didn’t come last this year isn’t the greatest achievement a club can boast. They are on life support
They know full well how it works. They just want an opportunity and an excuse to moan about academies
How is it that several years into the AFL Draft with points values attached to picks, father-son and academy bidding etc…(more)
Zero chance of happening I would think.
Can’t see the Suns trading any of those Top Picks because they need the talent …(more)
Rohan was a counterfeit $50 and Hanneberry’s currency has been heavily devalued in recent years. I think they’ll be just…(more)
Yes Virg, two good players gone, typically empathetic style by the Swans to support their desires to move home. Let’s se…(more)
Four linesmen? The idea is good. However, for today’s technology, it is better to have an offside technology system. It …(more)
Keep peddling those lines if it makes you feel good Anon.
The team has been around for 7 completed seasons – hardly eno…(more)
Losing Wingard is a blow, but it’s a win win with Burton coming in, Clarkson will get the best out of Wingard so both cl…(more)
It’s quite incredible that so many Roar posters know Warner personally, as well as what the other players in the team th…(more)
Surprise surprise, money handouts could, prove to have played a part in player behaviour deterioration. As soon as an in…(more)
Cricket Australia is run by idiots in my opinion. Cancel the bans now or forever forgo any future funding from TV after …(more)
I said that to him a year ago. It makes no difference. The mods really need to fix this for his own good.
Annoying complete strangers by constantly, mindlessly and ignorantly tearing down what they enjoy and you don’t care a…(more)
That’s a lot of bile to include in one post even for you!
Completely agree, George! As a South Aussie, I was bitterly disappointed in the test side’s behaviour and also Lehmann’…(more)
I thought it was his dream to have a professional career, if he really wanted to, he’d do it for free.
If he wanted t…(more)
He is not nor will ever be a better coach than Link or Deans was. His record is telling enough.
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