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I think that is where it is going to have to go. Please please please though. No Top league during Trans Tasman Super Ru…(more)
Equal teams in the Comp will be instrumental to the comps success and organic growth.
The simplest way to address your …(more)
Another thing I forgot to mention is allowing any player play for any team within the Comp and still be eligible…(more)
I don’t think you can point to the England 2003 and SB 2004-07 as a concluded measure of killing phase rugby. The territ…(more)
As I understand it the JRU is still trying to determine its post-WC path. Who knows, they may be interested in being in …(more)
The Bears have obviously mastered the art of accidental on purpose obstruction also. I wish refs were on to that as they…(more)
Yes Nic, “sometimes it’s necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance corre…(more)
Japan Top League is in direct competition with Super Rugby. Unfortunately people have not cottoned onto the fact that Ja…(more)
Great piece nb. wingers no doubt have a licence to roam these days, but I don’t think I’ve seen many instances of the bo…(more)
True. Think we solve the problem by brining the mountain to Mohammed. Bring PI teams to aus franchises and create north …(more)
How can you call rugby boring after seeing the examples of sublime skill by Morohan and piatau in this article…
World Rugby should fund. Instead of European teams playing in Pacific, Pacific nations would okay in Aus-Nz super rugby.
Not unless they’re moniker links with mel, force and new nth syd team.
OK. There are a few ways to cut it.
What do you think JD… World Rugby funds three PI teams to play and be based in O…(more)
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 …(more)
I’m pretty sure the foreign aid would have some conditions around its usage. If they need subsidy, WR money would be bet…(more)
I think the dominance is only an issue when we have our talent spread out amongst a similar number of teams. New Zealand…(more)
I don’t think Australia should try and increase to 5 teams again. I think the outcomes of spreading the talent that th…(more)
JD, ok then, drop the NZ teams from 6 to say 3. No problem:)
Even with Chris Latham and Israel Folau on the wings I don’t think we could have afforded KB at fullback.
Agree. Japan could easliy be linked up with the Rebels or Force for that matter. Japan are closer to the Force timezone….(more)
Speak for yourself! We’re still good!
My ideal would be five kiwi and three Aussie teams to keep the standards high and the Aussies competitive. I don’t thi…(more)
Top 5 Finals for 8 AUS teams.
Top 5 Finals for 8 NZ teams.
Progresses after to SOO.
Reds v Waratahs. And Nth Island v St…(more)
My English and Irish mates are all pretty down on Piatau from his time at Ulster and Bristol. Poor defence and lazy. I…(more)
Good article Nick and your insights are very much appreciated.
However……can you ease up on the recent love being sh…(more)
Don, that’s true. I do see that PI team would be a financial drain. Maybe PI Governments could contribute, particularly…(more)
I’m not convinced that involving japan in a trans Tasman pacific Comp..
They do fit the time zone but it just feels…(more)
I’m happy to work with you guys in ANZAC solidarity, but my honest fear is that watching your teams get lumped even mo…(more)
The Official Airline Sponsors should be able to offset travel costs. Usually a good chunk is contra.
Agree with the PI…(more)
Personally not convinced around Oz combining with NZ. Personally would like to see an expanded ITM cup with the likes of…(more)
Scratch Fiji Or a PI side maybe for the first couple of years.
Other than for the additional side, they really don’t …(more)
Morahan Nick! It is not with regret I watch his performances these days but with a fit of minor anger at the stupidity t…(more)
Hello again, Nicholas. By the time test rugby starts up again neither OZ nor NZ will be able to field teams as good as …(more)
The only problem again os NZ dominance. Of we can’t address that we shouldn’t do it.
Really the finals might solve prob…(more)
Why have one PI team. Have three and base them… North Sydney-Tonga Bears, Newtown-Samoa Jets and Randwick-Fiji Drua. M…(more)
It’s kind of sad still talking about that phase ball rugby match that took place in 2000. Phase rugby died in 2003 whe…(more)
Thanks for the article Nick,
Which benevolent organisation is going to fund a PI team? NZ and AUS will be using all the…(more)
Trans Tasman Comp sounds like a sensible option. Add Japan and a PI side and it looks better. Similar time zones, with a…(more)
It might mean breaking the addiction to the sugary but monopolistic lollipop offered by pay-television companies an…(more)
“There is an increasing likelihood of no fans at any of the games.”
Why do you think this will be the case, Caleb? Bear…(more)
I think they may have got to you with the Kool Aid, origin 3 was the second highest rating show of the year with over 67…(more)
What a ridiculously one sided story on state of origin. NSW fans do care passionately about the series. In fact has sold…(more)
I guess it depends what you are choosing for.
If it is for a long term QB then Dak’s physical resilience probably c…(more)
When someone leaves a job with goodwill all round, it is often a measure of that person. Many thanks to Dave for his sti…(more)
Another good article with some excellent suggestions on scrums.(more)
Ozxile wrote a good article at Xmas on scrums. The core proposal was to force both hookers into a striking position with…(more)
Can you catch that? Sounds dangerous to me 😱
Alternatively I think the game would be significantly improved by increasing the number of scrums and reducing the numbe…(more)
True, but it’s still 60 months quicker than usual. It’s surprising the alacrity with which WR can move when dealing with…(more)
On the subject of scrum resets. I had the pleasure of playing with a Fijian international prop for many se…(more)
Hypocrisy smells worse than a dead pig that has exploded. That’s the word on the McgWire.
think footy is changing so much,with all this team defence etc its very hard to score these days,alot of midfielders are…(more)
Degooey has got himself into a sticky mess and the Hypocrite-in-Chief will defend him.
Ah Kane you have been caught by media click bait. That is the case being heard from July last year but click bait edito…(more)
I’m not suggesting the timing is sinister, I’m thinking it’s excessive.
If, for example, Xerri played in a GF which th…(more)
I wasn’t deferring blame from Bronson. My first question was and still is “He is a kid but must know the rules?”
Here we go. 6 months of ASADA investigation and phone seized today, the net will be closing and this druggy is more than…(more)
” It is completely delusional and irrational (and frankly stupid) to make estimates with assumptions like ‘nothing wil…(more)
Hunting? Mate, I’m their leader! 😁
“If I take a while to reply because I had to go hunting.”
Nat, I imagine you’re ‘hunting’ for “….those beer …(more)
Dang autocorrect. It is completely delusional and irrational (and frankly stupid) to make estimates with assumptions lik…(more)
It is completely delusional and irrational (and frankly stupid) to make reconstruction with assumptions like ‘nothing wi…(more)
Yes there was a spike – but you know where the spike came from? International travelers. Yes, that’s right – from retu…(more)
The Giteau rule must go as it holds back Australian players and hence Australian rugby. Frankly it is a restraint of tr…(more)
And never mind the fact WC have avoided return matches against Richmond, Collingwood and Geelong.
I reckon the Warriors have an opportunity to surprise. Because of the corona virus, closure of pubs and clubs, and lockd…(more)
You can have all the fire power you want up forward but unless the ball is being delivered well into the 50 you will str…(more)
Over to you, Purple Pastor.
The coach sounds pretty optimistic by saying they have a top 4 roster. Frizell said he wanted to win a title and promptl…(more)
Thanks for your comment waxhead. Yes, we should reserve judgement in the first year. I’m less interested in immediate …(more)
TWAS: I am sick of doing your googling for you.
Funny how SMI ignores that the AFL and NRL have secured huge loans on less favourable terms
You don’t get to ignore what the outside world is doing. Either you try and keep up within your means of you fal…(more)
Very interesting thread. My 20 pence worth as an Aussie living in London.
Cheika was a disaster. No-one at the ARU pri…(more)
Yeah, he eliminated all bar England, Scotland, Wales and Japan really. How lucky are Irish, Australian and French provin…(more)
Where did you get the $20m figure from SMI? Not saying it’s not true, I just hadn’t seen it.
Oh, and commenting on this …(more)
Exactly TWAS. There were only two options acceptable to RA and White was not available. Anyway the damage of keeping Che…(more)
He’s in charge of horse racing, so the pasty veegan ABC fed vampires are obligated to fight the good fight against him…(more)
Hey guys, I am a Pom over here in the UK but follow the NRL as best as I can along with our super league here as well. W…(more)
Agree placepunter. I don’t think V’landys is necessarily bad for the game, but I certainly am not convinced he deserves…(more)
Yeh nah mate. This is not situation normal so you can’t judge this situation that way. We now know that their RA contrac…(more)
I not really sure what thesis is here. Its just collection of thoughts. However, I agree with the headline but more beca…(more)
The fantastic thing now is that we have a reduced 18 week Super 14 competition, and a 16 week Currie Cup competition giv…(more)
The power of the men, with tentacles so deeply embedded in South African rugby as to convince the turkeys to vote for Ch…(more)
It’s ironic indeed. In 2011 we lost our Currie Cup window so that O’Neill could get his conference with built in “…(more)
‘Winning fixes everything’.
Gosh I hate that cliche. Quite simply winning cannot fix everything when the rugby cod…(more)
Imagine complaining about only playing 15 games in your home state!
Of course it’s not, never said it was, Connolly wasn’t even the worst of them by the way…
I did however say that the V…(more)
To be fair I don’t think anyone was accounting for Richmond to miss the Grand Final in 2018. The AFL usually wants the…(more)
Demons played 15 games in Melbourne last year. Generally, they’re about 7th for games in Melbourne every year, so I wo…(more)
Melbourne Demons only played 15 games in Melbourne last year. Thats the third least amount of games a victorian team pla…(more)
😁 👍 Poor Richie, the tyranny of the limited victorian response
Porta, not Porto.
I remember the very yellow jerseys!
though not exactly related to this topic, but the 3 day match between India East Zone and Kim Hughes Aus in 1979 was an …(more)
Great article. I remember him playing for the REDS and looking the goods. Wondered he didn’t play again. Now I know. G…(more)
Nice job Loose.
Isn’t it great to know that even though some might not think you have the right stuff, that well applied…(more)
Just consider Freo with an injury free list and young stars closing on 50 games.
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