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Calling out the callers: Why Fox Sports needs to do better

Calling out the callers: Why Fox Sports needs to do better

This year has thrown so many elements of our game into sharp focus.

With months of no actual rugby to talk about, we’ve spent hours analysing board decisions, player salaries, media rights and future competition structure.

It’s now time to talk about an area of the game that’s often complained about but rarely analysed – match commentary.

Commentary matters. It colours our impression of a game both consciously and unconsciously. Good commentary can enliven a contest, and educate both new and old hands to the play and tactics used by both teams. It highlights excellence and criticises inadequacy.

Rugby now sits in a state of flux. The viewing public is faced with a new competition with limited crowds, experimental law variations and plenty of new faces. The role of the Fox Sports team in many ways is more crucial than ever, to guide us through the twists and turns of an uncertain but exciting future.

Sadly for us they are failing, right at the time we need them to succeed.

Phil Kearns has become something of a lightning rod, but the problems are far deeper than that. The vast majority of the commentary we receive is under-researched, uninspired and straight out boring. The most concerning reason for this failure seems to be genuine laziness and it can’t go unacknowledged any longer.

The skeleton staff

Fox Sports have been slowly paring back their rugby department, and in the last 12 months we’ve seen the departure of Sean Maloney, Nick McArdle, Steve Hoiles, Drew Mitchell, Louise Ransome, Natalie Yoannidis, and many others both on or behind the camera.

The surviving talent now consists of Greg Clark, Tim Horan, George Gregan, Phil Kearns and Rod Kafer.

The full team photo before the axe was swung

The full team photo before the axe was swung

While it’s unfortunate for those who have lost their jobs, it’s also been unfortunate for the viewers and wider rugby public.

With no midweek shows now, the crew have been reduced to part-timers. It might be why these particular commentators were kept on. I have no knowledge of salary payments, but with successful business careers Kearns, Gregan and Horan can maybe afford a weekend ‘passion project’ on limited wages. Unfortunately that leads to a half-arsed approach we are now seeing, and we all deserve better.

Forgetting their homework

Commentary is roughly two hours of work (four if you are covering both games), for which our crew has a whole week to prepare. Unfortunately there is no evidence any preparation is done at all.

The performance of the crew on Saturday in the Western Force vs Waratahs match was a sad summary of where we now stand.

Make no mistake, the Western Force are THE story of SuperAU. From their exile in 2017 they have scrapped and brawled and carved out something that looks like a future for rugby in Perth. They have developed players and opened up local pathways. It’s a truly remarkable story that they can even field a team, let alone think about winning games.

And yet there they were on Saturday, absolutely giving it to the Waratahs with both barrels.

The vast majority of the viewing audience wouldn’t know most of the Force players. They might remember Jono Lance, Ian Prior and Greg Holmes. As an invested fan I knew a few more than that, but certainly didn’t know the stories of guys like Byron Ralston or Tevin Ferris. The commentary team on Saturday night, therefore, had an important job in telling us these stories.

Unfortunately our team of Greg Clark, George Gregan and Rod Kafer didn’t know them either.

This lack of preparation is obvious from the very start of the coverage, as Gregan reads through the Force team sheet. Now this isn’t the place for in-depth analysis, but some level of light shed on who these players are would be nice given you have a whole week to prepare.

Gregan’s exact words: “We’ve got a good tight five here… Wagner, Feleti… Kaitu’u… Longbottom. Big strong men. Thrush, Lee-Warner. Thrush from… the Wellington team. We’ve got Stowers, Stander and Ferris in the back row. They will have to be really strong on the ball.”

He stumbles over a pronunciation. He forgets the name of the Hurricanes, or that Thrush actually played for the All Blacks as well. But mainly he gives us absolutely nothing about any of these guys. He could have told us that Kieran Longbottom has walked a long road to be here, recently returning from a stint in the UK at Saracens. Or that Tevin Ferris was schooled in NZ but has since been a local WA product who played for Alan Jones’ Barbarians team against the Wallabies. Something. Anything.

Western Force kick off their Global Rapid Rugby campaign on Saturday.

Those two Force blokes go alright… whoever they are

Greg Clark is no better. While he tries to tell us about the Force players, the best he can do is by reading the biographies in the media guide. When Byron Ralston scores the Force’s first try, Clarkie tells us he is “the 20 year old, born in Darwin, went to Gregory Terrace, played for Brothers in Brisbane, Australian under 20s… and he’s got his first meat pie in Super Rugby.” No more.

We hear that Henry Stowers has played for Samoa, and Feleti Kaitu’u went to Nudgee College but was born in Newcastle. Jack McGregor played for the Australian under 20s.

The core of the Force side was actually together through the NRC last year, winning the title. While we hear that factoid, we don’t hear one more mention of that tournament or that team.

While this is shameful in its laziness, it’s also profoundly uninteresting. Citing a player’s pedigree like a shopping list should be just the start of our knowledge of them, but at Fox we get it for entrée, main and dessert.

Gordon Bray used to be known for always including an obscure backstory about a player’s aunt watching on from their couch in Bumcrack, Queensland. It got a bit tired after a while, but at least it demonstrated that he had done some research before driving to the game that night.

Breaking down a complex game

Rugby is a multi-faceted, complicated game. It is often derided by outsiders for this complexity, whether it’s the rulebook, or the set piece, or the defensive tactics used by teams.

It’s also a game with quite a bit of downtime, as scrums are set (and reset), penalty goals are lined up, or players are treated for injury. A skilled commentator can use these stoppages to real effect, breaking down the state of the game or picking apart a recent backline move.

Unfortunately our blokes have just stopped trying. During the Reds vs Rebels game on Friday night, an extended stoppage takes place as Matt Toomua lines up a kick at goal. In that time, Greg Clark takes the time to tell us that both Toomua AND James O’Connor are 30.

Fraser McReight goes down injured later in the game, and after a long period of silence Clark tells us he’s just 20 and was the Under 20s player of the year last year (idea for a drinking game: drink every time Clarkie mentions a player’s age. You will be blotto by the 15 minute mark). Kearns then tells us the referee wants the ball in the scrum faster, a fact we already know because we all heard the referee say it just seconds before through the ground microphone.

Rod Kafer is the best member of the team (Horan is pretty decent too), but even he is a shadow of his former self. Kafe’s Chalkboard was a feature of old Super coverage, doing exactly what rugby coverage is meant to do – breaking down the game’s complexities in a way that was interesting and easy to understand. It was ahead of its time. Youtube pundits like Squidge Rugby now use a similar format, as well as our own pundit the Dead Ball Area.

But sadly the chalkboard has been wheeled away, and what we now get from Kafe is comments that veer dangerously close to analysis but never quite get there. We hear the Force coach Tim Sampson plays an “inventive attacking structure” but sadly that structure is never explained, nor is its inventiveness.

In Hoiles and Mitchell Fox had two recent former players with direct experience of the modern game. They could tell you what it’s like to play alongside Michael Hooper, be coached by Michael Cheika or tackle Beauden Barrett. They could also shed light on the way modern coaches structure their defensive lines, or attacking pods, or lineout mauls.

Instead we are left with a group of commentators who are unmatched in their playing achievements, but with their on-field careers in the distant past. Gregan is the most recent player and he retired in 2007. Since that point the game has changed to a point that is almost unrecognisable, and that fact shines through in every broadcast.

 

Injecting the excitement

I could forgive many of these shortcomings if the commentary team showed any enthusiasm for the game, but they can’t even muster that. This is easily the most indictable offence as this doesn’t even take preparation, just a love for the game and maybe half a Red Bull.

A Saturday night game between the Force and Waratahs isn’t the Bledisloe, but I want to feel like the game has some intensity, some excitement, some reason for being. But what we get is three blokes plodding through the motions like they’ve done a thousand times before.

Rugby League commentators too often go the other way, dripping with superlatives while lauding a passable Friday night game as “one we will never forget”. I don’t want that, but at least you know they are enjoying the game.

This would actually make a pretty good statue

This would actually make a pretty good statue

At one point on Saturday night the Force kicked deep to the Tahs corner, and it looked to be heading for a 50-22. Jack Maddocks slid in, caught the ball cleanly, laid it back as his momentum took him across the line, re-entered the field of play, picked up the ball and kicked off his left foot (his non-preferred) under pressure into the Force half. It was an amazing piece of skill. Here’s the transcript from Fox:

Clark (monotone): So Maddocks… keeps it in the field of play… onto the left foot he goes… and he finds touch.

Kafer: Good stripe on the left foot.

If that had happened in a League game I reckon the exchange would end in a commentator having to find a new pair of pants, with plans for a statue of Maddocks to be drafted for discussion at half time.

It seems trivial, but this stuff matters. The commentary team set the tone for how we perceive the game and we take our cues from them. If they don’t sound like they can be bothered, why should we?

Phil Kearns’ constant potting of match officials is a big part of this as well. In the early days it was refreshing that someone was saying what many of us were thinking – the opposition team has been offside all day! But that one trick soon became too big a feature of the Kearns act. Now you can’t go five minutes without Kearns bleating about a missed forward pass, or a call that shouldn’t have been made. It’s tiresome and predictable, and it has a tangible impact on the way we think about the game.

A petition was circling to remove Kearns from the box, but he’s just one symptom of a much deeper problem.

Commentary is hard. I don’t want this to be seen as a long whinge, cherry picking incidents from a round of Super Rugby that by any measure was less than inspiring. Greg Clark has had a long career and distinguished himself for the vast majority of it. There is no doubt the other commentators are passionate servants of the game.

However this is their job and it’s clear they can do a lot better than what they are currently. The sad thing is it seems they just can’t be bothered.

Fox Sports need to introduce new blood as a matter of urgency. Sean Maloney is a knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic commentator who provides much of what we need in a game caller. He’s an obvious pick.

Beyond that there are hundreds of knowledgeable, interesting people we could call upon. Male and (gasp) female, young and old, local and imported, players and coaches.

I’ll do it for free, and while I promise to do a bit of pre-game homework I will also refer to the 2014 Super Rugby final with annoying consistency. Hey, it can’t be any worse than what we have now.

But when push comes to shove I will just settle for the same team we have now, but for them to show some evidence that they actually care.

 

 

  • !
    Go live Hugh, or as Darryl used to say -Go huge!

  • Brumby Jack

    Fantastic points Hugh. The whole rhetoric around these games needs to change. Rugby fans finally got what they wanted, an Aussie domestic competition, lets embrace it.

    Commentary could be improved so much by the team just doing a bit of research and providing a bit of analysis.

    On another, have we been pronouncing Uelese wrong this whole time or is it one of those special Kearns pronunciations? I think there’s a bit of merit in employing a Polynesian commentator, considering a fair size of the player pool has pacific Island heritage (not to mention the fan base!)

    • Bobas

      Matt Burke at least tries the Fijian annunciation with his ‘Tevita Keiran-Drani’.
      But I’ve not once heard any Aussie caller put the ‘M’ in Korio(m)bete.
      Clarky’s Allan ‘Allan-Allah-Toa’ is another one that makes me cringe everytime I hear it.

  • Bobas

    Would love to see Reg and Hugh in the box and Matt on the ground rubbing shoulders with his fellow elite.

    • RugbyReg

      One of Hugh’s big criticisms was off name mispronunciations. No point suggesting me then

      • Bobas

        Joe Tomain

  • Jackson Reardon

    Well summarised mate. I know these guys love the game, why does it seem like are they trying to hide it?

  • andrewM

    Hmm..Bumcrack? isn’t that where they have that big plumbing school? :)
    I didn’t mind Gregan’s commentary on Saturday, albeit it did come across as a bit monotone/factual at times but I think I might have learnt something about our great game.

  • Ian

    Personally, I think this is our only solution:
    Mano e Mano
    The Voice of Rugby v The Voice of Rugby
    The Silver Spooner v the Cherry Farmer from Railton Tasmania, whose father was once referred to as the “Meatloaf of Marrawa” who makes his reality TV debut this evening, let’s hear it for Grodon Bray…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbd68c96da163263dbf82e0b55036a68e770ef6fe9194c33b49d0ecedb9898e7.png

    • Ian

      I fight to the career death!

      • ATrain

        But I think your pic is a little kinder to Clark – I think he has a bit more silver in the hair these days.

        • Ian

          Yeah, the only crisp pic i could find of each of them, somewhat of a similar resolution, were a few decades apart.

  • Jo Page

    Absolute disgrace.. Time for a change.. Kafe”I love to hear the sound of my own voice” needs to go.. They were definitely upbeat when the Tahs took the lead..I and many others watched the game Foce v Tahs in silence…. the NZ commentators were brilliant. JUST CALLED THE GAME!!

    • Ian

      As long as John Kirwan is nowhere near a microphone, the kiwi commentary can be okay.

  • HJ Nelson

    I was at the Argentina Captains Run on the Gold Coast a few years ago, when Gordon Bray asked me if I knew how to pronounce the Puma players names. I said “Nah Mate, No idea” but pointed out the Puma’s media manager. He spent a good 15-20 minutes working on the pronunciation with the media guy.

    • Who?

      Gordon’s commentary, to this day, is a shining example of the good in Rugby. He’s always prepared, knowledgeable (many will say too knowledgeable), articulate, and excitable. He doesn’t have to shout to have tension in his voice. He had the odd laws confusion last year at the RWC (Burkie alongside him wasn’t any more knowledgeable – it was a recent law change), but he’s vastly superior to any of the Fox crew.

      Does he understand all the analysis and how every facet of the game is played today? I’d venture no. But I’d also venture that most of the Fox crew are no better in that regard, and he’s vastly superior in the art of knowing how to speak and when to speak. Even if it’s just saying one name – “Campese!” “Burke!” “Larkham!” Great moments come to mind.

      Perhaps it’s a sad reflection on the state of the game here – the way we run it – that not only are we falling short in quality coaches coming through, but also in finding someone to understudy the legend that is Gordon Bray. The directors were very unkind with the angle of their final shots of him at the RWC Final last year, and it showed that, as good and sharp as he may be, like the much missed Richie Benaud, he won’t be able to grace us with his presence forever.

  • Crescent

    Well laid out article Hugh – after listening to the Kiwi commentary before switching over the Super AU matches on the weekend, it really was chalk and cheese. Maybe the cuts and TV rights argy bargy has destroyed any morale within the Fox ranks, and it is showing in what is being delivered week in, week out. And with all the goings-on in Aussie rugby over the last 12 months, there is so much information for the team to soak up and share. Discussion around everything that has happened with the Force since the last Super rugby appearance could have fleshed out plenty of gaps. Discussion of what Penney is dealing with would have balanced out the coverage.

    Same with Rebels v Reds at Brookvale – lots to discuss, but largely lacklustre engagement.

    Maybe it’s time for a live stream alternative commentary so we can turn down the TV and turn up the stream, like we used to listen to Roy & HG covering the State of Origin on Triple J.

    • JJ

      I also thought the Kiwi commentary over the weekend were miles better and I am not a Kiwi.
      Mitch Hardy and Mick Colliss over here in the west commentating on NRC, do a more prepared and professional job than the Foxsport mob.

  • Terry

    Fox Sports commentators. I know you’re reading these comments. Please go and listen to the following top rugby commentators:
    – Andrew Cotter
    – Gordon Bray
    – Eddie Butler
    – Virtually any northern hemisphere commentator

    Please do not listen to the commentators from south africa and new zealand. Or any of the fox sports team from the last 5 years.

  • paul

    Bloody brilliant article

  • Nutta

    All very fair. Not a slag-off. Specific examples and points of reference all included. Good gear.

    • Bobas

      The main positive on his application for the CEO job was that he would stop commentating

  • Max Graham

    Excellent article. Phil Kearns is a stain on the game.

    • Bobas

      Kearns only positive for CEO was he couldn’t commentate anymore

  • Cameron Rivett

    I don’t comment much anymore but this is a very good article and it deserves some praise. I particularly liked the reference to Kafe’s Chalkboard, which was one of the main things that got me so heavily interested in rugby as a teenager. Seeing that there was a lot going on in terms of strategy was very exciting, and the main reason I tuned into the mid-week show. Hearing from recent Wallabies was also very important – the game has changed almost unrecognisably since the time Gregan and the others played, and their contact with current players is much more limited. And of course, little needs to be said for the incredibly minor value of the words that come out of Kearns’ and Marto’s mouths.

    Sadly, despite the (mostly Fairfax media-led) crusade against Raelene for threatening to go to Optus, Foxtel can’t even provide an hour long mid-week show showcasing some highlights and picking apart some key plays anymore, let alone more than a handful of commentators. I am deeply disappointed that the game is going to return to Foxtel after a coup d’etat (led mostly by people in the employ of Fairfax media) – not because it locks the game behind a paywall, but because Foxtel isn’t giving the sport the attention it deserves.

    At a minimum, Fox needs to bring back Maloney for his enthusiasm, and Mitchell or Hoiles or another recent retiree for their recent knowledge of the game. Maybe even a Polynesian ex-player who would show a bit more understanding of a culture that makes up a massive portion of our game and maybe even fire up the many viewers belonging to that culture. They could even accomplish this at no cost simply by sacking Kearns and Martin. And Clarke is getting quite old, McArdle was a very professional gentleman who had gotten the feel of the hosting job and would be a very capable replacement. And even if we can’t have a mid-week rugby show, how about a decent pre-game, half-time, or post-game show?

    • Xaviera

      You are getting your “F”s muddled up – it wasn’t Fairfax who hounded Raelene out of the game (quite the opposite – the only sane voices in the mainstream media were from Fairfax – thanks Georgie), but Fox and the rest of the evil empire (NewsCorp). Despite being “partners” with RA, they were more than happy to run it down to lessen the price, all for their own gain. And they’re still at it. So direct your ire at Rupert and his clowns, not Skid Marks and his cohort (some of whom hang around here from time to time).

  • IIPA

    Great article Hugh and couldn’t agree more. We don’t want to go totally down the NRL cheerfest that Ch9 commentary particularly has become but some energy, passion and a bit of hype would be great.

    Your point about constructive filling of the extra downtime in rugby matches is well-made too. Agree, there was bugger all effort made to illuminate viewers about the Force team on Sat night.

    I’d second big Sean’s return. He makes the 7s games a hell of a lot of fun and yeah I know Super rugby or 15 a-side in general is a bit less light-hearted but his style still works. The old Fox rugby shows tried to make him into rugby’s version of Fatty Vautin but I enjoy his commentary.

    Also like the work of the guy who was doing all the Sunwolves games and turned up on Fox calling the Canes and Highlanders on Sunday. Has just the right amount of enthusiasm and Rabs Warrenesque ‘oh it’s time to raise my voice a few octaves and scream my tits off at that half-break’ vibe.

    Very disappointing from Fox coming after such a stirring ad for the new competition ( which i believe came from RA not Fox anyway )….

  • Huw Tindall

    Thanks Hugh. The article needed writing! Interesting to see what happened to the talent they let go.

    Ransome, Maloney, Mitchell and Hoiles started a new vod/show off their own bat, The Aussie Rugby Show, which got picked up by Rugby Pass after only 4 episodes! Encourage you all to have a look. Fun mix of insight and anecdotes. Some of Drew Mitchell’s stories are outstanding and add so much colour to the game. You feel more invested in the game for knowing this stuff. They all know their content too and Louise Ransome is a very professional host keeping them all in line.

    Nick McArdle started his own media business and RA got him back to host the online launch of the Super AU and he’s now hosting RA’s weekly Rugby Nation show so he’s not far away either.

    This is all really good positive content which stands in contrast to the whiney low value add commentary we get from Fox.

    Fresh blood is required. Hell I’d even rather watch the Rugby Report Card pod guys have a go at Alternative Commentary. It’d be less informed than Fox but bugger me it’d be entertaining.

    • Who?

      Thanks for the direction. Ransome, Mitchell and Hoiles were the backbone of the Super Rugby Extra Time crew last year (I think? I watched them every week on FTA), and had a great working relationship. Glad they’ve managed to find their own path.

    • Xaviera

      And Seanie was so bad, that he picked up even more work with World Rugby and ended up working on the world feed at RWC2019. So he can do 7s, 15s, colour, fun and has deep, deep, DEEP rugby knowledge, plus he could play a bit – a decent Shute Shield player and a contemporary of George Smith. Yet somehow, not good enough for Fox. Says everything about Fox’s view of the game. Let’s hope we don’t end up back there.

      • Huw Tindall

        Yeah I really rate Sean Maloney. At first he seemed just to play the clown role but as you say he’s got many more strings to his bow now. Above all else he brings positivity right now.

        • Riddler

          I agree – goes to my comment above about respect of the microphone and love of the art and craft of broadcasting. Sean has learnt it, the usual suspects havent.

  • Riddler

    Great article. I would go as far as to say that the appalling commentary over recent years has added to the demise of the great game in this country, albeit in a very small way compared to some of the other clusterfucks that have blighted the scene. Who wants to sit through the usual suspects wanging on and on and on and on and on with zero entertainment value…..

    Amazed that there is still a lot of love around for Kafer and Horan as pundits. Great players they were but their voices, audio tones, engagement with the audience, respect for the microphone, love of the craft of broadcasting are just pitiful.

    Many of us of a certain vintage, and perhaps country of origin, still pine for the dulcet tones and unmatched professionalism of Bill McLaren. Suspect there will never be anyone close to him again. However, from the NH, Nick Mullins does a great job and if you follow him on Twitter, you will see that his preparation for even the most medicorce of club games is meticulous. An example can be seen here.

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Well written Hugh and spot on. TBH I’m not sure NZ is any better and Marshall comes across as an absolute twatt. I just don’t get FOX. Lots of pressure open their costs and so many complaints on these people but no action. I wonder how many people just cant be bothered turning the games on because of the way these games are commentated on.

  • Reds Revival

    Perfectly on point Hugh! I don’t have Fox at home, so went to a local watering hole to discuss irrigation, and watch the game. He turned the volume up, but I immediately wished he hadn’t. I was quite happy to watch the game without any Fox commentary. Isn’t that a sad indictment!
    I agree with the call to recall Nick McArdle and Sean Maloney. Both characters of the game and bring fun to the game (I still can’t believe that Nick kissed Tongan Thor on his birthday)

  • Lindommer

    WTF can’t we all get “Clark” right?

  • Great article.

    Can I add my pet peeve to the mix. So many Australian commentators don’t actually know what the laws are. In NZ they might get confused about what they were when they played and what they’ve changed to, but they’ll get it right between them – which I don’t mind, especially for recent law changes as it helps remind everyone. In England, they send their commentators to referee’s meetings to get briefed on the changes and interpretations, and invite one or other of the referees along to their mid-week show to discuss what the law changes mean and how they’ll be going ahead with the new laws and interpretations.

    Of course they make mistakes, and talk drivel. You try talking for 80 minutes about a fast moving game like rugby and get it 100% right… but they get it right a lot of the time, they correct themselves during the commentary, and they explain the laws as they go along.

    To a rugby tragic like me, the reminders about the new laws/interpretations are useful for about two weeks, then meh. But for people up here that only watch the 6N, they do it all again, and I’m sure it’s a godsend. But hearing them get the laws wrong so often, that has me throwing things at the TV as much as the boring matches and crap referring do.

  • ATrain

    I think that is a pretty fair assessment Hugh. I do have issue with the use of this particular phrase:

    “The surviving talent now consists…” Is talent the most appropriate word to use in this situation. :)

    But, I think your major point about lack of preparation is very apt. When you compare the expert commentary in other sports to that in the rugby … well it is more “celebrity” commentary than “expert” commentary. Perversely, by seeking to be entertaining all the time they

    The thing that I struggle a little with is that all the ex-player commentators come from the same era. By cutting Hoiles and Drew Mitchell they lost the younger cohort. Someone like Andrew Slack, Mark Ella from the successful 80s period or even some ex-coaches (not Cheik just yet) would give some additional perspective and balance. The Women’s 7s reps are currently without a gig and there are some here who may bring an interesting perspective as well – used in a similar way to Nine uses Allana Fergusson and Ruane Sims – both ex-players.

    But as I noted above, it is the preparation and professionalism of the team that you have identified that is most lacking.

  • Juan_Time

    Excellent article Hugh. Reminds me a little of the ch9 cricket commentary a few years ago when they became stale and negative (+ M Clarke factor). I feel a little (tiny) for Clarkie, Kafe and Horan because I suspect they do love the game, and would like to hear from them what’s going on. Are they worn down, is Foxtel slowly killing them, continually cutting costs / hours etc. The suggested replacements are perfect.

    By comparison, it amazes me how far the NRL has progressed on the Fox coverage front (and I try to avoid). Ignoring some OTP commentary and desperation to be liked by the US, they have generally professional commentary (Brandy / Warren) and shows that include player engagement, light and heavy analysis, a mix of old and young, male and female. I’d say at least on par with AFL and I would have given you 100/1 for that a few years ago. Shows what Fox can do when it wants to.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Hugh, great article. Glad you took the time to write and have been very professional about it.
    Commentating is hard, but for the money they collect they could put in some effort. The rest on their laurels way too much.
    To think Kearns wanted to be CEO of RA. If he knows that little about the game, the teams the players, and the rules, let alone his complete bias for the Tahs as well as his constant disgust at the Referumps, what kind of a CEO would he have made.
    We certainly dodged a bullet there.

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