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Friday’s Rugby News sees Waratahs team named, Quade news, A Ballymore redevelopment, and Victorian rugby reporting.


 

Waratahs Named 

Jake Gordon passes back.

The Waratahs have named their side to face the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday night. The Waratahs season rests on a knife edge with only four wins from ten starts. In the almost there or WTF is wrong with us column is the five losing bonus points from those six losses. If the Tahs had fallen over the line in just two of those games they’d sit atop the Australian conference. as it is they sit in fourth position just below the Queensland Reds.

This is the Waratahs third outing against a South African team in as many weeks and they have struggled against the power and size of their teams. At least the Lions play a more running style that may suit the tahs a little more than the Bulls and Sharks did.

This from Daryl Gibson “The margins are very fine and what has been pleasing for me is that we’ve been in it for every game we’ve played.

“In the last couple of games we have given up leads at the start and that is going to be something we want focus on, making sure we start, we don’t give up a lead and have to chase,” said Gibson.

1 HARRY JOHNSON-HOLMES
2 DAMIEN FITZPATRICK
3 SEKOPE KEPU
4 TOM STANIFORTH
5 ROB SIMMONS
6 NED HANIGAN
7 MICHAEL HOOPER (C)
8 MICHAEL WELLS
9 NICK PHIPPS
10 BERNARD FOLEY (VC)
11 ALEX NEWSOME
12 KARMICHAEL HUNT
13 LALAKAI FOKETI
14 CAM CLARK
15 KURTLEY BEALE
Replacements:

16 TOLU LATU
17 TOM ROBERTSON
18 CHRIS TALAKAI
19 HUGH SINCLAIR
20 WILL MILLER
21 JAKE GORDON
22 ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER
23 CURTIS RONA

Quade’s Feeling it!

Quade Cooper is feeling the step up to Super Rugby after a season of cruising around for Souths in Brisbane Premier Rugby. To be fair Cooper has had eight straight weeks of the fast-paced super flat attacking structure the Rebels have built around him and Will Genia.

Cooper reckons the bye week really freshened him up.

“I was feeling it — my body was pretty wrecked and mentally I was pretty fried,” Cooper said.

“That bye was great to have for all of us, but more for me — I feel very much refreshed.” Cooper vanquished some demons when the Rebels beat the Reds in round seven and said Friday night’s game was about getting an all-important conference win rather than anything personal.

Cooper’s form has been a reflection of the Rebels — brilliant at its best but inconsistent which meant they are only three points ahead of the fourth-placed Waratahs in a congested conference ladder.

Teams have been working hard on blunting the Rebels attack by trying to win the collision in the forwards and slowing down the super quick ball the Rebels thrive on, and by targeting Genia and Cooper. With only two points separating the Rebels and the Reds on the ladder the Reds forwards will try and step up and take the game to their more experienced opponents.

No one expects the Reds to win but the Rebels must be a little worried by their slip in form and the reds are one of those sides that just keep hanging in there until something happens.

Ballymore Redevelopment Might Be Funded!

After who knows how many years and more than a few proposals the redevelopment of Queensland Rugby’s beloved Ballymore is back on the table. If Labor wins the federal election. A few weeks ago the QRU would have been pretty happy with the news but things a looking a little tighter now and memories of the Kevin 07 train smashing their dreams must be brimming to the surface.

This from the QRU’s shiny media release.

Shadow Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Don Farrell and Federal Labor candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Dr Paul Newbury, today announced Labor would commit $15 million towards the proposed National Rugby Training Centre (NRTC).

The stunning $35 million high-performance centre will replace the ageing McLean Stand and become the centrepiece of a redevelopment of the precinct as a recreation hub for the city, opening what is currently a closed stadium to the public with new parks, bicycle and walking paths.

The NRTC will enable Rugby Australia to base its national women’s XV-a-side program in Queensland, helping to inspire a new generation of female sporting talent with a world-class training facility, along with providing a home for the Qantas Wallabies in Queensland. The NTRC will also house the St.George Queensland Reds and the QRU’s academy program as well as other programs including referee, club rugby administration and representative programs.

The redevelopment includes an integrated 3,000-seat stand replacing the McLean Stand’s capacity, allowing for games such as Queensland Premier Rugby club finals as well as Buildcorp Wallaroos Tests and other matches. The facility will also cater for sporting events to approximately 12,000.

The QRU has had advanced discussions with the Palaszczuk State Labor Government on a matching $15 million commitment, with a further $5 million to be contributed towards the project from within Australian Rugby.

The Joys Of Loving Rugby In Victoria

Loving rugby in AFL made Victoria can be a tough gig, especially when the local rag puts out team lists like this. The only player to keep his starting position after last week is Eight-man Isa Niasarani and the interchange bench could be a revelation in Rugby Union.

Having a look through the rest of the side makes for some interesting reading. Rangi and Matt Phillips on the wing could be a revelation. Jermaine Ainsley at outside centre could be an unstoppable wrecking ball but could struggle to turn the boat around in defence. Luke Jones would be a tyro at flyhalf but I worry about his left to right pass.

In the forwards, Will Genia at openside flanker seems a natural fit built low to scavenge but Quade Cooper on the blindside seems a little light to shift bodies and bend the line. The second row looks shaky with Marika Koroibete and Billy Meakes not really fitting into the giraffe category although I’m sure they’d drive a scrum problem at all. Reece Hodge, Jack Maddocks and Dane Haylett-Petty join the front rowers club and while they may be able to front up to the physical needs of the positions, Maddocks line out throws the exception, there are grave fears for the ability to hold up to the cerebral requirements after the game.

Reds by 50.

 

 

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Sully,

    The Reds vs Rebels is going to be a cracker I think. Interesting to hear Quade talk about the jump from club to Super rugby. I hope those muppets that think the Shute Shield is the centre of the universe take notice of this and start thinking about supporting the NPC properly as if it was done right it could well be the Mitre 10 and Currie Cup equivalent for Australia.

    Nice comments Daryl but TBH mate we’ve been hearing the same stuff for years. I’d rather you weren’t so great in the nice things and actually won more games. Close but not close enough for the last 4 years is testing the limits of the supporters.

    If every political promise was ever delivered the place would look good but we’d be broke. Ho-Hum and whatever from me on any promises during an election.

    Victoria, that is funny. Just proves the point if it aint AFL then it just aint.

    • Custard Taht

      Looking forward to the Rebs v Reds game. There is a lot on the line for both teams and players who are knocking on the door for Wallaby selection. The weather down here could be a factor, stating the obvious, but this game will be won or lost in the trenches. I hope Cooper has great game and continues to do so, so the blow torch is applied to Foley.

      The Waratah’s are a classic case of consistent close losses hiding the true state of the roster and coaching. It is seen in the NFL all the time, teams that are close season after season, but never quite get there and it takes coaching and roster changes to do so.

      The Waratahs’s will not take the next step without significant coaching and roster changes.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        They’ll get a fairt bit of roster changes next year with so many moving on, however the leadership is the same so I guess the poor recruiting and shit game plans will continue

    • Crescent

      Not a QC super fan, but loved the honesty in the toll the step up to Super Rugby takes – a real live case for getting the NRC right. If the Mad Monk gets booted from parliament next weekend, maybe RA can employ him to kick the required heads in NSW to get this rectified. Also, as a non QC super fan – I think he has gone bloody well this season. Not perfect, but the competition for the gold jersey in the same position have been far from perfect themselves. On pure form, he has to be in the mix if we are selecting on performance.

      I lost my temper with Daryl about two seasons ago – the team has not evolved in any way other than finding new and frustrating ways to horribly under perform year after year. As a life long Tahs fan, I should be used to it, but the neighbours cat keeps getting kicked each weekend. At least I get more distance than Foley after all the practice I have been getting in over the last few seasons. Anyway, back to drinking Adrian’s Kool Aid – maybe this weekend they will put their best performance on and shock the Saffa Tahs, I mean Lions at home. Chance would be a fine thing.

      Would be good if the Ballymore redevelopment was a little more ambitious – 12,000 seats feels like they don’t believe they can expand the game in Qld – which is very important in the context of the strength of Aus rugby as whole.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I agree mate, if QC’s not in the mix then it really will be a poor call. With the poor performance of both teams it could be anyone’s but I will back the lions at home.

        I’m with BL, a politicians promise is worth less than whore’s orgasm and I doubt anything will go ahead.

        • Hoss

          I just snorted. I should be neck deep in pending audit, just cant muster the enthusiasm. Glued to GAGR

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’ve got a quote to get out. Should have been finished hours ago but today the comments are just legendary

        • “a politicians promise is worth less than whore’s orgasm”…sounds a good quote – task completed?

      • Who?

        A NSW fan who wants NSW to develop into the NRC, rather than axe it?! You need to post more! :-D

        • Crescent

          We exist! I promise! I should post more – have been lying low during the theological debates so I can talk crap about rugby….

        • Who?

          Did you post in the article the other day about the demise of the NRC flagged due to the new World League..? My memory’s a bit vague at present…..

        • Crescent

          I gave it a swerve – drafted something up, it was getting article length and I canned it – so many points to argue that were being effectively and more eloquently argued by others, I had to let that one go.

        • Who?

          No no no! Who cares about how eloquent the other speakers might be, eloquence is only one part of winning an argument like this. Numbers are also a major factor. If NSW people don’t stand up and show they value the NRC, the NSWRU will have their way… :-(

      • Brisneyland Local

        So in another words the cat clears the fence and you find touch? Unlike Spanners!

        • Who?

          You do realise that, now, as cat kickers and cat kicker supporters, neither of you can run for government? :-P

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep and am perfectly happy with that!
          As groucho Marks once said:
          “Any club that would want me as a member, I wouldnt join!”
          Therefore any one who wants to be a politician shouldnt be allowed to be one.
          I would cut my balls off and rip my eyes out of my head before I would ever be involved in politics.

        • Crescent

          Better yet, I even have accuracy – I can clear the fence and drop it into the pool near the stairs – because sometimes I can be a kind of a sorta niceish human

        • Brisneyland Local

          Hilarious

  • Greg

    Thanks Sully.

    Guys…. I just hope that Mr Cheika didn’t see that team list.

    “Look…. I gave him a run at 6 and he just wasn’t enjoying his game”

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s. Well I hope you are all having a fantastic Friday. Life is peachy.
    – Well Mr Gibson, heard lots of words, not seeing a lot of action. But there is a definitely a “Courageous” Move by Mr Gibson of putting Phipps back at 9.
    – Ballymore redevelopment has been talked about for years. Wont happen. And particularly wont get any state government support. They are absolutely broke. As is always the case Socialism is a great form of government, til you run out of other people’s money to spend.
    – So the junior copy writer for the Age was asked to put in the rugby listing and got it backwards. It is not the first time that has happened in the Age. They did that for the Wallabies listing as well about 7 years ago.
    – Looking forward to the game tonight. Go Rebs.
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • Richard Patterson

      Good luck this weekend up there BL with all those NRL fans invading Caxton Street. As a mate of mine always said “I never value my education more then when I attend an NRL game”.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Thanks RP. I will be avoiding the Cacko like the plague.
        Like your friend, I have never valued you my education more, than by not attending a mungo ball game.

    • Who?

      Completely agree on Ballymore. The State Government are lucky the opposition wasn’t organized last time, because they weren’t ready when they got into office the election before, and you can see it. They reported the other week that large numbers of regional medical roles are filled by non-local doctors. Who’d have thought that towns within 2 hours of Brisbane would have almost half their workforce as (effectively) FIFO?!
      .
      Then combine it with the fact the QRU would be required to chip in at least $5 Million (which they don’t have, and won’t have), and suddenly it’s a very cheap election commitment from Federal Labor.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep cost federal Labour nothing. Because it doesnt happen.
        I left working as an adviser to Qld Govt becasue they were manifestly incompetent. Believe it or not, almost every Qld reporter have quit their jobs and been signed onto QLD P&C (Premier and Cabinet) as media advisers. Therefore there are no reporters to report on their manifest incompetence.

        • Who?

          Nothing like that surprises me. My old man was lifelong Labor, Unionist, but after 20 years in fascinating company he’d seen too much of how the sausage was made. To the point that, in 2012, when he needed a new mattress, he chose to burn the old one rather than give it to charity, lest he somehow assist in the creation of new ‘Gillard voters’. :-D
          .
          By the sound of it, you were no longer needed as an advisor, sounds like they’ve got enough! Who cares about the competence of those advisors – it’s only about the numbers, not the competence. :-P

        • Brisneyland Local

          I wasnt there on the media side. They ring me every month asking me to comeback. I have asked they are the following people still there, they say yes. I respond when they are gone I will return, because then we might actually achieve something other than wasting shit loads of taxpayers money. However tip for anyone reading this, “Never ever under any circumstances work for Qld Health!” they are an irredeemable basket case.

        • Hoss

          We build sports stadiums for practise down here, sure we could spare one.

          You may not like our terms though ‘far northern NSW………’

        • Brisneyland Local

          Mate I am flexible with that! If it gets us a new stadium I wouldnt care. You could call it the Israel Folau stadium! ha ha ha ha

        • Hoss

          You’d have to be careful how you entered it though – could go to hell for wrong entry.

        • Brisneyland Local

          My friend, that is just comedy gold.

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          It would never fly. No booze, and ‘passes’ would never be issued from left to right.

        • Brisneyland Local

          There would be booze. But we couldnt get drunk. More than likely communion wine. and that shit is terrible. Tried to get drunk on it as a young fella.

    • disqus_NMX

      Come on kids, let’s keep the politics off GAGR. Not everyone here are LNP voters. If you want to dream of putting rugby into public schools and western Sydney, then you can’t simultaneously try and pretend that the LNP have put the economy into better shape than Labor left it 6 years ago.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I am not an LNP voter. Infact, I am apolitical. I think they all suck equally!

        • disqus_NMX

          “Socialism is a great form of government, til you run out of other people’s money to spend”. Clearly you are stating a least preferred side of politics!

        • Brisneyland Local

          No was just using the quote,as it is a famous quote to tie it to the situation in Qld with the building of the new Ballymore. Living in Qld we know that nothing will get built. Qld government is presently broke. And by Broke I mean they make RA look good. The redevelopment of Ballymore will require RA to kick in, Qld Rugby to kick in, the state govt to kick in and the federal government to kick in. Presently the Feds are the only ones out of those four that have any money. RA are broke, QLDRU are broke. Qld Govt are broke. So there is no money to be had so the program wont go ahead.

        • juswal

          Are you talking about the same Queensland Government that recorded a $1.5 billion surplus for 2017-18 and has $45 billion worth of infrastructure on the go, including $140 million for the Townsville stadium? Or is there a different, broke Queensland Government that you’re more familiar with?

          RA just announced a $5 million surplus for 2018, but expects a shortfall in this RWC year.

          The QRU lost a million last year, which was the value of Majella’s failed sponsorship commitment. Maintaining Ballymore costs it about $1.5 million a year, with little or no revenue.

        • Brisneyland Local

          No we are talking about a state that has a net debt of just under $83 billion. Having a surplus for a financial year doesnt cut the mustard when you are tha much in debt.

        • disqus_NMX

          Yeah, a famous right wing quote. Funny how two elections ago, the LNP campaigned heavily about the “debt and deficit disaster” that Labor had apparently ruined our country with. Now, 6 years later, the LNP have more than doubled that debt in less time than Labor created it, but there isn’t a word about there being a “debt and deficit disaster” anymore. Labor took us into debt, as they should in a private sector downturn, to save us from a recession that crippled the rest of the western world. When the socialists spend “other people’s money”, they do so on essential services like schools, hospitals, and doctors. When the neo-liberals do it, which they actually do even more so if you look at actual spending figures, they spend it on subsidies and tax cuts to billionaires, most of which aren’t even Australians. For example, Chevron Oil pays zero tax in Australia. And how much of Chevron Oil’s dividends go to Australian share holders? Very little. In Norway, they charge the oil companies 78% tax on profits. Does it “stop investment” like the neo-liberals claim? Nope, of course they still queue up for their 22% share of the massive profits. And why did we constantly hear about the “debt and deficit disaster” 6 years ago, but don’t hear about it now, even though it is twice as bad? Because the billionaires who profit from an LNP govt, own all the newspapers and TVs.

          The state governments debt levels are heavily tied to how much the federal govt decides to give them. And the federal govt isn’t going to be able to balance the states budget sheets while we still have the right wingers “spending other people’s money” by giving most of our wealth to foreign billionaires for free.

          You’re a fool if you think the socialists are bad for the economy, if you look at the figures through history, you’ll see that it’s actually the reverse.

          I’ll give you a great example. The LNP went into the last election with the campaign of “jobs and growth”, and their major platform for that was a tax cut to business, with the argument that it’s businesses that employ people, so if we give them a tax cut, they will be able to employ more people. Sounds great on the surface. But if you think about for longer than 2 minutes, you realise it’s complete bull. Say you own a business, and there’s an economic downturn, and there is declining demand for your product, so you are laying people off. And then you get a tax cut. Are you going to hire more people? No, of course not, you’re laying people off. So what does the tax cut achieve? It puts free money into the hands of the owners or shareholders, who are predominantly rich people. Now say you own a business that is booming, and you are hiring staff. How do you pay for the new hires? Well if business is booming, then you probably have the cash flow. But if you’re growing faster than your cash flow, then with a booming business, you can easily raise cash via a bank loan, an IPO, or a share offering. So what does a tax cut achieve for you in as far as creating jobs? Zero to very little. So what does a tax cut achieve in this case? Money in the pockets of the predominantly rich owners and share holders. What about a business that is struggling and not making any profits? Well taxes are only on profits, so this struggling business gets zero help from a tax cut. Now whats the flip side to tax cuts? The government has less money to spend. So it cuts spending on schools, hospitals, doctors, roads, social security etc. So all the people who had those jobs are now unemployed. So what is the net effect of business tax cuts on jobs. It LOSES jobs! Now to make it worse, what happens when you give a rich person an extra $100/wk. Nothing. They don’t even know they have it, it just goes on their pile. What happens if you give that $100 to a person who is struggling and spending everything they have from week to week? They spend the lot. They can now suddenly afford to buy their kid that pair of shoes, or some new clothes for themselves, or spoil themselves with a coffee while out. The entire $100 gets spent in shops, creating demand, leading to new jobs. So what should we actually do to create jobs? Raise taxes on businesses of course! But that will hurt struggling businesses! No it won’t, you only pay taxes on profits, it will mostly earn income from the most profitable and booming businesses. Yep, it results in less money in the pockets of the predominantly rich owners and share holders, who don’t spend much of it anyway. And the government can then use it to increase spending on schools, hospitals, roads etc, creating more jobs, causing demand, businesses to boom, profits to grow, and jobs to grow. Like a snowball. But wait, surely the LNP aren’t stupid, they are full of lawyers and Rhodes Scholars etc. Yep, they are very smart, they know exactly what they are doing! But why would they want to deliberately mess up something like this? Because the billionaires profit very nicely from tax cuts, and the billionaires give nice lovely donations to the LNP, and nice sweet perks, and jobs for the boys on retirement etc. We’ve had 40 years of tax cuts to the rich and businesses all across the western world. It’s been a death by a thousand cuts. And now almost every western government is struggling with debt, the economies are all sluggish, unemployment is rampant, and the wealth gap between the billionaires and the rest of us has grown astronomically. They have us all fooled.

          Does any of that make sense?!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Wow and I was only talking about the Ballymore piece!
          I was trying to stick to rugby.
          But fill your boots!

        • Hoss

          I really hope Shorten gets in. As an avid history buff i have always wondered what life was like under Chairman Mao.

        • Who?

          He’s jolly impressive, Shorten. The least liked long serving opposition leader of all time, least capable person on his front bench. Only there because Rudd made it impossible to change leaders. If Rudd’s leadership laws were in place in 1982, we never would’ve had Hawke as PM.
          .
          Oh well, at least he’ll redevelop Ballymore. :-P
          Oh, wait………..

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure Gold.

        • Who?

          So much for ‘keep politics out of here!’
          I don’t know that anyone would have been game to have said they supported the LNP (especially with its seeming progress to the right), even before the political lecture above, which seems to claim that failure only exists on one side of the aisle.
          .
          I will note, the federal debt continued to boom and doubled under the current federal government was blocked in the Senate from implementing its (too harsh) 2014 budget, which would’ve curtailed spending significantly. The issue they faced was expenditure growth outstripping income growth, something set in motion by Swan (who always came across as a fool).
          That doesn’t mean the current mob are better. My FTTN NBN is ok, but it’s incredibly shortsighted to have put government in a position where they were purchasing a failing monopoly asset (copper, and then HFC) from an entity they used to own. They should’ve gone FTTP – slower, sure, but so much more sustainable, longer life span, lower running cost, lower emissions (much lower power draw)…
          They’re all idiots in some way, it’s just a matter of which idiot’s marginally closer to sanity at any given time.

        • Brumby Runner

          By slower, I presume you mean in implementation, as the speeds would be a lot faster.

        • Who?

          Yeah, slower implementation, faster initial speeds, and much, much greater capacity for ‘simple’ upgrades (i.e. drop in new boxes at each end, rather than ripping out copper) down the track.
          I lived in a RIM estate in 2008 when Rudd first flagged it all, and, from my perspective, after the fiasco of the original FTTN NBN tender, the concept Labor adopted – in spite of it being done as a thought bubble on a plane – was some of the best policy we’ve seen in years. Because it was adopted as a fully formed concept from experts in the industry, without being lobbied into adulteration to the point of irrelevance by companies with profit motives.

        • Brumby Runner

          Best reason I’ve ever heard for losing interest in politics, of either side BLL.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Thanks mate.

      • Hoss

        ‘it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time’

        • Brisneyland Local

          I personally preferred that Benevolent Dictatorship that you proposed a while ago. Hoss Land! It was my utopia!

      • Who?

        I’m not advising my preferences either – just noting how even ‘true believers’ can end up jaded with some of the incompetence we see.

  • Jason

    What a fucking joke, a 12,000 seat capacity. They Brisbane has only one square stadium, Brisbane desperately needs a second stadium. Brisbane needs a stadium with a capacity of 25 to 30 thousand… That doesn’t need to be Ballymore but it would make sense if it was.

    • Never get approval for 25k at Ballymore

    • Uncle Tony

      On current game attendance figures, 12 k would be about right for a reds game. Speaking strictly from a spectator point of view, I would rather watched a packed out 12-15k stadium than a two-thirds empty 50k one.

      • Who?

        Problem is, they’d set the camera up in the top of that stand and show the empty green field and creek beyond rather than the spectators in the stand, once again giving the impression that no one’s at the game!

        • Uncle Tony

          Probably, but it would still be a better look for the game than the current bunch of empty seats right across super rugby (incl NZ). Heaps of northern hemisphere teams have stadiums of 20k or less. You can see sheep paddocks when the camera pans out at Exeter.

        • Who?

          I wish we had something like Forsyth Barr. I know, Qld doesn’t need a glass stadium. It’d have to be air conditioned, and that’d be crazy! But to have an enclosable facility that could seat so many people… It’s in a town with a population of 130k, and they can seat 20% of the population in the stadium. That’s pretty cool.

      • Jason

        If you were to try to have Super Rugby in a 12k stadium you’d too often run up against the capacity, 20k to 25k is about half Suncorp. If you have a home semi or a big game (like the Waratahs) you’d easily get more than 15k.

        But most importantly it wouldn’t only for Rugby Union, I’m thinking things like the Women’s Football World Cup or A-League. 12k isn’t enough to really justify the stadium IMO this is probably the only new stadium Queensland is getting for the next 25-50 years so to go with ‘just enough’ is daft. 20 to 25k is a brilliant size for Queensland.

  • Andrew Luscombe

    WARNING

    * Early Ejaculaters
    * Procrastinators
    * Michael Cheika
    * Nose Pickers
    * Nathan Grey
    * Compulsive Wankers
    * People who spend too long in the shower

    REPENT!! INFAMY AWAITS!

    Perfection loves you and is giving you time to join it in the Kingdom of Fabulous. Be sorry for your faultiness, and pay attention to the sound speakings of the experienced commenters, for it is written:

    “It is easier for the conceited to eat lubricated ball bearings with chop sticks than to enter the Kingdom of Fabulous” Compunctions 6:9-10

    also:

    “In the interests of inclusivity, represent thee not always the ways of the faulty, but avail thyself of the ways of the competent more than once every four years” Transpunctions 6:9-10

    • Brisneyland Local

      Gold AL!

      • Andrew Luscombe

        BL I might need your legal contacts. My boss has been trying to call me and I’m afraid to answer. Apparently 3 of our largest clients are run by procrastinators, and they aren’t happy being in a list of the faulty. I’m going to ground for a while.

        Let everyone know that I mean no harm, and only wish people to enter the Kingdom of Fabulous. I will not delete my post.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Ha ha

    • Steve

      “It is easier for the conceited to eat lubricated ball bearings with chop sticks than to enter the Kingdom of Fabulous”

      Bitch you owe me a new keyboard.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Hahahahaha that’s a Friday funny that’ll be hard to beat

    • Hoss

      For god sake, dont mention the war. Just when i though it was safe to back online.

  • Hoss

    A rather brisk good morning from gods country.

    Good to see some actual rugby news on this theology site.

    Don’t know whether to laugh or cry re the Tah’s squad. I would have been tempted to start Miller instead of Ned for some speed and impact. I think our only game plan is to run the big beefy boof-heads around but its yielded nada so far. Rona must be on the bench he has hands like flippers and can routinely be expected to bomb a try a game and have 2-3 dropped pills. For all that he could be, he will be a never-was i am afraid. Two-Dads to the pine, for mine he’s a starter or not in the squad. You either need his D early on to stem the flow, those old legs aren’t gonna provide to much zip at the back end.

    Its not a forward pack likely to send a shiver up opposing packs spines though is it.

    The backs – yawn.

    My shit-stir for the day – The Padre’s XXIII to roll the Rebel Alliance – you heard it hear first.

    • Brisneyland Local

      you could be right. As I wrote in the Game preview thingy mawhatsit. These teams are consistently inconsistent. So who knows what team rolls up. Harder to pick than a broken nose!

      • Hoss

        My only tip, whoever KRL backs, back the opposite and your a chance !

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      I must admit this year with both inconsistency and close teams the ability of most games to go either way has been good. I think either of the Reds or Rebels could take this. I think Hodge at 13 is a risk mitigated by Genia, Quade, Meakes. The Rebels forwards have really stepped up this year and if they get at least parity then they should take this

      • Hoss

        As an avid reader of your posts mate i believe your tipping may be akin to that of drunk with a shotgun aiming at a newt – occasionally you get close, but…….

        I therefore resolve with your proclamation above it will be Padre XXIII by plenty. Logging into TAB account now for Reds 13+

        • Brisneyland Local

          SO you are saying KRL’s tipping is as accurate as Blunderbuss Bovine Sprinkler’s passing?

        • Hoss

          That would be unfair. KRL occasionally hits his target.

        • Brisneyland Local

          God I love Fridays with you guys!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Ha!

        • Hoss

          You owe me $5

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’ll buy you a beer

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Word is Miller is signing with the Brumbies for next season.

      We sure have a lot of 7s.

      • Hoss

        I feared we would lose him mate. Our 7 depths is both a blessing and a curse. Imagine if we has the same problem at 10.

        • Brisneyland Local

          It wouldn’t matter. Cheika would still pick spanners!

        • Bernie Chan

          Sad but true…

        • Brisneyland Local

          Absolutely

  • muppet
  • formerflanker

    The ‘Tahs take a 5-3 bench into the Lions game.
    Obviously not worried about the size, power, and destructive capability of the Lions pack.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Scary huh! That and Phipps, they are onto a winner there.

  • Keith Butler

    So good to have GAGR back talking about rugby ( in Hoss’s case very loosely). Big game for both the Rebs and Reds tonight. Hope that the Rebs make it across the line but it won’5 be a spanking that’s for sure.

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