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Thursday’s Rugby News looks at the NRC draw, the NSW Rugby Awards, rocket in Sevens and, Poey in the Shute.


2019 NRC Draw Announced

Building on last years triumph which saw the Fiji Drua take out the top prize RA has released the draw of 2019’s version of the competition. This year sees some early kick-offs to accommodate the Wallabies World Cup campaign and a couple of rule variations just to keep things interesting.

Law variations I hear you say? Seriously they don’t seem that bad. Firstly there’s a 50/22 kick. Basically, any general play kick (including free kicks) from a team’s own half that goes out in their attacking 22m rewards them with the throw to the lineout. While it rewards astute kicking, the hope is that it will lead to defending teams taking players out of the defensive line to cover this option, thus freeing up space to attack.

The other variation is around an attacking team being held up in goal. Whereas previously the attacking team benefited by having an attacking 5m scrum, now the defensive team is rewarded. Play will now start with a goal-line drop-out which, while relieving pressure (and eliminating scrums) should open up more exciting counter-attacking opportunities.

Fox Sport is covering one game a week with the others streamed on Kayo and the RA’s website. Fox Sports have been key partners in the event over the previous five years however matches not shown on tv, have been streamed via their website on a subscription basis.  While the matches won’t be on a free to air tv channel, the accessibility through the likes of Google Chrome etc, make it just as good.

For more details on the NRC’s commitment to engaging with the regions and the full draw check out Reg’s full article here.

2019 NSW Rugby Awards

Ash Hewson kicks

New South Wales have celebrated their best at their annual awards night in Sydney. Michael Hooper won his hundredth Matt Burke Cup but it’s the girls I’d like to talk about.

Inspirational Wallaroo’s captain Grave Hamilton took out the Super W Player of the Year after putting together some incredible numbers in 2019.

The barnstorming no.8 found herself in the top ten of almost every key statistic in the competition and scored four tries, with one ultimately securing New South Wales their second Super W title.

Experienced fullback, Ash Hewson and Emily Chancellor were awarded Best Back and Best Forward in another unbeaten season for Matt Evrard’s side.

Arabella McKenzie impressed in her debut season and was named the Super W Rookie of the Year, while Lachlan Swinton collected the Chris Whitaker Medal after a break out season for the loose forward.

NSW Rugby CEO, Andrew Hore said that the evening was a celebration of rugby from the grassroots to the professional game.

“It’s not often you’re able to get everyone together in the one place to celebrate the things that make our game so great,” Hore said.

“We’ve seen some wonderful individuals recognised for their contribution to rugby in New South Wales and I can’t stress the importance of their work at the grassroots of our game – ensuring rugby is inclusive, accessible and continues to thrive.

Rocket Rod Davies to Aus Sevens

Kurtley Beale catches Waratahs v Rebels 2019 (Credit Keith McInnes)

Okay… So I thought this was a done deal already but, looks like I was wrong. The speedster has signed a deal with the Australian Sevens programme that will take him through to the end of 2021.

Rocket played for Australia in the 2018-2019 Series where he appeared at the Canada Sevens before returning for duties with the Western Force.

“Rod has a professional maturity and ruthless edge in the way he applies his trade. An experienced rugby player he will bolster our depth in speed and mental toughness as we continue to build ahead of our Olympic qualification” said Australian men’s Sevens head coach Tim Walsh.

“Davies has shown throughout his time that he is a class player and we saw a brief glimpse of that this season in Canada when he debuted in the Aussie 7s gold jersey.

“Rod’s commitment to the program for the next two seasons shows that he is committed to the Australian Sevens program and jersey and I know the squad is looking forward to having him back.”

Davies said: “It was a good opportunity to have a crack at a different format of the game and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The experience I had with the Sevens was definitely a great experience. I like what Tim Walsh is about and what he is trying to build with the team.

“It’s a young team, although I am inexperienced with Sevens, I have been around rugby for a long time so I can bring some experience to the squad.

“One of my goals is to help this team qualify for the Olympics and to put on a jersey at an Olympic Games would be very special for me.

“Anytime you get to put an Australian jersey on at any level it’s always an honour and if I get the chance in the future, I’ll take it with both hands.”

Pocock in Shute Shield

David Pocock chases a loose ball

Nice take on David Pocock’s proposed cameo in the Shute Shield from Wales Online.

Imagine turning up for a grassroots rugby match in Wales and finding international colossus Alun Wyn Jones in the opposing ranks.

Australian media are reporting that’s what the Wallabies are planning to do with Test star David Pocock in an effort to get their back-row talisman match hardened for the Rugby World Cup, after five months on the sidelines.

But the prospect of seeing the 31-year-old lining up in Sydney’s Shute Shield in the next few weeks is meeting strong resistance from club coaches in his homeland.

Pocock is a key figure for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika as the Aussies face a battle royal with 2019 Six Nations champions Wales to top Pool D in the World Cup.

The back-row colossus is making tentative steps towards a return to fitness after being sidelined with a rare calf injury and neck problems.

Having played just three games of Super Rugby all season due to the ongoing medical concerns, Cheika is being urged to give Pocock some match minutes in club rugby before throwing him in against the All Blacks next month.

But it could be undermined by club rugby chiefs in Australia with few options available to the 77-times capped superstar.

The Canberra and Brisbane club competitions are entering their finals series, so Pocock’s only hope of a game would be as a guest player of a Sydney club.

But with the Shute Shield heading into its final round, every match this weekend has some bearing on the make-up of the top six.

With so much on the line, Shute Shield coaches are reportedly not enthused at the prospect of lining up against Pocock.

“Imagine having your season cruelled because David Pocock suddenly suits up for the club you’re playing,” one coach told Sporting News.

“Or he might help out another team that you need to lose to help get you a spot in the finals or finish top two.

“We are all behind the Wallabies but I don’t think you will find many coaches in favour of this plan.”

  • Geoffro

    Poey should get a run with Western Sydney.If he alone enables them to beat the highlanders then they probably dont deserve a finals berth anyway.How many of the teams are stacked with SR players and fringe Wallabies anyway

  • Brisneyland Local

    Ah Shute shield. In the Horse race of life I back self interest everytime. This would not be an issue in NZ. But the vested interest of Aus rugby rears its head again.

    • Geoffro

      I hear the complaint,but how many of the sides are running out “big guns” that haven’t played any Shute Shield previously this year.Smacks of hypocrisy.

      • Brisneyland Local

        It is club rugby. Every team in Australia if asked should play players if there is a need to in a world cup year. The priority in Aus rugby should be the Wallabies. If Richie Mo’unga needed game time due to coming back from injury there would not be the same hue and cry hear. Because in NZ the All Blacks take priority. All systems lead to the All Blacks. It just seems petty to me that this is a world cup year the focus should be on the Wallabies!

        • Who?

          Poor reference mate. The reference is SBW. Who was left out of the squad for the Bledisloe in order for him to get more minutes in club land. But as you say, no visible record of complaint…

        • Brisneyland Local

          I was just using a name not an actual. But you are spot on!

        • Christopher

          Every club should support RA who so closely supports them? I can understand clubs telling RA to pi$$ off

      • Troy

        Always the Shit Shield! Why can’t he just play the same amt of minutes for each side? I doubt he’s getting a full game anyway, 20mins for each side – done

        • Geoffro

          fair enough but if he did just play for parra (sorry , w.sydney) he’d have to truly be superman to lift them to a win.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      To be fair in a club game it would be an issue. It’s not for the Mitre 10 clubs because each AB has to belong to one. I actually question whether Pocock would get anything out of a SS game anyway.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I agree in that I dont think he would get anything from the game, and it is just another opportunity for him to get hurt. But if the collective view is he needs game time, then wiser heads have considered the risk, and the clubs should support where they can.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I do agree with that I guess the issue is whether the statement about “wiser heads have considered” is true or a big leap of face

        • Brisneyland Local

          I didnt have my sarcasm font on!

      • NSWelsham in London

        Im a norths supporter, but feel he would get the most out of playing with Randwick who are playing norths considering the backrow for Norths is Wells, Miller and Sinclair (same backrow for tahs in a game this year). This at least would mean a good hit out for him come ruck time.

    • IIPA

      Not often I call bullshit on a story on this site but the Poey to play Shute Shield was refuted yesterday and it was also confirmed Canberra club footy rules were changed last year precisely to allow this type of inclusion for the overall good.

      So basically the entire story was wrong.

      Plus Cheika has said he’s not ready anyway.

      I’m highly skeptical he’ll play at all before the RWC.

      • Yowie

        Plus Poey actually hates the environment and can’t stand social justice, contrary to rumour.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I wouldn’t risk him til Fiji!

        • IIPA

          Me neither, he’ll still be right to go without 6 months of actual footy.

        • Brisneyland Local

          He is one of those amazing guys that doesnt need to ramp up. As soon as he is fit enough it is like he has never been away. Just amazing.

        • Geoffro

          If he cant make it through a club game he’s no good to us whether you put him in cottonwool or not-unless he’s just not fit enough for any rugby at the moment.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think it has nothing to do with fitness and everything to do with the calf. Once it is good to go, he will be. He, unlike most players, is not affected by lack of matches.

        • Geoffro

          Just cant agree that he wouldn’t benefit from some match time before being thrown into the world cup cauldron.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Didnt say he would not benefit. BUt unlike most players that come back with a little bit of rust. He just seems to come back good to go!

        • Geoffro

          Sorry,I get your drift.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Today feels like English is my second language. My primary language being drunken jibberish!

        • Nutta

          I confess to being a bilingual illiterate; I can’t read or write in two languages…

        • Brisneyland Local

          You are definitely on the hilarity path today

  • Jason

    Why couldn’t just arrange a ‘trial game’ between two Brisbane clubs that didn’t make finals, throw in all the guys they want to get game time like Jordan Petaia etc.

    • Geoffro

      NRC trial game ? or is there too many players tied up in the club finals

      • Jason

        Yeah, I’ve thought for a while the NRC should have trial games around the end of regular season of Super Rugby for this exact reason. NRC has largely now lost a lot of that momentum from Super Rugby, but the other thing is Rugby Championship trials.

        But I do think they should have a longer season of 18 games, but we can’t even manage that for Super Rugby so for the NRC it’ll be a big ask.

      • Brumby Runner

        Didn’t we see Foley and Lea;liifano facing off in Super Rugby only a matter of a few weeks ago? How did that go?

        • Geoffro

          The stats head to head were in Foley’s favour mostly.

        • Who?

          Something that’s absolutely fascinating about the Brisbane game? Leali’ifano had 12 touches. Total. In 51 minutes. Yet he leaves the field and it goes to pot…
          It shows that, sometimes, stats don’t cover everything. Because his work off the ball directing everything was much more crucial than his 12 touches.

        • Geoffro

          I know , damn lies and stats.In that particular game (Brums v Tahs) Lilo made more metres from half the carries (of Foley) and missed 0 from 6 tackles to Foleys 2 from 12.Less involved but more effective at crucial times ? I dont know,that particular game has already slipped from my jaded memory.I’m not a fan of raw statistics but they’re probably something Cheika and co grasp tightly when it comes to making those lineball selections

        • Steve

          I moonlight in data and stats (well, during the workday) and have been mulling these exact things over for many a year.

          I eventually came to the conclusion that to boil down even one player’s performance to a set of statistics would take about a year watching the same game on repeat. For flyhalves I like the attacking stat of ‘correct option chosen’ (run, kick, pass, and who to pass to) but that on its own is impossibly complicated.

          Raw stats are really only informative for sports that have a single play and then reset back to the starting state (baseball, NFL, cricket) or where the same plays happen so many times in a game that they might be informative (basketball). As you say, quoting stats in rugby as though they constitute evidence on their own is really pretty silly (unless talking about a VERY specific point)

          Just some random thoughts!

      • AllyOz

        We are going to have the Samoa game. It’s a friendly and should give the opportunity to play Pocock and others. We have had a fair look at players playing against each other through the Super Rugby and they have been mixing and matching through the Rugby Championship. I don’t think we need another trial – blokes can get match fit with clubs and NRC etc if required.

    • Gipetto

      We don’t need Petaia, we have old Two dads ready to go

      • Jason

        He is equally likely to break a hip as he is to score a try.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Sully,
    I’m not so sure of the 50/22 rule. I don’t think it’s been thought through that well and it may slow the game down with more line outs and rolling mails which are pretty boring. I’m not so sure it’ll force wings back to create space and may get them rushing forward to cut down the kicks instead. My real issue though is that if we want the NRC to provide a lead into Super rugby and maybe even international rugby then the rules need to be the same or the move up or back could be harder.
    The FTA for the NRC is great and I think this will really help rugby here. Looking forward to watching these games.
    I’m a bit on the SS club sides here. I think if Pocock needs hardening then he should play for a NRC side not a club. I actually don’t think a club game will give him anything he can’t get on a training run anyway and the NRC is a better level to target

    • Keith Butler

      Dead right KRL. Pocock could play the first 2 rounds and still head off to japan with plenty of time to acclimatise.

    • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

      I saw the 50/22 rules work pretty well in GRR to create space to run the ball as the wings have to hang back. It allows teams to run the ball from their half but it is not a drastic change. Not very fond of the 22 for a ball held up above the line as I think the rolling maul from a line-out is a 50/50 try and a deterrent for giving penalties away in your 22. Now the a team they will loose the advantage if players dive under the maul when the ball reach the goal line (which is legal) to ensure it is not grounded they may rather take the 3 points.

      • GeorgiaSatellite

        I don’t mind the idea of trialling that goal-line (not 22) drop-out. I think if a desperate team manages to hold up the attack without conceding a penalty, it’s not so bad. Plus the attacking team likely gets the ball back still in the opposition’s half (maybe 22) and can launch another attack with the psychological momentum of already having penetrated the line, rather than 3 or 4 scrum resets. I’d like to see how it goes, in any case.

        • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

          I have not seen many tries scored from a 22 drop out – however a 5 meter scrum is so much harder to defend and a good platform to score from. What irk me is that an attacking maul is a very effective weapon when done well and a huge deterrent to give away “professional penalties”. If the line-out maul becomes ineffective teams will have to kick for goal instead of going for the try.

    • Brumby Runner

      I saw a report a liitle while ago when the 50/22m law change was being mooted, that the same would apply to a 22/50m touch finding kick as I think it applies in GRR. No mention lately. Does anyone know if this is the case?

  • Nutta

    Ok so now we’re playing mungo with 15 folk on the field? Right…

    And for how many years have Syd Uni 1st grade become 2nd grade, 2nds became 3rds etc and then went on to clean up all grades once Super Season was over? How many Wobblies did Uni field in the GF last year? And folk are suddenly antsy over 1 guy getting some minutes? Just like the Shute GF getting moved from Nth Syd Oval to Parra, like Twiggy being shut out of west Sydney, etc etc this stinks of myopic self-interest getting in the road of the greater interests of rugby.

    • Who?

      Finally, some sense on the law changes! I’ve railed against them in the past, but there seemed to be a pocket of support for them on here yesterday.
      I don’t believe that WR has made a positive law change since 2013, with the scrum engagement sequence, and even that wasn’t a law change. It was a game management change, back to the traditional laws. Everything they’ve done since then – and most of what they’ve done this century – has been changes to the game to fix problems caused by the game not being run according to the as-written laws. And the changes have brought greater undesirable consequences, which have ‘required’ further law changes to solve the problems, which then require further changes, which require further changes…
      Where are the Rugby Law Conservatives?! Those who wish to defend the heritage of the game, rather than just changing everything at the drop of a hat? Which is a fair description of the law changes from the England/Italy 2016 game, which created early offside lines, which now apparently require extra incentive for kicking, to get defenders out of the line, so that people can attack more easily. Without considering that it’s too hard to contest possession, that most paid turnovers seem to be technically hands in the ruck (hands starting after the ruck is formed), from players not supporting their own weight, because no one supports their own weight (but they don’t care about that). It’s stupid.

      • Nutta

        I confess to agree. We have in our hands the last of the body-contact sports still about the Player. We need to be conscious of that.

      • Brumby Runner

        On the other side Who? how many rucks do we see in every game where a player or players from the attacking team simply dive over the tackled player and seal off the ball? Very few ever get pulled up by the ref.

        • Who?

          Exactly. When was the last time we saw a ref penalize someone for collapsing a ruck? It’s in the law book. It’s just summarily ignored. So instead of penalizing for sealing off, or failing to keep head about hips (also in the laws), or collapsing, we instead focus on the outcomes of the failed enforcement and change the laws that shouldn’t even be in play.
          It’s stupid.

        • Keith Butler

          Scrums are a lottery. Refs often do not know who to penalise. Rucks equally not policed adequately in accordance with the laws. Come the RWC refs need to step up and enforce the letter of the law. Offside and the rush defence will be another big issue.

        • Who?

          Trouble is, to enforce the letter of the law would require significant guideline changes in enforcement and notification to all teams, because properly enforced laws would completely change the shape of the game in several key areas, most notably at the breakdown. So it’s not the sort of thing that can be done immediately, certainly not in the lead up to a RWC. It needs to be done for all competitions with a commencement date beyond February 1, 2020, with the exclusion of the 6N’s. To allow transitions to be coached.
          .
          IN the meantime, the game management ‘common law’ of acceptable practice that completely opposes written law continues to pile up… It’s like – to use another massively controversial topic (given Voldemort is referenced but unmentioned above) – abortion. It’s still illegal in NSW, it was recently illegal in Qld. But it happens. In direct contravention of law. Why? Because common law practice is to enforce the law very differently to how it’s written. Now, I have to say, I’m not making a political call either way on abortion – I’m just using it as a very clear example of common law and common practice being very different to the written law.
          .
          With scrums, far too often they’re just setting up too low. That was certainly the case in the game between us and the Bokke. In that situation, the ref should consider awarding a FK to the side feeding, against the team setting up to defend for having their shoulders below their hips. Once that’s happened each way, with warning that the next one’s a PK, they’ll get their act together. It’s not technically correct (if that offence is to be policed, I believe it’s straight to a PK), but it puts everyone on notice without impacting either side too adversely. Because,ultimately, the expected outcome of a scrum is possession to the team feeding with that gap to the defensive line.

      • AllyOz

        I personally feel that while rucking might have looked bad (and didn’t actually feel that great when people were doing it to me) I can’t remember any very bad injuries from it (though happy to be corrected) and the game had a better flow to it when it was allowed. But instead of policing it effectively, as you say, they removed it from the game and now, as a result, there have been a whole host of changes that not only effected the ruck but also the maul and I don’t think it has necessarily resulted in more attractive rugby.

        • While I agree with that, if you look at scrums from the same period, front rows used to almost polite face each other, fold together and then shove like hell… Once the sport became professional collapses became a lot more common because they were competing for dominance at the hit.

          I don’t think the vast majority of professional players would look to deliberately injure each other if they could, but you still see red cards in rucks for boots to the head or boots to a joint when they know they’re not allowed to do it at all… I can’t remember the last time in a test match, but there’s a couple in most English Premiership seasons. I think it would be hard to say “we’re going to go back and risk more careers being ended, more people being kicked in the head.”

  • joy

    Why do I find it unsurprising that rugby news that dominated the front page of today’s Australian doesn’t get a mention here, even in the comments?

    • Yowie

      Because the topic has been thrashed-out before and is tedious?

      • Hoss

        Blessed be the litigious

        • Nutta

          …for they shall inherit my inheritance.

        • Brisneyland Local

          where there is a will there is a relative!

        • Nutta

          Sometimes even a relative relative.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Mate you are on fire today!

        • Nutta

          bored…

        • Brisneyland Local

          You are not on your pat malone there!

        • Keith Butler

          Glad to see that this topic is being taken seriously.

        • Nutta

          As seriously as it deserves given what has gone already and what is yet to come…

        • Geoffro

          whats that , mortal sin and salvation

        • Nutta

          Can I get an Amen (and how will you be paying for that “Amen” sir?)?

        • Hoss

          This thread is fabulous – pissing myself laughing. Got an online webinar soon re ACL. Can use all the laughs i can get.

        • Nutta

          Well it’s the church mate. Whilst my show is a little different to Izzy’s mob, speaking as a practicing Fenian from a long line of self-loathing, flagellating Fenian’s I recognise that I have to have a sense of humour about it or else it’s just too bloody depressing…

          https://youtu.be/jxo81Ok9Urk

        • Hoss

          Ahhh the memories – I use to sneak down the hallway and pop my head around just to watch the Dave Allen show.

        • Keith Butler

          Required viewing on a Saturday evening in our household. A very, very funny man.

        • onlinesideline

          Personally I preferred “its a good night from me and its a good night from him” time slot

        • Hoss

          Yeah, i miss Benny Hill.

        • Brumby Runner

          Was that the Two Bennies Show, Hoss?

        • Nutta

          Ronnies

        • AllyOz

          Anterior Cruciate Ligament or Australian Christian Lobby (maybe Australian Consumer Law?)?

        • Hoss

          All equally painful in their own way…..

        • From NooZealand

          And ..would you like some fries with that amen?

      • Keith Butler

        So true. Need the cash so Folau Snr can build that 8 lane 50m baptising pool in his back garden.

        • Geoffro

          Or producing their new netflix series The Righteous Foloustones

        • Nutta

          I reckon it’s a Trial pool they have in-mind – so they can dunk the accused sinners until they repent and suddenly aren’t drunkards/gay/fornicators etc any more or until they just drown instead.

          Old School Puritan style!

        • Hoss
        • Nutta

          Are there any women here today?

        • yes

        • Nutta

          Check.

        • Yowie

          They better not tip any of that gay-curing water into any regular Olympic pools or Thorpedo’s other half will suddenly find him very distant and with a poorer sense of personal style.

        • Keith Butler

          Bringing back the ducking chair gets my vote.

        • Hoss

          Any investors for my next project – ‘Israel – The Musical’ ?

          An evening of entertainment and crowd involvement – kids get to bring their own kindling. Free baptism with every family ticket bought.

          I will workshop it now.

        • Yowie

          Will the baptism at your musical even things out for me spiritually after I got a shower of blood on me at a Slayer concert?

        • Nutta

          Well if it’s anything like this I’ll buy that for a dollar…

          https://youtu.be/FXpRxzmawjw?t=25

        • Keith Butler

          And the winner of the Miss Wet Smock contest is? All three.

        • Nutta

          All three were appropriately disposed. All three were clearly drenched. All three were undoubtedly willing. But only one brought grog…

        • Keith Butler

          True we have a winner. Must have been Sippin’ Whiskey. Hoss’s favourite tipple.

        • onlinesideline

          I just watched that without sound. WTF did I just watch ?

        • Keith Butler

          O ‘Brother Where Art Thou. A Coen Brothers movie and not to bad.

        • AllyOz

          apparently based on Homer’s Odyssey???

        • Nutta

          Duly noted & corrected.

        • Hoss

          I was the same. Thought it was a Corrs music video

        • Yowie

          Apparently there is also a bloke in The Corrs, but nobody has ever noticed.

        • Who?

          Apparently he also took full advantage of that fact.

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          Another Benny Hill reference? Corrrrrr!!!

        • Nutta

          Ahh Dude. Brother where art thou is a Coen movie set in 1930’s Missouri. It’s an loose adaptation of Socrates epic Odyssey and Ulysses. The scene is his interpretation of the Sirens luring the intrepid travellers to destruction. The music style is fantastic Blue-Grass rooted Baptist/Evangelical hymnal. It was in-keeping with the whole quasi-religious/deception tone of the thread.

        • From NooZealand

          I am in debt. I have heard of this movie, now I mist find it. Gracias.

        • Keith Butler

          Good movie. Great soundtrack.

        • onlinesideline

          interesting, Ill check it out properly

        • Brumby Runner

          Superstar Episode 2.

        • Yowie

          Corrected below:-

          Superstar Episode 2: Judgement Day

    • Greg

      Maybe because there is no new news?
      Maybe everyone has had enough of it?
      Maybe we want to talk about rugby?

    • juswal

      The Australian has a subscriber-only web site, it’s a News Corp masthead and it employs the likes of Janet Albrechtsen – three good reasons to ignore it.

      • Yowie

        Although, perhaps some points for bravery are in order for defending a convicted pedo. News Corp must carry its metaphorical balls in a wheelbarrow for testing out that *ahem* usually very unpopular position on the subject of rock-spiders.

        • juswal

          I suspect Monty Burns phoned that instruction in from his yacht.

    • IIPA

      Sun Yang would make a decent number 8 for the Chinese side… oh sorry wrong media shit-storm….

      • Yowie

        If he owns a copy of anything written by Sun Tzu he can have a crack at coaching the Wallabies.

  • Hoss

    Congrats to Grace Hamilton. What a player she is and could still become. Had the pleasure of attending a lunch with her a few days prior the Japan game in Newcastle and she is a fabulous ambassador for the ladies game and the game in general – great human being and an awesome 8. Cant wait for the Perth outing v The Darkness.

    Every chance we could be 2-0 up after the dust settle in Perth.

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