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Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s Rugby news sees the NSW Waratahs welcome the Melbourne Rebels to the SCG, as the ACT Brumbies take on the Force across town at Leichhardt Oval, while Australia’s World Cup bid gathers momentum and the Springboks are left stranded on home soil.


 

Classic clash

Waratahs debutant Tom Horton celebrates scoring a try. Photo: Waratahs Rugby

Friday night Rugby see the Melbourne Rebels return from the bye to take on the NSW Waratahs at the historic SCG.

The Tahs were close to victory last Saturday night against the ACT Brumbies – having put themselves into a dominant position midway through the first half. A last gasp Issak Fines try on fulltime handed the Brumbies the win, but belief is starting to grow throughout the Tahs squad, following a rocky start to Super Rugby before the COVID lockdown.

Waratahs coach Rob Penney and the rest of the coaching staff have empowered the young team to take control of the decision-making and tactics during the game. Tahs fullback Jack Maddocks has been feeling the benefits, and has been challenged to take on a leadership role from the back.

“The coaches are very big on us here taking ownership and trying to read the play and read the game,” said Maddocks. “The first part of that is having your eyes up and reading that it’s on.”

Tries like James Ramm’s on the weekend, which came about following a quick-thinking cross-field kick from flyhalf Will Harrison is giving the group a confidence boost.

“The big part of that play is having the confidence to actually go and do it. That’s something which it takes a while to instil from a coach’s perspective – that confidence and that no fear factor.

I think the way we are in this environment, if that had not come off, no one would have blown up. It’s a very small thing but there is a lot given into it – the player’s vision to see that and secondly the confidence to do it.”

Meanwhile the Rebels will be looking to get their first win in Super Rugby AU. Flanker Michael Wells hopes the team can go one better after the draw against the Reds in Round Two.

“Winning is a bit of a habit. So we have to find the habit, and hope that gets ball keeps rolling after we get our first win,” said Wells.

Neutral ground

Western Force take on the ACT Brumbies at Leichhardt Oval.

On Saturday the Western Force will clash with the ACT Brumbies on neutral territory at Leichhardt Oval in New South Wales. The Western Force will be hoping to get their first win over the Brumbies since 2013.

Force skipper Ian Prior told rugby.com.au’s Captain Call that the Brumbies are the team to beat this year. “They have been the cream of the crop in terms of Australian franchises over the last few years, and there’s a great dynasty that’s been established at that club, and there’s been a reason for it.”

They’re an exciting team. They have been able to expand on what their repertoire was over the last couple years, and they have been able to really evolve, which is quite dangerous when you think about.”

Prior hinted that the Force would target the Brumbies set piece, especially their line-out which faltered against the NSW Waratahs last week.

“You can’t win the game without the ball, and that comes from set-piece the majority of the time. The Waratahs did a fantastic job, and Rob Simmons is an experienced campaigner. You’ve got Ned Hannigan there as well, guys that can really compete and make a nuisance of themselves.”

Prior will go for scans on his shoulder that he injured tackling James O’Connor during Friday night’s game, but said he felt the injury was just a bad “stinger.”

New Western Force recruit Greg Holmes will miss the game with a broken thumb. Tom Sheminant may be an option to come into the 23, while returning Force prop Pek Cowan may have to wait a week before getting drafted into the match-day squad.

Cowan is back from Japan and ready to rip in. “As soon as I heard that we might have the opportunity to play Super Rugby again I thought there was no other team I would love to be a part of,” he said.

World Cup reinforcements

Wallabies fans celebrate a try. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Wallaby great Gary Ella is among the new additions to join Rugby Australia’s Rugby World Cup advisory board.

Chaired by Sir Rod Eddington, the board was set up last month to spearhead Australia’s bid to host the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Gary Ella represented Australia six times between 1982 and 1988, and has been an advocate for Indigenous representation across all forms of rugby, working with the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development team and the Classic Wallabies.

Ella said he was thankful to be included on the team working towards securing the hosting rights for another World Cup.

“I want to thank Hamish for his leadership and proactivity as we look to secure a tournament that would be transformational for rugby here in Australia.

“I know from my experience at all levels of the game, what a fantastic opportunity a home Rugby World Cup would provide for communities across the country and what that investment would mean for our future generations.”

Also joining the board is IOC vice-president John Coates, who said: “The Rugby World Cup is one of the world’s major sporting events on the global calendar and the positive effect it would have on Australia would be immeasurable.”

“This bid is a terrific opportunity to capture the hearts and minds of Australians young and old while also showcasing our incredible country to the rest of the world.”

Rugby AU chairman Hamish McLennan welcomed the two new members to board, saying, “John and Gary are two terrific additions to the Advisory Board and they join an already formidable team, as we begin to develop a bid that delivers significant return to the Australian economy as well as World Rugby,” he said.

Homebound Springbok

Faf de Klerk playing for the Springboks in 2018.

The South African Rugby Union has confirmed that they will not host any Tests in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation of all six home internationals will create a financial hole to the national union, which made small profits in the last two years.

However, National rugby union chief executive Jurie Roux did not rule out the possibility of the Springboks playing abroad later this year.

The Springboks have not played since lifting the World Cup in Japan last year, and face an uncertain schedule for the remainder of  as travel restrictions will limit their ability to go on tour.

South Africa are due to play Italy, Ireland, France and Wales during November, but this is looking unlikely, considering their July internationals against Scotland and Georgia have already been cancelled. It’s a huge blow for the world champion Springboks, as the tour would have provided vital preparation for the British & Irish Lions in 2021.

It appears the Rugby Championship will go ahead, with all games to be played in New Zealand. South Africa’s preference is to participate in the tournament.

“Whatever we can fit into that window we will and we are trying to deliver the Rugby Championship, which would almost certainly be in the bubble in New Zealand,” said Roux during a virtual media conference.

“If we do that there will be no time for other internationals, and in any case the Northern Hemisphere has been clear that they want to complete the Six Nations and then play a tournament with Japan and Fiji in that period.”

Meanwhile, Roux has waded into the war of words surrounding the future of Super Rugby, reiterating that: “There is a legal and binding agreement with the SANZAAR alliance, and anyone in breach of that would put themselves in a position to be held liable,”

“We have not been kicked out of Super Rugby. If anything, New Zealand kicked themselves out of it,” Roux said.

  • Nutta

    Go you Rebel Scum. And whilst I’m normally a Donkeys man, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Le Forcies win one. Should be a great night at Leichhardt either way.

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Jack. Here’s hoping we see a continuation of last weeks rugby and some tight games. Picking a Tahs and Brumbies win myself but would love to see some upsets.
    I think SA is coming to terms with the travel restrictions that are going to influence rugby for a few years. Even when borders open travel is likely to be restricted still. Fair enough to say NZ has kicked itself out of Super Rugby but the reality is it was pretty dead anyway and COVID has killed it further. I’m personally not unhappy with that.
    Good luck for 2027. Be great to see a RWC here again

    • Dally M

      Yeah, not sure South Africa can really take the moral high ground on that one. They have been white-anting Super Rugby for years.

      Hopefully we can get some quarantine hubs happening for incoming teams to be able to isolate, but still train for their 14 day period, then get some top tier rugby happening. Can’t be gifting NZ all the home ground advantages.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Hahahaha we’ll take it. All games at Eden Park mate

        • Yowie

          Eden park might lose its magic aura and AB winning streak if it gets over-used, so yeah, bring it on.

        • Mica

          That’s the spirit – or build another enclosed stadium like Forsythe-Barr. Playing down south doesn’t seem so bad now that Carrisbrook is no more……

        • Who?

          It’s the best Super stadium in NZ, according to a poll of Kiwi Super players this year.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Each day the time we lose there is getting closer

        • Yowie

          Exactly. If the ABs have an Eden Park winning percentage of 86.47% over the last 100 years the laws of probability dictate that they are overdue for a belting there. More games means that comes sooner.

          Can’t argue with maths.

        • John Tynan

          2020 + 86.47 = A win in January 2107?

        • Yowie

          Mark the date – ABs going down.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          In my dairy and I will comment on it.

        • Yowie

          You have a dairy? Do other New Zealanders think you are a bit odd for having cows?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Mooooma is ok with it

        • Damo

          Like sitting on the front lawn waiting for Halley’s Comet.

        • ATrain

          Maybe we should base an Australian side there if that is going to happen

        • Yowie

          Good plan. If Aussies always lose at Eden Park, but the home team always wins at Eden Park….

          Actually, I think that would create a paradox and endanger the space-time continuum.

        • Who?

          Ireland was the home team in 2011.

        • Yowie
        • ATrain

          no he said Ireland not Scotland

        • Dally M

          Oh hell no! You can play everyone but Australia there…

          Some good stuff coming out of Kanaloa Hawai’i today about their PI team being for PI players who want to represent their countries, but I reckon Western Sydney playing out of BankWest would be a nice fit for them…lol

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          I tend to agree. I think having a PI team in Australia or NZ is a good idea as the local Rugby union could help with the governance and management and West Sydney would be a perfect place to have one

    • Keith Butler

      Unfortunately KARL I think you are right. I reckon the Rabble will go down by at least 12 pts. An arse kicking up front – again.

      • Nutta

        You espousing sedition as well? Traitor to the Traitors!

  • Yowie

    There is an old French explorer’s map in a museum that has handwritten on it:

    toute équipe de super rugby ici tentera de braconner les rouges pour commencer

    Dunno what they were on about because I don’t speak French.

    • Nutta

      I was more impressed with the blithe, liberal-arts degree centric, alternate-lifestyle public encouragement for the Forcies to cone-on. Ballsy.

    • Damo

      Definitely a rugby player mill up here in Qld. A Moulin Rouge if you like.

      • John Tynan

        Maroon Rouge?

        • Yowie

          A bit tautologous, but also a bit sexy-sounding.

        • John Tynan

          “Tautologous” sounds like “Tautologist” and makes me think of a tight rope walker.

    • ATrain

      c’est tres drole mon ami

  • JJ

    And the Dutch holidayed on lovely Rottnest Island long before the Frenchies sniffed around the beautiful Margaret River area for vineyard potential. Luckily both the Dutch and French did not plant their flags, so the English thought it was a great place to set up another penal colony!

    • Nutta

      So that’s where the Yarpy infatuation with Freo stems from then?

      • Yowie

        I think the Little Creatures brewery also does a Castle Lager knock-off.

        • Nutta

          Ockham’s razor strikes again…

  • ATrain

    As Tim Horan suggests in an article in the Australian today, there are a lot of big ticket items coming up over the next 10 years. If Joseph takes the deal with RA/NSWRU and he is good enough he could play two World Cups (including one at home), a British and Irish Lions tours, a half a dozen Bledisloe Cups before he reaches 25 years old – that would leave him with another 8 or so years in his career to take big money offers in Rugby League and would still have chance to play SOO and for the Kangaroos. Though once he is in rugby he could chase the really big money on offer in French/Japanese Rugby who would outbid most NRL clubs (though maybe not Toronto). I think the next ten years for a young player in rugby in Australia could be a pretty enticing prospect and, at his age, if he is as good as it seems and remains injury free, he could do it all.

    NRL is a good game but there is a certain amount of week to week grind involved. I don’t think SBW would ever have been a “global star” based only on his RL or boxing. He had to play a global game and be attached to the global brand of the All Blacks to get to the level that he had someone offering him $10 million.

    I wonder how many people globally, for example would know who Andrew Johns or Cameron Smith are, I suspect not as many as would know who Quade Cooper and I think, and not meaning to take anything from QC, that Johns or Smith were/are more dominant players across their career.

    • Dally M

      His best option is definitely starting in Union and then going to League later if he so wishes.

      When they usually do it the other way around, unless they kill it in League they don’t tend to come back the same quality player, whereas we have seen guys like Rogers (bench for Waratahs) and Tuquiri (no longer required) go back to League and still hold up at the elite level.

    • Who?

      Pretty sure the Rebels could outbid Toronto Rugby League at present (didn’t they just fold?).

      • ATrain

        No I think they are just pulling out of 2020 because its hard for a Canadian team to play in a UK comp at the moment.

        “Sonny wants to play in the NRL for the remainder of the season and come back to the Wolfpack. How it’s done? it’s semantics.

        “We’re not playing in 2020 but we are playing in 2021. I think it’s Sonny’s right and I think it’s great for the game that he showcases his talent and is able to present his persona in Australia while we’re not playing.”

        Present his persona….that is getting back into JOC’s “developing my personal brand” territory in terms of bullshitology.

  • Hoss

    Just reading some more about young Joseph Suaalii and watching a ‘highlights real’ and two things hit me:

    1. He looks like a man amongst children and extremely athletic build for his age
    2. Rugby in Australia are starting to get some really good, decent genuine & caring people amongst their ranks. This from Rob Penney and the potential impacts of the ‘reported’ $3m offer – terrific stuff

    With Rugby Australia sacking a third of its full-time staff earlier this year and staff and players across the country on significant pay cuts due to Coronavirus cost-cutting, even the report of a deal being done ruffled feathers.

    Penney said he had addressed that with his players, all of whom have been on reduced pay since April 1 and will remain on 30 per cent cuts until September 30.

    “The reality is all of our staff are on only percentages of their contractual earnings as well,” he said.

    “People across the game have made sacrifice and the media reports could easily have undermined the environment and that was something that I was really conscious of that we got on the front foot and opened the door for conversations should people need them. It’s something we’re really, really conscious of.

    “That media report coming out the way it did, the dollar values which are unsubstantiated and the pressures that may put internally on individuals given the nature of the current environment. We really care for our people and that sort of stuff can cause a level of anxiety that is really unfortunate and unwarranted.

    “Realities around recruitment and the big picture stuff that Australian rugby needs to take care of…that’s no different to any other organisation that are looking to improve and looking to keep good people but the reality is we’re careful of people that are here as well.

    “We need to be really mindful that anything that’s floating around in the ether is not undermining what we’re trying to put together here and how we’re trying to operate.”

    • Yowie

      Regarding point 1, perhaps stay away from nicknames like “Prince Andrew” and similar.

      • Hoss

        I hear you. I’ve personally stopped watching ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ cause it has J Epstein in it.

        #solidarity

        • Yowie

          I think Netflix has already pulled the episode where Mrs Maxwell judges the student beauty pageant and the winner gets to ride in a jet to The Island of Billionaires.

        • Hoss

          According to the Orange one today she is nearly Mother Teresa. Did you see his comments? By Jehovah he is a specimen of high functioning grey matter that orange thing.

        • Yowie

          FFS I just had to look that up to see if you and various parody news sources were pulling my leg or not.

        • Hoss

          He’s like a bull i used to own. keep him confined in the paddock, calm, fed and scripted he was fine. Let him out of the paddock and he fucked everything.

        • ATrain

          A boss once asked me if my girlfriend was always on top…because he thought I could only f*ck up

        • Who?

          Some of Travolta’s best work there…

        • ATrain

          cancel culture applies to Welcome Back Kotter? next thing you’ll be telling me I can’t watch my Love Thy Neighbour dvd box set.

        • Hoss

          To direct for my tastes. I like subtle, nuanced humour, like ‘Are you being served’ and Mrs Slocums dedication to animal husbandry.

        • Yowie

          Gold.
          “Are you being served” being about as subtle as a sh!t in a salad.

      • ATrain

        I remember someone explaining to me what a Prince Albert was (and I still shudder thinking about it). I wonder where the jewellery is placed with a Prince Andrew

        • Yowie

          I think you send the jewellery to the young lady on the implicit understanding that she stays quiet.

        • Hoss

          I believe in the cargo hull of the plane apparently.

    • Nutta

      It’s interesting. I note that in recent times:
      * the heir apparent to the RA Big-Chair threw his toys out of the cot and quit 5min after joining when the first attempt at flagrant nepotism was rejected – good call.
      * the Captains Wedge with their enormously mis-timed letter of demand got them no-where – good call.
      * cementing the inclusion of a selection panel – good call
      * not giving in to the myopia of the SRU – good call
      * being open to outside influences within reason (eg Twiggy) – good call
      * appointing a clean-skin, unattached, quietly assured coach – good call
      * that same coach quietly going on record with distinctly sensible, considered, non-melodramatic commentary around developing coaching options and organisational awareness & messaging – good call
      * allowing over-priced, toxic, grief-magnets to quietly disappear to wherever they want to go away to – good call

      Are we sure this is rugby in Australia we are talking about?

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        I know right. It’s such a refreshing change. Be interesting how long it’ll last and what it’ll be like once the RC starts if the Wallabies suffer a few losses

      • Dally M

        Now if we can just get a decent commentary team on Fox……

        • Nutta

          Settle down. Surely they are in the midst of bolstering rugbys value whilst negotiations are ongoing yeh?

      • ATrain

        just recently…..but extending over 3 iterations of RA leadership – Rennie is RC’s call (and I think a good one) but some of the other recent decisions belong to others – still I think it is more positive.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      That’s a good response. It’s a real conundrum because if you don’t offer big money you won’t get anyone like him but if you do you piss off the current team. I personally don’t see the value in such a big sum for someone who is not proven. Yeah he may turn out to be a world beater, but he also might not and while he looks good now, in the same way Tupou did at school, once he hits the higher level he won’t look as good. He’ll be playing against other players who are older, stronger, more experienced, more skilled and probably harder because they’ve been there longer. I think rugby offers enough, as ATrain mentioned above, that we actually don’t need to offer big money as well. If players are so short sighted that all they can see is the next few years of bank balance then the chances are they are the same players that don’t get better, don’t show their potential and don’t grow.

      • Hoss

        The biggest cheque book doesnt always win – I have found in business it’s always best to go fishing with more than one lure mate and with

        – Olympics
        – Sevens
        – BIL’s
        – Bled’s &
        – SR

        Not to mention the chance to be a GLOBAL superstar

        That’s a pretty good arsenal of baits and bound to land a big fish or two.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          I just saw that video clip and TBH I’m not that impressed. Big gangly player with some speed but he’d be an easy target for a good rugby player. I also note there wasn’t a lot there on his defence and for me he looks like someone with potential but also a hell of a lot to work on.

        • Hoss

          Myself aside, anyone else who was the complete physical and polished product at 16 please raise your hand…………

        • Yowie

          Sadly, it seems that I did hit my physical peak at 16, but that wasn’t the question.

        • Yowie

          Sadly, it seems that I did hit my physical peak at 16, but that wasn’t the question.

        • Yowie

          Sadly, it seems that I did hit my physical peak at 16, but that wasn’t the question.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Exactly. Not worth the hype

        • Hoss

          Just for your open sedition you can buy me two drinks and a garlic bread next Saturday nite now. As Mr Eastwood points out – ‘a mans got to know his limitations’

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Looking forward to it mate

        • ATrain

          I was more still polishing myself at 16 than polished….I was polishing quite a bit back then

        • Adrian

          Ha ha

        • Crescent

          At 16 I recall polishing something as a complete physical product…… I will see myself out.

        • ATrain

          there are comments from Souths skipper Damian Cook on his defence. He was involved in some defensive work with the 1st grade squad and apparently nailed it. Of course, that is only defensive technique, not positioning which is an equalling important part.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Absolutely and in some ways more important as you’re setting up not just yourself but also your team mates

        • UTG

          Easy target in what way? He’s 6’5” and nearly 100kg and moves sideways like Cheslin Kolbe. He’s going to step out of tackles at a professional level as easily as he does at the amateur level

          What specifically does he need to work on? He trained with Souths’ first grade squad over summer and if the NRL rules allowed it, he would have debuted this season. Greg Inglis said he was far more complete a player than he was at that stage.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          I guess we’ll see.

    • Damo

      It’s tough isn’t it? Double edged sword. Sit on your hands and he almost certainly plays NRL. Open the purse strings at possibly the politically worst time ever – and money RA didn’t have before Covid, let alone now- and you get belted from all directions . They probably had to have a crack.
      Interestingly, looking at the video, and I know he is only 16, he doesn’t look like the modern day NRL body type to me (although maybe a Corey Oates type). More a gangly Bernie Larkham 10 or 15.

      • Hoss

        I don’t believe the figure of $3m mate and remember the ‘source’ of the figure is a Commie Pinko Loig Rag.

        I think its a distasteful attempt to publicly wedge the kid already and create tensions amongst the wider Rugby playing community for the reasons Penney mentions. You can imagine the locker room ‘Young greenhorn, schoolboy form an we are paying him a lazy $3m when i am on a 30% cut’ – type thing.

        I am always a big believer in finely studying the ‘opportunity cost’ of NOT proceeding with a decision / transaction. Is he worth the roll of a dice at $350k for a year or two – maybe. Can the business endure a $700k loss – yes it can. can it afford to miss a young gent of PI persuasion for Western Sydney capable of playing 4 WC’s, 2 BIL’s, Winning the Bled and attracting Gen Next to the code – no sirrreeeee Bob

        • Damo

          Yeah, the $3m has got to be crap. If it’s true it’s the biggest miscue since Prince Phillip’s knighthood.

        • Hoss

          Wait on just a dang minute. You have mocked two near & dear institutions in one foul swoop there sunshine (which is actually a really good sledge). I’ll be damned if i can stand by and have you mock my second favourite other blue team and Phil the Greek in one sentence.

          I need a cuppa tea, one must stay calm in the face of rebellion and mirth, mustn’t one.

        • Yowie

          There was some ABC documentary where Peter Costello talks about his reaction to the “knights and dames” announcement. From memory he said “Talk about barbecue-stoppers – that announcement actually stopped the BBQ we were having at the time.”

        • ATrain

          The Murdoch owned press is a “commie pinko loig rag”?

        • Hoss

          If it helps my argument, then yes, yes it is.

        • Yowie

          Compared to some of the fringe media Trump has been reading getting into perhaps.

    • ATrain

      He has exactly the same height, weight measurements as me…..when I was 25 years old (and playing 3rd grade).

  • Juan_Time

    Tahs Rebels game should be very competitive and hard to pick, Tahs have definitely improved and will be interesting to see if they can back it up after last week, or will the two close losses motivate or have drained them. Unchanged starting 15 and have added experience to the bench with Gordon and Holloway (could’ve been invaluable last week).
    Rebels have been away from home for a while and not if that will impact them. 3 changes, and of note Trevor Hosea make his run on debut after impressing off the bench. Only 20, has size and physicality, and a good junior record – Aus Schools, U20s two years. Massive potential and opportunity in a position crying out for people to put their hand up. With Pone, Uelese and Rob Leota has 4 promising young locals in the forward pack.

  • Damo

    You have to think it is going to be a real challenge for South Africa to join the RC this year. From what I’ve been reading their clubs are only just starting non contact training this week and for a Currie Cup type comp not getting underway until end of August. On top of this they are sadly sitting at # 5 in the world for Covid 19 cases with almost 400,000 so far. Still, you would never underestimate SA ability to pull off the unlikely when it’s a matter of rugby.

    • ATrain

      It will be interesting with the squad split between Nth and Sthn hemisphere. Even if all 6 domestic based teams are playing internally rather than split between SR and 14 – they will still perhaps not have access to their players from the English Premier Rugby, French and Japanese clubs with quarantine etc??

    • ATrain

      You have downvoted your own comment Damo?

  • ATrain

    Another good story in papers today was that there will be 4 Melbourne players who have come up through the Victorian system in the 23 man match day squad for this weekend. As an aside, I think all of them are from Polynesian/Oceania origins but that doesn’t matter either way really. Now obviously there is a long way to go before we get to the majority of the team coming from Victoria but with first WA and now Victoria, they have been able to demonstrate that juniors can eventually come through the system. I hope, whatever structure that rugby takes, this can continue to develop and we have more and more players given an opportunity to represent from their own local area (and earn a living from it).

    • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

      Great news to hear that more local players find their way to the top. 10 years from now Australia will be much better off with more than two Wallaby factories.

  • GeorgiaSatellite

    Thanks Jack. Greetings GAGRs. I’ve been listening to a podcast recently that some of you might be interested in, based on what I know of you from these pages.

    It’s called ‘Against the Rules with Michael Lewis’. He’s the guy that wrote ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Big Short’. It’s quite Amero-centric, as one might expect, but raises some interesting points. The first season is about the changing role of referees in society, and the second is about the role of coaches.

    In other news, I’m wishing I was back in Sydney for many reasons, but the game at Leichhardt Oval looks especially appealing. I’m craving a meat pie and I’m almost completely out of Vegemite since our April trip to Oz got canned. Plus, it’s been raining a lot in Moscow and I haven’t been going to the office, so I’m pretty light on the eye candy that summer here usually provides as well. Good to have some rugby to think about, if not enjoy in person. Cheers

    • idiot savant

      za zda ro yve Comrade. Theres always vodka.

      • GeorgiaSatellite

        Impressive! People usually go for ‘na’ over ‘za’. Yes, there’s no shortage of piss options. Speaking of which.. gotta dash. За здоровье, Идиот!

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    With the way COVID-19 is spread in Victoria I don’t think the Sea of Blue will see the Force play in Perth this year…..sad

  • Who?

    You don’t speak Le Bon Francais, but you’re encouraging the Force to indulge in marijuana..? ‘Cone on Force’.
    ;-)

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