Can I also take an egregious double post to point out that some league fans are getting itchy. It feels like years since we’ve heard the constant agitated talk of rah rah and leather patches and rugby yawnion. They’ve come out of their lairs and I think it’s because we’ve actually beaten them a.
Game rated 691,000 when you include the regionals. That is easily the best TV ratings for a wallabies game since the 2011 World Cup based off my odd knowledge of ratings. It goes to show the key is exposing the game to casual viewers on either 7 or 9 - 10’s market share is toilet tier.
I can elaborate later, but it is absolutely in Australia’s National interest to be funding pacific island countries right now given China is trying to push them into its sphere of influence. We spend 1.4B alone in the pacific, a few mill for their footy team is literally the salt and pepper of.
Not sure if this is the thread for it, but has to be a huge congrats to Nic Berry on being appointed to the first test match of BIL v South Africa. Nic is a great ref despite some of the nonsense randomly thrown aroundd, he makes good decisions, polices the offside line well and is a deserved.
The tactical kicking wasn’t great but he looked good with ball in hand. It wasn’t the worst tactical kicking ive seen. Perhaps the previous poster had a high blood alcohol content and was feeling particularly disappointed
I guess it will all come down to whether the NZ teams adapt to fiercely contested rucks, and slightly slower ball versus the Australian teams adapting to better ball movement, more offloads and use of the ball