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  1. spikhaza

    2019 World Cup news

    Thought I might get the ball rolling on some of the world cup news so we can have a bit of fun instead of just crying over the state of the game. First discussion point is which Aussie FTA broadcaster is actually hosting the World Cup. Channel 9 don't have it listed on their huge 2019 -- Their...
  2. spikhaza

    How Far into the Private Lives of players should sport go

    I've been following the Karmichael Hunt saga of late, as well as the Barnaby Joyce saga, and it's really got me thinking, what's the right level to be involved in players private lives? Starting with Hunt, suppose the charges are now dropped. Legally, the Reds may still be able to sack hunt...
  3. spikhaza

    Australia Needs to get better at pressuring referees

    Go to any other advanced Rugby nation that isn't Australia, and there's a guarantee that you'll be feeling the heat. Go to England, and you'll have the might of a nation that controls World Rugby as a conquered entity on your back. Lose, and you lose the political game, and your career. Go...
  4. spikhaza

    Thanks Richard Graham

    Just wanted to say thanks to Richard Graham. You might not have been a super hero, or a super coach, but you had a great go. Your results were poor no doubt, and a fair portion of that can be attributed to you, but you also had some fu**in bad luck at times. You're passionate about Queensland...
  5. spikhaza

    Historical Rugby Footage

    If you're a history nut like me there's nothing better than stumbling across some delicious footage that until the advent of youtube had been locked in the basement of some news channel for years, and Rugby history is no different! And so it was with great delight that I discovered the youtube...
  6. spikhaza

    Stormers v Brumbies Qualifier

    A trip to the republic for the Brumbies to play the Stormers! My thoughts - Where are all those Sharks fans that complained about the Reds getting a home qualifier in 2012 despite being last in the six for overall points? Now the boots on the other foot the complaints from RSA seem to have...
  7. spikhaza

    Waratahs v Reds Rd 18 Sat 13th June 2015

    Some postings from the first thread. Please make sure there is not another thread of a match in question before you start a new one - then check it again. Here are some posts from the first thread started by Lindommer: And here's the second thread Started by spikhaza: Well...
  8. spikhaza

    The Templeton Cup

    With the off season of Super 12^3 here, time for a debate. The NSW QLD rivalry has been steadily growing, and with the return to the SFS next year it looks set for an injection of passion and hopefully a full house as well. (Well done 'Tahs HQ, seeing the light). The Templeton cup is actually...
  9. spikhaza

    The League Media

    The League Media. Inherently Evil. N.B. This isn't a hate on League itself, which believe it or not I did used to enjoy. That was until I had to tolerate the stupid levels of hype about Origin, and the hating on every game that isn't League in some kind of my dad could beat up your dad...
  10. spikhaza

    The Gold Brigade

    This doesn't have a thread anywhere I can find, so creating one here. The ARU seemed to have backed the creation of a supporter group called the gold brigade, which I approve of. There Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/TheGoldBrigade?fref=photo Be sure to chuck them a like and...
  11. spikhaza

    Batchy's Blues equivalent at Bledisloe Cup

    Payto recently mentioned in his column that the ARU is looking at doing this at the bled in sydney this year. group bookings, all black fans at one end Wallabies at the other. I fully support this for a number of reasons - people who say that rugby fans should sit together, yes there should...
  12. spikhaza

    A-League 2014 Grand FInal

    Anyone else going to the A-League grand final? Love me a bit of football/soccer. Whilst Rugby and its fans can certainly teach a lot to Football, like fair play, respecting the ref and not killing the other teams supporters, I also think football has a fair bit to teach rugby. - Supporters...
  13. spikhaza

    Super Rugby Television Ratings 2014

    Can't find a thread for this and figure it needs a thread of it's own. Place to comment around Ratings for 2014. I will post the Australian ratings as they come through. Keep in mind ratings are the average audience. So there are plenty of factors at play here. Round 2: Friday: Crusaders...
  14. spikhaza

    Rugby Championship Referees

    The IRB has today released the referees for this years rugby championship: http://www.irb.com/mm/document/newsmedia/mediazone/02/06/84/32/130701toctherugbychampionship2013moappointments.pdf head here for the full list Australia games: August 17 Sydney v New Zealand: Craig Joubert.... yeah...
  15. spikhaza

    Cheerio Deans

    In light of events tonight, which culminated in me leaving ANZ five minutes early to the tune of Cheerio Cheerio Cheerio, I would like to take this opportunity to say cheerio Deans, thankyou for your input, your passion for rugby, which has been noted. Thankyou for building depth and offering...
  16. spikhaza

    Wallaby Fan Buildup

    To add to the build up to the big one on Saturday I think us fans should take action. If this was the loigue it would be being called the biggest test in 80 billion years and that the fate of planet Earth would hinge on the result of the tests. Bring on the hyperbole. Everyone has a duty to...
  17. spikhaza

    Shout out to Home Unions / Northern Hemisphere

    I don't think we give the NH / Home Unions enough credit guys, so I thought I would thank them. This is a shout out to the home unions, a big cheers, "lunch is on me", for doing everything in you're power to ensure Rugby in Australia remains a minority sport. Firstly, I'd like to thank you...
  18. spikhaza

    Time to watch 10 news

    Just watching ten news at 5, and it has real rugby coverage. ~5 minutes on the rugby, a rugby story during the news itself and not the sport section, a proper cross over, proper report on the invasion by the Lions fans and Origin rubbish reduced to a quick mention. Vote with you're feet /...
  19. spikhaza

    Social Media Response to Wallabies Squad

    If anyone here follows the Wallabies facebook / other pages they probably would have noticed an unprecedented hate for the ARU and Deans right now. Did anyone see Mark Legh's post on the page? It picked up over 1000 likes before it was deleted: An open letter to the ARU Dear Bill, Robbie and...
  20. spikhaza

    Lions Tests Second Ticket Offering

    I just got an email from the ARU telling me that there is a small allocation of tix going on sale at 10am tomorrow morning for the 3 tests (and provincial games too I assume). I just thought I would post this here as a convenience to anyone who hasn't got tix and wants them, your chance is...
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