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  1. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    Those with moderately long memories may recall - with pain and sorrow aforethought - that White, sitting on the QRU board in 2012, was positively instrumental in bringing Richard Graham to the Reds as HC in 2012. Not only was this to prove one the greatest failures of competent rugby...
  2. RedsHappy

    Super Rugby AU Round 6 - Waratahs vs Reds @ SCG, Saturday 8 August 2020

    Could it possibly be that the QRU letting Peter Ryan go - a highly rated defence coach - was a serious mistake.....if winning matters, that is.
  3. RedsHappy

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Game 2 Brumbies v Rebels on Foxtel: 49,000
  4. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    Ummm, can we perhaps have some sources quoted that aren’t the notoriously bitter - and notoriously biased - direct decades-long competitors to News Corp in all things? Anyone who thinks Nine/Fairfax and News Corp write fairly and objectively about each other is.....a little out of date, or...
  5. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    Ok, so sorry, I’ll be clearer for you Hypocrisy Intellectual Inconsistency Wilful blindness By avoidance, effectively neglecting the greater sins that matter more
  6. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    Then QH, in terms of the manifest biases you talk of here, what about the massive, repetitive, almost-daily 2020-dated hatchet job that Nine/SMH did on Greenberg's CEO position all pre the fraught and steamy post COVID NRL media rights renegotiations. And - what a surprise - Greenberg soon...
  7. RedsHappy

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Somewhat deeper data below re Foxtel and the FFA media rights talks breakdown as have been reported in AFR (and referenced here for potential indirect relevance to Foxtel and Super Rugby 2021+): - Foxtel pulled archive footage of FFA-related video material not through some kind of negotiating...
  8. RedsHappy

    2020 Super Rugby Round 1 (REDUX): Reds v Waratahs

    Talk about The Ultimate Mark of Qld-er Dishonour
  9. RedsHappy

    2020 Super Rugby Round 1 (REDUX): Reds v Waratahs

    Can you believe it, pls clap as you read the statement of a (very occasional) optimist..... If both the Reds and Tahs stay on the playing trajectory they established early in 2020, the Reds should win this and well. The 2020 Reds were often playing the best they have in years (well, not...
  10. RedsHappy

    Reds 2020

    Respectfully Sully I can't agree with that type of happy complacency when 3 very fine young Reds players want out, and went out. Tell that to the QRU's solvency-checkers when virtually every year since 2013 Reds' crowds and Foxtel numbers have consistently and badly declined. We now have...
  11. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    Thanks John S. I did listen to it. Clarke emanates a genuineness and sincerity that resonates. An honest bloke loving the game and working hard for it. However, it has to win the prize for the softest, gentlest, "let's leave all the hard questions for later" type of CEO interview. The vibe and...
  12. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    There is no element at all via which Raelene 'got herself'?
  13. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    100% and if anything it's the paucity of the coaching development pathways that is the even bigger problem. The jury is well and truly in - rugby is a code whose playing standards and player skill development are deeply reliant on competent coaching both technical and in terms of holistic team...
  14. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    dru, they have always known Australia 'has requirements'. NZRU knows that it and Rugby Australia are strategically and commercially co-dependent and that is the key driver here. A new TT pro rugby comp with Aust intimately involved is massively in NZRU's interests. I know and respect the many adherents...
  15. RedsHappy

    Australian Rugby / Rugby Australia

    In quoting GeoRob, you perhaps omitted one rather important qualifying paragraph: And knowing of your vehement distaste for all things Murdochian, I look forward to you posting your typically blunt and no doubt principled communication with the CEO of the Brumbies advising him in the...
  16. RedsHappy

    Wallabies 2020

    Side note: Rodda has signed with Lyon
  17. RedsHappy

    Reds 2020

    Rodda signed to Lyon
  18. RedsHappy

    Wallabies 2020

    Yes, in a way, OK. But, too, an element of 2015 was also in subtle ways a complex version of fool's gold for MC and Rugby Australia in that (a) if we look closely, he had some top grade luck on his side in that RWC 2015 campaign, England an absolute mediocre mess, Wales - no improvement, and Scotland was...
  19. RedsHappy

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Agree mate, just different flavours remain available (as of today).
  20. RedsHappy

    Wallabies 2020

    He unarguably did some very good work whilst at the Tahs. No doubt. Results. That proved to be his level stop. Wallabies HC was a promotion too far, after the tragedy of Link walking away. Not only that, it's clear his ego then enlarged further and his domineering 'my way or the highway' MO...
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