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  1. Micheal

    Waratahs 2022

    Not to mention that graphic looks like it was put together by a blind 73 year old on Microsoft paint. FML
  2. Micheal

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Seeing as there is no such thing as a bad idea in a brainstorm -- how's this for a crazy idea: RA sells themselves to the NRL and the NRL becomes custodians of the game in Australia. As the skillset required to play Rugby League and Rugby Union is very similar, the player base is now...
  3. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    Imagine if the following squad had four years of full time rugby to upskill: 1. Allan Alaalatoa 2. ? 3. Taniela Tupou 4. Tino Faasuamaleaui 5. Payne Haas 6. Angus Crichton 7. Michael Hooper 8. David Fifita 9. McDermott 10. Nathan Cleary 11. Ryan Papenhuyzen 12. Cameron Munster 13. Lattrel...
  4. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    Another thought -- I think we need to revisit our selection strategy and prioritise people with competitive mindsets over those with superior skillsets. For instance - in a dominant team, Tom Banks is likely 10X the fullback that Reece Hodge is, and Noah would be 10X the flyhalf. But I'm not...
  5. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    Who else but Hooper? Where is the rest of the fucking team when someone like Perenera has to be tackled.
  6. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    It's interesting -- I think Australia typically wants its flyhalf to be more of a "quarterback" relative to the "generals" we see used by other countries. Hodge is visually clunky - but does he necessarily have to be able to throw a triple cut out and execute cross field kicks to a tee? He has...
  7. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    Looking A LOT better with Hodge at flyhalf. Playing far more direct.
  8. Micheal

    Bledisloe III at Perth, 5/09/21 - 4pm AEST

    Do you know why we scored that? Because Tom Banks didn't touch the ball once in the phases leading up to the try. Nor did Noah or Valetini.
  9. Micheal

    Wallabies 2021

    It has occurred to me that two strategies that RA hold are out of sync. We have a business model that is top-down, e.g. the revenue from the Wallabies funds the tiers below it. We have a Wallabies selection criteria that is designed to maximise the success of the tier below it, namely Super...
  10. Micheal

    Wallabies 2021

    Given both Duncan and Quade hold NZ passports, does anyone think this would've been a factor? Surely they can both travel in and out pretty easily as "returning" citizens. Less logistics for RA.
  11. Micheal

    Winter Tour; Wallabies v France Wednesday 7 July, Brisbane

    Poor defensive reads in the backline are semi-understandable with a bunch of players that haven't had much time together. In the forwards, you just grab the guy running directly at you and fall over. In the backline you have to learn how fast the guy next to you can move laterally and the...
  12. Micheal

    Winter Tour; Wallabies v France Wednesday 7 July, Brisbane

    Justin Harrison sounds like an ent from Lord of the Rings. Tom Banks is the worst player in the world. Between the islanders players and France, the Australian commentary team have just discovered vowels and are still trying to figure out how to use them.
  13. Micheal

    Wallabies 2021

    Based on reviews from other European players and pundits, Skelton is allegedly a decent case for best player in the world right now on form. One of his opponents the other week was interviewed and said something like "Thank Christ there's only one Will Skelton" or something. Anywho, your...
  14. Micheal

    Australian Rugby / RA

    One thing to note -- looking at RA's annual report: In 2020, Wages & Salaries were 11,396,000. Director's Salaries were 1,575,169. This is 13.82% of total salaries. Player salaries in 2020 were $11,703,000 Therefore, a handful of director's were paid equivalent to 13.45% of what the entire...
  15. Micheal

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    The rough figure to run a team is $10mil per season, if you are running a team to compete with the Kiwi Super Rugby sides, in their current state. If we opt for Super Rugby AU into an international club tournament (Super Rugby TT or a competition inclusive of Japan), there is flexibility in...
  16. Micheal

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I so don’t understand this argument. Playing better teams - Eg the Kiwi Super Rugby teams - will make us better? We’ve played New Zealand’s test side literally 10X more than any other test side in the world over the last decade. We’ve played the Kiwi SR sides far more than the SA sides, or...
  17. Micheal

    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Fuck State of Origin. We have the states playing each other week-in-week-out in Super Rugby. Fuck "representative" teams and the Baa Baa's playing each other -- the representative teams are too close to the Super Rugby teams in terms of identity. We have to think of unique and truly...
  18. Micheal

    SR Rnd 7: Rebels v Reds

    Tupou fanboying over Cheika hahaha Good to see that coach / player relationship. Was cute as.
  19. Micheal

    SR Rnd 7: Rebels v Reds

    Foley scored against England on a move like that in his unbelievable performance at the World Cup.
  20. Micheal

    SR RD 7 - Waratahs v Brumbies

    The Mehrtens and Harrison commentary is literally 10,000X more insightful, exciting and positive than the CTE Committee of Kearns et. al.
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