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    Australia vs South Africa 8th September

    Does this team mean Chieka wants to keep his job? Oh wait, Hooper is still there. Baby steps, I guess.
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    The Wallabies Thread

    4 hookers as Tatafu will be required to return to Premiership Rugby during the week off
  3. J

    The Wallabies Thread

    Obvious exception is Pocock
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    The Wallabies Thread

    I actually pains me to say I told you so slim & brumby runner, but let me reiterate. Wallabies Lineout success rates drop dramatically when Simmons isn’t playing. That is a fact. We’ve never lost 7 on our own throw with him on the park. We pick props that can scrum; it’s time to pick a 2nd...
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    Where to for Twiggy Rugby?

    How dare those pesky Shute Shield players leave their club to play professional rugby. Such greed in the modern player these days. Forrest in the box at half time in WSR v Wild Knights “we’d really like to get in there and build Western Sydney Rugby.” Very interesting times indeed. I said...
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    Where to for Twiggy Rugby?

    Why would Twiggy give handouts to the ARU when they merely "piss it up against the wall" :D
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    Reds 2019

    As a counter point, a great club culture doesn’t foster feelings of homesickness. Clubs regularly use terms like brothers and family to describe the bond and mateship present. When this many “top” players are leaving after the HC’s first year in charge culture would definitely be an issue
  8. J

    Australian Rugby / RA

    Disastrous. Should have set higher prices.
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    Reds 2019

    No. This is incredibly naive. RUPA would never allow it, and I doubt players would sign a contract that says “nah we get to chose where you play so bugger your mortgage, your family and your kids; you’re all moving to Sydney or you don’t get paid” It’s not how the world works. You sign a...
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    The Wallabies Thread

    I should have stipulated: when you compare the same team with Simmons and when Simmons isn’t on the park; success and spoil rates drop dramatically. Simmons has suffered teams with weak jumping lock partners along with duel 7’s. You just can’t run a successful line out with Kane Douglas as...
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    The Wallabies Thread

    I think Simmons form this year has been on par with Coleman if not better. He's shown a level of physicality that he never showed with the Reds. I hope they both play. Whilst Rodda, Tui & Arnold are great players; if we're going to go in with two 7's and an 8 who rarely jumps we need our best...
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    The Wallabies Thread

    Had the Tahs recruited Coleman instead, their scrum and line out would both be average. Simmons has long been commended by props for the added support he provides at scrum time. Whilst not a slight on his compatriots it's definitely a noted difference by our front rowers. There's been many a...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    It wasn't long ago that many a poster here were advocating the formation of a Western Sydney based pacific Islander team for Super Rugby. Surely having a team in a competition full of pacific islanders is a sure fire way to get bums on seats. It may even have the unintended consequence of...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Considering the amount of disillusioned and dormant rugby supporters in both NSW & QLD, I'd be surprised if there isn't a massive protest vote against Super Rugby/ARU which translates to bums on seats for WSR. Hell, all the 2nd QLD team has to do is sign up Hunt & QC and they're almost...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I honestly reckon the best course of action is a 10 team quasi-domestic comp. Quite literally NRC but with KNOWN brands and more pacifika. Samoa, Tonga, Fiji + the 5 Super Rugby sides, a 2nd Brisbane & a 2nd Sydney team. Tahs never resonated with anyone west of Anzaac parade, so call the 2nd...
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    Reds 2018

    There’s one thing that really bothers me about Thorne’s remarks on why he has a zero tolerance on drugs and his personal experience with them. Did he and his wife ostracise her brother and tell him to find another family? I don’t think so.
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    Reds 2018

    To be fair, they're piggy backing off Stiles' hard work over the preceding 3-4 years as Forwards coach, Co-Coach and then Head coach. We've had the strongest scrum in Australia for a few years now
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    Reds 2018

    We've gone full circle here folks. It wasn't all that long ago we were saying the same thing about Graham. If you want to see what a good coach can do in a short period of time; have a look at how Jake White turned around the Brumbies or Ewen with the Reds in 2010 in his first year in charge...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    I think we're all old enough here to remember the death of NSL and the birth of the A-League. They were plagued by very much the same problems Rugby Australia face today in dwindling finances & junior participation and fans turning away from the game in disgust (although for different reasons -...
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    Where to for Super Rugby?

    Are we completely forgetting or conveniently ignoring what transpired with the Western Force last year? If we wanted to survive together; we wouldn't have cut the Force when they were dangling a $50mil carrot.
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