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  1. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    That is true but it is only true for the first string Lions side and not the third string which is the side that will play the domestic games like this one. The numbers that will come into Melbourne to see a Lions vs domestic team is minimal beyond the people doing tours. The Wallabies vs Lions...
  2. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Then I will be requesting my money back. It is not the game they sold.
  3. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    I agree the money is not going to be coming anywhere near Melbourne I would suspect. However, as Rugby Australia are heavily involved in this funding strategy major questions will be asked on how they can help fund the Pacific Islands when they have been shown to at least be partially...
  4. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    This really makes you wonder if RA gives a toss about development pathways. I would suggest that unless those pathways are the Sydney Eastern Suburbs private school network they really couldn't care less. It all seems reasonably likely at this stage that the Rebels will not exist beyond this...
  5. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    There is certainly a level of mismanagement by the board of the Rebels but an equal degree of mismanagement has been from Rugby Australia. You cannot put a team in a non-heartland state and then basically say there you go sink or swim. When running a business you have two alternatives to stay...
  6. Proud Pig

    Pic needs a caption

    This could get ugly. Everyone grab your valuables.
  7. Proud Pig

    Australian Rugby / RA

    I 100% agree with you on that. We need to drop the salary cap for each super rugby side and accept that the best players will ply their trade overseas. Keep the 5 teams so that Super Rugby is filled with young players trying to make a profession out of the game with a smattering of older...
  8. Proud Pig

    Australian Rugby / RA

    The one thing that makes Australia almost unsustainable is the fact that we another dominant RUGBY code drawing our fan base. If you are a Rugby fan anywhere other than Australia then you are watching Rugby Union. Speaking from experience here as I grew up in London where obviously football is...
  9. Proud Pig

    The one and only Wallaby Coach thread

    I agree to a point, however, most players are certainly more adept at certain game plans than others and at the international level those small differences are significant. Take the current England team if you want to play a highly structured kicking game then George Ford is the perfect 10 and...
  10. Proud Pig

    Wallabies 2024

    I know that is true but it is also appears to be true that Gamble and Wilkin seem to play bigger than McReight and Brown or at least a more combative style. McReight is more an energizer bunny type that seems easier to shift off the ball than Wilkin and Gamble. Maybe it is just me but I want my...
  11. Proud Pig

    The one and only Wallaby Coach thread

    I hope that is the case as neither of the last two Wallabies coaches seemed to grasp the concept.
  12. Proud Pig

    The one and only Wallaby Coach thread

    I just hope that Schmidt either picks players based on the game plan he wants to employ or he structures a game plan around the best players available. Either can work. What can't and won't work is to pick a bunch of players and try to shoehorn them into a game plan that they simply are not...
  13. Proud Pig

    Wallabies 2024

    I personally am in support of a larger more traditional style of 7. I think pressure at the breakdown is the most significant issue that the Wallabies have. We are so easily pushed off the ball, games are won and lost at the coal face and the Wallabies simply do not select sides that are...
  14. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    While I don't support a fully amateur competition, I think I would support a semi-professional one. This would still involve all the top players playing overseas and picking the Wallabies from Europe and Japan. We have to be realistic, Rugby does not make sufficient revenue in this country to...
  15. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    The only answer for Australian Rugby is to live within it's means. That means let all the best players earn money overseas and pick the Wallabies from overseas players just like the Socceroos do. Drop the salary cap to $2 million per club and accept where that leaves the domestic game. Yes, the...
  16. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    I am not sure he is yappy enough and just looking at him doesn't make me want to punch someone so he doesn't have all the basic requirements of a #9.
  17. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Yes, game attendance at AAMI is woeful but it is no better in Canberra. The attendances to their games are also awful but they have no potential to increase where as Melbourne does. The Brumbies got 8000 last year to a quarter final so even being successful could not increase their crowds. The...
  18. Proud Pig

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    If there was to be a merger between the Brumbies and the Rebels then the majority of games would have to be played down in Melbourne and not in Canberra. Melbourne is the most important market in Australia for RA. Sydney and Queensland already have a significant Rugby presence so growth...
  19. Proud Pig

    Aussie Player Exodus

    A move for JP and maybe a couple more talented backs would be an obvious move by the NRL. It says you paid an absolute fortune for a young kid who hasn't really proven anything yet and we can just nip in and take anyone we like and you can't do anything about it. Know your place little brother...
  20. Proud Pig

    Aussie Player Exodus

    I also watch most of the Quins games, in fact I was at the Quins v Sale game in December oh what we wouldn't give for crowds like that at Super rugby. Anyway I digress, Louis Lynagh is a good winger with strong attacking instincts and a touch of X factor even if he lacks absolute top line speed...
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