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  1. Highlander35

    Under-20 Competitions including Oceania & World U20s

    @ReeceHodgeOfficial & @The Ghost of Raelene In the pre Drua Rebels Injury update, they confirmed that Talataiana has injured his ACL in the back quarter of 2023, completed his 6 month recovery, and strongly implied he return from injury through the JRWC. Not sure in a 26 man squad you can...
  2. Highlander35

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Boo
  3. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    BPA has played all but one game for Montpellier since returning from injury. If they can climb out of 11th into 10th, then his last game would have been on the weekend of 8th June, and hence potentially have has 2 or more weeks in Australia training with Wallabies from eliminated teams...
  4. Highlander35

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    I can't see midweek games ever working out there, just not enough connection to anywhere else in the city to make a non-weekend trip worth it. Stadium is pretty much exactly what I want for us though. Couple of Grandstands, plenty of room for sponsors tents, club activities, food & alcohol...
  5. Highlander35

    Australian Rugby / RA

    6:45am is a bastard time to get the Saffas up to watch the Bokke
  6. Highlander35

    Queensland Reds 2024

    big big big loss
  7. Highlander35

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Could not be substantiated is great lawyer speak. Very strange that you could be that close to the dugouts, with RA Match Officials, and plenty of PI boys of both Rebels and Drua background and not get anything on the record.
  8. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    He fell off a little, but Sam Skinner and Scott Cummings had made their debuts across 2018 & 2019, and Richie Gray returned to Glasgow for the 20/21 Pro14/URC season: add on Johnny Gray and Grant Gilchrist and you have the five locks who have effectively (and deservedly) started every test...
  9. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    Charlie has the height to play backrow but the poor Sod is a fly half! 32 YO Ex Rebels Tighthead Big Brother Paul has been capped by Samoa 20+ times, 24 yo Mo has not. Much like the English trio signing for the Force, there are some other names which could be thrown up in the overall list who...
  10. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    It feels like a good next step in the "recognising we're not New Zealand" series of decisions. There's almost certainly some short term pain to happen: definitely for Super Rugby and possibly for the Wallabies. But it almost certainly has a significant impact on the player value, both...
  11. Highlander35

    Qld Premier Rugby 2024

    I mean, it's grassroots right? All about the love of the game, the people who turned up, play 4th grade, then sink a few stubbies and a sausage or two and such while watching the firsts, and the old farts on the hill who've aged out (or fitnessed out) of even Masters level. Why do we expect (or...
  12. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    https://www.rugbypass.com/news/joe-schmidt-to-kick-doors-open-on-overseas-wallabies/
  13. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    There seems to be very little interest in putting the effort into turning a scrummager into a rugby player over here.
  14. Highlander35

    Melbourne Rebels 2024

    Have you been under a rock Drew?
  15. Highlander35

    Rd 8: Rebels v Highlanders - Sat 13th

    I mean, we've only got 6 props formally on the books (there might be a QPR boy who trained with us like Kohan Herbert, the name escapes me, but is certainly not a full timer). Only takes one injury before we'd be wanting one back in case of a tight hammy or knee knock in the pre-game warm up.
  16. Highlander35

    Aussie Player Exodus

    Dolly would be eligible by 2024 AIs, Porter by 2026 RC AFAIK
  17. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    Bell's injury moves the competition between Schoupp, Gibbon and Hodgman to a much more interesting place. At minimum, one of them will need to back up Slipper, even if he picks up no injuries or requires no management. Exciting opportunity.
  18. Highlander35

    Waratahs v Crusaders, Friday 12th April, in Sydney

    That's just modern rugby isn't it. You need the threat of a competent kicking game to give a running game a serious chance at getting any territory or gaps in the defence, but every kicking mistake compounds the loss of that territory, the energy of the chasers, the confidence of the kickers etc.
  19. Highlander35

    Wallabies 2024

    It is a joke incorporating using all the "utility" lock/backrowers across the Super teams for the Wallabies, rather than selecting out and out tighthead locks, opensides and 8s. While I think some/all of them will be in contention for Wallabies spots they are probably competing for 1 or 2 spots...
  20. Highlander35

    Waratahs v Crusaders, Friday 12th April, in Sydney

    Something substantial has changed in the past 10 weeks or so if that's the case. Sione was suggesting that conversations were much more positive with Ottavio than they were with Mo' Pre 6 Nations.
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