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Aussie Player Exodus

Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
Salakai-Loto has become the next Aussie in Europe playing down the house that I will inevitably insist demands Wallabies inclusion even though he was never nailed on here.

He had a great debut for the Saints, over 20 combined carries & tackles (weird metric). And sat Ben Curry on his ass with his first carry.
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Trevor Allan (34)
You know, I wonder if some of these players go better over the there due to their compensation being significantly more and feeling more obliged to perform.

Kind of similar to that term going around these days, “quiet quitting”.
Just like watching how well an NRL player goes when it happens to be the final year of a contract. All those pesky injuries disappear
 

Wilson

Mark Loane (55)
You know, I wonder if some of these players go better over the there due to their compensation being significantly more and feeling more obliged to perform.

Kind of similar to that term going around these days, “quiet quitting”.
I really doubt it, it's been reported that Salakaia-Loto isn't getting paid anymore than he was here, just more than he was going to get without a Wallaby top up. A change of scenery can do wonders and I think that is more likely why players can excel on moving.

As far as "quiet quitting" goes, the overseas stints for established wallabies are probably more representative of it than their time at home regardless of salary. They drop back to a single employer so they can focus on doing the job while they're on the field/at training and can otherwise reclaim some work life balance. Less media commitment, national camps, etc in their off time. Not to mention the increased holiday they get not having to cram in a test season after a club one.
 

LeCheese

Bill McLean (32)
You know, I wonder if some of these players go better over the there due to their compensation being significantly more and feeling more obliged to perform.

Kind of similar to that term going around these days, “quiet quitting”.
As Wilson said, I reckon it’s got more to do with the change of scenery.

With different/unfamiliar teammates, opposition, coaching staff, game plan, etc., there’s a good chance that they’re playing more instinctually, which is ultimately what helped them achieve success in the first place.
 

cyclopath

Stirling Mortlock (74)
Staff member
I always find it interesting that the minute a player from here of note hits the NH, they're "tearing it up". I wonder if it is as much of a higher standard as everyone seems to think. The opposite effect seems to apply when they come back here too. Is gravity different here?
 
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Dismal Pillock

Steve Williams (59)
Is gravity different here?
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Rebel man

Bob Davidson (42)
I always find it interesting that the minute a player from here of note hits the NH, they're "tearing it up". I wonder if it is as much of a higher standard as everyone seems to think. Seems to apply when they come back here too. Is gravity different here?
I think it’s because they just play more rugby, it means they play more bad games and more good games. We see the reports of the good and not the bad
 

Derpus

David Wilson (68)
You know, I wonder if some of these players go better over the there due to their compensation being significantly more and feeling more obliged to perform.

Kind of similar to that term going around these days, “quiet quitting”.
Yeah - doing what you are being paid to.
 
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Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
I always find it interesting that the minute a player from here of note hits the NH, they're "tearing it up". I wonder if it is as much of a higher standard as everyone seems to think. The opposite effect seems to apply when they come back here too. Is gravity different here?
I think it also overlooks their form here. LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto) was actually playing well here in my eyes. Very underrated I reckon
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Trevor Allan (34)
Was it V Bath? They were fucking awful last year. Curry is a good player there but that is it. Good luck to him. We may see him in Gold again in the future.
 

KevinO

Peter Sullivan (51)
Also the start of the season generally has weaken sides taking the field, most Internationals are only just returning from holidays now.
 

Tazzmania

Fred Wood (13)
Michael McDonald ( ex Force, ex Waratahs) selected for Emerging Ireland tour of SA.

Turned down an opportunity to be in the Australia A squad to try his luck in Ireland, and now gets a chance.

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Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
Complexity of it is that he turned down an opportunity to play in Aus A squad to increase his earnings potential long term.
yeah turned down Australia A to actually get game time in a team. WF were taking the piss with him. Now he gets game time, can potentially make a test team and also get paid buckets.
 

Tah Man

Ward Prentice (10)
yeah turned down Australia A to actually get game time in a team. WF were taking the piss with him. Now he gets game time, can potentially make a test team and also get paid buckets.

Bit harsh on the WF. He was getting limited minutes as he was behind two players who are significantly better than him at this point in time.

I don't think we will look back on Mcdonald as one who slipped through the Wallabies fingers. We are well stocked at halfback with Gordon and White, with two very good youngsters in McDermott and Lonergan nipping at their heels. Can't keep everyone these days
 
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