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Aussie Player Exodus

Rebel man

Peter Johnson (47)
The French have the top 14 professional competition and a 16 professional team Div. 2 competition. They have 30 professional squads to fill, so assuming 40 players per squad they have around professional 1200 contracts available. We have less than 200......
Exactly, they are also a powerful nation in their own right and don’t need to go poaching players
 

Rebel man

Peter Johnson (47)
He was hardly poached. He went over there because none of our talent evaluators though he was worth it to develop
Look this is why we need more professional sides. The way the northern hemisphere nations are going of recruiting players undermines international rugby
 

Adam84

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Look this is why we need more professional sides. The way the northern hemisphere nations are going of recruiting players undermines international rugby
We need greater depth in the professional sides, not simply more professional sides.

The issue for him was he needed a development environment and time investment from a pro team. Given the nature of Australian rugby; financial limitations and lack squad depth, the opportunity for development players is limited and its expected all contracted players be at a standard of playing Super Rugby, which he wasn’t at the time.

France have depth in club squads that allows this.
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Good to see Reece Hewat still around. Starting at 7 too. Aussie Rugby have never been short of backrowers but one to keep an eye on.

had a good rest of the game too. Outplayed the Toulouse backrow, was very handy. In fact got the game winning turnover too.
 
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Wallaby Man

Trevor Allan (34)
Look this is why we need more professional sides. The way the northern hemisphere nations are going of recruiting players undermines international rugby
Opportunities are amazing but they must be tied in with a solid financial incentive as well. This is why I don’t think just having more opportunities will make any difference. If anything having more teams will just mean a lower baseline financial reward for those playing and therefore potentially even more churn of quality players that currently happens. You aren’t going to be capturing any more of the boys that head to the NRL if you are offering $50k a year to sign, can make more being an apprentice in 2023.
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
had a good rest of the game too. Outplayed the Toulouse backrow, was very handy. In fact got the game winning turnover too.
This is what the French news has written about him:
The Béarnais backrow is having a huge start to the season, and he confirmed that this Sunday evening. Hyperactive in defense, he scored the first try of the match in style, rewarding his pack's hard work. In the lineouts, the former Aurillacois also knew how to prove himself important. The Australian was notably used on a few valuable throws 5m from the Toulouse try line. Hewat is one of the big dogs of Pau. In the last minute, he pilfered the ball needed to ensure his team's victory.

Maddocks was also pretty tidy. Clearly outplayed his more vaunted opposition in Capuozzou and Jaminet.
 

Dctarget

John Eales (66)
Mark Nawaqanitawase considering move to the Roosters.

I'd cry.
Also bit odd, winger, normally we pick them up on the cheap and looks to be the Wallabies best winger for the next 5 years. You'd imagine our offer would be healthier than the Roosters.
 

The Ghost of Raelene

Mark Ella (57)
Makes ya think….

Don’t mind Tallis. That’s just how he talks. Seems an honest bloke. Probably laugh at himself trying to pronounce it over the others saying oh what’s the big deal.
 

Members Section

John Thornett (49)
Kent has been totally erased from fox league. Once the allegations came out, it was like he was never there

I just googled him & this came up

'Now it has emerged that Kent is working as a part-time limousine driver for a funerals business in Sydney's inner west. Funeral director Michael Manning confirmed Kent's position with the company.'

:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

you cant make this stuff up!
 
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