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Australian Rugby / RA

noscrumnolife

Jimmy Flynn (14)
There is talk that there's some interest from the ACT government around financial assistance for the Brumbies. What that looks like and whether it's enough to make a difference remains to be seen.
Andrew Barr would sooner let hell freeze over than make a meaningful contribution to professional sport in the ACT. Too busy smoking pot to give a fuck about the Brumbies.
 

Slim 293

Stirling Mortlock (74)
Andrew Barr would sooner let hell freeze over than make a meaningful contribution to professional sport in the ACT. Too busy smoking pot to give a fuck about the Brumbies.

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Goosestep

Syd Malcolm (24)
As this last week of the pools rolls through it would be better for Rugby in Australia if we don't make the qtr finals. There would be some glossing over of the issues that have plagued us for years. Centralised systems, aligning all schools, clubs and academy players with better ID of potential players and making the most of what we have with improved coaching and fitness. It is past the time when we can expect to have more players coming through than we have had in the past.
Don’t worry we won’t …. That’s why it’s good that we selected such a disaster of a Side .. it accelerated the decline … If a better side was selected maybe none of these issues would have raised .

Eddie playing 4d chess lol
 
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Slim 293

Stirling Mortlock (74)

KOB1987

Rod McCall (65)
They're probably just a bit paranoid...
In all seriousness there is no reason whatsoever to move the Brumbies from Canberra, but the Western Sydney comment by goosestep is pertinent. As long as the stadium is fixed up.... their catchment already extends to Wollongong so why not extend that up the M5/M7 to include the include the ignored western parts of Sydney. Its better than continually trying to raid the Central West of NSW, there's no chance that NSW Country is giving that up.
 

John S

Chilla Wilson (44)
In all seriousness there is no reason whatsoever to move the Brumbies from Canberra, but the Western Sydney comment by goosestep is pertinent. As long as the stadium is fixed up.... their catchment already extends to Wollongong so why not extend that up the M5/M7 to include the include the ignored western parts of Sydney. Its better than continually trying to raid the Central West of NSW, there's no chance that NSW Country is giving that up.
Maybe not their catchment, but certainly the fan base spreads to Wollongong.

NSW Rugby had their people at the recent Illawarra grand final
 

noscrumnolife

Jimmy Flynn (14)
I think the potential argument for refusing to rule out cutting the Brums from RA's side goes:
1. They don't want to rule out cutting a Super team.
2. NSW & QLD are off the table, they want to remain in Melbourne because it's appealing to them, their is private money tied up in the Force.
3. The Brums have the lowest commercial upside of any team.

I think that's a fucking dumb argument, and would be very angry if they did it. But that is a stab at what I assume is their thinking.
 

KOB1987

Rod McCall (65)
Maybe not their catchment, but certainly the fan base spreads to Wollongong.

NSW Rugby had their people at the recent Illawarra grand final
Sorry my bad. Illawarra didn't turn up to the senior country champs the last couple of times but I believe it was just the distance to Tamworth made it hard to get a competitive team to travel, rumours were circulating they were defecting I remember at one stage.
 

Brumby Runner

David Wilson (68)
In all seriousness there is no reason whatsoever to move the Brumbies from Canberra, but the Western Sydney comment by goosestep is pertinent. As long as the stadium is fixed up.... their catchment already extends to Wollongong so why not extend that up the M5/M7 to include the include the ignored western parts of Sydney. Its better than continually trying to raid the Central West of NSW, there's no chance that NSW Country is giving that up.
KOB, Penrith were in the JID comp the last two years but will be missing next year. I believe the problem, apart from 50 - 100 point beatings on a weekly basis, was their inability to field a seconds (reserve grade) team. Is there really the interest in Western Sydney we like to think?

I am heartened by your reassurance there is no reason to move the Brumbies. I do not, however, share your confidence in anything RA might touch with their grubby fingers. Why will they not give the Brumbies a guarantee that they will still be around and based in Canberra in two years time?
 

noscrumnolife

Jimmy Flynn (14)
The article from the Roar re centralisation did indicate a willingness on the part of RA to negotiate different visions of integration for the different franchises according to their needs. I found this a positive and pragmatic approach.

Hopefully it means a compromise bw. Brumbies and RA can be reached - something like centralisation on commercial operations and top-level Wallabies related performance. But apart from that RA leave them the fuck alone.
 

WorkingClassRugger

David Codey (61)
KOB, Penrith were in the JID comp the last two years but will be missing next year. I believe the problem, apart from 50 - 100 point beatings on a weekly basis, was their inability to field a seconds (reserve grade) team. Is there really the interest in Western Sydney we like to think?

I am heartened by your reassurance there is no reason to move the Brumbies. I do not, however, share your confidence in anything Rugby Australia might touch with their grubby fingers. Why will they not give the Brumbies a guarantee that they will still be around and based in Canberra in two years time?

As someone born and raised in the city's west. And as someone who resides on the southwest fringe. There isn't the interest in the game to support a team. For a team to work it would require a very substantial investment of time and money. Decades of neglect has ensured that.
 

Goosestep

Syd Malcolm (24)
In all seriousness there is no reason whatsoever to move the Brumbies from Canberra, but the Western Sydney comment by goosestep is pertinent. As long as the stadium is fixed up.... their catchment already extends to Wollongong so why not extend that up the M5/M7 to include the include the ignored western parts of Sydney. It’s better than continually trying to raid the Central West of NSW, there's no chance that NSW Country is giving that up.
Yep, and they can play at multiple stadiums
 

RugbyReg

Rocky Elsom (76)
Staff member
I’d call this a strategic press release

QRU Media Release: Revitalised Ballymore sees Queensland Rugby thriving


Four months following the official opening of the National Rugby Training Centre (NRTC) at Ballymore, the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has celebrated the operational success of the new facility.

Between July and October this year, close to 31,000 people (spectators, players, corporate guests and staff) have flooded Ballymore to utilise the NRTC and new McLean Stand across 105 fixtures comprising of 74 teams competing in eight different tournaments with 14 corporate functions also hosted at the world-class facility during this time.

QRU CEO David Hanham said: “It’s a new era for Ballymore.

“It’s been great to see Ballymore thriving again with thousands of players, fans and guests using the NRTC across several sporting events and functions in just four months, as well as seeing the Wallaroos enjoy the facility for their first training camp in preparation for back-to-back tournaments in New Zealand.

“The strength of the game continues to thrive in Queensland with more than 71,000 players across the state with more than 16,000 of them being female participants.

“It’s also great to see the continued growth of rugby in Queensland schools with 257 schools playing rugby this year with 164 of these having female teams.

“A big thank you goes to our QRU staff, corporate partners and community rugby workforce for delivering this first set of fixtures and functions with plenty more to come before the end of the year including hosting Japanese powerhouse the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights, the Oceania Sevens Championship plus Brisbane Roar women’s A-League matches.

“This supports our vision for Ballymore to become a multi-sport community precinct and Queensland’s first home for women’s rectangular sport.

“Ballymore is also an Olympic venue with a golden runway of major international events leading into the 2032 Brisbane Games.

“The NRTC is stage one of Ballymore’s redevelopment with exciting future infrastructure set to be realised in the coming years as part of the precinct’s master plan,” said Hanham.

Courtesy of the QRU’s partnership with the Queensland Cricketers’ Club, 14 functions have been hosted inside the new Murrayfield Room and other corporate suites at the NRTC with 890 guests having enjoyed the excellent hospitality and food and beverage options available.

As the new home of the Wallaroos, the Australian women’s XV program has held numerous camps at the NRTC since its July opening preparing for the Laurie O'Reilly Cup and World Rugby’s season-ending WXV1 tournament in New Zealand.

With a new world-class training base including state-of-the-art recovery facilities, gymnasium and lecture theatre, the Queensland Reds Super Rugby, Super W, Sevens, Academy and elite pathway programs have all made full use of the NRTC with each program plus the Wallaroos collaboratively sharing the precinct during the week.

It’s not just professional programs, but also community clinics who have enjoyed the redeveloped venue including Rookie to Reds clinics during school holidays and TAFE Queensland students studying a Certificate II in Sport Coaching as part of their partnership with the QRU.

Outside of these programs using the NRTC on a regular basis, Ballymore has hosted the following eight rugby tournaments and fixtures since July:
  • Queensland Premier Rugby Grand Final Series
  • Queensland Rugby Challenger Series
  • Emerging Reds Cup
  • Queensland Junior Girls State 7s Championships
  • Brisbane City (BJRU) v Queensland Country junior fixtures
  • Australian Rugby Shield
  • U16s Barbarians v U16s Reds fixture
  • Super Rugby U16s and U19s Reds fixtures
Within these tournaments, 74 male and female teams consisting of 3,380 players competed across a total of 105 matches in front of 26,500 spectators in the past four months at Ballymore.

A further 93 matches and 39,500 spectators are forecasted to attend national and international fixtures at the venue before the end of the year.

As a new era is heralded for Ballymore, the iconic venue will be transformed into a world-class multi-sport facility as the first home of women’s rectangular sport ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.

It comes as the Brisbane Roar Women will play three home fixtures during the 2023/24 Liberty A-League season at Ballymore in October and November, plus a further two matches in early 2024.

With the addition of football, up to four women’s sports (rugby union, hockey, sport climbing and football) will all use the facility in the next decade as part of Ballymore’s golden runway leading into the Olympic Games.

A sold-out crowd is expected on Saturday November 4 when six-time Japan Top League champions the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights battle the Reds for the Queensland-Saitama Shield in the first Queensland-capped fixture at Ballymore since 2010.

While the QRU is eagerly awaiting the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in late November where 66 matches will be played across three exciting days as the official first major international tournament at the newly redeveloped Ballymore.
 

Rudderless

Alex Ross (28)
Maybe not their catchment, but certainly the fan base spreads to Wollongong.

NSW Rugby had their people at the recent Illawarra grand final
Goulburn is in the Brumbies catchment.
Along the South Coast, Nowra upwards is aligned with NSW.
 
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