Ken Catchpole (46)
These guys should be a weekly cameo slot on a Rugby show. Rather then listening to Gregan bumbling over statistics and names. No wonder noone watched.
Is Newstead brewery even aligned with reds?
Pretty sure Brad Thorn coach shirt has a big XXXX logo on it now.
Great yarn, thank you.
He looks good on a flank, but he looks electric at 15.
For what it’s worth don’t think speed will hold him back, would like to see him get a bit more powerful and really refine that kicking game.
He has all the instincts.
Nah, Newstead are out of the picture now. https://newsteadbrewing.com.au/20-nineteen-in-review/
"For all the runs on the board for 2019, it was not without its challenges. We experienced first-hand the strong-arm tactics of the major breweries. For the last two years we were privileged to be the Official Craft Beer Sponsor of QLD Rugby. QLD Rugby have made the disappointing decision to discontinue our partnership for 2020, as they were offered an enormous increase in their support from Lion, to be the sole beverage partner. And fair dues to QLD Rugby, we are all aware of the state of Rugby in Australia, and I am personally very happy for anything that will boost the game in QLD, even to Newstead’s detriment. The experience did, however, solidify the reason I am so passionate about Newstead, where not every decision needs to be a commercial one."
One of the owners of Newstead is an avid rugby supporter. Absolutely loved the Reds and Wallabies. I know how happy he was when they got the sponsorship for QPR, it will have broken his heart not being able to provide sponsorship in 2020 but reckon he will be stoked that his company has been able to drive a significantly better deal for QRU from Lion. I'll still be showing support for their company by heading there before and after any suncorp games I get to.
SANZAAR said:The Round 7 Sunwolves versus Crusaders match will now be played on Saturday 14 March prior to the Reds versus Bulls match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, kick-off TBC.
I wonder if the the Sunwolves just forgoing all match day revenue, or are the QRU paying them a fee?
Some could argue the Sunwolves ought to be paying the QRU given they are providing facilities etc.
But regardless I think it'll make a massive difference to the crowed, the Crusaders are one of the most popular Super Rugby teams in Brisbane. The last time I remember a Brisbane Crusaders game they got something like 22k. So it'll be a good game.
You would think the Sunwolves would either recover money through insurance or directly from the Japanese government who have forced the cancellation of sporting events etc.
Hard to work out what sort of fee the QRU might pay. The gate takings will be higher because the early game will bring out some punters keen to see the Crusaders in particular (mostly local Kiwis I'd guess).
If there's a couple of hours between matches I doubt it will provide a big boost to the overall crowd for the Reds game.
Stadium keeps all the food + beverage costs though don't they?
QRU aren't providing facilities. Suncorp Stadium is.