after speaking with a few of the lads in the camps and oceania program I am certain they were glad it was over. Not a happy place in the Nathan Grey operation apparently.New to the platform. (So might repeat a lot that has been said)
Saddened about what I witnessed on Sunday. Was actually relieved when some pulled the STAN plug as it was embarrassing to say the least.
I think it is time that we start calling a spade a spade.
We where nowhere. We were outplayed, out coached, out classed, out everything!
Can not believe that this is the best Australia has to offer. What further amaze me is that most of these boys are contracted players, so they are getting paid to play the game. It is their full time job. They are training in a professional environment week in and week out and this is what they have to offer? Then to put the cherrie on the top, according to a post above, Thomas and Grealy, after dismal performances, gets rewarded with a call up to join Australia A. We are sending the wrong message by rewarding poor performance in any way or form. If I was a player that was called up after a under 20’s comp I would think I must have done a great job, no wonder the players are starting to develop attitudes and get delusional with regards to their abilities and where they fit in. Do you want to tell me there is no one in club land that deserves a call up? (9’s Cooper-Jones/Wests, Christian/Brothers, Pilz/East, Jeans/Bond, McNamara/Sunny Bank, Albert/East Sydney. 15’s Oats/UQ, Whiteside/Wests, Samuela/Bond….) I will back any of them to play all over the two that got the call up.
We need to accept the fact that not all school boy 1st XV stars, regardless of how much their coaches, dads and uncles rates them and how good their highlight reels are, will become tomorrows super stars or even be able to handle themselves at the next level up. We also need to accept the fact that your surname is not a guarantee of your future success and stop signing 17 year olds from highlight reels. That only creates and enable the next generation of delusional, over rated, incompetent PAID players. No matter how good your highlight reel and how good a school boy player your were, if you have not earned your colours in Club land for at least a couple of years contracts should not even be an consideration.
The whole system needs a revamp or Australia will never play World Cup Semi Finals again, let a lone lift the Webb Ellis Cup ever again.
Time to wake up Rugby Australia!