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Ma'a Nonu back to form with brilliant individual try against Toulouse

I'd like to say that was some pretty poor defensive work there, but then when faced with someone like Nonu, you probably look worse than you actually are...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

....made my mind up just writing all that...I'm against the move..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

A closer look at how Professionalism has changed Rugby

I found this very difficult to watch, I really don't know where I stand on the whole topic. I'm less than 30 but I think in my eyes that the changes I've seen perhaps in the last 5 years have been far greater than any changes before that (not sure my time measurement is accurate...but it's changed a lot recently!)... Personally I don't find I'm holding it all quite as close as before...so I'm a bit negative with it...

Of course, with bad comes good, player development means a higher skill and indeed better medical care for players...less of the magic sponge witch craft and a bit more real care...but.. on the flip side...with good comes bad... we've seen feigning injuries, we've seen blood gate scandals, we've seen whatever that was with the French prop (perhaps it was genuine).. then hearing some of the folks in this video talk about making the game attractive for the fans sort of makes me gag a little.. It's probably snobbery, but there is something I admire about the class of fans that support rugby (and play rugby), there is always going to be a few wrong 'uns, but the reality is, we as RD followers have numerous disagreements that rarely (never) devolve into "fk u m8, u is a wankor becos u r a ____ fan!" (not unless I'm involved..), but you enter into any other public forum - youtube being the favourite and it's incredible to see the twattery of some of the characters on there... these are the 'masses' that 'rugby' (apparently), wants to attract, because they pay for tickets, fill seats and make stadiums look packed = better tv contracts, higher player pay, higher coach pay, higher sponsors, higher merchandise sales and so the cycle continues until you end up with soccer.....

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Super Rugby teams face emotional cut with another restructure

Shame they don't have a tiered structure perhaps.... For instance in the UK I know any team has the chance to get into the championship, I know getting into the premiership is a lot harder (it's not just on promotion I hear)... but that sort of thing...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Super Rugby teams face emotional cut with another restructure

.....well, welcome to pro rugby, millions of dollars, businessmen at the helm... Quite sad to see..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Taqele Naiyaravoro leaves a trail of destruction on his way to a try

Quite amusing at the celebration point where that 'little' number 4, comes jumping in, bloke looks like a sleight fly half compared to that beast...

Also, guy looked to be gently rolling, I wonder what he's like when he hits top speed...

..and of course, as others have said, the attempted tackle was dreadful!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Australian rugby in 'big trouble' after a number of poor performances

I've seen other aspects of teams heading into the pro rugby section, they start off with the local guys, guys that are training hard but also running farms, working in offices etc, the team progresses, to amateur pro and all of a sudden there aren't any locals playing any more, they're playing bought in players, unpronounceable names and it all gets a bit ahead of itself... Local rivalry and just general banter is the backbone of the game in sorts... How can you really remove that, we have a world cup for internationalesque games...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Australian rugby in 'big trouble' after a number of poor performances

Perhaps their normal infrastructure could handle it, but their rugby infrastructure? Is that capable to house the fans? Are their pitches up to code (in this picky modern game)?.... No idea about the answers to those.. I'm just asking..

Super rugby is not something I'm massively aware of when it comes to joining, I'm sure a Google search would yield the answers, so I may do that later, but it strikes me that it requires a large investment into forming a franchise...If that is the case then the issue I see with it, is that it either requires a group of people to get together and crowdfund for the cash, or a wealthy investor to say they want to form a team... The main contention is that if it is a wealthy investor, he needs something in return, advertising for himself/his brand (or hers), or it needs to become a business in its own right, merchandise etc, because there are no other Pacific island super rugby teams, no one has an idea of how safe an investment it would be. Someone fancying a risk could attempt it I guess.

I think it would be incredibly benefitial to Pacific island rugby, would have to be big incentives to keep players at home though so they don't travel off to play in Europe or in any other super team/country.... I'd love to see it happen ..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Australian rugby in 'big trouble' after a number of poor performances

Oh totally agree with you that it's a shame, but the game has turned professional and it is now not a sport or a game, it's now a business...

I'm also not aware of the financial status of pacific islanders and of course I don't want to sound derogatory, but are they doing well enough as fans to flock in masses to see the away games?? It doesn't strike me that money is bountiful, but I may be MASSIVELY wrong....??

As for fans travelling to the pacific islands, yes that would be a good thing to benefit the economies of those places, but then perhaps they don't have the infrastructures to accommodate masses of away fans travelling for shits and giggles.... again, I may be way off here....

To be totally honest, looking at the whole thing with a deserving rugby eye, I don't really understand why Pacific Island teams weren't included in The Rugby Championship over Arg, and as for Super Rugby, same again really.... but from a business view point, it makes more sense... sadly..

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Australian rugby in 'big trouble' after a number of poor performances

I think we tend to disagree on a few points, perhaps when it comes to cards?? I wasn't sure I'd agree with what you wrote as I started to read it, but it actually makes a lot of sense and it's probably hard to dispute. I really don't know what the answer is. It's a bit of a Pandoras box...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago