Effectively, to steal a quote from Mrs Hoss on my birthday: ‘thank fudge that’s over’.
At this time let’s confine the previous to the previous and free ourselves of the miserable shadow of that match that includes these seafaring mammals and a gaggle of underperforming marsupials. It’s time to show our consideration to the longer term with ‘The Folks’s Champion’. Leap into Spherical #4 RWC motion with ‘Who Cares Anyway?’. Examine a whisper rising to a rumble in ‘Not Once more’. Leap on the Nippon Specific with Eddie in ‘Wax Off!’. Hum a ditty with ‘The Brian Aspect of Strife’. And take us house on this week’s ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’ now pork barrelling, with further pork, at a group BBQ close to you.
The Folks’s Champion.
As unaccustomed as I’m to grandiose self-promotion, right now in a Friday Rugby Information world unique, I announce my official candidacy for the RA CEO job and description my exhaustive 3 level plan to ‘Make Australian Rugby Nice Once more‘ or ‘MARGA’.
Naturally, there are sacrifices I’ll have to make, like working 10am – 2pm Monday to Thursday. The $850k wage whereas just a little down on my G&GR writing remuneration (one should make sacrifices for the better good) is affordable, the perks of freshly made cucumber and cheese sandwiches and complementary every day automobile wash, each supplied by Billy Nathanson, is only a good little cherry on prime as properly.
For too lengthy you, the little folks of rugby, haven’t had your voices heard. Our nice sport has turn into the plaything of these Sydney latte, almond milk ingesting, unscuffed RMs carrying pretenders! You want a frontrunner to make the robust decisions, not some rah-rah Shore boy whose solely life expertise is mummy and daddy taking his Porsche off him for per week at age 16 when he couldn’t appropriately title the 1965 Penfolds Grange vigneron. You desire a chief who walks the discuss. A person of the land whose lived expertise since his jail launch speaks to sensible options and when the going will get robust and the gloves run out, sticks his arm up the cow’s clacker and simply kinds shite out.
My complete 3 level plan to MARGA contains, however will not be restricted to (and will change with out discover in a very reactionary method if it doesn’t initially work):
- Make Nutta GM. After listening to his impassioned podcast efficiency, plan, imaginative and prescient and sensible method, the sport will certainly be in good arms. If the sport prospers it’ll be an impressed appointment by me; if it doesn’t, Nutta was crap and didn’t know what he was doing within the first place. So it’s a win-win for me and almost certainly you as properly, however undoubtedly for me.
- Cut back the variety of Australian provincial sides by 4. Positive it may be a radical method, however we should suppose exterior the sq. and ponder the better good for our code and the advantages all of us share in. Most matches could be a trans-Tasman derby, so rankings and sponsorship alternatives develop exponentially. It will make choosing a Wallabies facet a lot simpler, decreasing prices for interstate coaching camps and logistics and improve worldwide competitiveness. Now the cynical amongst you’ll little doubt be considering that the choice about which provincial facet stays is already made, however I’d throw it open to the state that greatest meets three complete KPIs, thus making the entire course of truthful and clear: a)The state the place Australia’s largest inhabitants centre is positioned. b) The state with Australia’s oldest metropolis positioned in it. 3) The Australian state with the most important pure harbour positioned in it.
- Enhance grassroots charges by 450%. Look if grassroots, group rugby engagement and pathways must be improved, anyone has to pay for it, it’s fundamental maths. League gamers aren’t low-cost to purchase and people on the coal face should step up, pay their dues and assist contribute to a significant and sustainable mannequin. We merely can not ask somebody like Joseph Sua’ali’i take a pay lower. It’s league gamers like this with no attachment to grassroots rugby which can be the way forward for rugby union.
In order that’s my pitch Gaggers, my bid to be your voice in latte land. Turning up most days and making an attempt to rebuild the code that’s all given us a lot time away from paid work duties. Name me selfless, name me a starry eyed dreamer, or simply plain name me Mr Hoss. However you and I each know that rugby might be in protected arms. Effectively higher arms then they’re now anyway.
However regardless that I’m a person of the folks, don’t simply take my phrase for it. You may solid your vote through the hyperlink under. Vote by clicking one of many choices, make your voice heard within the corridors of RA energy:
Vote Hoss right now.
Who Cares Anyway.
All workforce particulars – rugby.com.au
Match Officers – worldrugby.com
RWC Pool Standings – rugbyworldcup.com
Friday, 29 September: Japan v Samoa, Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (5:00 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: May very well be a very entertaining match and a giant sport within the context of Pool D with second spot within the pool huge open: Samoa 5 factors, Japan 5 factors and Argentina 4 factors
It’ll be a sport of contrasting types with the Samoan brute up in opposition to the guile and tempo of the Japanese. I can simply see a excessive scoring match with maybe all seven bonus factors being allotted (5 for the winner, 2 for the loser) making Pool D probably the most aggressive of the swimming pools. The match might be adopted Saturday by different Pool D rivals and South American grudge match Los Pumas v Chile. However for this one, its Japan 33, Samoa 27.
Saturday September 30: New Zealand v Italy, OL Stadium, Lyon (5:00 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: The Darkness are again from a bye week with studies that every one are match and firing forward of the conflict with the improved Italian facet.
Make no mistake, The Nearlies should win with a bonus level and in addition deny the Italians a dropping bonus level to be masters of their very own area.
On paper the ABs are too robust, so too it can show on the paddock. NZ by 35.
Saturday September 30: Argentina v Chile, Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes (11:00 PM)
Prédiction Intrépide: Los Pumas v Chile. Massive brother v little brother and it’ll all begin with the profitable of the anthems by these passionate sides.
The FISMs have been largely underwhelming to this point within the match they usually merely should awake from their siesta to progress additional, with second spot in Pool D nonetheless ‘in play’ for a number of sides.
On at an affordable time for us down south, I’m truly actually wanting ahead to watching this one. Chile might be spirited and stick it to Los Pumas, however these within the hooped jersey ought to get the win. The actual query is can in addition they get the bonus level?
Argentina by 19.
Sunday, October 1: Fiji v Georgia, Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (1:45 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: The match that may lastly flip the fading life help of Wallaby 2023 RWC possibilities off. Whereas the Wallabies are ‘mathematically’ an opportunity, the fact is the chances are so infinitesimal it’s barely value pondering. A win with a 4 attempt bonus level will seal each a deserving Fijian QF look and the ultimate nail within the golden coffin.
Fiji contemporary from their bye, advancing to the knockout phases is a win for rugby followers on the whole and trying to be get again into their rhythm might be far too robust for the Georgians. Fiji by 25+.
Sunday, October 1: Scotland v Romania, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille (6:00 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: Scotland by 70.
Monday, October 2: Australia v Portugal, Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Étienne (2:45 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: Positive I’ve moved previous my anger to extra of a ‘numb resignation’ now, however I can barely muster any enthusiasm for this match in any respect. To name me ‘apathetic’ could be to grossly understate my apathy. Definitely I’ll be buggered if I’m getting off the bed to look at it dwell, if in any respect.
IMO this can be a ‘no win’ match, whatever the end result.
A ‘win’ in opposition to Portugal is like me profitable once more on the native underneath 8 bourbon ingesting contest. Positive it’s a ‘win’ however an empty, unsatisfying one which leaves me with a headache. Though little 6yo Shelly McMasters will be plucky and actually throw these straight Jim Beams down (that’s why us locals name her ‘The Bitter Mash Smasher’), ‘profitable’ nonetheless feels empty and decidedly unsatisfying.
Ought to the Wallabies blow Portugal off the park with a show of rugby brawn, brains and brilliance, it can solely make me bitter that they didn’t present extra of the identical when it mattered earlier in pool matches. A loss and it solely reconfirms how completely shite we at present are as a rugby nation, no less than till a brand new CEO is elected anyway.
My tip? Raynal to seek out obscure penalty from the sideline in damage time. Portugal kick the penalty. Portugal by 1.
Australia (15-1): TBC
Portugal (15-1): TBC
Match Officers: Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU), Assistant Referee 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR) Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Piardi (FIR) TMO: Pleasure Neville (IRFU)
Monday October 2: South Africa v Tonga, Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (6:00 AM)
Prédiction Intrépide: The Catholics had been merely sensational final week in opposition to the Oirish in what was one of the best sport of this RWC by far. Whereas the lads in inexperienced received the Guinness, it shouldn’t be forgotten that had Pollard performed the end result could have been loads completely different. So to this week. Tonga will huff, Tonga will puff, however the Bokke will blow the home down. Saffas by 24
Not Once more!
Murmurs, till just lately solely mentioned behind closed doorways, have surfaced into the sunshine this week with calls as soon as once more to ‘lower’ the variety of Aussie SR sides to assist enhance competitiveness in Tremendous Rugby and in flip, make and the Wallabies ‘robust’ once more.
From Stephen Hoiles to the Kiwi greatest remembered for bombing a gimme to George Gregan (nonetheless the one sort out ‘The Governor’ ever made too), Jeff Wilson, all stating on air comparable variations of a theme: Australia hasn’t the expertise to help 5 rugby franchises.
Now I do know what you’re all considering: ‘it ought to be The Drive! They’ve received expertise in coping with it anyway. The state doesn’t supply a lot other than iron ore royalties and actually shitty ‘Gold Hunter’ TV reveals. It’s largely crammed with Saffas who’re wonderful till they communicate and we’re negotiating with China to unload the entire dust pile of a state anyway’. However whereas all of that may be technically appropriate, is it proper?
I’ll problem you all to place your anti-WA bias apart and ask in your enter. What does a reset for rugby in Oz seem like? Is 5 groups sustainable and if not, who ought to make approach and why ought to that be The Brumbies?
Been a reasonably difficult Wallaby fan week huh.
There was the entire dismay over being bundled outta da cup, sprinkled with the foul stench of lies and deception as reported by Tom ‘Scoop’ First rate within the SMH. All to do surrounding Eddie’s ‘interview’ with the JRU for the pinnacle teaching gig of the Nippon XXIII from 2024 onwards.
What’s been most attention-grabbing has been the numerous statements of help of ‘Scoop’ from journos of all persuasions, all media camps and even from these rugby-types with lengthy standing ‘relationships’ with Eddie ‘Brian’ Jones, like Morgan Turinui.
I’ve additionally revered the uncooked and seething emotion of individuals like SBW. His trustworthy critique of Brian’s antics, plus the real care he had for the Wallaby gamers instantly after the final match was each thought of and real. You then had the anguish and full bewilderment of Sean Maloney on STAN’s ‘Between the Posts’ present the very subsequent morning French time.
What they felt about their expertise and the way they expressed these feelings actually resonated with me. They spoke of loss, bewilderment, frustration and did so overtly; feelings had been uncooked like ours and there have been solely real questions and observations. All fully with out ‘spin’. They had been wounded similar to us. My admiration and respect for these journos has gone up significantly for calling the ‘occasions’ for what they’re. And to paraphrase that well-known Nick McCardle quote a number of years again: ‘no quantity of polish was gonna assist that turd sparkle’.
So, for all of the honesty from gamers, commentators, journos and followers alike, simply what has been the response from coach Brian and Rugby Australia in all of this? Deafening silence! Simply remind me once more, what’s the outdated adage about ‘silence constituting acceptance’?
Each Nutta and Natho lined this all superbly on The Dropped Kickoff Pod yesterday and I discover myself arriving at one easy, inescapable conclusion. Belief is damaged. It’s time for coach Jones to ‘wax off’. Simply wax proper off.
Which is a pleasant segue for…..
The Brian Aspect of Strife.
Some rugby in life is unhealthy,
Picks and sport plans make you mad.
No Quade Cooper certainly was a curse.
So once you’re dealing with Brian’s gristle
Don’t grumble on the ref’s whistle
And this’ll assist issues prove for one of the best
At all times have a look at how Brian created strife
It’s inflicting ache to each Wallaby fan’s life
When choices appear jolly rotten
And there’re senior gamers he’s forgotten,
And also you wince as he’s picked Suli as soon as once more.
If you feeling within the dumps
And the Welsh simply gave you ‘lumps’.
Simply chew your lips and grimace, that’s the factor
At all times have a look at how Brian’s created strife
It’s inflicting ache to Wallaby followers life
For Brian is quiet absurd
Picks his remaining phrase
He all the time appears sure, with ‘that’ smile.
Neglect about who’s in.
And pray for a Wallaby win.
Trigger it may be the final for fairly some time.
At all times have a look at Brian’s facet of mess
Simply earlier than our remaining Pool C dying
If you actually have a look at it
His plans had been all the time shit
We’re the laughing inventory of all who play RU.
We received rissolled from ‘the present’
Misplaced to Fiji as
Don’t the plans all the time meant we’d lose?
At all times have a look at Brian’s facet of strife
At all times have a look at the gamers that he knifed
(C’mon Brian cheer up)
At all times have a look at Brian’s facet of strife
It’s sufficient to scar us Wallaby followers for all times.
At all times have a look at Brian inflicting strife
I imply, what have we received to lose?
You realize, we’ve gained nothing
We’re going again to nothing
Aside from delight, what have we misplaced maaaaaate?
Friday’s Goss with Hoss.
Grass rooted once more
You simply couldn’t script these items. Information on media channels yesterday about one other $1.6m supply to a different present loig participant and ex schoolboy rugby star Angus Crichton. Studies counsel Crichton has been supplied $800k pa for a two yr gig for 2024-25. That’d pay a good few Wallaroos/Tremendous W wages wouldn’t it, not to mention grassroots…
Our Wallaroo facet has been named to tackle reigning world chumps within the second and remaining O’Reilly Cup match for 2023. rugby.com.au has extra
Touring Japanese – I actually suppose so.
Brumbies coach Bernie Larkham has named a 28 participant squad for a two sport ‘growth’ tour of Japan. rugby.com.au has extra
Dingo suits Fitzy
French punching bag, and occasional Wallaby, Peter ‘Fitzy’ FitzSimons has advised on stuff.co.nz that Coach Brian be swapped out for Coach ‘Dingo’ Deans. Whereas all of it has a sure interesting symmetry to it, one can solely think about Robbie Deans, who was ever the gentleman, telling Oz rugby to ‘bugger proper off’.
Extra from SMH of who’re ‘potential’ teaching candidates.
Actually, actually attention-grabbing learn on planetrugby.com round some pertinent latest stats.
Wot they mentioned betootaadvocate.com
The Masked Avenger
stuff.co.nz studies World Rugby comfortable if injured French skipper Anton Dupont wears a masks to seem once more within the RWC. World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin saying:
“The legal guidelines and guidelines are very clear on face masks … a most thickness of 5 millimetres. And what’s essential is that it could possibly’t be laborious masking materials.”
That’s all from me and keep in mind: Vote #1 and all the time look on the intense facet………