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Yowie on the Unfastened: you-know-what sport free zone

Wednesday’s rugby information has a proof for all of the away strip, the Wallaroos squad announcement, opinions on extra World Cup groups and Joe Marler in peak media kind.

Funky ‘away’ jerseys help colourblind followers

Opening Match – France v All Blacks

The ABC experiences on the reasoning behind “away” kits prevailing even when there is no such thing as a clear color conflict.

World Rugby says an estimated 300 million folks reside with some type of color imaginative and prescient deficiency (CVD), which implies they’re unable to see or differentiate sure color mixtures — together with World Rugby chairman Sir Invoice Beaumont.

September 2021, World Rugby printed its Color Blindness in Rugby pointers, which included enthusiastic about equipment clashes which may not be apparent to everybody who doesn’t reside with CVD.

“World Rugby has labored intently with the collaborating unions and CBA to encourage sure equipment mixtures in an effort to keep away from equipment ‘clashes’ — the place equipment colors seem too much like color blind folks resulting from a scarcity of adequate color distinction or designs,” in keeping with World Rugby.

Within the case for the Portugal v Wales match, the Welsh alternate equipment (black) would have clashed with Portugal’s major equipment (darkish pink), which led to each groups agreeing to put on their different equipment.

World Rugby examined all of the equipment mixtures earlier this yr to see how it might look on TV and in stadiums for each spectators and referees.

GAGR remembers the 2007 Murrayfield 40-0 sport between New Zealand (in black) and Scotland (in very darkish blue) with the jersey conflict making it just about not possible to inform the groups aside. “In case you’re questioning,” mentioned the commentator, “New Zealand are those with the ball”.

Wallaroos announce squad

Piper Duck

Nathan “I’m in France Hoss, how is Newcastle?” Williamson experiences that Wallaroos coach Jay Tregonning has confirmed a 30-player squad for the O’Reilly Cup and the inaugural WXV.

[See link for full team list]

Tregonning has named 4 debutants, with Reds again Mel Wilks known as into the squad (after a robust membership season for Bond College) together with Waratahs trio Brianna Hoy, Desiree Miller and Leilani Nathan.

Wallaroos captain Piper Duck will stay on the sidelines after ankle surgical procedure, with Michaela Leonard set to retain the captaincy.

“It was nice to have nearly all of the managed squad in camp in the course of the first week of September at Ballymore, the brand new dwelling for girls’s rugby,” Tregonning mentioned in an announcement.

“From this camp, the selectors have chosen a squad of 30 main into the upcoming O’Reilly Cup and WXV event.”

Waratah Atasi Lafai has been named, making her restoration after a heartbreaking damage suffered in final yr’s World Cup.

“The squad stays largely the identical from the Pacific 4 Sequence as we glance to proceed to construct mixtures and Take a look at expertise. New Zealand into England, France and Wales is an thrilling solution to end up the 2023 season,” Tregonning added.

The workforce will assemble on the Ballymore Nationwide Rugby Coaching Centre in Brisbane on September 22, earlier than travelling to Hamilton in New Zealand to face the Black Ferns within the O’Reilly Cup on September 30. This will probably be adopted by the WXV opener towards England (October 20) earlier than going through France (October 28) and Wales (November 3), all in New Zealand as a substitute of someplace good.


Wallaroos v Black Ferns, Saturday 30 September, FMG Stadium, Waikato (Second O’Reilly Cup Match)

Wallaroos v England, Friday 20 October, at Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

Wallaroos v France, Saturday 28 October, at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

Wallaroos v Wales, Friday 3 November, Go Media Mount Sensible Stadium, Auckland, 7:00pm NZDT (WXV1)

A 24-team World Cup?

The 2023 Rugby World Cup Draw

Stuff dot co dot unzid report the differing views on increasing the 20-team World Cup to 24 groups.

The Rugby World Cup started with 16 groups in 1987 and expanded to twenty groups in 1999.

Solely 4 nations – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England – have received the World Cup whereas Argentina, France, Scotland and Wales are the one different groups to make semifinals.

The format has been a scorching matter amongst rugby supporters due to the drawn-out nature of the World Cup, which at present takes seven (wonderful) weeks to finish.

Wales coach Warren Gatland sees some advantage in increasing the Rugby World Cup from 20 to 24 groups.

“It is crucial that we proceed, from a rugby perspective, to assist develop these tier-two nations. There is perhaps a state of affairs the place we will improve the variety of groups within the World Cup to 24, and that may proceed to assist develop the sport.”

English rugby author Chris Hewett believes it might be higher to provide rising nations their very own World Cup division – and a promotion incentive.

In a latest column, Hewett favoured “an elite 16-team showpiece performed in primetime TV slots from Friday to Sunday, supported by a 10-team shadow competitors screened on weeknights, maybe bolstered by fourth-placed groups within the ‘senior’ swimming pools.”

This might “present the perfect platform to your Romanians, Portugals and Spains, your Uruguayans, Chileans and North Individuals, your Namibians and Kenyans.”

“The prize? Automated elite standing subsequent time spherical, after a cycle’s value of heavy funding, teaching help and correct fixtures.”

Reclusive Joe Marler reluctantly engages with media

RugbyPass has printed the transcript of a ‘weird’ unscheduled interview between England loosehead Joe Marler and a ready media pack. Highlights are featured under:

Marler: You discover a solution to win in a World Cup. We’ll hold making an attempt and taking the teachings from every sport. Individuals prefer to say learnings however learnings isn’t a phrase. He [Ben Earl who happens to walk by] says learnings on a regular basis. It’s not a phrase, is it? ‘We’ll take the learnings’. You’re improper. So we are going to take the teachings and we are going to hold making an attempt to finesse. In the end it’s concerning the win. We’re not getting forward of ourselves in any respect. You’ll get the identical boring cliched reply from me, we are going to take one sport at a time. We’ll relaxation up tonight, we’ll play a padel event tomorrow. Was I not meant to say that? Powerful s***.  

Journalist: However there may be all the time a workforce in a World Cup that builds that you just don’t perhaps have a look at at first, however then come by way of on the again finish of the event. You might be that workforce… can’t you?  

Marler: Like I’d like to be that workforce, I’d love us to be that workforce the place you construct and construct and construct and you then’re peaking. I’d love us to go on and win the World Cup. That’s why we’re right here. We must simply think about taking the lesson, studying from them and making an attempt and enhance and hold constructing on that and taking one sport at a time. That’s so boring, isn’t it, however actually what else may you do? If I stood right here and went ‘We’re not enthusiastic about Chile, we’re not enthusiastic about Samoa, we’re making an attempt to work out who we will probably be enjoying within the quarters’, you lot can be like, ‘Oh my god, this lot, they don’t seem to be taking it severely. Conceited. These boastful sods’ after which we might reside as much as repute after which it might simply gasoline extra and all that however we’re not. It’s one sport at a time and we’ll see how we go.

Journalist: What do you make of Chile as an opposition?  

Marler: It’s a very patronising factor. They put up a hell of a efficiency, very passionate. I used to be wanting on the map and I can’t work it out. Am I not allowed to say this? I can’t work out why is it so skinny… does anybody have a historical past on that one?

Journalist: The Andes.  

Marler: Sure, however it’s so skinny… Final one then.

Journalist: Can I ask how Steve goes about analysing a sport? What’s it, type of 4 factors he offers you? How has he type of condensed not the learnings however the classes?

Marler: Not the learnings as a result of that’s not the phrase.

Journalist: How does he provide the classes? What’s the format?

Marler: That’s your final query?!

One other Journalist: Can we return to South American geo-politics?

Marler: It’s a mixture of stats, participant enter, how we felt in the course of the sport, how we felt throughout earlier video games and we’ll have a look at the opposition, have a look at the developments of what they had been good or weak at after which later within the week we are going to slim it right down to specializing in ourselves and what can attempt to impose and that’s the common format.



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