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Offline PoisonPen7

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« 2018-Sep-01, 07:34 PM Reply #225 »
Students beat Rats today in the Shute Shield final 45-12 at North Sydney Oval in front of about 15,000.

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« 2018-Sep-01, 08:40 PM Reply #226 »
The way i'm going at the moment , kindergarten students could   lol

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« 2018-Nov-27, 01:30 PM Reply #227 »



My feeling was that the  AB were toying with the Wallabies the longer the game went.
https://youtu.be/0e8dvb3RGZE

Sorry fellows...I won't inflict any more pain.
I'll give myself a little rap here because this turned out to be the International Rugby try of the year.

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« 2018-Nov-27, 05:57 PM Reply #228 »
After AFL, NRL, A League





Rugby would have to rate
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down here as a popular football sport in Australia

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« 2018-Nov-27, 07:32 PM Reply #229 »
Maybe not a lot of rugby interest in Victoria but the real reason rugby now ranks





down here is because the Wallabies don't win.

If I was a Wallaby supporter I'd  jump ship as well .......too depressing!

A lot of supporters did reappear at the last World Cup but since then it's easier to say that 'I don't care about rugby'.....not so painful then.  :lol:


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« 2018-Nov-27, 09:57 PM Reply #230 »
How good was the $1.90 England to cover the line  :icecream:

The Wallabies were never going to get close & -8.5 looked skinny. 

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« 2018-Nov-28, 09:36 AM Reply #231 »
Well here's one bloke who's rapt in the Wallabies. :dry:

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« 2018-Nov-28, 12:31 PM Reply #232 »
I wouldn't say rapt JWH.

Just pragmatic about their ability  :shy:  :)

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« 2019-Oct-21, 07:54 AM Reply #233 »
Can't let the rugby world cup pass without a comment....... Wallabies are gone.

Micheal Cheika?.........what an absolute clown......34 wins,(9 against 2nd tier nations) and 32 losses.

Paul Cully, the Herald's rugby writer's comment deserves repeating "More than anything the Wallabies under Micheal Cheika were never an intellectual rugby nation"

Just a final comment on the politics that is Australian Rugby but wasn't Micheal Cheika, Alan Jones' chosen one!


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« 2019-Oct-21, 01:03 PM Reply #234 »
Retards kicked out there best player!

The kiwis kept his missus so they could win the netball!!

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« 2019-Nov-02, 09:12 PM Reply #235 »
Not a lot of rugby interest here but congratulations to South Africa for winning the World Cup.

England played their final last week against NZ and got some comeuppance for their cockiness at press conferences during the week.

No team undefeated at the tournament and first time I have ever cheered for the Springboks.

Eddie Jones may not be the go to man now.

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« 2019-Nov-03, 02:09 AM Reply #236 »
I fell asleep at half time when it was 4 penalties to two.

Commiserations to my old schoolmate Eddie Jones and the large English Rugby following in Australia.

Rugby has become boring and predictable for mine. Used to go watch my son play for Waverley 1sts a few years back and schoolboy Rugby is far more interesting than the slowed down tripe served up at the top levels.

Mistakes rarely made, referees dominating the game.

The "fallibility" of schoolboy Rugby is what makes it more interesting.

Rugby rulemakers need to look at introducing encouragement for risk taking so the crowd doesn't fall asleep. The 3 point penalty should be a thing of the past.


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« 2019-Nov-20, 02:36 PM Reply #237 »
Dave Rennie’s Wallabies coaching appointment highlights sad state of Australian rugby

When director of rugby Scott Johnson and the brains trust at Rugby Australia sat down to consider the contenders to be the new Wallabies coach, how many Australians were on their short list?

Answer: none.

Well, probably none. Not very many anyway and none of them serious contenders.

The great tragedy of the appointment of Kiwi Dave Rennie to take over from Michael Cheika is that once again Australia, once a powerhouse of world rugby, can’t come up with an Aussie to coach the national side.

The only Australians who might have been considered were Eddie Jones, whose paymasters in England insisted he would not be leaving, and Brumbies coach Dan McKellar. And McKellar, of course, ruled himself out, saying he was not yet ready to coach the Wallabies. With all due respect, he was probably correct.

That left a field of New Zealanders — reportedly Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, a strong contender to get the All Blacks job, Japan coach Jamie Joseph and Rennie.

It’s hard to be critical of the decision to appoint Rennie, who comes with a solid CV. He coached the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles and has had success with the Glasgow Warriors.

He may well turn the Wallabies around, particularly if he has his former assistant coach Wayne Smith — no, not The Australian’s rugby editor, the former All Blacks tactician — on his staff.

But the fact that no Australian coach was on the radar is an outrage. And it is symptomatic of the decline of Australian rugby.

The game is in crisis from top to bottom in Australia: under siege from other codes in the schools, underfunded at club level, underwhelming in Super Rugby and under the gun internationally.

The National Rugby Championship is a white elephant, Super Rugby teams are struggling — poor performances and crowds down — and the Wallabies have just produced their worst result in World Cup history.

The system that once produced a steady stream of great players has sputtered to a halt. Pathways for young players are breaking down, many talented youngsters are switching to rugby league and even established Wallabies are being lured overseas.

But just as importantly, the struggling system is no longer producing world-beating coaches. The country that once developed Bob Dwyer, Rod Macqueen, Alan Jones and John Connolly — to name just a few — has no one.

New Zealand has an unrivalled system for developing great rugby players, but it also puts emphasis on developing great coaches. NZ Rugby has a firm hand on the coaching structure at all levels nationally but also across the provinces. The result is an embarrassment of coaching riches. It is a system that Australia should look closely at.

Rugby Australia has an opportunity for renewal early next year with the departure of chairman Cameron Clyne and three other vacancies on the board.

It is a chance for bold change, change that will begin the rebuild of the code in Australia from the schools up. Change that will help Australia develop another generation of Wallaby greats. And, hopefully, change that will give us an Australian worthy of coaching the Wallabies.


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Coach isn't the problem.

RA is the problem. Get rid of those who got rid of Israel Folau and get him back - and go back to pinching Rugby League players.

Latrell Mitchell is looking for a million dollars a year. Small change.

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« 2019-Nov-20, 02:46 PM Reply #238 »
So we've now got a Kiwi CEO and a Kiwi coach.

Are we aiming to be New Zealand's back up the All Blacks?

Let's call ourselves the Small Blacks if that name's not taken.

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« 2019-Nov-20, 03:34 PM Reply #239 »
Castle is an Australian born in Wagga.

I guess if employing a non Australian coach means rugby is in a bad state England must also be not too good having an Australian coach.

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« 2019-Nov-20, 03:56 PM Reply #240 »
She could've been born on the moon for all I care - with an accent like that and being awarded New Zealand honours for her contributions to New Zealand sport she's as Kiwi as they come.



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« 2019-Nov-20, 09:19 PM Reply #241 »
Really good coach Dave Rennie!

Not being available until July next year probably ruled him out of the All Black job.

The Aussie junior sides have been going well so he might just be the man.......certainly will finish with a far better record than Cheika!



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« 2019-Nov-25, 07:01 AM Reply #242 »
There is a report today in SMH that Foxtel could walk away from Super Rugby when the broadcast deal expires.

It also reported Optus sports is interested in the Rugby and according to Optus, it has 700.000 subscribers. From memory, Optus mobile plans used to come with free subscription to Optus Sports. Not sure these days.

NRL and AFL will be watching with great interest as it is a chance to drive up prices for them when it is their chance to negotiate.

Foxtel lost subscribers when Premier League went to Optus so losing AFL or NRL will simply be a no no but will they sacrifice Rugby is the interesting question.

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« 2019-Dec-04, 09:38 PM Reply #243 »
Israel Folau: Rugby’s apology vindicates me

Israel Folau says he has been “vindicated” by Rugby Australia’s apology and he is now “looking forward” to the Morrison government passing laws protecting the right to religious expression.

The banished Wallaby superstar, with wife Maria by his side, spoke of his happiness on Wednesday at reaching a confidential settlement with Rugby Australia, ending a $14m legal battle that has embarrassed the sporting body.

The Australian understands Rugby Australia has agreed to compensate Folau several million dollars under the terms of the settlement. It came after 15 hours of negotiations this week, bringing to an end one of the most damaging periods for rugby in Australia.

The code sacked the deeply ­religious Wallaby for making ­social media posts that said homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators and drunkards were going to hell.

“We are extremely pleased with the settlement reached today,” Folau said, in a video posted to his website.

“With today’s acknowledgment and apology by Rugby Australia, we have been vindicated and can move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family.”

The parties released a joint statement in which Rugby Australia said it “acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus”.

Similarly, the statement said Folau “did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused”. In the video, posted after the joint statement, Folau said the legal action was taken to protect the rights of people of faith and he looked forward to the federal governme­nt enshrining the freedoms in law.

“We started this journey on behalf of all people of faith to protect their rights of freedom of speech and religion,” he said.

“We now look forward to the federal government enacting the legislation necessary to further protect and strengthen these rights for all Australians … Maria and I would like to thank God for his guidance and strength,” he said.

“Thank you to our supporters for their thoughts and prayers, in particular our families, our con­gre­gation as well as Martyn Iles and the Australian Christian Lobby.”

Religious lobby group ACL raised $2.2m to fund Folau’s legal campaign against Rugby Australia after he was sacked.

Mr Iles said donors to Folau’s cause would be contacted and get their money back. “Donors who gave to the Folau campaign will be contacted in due course and are entitled to refunds on a pro-rata basis, in accordance with our original commitment,” he said on Twitter. “Thank you all for contributing to an important result for religious freedom.”


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/rugby-union/israel-folau-rugby-australia-reach-settlement/

A great day for those of us who value freedom of speech and expression against the dark forces of political virtue signalling.

Now that Peter Beattie and Todd Greenberg shot their big mouths off before this case was settled, what will happen if Souths or Brisbane sign Folau in the next few days?

They will almost certainly lose any court challenge.

Castles and Greenberg should go (Beattie is already going thank God).

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« 2019-Dec-05, 06:43 AM Reply #244 »
 PP, yes you can quote me for the future, I do agree with parts of your post.

After the Folau settlement which is rumoured to be $8million, how on earth do the RA Board and CEO Castle keep their job?

Regardless of people’s point of view regarding the Folau comments, RA has egg on it’s face with the settlement.

Personally, I thought this was a great case of freedom of speech v employee obligations regarding company values / mission. Any court ruling would have far reaching effects on most workplaces including mine.

Now I ponder why RA let this drag on especially with the negative press and the effect on the Wallabies etc. If this was a values based argument as they kept claiming, they should have followed through to the end even if they lost.

Folau never wavered in his argument and stuck solid to his guns especially with the backing of the likes of AJ, ACL etc. He may have lost a few supporters with his bushfire comments but that aside, he never backed down and won his case.

I think RA has alienated their brand even further now. I see the spin doctors are already in force with them but I just don’t see it. If I was a sponsor with Christian clients or one with LGBTI affiliation or even a neutral brand I would not go anywhere near them.

Since the last WC, the RA board has seen the Wallabies lose regularly, kick out the Western Force, presided over the Folau sacking / settlement, crowds and ratings decline. In anyone’s language, they just seem inept.

What does Folau do now too? He won his case but where does go now, back to union or league or retire. There are thoughts League or Union might not register him but at the end of the day, both codes have allowed ex cons or DV perpetrators back so there is a hypocrisy if they believe Folau’s comments are worse than that.
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« 2019-Dec-05, 07:03 AM Reply #245 »
PP, it is more likely the Roosters who will sign Folau, not the Rabbitohs 🤪

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« 2019-Dec-05, 09:29 AM Reply #246 »
PP, it is more likely the Roosters who will sign Folau, not the Rabbitohs 🤪

We can't afford him under the cap.

When other teams player's "retire" (and get a payoff as a director to make sure they retire), they don't get the concessions that Souths get  :bleh:

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« 2019-Dec-05, 01:17 PM Reply #247 »
The report of $8million is ridiculous and RA have said so this morning.

The statement was that the settlement was for less than it would have cost them in lawyers' fees etc if matter went to trial.

In spite of Folau's "vindication" claim the confidential settlement called for both parties to apologise.

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« 2019-Dec-05, 05:39 PM Reply #248 »
The report of $8million is ridiculous and RA have said so this morning.

The statement was that the settlement was for less than it would have cost them in lawyers' fees etc if matter went to trial.

In spite of Folau's "vindication" claim the confidential settlement called for both parties to apologise.

The figure is the strange part as both sides are putting spins on this.

There have been reports in the media ranging from $200k to $8 million.  It is an extreme difference on terms of percentage disparity.

Which version is fake news?

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« 2019-Dec-05, 06:37 PM Reply #249 »
Probably both. I would think everyone is simply guessing


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