The NRC Graduate 1st & 2nd XV

NRC graduate 1st XVThe National Rugby Championship has become a great development tool for Australian rugby. Sadly there just doesn’t seem to be enough professional position to keep the rising talent base in Australia. Continue reading

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Rugby’s TMO Challenge System

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Two days have passed since the All Blacks again displayed why they are the number one side in world rugby.

There has been a lot of discussion about the ‘controversial call’ surrounding Speights no-try, but very little has been constructive.

The only coherent, unbiased analysis of the incident has come from Nick Pfitzner in his article TMO – Time to Move On?. He discusses the laws behind the TMO’s decision and the ambiguity and inconsistency behind them. He also attempts to offer a constructive solution, which I have dubbed the TMO Challenge System (TCS).

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NRC Round 8 Review: Perth full of Spirit against the Greater Sydney Rams

Ryan Louwrens delivered the ball well for the Perth Spirit against the Rams.  Photo sourced from www.Zimbo.com
Ryan Louwrens delivered the ball well for the Perth Spirit against the Rams.
Photo sourced from http://www.Zimbo.com
The Perth Spirit have launched themselves into a playoff position (top 4) in their final regular season match, handing the Greater Sydney Rams a convincing 63 to 39 point shellacking.

Fans were thrilled with a try every 320 seconds (5.33 mins) of play, with a total of 15 five pointers being scored throughout the 80 minute encounter, the most of any National Rugby Championship (NRC) match in 2015 with only one round remaining.

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NRC Review Rd 6 Review: The Sydney Stars shine against the Greater Sydney Rams

Jake Wainwright on a barnstorming run for the Stars. Photo sourced from Zimbio
Jake Wainwright on a barnstorming run for the Stars.
Photo sourced from Zimbio

Both teams started strong in front of the 2600 strong crowd, majority of which appeared to be travelling Rams supporters. It was a windy affair at Leichhardt Oval but that did nothing to slow the barrage of tries at either end of the paddock.

The Stars earned a 44-32 win against the winless Rams, keeping them in touch with the undefeated competition leaders; the Canberra Vikings and Brisbane City.
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NRC Round 5 Review: Groundhog day for the Rams as poor kicking prevented them to Rise against Melbourne

The Greater Sydney Rams let another game slip due to poor kicking, as the Melbourne Rising come from behind to earn a narrow 37-36 win.

Roughly 500 Rams and Rising faithful travelled to Morwell, in rural Victoria, to watch the clash at Latrobe Sporting Fields, on a stunning spring day.

The boys from Melbourne earned their third win of the season while to Greater Sydney boys lost their four consecutive game.

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NRC Round 4 Review: RAMdemption day falls short of fruition against Queensland Country

The Tongan Thor scores the match winner for Queensland Country against the Rams. Photo sourced from FoxSports
The Tongan Thor scores the match winner for Queensland Country against the Rams.
Photo sourced from FoxSports
The National Rugby Championships (NRC) was taken to the Sutherland Shire for the first time during Saturday’s thrilling round 4 matchup, where the Queensland Country beat the Rams 37 to 31.

“RAMdemption day” which the event was preemptively dubbed by the Ram’s ‘Horned Army”, did not fail to entertain, however it was the boys north of the boarder who took home the bacon.

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