The Aussie 23 under 23

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Aussie U20s celebrating a win against NZ in the 2016 Oceania Under 20s Championship Photo Source: HJ Nelson
The depth in Australian rugby appears to be on the up. Something that can only be a positive when looking towards the future and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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South Africa R. U. Kidding me? Super Rugby’s Rot

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I honestly believe, in announcing the cessation of the Western Force’s license, the ARU has finally signed Super Rugby (SR) and SANZAAR’s death warrants.

Super Rugby has expanded beyond redemption and it all boils down to South African Rugby Union’s (SARU) selfish agenda and the lack of a spine from the ARU and NZRU. 

The result? The demise of the spine of the competition, which was based around each side playing one another in a round robin format, along with the spirit of local derbies. Continue reading

It’s Time For Two Tiers In Super Rugby

super rugbyIn the words of the Katie Perry “Super Rugby changes structures, like a girl changes clothes” and very few fans would disagree that the current system is in a shambles.

There is no doubt that the most recent venture into expansion and the inclusion of the Argentinian Jaguares and the Japanese Sunwolves, was intended to broaden the marketing base, hopefully providing a gravy train for the host nations. Yet,the most recent evolution of the competition to a two conference, four group structure, in which many teams will face off only once every second year has proven confusing at best, and disastrous at worst.

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Most Improved Australian XV

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The player depth for the Wallabies is a reason for optimism. Photo sourced from http://www.stuff.co.nz

There is a lot to loath from the Australian Super Rugby conference in 2016, but there is also something to love. Depth.

It may not be immediately evident but once digging through all the hysteria of the post-Rugby World Cup exodus and the performance of the Aussie conference, there are some positive signs to draw hope. Continue reading