The Rugby World Cup.
It’s about patriotism, who you are and where you come from.
It’s about your lineage, your family, your heritage.
It’s about being Australian, losing your voice yelling at the television and going through the heart breaks and successes of the Wallabies.
Round 1 of the Rugby Championships (RC) has already kicked off, with the classy All Blacks toppling the spirited Pumas (39-18), while the Wallabies are set to take on the Springboks tonight at 8:05 in Brisbane.
A number of Australia’s illustrious rugby players are based overseas, heading overseas post-Rugby World Cup (RWC) or undecided on their futures. Do the Wallabies really have the depth to continue to resist selecting overseas-based players? Who would wear Wallabies gold if selection policies were to change today?
The ongoing debate on whether rugby laws should be altered in order to promote a more exciting product is fast becoming a hot topic. Experimental laws are being trialled at a number of domestic competitions around the world including the inaugural season of Australia’s National Rugby Championships’ and South Africa’s Varsity Cup. To date, the NRC is producing some of the most crowd thrilling games of rugby that can be watched around the planet, mainly due to law variations. On the other hand, international rugby laws are too complicated, reducing the speed and entertainment of the game. It is time the the IRB takes notice of what it’s fans want: exciting, fast paced rugby.
Round 4 of the National Rugby Championships continues on Saturday, at Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta. The Rams will be hoping to barge home their second straight victory and their first home win, while the Stars aim to get off the blocks for their 2014 campaign.
It was another high scoring round in the NRC this week: the Eagles, Rams, Vikings and Rising all took home the bacon, while the Rays, Spirit, and both Queensland teams left empty handed.