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Rugby Australia to target top NRL talent

Jim Swift

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Argentine politics has been mainly right wing psychos since they sheltered Nazis after WWII.
Touring rugby teams are mostly unaffected. They do get to meet a lot of local women though…
 

The Great Dane

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Argentine politics has been mainly right wing psychos since they sheltered Nazis after WWII.
Touring rugby teams are mostly unaffected. They do get to meet a lot of local women though…
Though that's true to an extent, particularly pre-80s, it's also way more complex than that.

The reality is that Argentine politics, like most South and Central American politics, doesn't mesh very well with the standard Western conceptions of the left and right wing of politics for the most part, and would be better described as being totally overrun with extremism, corruption, and incompetence on all sides by our standards.

Milei for example is an extremist Libertarian. So extremist that his ideology sits so far outside the Overton window by Australian standards that trying to warp it to fit neatly into our left/right dichotomy is a fool's errand.
 

titoelcolombiano

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So there isn’t one person playing rugby union who is a star?
No one that really transcends the sport, no. At least in Australia. In New Zealand probably, in South Africa maybe. Everywhere else it is pretty niche and there are certainly no global superstars from Union.
 
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kurt faulk

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That dope doesn't realise the most important point. League took all the crap from the union game out of it's game so it became a sport worth watching.

Non stop kicking, line outs, 5 minute scrums and worst of all, the never ending rucking. Who enjoys watching those things?

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Wb1234

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That dope doesn't realise the most important point. League took all the crap from the union game out of it's game so it became a sport worth watching.

Non stop kicking, line outs, 5 minute scrums and worst of all, the never ending rucking. Who enjoys watching those things?

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@Vlad59 does !
 

Jim Swift

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The NZ Rugby empire struck back yesterday. While the Warriors were being crushed by the un fancied Titans, the Auckland Blues won the Super Rugby title in front of a sold out Eden Park. With Souths tragic Caleb Clark featuring strongly. Hopefully he’s not immune to Wayne’s persuasiveness.
 

Brian potter

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The NZ Rugby empire struck back yesterday. While the Warriors were being crushed by the un fancied Titans, the Auckland Blues won the Super Rugby title in front of a sold out Eden Park. With Souths tragic Caleb Clark featuring strongly. Hopefully he’s not immune to Wayne’s persuasiveness.
It was an all New Zealand grandfinal that was always going to sellout.

the big test for the warriors is not letting their season spiral out of control that sees them finishing in the bottom 2.
 

Vlad59

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No one that really transcends the sport, no. At least in Australia. In New Zealand probably, in South Africa maybe. Everywhere else it is pretty niche and there are certainly no global superstars from Union.
First statement is 100% correct. I’m not sure I could name a single rugby player these days. But there must be a star out there somewhere lol
 

taste2taste

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The NZ Rugby empire struck back yesterday. While the Warriors were being crushed by the un fancied Titans, the Auckland Blues won the Super Rugby title in front of a sold out Eden Park. With Souths tragic Caleb Clark featuring strongly. Hopefully he’s not immune to Wayne’s persuasiveness.
Caleb Clarke has spoken about playing in the NRL, he'd be an absolute weapon.

Problem is league Wingers get paid about 600k, in Union he could get 1m +

Shame the clubs ( mosty the bottom placed teams ) voted against cap dispensation for signing Union players.
 
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Caleb Clarke has spoken about playing in the NRL, he'd be an absolute weapon.

Problem is league Wingers get paid about 600k, in Union he could get 1m +

Shame the clubs ( mosty the bottom placed teams ) voted against cap dispensation for signing Union players.

Clarke wont be on a mill with NZR. When he last re-signed in mid '22 he'd had a good SR season but hadn't played a test in 2 years so he wouldn't have demanded a top tier contract. I'd guess maybe 600-700k tops?

He's off contract this year though so no doubt weighing options. But he's the form left wing in the country too after a massive SR so one of those options will be a likely AB starting spot.

I agree though; he'd go real well as an NRL wing. Brick of a dude with a sprinting background and good in the air as well.
 

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