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Rugby Australia to target top NRL talent

taste2taste

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Once this WC is over maybe some outside backs come back.

Semi Radradra would look good in a Sharks jersey.

Maybe Burgess can get one from the Brits for his English team.

Whatever plans Kickby AU had are dead, the tide has turned.

Any of the Saffa outside backs any good?
It would have been great to see Semi back in the NRL, he was playing with Bristol but all English clubs are tightening thier spending so he signed a 2 yr contract in France, by the time that contract ends he'll be 33

It's a shame his talent doesn't get used in rugby, NRL 94 games 82 tries, Union 109 games 31 tries.

If you have a look on YouTube there's a highlight package from his Parramatta days, I have no doubt he would have been the GOAT winger if he'd stayed.
 

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The ARU are now looking at the possibility of recruiting coaches from rugby league.
Apparently several U6s coaches from across sydney have been approached with the view to taking over from eddie jones with the attitude "well they aren't going to do any worse are they"
 

t-ba

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Joseph better start boning up on his French if he wants a payday aftet this one.
 

bazza

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Joseph better start boning up on his French if he wants a payday aftet this one.
the saying "playing union see the world" might be getting more apt as it could soon be that you will have to leave Australia if you want to make a living from playing that sport
 

SpaceMonkey

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The fall of Australian RU in the last 20 years has been stunning. At that point they’d won 2 out of 4 of the World Cups thatd been held, twice won the tri-nations, held the Bledisloe Cup for 5 years, and the Brumbies had won two super rugby titles, were perennial finalists and were rivalling the Raiders in Canberra.
Now they haven’t won the Bledisloe since 2002, haven’t won another RWC, haven’t had a team win a Super Rugby title in a decade and are about to crash out of the RWC in the pool stages. It makes the super league war look like a blip on the radar by comparison.

And it’s damaging the sport in NZ too because trans-Tasman rivalry was a good chunk of what make supporting the All Blacks and Super Rugby teams fun.
 

bazza

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And it’s damaging the sport in NZ too because trans-Tasman rivalry was a good chunk of what make supporting the All Blacks and Super Rugby teams fun.
I imagine the annual matches against Australia are/were a big source of revenue for NZ
Will they be taking this annual flogging on the road to say Napier now that interest is waning
 

taste2taste

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The fall of Australian RU in the last 20 years has been stunning. At that point they’d won 2 out of 4 of the World Cups thatd been held, twice won the tri-nations, held the Bledisloe Cup for 5 years, and the Brumbies had won two super rugby titles, were perennial finalists and were rivalling the Raiders in Canberra.
Now they haven’t won the Bledisloe since 2002, haven’t won another RWC, haven’t had a team win a Super Rugby title in a decade and are about to crash out of the RWC in the pool stages. It makes the super league war look like a blip on the radar by comparison.

And it’s damaging the sport in NZ too because trans-Tasman rivalry was a good chunk of what make supporting the All Blacks and Super Rugby teams fun.
When League had the paid U20 competition, that's when we made serious inroads to thier recruitment and they've never recovered.
These days RA can't match NRL clubs financially so they resort to selling them the dream of wearing the Wallabies jersey and travelling the world...but if the Wallabies are loosing no kid will want to go down that path.
 

taste2taste

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I imagine the annual matches against Australia are/were a big source of revenue for NZ
Will they be taking this annual flogging on the road to say Napier now that interest is waning
The thing is the All Blacks are so bad these days that most Bledisloe games are close.
 

Bukowski

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When League had the paid U20 competition, that's when we made serious inroads to thier recruitment and they've never recovered.
These days RA can't match NRL clubs financially so they resort to selling them the dream of wearing the Wallabies jersey and travelling the world...but if the Wallabies are loosing no kid will want to go down that path.
There's no celebrity status either. They disappear to obscurity
 

some11

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Didn't even realise there was a world cup on.

Neither did anyone else in australia tbf
 

some11

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I'm starting to loose track of all the new records the Wallabies are setting

In the past 12 months,
Biggest ever loss to France
First lose to Italy
First loss to Fiji in 70 yrs
First time being knocked out in the pool stage
Biggest ever loss to Wales

And to top it off they are 75m in debt.

The future is bright !
Don't worry, they still have their elite private school connections to find a career that isn't filled with shame and embarassment.
 

SpaceMonkey

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I imagine the annual matches against Australia are/were a big source of revenue for NZ
Will they be taking this annual flogging on the road to say Napier now that interest is waning
Don’t think it’s quite at that level TBH. It’s not at Eden Park every year and it’d still comfortably sell out the other grounds. But the general buzz around the games isn’t the same.
 

SpaceMonkey

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Didn't even realise there was a world cup on.

Neither did anyone else in australia tbf
A decade ago I remember getting Foxtel on XBox just to watch the RWC that year. This year I haven’t watched a single game. I might make the effort for the finals. Maybe.
 

taste2taste

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Don't they just use the Wallabies games to give the second string squad members a run?
Yeah good piont, in this year's 2nd Bledisloe the All Blacks rested 12 starters and still won.

But the All Blacks have lost all thier games to the top teams in the past 3 months, to the Springboks, France and loosing at home for the first time ever to Ireland.
 

SpaceMonkey

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Yeah good piont, in this year's 2nd Bledisloe the All Blacks rested 12 starters and still won.

But the All Blacks have lost all thier games to the top teams in the past 3 months, to the Springboks, France and loosing at home for the first time ever to Ireland.
To be fair they also beat the Springboks. But in general the northern hemisphere has caught up to to us now, France, Ireland, England and Wales can foot it with the SH teams and beat them regularly.
 

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