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The Rennie Hill Present ?

Friday’s Rugby Information.

G’day & welcome to yet one more Friday G&GRs.

What on this rotating bluey-green orb was that final weekend? Was it a rugby check or the Rennie Hill present? For certain as shite as I watched the protection, I swear all I heard was this.

I’ve witnessed some god-awful calamities in my time. Wars, pestilence, pure disasters, Labor governments, ‘Movie star Huge Brother’ to call a number of, however I ain’t by no means seen something just like the inane drivel masquerading as rugby trotted out by the Wallabies final week.

At the moment, let’s take a deep breath and have a look at the larger image with ‘Come Once more?’. Run an eye fixed over the squad for the check collection towards The Pope’s Lot with ‘Again to an Orange future’. Throw our assist behind our Wallaroos ‘In gold we belief’. Jump over the dutch and have a look at a Kiwi teaching ‘disaster‘ with ‘Ut sims a wik und a wun miks a duffrence’ and end it off with ‘Friday’s Goss with Hoss’, just lately secretly sworn in as minister for all the things on G&GR.

‘Within the fairly phrases of the Virgin Mary……’


A throw away line in a SMH article earlier this week despatched my blood chilly. It was from Andy ‘Lex’ Marinos concerning Dave Rennie and said:

‘RA wouldn’t enter into contract extension talks with coach Dave Rennie till after the spring tour this yr’

‘Contract extension?’ Based mostly on what precisely, being man? Positive, he appears a terrific man and all spherical respectable human being, however ain’t he additionally considerably measured towards outcomes, progress, sport plan, S&C successes, participant growth and the well being of the code? And by ‘success’ I imply with a profitable outcome at present sitting over 60% and monitoring upwards with the last word purpose being within the area north of 70%?

As a way of reference:

  • Final two years we’re 9 of 19 = 47% win price
  • Final twelve months we’re 4 of 10 = 40%
  • Underneath DR’s reign we’re 40% total

And all of this warrants ‘contract extension’ talks? So that you solely have to achieve success at your core position 40% of the time to get your position renewed? Bugger me, the place do you apply?

I completely get long run planning, succession plans, world cup cycles and the necessity to plan nicely prematurely. It’s prudent, it’s sensible, it’s warranted. BUT, haven’t us rugby followers & RA been right here earlier than? Was not this path trodden with one M Cheika in latest historical past? Have been all of us not left with the style and splatter of excrement over our faces?

Am I being too harsh?

I’ve requested myself that very query. However have a look at the DR period, let’s not simply give attention to the current accidents, however as an alternative a view from the helicopter of perspective, the final three years. Can any fan on right here inform me the Wallabies are a stronger, extra constant facet now after three years underneath DR?

Positive there was COVID disruptions and the like, however haven’t all nations confronted these as nicely? With 12 months to the RWC and our facet equalling its lowest ever rating of #7 on this planet, it’s a rhetorical query actually, however can anybody right here place their hand on the center and say we’re a real probability of profitable the 2023 RWC and never simply QF cannon fodder?

If that reply is ‘no’, then shouldn’t RA be wanting on the most suitable choice to steer the Wallabies put up 2023 right into a probably financially profitable future that includes:

  • 2025 FUKIRs tour
  • 2026 Victorian Commonwealth Video games
  • 2027 Males’s RWC
  • 2029 Ladies’s RWC
  • 2032 Olympics within the banjo capital of the universe

On the very minimal the monetary success of internet hosting these large occasions hinges on the halo product of RA, the Wallabies, being persistently profitable and I reckon one thing like a 75% can be required to greatest leverage the monetary promised lands forward. So subsequently ought to a 40% win-rate entitle the holder of such a mantle a seat on the desk to debate the long run? Particularly when the monetary stakes and future well being of the code are actually at stake?

Possibly profitable the 23 RWC and being the World Champions main into 2025 & past is the solely factor that issues? Positive RA have ‘postponed’ contract extension talks, however the reality they’re even contemplating them at this level for Rennie, based mostly on three years and a 40% profitable file, virtually beggars perception.

Possibly RA have already proven their hand with Chuckles McKellar becoming a member of the teaching group subsequent yr on a full time foundation. Possibly the succession/ascension plan is already staring us all within the face. Maybe with the human headline Eddie ‘Dr Evil’ Jones as Director of Teaching as a mentor and to generate publicity. There’s the jingoistic ‘all Aussie’ theme that might resonate with some. With Chuckles in cost there’s additionally the familiarity of coach & participant from his time inside planet Wallaby, particularly with so many Brumbies & not sufficient Tahs within the squad. There’s all of that, however there’s additionally the stench of ‘group failure’ related to it to. For certain because the solar doth rise, profitable is a behavior, however so too is dropping and the Wallabies of the final three years and their coaches have a 60% dropping behavior.

For the file, I genuinely need Rennie & the Wallabies to succeed, I actually do. Nonetheless, the clock is certainly towards this lot so far as success in subsequent yr’s RWC is worried. With RA’s ‘cash practice’ for 2025 onwards quickly departing the station, future choices must be meticulous & ruthless. The code has a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to fill the coffers and place it in monetary well being to final a era.

I might beseech RA to take time and examine all teaching choices, even these at present sitting house bored on NZ’s South Island, earlier than entertaining any extension for Mr Rennie.

The way forward for the code calls for as a lot.

It appears the solutions we crave for 2023 are present in 2015…….


Do you bear in mind all these trophies the Wallabies gained between 2014 – 2019? The success we shared in, the titles, the silverware, the glory? Nope, me neither however apparently the success we crave now and in subsequent yr’s RWC may be discovered within the failings (2015 RWC closing apart) of the 2014-2019 era – duhhh!

The squad for the assessments v The Catholics has been introduced and it’s a blast from the previous with Spanners Foley within the combine & Gilbert Beale reportedly being invited into camp subsequent week for a ‘conditioning verify’.

To be honest, since our ignominious exit on the QF stage of the 19 RWC, I’ve watched precisely 0.00 seconds of Mr Foley’s time in Nipponville and it’s solely honest I choose him on tomorrow and never on the cheap Beatles ditty of ‘Yesterday’. I learn that he’s bodily and mentally refreshed and taking part in respectable ball, so I want him good luck and luck and apart from who hasn’t come again from Japan a greater participant up to now? That subject alone is deserving of an article in its personal proper. A supposed rugby minnow growing gamers higher than a conventional rugby superpower? Nutta, possibly one for Chewsday?

One sizeable omission is that of JOC who has missed the squad of 35 fully and for a change, based mostly on his type, or lack thereof, it’s exhausting to argue together with his non-selection. JOC is understandably ‘devastated’ on the name and has been given some suggestions from the teaching workers for ‘work-ons’ to pressure his approach again in. Rennie provides some perception into JOC’s no-go on

All that’s nicely and good, however I might add that if selectors had been constant, then absolutely Tupou ought to have been omitted as nicely? A number of missed tackles, quite a few penalties conceded and fully toweled up by a novice prop 30kg slighter than he and he will get a free cross? To my eye, one will get dumped on type, whereas within the subsequent breath the opposite retains their spot on ‘potential’. How does that work?

The squad sees the return of many injured cavalry together with Kellaway (hamstring), Sio (arm), Bell (toe), Paisami, Folau & Porecki (all concussions) & Ala’alatoa (private causes). Captain Hoops remains to be out with ‘no date’ set for a return, if in any respect Hoops truly ever returns.

Having watched the Aussie A assessments I can’t inform you how excited I’m to see 21yo Tah, Langi Gleeson make the squad. Whereas Sideshow Bob is much and away our greatest #8 and world class at that, Gleeson is an actual prospect as a loosie and he is a superb prospect for the long run. What this all means for Soiled Harry Wilson is the $64 query.

Extra squad particulars courtesy

‘Eat filth Hobbit’


Saturday twentieth August

Protection on STAN from 4.30pm. Kickoff 5.05pm AEST.

Our Buildcorp Wallaroos tackle the NZ Black Ferns this weekend for the Laurie O’Reilly Cup in Christchurch earlier than heading to Adelaide for the return fixture on 27 August and as a part of a ‘double-header’ with the Wallabies v Springboks fixture.

Chances are you’ll recall our women lead the Black Ferns at half time within the latest Pacific Cup match, additionally that includes Canadia & The Seppos. In actual fact that 10-5 result in the Wallaroos was the primary time ever within the 20 sport historical past of our women v NZ’s feminine cheats, that the Aussies had taken a lead into the break.

With the ladies’s World Cup kicking off in October this yr, confidence, combos and a primary up win over the Darkness can be a terrific platform to launch a tilt at world rugby supremacy.

Former G&GR legend, turned RA latte-loving, leather-based patch silvertail Nathan Williamson of has group particulars & extra.

Go you golden women, make it rely.

‘Two from seven and I hold the gig. Up yours Razor – waka, waka, waka’


So it has involves cross this week that Ian ‘Fozzie B Bear’ Foster has prevented the executioner’s axe and can stay the Nearlies coach till the 2023 RWC, the place they’ll finally depart within the QFs (given they’re slated to satisfy both France of Oirland who flog the Kiwis extra commonly than ScoMo flogged Westminster conventions)

Been a curler coaster trip for UNZUDD rugby funns over the past yr with the as soon as mighty facet dragging itself to a two from seven file, culminating in a bromance press convention this week with Fozzie and NZR suit-type folks.

Regardless of the choice Kiwi followers nonetheless appear unimpressed with Fozzie B Bear, though letting Joe ‘Schmidt for brains’ have an ideal affect is sensible ‘insurance coverage’ simply in case. Nonetheless, from purely an Aussie’s perspective, we might nonetheless ‘win’ by not less than beginning a dialogue with Scott Robbo – you may’t inform me England haven’t already been on the telephone to him this week!

If you happen to assume the choice to maintain B Bear as head coach is a well-liked one in NZ, I’d invite you over to the pages of and take a wee peek. A ballot of over 8,000 ‘readers’, or extra aptly these Kiwis who’ve entry to an Aussie pal to learn it to them, have voted 86% to 14% towards the transfer to maintain Foster as coach. And this a ballot outcome taken after the victory over the Dutch Dust Farmers.

I mentioned final week we ought to be cautious what we want for with Kiwi outcomes, turmoil and coaches because it might blow up in our faces as Aussie followers come Bledisloe time. On that observe I might encourage you all to get all of your Kiwi jokes out earlier than we face them within the RC, simply in case.

Come on Yowie, you recognize you need to……………

You heard it right here first finally


Hoops noticed in camp

Usually I don’t watch the ‘hilarious’ propaganda stuff of life inside camp Wallaby. I learnt many a yr in the past it’s cringe price, nausea-inducing & childish, not in contrast to Friday’s Rugby Information. However once I obtained wind of a ‘bonus’ for all followers on a latest youtube video with Falou Fainga’a mic’d up in a fitness center session, I gritted the tooth and watched. Low and behold, it briefly reveals Michael Hooper again among the many combine (1.35 minutes in). Though not a part of the RC squad, simply the presence of the inspirational skipper alone should absolutely elevate the spirits of gamers and followers alike. It does for me.

Kiwis get cheesed off – actually. studies an NPC sport between Southland v Auckland was interrupted within the second half attributable to a hearth alarm and an evacuation of the 3000-odd crowd whereas the fireplace brigade attended. The perpetrator? A burnt cheese roll within the Southland supporters clubrooms. The second was not misplaced on the bottom DJ who performed Billy Joel’s ‘We didn’t begin the fireplace’ throughout the stoppage. Gold.

WA stiffed once more?

In nice information for grassroots rugby, so long as your not in WA (let’s face it – what sane individual would need to anyway) the Rugby Membership Basis has dedicated $500k to grassroots rugby. In per week of damaging information it is a excellent news story, for the East Coast anyway. Extra from

Whispers on the wind.

Whispers from these within the know that QC’s harm, whereas nonetheless requiring surgical procedure, was not as unhealthy as first feared and he could be again subsequent yr, sooner than in any other case anticipated. Michael Lynagh could also be unimpressed although, as apparently he’s additionally being thought-about for the ‘vacant’ #10 jersey as nicely.

Tah robust. studies that the Tahs welcome again a former academy participant and Scottish U20 participant, Tom Lambert on a 2 yr deal. Good transfer from Gary Coleman and co as they might want to regulate the minutes of Angus ‘the Bull’ Bell going ahead. Say what you need about Tupou, however Bell is the long run of Australian propping shares.

In from the facet – AGAIN.

Information out of NZ final evening through that serial offender and rugby GOAT, Mr R McCaw, has been appointed director of New Zealand Rugby Industrial GP Restricted, the NZR & PI companion ‘Silver Lake’ entity. The report goes on to say that every one boardrooms are being retrofitted with facet doorways so Richie can proceed to enter from the facet, footage of Nigel Owens for applicable worship and a Haka can be carried out earlier than every assembly ‘Oh Silver Lake, Silver Lake, Cash , Cash’.

Appears about proper.

Till subsequent week – go the Wallaroos.

Hoss – out.



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