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Friday’s Rugby Information 13/5/22

Hey people & welcome to a packed G&GR Friday’s Rugby Information!

Let’s begin with Future Fulfilled and the return of the competition for the William Webb Ellis cup to our shores. Preview The Ponies & Crusaders in ‘There will be only one’. Have a look at Round #13 of SRP. Be King for a Day and play Wallaby selector and spherical all of it out with Friday’s Goss with Hoss, at the moment topic of a 4 Corners investigation.

‘Let their cup runneth over’

Future Fulfilled.

You bloody magnificence!

It’s official girls and gents, Convey Again Invoice #2 has been confirmed. The announcement was made late Thursday night (AEST) after a vote by World Rugby Council in Dublin, cementing Australia as the primary nation to host the showpiece males’s rugby occasion for a 3rd time in 2027 (following the inaugural occasion in 1987 and in 2003), whereas additionally welcoming the ladies’s match for the primary time in 2029.

It’s no coincidence World Rugby made the choice Thursday Evening NSW time to coincide with G&GR Friday’s Information, and what information it’s. Nicely could all of us have anticipated, hoped, prayed, wished and dreamt for it, effectively, in the present day it has come to be.

I used to be fortunate sufficient to attend a number of video games once we final hosted the RWC in 2003 from the opening ceremony and match towards the FISMs, to that semi towards the ABs with the well-known Sterling Mortlock intercept & George Gregan ‘4 extra years boys, 4 extra years’ quote. Solely to have my coronary heart torn asunder by Sir Bloody Jonny Mongrel Wilkinson’s proper foot. I need to admit, although, I sat with my then 12 yo son (purchased my tickets off ebay from a Pom) in a sea of white jerseys and higher nature, friendlier, extra sociable followers I’m but to search out wherever.

That is the start of a possibility for our recreation that may very well be really code-changing and legacy constructing. Underneath the stewardship of The Hammer and the specialists he has constructed round him let’s hope that errors of the previous, as informed by Wayne ‘Yoda’ Smith within the SMH, are confined to historical past and that 2027 & 2029 will stand as beacons for years to come back for rugby in Oz.

Now RA has a narrative to inform with contract negotiation, participant retention, advertising and marketing, non-public fairness, sponsorship, succession plans et al. The preliminary exhausting work’s been carried out & received. Now it’s time for calm heads and effectively thought out present & future plans to be established.

I’m positive there was ‘wheelin & dealin’ a a lot to get to this end result. However, like a go to to my native butcher to purchase snags, I don’t care or need to know the way they made ’em, I simply need to eat ’em and ‘no’ Yowie, that’s not a euphemism (to not be confused with a ‘Ewe-for-prison’ which I consider is a NZ Division of Corrections conjugal go to program).

To RA and all concerned within the planning, the bid, the politics, the presentation, from this fan and I’m positive tens of hundreds extra, thanks and effectively carried out…………thus far.

Now make it rely.

Chuckles McKellar ‘talks’ with Saders coach Razor Robertson


Brumbies v Crusaders

Friday 13 Could 7:45 pm AEST at GIO Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

This match is so HUGE it deserves its personal article.

Following on from the stellar RWC information now we have doubtlessly the largest Trans Tasman match of the final 5 years to maintain up the optimistic vibe round OzRugger and kick off spherical #13 of Tremendous Rugby Pacific

Australia’s greatest facet v the very best of Center Earth in a ding-dong battle with the end result more likely to reverberate round greater than the SRP Ladder, particularly ‘if’ The Ponies stand up.

I learn a touch upon G&GR concerning the ‘managed violence’ of the Brumbies forwards and I assumed that superbly captured the essence of the Ponies, however not completely all of it.

This 12 months what has stood out is the week in-week out consistency of the ‘subsequent gen’ of Ponies. Not is consistency the area of simply grizzled outdated veterans like Jimmy Slips, 7As, The Lip, Samu, etcetera, it’s now a mainstay of Valetini, Brown, Lolesio, Ikitau, Simone & co and it’s that enchancment for mine that marks a extra full Ponies facet than latest years.

So to this match. I don’t reckon you possibly can underestimate the lack of Sideshow Bob Valetini to the Ponies trigger. For mine he’s the out & out ahead of all the competitors. His fees with ball in hand are fearsome, his ‘hits’ in defence thundering, his work fee, operating traces and common play, for mine, make him the premier ahead thus far this SRP season and the Wallabies are all the higher for it.

Likewise younger Noah Lolesio has performed an understated and controlling hand at #10 this season exhibiting a rugby maturity and sophistication past his years. He’s vastly improved his common kicking and performs each a high quality distribution recreation or a rising operating recreation. No, he’s not close to Princess Mo’unga from the Saders (however who’s), however he’s actually superior his recreation and all Ozrugby followers profit from it.

Now the Crusaders, the place do you begin? All Black-laden, the world’s greatest #10, vastly skilled gamers from the South Island rugby powerhouse, who by the way are additionally essentially the most constant and confirmed rugby facet on the planet over a few years. Extraordinarily effectively coached and with threats throughout the paddock.

One intriguing choice although does stand out: Leicester Faninga’anuku chosen on the pine for the Crusaders. This man carves up defences and scores tries for ‘shuts & guggles’. He could be among the many first picked in any international first XV and is maybe essentially the most harmful attacking participant in NZ and that’s a good wrap. For me, that is an acknowledgement from the Saders’ teaching construction that this can be an in depth recreation all through and they’re in search of Faninga’anuku to maybe be the purpose of distinction within the final 15 to get the end result towards a tiring facet.

I anticipate this recreation to be excessive octane from begin to end. Fast faucets, ball in play and end-to-end attacking rugby. Now in years gone previous that will have been a recipe to beat Australian sides, however in 2022 with health and talent ranges improved in Oz, and particularly on the Brumbies, it’s not a assured blueprint for Kiwi success. And don’t underestimate simply how good the Ponies 12-15 are both, particularly Lenny Ikitau at #13.

Let’s additionally hope Gus Gardner can get his reffing mojo again and assist ship us a powerful spectacle.

Fearless Prediction: The Kiwi Killers to proceed their march towards greatness. Ponies by 4.

Final time I noticed calves that massive they had been suckling!


All groups, occasions & protection particulars courtesy of

Highlanders v Western Drive

Friday 13 Could 5:05 pm AEST at Forsyth Barr Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

You concede 53 at residence, you ain’t going to get the candies throughout the dutch. Whereas I agree with the signing of Cron for subsequent 12 months, asserting it as early as they did successfully consigned this 12 months’s season for the Drive to the bathroom, and Tim Sampson, nor his gamers deserve that. However……

Fearless Prediction: Highlanders by 25

Fijian Drua v Moana Pasifika

Saturday 14 Could 2:35 pm AEST at CommBank Stadium, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

The battle of the newbies for bragging rights. MP had been brutal at their breakdown work final week and pushed the Tahs exhausting all the best way (loosen up peeples – by no means doubtful) and we all know the enjoyment and Fijian soul that goes into the Drua’s efforts, though final week was fairly horrific viewing.

Arduous to select this one for a wide range of causes. My coronary heart says Fiji however the brutality of the MP facet lingers giant. Nonetheless, must be an superior environment out at Parramatta for this one.

Fearless Prediction: MP by 12

Blues v Queensland Reds

Saturday 14 Could 5:05 pm AEST at Eden Park, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

Completely satisfied wrote piece yesterday concerning the injury-ravaged Reds facet, and he was proper when saying that regardless of the Reds losses they’ve been largely ‘in’ the video games until the tip, generally surprisingly so.

This week sees JOC 2.0 return so as to add composure and rugby smarts to the facet and positively their backline appears to be like way more assured for his return. BUT, the backs can only play with the ball their forwards safe and I can’t see the Communists Piggies securing sufficient ‘entrance foot’ ball towards a formidable Blues pack for the fairies to do their factor.

Fearless Prediction: Blues by 19

NSW Waratahs v Hurricanes

Saturday 14 Could 7:45 pm AEST at Leichhardt Oval, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

The Tahs return to the scene of their grandest victory in an age, this time to face Ardie Savea’s Hurricanes. How bout i simply save phrases right here – y’all know what’s a comin’ subsequent.

Fearless Prediction: Tahs by 14

Melbourne Rebels v Chiefs

Sunday 15 Could 2:00 pm AEST at AAMI Park, ad-free, stay and on demand on Stan Sport

Can’t actually discover a optimistic to align towards the Rebels, sorry. Final week’s efficiency was devoid of any discernible optimistic effort, spirit, soul or angle and that don’t appropriate itself in every week. No matter ails the Mexican facet is bone deep and the season can’t finish quickly sufficient for them.

Fearless Prediction: Chiefs by 35

Thanks, thanks very a lot.


We’re 12 rounds into SRP and it’s been 6-7 weeks since you chose your preliminary G&R Wallabies squad for 2023. So with that mentioned, who would you decide now?

Who’re your bolters, who’s solidified their spot, who’s fallen from favour?

Click on on this hyperlink to vote & please share with any Rugby loving mates – the extra votes the higher.

The G&GR Wallaby Squad 2.0 can be revealed in subsequent Friday’s Rugby Information.

‘That’s alright Hossy, that’s alright with you. That’s alright Hossy, simply any Tah will do’

‘Your heard it right here first finally


New strips a visit.

How good is the brand new ‘First Nations’ jersey and simply why isn’t this our ‘everlasting’ strip? For mine it’s an absolute cracker of a strip and I’d adore it to be our everlasting look.

Ned man strolling

Most Australians favorite Tah and Wallaby certainty, Ned ‘Flanders’ Hanigan slips again into the Tahs jersey this week and returns by way of the pine for the sky blue. His return can only bolster competitors for spots in each the sky blue & orange jerseys (aren’t they the identical factor?). In additional excellent news former prop Paddy Ryan returns so as to add depth to entrance row shares with HJH possible out for the remainder of the SRP season.

Wot e mentioned

One other week, one more reason to learn Cause on

COVID, Pause, Reset’

You’ve actually bought to really feel for the MP facet don’tcha. Season one in SRP was all the time going to be problem sufficient not to mention with a number of COVID disruptions. To their credit score they’ve sucked it up and hooked in. Tremendous Rugby Pacific officers have now confirmed the postponed spherical 10 match between Moana Pasifika and Western Drive has been rescheduled for Tuesday Could 24.

It’s the vibe

Is it simply me is it or is the entire vibe round OzRugby a notch or two up from earlier years? Excellent news tales each on and off the sphere, regular skilled stewardship from ‘the fits’ and enhancing/ aggressive performances from our boys & women on the paddocks.

Ain’t life grand.

Till subsequent Friday – go you good issues.

Hoss out.


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