‘Go forward Hoss, I dare you!’ Serial slapper, Will Smith.

Friday’s Rugby Information

G’day and welcome to yet one more Friday’s Rugby Information. My how time flies this 12 months.

Right this moment let’s begin with merely unbelievable information emanating from RA this morning and the return of Israel Folau. Check out a blight on the sport with disciplinary issues. Run a watch over Tremendous Rugby Pacific Spherical #7 and spherical it out with Friday’s ‘Goss’ with Hoss’, slapped by Will Smith loads of instances.

OMG !!!!!!!!!


Breaking information out of RA within the very early hours of this morning, confirmed with a supply @ rugby.com.au, who for now I’ll merely name by a deep cowl title of Nate Williamsboy, that one Israel Folau has resigned with RA & the NSW Waratahs on a two 12 months deal, reportedly price a staggering $1.65 million {dollars} a season. Not solely that, however the signing was on the route of and with full approval of Wallabies coach Dave ‘Moses’ Rennie!

The report goes onto say that Moses Rennie has ‘vital’ considerations over the gold #15 jersey with Tom ‘The Head-butter’ Banks, Reece ‘The Clydedale’ Hodge and younger Jordan ‘of Nazareth’ Petaia but to completely make the spot theirs, Rennie has despatched out the SOS and a fairly massive cheque to the previous attacking dynamo in a bid to bolster our attacking ranks in hope of boosting our 2023 RWC probabilities.

Like me, a whole lot of you should have questions and vary of blended feelings, I’m not sure precisely how I really feel, for now, principally shocked and utterly incredulous.

Slightly than report in additional element now, full particulars of the inside workings and timelines of the entire affair will be discovered right here.

‘That may’t be proper, I’m Richie McCaw’


Nicely, to paraphrase the Mayor of Hiroshima – ‘what the bloody hell was that?’ When is a purple card not a purple card? Appears to differ relying on who sits on the ‘committee’ reviewing it.

I’m on report as utterly behind the necessity to make rugby protected for now and for afterward. The science behind the hyperlinks with repeated concussions and the danger of CTE is compelling and one thing all of us have to be proactive with at the moment. So on that entrance any contact to the top is to be handled and mitigating elements in such occasions to be ‘weighted’ accordingly.

With this in thoughts, what are ‘mitigating elements’? Is it the drive of authorized influence inflicting two object of various mass and velocity to trigger a head to ‘jolt ahead’, unavoidably inflicting influence like these two examples

  • Marika ‘The Exocet’ Koroibete’s deal with
  • Consequence – purple card throughout the match with the choice subsequently overturned and no suspension issued.

Or is it this:

  • ‘Sideshow Bob’ Valetini’s purple card for his deal with in opposition to Wales throughout late 2021
  • Consequence – purple card. 6 week ban, subsequently downgraded to 2 weeks

Or is it this:

  • Tom ‘Bastards’ Banks and his face plant on Tony Pulu of final spherical
  • Consequence – purple card and no case discovered to reply, no suspension and aside from damage to TB himself he would in any other case be free to play

However are ANY of them clear and direct preliminary contact to the top or is head contact an unavoidabe consequence of the preliminary influence?

To be frank, I really really feel for the referees and the present legal guidelines/protocols in place relating to these issues. The ref’s are not any extra responsible for the implementation of legal guidelines/protocols issued by World Rugby, than they’re in having cousins for his or her dad and mom.

To be clear – if the three examples above have been purple playing cards, then why haven’t the judiciary supported there officers and handed out bans accordingly. For both the refs are proper, so it follows the legal guidelines have to be proper? But when the ref is incorrect, then it follows……

Simply to make clear, in my humble opinion I don’t assume the primary two examples met the purple card threshold, however I’d concede Banks’ deal with had fewer mitigating elements, so can settle for a purple card because the end result. However once more, what have been the sanctions issued after the playing cards issued? No cost, banned for six weeks and lowered to 2 weeks & no case to reply – persistently inconsistent consistency.

Maybe the legal guidelines are appropriate, but ‘mitigating elements’ may be to broad a class that wants laser-like definition. However no matter it’s how can the above tackles with vastly completely different sanctions have such a variance and past that be a whole slap within the face for match day officers who bear the brunt of those calls – Nic Berry – Rassie Erasmus is a working example.

Who’d be a ref?

Billy the Child with spoils.


After a tipping results of only one from six final week, I return to this week’s SRP Spherical #7 extra hopeful than strident for one more spherical of Rugby and one other lot of COVID disruptions. Solely 5 matches this week with a bye to The Rebels & The Drive. All this week’s SR #7 groups, venues & protection courtesy rugby.com.au

Crusaders v Highlanders

Friday 1 April 5:05 pm AEDT – Orange idea Stadium, ad-free, reside and on demand on Stan Sport

I foolishly tipped in opposition to the Crusaders final week and this week even with out Sam ‘Hodor’ Whitelock who’s out for as much as 4 weeks with a damaged digit, they’ll proceed the ache for the Highlanders this season who’re already 0 & 5, by a lot.

Fearless Prediction: Crusaders by 25

Fijian Drua v NSW Waratahs

Friday 1 April 7:45 pm AEDT – at CBS Tremendous Stadium, ad-free, reside and on demand on Stan Sport

The Drua have gone off the boil during the last couple of weeks as maybe the stress and fatigue of getting to again up every week takes its toll. Their problem is additional impeded with heavy north coast rains (once more) seeing them relocate to the Gold Coast for a couple of weeks. The Drua may also be with out head coach Mick Byrne who’s in isolation for COVID after testing optimistic.

The Tahs don’t have anything however excellent news this week nonetheless. Izy Perese re-joins the run on aspect and for the primary time in 20 lengthy months, inspirational Tah Michael Hooper makes his lengthy awaited return through the pine.

Though effectively overwhelmed final week the Tahs weren’t horrible and will get the candies right here as effectively.

Fearless Prediction: Tahs by 18. Welcome again Hoops.

Blues v Moana Pasifika

Saturday 2 April 5:05 pm AEDT – at Eden Park, ad-free, reside and on demand on Stan Sport

In a quirk of the COVID-impaired Kiwi SR season, the Blues play MP once more Saturday for the second time in every week. The Blues successful their Tuesday evening fixture 32-19, however in a match that appeared nearer than the scoreboard reveals.

The Blues will probably be with out prop Nepo Laulala who bought a purple card within the second half and subsequent 3 week ban. Whereas it will assist the MP aspect shut the hole, will that suspension, plus the IP they gained from Tuesday evening be sufficient for them to win?

Fearless Prediction: Blues, however solely simply, by 9.

Queensland Reds v Brumbies

Saturday 2 April 7:45 pm AEDT – at Suncorp Stadium, ad-free, reside and on demand on Stan Sport and 9 Community

Wasn’t this simply on?

Final time spherical I admittedly hyped this recreation up as a possible cracker and boy it positive disillusioned. It was a horrid match between two sides determined not to lose, versus two dynamic groups making an attempt to impose their will over the opposite to win. It was a dreary, uninteresting and simply plain ugly spectacle to look at.

So to the ‘rematch’. I admit to having a affinity with this Reds workforce (so long as they’re not enjoying the Tahs). I just like the younger bucks coming by, I like The Padre and his teaching workers and in JOC I’ve at all times loved the ‘feel-good’ nature of his redemptive rugby arc. The Brumbies, effectively – ‘meh’. I’ve and nonetheless discover them essentially the most ‘cynical’ of Oz sides, not helped by my disdain for a small minority of some within the ACT jersey. Nonetheless, I do acknowledge they’re the flag bearers of Oz Rugby over a few years, are proficient , expert and also you dismiss them at your peril and in Chuckles McKellar and his workforce they’ve excellent coaches.

So, the place and who wins it for which aspect? I stated final time, Wallaby laden sides, man for man they nearly cancel one another out. BUT – will one aspect be braver than the opposite and play to win?

Fearless Prediction: Stuffed if I now. Reds, simply, by 3. O’Connor penalty on the bell.

Hurricanes v Chiefs

Sunday 3 April 1:35 pm AEDT at Sky Stadium, ad-free, reside and on demand on Stan Sport

Spherical #7 rounds out with an all Kiwi affair with The Hurricanes internet hosting Sam Canes Chiefs. The Savea brothers return for this conflict in opposition to the Chiefs, a match that additionally sees Jordie Barrett transfer to #12. I admit I had thought the Chiefs would recover from the Crusaders final week, however they have been by no means within the hunt.

Canes at house and with Ardie Savea again in it is going to be exhausting to beat I reckon. The battle between Cane & Savea alone is sufficient for me to tune in.

Fearless Prediction: Canes by 8 in a excessive scoring affair.

‘You heard it hear first ultimately’


’20 factors up with a minute to go’

So says RWC 2027 bid supremo and failed FUX commentator Mr Phil Kearns. With the outgoing ScoMo authorities lastly spreading the money like drunken sailors on shore go away, the monetary dedication now in place it appears our possibilities of internet hosting the large dance are robust. Let’s hope so, for that is an Australian Rugby Union legacy we’re speaking right here! SMH article right here

Care cares.

Good learn right here from planetrugby.com from former Pom participant Danny Care calling on gamers to have a better voice underneath Dictator Jones. However with English Rugby’s ‘backing’ of EJ, what likelihood he alters his strategy this near crashing out within the 2023 QFs……..with New Zealand.

Digital deviants?

stuff.co.nz reviews that Brodie Retallick is dealing with 8 weeks out with a damaged thumb, this information in the identical week that reviews Sam Whitelock is out for 4 weeks additionally with a damaged digit. One would possibly marvel have NZ sheep lastly stated ‘sufficient is sufficient’? #baaaaaaaa-ger off


Okay, I agree, the man’s bought potential. However there’s been loads of ink these days about about long-term injured Pink Suliasi Vunivalu and ‘will he or gained’t he’ (return to league) and to be frank with Izzy Folau’s return and a seeming dearth of excellent wingers round – Campbell, Muirhead, Daugunu, Kellaway, Wright and final week’s displaying from the Tahs Mark Nawaqanitawase-awop-bam-boom, we appear effectively served for fairies out huge. I sit up for seeing him again on the sphere, however Vunivalu should earn the spot in gold and to be frank, he’s beginning a loooooong method again within the pack, as there’re others extra deserving at current.

Be sincere, what number of of you fell for the primary article…….it’s okay, gullible isn’t against the law, it’s a state north of NSW…….

Till subsequent week

Hoss – out


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