The Chewsday Chew

Hi there Cobbers. I hope we’re all nicely, fed, watered and even perhaps a bit of hungover.

What’s taking place in our lives at the moment? We’ve got our stronger Tremendous Franchises typically holding their very own within the land of the lengthy white Speights (and in doing so but once more placing our perennial strugglers from the south and the west within the highlight), we now have club rugby now nicely again underway across the country-side with all kinds of people battered, bashed and black-eyed on Monday morning Groups/Zoom calls, we now have a long-coming rate of interest hike lastly arrived and all that simply in-time for an election the place we get to line up McShonky alongside McShoddy and determine which one makes me regurgitate semi-digested pablum comparatively much less… enjoyable instances.

Earlier than launching into this weeks chew, I wish to draw some consideration and make some touch upon the fledgling and regularly spluttering feminine sport in Oz.

Briefly, and paraphrasing my feedback from Mondays Information chat, we have to do higher with the ladies’s sport.  Now I do know our RA Masters and Commanders aren’t precisely flush with money or assets, and I’ll say once more that I recognise that nobody at RA can be getting up within the morning and saying into the mirror “Mirror Mirror on the wall, how can I screw up our sport at the moment?” However we have to do extra and do it higher.


As a result of any semi-intelligent sports activities pundit can see we now have a battle coming concerning the survival of group degree contact sports activities. And I consider that over the following 15-20yrs, just a few sports activities alive and kicking well-enough at the moment won’t survive due to dwindling urge for food of the middle-classes to play them within the first place, rising bodily minimum-requirements to take part in them competitively, and above all, having the ability to discover a strategy to fund the price of the insurance coverage that’s going to accompany them.

Now every of these three causes is a PhD in their very own proper and I received’t be tackling them to the depth they want or deserve right here at the moment. However I’ll make one small remark in regards to the first motive – grass-roots survivability and sustainability.

To be clear, we’re actually lacking the boat by not pushing the ladies’s sport more durable.

We have been pace-setters within the girls’s sport again within the 90’s and the 00’s. Then we acquired complacent and let it slip. It acquired to the purpose in 2017 that BuildCorp even pulled their Tim Tams off the desk due to our open and blatant inaction across the girls’s sport. And the sport on this nation rattling close to hemorrhaged and died due to that lack of such a significant sponsor for fully avoidable causes. I don’t assume many people realise simply how near the sting of economic oblivion our sport on this nation got here to on account of that boastful ineptitude. For the sake of readability, let’s not overlook, Josephine Sukkar, Principal, co-founder of Buildcorp and president of Australian Ladies’s Rugby on the time, was brutally clear to the ARU that they have been to have a girls’s comp working in-tandem with the NRC. However typical SRU/NSWRU myopia meant that once they strangled the NRC, in addition they killed the goose that laid their golden eggs. As soon as it was incontrovertibly clear that the ARU had didn’t ship a girls’s competitors to the usual anticipated as was a situation of their sponsorship, BuildCorp yanked their cash. And bear in mind, BuildCorp had principally been underwriting SRU/NSWRU since 1992 at the moment. And likewise to be honest, Lion Nathan and BMW additionally yanked their sponsorship for a similar causes. So it was a FUBAR ‘personal purpose’ of astronomical proportions.

Leaving that apart, now the opposite body-contact codes haven’t only caught on, however caught up and gone previous us at one thing approximating Warp6. Name it what it’s, the AFLW is a category product and getting higher with each sport they play. The Mungo is undoubtedly behind them, however nonetheless nicely in-front of us. Christ On His Stick, we’re to date behind with the ladies’s sport that there are SuperW groups the place they don’t even cowl the ladies physio and injury-recovery. No surprise all of them went to the AON 7’s programme. And thus now we now have a sport that’s trailing badly regardless of having absolutely the draw-cards the others can only dream that they had; each a profitable international competitors and Olympic standing to pin reputation on.

Simply to level out the apparent about investing within the girls’s sport, apart from being worthy product in their very own proper, the ladies’s sport at present represents large ROI (largely as a result of coming off such a low base), they’ve not one of the dangers concerning scandal that perennially connect to the boys (principally as a result of they don’t have anything to spend anyway I assume) and to be REALLY blunt about my fundamental level, they’re the pathway into the hearts and minds of the rugby mum’s of tomorrow. Herein lies the path to the present and subsequent wave of secondary and tertiary educated girls, nation-wide, who will level the children heads and spend the shekels that may determine, largely, which codes survive and which don’t. I’m not saying something controversial or earthshaking right here. Make no bones about that. The times of surviving by simply counting on the nice ‘ol boys are accomplished. However the golden period of ladies trying favourably on sports activities THEY performed at uni – and having the money to again up these reminiscences – is only simply dawning. And mark my phrases, will probably be the sports activities with probably the most inclusive and broad-based providing and enchantment that may survive. And that is one large strategy to take an enormous piece of that pie for OUR sport. Because the Chinese language say “Ladies maintain up half the sky.” So get on it. Or die a very foreseeable demise.

Rant over…

Welcome to Episode 8 of the Chewsday Chew. The aim herein is to not write one thing overly sagacious, difficult or mesmerising, however relatively to pose a easy remark, query or proposition and let the nice readers of this esteemed website share their opinions thereafter. Name it the lazy man’s try to fill a void by poking our collective bear of rugby information to share their reflections and carry the typical past the humdrum.

When it comes to the eccentricities of our sport that make it what it’s, we noticed some actually attention-grabbing stuff over the weekend. And far that gave me meals for thought. We noticed goal-kicking competitions. We noticed forwards chipping and chasing once more (let’s not get carried away Valetini). We noticed some unbelievable ball motion and we noticed some stunning tries … disallowed. All good things for a weekly chew.

Nonetheless me being me, and this being all about me, what made me a bit of excited, flushed, intemperate and reaching for tissues with which to mop my forehead (relax Hoss) was the scrummaging on show when Toulouse defeated Munster within the Euro Cup quarter finals.

Historical past will report that, following being 24-all after 100min of rugby, it got here right down to a penalty shoot-out with the Frenchies pinching the choccies. Nonetheless what most of the pundits didn’t recognise of their assessments of the sport was the standard of the scrum work from Occitania-lads. It was sheer magnificence and it broke the Munstermen our bodies and hearts aside. Wrap your eyeballs round a few of this:

Credit score the place due. And regardless of my Irish sympathies, Neti, Marchand and Aldegheri (notably with Aussies personal Rory Arnold behind them) after which Mauvaka, Baille and Ainu’u pretty took aside Archer, Scannell and Wycherley to the purpose the place I might guess Barron, Loughman and Ryan would have rathered staying on the pine.

And as a loud and proud By no means-Was-So-Cant-Be-A-Has-Been Frontie, it acquired me to pondering of a few of the nice scrum battles I’ve been a part of and likewise watched over time.

For me, an absolute favorite was the 1984 Wobbly Walkover over the much-vaunted Welsh pack at Cardiff. It nonetheless offers me goosebumps all these years later as Topo, Tommy Lawton and McIntyre simply churned and burned (go to about 4:15 in case you lack persistence). And for all you getting pants in a wad over Tupou boring-in, get a load of Andy McIntyres physique form at Tighthead:

Extra just lately, we should keep in mind that our present reigning world champions South Africa (aka The Catholics – as a result of the hate the capsule) are largely the Guardians of Invoice (for now) as a result of they systematically dismantled the English on the scrum. I discovered this little bit of fairly good analytical work poodling round U-Chube. I don’t agree 100% with their commentary, however it’s fairly good and it actually offers any scholar of the sport – possibly even a Again – a very good perception into how the Catholics chewed the Queen’s Most interesting up similtaneously illuminating a bit of about what’s happening up entrance within the Pie Lovers Conference:

And at last, each on occasion I identical to to look at p0rn, particularly the one at 1:37;

So come one and are available all. A shilling for a go and a pound or two for a spherical or two in case you can only stand your floor. Share with us the scrums that quicken your coronary heart, that make you get a bit flushed and get the hairs on the again of your neck standing up loud and proud… and sure, parochialism is allowed. However as ever, the extra obscure and/or aged, the extra cred.


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