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Australian rugby is in a diabolical state 10 months out from the 2015 World Cup.

 

 

The Wallabies, with their impotent scrum, are going backwards at a rapid rate, with the team just finishing their worst European tour in almost a decade having achieved just one Test win out of four. Back at home, it is even worse, as Sydney's Shute Shield clubs, the Sydney Rugby Union board and New South Wales Country representatives brutally discovered when they met Australian Rugby Union head honchos Michael Hawker and Bill Pulver at the NSW Rugby Union offices in Moore Park on Thursday night. Pulver and Hawker cast an extremely grim picture about Australian rugby finances during the two-hour meeting, warning the group of the serious threat of the national organisation being "bankrupt" in 2016.

 

 

Several sources who attended the meeting said that Pulver and Hawker mentioned the "threat of [ARU] insolvency" at least a dozen times. They also stressed the importance that everyone in the Australian rugby community had "to share the pain evenly".

 

 

At the SRU's instigation, Pulver and Hawker, who for months have been under intense criticism for their ineffective running of the game, attended the meeting to get support for their plan by which the grassroots provide much-needed revenue via a player levy. The ARU plea didn't work. The meeting was told that the ARU faced "economic disaster" in 2016 if the clubs did not support its national funding model.

 

 

ESPN revealed over the weekend that the ARU is moving to implement a model by which every rugby player in Australia will pay an individual registration fee and insurance levy. The clubs have been told that the fee in NSW in 2015 will be $33 for seniors, $27.50 for juniors and $11 for minis. The insurance levy in 2015 will be $75 for seniors, $8 for juniors and zero for minis.

 
 

But the projected fees have deeply angered the grassroots ranks, with countless clubs explaining that their players cannot afford the levy and could easily walk away from the game. A common club complaint is that it is morally wrong for the ARU to ask the impoverished grassroots level to help "provide funds for over-paid Wallabies players and an inefficient national administration".

In recent days, there have again been threats of the NSW premiership clubs breaking away from the ARU.

 

 

One Sydney Premier Rugby club official made a telling comment during the Hawker/Pulver meeting explaining the concern of some players and club administrators over the legal ramifications of sending money to a potentially insolvent body. Club directors, who are obligated by law to fulfill numerous major responsibilities, are naturally deeply concerned about such a dangerous situation.

ESPN reported exclusively in October that stakeholders at this year's ARU annual general meeting were warned of "insolvency in 2015". The club meeting was provided with details that indicated the ARU was prepared to lose around $5-10 million per annum, and income could be down to $75 million next year. By the end of 2015, the ARU's net assets could have dwindled to a paltry $100,000.

Local officials are also distressed that the struggling National Rugby Championship, described by one ARU director as the body's "bravest ever decision", has come at the cost of the demise of club and community rugby.

 

 

There is no relief for Australian Rugby on the pitch.

 
 

The England pack massacred the Australian eight at Twickenham on Saturday, and the Wallabies know they face an onerous Rugby World Cup campaign next year; especially if they are unable to find quick solutions to their glaring forward dramas.

 

 

The Wallabies pack got worse the longer the 2014 Test season went, and their feeble effort against England in the 26-17 defeat was an outright embarrassment. Australia's scrum was minced virtually every time they had to confront their opponents, with the tight-five exposed, again, as not being up to the task. And the Wallabies back-row looked like midgets compared with their England counterparts.

 

 

Wallabies official keep going on and on about how their scrum is wrongly maligned by the international media, referees and the general public. But that is absolute piffle. The reality is that the Wallabies scrum is dreadful, and has been for a considerable amount of time. End of argument.

 

 

As abominable is the fact that several of the Australian forwards are clearly clueless about the law book. Either side of half-time, we saw diabolical penalties involving Wallabies lock Sam Carter and replacement Luke Jones; surely they know you cannot run into a ruck at a 75-degree angle and believe you can get away with it. And surely they know of the outcome if you deliberately pull down an opposition rolling maul right in front of the referee. How dumb they both looked.

 

 

The Wallabies apologists, led by former Test players who refuse to take off their rose-coloured glasses, have already started to bang on about how everything will be better next year, because there are so many good replacements to return.

 

 

David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Fardy, Scott Higginbotham, James O'Connor and even Karmichael Hunt will make some sort of difference. Sure. But there's nothing much in reserve in the most important areas of prop and second-row. And that's the problem. If your props and second rowers are off the pace and aren't producing, what hope have you got? What have you got? Dry rot in every direction as far as you can see.


Read more at http://www.espnscrum.com/australia/rugby/story/249811.html#eYJfHclspaPRq7UC.99

 

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I haven't watched any game of RU for years (decades, possibly) but I try to follow the relative financial and onfield strengths of the various codes. Cronulla Sharks, over the last 5 years, have done a better management job than the ARU. The ARU are like some rich kid with a gambling habit and a coke habit, steadily burning through the family trust. I love it.

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I haven't watched any game of RU for years (decades, possibly) but I try to follow the relative financial and onfield strengths of the various codes. Cronulla Sharks, over the last 5 years, have done a better management job than the ARU. The ARU are like some rich kid with a gambling habit and a coke habit, steadily burning through the family trust. I love it.

 

...Don't forget the thesaurus the rugby boys carry with them. When things are bad they use words like "diabolical" while real people just say "stuffed" and "fucked up".  

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Reading today that the ARU has consulted with fans and they are considering rule changes.

They want the following:

Faster 30 sec scrums

Better points scoring system

Time limited line outs

Time limits on goal kickers

End to the rolling maul

 

So in translation, they want a quicker game with more individual plays.

Why don't they just play league?

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Maybe the ARU might finally think about some considerable rule changes to try and make that cunt of a sport actually interesting.

 

I've now watched more games of this cunt of a sport over the last 6 months than I have the entire rest of my whole life.

 

It's not any more interesting...but my missus is a fan and she is happy when I watch it with her.

And when she is happy, I get to be happy..... ;)

 

But fuck me it's a shit sport.

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I've now watched more games of this cunt of a sport over the last 6 months than I have the entire rest of my whole life.

 

It's not any more interesting...but my missus is a fan and she is happy when I watch it with her.

And when she is happy, I get to be happy..... ;)

 

But fuck me it's a shit sport.

 

 

Relationships are like that - all give and take.

 

You suffer watching RU with her, and I'm sure every now and then she lets you watch your beloved Eels.

And every now and then she might join you, if she can stand it. And ony if you've been a good boy and done the washing up.

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I've now watched more games of this cunt of a sport over the last 6 months than I have the entire rest of my whole life.

 

It's not any more interesting...but my missus is a fan and she is happy when I watch it with her.

And when she is happy, I get to be happy..... ;)

 

But fuck me it's a shit sport.

Think yourself very lucky...I have had to sit through The bachelor...Farmer wants a fucking wife...Desperate Housewives...you name it, I have suffered it just to get the suds away.

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Relationships are like that - all give and take.

 

You suffer watching RU with her, and I'm sure every now and then she lets you watch your beloved Eels.

And every now and then she might join you, if she can stand it. And ony if you've been a good boy and done the washing up.

 

She actually doesn't mind League.

Went to the Tigers/Manly game at Leichhardt with her a couple weeks ago, and she is coming along to the Tigers/Sharks game at Campbelltown this Saturday.

She's actually really happy that I go for the Eels and head off to the footy every weekend. She says it just gives her more time to go shopping.

I haven't taken her to an Eels game yet, for the simple reason that I have season tickets with a group of guys and I'm just waiting for one of them to not turn up to a game so I can give their ticket to her.

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Think yourself very lucky...I have had to sit through The bachelor...Farmer wants a fucking wife...Desperate Housewives...you name it, I have suffered it just to get the suds away.

 

Yeah, luckily my girl doesn't watch much TV.

She does watch the Bachelor, but that's only so that she can make fun of it. And she doesn't force me to watch with her (not yet anyway).

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But it appears she's a Tigers fan?

 

She's a Manly fan, but she lives in Rozelle so has adopted the Tigers as her second team.

I tell her there's no such thing as having two favourite teams. She has to choose one.

 

I haven't gotten very far with that just yet.

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She's a Manly fan, but she lives in Rozelle so has adopted the Tigers as her second team.

I tell her there's no such thing as having two favourite teams. She has to choose one.

 

I haven't gotten very far with that just yet.

 

You're a better man than me Quint. I can see why you'd overlook it though.....

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She's a Manly fan, but she lives in Rozelle so has adopted the Tigers as her second team.

I tell her there's no such thing as having two favourite teams. She has to choose one.

 

I haven't gotten very far with that just yet.

She must be a lovely girl- a keeper, when are you proposing? you won't find better.

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