The Cowboys obviously like sucking if the reports are true and they are going to offer Chad Townsend $2M over 3 years.
Do you think it could just be an attempt to put pressure on Reynolds to sign?, or perhaps Reynolds has said no unofficially? Clearly they are after somone to game manage as opposed to be chief creator.
@canefan I think that he just reads the Fern. I posted a similar thing about getting my wife into the country on here. The difference is that I really don't give a shit because I'm not a Black Cap and my wife was with me anyway.
I think the main reason the ESL will fail at this point is that they have pretty much just made it up on the spot without really working out the details.
see, that can't be right. there is no way they have done this without having plans in place. these guys aren't that dumb
but they might be that arrogant i guess.
Discussion has been under way for a while but there has definitely been a rush by certain parties to announce it and declare it is happening as soon as possible.
The outcome will be fascinating. But these clubs are among the biggest, most famous, richest, most storied clubs in the world. They either think the breakaway can work or they are gambling on the current power structure making serious concessions
@mariner4life Oliver has been playing the house down and the more Mike Kelly plays him and Nate together, good things will happen.
Heal still thinks it’s 1993 and everyone that isn’t out there looking to chest bump their opponent, doesn’t “look interested”.
Heal is a fucking idiot.
Oliver and Nate together last week against Adelaide was scary good. i've never seen Nate play that well in terms of assists. The standard defense on Jawai is to double team as soon as he gets the ball, last week he was taking that double team and dishing to Cam for another big dunk.
People like to say Cairns is an import short. I don't think that's the case. What we really need is a high quality Australian player. We don't get many of those. Martin Cattalini might be the last big name transfer we attracted.
@kiap grass roots AFL is a really scary proposition for other sports. It's very well run, and awash with cash.
The AFL development programs are awesome. My mate used to run the AFL programs in Canberra and they are a slick machine. I felt for the Raiders and especially the Brumbies because they were getting a lot of interest from what is a rugby/league heartland.
my neighbour's daughter is now on the Suns pathway. Once a passionate representative netball player, she no longer has anything to do with that sport, it's all AFL.
I take your point but they aren't selling the farm just yet. If anything this is mainly to counteract the massive investments being made in Europe that have been taking some of our best players for a while now.
There was a Ba Bas match or a possible v probables in 91 , Jones was 7 playing against NZ top players and he in the first half played at a level of freakyness - I remember commentators saying they had never seen anything like it.
I watched many a 80's Auckland match and Jones was the man, he also was part of the most in sync loose forward trio with AJ and Zinny. Ahead of them a brutal front 5.
MJ was a freak - someone mentioned height but he was a main lineout target even before lifting due to his athleticism.
I agree with the ...I would pay to watch Jones but want McCaw in a WC final quote
Dawes (together with Barry John & Mike Gibson) visited my school during the 71 tour. From memory he spoke very well and appreciated the school assembly singing Land of My Fathers.
I had a beer with him and Bill Beaumont after the 4th test in 77. Understandable he wasn't as chipper but still seemed like a decent sort. Lions in 77 were very unlucky. Shitty weather all tour long, Phil Bennett homesick and out of sorts, an unhappy tour party, key injuries before and during the tour - hence Beaumont being there. Yet despite all this they probably should have won the series 3-1 Batty and Knights winning tries in the 1st and 4th test both came against the run of play.
really wanted to see how costa would come back, and how that fight would go, but great fight to watch, whittaker has been very good since his loss.
i dont think vettori gets a shot here it has to be Whittaker vs adesanya, even though stylistically i think vettori is a harder fight for Adesanya.
If it happens, i think rob will be more of a challenge, bring less rush and mix it up more, but i think hes too susceptible to low kicks with his stance and izzys precision and fitness will hurt him as the fight goes on
The worst ref, from an AB7s perspective, is still there: Craig Evans. I'll never forget how he robbed us in the Cup semi-final of the 2019 Las Vegas Sevens, which we lost to the USA due to a very controversial decision. The USA had to win their home tournament and they did.
@stargazer Particularly as Taradale is the club of my fathers side of the family! So pleased to see Tamatea going well. They were certainly a thrilling team to watch in the late 70s I think it was when they actually one the Maddison Trophy one season if I am correct.
It isn't as if there is a flood of quality, uninjured halfbacks running around at the moment.
I think he is fine at the right moment off the bench if well-coached and well-drilled. Oh, Foster, you say?
I couldn't possibly comment..
1.2 billion Indians watching cricket, doesn't change the fact that 25 years ago, the Shell cup cricket in NZ had audiences of 15-20k, with the final being a must watch event in front of a sold out Eden / Lancaster Park / Carisbook. And this was when our national team sucked shit.
Whats the status of that now? When our team is the best it ever has been and is about to play in the final of the world test championship??
I remember big crowds for the final but not the preliminary games but really the point you make reinforces the argument against the 100 IMO.
Domestic cricket has suffered in NZ precisely because it has been either directly or indirectly been treated as product. Just like this latest shiny 'new' thing.
25 years ago there was far less sport on TV and way fewer other TV options
Shell Cup games were scheduled in a tight period over the holidays building momentum towards a final now they're all over the place
NZ's stars played in the Shell Cup - now it often clashes with international tours
Super Rugby wasn't a thing
All of the above changes have come about in order to ensure product for Sky and now Spark. An absolute case of never mind the quality- feel the width. Exactly what the ECB are doing with the 100.