@Magpie_in_aus said in Battle of the Bays: Steamers v Magpies:
They win the title, create a concert called bay dreams them behave like this....https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/118568012/mass-brawl-at-bay-dreams-in-bay-of-plenty
I feel you should rescind the name.
mate, anyone will tell you there are no locals at the Mount this time of year. Probably just drunken flogs on holiday escaping from shitholes like Hastings and Taradale
Major League Rugby welcomes Nonu and Ranger – but could say goodbye to Colorado
Glendale, the Denver-area team who played a formative role in launching MLR, reached the first championship game and recently rebranded as the Colorado Raptors, have signed their own ex-All Black, the wing Rene Ranger, as well as the former Australia centre Digby Ioane.
But multiple sources in the league and the wider US game, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Raptors were set to withdraw from MLR by the end of the year. Sources described complicated relationships between team owners and a sizeable potential problem should the Raptors depart.
The Raptors do not just own Infinity Park, the first rugby specific stadium in the US. Arising from their prominent role in moves to create a league before and after the failure of PRO Rugby, which lasted one season in 2016, they own significant intellectual property including the Major League Rugby name. Sources said the Raptors could form a new league in competition with a renamed MLR. Colorado and MLR did not respond to requests for comment.
A potential Colorado exit will be the chief concern to greet the league’s new commissioner, due to be announced soon to succeed Dean Howes after, sources said, teams including Colorado moved to change the man at the top.
But as Howes, a former Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer executive, pointed out earlier this year, other pressing problems are of a kind common to start-up leagues outside the US big time.
MLR is entering the final year of a three-year TV deal with CBS Sports. New announcements are due soon.
The 2019 final attracted just over 500,000 viewers on CBS but crowds remain small: the double champion Seattle Seawolves and San Diego Legion, beaten finalists in year two, attract the biggest regular-season attendances at around 4,000. Other teams, including the loudly ballyhooed Rugby United New York, lag behind, many playing in minor league baseball parks they struggle to halfway fill.
Rugby ATL is an expansion team that will enter in 2020 alongside Old Glory DC, in Washington, and the New England Free Jacks. In mid-November, the Atlanta team announced the surprise departure of general manager James Walker, one of the forces behind Tiger Rugby sevens. Sources said the decision was the result of tensions in the management group.
The strength of the new teams will be a key test of MLR’s ambitions. In two seasons so far most teams, stocked with American and Canadian talent, have been relatively evenly matched. Toronto Arrows and New York, expansion teams in year two, both made the playoffs at their first attempt. Some sources expressed concern that three new teams may test the depth of the pool of domestic players.
Nonu, Ioane and Ranger will join New York signings Ben Foden and Matthieu Bastareaud in MLR, marquee former internationals in squads nonetheless subject to a $500,000 salary cap that is dramatically low in comparison to wage bills in Super Rugby, the Gallagher Premiership and the Top 14.
Sources voiced concern that MLR will soon face problems in governing its cap similar, if smaller in scale, to those consuming the English game, where champions Saracens have been hit with a significant fine and points reduction. Others said the former internationals were attracted by the chance to live and play in the US and were not collecting outsized cheques.
Over all this, there are also money problems at USA Rugby (...)
@chchfanatic Anyone but! He's a disaster mate. Has such a shocker with the Tahs, not just performance-wise, but internal management. Poor pre-season prep, awful player retention and succession, fcked the team around with his plans (demanded extension only to walk out on them once the assistants had made other plans). He is by all accounts a nice guy, but he is not a HC
I have zero idea of the viable alternatives for the Saders, but you really don't want him
@cgrant said in AB 1st 15:
Yes, I think Goodhue and ALB are too similar, ALB being faster though. The ABs need more penetration in midfield in order to nullify their opponents' rush defence.
It is time for Laumape to put up or shut up in this regard. And time for a new coach to give him a chance to prove he can be our next battering ram
@Bones said in Super rugby omissions:
@mikey07 said in Super rugby omissions:
@Dice before this year I’d say I’d beg to differ Umaga-Jensen was carving up for Wellington, though this year due to lack of playing time he sadly hasn’t hit the form he has...rumour has it Wellington havnt offered him a contract renewals so he’s off to Otago.
I think those guys are a couple of the most disappointing players compared to the early fern hype from recent memory. Obviously behind Gibson and Hodgman by a long way but still.
IIRC the hype about both Umaga-Jensens was really only from one poster (who blew copious amounts of smoke up their arses). Plenty of others were saying 'thanks for the heads up but lets wait and see how they go playing adults'.
Still young though. Plenty of time if they are patient and work hard.
George has had his operation - sounds pretty drastic so I hope it works for him.
Also confirmation the Tom Dumoulin has joined TJV - so George needs the operation to work if he's to get a chance to compete to win elite races.
The 2nd half was disappointing and you could see how important Reid is to organise the defence when he wasn't there. This is the start of a new era under Hay after 525 days of inactivity so it will take some time to adjust to possession-based football. Bell, Thomas and Marinovic were the pick of the All Whites. McCowatt scored a nice goal on debut but also twice lost possession in his own half leading to Irish goals.
We will need to see further improvement against Lithuania on Monday (NZT), a team ranked closer to NZ.
I guess this news still belongs in the 2019 thread.
TOBY SMITH RETIRING FROM RUGBY
Hurricanes prop Toby Smith has announced he is retiring from rugby following issues with concussion.
31-year-old Smith, a Super Rugby centurion and former Australian international, has opted not to renew his contract with the Hurricanes to preserve his long-term health by seeking out new opportunities.
“I am making the difficult choice now to leave the game I love and that has given me so many amazing experiences and where I have made some life-long friendships. I have had some on-going issues with concussion, and while I am currently symptom-free, I do not wish to put that at further risk.
@taniwharugby said in AB squad next RWC (2023)?:
The fact he selected his coaches is interesting...
Coaches: Dave Rennie (head coach), Tony Brown (attack), Scott McLeod (defence), John Plumtree (forwards), Clarke Dermody (scrum). Selector: Wayne Smith
What annoys me is the defense coach. Under McLeod, the All Blacks defensive tactics were way too passive IMO, they lacked the aggressive approach equivalent to England's during the semi final.