Rugby Union 24 October 2017

A good night for the Gold”

Big Jim takes a look at Australia’s upset win over the All Blacks…read more

I know I make a habit of taking pot shots at Rugby. Its just easy to do as the game is in trouble worldwide and is in a tailspin here in Australia.

It was encouraging for the Wallabies to beat the All Blacks (who says I am always negative!). To be truthful we were more competitive this year against the best in the business than most of us thought they would be. This is a powerhouse All Blacks team and beating them is a triumph even in a game that struggled for significance.

It was good to see Stephen Moore go out a winner. He has been a very good footballer, not a champion, but should always be remembered as a great Wallaby. He stood up and led from the front at a time when the Wallabies and the game in this country was hitting rock bottom. It is also good for the younger Wallabies to taste success against the All Blacks. They just need to do it now when it matters.

I think having this Test match at the end of October is stupid. It will be interesting to see what sort of hype they can create about this game in a year when the Bledisloe Cup is still up for grabs.

The rugby calendar is so disjointed that its hard for the game to get any natural momentum. The whole game needs to be broken down and a world governing body (with teeth) needs to fix up the rules and work on a four year model like soccer does. Its sad as the base product is pretty good as it is a truly international sport. The problem is that it is run so badly on every level.

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