Author: Brisneyland Local

A complete and utter Rugby tragic, former very average No.4, who loves the game and all that comes with it. Born In NSW, resides in QLD (Gods Sate), known for coming in off the long run up. Remember lads and laddettes :|"It all starts in the second row!" I take the mickey out of everyone, but mostly myself, so don’t get to worked up about the dribbling’s and rantings of an old second rower. Join in the fun!

As the title suggests, the weekend’s tests had a lot of Clunk Eastwood about them. There was the good, the bad, and, in the Wallabies case, the ugly. The contrast was fundamentally evident having just watched the All Blacks and England. But hey, it’s international test rugby period, so I won’t complain too much. The women’s game wasn’t completed while writing this so will leave that until Tuesday’s news. Also, if I watched another match I reckon I would’ve ended up divorced. So, let’s pour into the games, do a mini-review, and then discuss the Wallabies and their performance. So…

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To quote Jack Nicholson, “Here’s rugby!”. Gaggers, wasn’t that a weekend of rugby? Test rugby, the best kind. Nation upon nation. My eyes are sore from watching so many games. And Mrs. Brisney and the tin lids are a bit pissed off that they had to move into the other room so I could watch game after game of rugby. But alas, it’s my happy time. So, let’s pour into the games, do a mini-review, and then discuss the Wallabies and their performance. So strap yourself in, grab a big cup of you know what ☕, and let’s get ready…

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Here we go G&GRs, and it’s that pause before the drop, the calm before the storm: the first Wallabies test is 6 days away. I don’t know about you guys and gals, but I love test season. The crew gathers at ‘Chateau Brisney’, everyone brings a main and a few bottles of red. Of late these have been rather dour affairs when Mrs. Brisney has suggested the guests leave early as I sit there inconsolable and mumble ‘farking’ quietly to myself. This year, I get the feeling that the tide will turn. So, let’s rip into some updates that occurred…

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Well, well, well, my G&GRs. What a splendiferous weekend of rugby. International test rugby is back. And that was on top of the Super Rugby Pacific 2024 grand final, and the Wallabies squad announcement. Too much rugby is never enough, boys and girls. Let’s start with the SRP24 grand Final, dive into the international tests, have a bit of a root around in Joe’s team announcement, and then finish with some coaching shenanigans. So sit down in front of your ‘puter, grab a big cup of you know what ☕, and immerse yourself in the game we love the most.…

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Happy Monday G&GRs. Well there are, predictably, no Aussie teams left in the Super Rugby Pacific Championships of 2024 after the Brumbies bowed out after an admirable performance. Leaving only two teams, the Chiefs and the Blues, to battle it out at the Big Dance.Let’s start off with the game by game, look at the timings for the grand final, and then wind up for my ‘Old Man Shouting At Clouds’. So log on to work, grab a big cup of you know what ☕ and let’s dive in. Super Rugby Pacific 2024 – Semi-finals Auckland Blues 34 defeated ACT…

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Happy Monday G&GRs. Another predictable round for results, but not the scores. For those that bet on results, that would’ve been harder to pick than a broken nose. I will do the traditional game by game, and then wind up for my ‘Old Man Shouting At Clouds’. So park your arse, grab a big kwofffeeeeee ☕and let’s dive in. Super Rugby Pacific 2024 – quarter finals Waikato Chiefs 43 defeated Queensland Reds 21 In what was one of the best examples of ‘shock and awe’ rugby I have seen in my life, the Waikato Chiefs came out of the gates…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and wasn’t that a predictable round of rugby. The scores maybe not so, but the results, pretty much went as expected. The ladder has finalised, and we now excitedly await the first round of finals for SRP2024. Let’s get into the rugby. Some interesting machinations, cards and injuries came out of this round that may have a bearing on the finals. So let’s have a look at the final round, then a look at the SRP ladder, followed by ‘Old Man Shouting at Clouds’. Strap in, grab a big cup of the caffeinated stuff ☕and pull apart…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and what an enjoyable weekend of rugby that was. Some brutal games, as well as some floggings. Alarming traits appearing in teams headed for the finals as well as some teams looking like they’re just warming up, which is scary. Let’s get into the rugby. It was an interesting round, with at least three of the games well worth watching the full replay. So let’s have a look at the penultimate round, then a look at the SRP ladder, followed by ‘Old Man Shouting at Clouds’. Sit yourself down at the office, grab a big cup of…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and what a fabulous Monday it is. The Waratahs are firmly ensconced on the bottom of the ladder and unable to make the finals. It is good for rugby. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Anyway enough of kicking the Tahs while they’re down, let’s get serious. With only two of the Australian teams getting up this weekend (and the Brumbies were bloody lucky just quietly between us G&GRs), things are starting to get tight, and the finals are inbound. So are the teams going for top-of-the-table positions to get a home final, or saving their boys and trying to be fresh…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and most importantly, happy Mother’s Day to all the rugby mums out there. Without them, the game wouldn’t exist. The driving to and from the games, the oranges at half-time, the washing of the uniforms, the support from the sidelines. The least seen, but in my mind the most important part of the rugby community. To you ladies we take our hats off and acknowledge with wonderment your importance to the game. Let’s get into the rugby. And what a cracking round it was. Some top-of-the-table clashes, and some cellar dweller ding dongs, but all entertaining matches…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and I must say I’m far happier now that we are back to the normal six games per week. The ladder moves normally, and you can track the team’s form without having to read into it whether the bye did or didn’t affect their form, etc etc. Let’s get into the rugby. This round produced some really good and some really bad results for the Aussie teams. Half were good and half were bad. And yes I know before Yowie corrects me we have 5 teams and that would mean 2.5 were good and 2.5 were bad.…

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Firstly on this ANZAC round, I would like to pay tribute to all those G&GRs and their family members past and present who have served. Having completed my 36th year of uniformed service, along with KARL (both of us at times having served together) we know the importance of rugby to serving soldiers, sailors, and airmen. And we know the sacrifice our predecessors have made so that we can live the life we do now. Lest We Forget! On to the rugby. Wow and Wow! This round produced some results that most of us didn’t see coming. But what is…

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Well, bugger me with a fish fork. What a topsy-turvy round that was. Games that were expected to be close, weren’t. Games that we thought would be floggings, weren’t. But one thing that was common this weekend, numerous teams were seriously let down by skills execution. So let’s dive into Super Rugby Pacific 24 Round Nine, then have a butcher’s at the Super Rugby W semi-finals, and wrap it up with Brisney’s ‘Old Man shouting at Clouds,’ this week’s topic is cards. So sit down and grab a triple shot ☕ of that wonderful magic liquid, and let’s get into…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and I hope you had a wonderful weekend to recover from that short work week with plenty of rugby to keep you entertained. One of the reduced rounds this weekend, but that didn’t stop the spectacle of rugby. The Hong Kong Sevens were on, however, I won’t be covering it as I didn’t get time to watch it, and to be completely honest I know very little about Sevens and only have played one game of it in my life. We will also have a look at where the SRP 24 ladder sits. And to wrap it up…

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Good morning G&GRs, and a happy Easter to you all. I hope you all got a good rest and had plenty of relaxing time with your family, good food to eat, vino to drink, and time to watch rugby. And what another stunning round of rugby that was! SRP 2024 just keeps on giving. So let’s recap this round, then have a look at the SRP ladder, and I’ll conclude by giving Stan yet another broadside. On this Easter Monday, when we don’t have to be at work, but sitting relaxing and reading the rugby news with a cup of the…

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Good morning G&GRs, and what an exciting and unpredictable round that was. And if we were looking at why, well, as the title says, the home teams had it. Yep, that’s right, every home team won this weekend. Not what we were predicting, and I’m not sure this will always be the case. But will definitely be something to keep an eye on when putting in your tips. Three and a half days to go till we get a mini-break for Easter, and the end of the first term for those still afflicted with those pesky things called children. So set…

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Happy Monday G&GRs, and God bless the Queensland People’s Republic of Queensland. And God bless the dirty stinking drunken Oirish, who will be henceforth referred to as the Irish. What wins, but more on that later. We are blessed again this weekend with both the Super Rugby Pacific Round 4 and the Six Nations. How can you not love having this much rugby on? So this happy Monday I’ll review the six matches of SRP 2024 Round 4, and do a quick review of the SRP 24 ladder. Then we’ll dive in, and have a quick look at the three matches in…

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Well, what a happy Monday it is G&GRs, especially for those north of the border. With both the Super Rugby Pacific round 3 and the Six Nations on this weekend, it was a weekend where we paid scant attention to our families and dived deep, like really deep, into match after match of scintillating rugby. This morning I’ll review the six matches of SRP 2024, and a quick review of the SRP ladder after three rounds. Then we’ll have a quick look at the three matches in the Northern Hemisphere. And to wrap up it with a quick ‘old man…

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Well, Happy Monday G&GRs. And so another Super Round in Melbourne is complete, probably the last ever Melbourne Super Round. Among disappointing crowd numbers were some disappointing results for the Australian franchises, but also some stunning results. Results no one would have ever expected. So like we do every Monday morning when we stagger into the office, bleary-eyed and not caring about work, grab yourself a steaming large cup of ☕ ‘getting my Shit Done Liquid!’ Log on to your computer, set up your work tabs, and then make sure G&GR and Disqus are ready to go. As there will…

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Wow and what a Monday G&GRs. More importantly, what a weekend, a weekend where to quote Big Darryl Eastlake from Wide World of Sports, “By Gees, by jingo, by crikey, we have rugby coming out of our arseholes!”. So get yourself a large cup of ☕, pretend you’re logged on and doing work, and let’s dissect what was a wonderful way to welcome rugby back into our lives. To succumb to that addiction that we all have, where everything else in life goes on hold while we get our fix. So let’s get it on! As always this is a…

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