Author: KARL

Born in NZ and emigrated to Australia to be with my Australian wife I met whilst serving in the NZ Army. Proud to be an Australian by choice as well as a Kiwi. After more than 32 years in the NZ Army I am a huge believer in ANZAC. My dream is to see NZ No 1 and Australia No2 in world rankings. I played rugby for 43 odd years and have been refereeing for 13 love the game and the camaraderie it generates.

Welcome to another edition of the GAGR. It’s been a quiet weekend allowing time for reflection as we build up to the 1st Internationals of the year. Like all of you I’m hanging out for this one and hoping that DR has got the boys ready to give the Soap Dodgers a good smashing. Injuries in the Wallaby Camp It is more than 8 English straight wins since Jones took over in 2016 and this is not something that sits well with Australian supporters. Soon enough all the amateur selecting that’s happened so far this year will give way to…

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Welcome to Hump Day team. Weekend and finals rugby getting closer while we still manage to bask in the glory of the week just gone. Some big games last weekend and certainly my SuperBru competition had a couple of games where no points were scored by any of the participants as the results were way different to expected. Not mentioned below but congratulations to the Australian men’s 7s on their latest win. They fought a good fight and never gave up. Well done. Some quiet complaints against the Rebels not playing for the Force In a post that seems to…

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Welcome fellow rugby lovers. That beautiful game that embodies so much of which is good in this world. Remember from 12:00pm today the week only gets better as the weekend and more rugby approaches. Nic White commits to Brumbies, Australian Rugby until 2023 In news that will please most Wallaby fans as well as Brumbies fans Nic White has turned down a reported $1.0m deal from Japan to stay with Australia until after the next Rugby World Cup. With rumours swirling he would once again make the move overseas, White believes he still has plenty to achieve for club and…

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Happy Hump Day fellow rugby fanatics. That day of the week where from 12:00 it just gets better. Tupou out for remainder of Super Rugby Pacific In news that will devastate most Reds fans, and the remainder of Australia when the Reds play any NZ team, Taniela Tupou will miss the remainder of the Super Pacific season after suffering a calf injury in Saturday night’s loss to the Chiefs. Scans on Sunday confirmed a strain with the Reds releasing a statement “he will seek further medical opinion…..but it is expected he will miss the remainder of the season” . There…

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Happy Hump Day team. Hope your week improves from 12:00 today as the weekend gets closer by the hour Barrett Receives 4 Weeks In news that will please most of the readers of this site – being that most are Australian, Scott Barrett has been banned for four weeks for his dangerous hit in the weekend. With an initial entry point of six weeks the judiciary reduced his ban to four because of mitigating factors including Barrett’s acceptance of foul play, his expressed remorse and pleading guilty at the first available opportunity. In the same hearing Dickson and Aumua were…

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Morning team. Bit of a short one today as I had to travel to Canberra last night and then had to do a presentation for the boss when I got there. I also had to do my Smart Rugby and season ready referee training so not a lot of time. Remember from midday the weekend gets closer. World Rugby Boss says Red Cards are protecting players Damon Murphy Red Cards Billy Proctor World Rugby boss, Alan Gilpin, said that while he has sympathy for players being sanctioned for contact made in a split second decision, and that he is mindful…

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Morning team. Middle of the week! That day where the disappointment of the weekend is forgotten in the anticipation of the weekend games coming up. Judiciary showdown with the Reds The Queensland Reds will fight Tupou’s retrospective charge of foul play. A bullocking Tupou shunted Jahrome Brown from the ruck in the first half of the Reds tight loss in Canberra, referee Damon Murphy reviewing and clearing him of any discretion at the time. However the incident was referred to SANZAAR’s Foul Play Review Committee after a post game inspection deemed it a Red Card for high contact. That opinion…

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Welcome to Hump Day news. That wonderful day of the week where you spend the morning reminiscing about the games from last week and the afternoon looking forward to the games this weekend. Keeping it in the family Jack and Tina Campbell making history with the Reds In a feel good story the Campbells created history last weekend with both brother and Sister playing for the Reds and both members of the winning team so could sing the victory song together in the same dressing room. It wasn’t that long ago that the demarcation line between women and mens rugby…

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Welcome to the middle of the week. That day where we still bask in the glory of the previous game but also start to look forward to the game that is happening this weekend. Will our desires be met (not those ones Yowie) or will our dreams be dashed with a dose of reality? “Only responsible decision” Another setback as Moana Pasifika debut is delayed again The debut of the Moana Pasifika team in this years Super Rugby Pacific is again on hold gain. The Auckland based team, who’s players comprise of mainly Tongan and Samoan heritage, were due to…

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Welcome to another biassed report. It must be hard because I’m biassed both through being a Kiwi and a referee so two good reasons to hate me before you meet me. Let’s enjoy the news and remember once you read this after 12:00 the week is closer to finishing than starting. Wallabies to be paid more for a win than a loss The ongoing COVID saga has seen RA invest in a new deal for the Wallabies and a talking point is the breakdown of payments where they get paid more for a win than a loss. They also get…

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Sorry Team, still not the Hoss and so you won’t get to read his witty statements yet JOC Relinquishes Captaincy James O’Connor runs the ball Wallabies veteran James O’Connor has given up the Queensland captaincy as a big 18 months looms for test hopefuls. JOC wants to narrow his focus in the run-up to an inbound England tour and next year’s Rugby World Cup. JOC agreed to stand in for the injured Wright at the start of last season. He was extremely proud to do this but found that the extra responsibilities took their toll and adversely affected his game.…

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Not the Hoss starting this year. Thought I’d also add a Referee Corner piece so see how it goes. NZ Assigns Referees to Super Teams A referee has been assigned to each of the five NZ franchises this year and will train alongside the team. The referee assigned to the team will not officiate any of the games they play and are there to provide expert advice on the law as part of the team training. Blues coach Leon MacDonald hailed it “a great initiative” and believes it will benefit the teams going forward. He further went on to say…

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The referee occupies a unique position on the field. Tasked with managing the game, and let’s be fair, without the referee no game would be played; by law he has the right to make any decision in accordance with the laws of the game. The law that gives him/her this right (6,5.a) also requires him/her to apply the laws fairly. The referee will make decisions based on what he/she sees at the time and will apply the laws as directed by World Rugby and sometimes with some particular country, state, region or even competition direction.  The referee will have to…

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Good morning fellow G&GRs This will be my last post of the year, unless something happens over the next few months that I get upset or enthused enough to write about. Thanks for all the support this year I’ve enjoyed doing these posts and sorry if some of my comments have not always been what you, or some of you, have wanted to hear. That’s the great thing about a site like this, it’s full of opinions, and while in some ways opinions can be like arseholes in that we’ve all got one but don’t often feel the need to…

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BLL couldn’t make it today so sorry you’ve got me 2 weeks in a row. The view from a Waratah lover Demonstrating how singularly out of touch focussed on NSW players some Waratah supporters can be, professional shit stirrer journalist Gorgina Robinson stepped up the pressure on the Northern tour – as if it needed more – with a nice little article saying that Skelton coming into the team would resolve all the issues of losing players back to Japan. Gorgina says that this years tour will be a Spring tour with “Spice” and “heralds the return of a singular…

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Happy Hump Day team. The weekend is coming and while the Wallabies will be travelling and training we do have the ABs vs Wales to look forward to – well for me anyway. RWC 27 Getting closer The clock is ticking on Rugby Australia’s push for $300 million in government guarantees to help secure the 2027 World Cup. Australia’s World Cup bid bosses and RA executives and officials fly to London next week for a series of high-level meetings with a who’s who of international rugby before a January 14 deadline for tournament bids. The United States, ordeal on the…

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What’s not to like about Wednesdays; Week half over, Monday a distant memory and beers already getting cold for Friday. This is something everyone on a blog needs to realise before getting upset when others disagree with them. Not looking at anyone in particular either Rennie Extension already? In an article on SMH it appears there is already talk from some about offering Dave Rennie and extension past this current one. Currently signed through to 2023, it is an indication of the growing regard in which he is held that some of the most influential figures at Rugby Australia are…

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Is this a dawning of a new age? Dave Rennie announces the 2nd Test team for Melbourne So the question for most Wallaby fans going forward is, “Is this a New Age going forward, or is it another false dawn that we’ve had so many times in the last 8 years?” I think this is a fair question and one that Rennie himself will be well aware of. First time for 3 wins in a row in the Rugby Championship since 2015 and overall since 2017. Another win on Saturday and the Wallabies will enjoy 4 wins in a row…

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Filling in for Yowie today. Sorry I can’t match his sense of humour and smartarsedness (I think that’s a word), and sorry for 2 Kiwi posts in a row on Tuesdays. When I saw the picture below, I immediately thought of Nutta and so couldn’t resist putting it up. Honestly, I almost get more lip from the front rows complaining about each other than I do from the 9’s at times. They all think they’re innocent, and they all think the referee doesn’t know what happens, so they’re safe. ‘He’s an Australian hero’: Cooper set to be awarded Australian citizenship…

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It’s Hump Day today, so it’s time to look forward and not backwards. It’s been a hard few days, but I’ve been to Bunnings I’ve got the material for a bridge, and I’m just going to build one and get over everything. Thorn Extends His Tenure As Queensland Reds Coach By Two More Years This is interesting as he has proven to be quite a polarising coach and some people are still not happy with him despite taking the Reds to the finals twice in two years and winning the last time. Brad himself believes there’s still more to do…

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