Author: Shane Sullivan

Make Australian Rugby Great Again

Someone gave Happy, Karl, and myself microphones and access to the internet…and we recorded it! Don’t expect a superbly polished poddy like the TRRC or The Dropped Kick off, this is three old guys trying to figure out how things work and talking about round one of Super Rugby.

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Green & Gold Rugby regular Stephen Tremain travelled to Roma on the weekend to check out all the action from the festival. We thought we’d highlight the photos he has graciously sent us to use on the site. Happy also went for the weekend, but all we got was a few fuzzy images off his phone. Phil Waugh Joe Schmidt and Tim Horan Harry McLaughlin-Phillips clears the ball from a ruck Mark Nawaqanitawase fends off Josh Flook Tate McDermott box kicks under pressure from Miles Amatosero Jock Campbell offloads Angus Bell runs the ball Tim Ryan and Dylan Pietsch contest…

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With news coming out of Melbourne that the seven Melbourne Rebels directors could be liable for the club’s tax debt to the tune of $1.65M each, I’d like to highlight some things that I think haven’t been talked about enough. Details of rugby’s salary cap are sketchy, and I’m not an accountant, so what follows is to the best of my knowledge a correct interpretation of events. In 2017 when Andrew Cox returned the Rebels to Vic Rugby it had a clean balance sheet, there were no debts on it, all tax and other creditors had been paid. During the…

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All the talk this week is about how England are lucky to make the semi-finals, but every game you start you’re a chance of winning. Having said that, the smart money is on South Africa and my not so smart money is with them as well. The Match It rained steadily overnight in Paris, and there are light showers drifting across the field as the game starts. If New Zealand and Argentina played their semi at a sprint yesterday, this match could only be described as a Sunday stroll. Both sides are used to slowing games down, and today no…

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Japan’s form has been patchy coming into RWC 2023. They’ve slid out of the top ten and are currently sitting at 14 in the world rankings. They should still easily account for Chile, who are playing in their first World Cup and are currently the lowest ranked team in the competition at 23. The Match I sit here at half-time with Japan leading Chile 21-7, thoroughly entertained. Chile play fast, skilful, passionate rugby. But, Japan were, for much of the half, the better side. Chile started with a bang but couldn’t maintain the pace and two yellow cards put them…

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The Match It was a great start to the World Cup for Australia in the 35 degree heat of Paris. Georgia did themselves no favours, giving away 11 penalties and one yellow card in the first half. Australia scored through Petaia in the second minute and Nawaqanitawase in the eighth, while Ben Donaldson made a good job at fullback and slotted a conversion and three penalties. The heat seemed to take its toll on both teams in the second 20 minutes of the first half and play slowed markedly. Georgia managed to get a little ball to their lightning quick…

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1. The Heat. Commentators ditched their jackets. Players ditched scrum caps and base layers. We had 20 minute drinks breaks. Europe has had record-breaking temperatures this summer, and it’s going to effect matches in this World Cup. 2. NZ wilted in the second half Whether it was the heat or the pressure France exerted, New Zealand faded in the second half. Unanimous’s margin chart clearly shows the lead flip-flopping for the first 55 minutes, but from then on it’s all France. New Zealand are coming out of a southern winter and have had only one match in the north. Was…

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2023 Rugby World Cup Squad (age, professional club, junior club, Tests) https://omny.fm/shows/green-and-gold-rugby/the-dropped-kick-off-94-your-ultimate-2023-rugby-w Props (6) Angus Bell (22, NSW Waratahs, Hunters Hill Rugby Club, 23 Tests)* Pone Fa’amausili (26, Melbourne Rebels, Moorabbin Rams, 5 Tests) * Zane Nonggorr (22, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast Eagles, 2 Tests)* Blake Schoupp (23, ACT Brumbies, Woonona Shamrocks, uncapped)* James Slipper (34, ACT Brumbies, Bond Pirates, 131 Tests) Taniela Tupou (27, Queensland Reds, Brothers Rugby Club, 48 Tests) Hookers (3) Matt Faessler (24, Queensland Reds, USQ Saints, 1 Test)* David Porecki (30, NSW Waratahs, Seaforth Raiders, 14 Tests)* Jordan Uelese (26, Melbourne Rebels, Eltham Rugby Club,…

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After working all weekend and going down with whatever super bug going around this week, I finally had a chance to sit down and watch what I already knew was another Wallabies loss. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with what the Wallabies served up. Here are some points I took out of the game, in no particular order. 1. A New Wallaby Captain. Tate McDermott just put his hand up to be the Wallabies long term captain. (hello to all the Brumbies fans out there.) A big part of the Wallabies great start to the game was…

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A lot has been said about both teams coach’s this week and their history, but coaches don’t play rugby. That’s the player’s job, to take the coaches vision and turn it into something resembling rugby. It’s fair to say the Wallabies didn’t do that last week. I only caught 15 minutes of the Pumas game, but I think it’s fair to say their coach wasn’t that happy either. It will be interesting to see which Randwick boy is smiling at the end of this game. The first half. After watching New Zealand v South Africa just before the game, the…

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Sounds like the start of a joke, right? But it’s where the Wallaby second rowers are right now. After Hoss wrote his article on Harry Wilson, I started thinking about how things would work for the Wallabies. Naturally, my thoughts went to where I played many years ago, in the forwards. I started out as a shortish second rower, until my love of food and beer turned me into a tallish prop. Once my coach figured out I could play up front, it was the end of my second rower days. Second rowers are the kings of the lineout, underappreciated…

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It’s do or die for Ireland after their 34 all draw with England last weekend. They have bought four players into the run on side and moved their tighthead across the front row to loosehead. The Wallabies have made 10 changes to the team that defeated Fiji last Saturday. Paarl is looking wetter than a Dolphin’s toothbrush, so I’m not hoping for running rugby tonight. The First half The Wallabies started strongly, bashing away at the Irish line, but an intercept of an ambitious pass from Bowen and the resulting 80 metre dash put Ireland in a position to score…

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Okay, bear with me while I ease myself into the under 20 championship. I am learning who players are as I go. First Half It was a strong first half from both sides. Australia’s scrum and lineout were both strengths and weakness’s from set piece to set piece, while their ruck and maul looked strong. Fiji did Fijian rugby things while competing well at set piece, their fly half, Isaiah Ravula, kicked well and steered the team around efficiently. Inside centre, Epeli Waqaicece, will remember Taj Anan’s name after running into the big outside centre a couple of times and…

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What can I say about the Crusaders that hasn’t been said ad nauseam? They could possibly be the best Rugby club of all time! Damn, they could be the best sporting club of all time, and here they are again right in the mix at the business end of the season. While the Chiefs don’t live in the same lofty climbs as their opposition, they have had a stellar season, with only one truly great club getting the better of them. I have just taken a look at the team lists, and I’m salivating. Codie Taylor v Samisoni Taukei’aho, Retallick…

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Greetings Punters, I’m back for one Happyman free Thursday. For my limited return I’d like to talk about, the cough decline cough of Michael Hooper, Hamish McLennan stirring up the NRL, again, Taniela Tupou reflecting on his career, and a bit of small talk about studs with Simon Cron. Let’s talk about Michael Hooper Ex Wallaby and Waratah skipper Michael Hooper is a good openside. But questions have been raised about his form and age this year. Hooper turns 32 during this year’s Rugby World Cup. Nick Bishop’s article on Rugbypass compares Hooper with his two main rivals for the…

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According to the media, the Wallabies are a chance of a two-peat against France tonight. It’s a low bar getting excited about winning two in a row, but it seems to be where we’re at right now. This French side is near the pointy end of men’s rugby right now, kind of where we were 20 years ago. There’s probably no two-peat happening tonight, but an unreasonable expectation of success is built into the Australian DNA. I mean we’re a chance, right? First half The Wallabies kick off to Les Bleus, mess around at their ruck, 1000 Peyper Cuts calls…

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It’s finally here! Let’s see if we’ve got what it takes to run with the big boys. Should be a blast! The Match The Wallabies lost their main playmaker, Quade Cooper, in the warm-up to a calf injury. Noah Lolesio will start, with JOC moving to the bench. The first 20 minutes showcased some very average minutes, with the Wallabies gifting England a couple of penalties to be behind 6-0. Then Tom Banks went up for a high ball and fell badly and broke his arm. Australia won a penalty, which Lolesio converted to reduce the lead to 6-3. Australia’s…

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