Rugby Union


#1

Thought it was a great opportunity to create one.

What a game


#2

The only time I regularly watched rugby union was when ATN7 took the rights to the Sydney premiership for a year, back in the 1970s/1980s sometime can’t remember exactly when. Dual international Rex Mossop called the game on Saturdays, and still did the NSWRL on Sundays. I lost interest when it went back to the ABC the next year.


#3

Reason for topic :slight_smile:


#4

Victories against the All Blacks are very rare, given they dominate rugby union for so long (much like Brazil in soccer or West Indies in cricket in 1980s to 1990s).
This year has been very bad for Australian rugby for general. Not only did our Super Rugby teams lost all 26 games to the NZ teams, the Wallabies lost the Bledisloe Cup for the 15th year in a row (when will this ever end? :disappointed: ) and then there is the fiasco of the Western Force dumped from Super Rugby and mining magnate Andrew Forrest planning to set up a new Asia-Pacific competition so that the Force can still play matches.


#5

Hush you Johnson, now is not the time to bring negativity into this thread. Unless you’re from New Zealand.


#6

Oh well, in that case then… :grinning:


#7

There are literally dozens of us.


#8

Wallabies too good. Have become more aggressive (not in a physical sense but tactically) and it worked for them. Hooper was immense, Kuridrani too. Managed to put heat on All Blacks defence.

All Blacks weren’t as good as they can be.


#9

So which conspiracy theory are you subscribing to? its Jacinda’s fault or Steve Hansen’s cooked?


#10

Jacinda. Hansen’s record speaks for itself.


#11

It was a dead rubber, shame the Wobblies couldn’t win the games that counted ie. Dunedin when they led 17-0 and still lost.

Anyhow, they have shown signs of improvement and did manage to finish 2nd in the Rugby Championship, so the signs for next are promising, hopefully they can break the Bledisloe hoodoo in the next year or two.


#12

The 2019 Rugby World Cup fixture was announced this morning. Australia is in Pool D alongside Wales, Georgia, Fiji and Americas 2 qualifier. Interestingly, the Wallabies’ pool match against Wales will be played on Sunday September 29 at 4.45pm local time (5.45pm AEST), meaning it will clash with the start of the NRL Grand Final due to time difference.
The 2019 RWC will overlap with many Australian sporting events like the 2011 tournament in New Zealand including the AFL and NRL grand finals, Bathurst 1000, the Australian MotoGP, the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate. There is still no Australian broadcaster but Fox Sports is favourite to pick up the pay TV rights.


#13

Better off with Network Ten showing all Wallabies RWC Matches Live and in HD.


#14

Umm…isn’t the NRL Grand Final usually played on the first Sunday in October (which incidentally will be the 6th in 2019)?


#15

First took an interest in RU in 1995 when Ten had the rights to the World Cup. Full commentary team on the ground on South Africa lead by David Fordham.
If they have any sense they’d be all over this with a resurgent Wallabies in a decent time zone.ight make their local test series worth watching.


#16

Guessing the Welsh must be getting sick of playing us at World Cups. 1991, 2007, 2015 pool stages plus twice meeting in the 3rd place playoff game. Doesn’t help when they’ve only beaten us twice in their last 27 meetings (none since 2008, and no wins away from Wales since 1987, a 3rd placed playoff in Rotorua when the Wallabies basically played the game with 14 after David Codey got sent off). They haven’t won in Australia since 1969 when the Wallabies were absolutely hopeless.


#18

Rugby WA has gone into voluntary administration. This came about 4 months where the Australian Rugby Union has controversially axed Western Force from next year’s competition.


#19

Optus Stadium has announced that the Bledisloe Cup will be played on the 10 August 2019. This will be the first time ever that the New Zealand All Blacks will play in Perth. An expected 60,000 crowd will flock to Perth Stadium.


#20

Can Wallabies win the Bledisloe Cup for 2018?

  • Yes - Australia do have the motivation and skills
  • No - The NZ All Blacks will prevail

0 voters


Ten Sport
#21

New Zealand has won the Bledisloe Cup for the 16th year in a row, belting the Wallabies 40-12 at Eden Park in Auckland. Given the huge gap between the two teams, and also the development of rugby union in both NZ and Australia, one wonders if the Wallabies will win the Bledisloe Cup, and win at Eden Park, during our lifetime.