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Robster

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Unfortunately, the theory of the merit found in competing theories has been rather debunked by underperforming Super rugby teams and the Wallabies. As for politics, it is the politics of the multiple systems that has led rugby to this sorry state.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

Thanks Sheek,
The history of how rugby in Australia came to be in such a parlous state is very interesting. I only discovered rugby in 1987 as a teenager, so am one of the ones who were spoiled by the Wallabies success a few years later, and was unaware of any of that information.
I was also unaware of what were clearly some very poor decisions made by John O’Neill that can only have contributed to the decline of rugby. As you can gather, I’m fond of quotes, and Julius Caesar said, “in war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes”. You cite three decisions which should have a easy and small choice for the guy, and he clearly botched 3 for 3…and we have seen the consequences.
I fear, as you do, that the code will soon go the way of the dodo. Even with private equity, the politics within the code must be addressed, otherwise all we will be able to do is sit back and marvel at the selfishness and stupidity of those who would see rugby in Australia burn rather than surrender their petty fiefdoms that, ironically, aren’t even theirs.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

Indeed, and much of what you say is covered in another one of my favourite books, The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Training with SAS would indeed be good, as would doing cross training with judo and wrestling clubs (both sports rely on body height and grappling). On that note, in the hypothetical situation where private equity and centralisation were to occur, then as young players developed, they could be exposed to regular cross training events to enhance their core skills and strengths.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

If you mean me, I had to google what the book was about! 😂 No, that’s actually how I write. 😊

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

Actually, it’s the whole year. Inconsistent performances, shipping 48 points to Argentina in a humiliating loss, losing for the first time to Italy, and sitting around 8-9th on the world rankings…the whole year has been woeful.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

Absolutely. Without a meaningful strategy, sponsorship and funding is pointless. Who knows, if there was an intelligent strategy in operation currently, maybe things would be different.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

Yep. If the current system remains, PE would probably be a largely fruitless endeavour sabotaged by the traditional rugby cohorts, and you may as well give candy to schoolkids. Rugby needs to be shaken up from top to bottom.

To fix the Wallabies, we need to fix the real problems

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