Real or unmixed high tackle messaging is killing rugby
There have been plenty of talking points, on and off the pitch, in Australian rugby circles this week, with the game even securing airtime in the federal budget on Tuesday night.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed the Australian government’s financial support for the 2027 World Cup bid, while SANZAAR’s judicial panel was also in the spotlight.
Read on as we tackle these questions and more in the latest edition of Real rugby or not.
High-tackle mixed messaging is killing rugby – both on and off the pitch
Real. In what world, given everything we’ve been told about World Rugby’s high tackles and high tackle frame, did SANZAAR’s judicial panel deem Tom Banks’ ugly challenge against Toni Pulu worthy with a single warning? Certainly not this one, which is the same one where rugby is trying to win over those fans who are still struggling to fully embrace the very real threat of concussions and do everything in their power to limit instances of them. From everything we’ve seen in the last six months, whether it was Rob Valetini’s tackle in Cardiff last year, for which he got a red, as well as Charlie Ewels’ clumsy effort there weeks at Twickenham, Banks should have been suspended. , which would have married perfectly with the decision taken on the field by referee Angus Gardner. Case closed. Everyone is moving forward. Instead, the debate is dominating rugby talk, at least in Australian rugby circles, and leaving everyone questioning themselves at a time when they have finally come to terms with the fact that head clashes equate to high tackles. This can only be frustrating for the players too, who have so much to understand from a legal point of view, before they then have to be aware of their tackling technique when keeping players down remains a defensive strategy. key. SANZAAR set a dangerous precedent this week, but given its record of confusing legal proceedings, it won’t be surprising to see an entirely different punishment for a virtually identical incident in the not-too-distant future.
Given the number of options on offer, the hooker is not a position of concern for the Wallabies
Not true. Dave Rennie may have options from all five franchises, but the harsh reality is that no prostitute in Australia demands selection for the Wallabies series against England. Four rakes, Folau Fainga’a, Feleti Kaitu’u, Dave Porecki and Lachie Lonergan have been included in the 40-man practice squad that will meet on the Gold Coast next week, and they are certainly ahead of the hunting squad at this point in the season. But that’s not to say Jordan Uelese, Connal McInerney or even injured Alex Mafi could work their way into the squad by July with great performances throughout the Super Rugby Pacific season. What the situation calls for though, is for a player to really break free from the pack and make a convincing case that he should be handed the No.2 shirt to face England on July 9. This must go through excellence and consistency. from the set piece, so also a high work rate around the paddock, which was the Achilles heel of the Brumbies’ Fainga’a, who spent more time in the No.2 shirt under Rennie than anyone else.
For the likes of Kaitu’u and Lonergan, there are size concerns. Although it doesn’t tell the whole story, the Rebels are the team with the best roster percentage of the Australian franchises. [86.7%]closely followed by the Brumbies [85.1%]. With reports that Rennie will not be considering European players for his three Giteau Law picks to face England, it seems unlikely that the coach will seek to repatriate prostitutes based abroad – namely Tolu Latu – in July. The player who achieves his lineout goals, scrums solidly and is busy in the park in the meantime will be the one to get the nod.
The 2027 World Cup will save the game in Australia
Real. The 2003 World Cup was perhaps the biggest sporting spectacle outside of the 2000 Sydney Olympics that Australia has ever hosted, with tens of thousands of fans from around the world flocking to the country. Unfortunately for lovers of the game they play in paradise, Rugby Australia squandered the $45m windfall they won and the game suffered. RA has pledged this time not to waste any money or promotion the game will receive by hosting such a huge event. It’s no secret that RA has struggled financially over the past decade; in 2021, the sports body was revealed to have posted a net deficit of $27.1 million, as COVID left the administration considering returning to amateur status, while more and more people turned away from the Game.
The Federal Government’s budget announcement that it would continue to offer financial support to the bid means that Australia is all but guaranteed to host the 2027 World Cup, making it all the more imperative that RA learns from the mistakes of the past and rebuilds the game. Last year, RA announced that the event could boost the economy up to $2.1 billion, while the 2019 World Cup generated a gigantic economic output of $2. .1 billion.[US]5.6 billion, making it the most financially successful Rugby World Cup ever played, according to World Rugby. If RA’s reports are correct, Australia should expect to see over 200,000 fans flooding the many world-class stadiums, including Optus in Perth and the soon to be completed Sydney Football Stadium. If managed correctly, the tournament and its financial windfall will finally lift rugby out of the doldrums and back to the heights it enjoyed two decades ago.
– Brittany Mitchell