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    The ARU started a national championship in 07 but it failed.

    In Australia, a new national club competition called the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship was launched in 2007. It was intended to bridge the gap between Super 14 and club rugby, and was similar to the Currie Cup and Air New Zealand Cup. It consisted of eight teams: Sydney Fleet, Central Coast Rays, Western Sydney Rams (from New South Wales), Ballymore Tornadoes, East Coast Aces (from Queensland), Perth Spirit (from Western Australia), Melbourne Rebels (from Victoria) and the Canberra Vikings (from ACT)
    The competition began on 10 August, played in a round-robin format, with the Grand Final played on 14 October. Western Sydney were the minor premiers (i.e., finished atop the league table before the playoffs), but lost in the semifinals. Central Coast won the inaugural and ultimately only Grand Final. The ARU scrapped the competition after its inaugural season, citing larger-than-expected financial losses of $4.7 million





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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane7 View Post
    The ARU started a national championship in 07 but it failed.

    In Australia, a new national club competition called the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship was launched in 2007. It was intended to bridge the gap between Super 14 and club rugby, and was similar to the Currie Cup and Air New Zealand Cup. It consisted of eight teams: Sydney Fleet, Central Coast Rays, Western Sydney Rams (from New South Wales), Ballymore Tornadoes, East Coast Aces (from Queensland), Perth Spirit (from Western Australia), Melbourne Rebels (from Victoria) and the Canberra Vikings (from ACT)
    The competition began on 10 August, played in a round-robin format, with the Grand Final played on 14 October. Western Sydney were the minor premiers (i.e., finished atop the league table before the playoffs), but lost in the semifinals. Central Coast won the inaugural and ultimately only Grand Final. The ARU scrapped the competition after its inaugural season, citing larger-than-expected financial losses of $4.7 million
    I was part of the Canberra Vikings develop squad back when I was 16-17 - yes it ran at a loss but how can they just get rid of it - did they really think it would run into profit in the 1st year...

    They gave it a half-ass go and then got rid of it...I can remember when it was on - no real support from ARU.

    They have just started a national baseball league which is going from strength to strength - with HUGE support from all local teams around Aus (Girlfriends dad is head of a club in ACT) - this is BASEBALL! and we cant even do it with Rugby Union ....what a joke....

    If they want Union to grow and for the Wallabies to keep bringing up good players the national league needs to go ahead in the lead up to the 2015 world cup...


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    Wallabies need to get rid of the following:

    Cooper
    Gituea
    Eslon

    And all the other under performers but i forget their names.
    Player is the hero Ausbb deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a single guardian, a watchful protector.


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    The only players that impress me are Beale and Pocock (future captain hopefully) - Beale was same age group as me and even though he was a NSW player and I was ACT we always used to hear about how good he was, future wallaby etc etc - from about age 16! - think he player 1st 15 from age 15-16.

    Pocock is sick! - would have him in any team in the world!


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    After watching Aus vs italy highlights. I noticed something. A wallaby player gets pushed down by an italian player, then Rocky Elson (captain) comes in trying to fight the italian player. This is a perfect example of how not to be a captain. The captain should be breaking it up, setting an example to his players not trying to fight.

    Look at richie mccaw, quade cooper came and pushed him for no reason and he jumped up quickly and turned around but didn't go and try to fight him.

    Australia needs a new captain.
    Player is the hero Ausbb deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a single guardian, a watchful protector.


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    LOl LMD. It's a long season and the Waballies peaked for the Tri Nations and Hong Kong match, I now think they are just tired and over it for this year. I fear France may put the Waballies through the cleaners this weekend. I still think they can be a force in the RWC.
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    It was a point showing how bad Elson is as a captain. These things matter.
    Player is the hero Ausbb deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a single guardian, a watchful protector.


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    Yeah fair enough..I didn't see the whole match so I cannot comment really.
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYgyuUl-4pY&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Italy vs Australia - November 2010[/ame]
    Player is the hero Ausbb deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a single guardian, a watchful protector.


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    Elson isnt a good leader - and alot of ppl are saying that now but honestly who else is there lol - I do see Pocock as a future captain though.

    If the Wallabies peaked for the tri-nations Id hate to see them when they dont peak lol - at the end of the day this year is a write off and will just need to do a really quick re-build for the world cup - they are saying this is the worst Wallaby team ever.....

    This game V France - I honestly have no idea how it will go - I think France will get up by 10-12....but then saying that France are one of the form teams in the world so it could be 15-20 points....see what happens!

    All Blacks play Wales - I have a feeling All Blacks will play there best game to date on tour this weekend and get up by 30-40 points - the All Blacks have already said that all there players need to be 1st 15 ready and no players will be "2nd string"....

    South Africa V England - this will be a GREAT game - Id say England by 2-3 points - SA will be fired up after they lost to Scotland and England will still be on a high from the Wallaby win.


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