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Thursday’s Rugby News 22/9/22 – Green and Gold Rugby

Thursday’s Rugby News 22/9/22

Happy Thursday everyone, another big week in the world of rugby. If you have Stan I’d recommend the English Premiership there were some cracking games on up there this week. I’ll be taking a week off as I have some holidays. I will say this, nothing beats watching rugby on an iPad and drinking red wine at a campsite.

Wallabies it’s the Hope That Kills You – Opinion Part 5

At least we weren’t South African in our reaction, but we got close. 

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the performance of Bernard ‘Spanners’ Foley. I gladly enjoyed my large slice of humble pie after Thursday last week. 

After 78 minutes the hope started to take rise, and then whatever twisted deity that oversees rugby in Australia said wait a minute and took possession of the cheese-eating surrender monkey and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. I can only hope that we can grow and be better against the darkness at Eden Park and get a victory.

I was heartened by how relieved the Kiwis were in victory. I personally believe we are ascending and very very soon we will be beating them on a very regular basis. I also expect state media to be on full alert at Eden Park to keep the fortress intact.

To be honest it was a great game of rugby and it just shows why the best games of rugby are just light years ahead of any other winter sports.

Wallabies by 10 (again a victory of hope over experience). This year’s Rugby Championship has been the best in years and has been very evenly fought so it could happen.

Darcy Swain Judicial Hearing

Darcy Swain is fronting the judiciary this evening for his grass-cutting clean out on Quinn Tupaea. Personally, I believe that the suspension for Swain will be outcome based not on the action of the player. There are many similar clean outs in every game of rugby from the elite level to grassroots every week and this one had an unfortunate outcome. I don’t believe that Swain wanted to cause injury the Kiwi player but unfortunately that is the outcome. 

You can miss me with this drivel from Beauden Barret “I feel for Quinn. He basically didn’t see it coming, he was a sitting duck. It was a bit of a free shot. We don’t like to see these sorts of injuries,” Barrett told reporters. The biggest late shot merchant in NZ rugby and not even the biggest grub in his family commenting on foul play is a joke. 

From Pravda

Darcy Got 6 weeks

Link Here

Australia A confirm squad for Japan Tour 

Suncorp Stadium Fireworks

It’s little wonder we outside of NSW think there’s a bias regarding the selection of Waratah players. Max Jorgensen gets picked directly from school. Now I’m told he is a gun and gaol rugby wanted him badly but really what about Carter Gordan or other backs not from NSW. I wonder about what message it sends to actual rugby kids.

Team Here

Richie Asiata, Queensland Reds 

Tom Banks, ACT Brumbies 

Ollie Callan, Western Force 

Jock Campbell, Queensland Reds 

Hudson Creighton, ACT Brumbies 

Filipo Daugunu, Queensland Reds 

Ben Donaldson, NSW Waratahs 

Tane Edmed, NSW Waratahs 

Pone Fa’amausili, Melbourne Rebels 

Nick Frost, ACT Brumbies 

Matt Gibbon, Melbourne Rebels 

Langi Gleeson, NSW Waratahs 

Ned Hanigan, NSW Waratahs 

Isaac Henry, Queensland Reds

Archer Holz, NSW Waratahs 

Harry Hoopert, Queensland Reds 

Max Jorgensen*, NSW Waratahs

Bayley Kuenzle, Western Force 

Lachlan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies 

Ryan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies 

Mark Nawaqanitawase, NSW Waratahs 

Caderyn Neville, ACT Brumbies 

Dylan Pietsch, NSW Waratahs 

Billy Pollard, ACT Brumbies 

Tom Robertson, Western Force

Rory Scott, ACT Brumbies 

Ryan Smith, Queensland Reds 

Hamish Stewart, Western Force 

Darcy Swain, ACT Brumbies 

James Tuttle, Melbourne Rebels 

Seru Uru, Queensland Reds 

Suli Vunivalu, Queensland Reds 

Brad Wilkin, Melbourne Rebels 

Teddy Wilson, NSW Waratahs 

*denotes Development Player+

Jack Dempsey close to decision on potential Scotland switch

Soon to be Scottish Jack Dempsey

Link Here

JACK DEMPSEY says he will make an announcement within the next three to four weeks about whether he is going to make himself available for Scotland selection leading into next year’s World Cup or stick to trying to rekindle his international career with Australia.

The 28-year old back-rower was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and has played in 14 full international matches for the Wallabies. However, a recent change in World Rugby’s international eligibility rules mean that a capped player can now switch allegiance to another country to which he/she has “a close and credible link via birthright”, so long as they undertake a three year cooling off period. Dempsey has a Scottish grandfather and he hasn’t played for Australia since their World Cup pool match victory over Georgia on 11 October 2019, meaning that he’ll become eligible to wear the thistle late next month should be choose to go that route.

This isn’t what the change of regulation was introduced to do. It was supposed to help redress an imbalance which sees poorer rugby nations continually lose playing talent to ‘super-hoover’ tier one sides. However, Scotland isn’t the only country prepared to take the view that the letter of the law trumps the spirit of the law when it comes to building as competitive a national team as possible, and head coach Gregor Townsend won’t think twice about turning to Dempsey as he looks ahead at a killer 2023 World Cup pool which features world champions, South Africa, and World Rugby’s current number one ranked team, Ireland.

He’ll play for Scotland because it makes good financial sense,

Hoss of the long run tomorrow.



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