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    Rugby Australia, Super Rugby not doing game any favours, axed sevens coach Andy Frien

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-0...-rugby/9730956

    Less than a month after losing his job as Australia's rugby sevens coach, Andy Friend is disillusioned with what is going on in the game.

    Friend said he wanted to continue in the role before Rugby Australia opted not to renew his contract after last month's Commonwealth Games and does not like the direction the game is going in.

    After 23 years in the coaching system, he has seen the highs and lows from inside the belly of the beast.

    He said players would come to him without even the most basic skills because Australian rugby has plans for world domination, but was yet to exhibit the patience to create the foundations.

    "We've tried to build the pyramid from the top down. It doesn't work," he said.

    "It's not about the people that sit up the top and play Super Rugby and coach Super Rugby. It's about the grassroots and about building the pyramid from the base."

    He said Australian rugby has been on the slide "for a couple of decades".

    At this point, the former Brumbies coach does not even follow the top-flight XV competition.

    "I actually find it stale to be honest," he said.

    "I can't understand the conference system. I can't understand how you can have a competition where you don't play everyone once and you can be the best of the worst, which is what we have in this country, yet you can still make a quarter-final. Doesn't make sense to me.

    "I still love the game of rugby. I'll go and watch a club game because I still love the energy around that, but Super for me, it's tainted."

    For Friend, despite his abrupt departure from the game, sevens is the way forward.

    He described the abbreviated version of rugby as "the new frontier" and said if and when he is allowed back into the game, that would be his path.

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    Looks like someone ideal for the IPRC

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

    Let's have one of these in WA! Click this link: Saitama Super Arena - New Perth Stadium?

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    You mean WSR? I thought IPRC is now a debunkt concept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPaRTAN View Post
    You mean WSR? I thought IPRC is now a debunkt concept.
    No WSR is this year. Indo-Pacific starts next year

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    IPRC, WSR, WWE, whatever; you guys know what I mean.

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

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    I think wsr was chosen for this year very strategically. I am torn between two reasons though

    1 it might be the name that they plan for IPRC and this will give them masses of free advertising, the brand is already built worldwide

    2 the obvious similarity to wsc is a veiled threat to the aru


    It could be both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    I think wsr was chosen for this year very strategically. I am torn between two reasons though

    1 it might be the name that they plan for IPRC and this will give them masses of free advertising, the brand is already built worldwide

    2 the obvious similarity to wsc is a veiled threat to the aru


    It could be both.
    It is more 2. How many tickets have been sold for Tonga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakkies View Post
    It is more 2. How many tickets have been sold for Tonga.
    I'd like to know that too. I hope all those "non-rugby" or "new-to-rugby" fans who were desperate to get the hot ticket for last week decide to pick up tickets for the rest of the year.

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    I think it adds pressure to RA to okay IPRC as well as giving the Force a lifeline and the fans some rugby to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chibi View Post
    I'd like to know that too. I hope all those "non-rugby" or "new-to-rugby" fans who were desperate to get the hot ticket for last week decide to pick up tickets for the rest of the year.
    I know there are people who have posted on forums that they left it too late to get tickets for the match so they went ahead and got tickets for Tonga.

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    That's great to hear!

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    Japan and the Pacific Islands for Aussie Super 9's!

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    I know of at least one mum who's getting rugby tickets for mothers day

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    She wasn't at the Fiji game!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wholetruth View Post
    No WSR is this year. Indo-Pacific starts next year
    That's what I thought, too; that WSR was the name for this year's set of exhibition matches. But I've heard interviews when they mentioned WSR as the comp for next year. If WSR gets traction in the public's minds, it'd probably be better to keep that name, even if IPRC is more descriptive.

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    IPRC was only ever going to be a working title, it's too clunky for the marketers to work with

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