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    I've said it before, but I have never understood...

    I've said it before, but I have never understood why Foxtel has never used FTA content as an advertising opportunity. As in show one regular game/match/race/etc, but stuff it full of ads pointing out...
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    I didn't pick up on that, although I would have...

    I didn't pick up on that, although I would have thought any deal would by nature been for one year only unless they have already settled the structure of rugby for 2022+. The only thing tougher than...
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    $57M/yr only started 5 years ago, not ten. And...

    $57M/yr only started 5 years ago, not ten. And that was 2.5x bigger than the previous contract, mostly due to money from Europe. So in 2015, they were getting c.a. $25M/yr total, including all the...
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    Almost by inspection, you'd have to call BS on a...

    Almost by inspection, you'd have to call BS on a lot of that speculation about numbers. The $285M over 5 years is a hard number, and it was widely and reliably reported as being a 148% increase on...
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    Inclined to agree on Jooste, but surprised about...

    Inclined to agree on Jooste, but surprised about Ferris and the front rowers. Guess it is the fall-out of the call on GRR next year, and tends to suggest the NRC is indeed toast.
  6. TBH, I forgot it was on but couldn't be bothered...

    TBH, I forgot it was on but couldn't be bothered once I noticed they were playing. Nothing to do with the players or 2017, but I have lost interest as it became clear that while it has never really...
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    You would have thought that the best place for...

    You would have thought that the best place for any player who wasn't positive would be outside SA, not in it. Forcing them to remain would be little more than their government knowingly placing them...
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    Given there is persistent talk of ongoing...

    Given there is persistent talk of ongoing involvement with the BoP/China team in the NZ comp, I am a little surprised the possibility of involving the Fijian and Samoan GRR teams in the Australian...
  9. Thread: the neXt Theory

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    It is certainly a situation that makes both the...

    It is certainly a situation that makes both the share market and politics look like like places of good sense and logic. But the really stupid thing of it was that if 12 Super Rugby teams were worth...
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    I doubt it TBH. For mine it is likely a question...

    I doubt it TBH. For mine it is likely a question of either four teams or six i.e two games a weekend or three. Any competition wouldn't really be long enough to require byes, and in the current...
  11. Agree that Mr Forrest is free to do with the...

    Agree that Mr Forrest is free to do with the Force as he wishes. But there is no avoiding the consequences of various choices, one of which being that aligning solely with NZ would be exactly the...
  12. I was thinking more the points made rather than...

    I was thinking more the points made rather than the language used, but given the Force has all but confirmed they are doing exactly as rumoured, I am sure that 'self-serving' is one of the nicest...
  13. Hard to disagree with any of that!

    Hard to disagree with any of that!
  14. No-one, as RA then continues to ignore its...

    No-one, as RA then continues to ignore its potential and half-arse the whole thing...
  15. I would think that is only true if the SH moves...

    I would think that is only true if the SH moves the RC to the same window as 6N. If not, SA could play both and be the big winners.
  16. I thought the whole point of changing the...

    I thought the whole point of changing the quarantine restrictions ahead of the two NZ Bledisloes was to allow the earlier date, so that the whole RC could be brought forward. The two extra countries...
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    Whether there is an extended aquad for SR or not,...

    Whether there is an extended aquad for SR or not, that is the main reason I hope they keep GRR going too. Training alongside top players might be useful, but they have to have somewhere to play as...
  18. Thread: Future of GRR?

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    Having GRR as the development comp for WA would...

    Having GRR as the development comp for WA would probably address concerns about competitive standards. That might change pretty quickly as the various start-ups find their feet, but that would be a...
  19. The problem is, every time RA says that, it only...

    The problem is, every time RA says that, it only invites reflection on the last time they said exactly the same thing. Times and faces may have changed, but I hope no-one that matters forgets that...
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    Why would they - RA has always had their back....

    Why would they - RA has always had their back. Same was true here, until it was obvious that they didn't. That is when the rubber hit the road here and Andrew Forrest stepped up, but it usually takes...
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    Don't know about target players, but I'm well and...

    Don't know about target players, but I'm well and truly over players that run straight at the opposition. Maybe it is the influence of League, but aimless hit ups have long characterised Australian...
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    I would agree that is a pretty good summary of...

    I would agree that is a pretty good summary of where everyone thought things were at. Right up until Matt Hodgson was directly quoted as saying “There are many things to go through. Obviously if we...
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    Wouldn't think so. Mind you, if a proper job had...

    Wouldn't think so. Mind you, if a proper job had been done of the NRC, we might have some idea where things were at by way of progress. Certainly would have been interesting to see.
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    Just saying, they probably couldn't have picked a...

    Just saying, they probably couldn't have picked a more inflammatory option though. If next year involves separate competitions again, it materially undermines RA's negotiations with potential...
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    I have to say, I am surprised the Force has...

    I have to say, I am surprised the Force has opened the box. They have been so careful not to rock the boat with GRR, yet going off and playing in NZ would be a huge flipping of the bird to RA. Even...
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