August 31 2021
Welcome to The Rogues Rant, an occasional look at all things
By Ron Wood
Some clarity has now emerged going forward with the Rugby
Championships. The third Bledisloe Cup match which is also Round 2 of the
Championships will now go ahead this Sunday in Perth at 4.00PM our time. The
Queensland government has agreed to host the remaining Championship matches at
various Queensland venue’s as double headers over the next five weeks. The Wallabies
play South Africa on the Gold Coast, Sunday 12th Sept at 8.05PM, and again a
week later in Brisbane on Saturday 18th Sept at 5.05PM. Their final two matches are against Argentina in Townsville on
Saturday 25th September at 8.05PM and on the Gold Coast on Saturday 2nd October
at 5.05 PM. The Wallabies will then be traveling to the Northern Hemisphere for
matches against Scotland on 8th November, England on the 14th November and
Wales on 21st November, Covid permitting of course.
It was also announced this week that we will be having a 12 team
Super Rugby Pacific tournament in 2022. The five Australian and New Zealand Super
Rugby franchises, along with Fiji Drua and the Moana Pasifica organization will
make up the 14 week tournament. The Drua will play home games in Fiji while the
Moana Pasifica will be based in New Zealand. Moana Pasifica will be made up of
players who identify as Fijian, Samoan or Tongan. This should be a more
interesting and condensed tournament which should create plenty of interest.
All teams will play each other once and then three more a second time, leading
into an eight team three round knock-out final series.
With the new Super Rugby series from next year let’s hope that
the powers that be at Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby get their acts together and create an
appropriate development and competition program to feed players through to the
new tournament. It could perhaps be something
like the original concept of the Junior Gold Cup from 2014, but totally within and
across all NSW regions. Make it for Under 15, Under 17, Under 19 & Senior
Grades making sure that players of talent have the opportunity to progress no
matter where they are born or what school they go to.
opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not
be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.