The Rogues Rant #292

November 18 2021

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By Ron Wood

The Wallabies performances in the UK so far have been very disappointing. After showing such an improvement in the previous five outings I’m sure there were plenty of other people out there who shared my anticipation for the Northern Tour. The absence of Quade Cooper has been significant with the side unable to produce the same positive and direct attacking game without the Queenslander at No.10. Injuries haven’t helped either but there has been some good moments amongst all the errors and drop ball that Coach Rennie should be able to work on going forward. The performance of young centers Hunter Paisami and Len Ikitau especially in defense has been encouraging. The error rate and penalty count against England pretty much destroyed any chance of a win for the Wallabies. Both Scotland and England appeared to take a lot out of the wins but I thought both opponents were pretty ordinary and it was more a case of the Wallabies losing than either of the home Countries winning well. A few players will have to stand up against Wales this week with Michael Hooper missing from the match. Great to see James Slipper get the nod to lead the side out.

On the back of Jay Treggoning getting the gig to Coach the Wallaroos, Illawarra Coaches have picked up a few other coaching positions at rep level. Illawarra Junior and former Development Officer and Local Coach Shannon Fraser is part of the Waratahs Coaching staff and now Country Cockatoos Coach Shaun McCreedy has also picked up the forward Coaching role for the NSW Super W Squad. Past Illawarrior Caldwell Cup winning player and Coach Ian Westwood has the reins of the NSW Country Under 18 Girls Squad with University veteran Donovan Nepia his Assistant Coach. On the local front Illawarra Director of Coaching Sean Barrett will be finalizing his coaching and support staff over the next week or so with the first gathering of players planned for December.

It has been confirmed this week that a Super Rugby Trial between The Waratahs and The Brumbies will be played at Eridge Park in Bowral on Saturday 29th January. A similar trial was set for Bowral earlier this year but was cancelled due to Covid restrictions. “We are delighted to head to Bowral to face the Brumbies in what will be one of the last opportunities for Darren Coleman and his side to fine tune their game ahead of their 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign,” NSW Rugby CEO Paul Doorn said in a statement on The main match will kick off at 5.30PM and will be preceded by a Waratahs Super W match featuring a City and Country Origin format match between players in the Waratahs Super W program.  

The Illawarra Junior Rugby Club U/18’s had their first gathering last weekend with approximately 30 players in attendance. Keep an eye on the teams Facebook page to keep up to date on the Squads preparations going forward. (Facebook – Illawarra Junior Rugby Club U/18’s). For further details contact Ryan McIlwaine on 0419 483344.

Rugby Diary

29th November         IDRU AGM. Shamrocks Rugby Club – 6.00PM

15th January             Shoalhaven Womens 7’s

29th January             NSW Waratahs V Brumbies – Eridge Park, Bowral.

19th February           Macarthur 10’s – Camden Rugby Park

26th February           Kiama 7’s

26th March                IDRU Premiership Round 1

11/12th June             NSW Country Championships – Tamworth

10th September        IDRU Grand Final

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.