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Friday’s Rugby Information – 9/6/23

Friday’s Rugby Information – 9/6/23


Friday’s Rugby Information – 9/6/23

Greetings, G&GRs, and welcome to Friday’s Rugby Information, now Hoss-free for one complete week! *cries*

You’re all in luck although, he has despatched us this postcard through His Majesty’s snail mail service:

Thankfully, our personal Apple Islander, Keith Butler (aka the outdated man who shouts at clouds) visited the Tasmanian model of the Ponderosa (which is startingly related in seems to be and odor to the Taswegian gene pool) to carry you right now’s matter of rugby-related work absenteeism, I imply, G&GR information for this fantastic Friday earlier than an extended weekend! Right here’s optimistically hoping extra Aussie sides than the Ponies make it by way of to the semis!


This was a little bit of a labour of affection however whether or not it has any that means is open for dialogue. Nevertheless, I did take pleasure in placing it collectively.

This all kicked off a number of weeks again when the late demented lamented Hoss talked about a furore that had damaged out concerning the resting of Tremendous Rugby Pacific gamers. I suppose the query was what potential influence this may need on the ultimate positions on the ladder. Properly, the Ponies nicely and actually shot themselves within the foot on this one. Dialogue was carried on by KARL referring to an article in the Guardian that acknowledged that core SD gamers had been solely taking part in on common, round 40% of Premiership video games that was giving these self righteous house owners/benefactors a great dose the yips. Powerful s@1t boys. Dialogue then moved on into the realm of are our gamers taking part in sufficient video games and does lack of recreation time have an effect on health ranges?

The desk exhibiting SD recreation time is nonetheless a little bit deceptive because it doesn’t take into consideration the European Champions/Problem Cups that the Premiership and the URC qualify for.

So, to place issues into perspective let’s take a look on the most variety of membership video games that may be performed within the NH in a season, excluding the Frogs as a result of they don’t depend, and in Tremendous Rugby.

English Premiership 20 + s/f + remaining = 22 European Cup/Problem 4 pool +4 knockout = 8 complete potential membership video games = 30

United Rugby Championship 18 + q/f +s/f + remaining = 21 European Cup/Problem 4 pool + 4 knockout = 8 complete membership video games = 29

Now examine that potential workload with Tremendous Rugby. Ignoring the truth that our Aus groups have a Buckley’s and none probability (Chuck edit – “lol – Rebels”) of constructing the ultimate now we have Tremendous Rugby 14 video games + q/f + s/f +remaining. Complete membership video games a large 17 at finest.

Nevertheless, I haven’t included video games that could be performed by potential G&G gamers within the Shite Protect or Hospital Cross Cup. Few and much between I reckon.

To get some concept of the particular variety of membership video games performed by internationals I checked out three areas, entrance row, half again and again three of the SDs, G&G and the world No 1, the Irish. Now I do know it’s not updated however I’ve drawn the gamers picked within the final worldwide take a look at match for every nation. Which provides us this. (Stats courtesy of AllRugby.com)

P = performed, S = began

Entrance Row

SDs – Genge  Performed 11 Began 10 George P 14 S 13 Sinckler P 12 S 11
Paddies – Porter P 17 S 12 Sheehan P 17 S 14 Furlong P 7 S6
G&G – Slips P11 S 10 Fingers P7 S 7 7As P 10 S 9

Half Backs

SDs – Van Poortvliet P18 S8 Farrell P17 S17
Paddies – Gibson-Park P11 S 9 Sexton P5 S4
G&G – White P 11 S 8 Noah P13 S10

Again Three

SDs – Arundell P9 S 5   Steward P16 S15 Watson P16 S15
Paddies – Lowe P 7 S5 Keenan P 12 S 12 Hansen P14 S14
G&G – Petaia P 9 S 9 Wright P 12 S12 Marky Mark P 14 S 14

Not being a statistician I haven’t the foggiest concept of learn how to interpret the figures. To this outdated mind all of them appear to be fairly even with some fairly apparent exceptions.  For instance Van Poortvliet appeared in 18 video games for the Tigers however solely began in 8 video games. For the easy cause that he was behind Ben Youngs within the pecking order. Usually talking entrance rows are changed of their entirety throughout the recreation so precise minutes performed could be much less. Some low numbers within the Irish gamers could be attributed to the easy incontrovertible fact that many of the gamers come from Leinster, who aside from supplying nearly all of the Irish staff have such a robust squad that they’ll afford to relaxation the likes of Sexton to the good thing about the worldwide aspect.

I feel that we are able to say one factor with relative certainty and that’s, even including worldwide video games, the concept of participant burnout is previously. Nevertheless, if new guidelines concerning participant alternative come into drive all bets could possibly be off. That’s a dialogue for an additional day.


Blues v WaratahsAuckland – Friday ninth June – 5:05pm AEST

Now that Friday’s Information is a Waratah propaganda free zone, we are able to replicate on what little probability the Tahs have towards a good Blues aspect. For me, the Tahs face an uphill battle within the scrums, with a vastly inexperienced Archer Holz packing towards an All Black prop pairing and the succesful Riccitelli in at hooker. Some accidents to some beginning gamers, and others woefully off form, ought to see the Blues residence by 16.

Blues (1-15): Ofa Tuungafasi, Ricky Riccitelli, Nepo Laulala, Tom Robinson, James Tucker, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii (c), Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, AJ Lam, Bryce Heem, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Zarn Sullivan

Replacements: Kurt Eklund, Jordan Lay, Marcel Renata, Cameron Suafoa, Anton Segner, Sam Nock, Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta

Waratahs (1-15): Te Tera Faulkner, Dave Porecki, Archer Holz, Jed Holloway, Ned Hanigan, Lachie Swinton, Michael Hooper (c), Langi Gleeson, Harrison Goddard, Ben Donaldson, Dylan Pietsch, Lalakai Foketi, Joey Walton, Izaia Perese, Mark Nawaqanitawase

Replacements: Mahe Vailanu, Tom Lambert, Nephi Leatigaga, Taleni Seu, Charlie Gamble, Teddy Wilson, Tane Edmed, Harry Wilson

Ref: Ben O’Keeffe (NZ)

Chiefs v RedsHamilton – Saturday tenth June – 2:35pm AEST

One other recreation the place the successful staff may be very a lot anticipated, although the Reds do have the runs on the board that no different staff, Australian, Kiwi or Islander, has this season. After watching the Chiefs ‘B’ staff give the Drive fairly the crash again to earth, unusual issues can and can occur. Whereas it’s unlikely to be on this recreation, you by no means know.

JOC 2.0 again to his finest place, centre, which lets Lynagh 2.0.b get one other crack at 10. Once more although, I see the Chiefs doling out some punishment to the Reds scrum and Shaun Stevenson educating Suli and Filipo precisely what it takes to be a high quality rugby participant. Chiefs by 25

Chiefs (1-15): Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho, John Ryan, Brodie Retallick, Josh Lord, Samipeni Finau, Sam Cane (co-c),Luke Jacobson, Brad Weber (co-c), Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Rameka Poihipi, Anton Lienert-Brown, Emoni Narawa, Shaun Stevenson

Replacements: Bradley Slater, Ollie Norris, George Dyer, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Pita Gus Sowakula, Cortez Ratima, Josh Ioane, Daniela Rona

Reds (1-15): Peni Ravai, Matt Faessler, Sef Fa’agase, Angus Blyth, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, Tom Lynagh, Josh Flook, James O’Connor, Filpo Daugunu, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell

Replacements: Richie Asiata, Dane Zander, Zane Nonggorr, Lopeti Faifua, Jake Upfield, Kalani Thomas, Lawson Creighton, Taj Annan

Ref: Angus Gardner (RA)

Crusaders v Drua – Christchurch – Saturday tenth June – 5:05pm AEST

This might nicely be attention-grabbing, relying on which Drua aspect boarded the aircraft to Christchurch. One the one hand, the Drua have the runs on the board towards the Saders, albeit within the superb climes of paradise of Fiji in comparison with the frozen wasteland that’s Christchurch, something may occur. In Sevens, if there was any staff I’d again to do some loopy shit, particularly when they’re, or can, win, it’d be Fiji. Optimistically, the islander ball hasn’t been totally coached out of them but! The Crusaders should not at their finest, with a loss to the Canes final weekend and chalking up an damage checklist that’s attending to be Wallaby 2022 spring touresque, this might simply be the upset of the spherical. Fuq it – Drua by 2 – solely to verify Razor ain’t breakdancing AGAIN!

Crusaders: (1-15) Tamaiti Williams, Codie Taylor, Oli Jager, Scott Barrett (c), Quinten Unusual, Sione Havili-Talitui, Tom Christie, Christian Lio-Willie, Mitch Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Jack Goodhue, Braydon Ennor, Dallas McLeod, WIll Jordan

Replacements: Brodie McAlister, Kershawl Sykes-Martin, Reuben O’Neill, Zach Gallagher, Ethan Blackadder, Willi Heinz, Fergus Burke, Chay Fihaki.

Drua (1-15): Haereiti Hetet, Tevita Ikanivere, Mesake Doge, Isoa Nasilasila, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Vilive Miramira, Motikiai Murray, Meli Derenalagi (c), Frank Lomani, Caleb Muntz, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Teti Tela, Iosefi Masi, Selestino Ravutaumada, Ilaisa Droasese

Replacements: Zuriel Togiatama, Meli Tuni, Samuela Tawake, Etonia Waqa, Elia Canakaivata, Peni Matawalu, Michael Naitokani, Eroni Sau

Ref: Brendon Pickerill (NZ)

Brumbies v Hurricanes – Canberra – Saturday tenth June 7:35pm AEST

Whereas I’d prefer to assume that the Ponies are comparatively settled, a key damage to 7As and the late scratching of Corey “Jet Sneakers” Toole probably leaves the nags a bit low. I imply, Sapsford ain’t no Toole, and Kautai ain’t no 7As. I’m hoping to see an enormous recreation from the Ponies, however I concern their crappy again finish of the season could but proceed. The Canes have discovered kind and a fired up Ardie Savea may nicely see them over the road. My coronary heart says Ponies by 2 and bugger what my head says! #neigh

Brumbies: James Slipper, Lachlan Lonergan, Sefo Kautai, Nick Frost, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White (c), Jack Debreczeni, Ollie Sapsford, Tamati Tua, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Wright

Replacements: Connal McInerney, Blake Schoupp, Rhys Vank Nek, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio, Jesse Mogg

Hurricanes (1-15): Xavier Numia, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, James Blackwell, Caleb Delany, Devan Flanders, Ardie Savea (c), Brayden Iose, Cam Roigard, Brett Cameron, Kini Naholo, Jordie Barrett, Billy Proctor, Daniel Sinkinson, Josh Moorby 

Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Tevita Mafileo, Owen Franks, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Du’Plessis Kirifi,  Jamie Sales space, Ruben Love, Bailyn Sullivan 

Ref: Nic Berry (RA)


It was a blow to the Craparazzi this week to study of the sudden passing of Wayne Smith. What an outstanding author, investigative journalist and rugby/sport persona. You may be missed.

See right here for Jim Tucker’s piece.


Simon Raiwalui has named a robust 45 man Fiji coaching squad as they proceed their preparations for the Rugby World Cup in France.

All the massive names are there, with the Pacific Islanders significantly stacked with expertise within the back-row and the broader channels.

“I feel it’s a fantastic steadiness of gamers within the staff. We all know the completely different programs they play in particularly the Sire Transport Drua judging from the outcomes that they’ve produced this yr,” stated head coach Raiwalui.

See right here for the checklist of probably gamers the Wobs will line up towards within the Parisian Competition of the Invoice, solely 91 days to go!

Completely satisfied Friday, people! CM, KB and the remainder of the Craparazzi.



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