Rugby news for Wednesday 06/10/2021
Wednesday’s rugby news sees the proposed new centralized model for Australian rugby, New Zealand confirmed to be number two, with the Tahs signing from Manly and To’omua to miss the spring tour due to concussion cerebral.
Direct from Central Casting
As noted in the comments * earlier this week, Fox Sports is reporting that Rugby Australia is on the verge of moving to a more centralized model, following the lead of the Oirish and the Hobbit Kingdom.
(*good report the news thank you very much)
Rugby Australia will be involved in all appointments of head coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, player signings and will have greater control over sponsorship and finances. Rugby Australia also intends to ensure that member unions do not store players, thereby depriving other sides of talent in key positions.
RA also wants to make sure players move to other Australian franchises instead of signing contracts overseas if relations with their teams deteriorate. Notable examples include Brad Thorn’s freezing of Quade Cooper in 2017 and Izack Rodda leaving the Reds in 2020 to go overseas before returning to the Force in 2021.
Fox claims RA has the backing of Super Rugby franchises, with sources confirming that they are primarily aligned with the governing body.
While the intricacies of the centralized model have yet to be clarified, sources believe a deal could be reached by the end of the year in what one official described as “the biggest change since we turned professional”.
The “sources” seem optimistic.
Boks takes over the number 1 ranking
Since the October 4, 2021 world rankings update, the Sprinkboks have reclaimed the top spot from New Zealand following the thrilling 31-29 loss of land farmers to herd disruptors.
SMH’s Nick Mulvenney said the victory was a reward for the Springboks showing a lot more adventure but just as much courage and physique as they had in their previous three games in Australia.
“We are obviously bitterly disappointed to lose a game at the end when you have control of it”, AB coach Ian Foster said. “It’s frustrating but I thought the South Africans were playing superbly(ly). They came with a lot of attitude, they carried strong, they moved us and challenged us in many ways. “
Meanwhile, The Guardian interviewed Springboks captain Siya Kolisi, World Cup winner, about his new autobiography “Rise”.
As a boy in the townships, Kolisi endured acute hunger and witnessed terrible violence and even death. However, he was a gifted rugby player and a scholarship to a white school gave him sudden opportunities and privileges. After years of struggle and hard work, Kolisi became the first black captain of the Springboks.
Kolisi does not shy away from his personal challenges: “Let’s say I’m a model for someone. The child will think, “I want to be like you one day. But he does not know the difficulties you are facing. No one tells him that there is temptation – alcohol, drugs, all of those things are available to you.
“I drank when I was happy or sad, or when I was faced with something. Drinking was the only way I knew to overcome this stuff.
In his book Kolisi explains that it was not until the beginning of 2019, the year of the World Cup, that his wife Rachel persuaded him to find a Christian mentor, Ben Schoeman, who spoke in candid terms. : “Siya, you drink a lot, you have fun with women, you go to strip clubs. You post your faith in Christ on social media, but you lie to yourself and everyone else.
Kolisi met Schoeman when “my sin has been exposed”. He says: “I started to open up to him and we spoke deeply. He told me I had to stop drinking. It was hard at first, but now I don’t miss it anymore.
Tahs just wanna have Funa
Nathan “You must insult him to be mentioned in a podcast” Williamson reports that the Waratahs have signed former Manly Sea Eagles fullback Tevita Funa to a one-year contract.
Funa, 23, played 16 NRL games for “fuken” Manly, winning the Sea Eagles Rookie of the Year award in 2020 after scoring five tries in his 12 outings.
“I am really excited about the challenge of changing the codes and the chance to make a fresh start. I played rugby when I was younger, so I hope it helps me adjust ”, Funa said in a statement. “I would love to risk my arm in the back, but I’m just as happy to play on the wing or in crosses, I just love having the ball in my hand.”
Tahs coach Darren Coleman said “First and foremost he ticked all the boxes in the character checks we did on him. Tevita is a very dedicated and focused player which is really important. As a player he is a good player. complete package, he is a big body, tall and good in the air, good speed and excellent footwork. He has a background in rugby which should take him less time to adjust and, coming from a good program at Manly, we know he will fit in as a professional.
The combined popularity of the Tahs and Manly is likely to push Tah’s home game attendance up to double digits.
To’omua to miss spring tour to recover from concussion
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Matt To’omua will not be on the Australian Spring Tour to Japan and Europe in the coming weeks after suffering a concussion during a test match last month.
Later this week, Dave Rennie will name his tour for a test in Japan on October 23, followed by a three-game block starting November 7 against the jockos, crooks and close harmony singers, but To’omua has already been tried out.
To’omua suffered a blow to the head during full contact training between a team of Wallabies ‘B’ and the Western Force which took place in Perth on September 4, the day before Bledisloe III.
To’omua was only able to train lightly after suffering a blow to the head and left the Wallabies camp to return to Melbourne. His departure coincided with the fact that Cooper and Samu Kerevi forged an impressive partnership at No.10 and No.12 to help Australia achieve four straight wins in the rugby championship.
To’omua has had his fair share of concussion issues, which is why his latest setback is causing understandable concern.
In 2014, To’omua suffered consecutive concussions during testing against South Africa and Argentina. Two years later, To’omua was eliminated three times, most notably during the Sydney Bledisloe Test which was his last international outing before leaving Australian rugby to sign a contract with Leicester.