It’s not a joke, for the last couple of years I’ve been popping on for a chat with the Green and Gold Rugby podcast around this time of year, to talk the pressing Wallabies and National Rugby Championship issues of the day. Fun as always…
In the lead up to the 3rd round of The Rugby Championship, Reg and Hugh, are joined by annual special guest and rugby journalistic legend, Brett McKay, to get you over the gain line on this week’s five burning questions:
1. Is too much emphasis being placed on private school rugby at the detriment of rugby’s development?
2. With the Wallaby squad, which non-capped player could best ‘answer the call’ for the Wallabies?
3. Is Steve Larkham’s reappointment as Brumbies Head Coach and Wallaby assistant coach manageable?
4. How do we measure the success of the NRC?
5. Favourite Wallaby v Springbok moment (not THAT drop goal)?
Green and Gold Rugby: Thrilled to be back talking to the GAGR guys again, where I joined Hugh Cavill and Matt Rowley to discuss a big weekend in rugby. We go in depth to discuss the issue of homophobia in rugby, and if the actions of David Pocock will affect his Wallaby future. We also break down last week’s Super Rugby matches, and look ahead to the big games in round 7…
Green & Gold Rugby: OK, so it’s clear I no longer make annual appearances on the GAGR podcast, with this one my third in about five weeks. But I am back this week, and to talk about the remarkable turn of events that now sees his side hosting the NRC Final, we spoke to Brisbane City captain, Dave McDuling, about his team’s preparations for the big one against Perth Spirit on Saturday night, at Ballymore Oval in Brisbane.
Reg Roberts, Hugh Cavill, and I then delve a little deeper into the NRC finals and make our tips for the big match before moving on to some of the other rugby news of the week, including a preview of the Wallabies v Barbarians game.
So much for annual appearances on the Green and Gold Rugby podcast, where after a rather traumatic week for Australian rugby, I’ve earned a second guernsey in a month. It may mean I’m not on again until the 2019 Rugby World Cup, though.
A really enjoyable chat with Hugh Cavill and Will McDougall where we cover off the appointment of Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach, the Ewen McKenzie legacy, a narrowing of the focus now onto Bill Pulver and ARU management of this whole debacle, the Spring Tour squad, and even a quick look at the NRC Semis this weekend.
It’s been that big a week in Australian rugby…