Five prickly posturings for #SuperRugby Round 5

Returning Liam Gill can add a presence at the Reds' breakdown that hasn’t been missing, per se, but has certainly been diluted in the opening month of the competition. Image: ABC Grandstand

Returning Liam Gill can add a presence at the Reds’ breakdown that hasn’t been missing, per se, but has certainly been diluted in the opening month of the competition. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Is Round 5 the point in the first half of the season where teams start making statements of intent?

Teams in the top half of the table can open a gap on those in the bottom half, while those stuck around mid-table can stay in touch with the leaders. No-one can win the comp in Round 5, but another loss in Round 5 might create – or underline existing – doubt about a team’s credentials. The prickly posturings, then:

  1. Can the Brumbies really avoid the whole boardroom circus?
  2. Is this the biggest game ever for the Rebels?
  3. Are the Hurricanes properly back?
  4. Can Liam Gill and James Slipper bring the Reds’ much-needed spark? and..
  5. Is this the weekend for the expansion teams?

The expansion teams: how long before their first win?

new teamsThe Roar: As the new era of Super Rugby readies itself to kick off the 2016 season this week, the realities will be starting to hit home for each of the 18 teams, and the individuals within.

All kinds of predictions are in full swing; who’ll top each conference, who’ll lift the shiny new Super Rugby cup, who’ll run last, who’s got the easiest draw, etc. Indeed, I had my crack last week.

Everyone has an opinion on how the new teams will fare in 2016. But here’s a question to ponder: When will the Sunwolves, Los Jaguares and the Southern Kings win their first game?

Sunwolves, Jaguares mark the next evolution of Super Rugby

Regby News Feb issue - OUT NOW!Rugby News magazine: For the February Super Rugby preview edition of the magazine, I jumped at the opportunity to explore SANZAAR’s bold expansion of the competition into Japan and Argentina, via new teams, the Sunwolves and Los Jaguares.

Click on the February issue cover, to the left, to read my thoughts on how the Super Rugby times are a-changin’; how we got here to 18 teams in the first place, and where on earth we might head next..

So Brett, what are your thoughts on… ?

Roar TV Dec 2015 iiI sat down recently with the guys from The Roar, their video camera, a list of broad topics  ranging from the state of West Indian cricket and the future of the Big Bash League through to my favourite moments from the Rugby World Cup and my predictions for the Australian Super Rugby conference next season, and let them fire questions at me.

Check out a sample below, or click on the image above to go to the full set of topics, including how The Roar gave me my start in sports media..