Four talking points and one ongoing saga for #SuperRugby Round 9

Embattled Brumbies CEO Michael Jones emerges from the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday, where his injunction to keep his job was upheld. But these are the days of our lives… Image via ABC News Canberra

The Roar: It’s been viewed already as one of the harder rounds to tip in the season to date, and that’s a fair call with so many games featuring so many subplots across the weekend. Already healthy leads in three of the four conferences can be extended, while New Zealand will undoubtedly deliver yet more quality.

And then, there’s maybe the hardest game to pick all season: the Sunwolves v Jaguares in Tokyo. Sheesh, I’ve still got a headache thinking about it. Here’s the talking points for Round 9:

  1. ANZAC Weekend? What ANZAC weekend…
  2. Which teams are kicking themselves off the tee?
  3. The Bulls: it could be time to consider the possibility that there’s a chance that potentially I might be wr-wr-wr-wro-wron…
  4. I don’t think the Waratahs are done yet. But they’re close. And..
  5. The Bold and the Brumbies: Episode 37

Super Rugby tweaks: we’ve seen all this before

The Japanese-based Sunwolves are one of three new teams in Super Rugby from this season..

The Japanese-based Sunwolves are one of three new teams in Super Rugby from this season..

The Roar: I’ll admit it, a couple of law variations and the announcement of the referee’s panel was not entirely how I envisaged getting into Super Rugby for 2016, but here we are in the first week of February, with something of a ‘soft launch’ into the newly expanded competition.

It’s all driven, of course, by SANZAAR’s announcement this week of a few little law variations for the rapidly-approaching season, in which we see the provincial debuts of the Buenos Aires-based Jaguares and the Sunwolves from Japan, as well as the return of the Southern Kings from Port Elizabeth.

For the sake of starting my 2016 rugby coverage somewhere, I’ve gone through the token changes today…