Rugby Championship format to change as Nations Championship in doubt

That document, termed “blue-sky thinking” by SANZAAR themselves after the Herald floated some of the concepts contained within, has nevertheless foretold what has come to pass, including Super Rugby’s contraction to 14 teams. And if there are any circumstances that call for “blue-sky thinking”, a depressed broadcast market and a Test competition that hasn’t changed in eight years surely qualify. That means everything from a southern hemsiphere “Lions” team to a Rugby Championship schedule re-jig could be on the cards again. The 2030 paper floated the idea of moving to…

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Bennett’s shadow looms large as Dragons and Broncos lock horns

Loading But how quickly things change in the NRL. Bennett is now with the Rabbitohs, victors over the winless Dragons in round 2. Anthony Seibold, Bennett’s predecessor at South Sydney, is in charge in Brisbane and, judging by improvements in the Broncos defence, is making a difference. Whereas Bennett prefers a sliding defence, pushing the opposition attack to the sidelines, Seibold coaches a “jam ’em in the middle” style. The Broncos have also adapted quickly in attack to NRL football boss, Graham Annesley’s, demand to reduce “dead time” in games.…

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Levi Greenwood back, Richmond Tigers change three

Ellis, who was left out of the first-round team that defeated Carlton by 33 points, returns after having 40 disposals in the VFL, while Markov will play his first senior game since 2017 after an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. Markov has been named at centre half-back, with David Astbury, Dylan Grimes, Nathan Broad, Nick Vlastuin and Jayden Short completing the back six. The Tigers will be out for revenge following their shock loss in last year’s preliminary final, in a game where Collingwood kicked 10 first-half goals to the Tigers’ two…

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Levi Greenwood back, Richmond Tigers change three

Ellis, who was left out of the first-round team that defeated Carlton by 33 points, returns after having 40 disposals in the VFL, while Markov will play his first senior game since 2017 after an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. Markov has been named at centre half-back, with David Astbury, Dylan Grimes, Nathan Broad, Nick Vlastuin and Jayden Short completing the back six. The Tigers will be out for revenge following their shock loss in last year’s preliminary final, in a game where Collingwood kicked 10 first-half goals to the Tigers’ two…

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Goolagong Foundation courts Canberra’s Indigenous kids into education

It could be to a doctor – they’ve had their first two graduate recently – or a teacher or whatever else your dream might be. The come-and-try clinic at Melba was the first step towards a potential Foundation scholarship. “We’re using tennis as a vehicle to create better education and health,” Goolagong Cawley said. “We show them all the different strokes and everything about the game and then the child that really listens to the coaches and has a great time and tries really hard we’ll give them a free…

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Josh Addo-Carr inspires students to overcome obstacles

Addo-Carr, nicknamed Fox in honour of his great-grandfather, spoke as the students enjoyed a multi-cultural feast of Moroccan chicken and various salads and curries. He has recounted his story many times before but in a week where racist comments about AFL player Liam Ryan made headlines, Addo-Carr didn’t hesitate to present his own tale of resilience to people at a most impressionable stage of life. The students came to AAMI Park from five schools spread around Melbourne and they had sessions with AFL players including Neville Jetta and Thomas Bedford…

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Ross Lyon low on game plan as Jesse Hogan a chance to play against Suns

“So it’s really nice to get a compliment, we all want one, we’re all evolving … I’m evolving, and Nathan’s really evolving in his leadership, really growing and maturing so … it’s a tough business this, I’ll take any bouquet that’s thrown my way.” Lyon was realistic when asked if he expected goals to rain in Sunday afternoon’s clash with the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium. “We always aim to score, you always aim to score but, 140 points, it’s a bit extreme isn’t it?” he said. “So I think…

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Revamped Broncos defence ready for Sims

“Tariq is a real weapon for them on our right edge. He was outstanding in that semi-final performance no doubt,” Seibold said. “We have made some changes to how we defend. We would like to think we are a lot more aggressive on the edges now. “But it’s one thing looking at the video and making changes and then going out under the bright lights of Suncorp Stadium and doing it. “We can’t just dip the toe in. We have to dive all the way in and that starts with…

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Sydney Swans out to make SCG great again against Adelaide Crows

Young gun Isaac Heeney and co-captain Dane Rampe said the Swans were anticipating a fierce battle. “Obviously we’ve both got to respond, so it’s going to be on,” Heeney said. “It’s going to be hot [this] week and we’ll make the SCG our fortress.” Rampe said the Swans focussed during the off-season on maintaining a “really strong mindset” to avoid repeating last season’s troubles on the home front. “We couldn’t shy away from the fact that we had a really poor record here last year,” Rampe said. “In the past…

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