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I have no problem having Rufer as captain, but saying he’s a great passer is bit much. He brings energy, fighting spirit and plays at decent .\ league level. Maybe being captain stops him getting yellow and red cards.
Yellow cards come with the position, especially in Uffie's formation. Under Uffie:

Devlin = 224 mins
Matti = 228 mins
Lewis = 294 mins
Rufer = 304 mins  (1 every 237 mins career cuz of the Rudan season with 11 yellows)

He has only had 2 Red cards, one of which was that travesty at Macarthur last season. Not sure where this belief that he is a card magnet comes from tbh.
If you watch his tackling, there have been more than a few instances where he has warranted a card yellow or red and he's been lucky not to get them. But last season he was certainly on the radar. I do agree that red he got was a ridiculous call but that was because he was on that radar. We need a hard man to put in a shift but he needs to use his brain rather than his feet. 

That’s true.  Top quality DMs such as A Riera and Kante rarely go into the book except by choice. But we don’t have one of them currently. Cammy was combative as a feature of his play, which accounted for some of his cards. That and he had that NSW constant communication with the ref going on!
The other feature that those top players have is their mobility and anticipation imo. They’re never going to have a problem because the can get into position or recover faster than the opposition.
Rufer is no slouch, but isn’t Cammy levels of mobile. Also was a CF for awhile as a younger player! 
Anyway, perhaps the C is to make him take a bit more responsibility and to push him to the next level. It’s for the performances Uffie wants from him, perhaps?
Still we’ll see how it goes we’re a bit down in the mids and central defense, but if we can put away our chances we can get some ugly points and leave ourselves with a chance. 
We’ve got Uffie and as he said the team has been playing this formation for 3 seasons, so they know what to do. 
Enjoyed the feeling of vindication of the team coming right lad couple of seasons, but wouldn’t mind some earlier vindication this season. Let’s be honest though, we’re currently up against it in terms of money spent on squad overall, though we absolutely can get results. 

Not even as a younger player, he played as a striker for the All Whites under Hudson.
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Well there goes those NZ games.
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Awful from the govt.
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That really sucks.
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Shark. Big blow for the club. No home games. Lots of sad fans.
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Looks like the Nix wont be playing at home until after April 30 with a mandatory 7 day isolation at home still in play.
https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/11/24/nz-border-call-sparks-concerns-over-super-rugby-nbl-a-league-seasons/
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What are the rules about NZ'ders flying into Aussie atm? Kinda tempted to take two and half weeks off work & go watch a couple games in the New Year and do the self isolation for a week on the return.

Would be kinda cool to get a few people to travel over and go to a game or two together. Would need the venues confirmed for games first tho. 
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Sigh... Didn't expect any good news from this government anyway to be honest - somewhat mitigates the simmering anger and disappointment.
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Sigh... Didn't expect any good news from this government anyway to be honest - somewhat mitigates the simmering anger and disappointment.

Well the opposition keeps on self destructing so it will be some time before they can give good news
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/127086735/super-rugby-pacific-phoenix-competition-plans-under-a-cloud-over-covid-border-decisions

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday the April timetable for overseas visitors “does not preclude us moving earlier with specific groups if it is safer to do that, and there may well be opportunities to do that. So I wouldn’t rule things out with Australia
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coochiee
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/127086735/super-rugby-pacific-phoenix-competition-plans-under-a-cloud-over-covid-border-decisions

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday the April timetable for overseas visitors “does not preclude us moving earlier with specific groups if it is safer to do that, and there may well be opportunities to do that. So I wouldn’t rule things out with Australia


Personally I think their hand will be forced to move sooner and or have exemptions for Australians / sports teams. It’s the only thing I agree with chris bishop with, which makes me feel incredibly dirty. I hope it’s forced anyway, absolute own goal.
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PAX on season ticket sales?
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coochiee
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/127086735/super-rugby-pacific-phoenix-competition-plans-under-a-cloud-over-covid-border-decisions

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday the April timetable for overseas visitors “does not preclude us moving earlier with specific groups if it is safer to do that, and there may well be opportunities to do that. So I wouldn’t rule things out with Australia


Personally I think their hand will be forced to move sooner and or have exemptions for Australians / sports teams. It’s the only thing I agree with chris bishop with, which makes me feel incredibly dirty. I hope it’s forced anyway, absolute own goal.

I understand the govts positioning on this thing, they have been incredibly cautious with all their moves, why change now? Clearly they want to open things up for kiwis and residents first, opening the borders up to others slowly. Does this conflict with my passion for the Nix (totally), does it make me sad, a little. But then I'm also in the incredibly privileged position of only having that t really moan about. So I can be that unhappy - even if I have just spent $350 renewing a season member ship for me and my son for pretty much nothing.
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The plan is to suck max $ off foundation members. Not sure how that will go for them.
 Hey, it's $20 cheaper for foundation members.

Is it? I don't get this, but I think they (or someone) has screwed up my membership details as I don't get anything to renew when I hit the renew link. Do others actually have a membership to renew?
I'm in the same boat - when I click the link it tells me I have no membership to renew (despite being a foundation member with a number of folks under the same booking). I've tried contacting the club with no response...
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just ring them at ticketek, Nicola is very helpful.
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coochiee
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/127086735/super-rugby-pacific-phoenix-competition-plans-under-a-cloud-over-covid-border-decisions

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday the April timetable for overseas visitors “does not preclude us moving earlier with specific groups if it is safer to do that, and there may well be opportunities to do that. So I wouldn’t rule things out with Australia


Personally I think their hand will be forced to move sooner and or have exemptions for Australians / sports teams. It’s the only thing I agree with chris bishop with, which makes me feel incredibly dirty. I hope it’s forced anyway, absolute own goal.

I understand the govts positioning on this thing, they have been incredibly cautious with all their moves, why change now? Clearly they want to open things up for kiwis and residents first, opening the borders up to others slowly. Does this conflict with my passion for the Nix (totally), does it make me sad, a little. But then I'm also in the incredibly privileged position of only having that t really moan about. So I can be that unhappy - even if I have just spent $350 renewing a season member ship for me and my son for pretty much nothing.

"they have been incredibly cautious with all their moves" - every single Māori health expert and most of the epidemiologists out there would choke on their Weetbix to hear you say that. They're pretty much saying "bring body bags and a digger" in Northland for this summer.
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personally I think that response from Northland is ridiculous. everybody has had plenty of warning opportunity to get vaccinated if they wanted too. there has been millions of govt $$ pumped into reaching out to Maori and yet the claim is not enough is being done. There has to be a deadline! and the govt has set one, its been a long time coming for many.
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They're competing with targeted misinformation from people that those communities trust, the problem is those communities have plenty of reasons not to trust the government. The fact that certain communities are not following government advice is the governments fault over centuries of persecution, not the communities. Things are getting better but it takes time to heal generations of wounds.
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agreed, there is a tonne of historical mistrust of govt in certain areas. All justified, you'll get no challenges regarding that from me. However, none of those injustices, reasons for mistrust are going to be fixed in a couple of years. Which leaves the current govt in a lose/lose situation. They are trying everything they can to reach out to these disenfranchised groups and get them up to the 90% vaccination level - with varied success. All the while they have a large portion of the country who are screaming to be given their freedoms back. I can see both sides of the argument and would not want to be making the call, I'm all for govt helping out those who struggle to help themselves, but also not a fan of allowing people to get away with taking zero responsibility for themselves.
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agreed, there is a tonne of historical mistrust of govt in certain areas. All justified, you'll get no challenges regarding that from me. However, none of those injustices, reasons for mistrust are going to be fixed in a couple of years. Which leaves the current govt in a lose/lose situation. They are trying everything they can to reach out to these disenfranchised groups and get them up to the 90% vaccination level - with varied success. All the while they have a large portion of the country who are screaming to be given their freedoms back. I can see both sides of the argument and would not want to be making the call, I'm all for govt helping out those who struggle to help themselves, but also not a fan of allowing people to get away with taking zero responsibility for themselves.
Well written mate. They're between the devil and the deep blue sea.
My late partner was Maori to her core and Kura would have been first in line for the inoculation. 
I don't think any of us in Wellington, Auckland etc. need to go to Northland or the East Coast for our summer holidays?
I'd love to visit my ex in-laws in Hawkes Bay but I won't; not yet.
I'll go to Welly if there's a game of football to watch.
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one thing I can hand on heart say is that I'm glad Judith wasnt in charge during this pandemic, we'd all be infected with covid and probably facing the consequences now.
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What are the rules about NZ'ders flying into Aussie atm? Kinda tempted to take two and half weeks off work & go watch a couple games in the New Year and do the self isolation for a week on the return.

Would be kinda cool to get a few people to travel over and go to a game or two together. Would need the venues confirmed for games first tho. 
 Im thinking the same possibly but thinking March going sydney 5th to the 19th give me two solid week away, 3 nix games (With a quick trip up to Brisbane) and a Sydney derby. 
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good that they are not giving up.
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theprof
agreed, there is a tonne of historical mistrust of govt in certain areas. All justified, you'll get no challenges regarding that from me. However, none of those injustices, reasons for mistrust are going to be fixed in a couple of years. Which leaves the current govt in a lose/lose situation. They are trying everything they can to reach out to these disenfranchised groups and get them up to the 90% vaccination level - with varied success. All the while they have a large portion of the country who are screaming to be given their freedoms back. I can see both sides of the argument and would not want to be making the call, I'm all for govt helping out those who struggle to help themselves, but also not a fan of allowing people to get away with taking zero responsibility for themselves.
Well written mate. They're between the devil and the deep blue sea.
My late partner was Maori to her core and Kura would have been first in line for the inoculation. 
I don't think any of us in Wellington, Auckland etc. need to go to Northland or the East Coast for our summer holidays?
I'd love to visit my ex in-laws in Hawkes Bay but I won't; not yet.
I'll go to Welly if there's a game of football to watch.

My read is Hipkins is wanting to go faster and Robertson and Ardern want to be cautious to see if they’ll be a case explosion. Though as you read here tfdik.
But Hipkins talking extra relaxation iirc.
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Good luck getting any response from the club seems they dont engage with fans anymore. Disappointing you can bet when the teams get home we will all be expected to jump.
cgerra1
Turfmoore
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The plan is to suck max $ off foundation members. Not sure how that will go for them.
 Hey, it's $20 cheaper for foundation members.

Is it? I don't get this, but I think they (or someone) has screwed up my membership details as I don't get anything to renew when I hit the renew link. Do others actually have a membership to renew?
I'm in the same boat - when I click the link it tells me I have no membership to renew (despite being a foundation member with a number of folks under the same booking). I've tried contacting the club with no response...
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The same mistrust in government that prevents them from taking money from benefits and allowances and accepting transitional and state housing?
Ryan
They're competing with targeted misinformation from people that those communities trust, the problem is those communities have plenty of reasons not to trust the government. The fact that certain communities are not following government advice is the governments fault over centuries of persecution, not the communities. Things are getting better but it takes time to heal generations of wounds.
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NZ Rugby to push for/not give up on a normal H&A Super Rugby season, with TT travel. Good news for the Nix.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/127137849/super-rugby-bosses-urge-government-rethink-rule-out-aotearoaonly-version
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Interesting TV One video in this rugby article.  I'm not smart enough to work out how to embed the video on it's own.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/127167803/super-rugby-pacific-highlanders-lose-patelesio-tomkinson-but-add-vereniki-tikoisolomone-christian-liowillie

"A tailored solution with Sport NZ". NZ Rugby, Nix & Breakers all keen to make it happen.

Lets really hope a workable solution can be found, to get the Nix back to NZ before 30th April. Both NZ & Aus will be over 90% double vaccinated eligible popns come January. Maybe maybe even touching 95%. Vaccinating of NZ 5-11 yr olds to begin. Good signs that Covid situation in NSW has improved immeasurably. FYI - NSW hit 90% eligible double vaccinated way back on 8th Nov. ACT even earlier 27th Oct. The vaccines bloody work!

Is the overall Covid situation between the 2 countries, really going to change/improve that much between say late January and 30th April? Unlikely.

Make it mandatory the Aussie teams use NZ Covid tracing App whilst in NZ.

Some live sport held safely will lift people's mental health. Fingers crossed.

Edit - 97.9% of people in the ACT aged 12 and over, are now fully vaccinated. That is impressive!

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