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Good riddance to Super Rugby's silly team names

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It’s only taken 23 years, but at last those running Super Rugby realise they must fix the bleeding obvious – the bewildering team names.

Since the competition began in 1996, the No.1 complaint has been that so many don’t have a clue where the teams come from because of their silly names. It is rugby’s Rubik’s cube.

Victory for common sense: The Waratahs are set to revert to the NSW Waratahs.Credit:AAP

Thankfully, as revealed in the Herald, the broadcasters want Super Rugby teams to feature
the home city or region in their name. Not before time.

Their other smart suggestion is to make the Rugby Championship a tour-based itinerary with midweek games. For years the opportunity to blood youngsters in tough overseas midweek fixtures has been wasted. Instead such trips have often been a junket for fringe dwellers.

Scheduling several tour matches in a short time frame puts players and coaches under pressure to come up with good results. In previous decades, countless capable Wallabies were discovered in tough midweek matches. This is more rewarding than meaningless training camps where a never-ending list of coaches try to justify themselves.

Lloyd McDermott was among the most important of Wallabies – the first Test player
who identified himself as an indigenous Australian.........

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