The Dropped Kick-Off

The Dropped Kick-Off

The podcast started in 2018 by members of the Green and Gold Rugby news team, The Dropped Kick-Off is five blokes (sometimes more) who chew the fat on all things Aussie rugby. We sit down with folks in the know, covering left-field and relevant topics around the game in Australia, and also come together for regular discussions on the game. Opinions our own, and of varying quality.


May 17, 2023 49 mins

As the sun sets on one rugby scribe's career, the sun rises on another, more important rugby scribe's career - yes that's right, Nick Wasiliev has a Big Job at a Big Media Company covering little ol rugby.

Everything else in this podcast is extraneous, but if you'd like to know we discuss:

  • The Reds big win
  • How the end of the season is looking for the rest of the teams
  • The Wallaroos v Fijiana
  • The sevens

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Our final Super Rugby special is here, and it's a good one! Nick W flies solo this week and welcomes back to the pod NSW Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman. They discuss: 

  • His vision and identity for the Tahs
  • His learnings from the first half of #SuperRugbyPacific
  • The Highlanders win and his goals for the remainder of the year
  • Preview the upcoming Reds clash

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After one of the best weekends of rugby we witnessed in a long time, only one game of Super W remains for 2023. Nick W and Natho come together to talk about the end of a breakout season for the comp, including:

  • What games stood out in Rds. 4-5
  • The semi-finals at Concord Oval
  • The record crowd for England vs. France
  • Grand Final Preview – Reds vs. Drua

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The lads were planning a short and sharp pod, and then Marinos decided to resign! Nick H, Nick W and Natho come together to chat the latest in Aussie Rugby, including:

  • Who should be the next CEO at RA
  • Is Super Rugby Pacific working?
  • Predictions for the next few weeks

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Today's episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens:



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The Brumbies are set to begin their run home against the Hurricanes this weekend. Nick W sits down this week with the Lord himself, Laurie Fisher. They discuss:

  • How overhauling training generated success
  • The importance of club identity
  • Where the Brumbies can still improve
  • Why the Bucket Hat is the best hat

*NOTE: this was recorded just before Laurie announced his retirement from fulltime coaching at the end of the...

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The Reds have had a chaotic year so far, culminating in the news that Brad Thorn will be stepping down after six years at the helm. Nick H and Nick W welcome original GAGR host RugbyReg to talk all things in the Sunshine State, including:

  • Brad Thorn's tenure as coach
  • The Reds squad and coaching
  • Who he'd like to see take on the Head Coach role
  • Will the GAGR Show return.

WARNING: a few swearwords

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Looking for a tonic for the troubles of Super Rugby Pacific? Look no further than this current season of Super W! Nick and Natho come together to chat: 

  • The progression of the teams
  • Potential Wallaroos bolters
  • Games we're excited to see in Rds. 4-5
  • How we stack up against Super Rugby Aupiki

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Last few weeks have been a bleak time in Aussie rugby, with four out of five sides at the bottom of the ladder. The two Nicks and Natho come together to talk about the last few rounds of Super Rugby Pacific, including:

  • If/when Brad Thorn leaves
  • The Rebels loss to the Blues
  • What all the sides can do to turn their form around
  • How the Brumbies are salvaging Aussie Rugby

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Yep, this is A world exclusive! Podcast host Nick W sits down with Rugby royalty In Wallabies Head Coach, Eddie Jones, ahead of his World Cup squad announcement Amongst Loads of squad surprises, they discuss:

  • Feelings of coming back to Australia
  • Overall Outlook on the Super Rugby sides
  • why he's looking to pinch more from League than just players
  • opinions on the new refereeing, the All Blacks and Springboks
  • and much more*
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Eddie Jones is set to announce a Wallabies squad on Sunday, a squad that will be a preview of what potentially could be his World Cup squad. Or not. But it's ok because we have to preview Eddie Jones' preview so that when the squad comes out on Sunday two days after this podcast you'll feel a little more informed to give you and your friends your own preview of Eddie Jones' preview World Cup squad.

In this pod we discuss:

  • H...
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Forget grassroots, forget the Shute Shield, even forget Eddie Jones. There's a NEW rugby messiah in town and his name is Tolu Latu. And in two years Tolu will bringing along his friend Joseph Sua'ali'i, who really good and has scored a couple of tries.

In this pod we'll talk about:

  • That price tag of $1.6m
  • What he'll bring to the game
  • Whether he's worth it, and
  • Which NRL figure resembles what Star Wars character and why i...
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The Melbourne Rebels are turning plenty of heads so far in 2023, having looked to have taken steps forward to challenge for a maiden finals spot. Nick W welcomes winger Lachie Anderson on to discuss:

  • The Rebels start to the 2023 season
  • their growth since round one
  • Goals of the coaching and leadership group
  • His own growth as a player and competitor
  • The upcoming match against the Reds

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The boys are back for their fortnightly review of Super Rugby Pacific, as Nick W, Natho and Josh dissect how the Aussie sides are tracking, including:

  • Performance of the Aussie sides
  • Reviewing the Mens Six Nations
  • Previewing the Womens Six Nations & Super W
  • Who we see winning in Round 5

WARNING: A couple of %$#'s and @#$%'s in there

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Super Rugby is underway, with several Aussie sides coming out the other side of Super Round in a promising position.

Nick H, Natho, Nick W and Josh sit down to chat about the opening fortnight, including:

  • The performance of the Aussie Rugby sides in the opening rounds
  • Whether the concept of Super Round is working
  • Who is on Eddie's radar
  • Latest transfers, sanctions and Wallabies coach appointments

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The Western Force are heading into 2023 with a new coaching team, a stack of new talent and big goals to create a new era and culture for the club.

Nick sits down with Forwards Assistant Coach, Jimmy Duffy to talk:

  • His transition out of Irish Rugby and his first experience coaching in Australia
  • Pre-season goals for the Force and their round one win vs Rebels
  • Building a winning culture at the club
  • Previewing their Super R...
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It's been a crazy week in rugby-land, with Super Rugby trials, the Six Nations, the new pay agreement for the Wallaroos and the Wallabies fixture announcement. Oh, and the Super Bowl.

Nick H, Nick W and Natho come together to talk all of these and more. In this pod we discuss:

  • The Wallabies pre-World Cup Fixtures
  • The opening fortnight of the Six Nations
  • The Wallaroos new pay agreement
  • Super Rugby trials - who has stood o...
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The RFU has introduced new laws to the community game in England, lowering the tackle height to waist height effective from next season.

With long overdue expertise, in the form of Rugby AU National Community Match Officials Manager Graham Cooper, in this pod we discuss:

  • How referees would hope to deal with this law change
  • Whether a similar change is happening in Australia
  • How Rugby AU is using VR technology to train the ...
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Well, that's how to start a year! Nick and Natho are on deck off the back of the huge news that Eddie Jones has replaced Dave Rennie as coach of the Wallabies.

Welcome to 2023, he's gonna be a bumpy ride!

WARNING: Occasional swear word

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The final pod of 2022! Nick H, Nick W and Natho come together to review the season that was for the Wallabies and Australian rugby, look ahead to 2023 and the World Cup, and touch on the news regarding Eddie Jones.

WARNING: occasional naughty word mentioned

The Hot Topics

  • Wallabies Season Review - Standout players, challenges ahead and more.
  • What's going on with Eddie Jones?
  • Latest results at the Aussie Sevens in Dubai
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November 23, 2022 55 mins

The cavalry are called in for the penultimate episode of the year, as the two Nicks, Natho and Josh come to chat the Wallabies result against Ireland, where the heck they are at on this tour, the injuries, what a successful result against Wales looks like, and who might be in the squad.

Warning: few swears here and there.

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