The Queensland Reds are doing exceptional work in non-rugby regions but the battle the code faces in parts of the bush remain deeply challenging.
The Storm halfback has refused to enter into speculation about possible clubs for next season, but made one thing clear – he won't be playing for the Waratahs.
The Reds coach was left fuming at a 16-4 penalty count, while the Waratahs know they must string wins together after beating old rivals Queensland in an emotional derby.
Another win over the Reds has kept the Waratahs alive after NSW won a dramatic showdown at Suncorp Stadium.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has urged Australia's Super Rugby teams to throw caution to the wind in the next month, before a trio of home Tests he hopes can finally return smiles to the faces of frustrated fans.
The Reds captain wants to start an era of domination over NSW, akin to their rugby league counterparts.
A decision on the future of Australian Super Rugby clubs could linger on for another two weeks after a meeting between club chief executives and the Australian Rugby Union provided little clarity on what the future holds.
The Queensland centre says it's an achievement just to make it out the other end as legendary strongman Thorn pushes the Reds to new limits in the weights room.
A new-look Reds side took plenty of time to click while Pat Lambie missed the kick that counted as Queensland started their Super Rugby season with a narrow victory in Brisbane.
The Wallaby great believes he's a superior player at 36 than he was at 26 as he prepares to make his Super Rugby comeback as part of the new-look Queensland Reds.