Robinson’s Reign Over As Tonga Upset Scotland

Posted by on 28th November, 2012 in International Rugby, Rugby News, Rugby News - Archived | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - The improvement of Pacific Island rugby in recent years continued at the weekend with Tonga claiming an historic 21-15 victory over Scotland in Aberdeen, a result which led to Scottish head coach Andy Robinson walking away from his post. The Tongans rode their luck at times with a heavy penalty count against them in the first half failing to be punished by Scotland’s unwillingness to kick for the posts – an admirable tactic which grew increasingly pig headed with each...

Italy v Wallabies: More ‘Forrest Gump’ Lines Come To Mind

Posted by on 28th November, 2012 in International Rugby, Rugby News, Rugby News - Archived | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford - Nick McArdle borrowed a classic line from the Academy Award winning Tom Hanks movie, Forrest Gump in opening the Fox Sports rugby broadcast on Sunday morning. “The Wallabies,” claimed McArdle, “are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” A series of inconsistent performances this international season has left Wallabies fans frustrated and the Gump analogy only gained credence after an uncertain 3-point win over a gutsy Italian side on...

Penrith Emus Announce New Coach

Posted by on 24th November, 2012 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Rugby News - Archived | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford - The Penrith Emus have announced ex-Tongan international Sateki ‘Teki’ Tu’ipulotu as head coach for the 2013 Shute Shield season A former Emus player, Tu’ipulotu represented Tonga at three World Cups and has recently coached the Tongan Sevens side and assisted the National team too. A fullback, Tu’ipulotu appeared for Tonga at the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups in a nine year international career. He is perhaps best remembered for a last second drop-goal...


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Randwick Pre-Season Gets A Boost On Club Legends Development Day

Posted by on 22nd January, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Tom Connor/Jim Davis - Randwick Rugby Club stepped up their preseason preparations last weekend as players past and present descended upon Latham Park for the annual Club Legends Development Day. The Wicks called upon many of their rugby legends to share their rugby experiences and pass on some invaluable knowledge to the current crop of players who will pull on the myrtle green jersey in 2015. In 30 degree plus heat, players from Third Grade Colts all the way up to First Grade were divided...

Rugby Shorts: Eastwood, Shute Shield Salary Cap & Souths’ Big Signing

Posted by on 21st January, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Jim Davis - WOODIES TO CONTEST AUSTRALIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 Sydney premiers, Eastwood will play Brisbane premiers, Queensland University for the Australian Club Championship on Saturday, February 14. The match will be played at T.G. Millner Field and is sure to attract a large crowd of Woodies supporters. ********************************************************* EASTWOOD PROP SIGNS WITH MELBOURNE REBELS While on Eastwood, they appear to have lost another player to Super Rugby. The 22...

NRC Grand Final: Brisbane City See Off Spirit To Lift Inaugural Title

Posted by on 2nd November, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - It was perhaps fitting that a competition that began a little over 10 weeks ago with a Brisbane City win at Ballymore, ended in the same fashion last night as City saw off a resolute and adventurous Perth Spirit, 37-26, to lift the inaugural NRC title. A touch under 8,000 people, a competition record, turned up to cheer on the home side and their faith was rewarded by a performance worthy of the occasion. City’s power up front ultimately did the damage, a dominant scrum...

NRC Semi-Final 2: Rising Stunned As Spirit Upset Odds To Reach Final

Posted by on 26th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Historically, the optimum recipe for winning a major competition in any sport involves timing your run to perfection and peaking at the business end in order to triumph. To that end, Perth Spirit could be considered a prime example should they go on to win the inaugural NRC this weekend. Having won only three games across the regular season to scrape into the last four, Spirit turned up when it mattered to down Minor Premiers and title favourites, Melbourne Rising, 45-29...


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Junior Rugby: Tim Rapp On the NSW Waratahs’ Next Generation

Posted by on 22nd January, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - While the NSW Waratahs fix their sights on defending their inaugural Super Rugby title, the work going on behind the state’s premier team towards ensuring they are banging on the door of success on a regular basis, is in full swing. The Generation Blue program has just kicked off its second year in search of the next batch of Waratahs, pooling the cream of the state’s young talent and giving them the very best rugby education in terms of coaching, conditioning, skills...

Rugby Shorts: Eastwood, Shute Shield Salary Cap & Souths’ Big Signing

Posted by on 21st January, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Jim Davis - WOODIES TO CONTEST AUSTRALIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 Sydney premiers, Eastwood will play Brisbane premiers, Queensland University for the Australian Club Championship on Saturday, February 14. The match will be played at T.G. Millner Field and is sure to attract a large crowd of Woodies supporters. ********************************************************* EASTWOOD PROP SIGNS WITH MELBOURNE REBELS While on Eastwood, they appear to have lost another player to Super Rugby. The 22...

Super Rugby: Tahs Ready To Go ‘Back Down the Hole’ Says Polota-Nau

Posted by on 20th January, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - They say it’s hard to get to the top but even harder to stay there. So, only five months after their exhilarating, albeit nail biting, title triumph in front of 62,000 fans at Stadium Australia, just how do the NSW Waratahs intend to set about matching their ground breaking achievement? With a new season less than a month away, preparations are in full swing as New South Wales’ finest embark on a mission even tougher than the one they accomplished in 2014. With success, comes...

Super Rugby: ‘Mr Rugby’ Settling In To Life With the Rebels

Posted by on 18th January, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Melbourne Rebels Media Release - If Mike Hussey’s nickname is Mr Cricket, then surely anybody who spends ten minutes chatting about the game they play in heaven with RaboDirect Rebels Assistant Coach Todd Louden could see why he is almost the perfect recipient of a parallel moniker based on our own sporting code. Whilst nobody calls Louden ‘Mr Rugby’, you only need to step into his office to quickly gather a keen sense of just how embedded into this sport, and now this Club, Todd really...


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Sevens: Aussies Move Up the Rankings After Another Top Four Finish

Posted by on 16th December, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Qantas Sevens Teams Media Release - Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks. Australia finished third in Port Elizabeth at the weekend to go with their runner-up spot the previous week in Dubai as John’s side cemented a top-four spot in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series standings. After seeing off the challenge of Fiji (31-19), they fell to eventual winners and new series...

Spring Tour: Persistent Wales Break Southern Hemisphere Hoodoo

Posted by on 30th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Boy, did they need this. After a month which has seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory against both Australia and New Zealand, and a far from comfortable win over a Fiji side a man down for the last half hour, Wales have finally got the Southern Hemisphere monkey of their backs with a gutsy 12-6 victory over South Africa. With dissension starting to build amongst the ranks of local media and a fervent fanbase, all the talk before kick-off had been about Warren...

Spring Tour: Power Wins the Day As England Edge World Cup Warm-Up

Posted by on 30th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Missed opportunities, handling errors, scrum woes and poor discipline. Sounds like the template for much of the Wallabies 2014 season as yet another nearly men script was written at Twickenham in the final test of the year. England eventually won it 26-17 to leave the Wallabies with the unwanted distinction of being the worst performed side to tour Europe from Australia since 2005 but again, as they had against Ireland and less so France, they fostered enough chances to...

Sevens: Australian Womens Team Announced For Dubai Opener

Posted by on 26th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh is set to hand World Rugby Sevens World Series debuts to two players after naming an extended 13-strong party for the season opener in Dubai next week. Forward Tanisha Stanton and utility Chloe Dalton will win their first World Series caps if named in Walsh’s final squad after impressing team management throughout pre-season. The pair have been named alongside skipper Sharni Williams, current World Rugby...


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Super Rugby
Round 1, 2015

Friday, 13th February 2015
BrumbiesVReds@Canberra7:40pm NSW Time
CrusadersVRebels@Christchurch5:35pm NSW Time
Saturday, 14th February 2015
LionsVHurricanes@Johannesburg1:05am NSW Time

International Rugby

Sunday, 2nd November 2014
Australia (40)VBarbarians (36)@Twickenham1:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 9th November 2014
Australia (33)VWales (28)@Cardiff1:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 16th November 2014
Australia (26)VFrance (29)@Stade de France7:00am NSW Time
Sunday, 23rd November 2014
Australia (23)VIreland (26)@Dublin3:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 30th November 2014
Australia (17)VEngland (26)@Twickenham1:30am NSW Time
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