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...


Read more from the archive

Super Rugby Trials: Tahs Unleash New Bloods In Club Land Warm-Up

Posted by on 4th February, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - The final scoreline was of little significance – 58-14 for the record if you combined the three half-hour hit-outs the Waratahs used against Shute Shield opposition last Saturday to kickstart their 2015 season. But the manner of performance, confirmation that the attacking endeavour and elan which led them towards their inaugural Super Rugby title last year was still firmly in situ, was a gratifying highlight on what was a well attended afternoon of rugby in the sun at...

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...


Read more from this category

Angry Waratahs ready for Rebels

Posted by on 19th February, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

After a disappointing start to their Super Rugby season, the NSW Waratahs aren’t happy. A lacklustre opening round performance not the way the defending champions were hoping to start their title defence. “I think all the players were disappointed and almost embarrassed by that performance. It was a tough Monday going through that game again,” captain Dave Dennis said of his sides round one loss to the Western Force. “A lot of the boys are angry from last weeks results so we need to...

Super Rugby: Cheika Names Unchanged Waratahs Side

Posted by on 17th February, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named an unnamed starting side for this Friday nights clash against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park. Despite a disappointing performance against the Western Force in round one, Cheika chose not to make changes, with Peter Betham and Pat McCutcheon added to an extended 10 man bench. In a match of milestones, Bernard Foley will earn his 50th Super Rugby cap, Adam Ashley Cooper and Stephen Hoiles will play their 50th match for the Waratahs and Benn...

All Blacks Great Weighs In: Andrew Mehrtens Chats Exclusively to Rugby News

Posted by on 17th February, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

As the Super Rugby season kicked off, Rugby News caught up with All Blacks legend and all round good guy Andrew Mehrtens to talk all things rugby.

2015 Super Rugby Preview Pt 2: McCaw & Carter To Go Out On A High?

Posted by on 13th February, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - While Australia hopes it can go on to provide what would be a third champion in five years, there lies in wait a host of potential winners ready to take the Super Rugby title back across either the Tasman Sea or the Indian Ocean. The Crusaders went within a last minute penalty goal of triumph last time out and will be keen to send Messrs McCaw and Carter off on a winning note; the Chiefs will be champing at the bit for a chance to regain the title they conceded in 2014,...


Read more from this category

2015 Six Nations Preview Pt2: A French Renaissance And Dark Horse Scotland

Posted by on 6th February, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - In part one, we ran the rule over Ireland, Wales and England. Part 2 completes the story with Les Bleus, Scotland the Brave and the Azzurri going under the Rugby News microscope…   **************************************************************** FRANCE **************************************************************** OVERVIEW: France are never more dangerous than when they are unpredictable. Admittedly, given their propensity for peaks and troughs in the consistency...

2015 Six Nations Preview Pt1: Ireland’s Again Or Can Welsh Spoil the Party?

Posted by on 6th February, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - Recorded history will probably show this to be an annual prediction in recent years but this does indeed seem like one of the most open Six Nations championships in a long time. Informed by both last year’s performances in the same competition and the more recent November internationals, an Irish side brimming with confidence and belief off the back of their successes over Southern Hemisphere opposition have rightfully earned the favourites tag as they seek back-to-back...

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...


Read more from this category
Tour with Jim Webster - Gullivers Sport Travel