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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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...

NRC Semi-Final 1: City Through To Title Decider As Eagles Are Grounded

Posted by on 25th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Brisbane City are the first team into the 2014 NRC Grand Final after weathering a gallant challenge from NSW Country Eagles to run out 32-26 winners in Gosford last night. After opening the scoring with a try in the first two minutes, City were overrun by an Eagles side who rallied when Will Miller was sent to the bin, profiting from some Brisbane errors to build a 26-16 lead at the break. But the second half saw the visitors with the benefit of a swirling Central Coast...

NRC: Big Ben Ready To Strike For the Eagles

Posted by on 24th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - “I’m absolutely loving it – it’s fantastic!” beams NSW Country Eagles loose forward Ben Matwijow, when asked if he is enjoying his time in the inaugural NRC. A glowing appraisal indeed but perhaps an unsurprising validation given his experiences of the competition thus far. One of a host of emerging young talent vying for a shot at the big time, Matwijow took a punt when he opted to join the Eagles instead of the North Harbour Rays, the natural pathway from his...


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Super Rugby: Sevens Specialist Signs For Brumbies

Posted by on 27th November, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Brumbies Media Release - The Brumbies have signed sevens specialist Lausii Taliauli to a one-year deal after the giant outside back arrived in Canberra late last week. A tall, lean, athletic player who will rival Tevita Kuridrani as the club’s biggest outside back, Taliauli has enjoyed a varied career to this point having now held fulltime contract positions with NRL club, the Gold Coast Titans, the Australian Sevens and the Brumbies. Taliauli was first introduced to Canberra’s rugby...

Super Rugby: Siliva Siliva Comes Home To the Rebels

Posted by on 27th November, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Melbourne Rebels Media Release - The RaboDirect Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of hooker and Endeavour Hills Rugby Club junior, and Brumbies front rower, Siliva Siliva for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The Melbourne-born youngster will honour his contract with the ACT Brumbies for the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season, having made fourteen Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies in his three seasons in Canberra thus far, before returning home to work with Tony McGahan and the...

Super Rugby: Stephen Moore Commits To Australia For 2 More Years

Posted by on 28th October, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Brumbies Rugby Media Release - Stephen Moore will remain with the Brumbies post 2015 Rugby World Cup after announcing a one year contract extension on Monday. Teetering on the edge of 150 Super Rugby games and 100 Tests, Moore will almost certainly become Australia’s most experienced player during his next term with the Brumbies. With 131 Super Rugby games and 92 Tests, the Brumbies and Wallabies Captain finds himself behind only George Gregan (SR 136, Tests 139), George Smith (SR 142, Tests...

Wallabies: Kurtley Beale Fined But Free To Continue Playing

Posted by on 25th October, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - An independent Code of Conduct Tribunal last night found Qantas Wallaby Kurtley Beale guilty of a serious violation of the ARU Code of Conduct, and handed down a $45,000 fine, for sending an offensive photograph to an ARU employee. The charge related to an image Beale admitted to sending on 9 June 2014. The Tribunal also found evidence did not establish that a second more offensive text and photograph had been sent by Beale. The Tribunal, Chaired by His Honour Judge Mark L...


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Spring Tour: Ashley-Cooper Back To the Centres As England Await

Posted by on 27th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - Qantas Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday’s Cook Cup and Spring Tour clash against England at Twickenham. The 25-year-old becomes the sixth Australian forward to reach the 50-game milestone in 2014, joining props James Slipper and Sekope Kepu, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, lock James Horwill and No.8 Wycliff Palu. His selection comes as part of a starting line-up which includes three changes to the team which played Ireland...

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...

Spring Tour: Wallabies Fall Short Again As Dogged Ireland Prevail

Posted by on 24th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - The Wallabies have lost their second match in a row on the Spring Tour, going down 26-23 in Dublin to a well organised and resolute Ireland. Down 17-0 after only quarter of an hour, the Wallabies can take some solace from the way they fought back into contention to be 20-all at the break. But a tighter second half went down to the wire with penalties the name of the game and one example too many of ill discipline from the visitor’s allowed Jonny Sexton to outpoint...

Spring Tour: Scotland the Brave Fall Short Against Sloppy All Blacks

Posted by on 17th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - The All Blacks have been given an almighty scare by a gallant Scotland side, coming home 24-16 in a tight one at Murrayfield in a game marked by uncharacteristic New Zealand errors. Scotland have never beaten the reigning world champions, two draws in 1964 and 1983 the closest they have come to victory but they have rarely been better placed in recent history to pull off an upset than they were on Saturday night in Edinburgh. Down 14-10 at the break against a Kiwi side...


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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
AustraliaVEngland@Twickenham1:30am NSW Time
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