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 Rd 9: City Set For Semis After Comfortable Win Over Vikings

Posted by on 19th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Brisbane City will travel to Gosford for next Friday’s semi-final against the NSW Country Eagles after downing a spirited, if largely toothless, University of Canberra Vikings, 37-16 in a clash that doubled as a Bledisloe Cup curtain raiser at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. Already assured of a top four finish, all City could do was go out and win and wait on other results to determine their location next weekend and a fast start had them 13-0 up and in control. The...

NRC Rd 9: Determined Stars Finish In Style To End Rays’ Season

Posted by on 17th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - It took them until their last hit-out of 2014 but the Sydney Stars finally came home with the bacon tonight, breaking their competition duck with a helter-skelter 49-40 victory over the North Harbour Rays at Leichhardt Oval, a result which also ends the Rays’ hopes of finals football. After six losses and a draw, the home side were determined to finish their inaugural NRC on a high and their increased intensity was clear from the start as they went out to an early 13-0...

NRC Rd 8: Rams’ Season Over as Rising March into the Finals

Posted by on 11th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – It was the longest of longshots for the Greater Sydney Rams, who needed to defeat the unbeaten – and maybe unbeatable – Melbourne Rising at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday afternoon and started fast but fell at the death to a nerve-jangling 58-40 loss. Despite leading 23-21 at halftime and 32-29 with 25 minutes to play, a sweltering Western Sydney afternoon took its toll on the home-side and the Rising managed to edge the 18-point win with two late tries to Jonah...

NRC Rd 8: Rays ‘Out-Gunned’ By Rampant City

Posted by on 9th October, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - The North Harbour Rays can thank the Greater Sydney Rams for this result. Stunned by their 27pt beating at the hands of the Rams last Friday, Brisbane returned to the harbour city last night with their game faces on, and boy did it show. A fast start grew into a 32-8 lead by half-time and from there, a rampant City got the Rays firmly between their teeth and shook them for all they were worth to rack up a total of ten tries in a 77-26 demolition. City’s backrow did most of the...


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NRC: Behind the Microphone with Sean Maloney

Posted by on 5th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – On Thursday night I was fortunate enough to be given access to the Fox Sports commentary box while Sean Maloney and George Gregan called North Harbour Rays vs New South Wales Country Eagles. Here’s just a little bit of what went down. It’s a cold, wet night at Brookvale Oval and North Harbour Rays’ speedster Dave Feltscheer latches onto a long cut-out pass from Cam Crawford. He tears off downfield and scores next to the posts to give his side a 21-16 lead...

NRC: Melbourne Rising Inspired by Bruce Springsteen Classic

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

by Brendan Bradford – Mitch Inman admits he’s far more proficient on the footy field than on a drum kit or strapped to a guitar, but the Melbourne back’s wide and varying musical tastes, and membership in the Rising’s leadership group, means he’s helped pen the new lyrics to the side’s victory song. The squad of professional and part-time footballers have belted out the tune twice in as many matches in a perfect start to the inaugural NRC season with wins over the Rays and...

NRC: Debreczeni Set to Tackle Sydney Stars

Posted by on 31st August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Jack Debreczeni has spent a year down in Melbourne with the Rebels, but the 21-year-old hasn’t forgotten his roots in Sydney’s Inner-West. The former Trinity Grammar student’s Melbourne Rising side takes on the Sydney Stars today at Leichhardt Oval – a Sydney football institution. It’s an opportunity he knows doesn’t come around very often. “I played there once in league when I was younger and they had the Grand Finals there and there’s always a massive...

Hard-Hitting Lam Takes a Shot at NRC with Canberra Vikings

Posted by on 30th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Everyone in the Shute Shield knows. There’d be few at the Waratahs and another couple at the Brumbies who are aware too. But word is only just starting to leak through the NRC ranks. It’s not a difficult message, but true comprehension of it can only be gained through experience. Don’t run at Seilala Lam. Pretty simple. A few of his nicknames – ‘The Violence’ or ‘Shoulder of Death’ – should give it away. Or, if that’s not intimidating enough, check...


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It’s Official: Michael Cheika Unveiled As New Wallaby Head Coach

Posted by on 22nd October, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - The Australian Rugby Union today announced NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been appointed Qantas Wallabies head coach on a three year contract, effective immediately. Cheika’s appointment follows Ewen McKenzie’s resignation after Australia’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand in Brisbane on Saturday night. Cheika is currently contracted to the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2015, and will retain that position for 2015 only while coaching the Qantas Wallabies. ARU CEO Bill...

Bledisloe Cup: Gallant Wallabies Edged At the Death

Posted by on 18th October, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - One point. That’s all it came down to in the end as a Wallaby side riddled with internal strife put the emotional baggage of the last few weeks to one side and produced a performance unfailingly worthy of the jersey, pushing the All Blacks all the way before going down 29-28 at Suncorp Stadium. As a response to the last few weeks of media scrutiny, off-field drama and the fallout from the surprise loss to Argentina, this was as good a response from the Wallabies that...

Gordon Tietjens Announced as Special Guest for Central Coast Sevens

Posted by on 1st September, 2014 in Club Rugby, International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Central Coast Sevens Media Release – All Blacks 7s Coach and IRB Rugby Hall Fame Inductee Sir Gordon Tietjens has been announced as the official guest of the Fitness First Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival. Tietjens is considered to be one of the finest coaches of any sport in the world. He has led New Zealand’s dominating run in the world of rugby sevens throughout the 1990s and 2000s. In the 14 years since the IRB Rugby World Series has been run, he has won 11 World...

Bledisloe Cup: Wallabies Spoil All Blacks’ Party In Sydney Stalemate

Posted by on 15th August, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - The Wallabies have thwarted the All Blacks’ record breaking attempts once again, a rallying performance in tough conditions earning a 12-12 draw at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and putting an end to Kiwi dreams of a world record 18th win in a row in the process. But it was hard work. Torrential rain made for a tough night with ball in hand, the slippery surface cruelling many an attempted foray and numbing both teams attacking capabilities to the point where penalties proved...


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