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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Shute Shield Rd 2: Patchy Eastwood Cruise To Victory In the End

Posted by on 31st March, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - Ordinarily, two bonus point wins, 14 tries and 115pts from the first two games of a title defence would have a head coach purring but, despite such stats, Eastwood supremo John Manenti wasn’t waxing lyrical after he watched his side see off Gordon 62-28 at Chatswood Oval on Saturday. The scoreline belied the scratchiness of the performance; a mixture of early season rustiness from the visitors and early game doggedness on the part of the Highlanders – so much so that the...

Shute Shield: Be Warned! The Rebels Are Coming

Posted by on 26th March, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Jim Webster - We speak to Southern Districts rugby director Sean Murphy to see how last years Grand Finalists are shaping up in 2015.

Shute Shield: Shoremen Turning the Tide?

Posted by on 25th March, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - One swallow doesn’t make a summer as they say and a win in your first game of the new season, while an obvious positive, is not necessarily an indication that long term success will follow. But for Northern Suburbs last Saturday, their opening day win over West Harbour, 32-7 at Concord Oval, did feel a lot like a breath of fresh air. A team that had peaked with a semi-final appearance in 2012, has experienced a revolving door of players ever since with inconsistency a natural...

Intrust Super Shute Shield: Round 2 Teams

Posted by on 25th March, 2015 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

RANDWICK v WEST HARBOUR – 3pm at Coogee Oval – Live on 7TWO Randwick (1-15) Toa Asa, David Vea, Dashville Kuate, Dave Parsons, Joshua Eden-Whaitiri, Ed Kennedy, Mark Baldwin (C), Will Munro, Auvasa Faleallii, David Horwitz (C), Chris Taripo, Kuki Ma’afu, Latu LatUnipulu, Lewie Catt, Tom Coupland. West Harbour (1-15) Dave Lolohea, Daniel Midghall, Michael Alaalatoa, Alfred Pinomi, Tom Games (C), Kelly Meafua, Cohen Masson, Harrison Orr, Rob Cattanach, Ben James, Graeme Kolomalu,...


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NSW U20’s Claim Back-To-Back Australian Championships

Posted by on 26th March, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Charlie Drayton - The New South Wales Under 20s program is proving to be a dominant force in Australia’s junior rugby circles, with the team overpowering their Queensland counterparts on Wednesday afternoon. A convincing 31-9 victory over Queensland saw NSW successfully defend their National Under 20s Championship for a second consecutive year. The boys in blue drew first blood through NSW second rower Nick Kellaway, before Harry Jones made the most of some daylight out wide to score their...

Super Rugby: Folau Takes Centre Stage Against Brumbies

Posted by on 23rd March, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Geoff Smith - There were never many doubts that star fullback Israel Folau could make a successful switch to outside centre. What might surprise some, is how quickly he’s making the change. So much so, he could find himself there for the Wallabies. Still wearing the number 15 jersey, Folau has spent recent weeks attacking at outside centre. A move that reaped rewards on Sunday, as the 25-year-old impressed with 14 possessions for 146 metres and nine tackle busts. “I’m trying to adapt...

Super Rugby: Mumm Returns Home In Search of World Cup Spot

Posted by on 23rd March, 2015 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Sam Ryan - Former Wallabies lock Dean Mumm will return to Australia with hopes of earning a spot in Michael Cheika’s World Cup Squad. Mumm has agreed to a one year deal to play with the Waratahs in 2016, however it is believed the ARU has provisionally approved his eligibility for the World Cup should he play club rugby in Sydney this year. The 31 year-old registered 95 caps for the Waratahs and 33 caps for the Wallabies before heading to the UK to link with the Exeter Chiefs. Mumm...

Junior Tahs begin Australian U20 title defence

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

by Sam Ryan - New South Wales will kick start their Australian Under 20 title defence today with an opening round match against invitational side Tonga in Canberra. The Junior Waratahs began preparations back in November for the tournament, with an extended squad of 54 culled down to 25 after a number of internal and external trials. “We started out with a large extended squad, which made training really competitive so the quality has been fantastic from the start,” NSW U20’s coach Tim...


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Thompson confident Australian U20’s can be World Champions

Posted by on 31st March, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Australian U20's coach Adrian Thompson believes he has picked a squad good enough to win this years Junior World Cup, to be played in Italy in June.

Australian U20 extended squad announced

Posted by on 30th March, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Andrew Kellaway, Jonah Placid and Campbell Magnay headline a talented Australian U20's squad, named today ahead of the FORU U20's Championship in May.

Six Nations: Thrilling Finale Was A Day of Rugby To Remember

Posted by on 27th March, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - Ireland have been crowned Six Nations champions for the second year in a row following arguably the most amazing day of rugby in the history of the competition. Going into the last round, four countries – Ireland, England, Wales and France – had a chance to emerge as the winner, and with it the cache of being the de facto finest team in Europe going into the World Cup, held in England in September/October. With the three deciding matches held sequentially in Rome (Italy v...

Props – they’re a funny old bunch

Posted by on 9th March, 2015 in International Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Jim Webster - It was a great pleasure seeing loose-head prop Benn Robinson become the Waratahs’ most capped player, earning his 137th cap against the Queensland Reds & thus elbowing some elderly backrower aside. What is it with prop-forwards that seems to set them apart from the other 14 players? All right, I know it’s the extreme damage they can do to weighing machines, but I didn’t mean just that. They seem to possess other characteristics, abilities and personal details that...


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Super Rugby
Round 7, 2015

Friday, 27th March 2015
Hurricanes (36)VRebels (12)@Wellington5:35pm NSW Time
Reds (17)VLions (18)@Brisbane8:00pm NSW Time
Saturday, 28th March 2015
Chiefs (37)VCheetahs (27)@Hamilton2:30pm NSW Time
Highlanders (39)VStormers (21)@Dunedin5:35pm NSW Time
Waratahs (23)VBlues (11)@Allianz Stadium7:40pm NSW Time
Sunday, 29th March 2015
Sharks (15)VForce (9)@Durban2:05am NSW Time
Bulls (31)VCrusaders (19)@Pretoria4:10am NSW Time
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