FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 2014   NRC SEMI-FINALS
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Kick-off 7:30pm   Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Referee:  Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, James Leckie
 TMO: George Ayoub
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 NSW COUNTRY BRISBANE CITY
  1. Duncan Chubb
  2. Bill Johnston
  3. Jake Ilnicki
  4. Ben Matwijow
  5. Mitch Chapman
  6. Tala Gray
  7. Will Miller
  8. Steve Hoiles
  9. Brendan McKibbin (C)
  10. Sam Windsor
  11. Andrew Kellaway
  12. Apakuki Ma’afu
  13. Samu Wara
  14. Joel Brooks
  15. Patrick Delitt

Bench

16. Michael Alaalatoa
17. Ben Suisala
18. Will Weeks
19. Cameron Treloar
20. Mick Snowden
21. Pauli Tuala
22. David Horwitz 23. Darcy Etrich

 

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  1. Pettowa Paraka
  2. Andrew Ready
  3. Sef Faagase
  4. Marco Kotze
  5. Dave McDuling (C)
  6. Curtis Browning
  7. Liam Gill
  8. Jake Schatz
  9. Nick Frisby
  10. Jake McIntyre
  11. Matthew Feaunati
  12. Samu Kerevi
  13. Toby White
  14. Chris Kuridrani
  15. Brando Vaalu

Bench

16. Matthew Mafi
17. David Feao
18. Phil Kite
19. Adam Korczyk
20. Michael Gunn
21. Jack Mullins
22. Sam Greene
23. Junior Laloifi

 

Coach: Darren Coleman Coach:Nick Stiles
 SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014   
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 Kick-off 3:35pm  AAMI Park, Melbourne
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Ed Martin
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 MELBOURNE RISING PERTH SPIRIT
  1. Toby Smith
  2. Pat Leafa
  3. Paul Alo-Emile
  4. Sam Jeffries
  5. Cadeyrn Neville
  6. OJ Noa
  7. Sione Taufa
  8. Lopeti Timani
  9. Nic Stirzaker (C)
  10. Jack Debreczeni
  11. Joe Kimana
  12. Mitch Inman (VC)
  13. Sefanaia Naivalu
  14. Rennie Lautolo-Molimau
  15. John Placid
Bench
16. Tom Sexton
17. Fereti Sa’aga
18. Cruze Ah-Nau
19. Pom Simona
20. Angus Hamilton
21. Luke Burgess
22. Lloyd Johansson
23.Martin Naufahu
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  1. Pek Cowan
  2. Robbie Abel
  3. Oliver Hoskins
  4. Sam Wykes
  5. Brent Murphy
  6. Byrnard Stander
  7. Kone Koteka
  8. Alex Rovira
  9. Ian Prior
  10. Zack Holmes
  11. Marcel Brache
  12. Solomoni Rasolea
  13. Ammon Matuauto
  14. Luke Morahan
  15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Bench

16. Harry Scoble
17. Joe Savage
18. Chris Heiberg
19. Keiran Stringer
20. Richard Hardwick
21. Justin Turner
22. Davis Tavita 23. Christian Joubert
Coach: Sean Hedger Coach:  Wessels/Foote
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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 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...

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...


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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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Wallabies: Israel Folau Named 2014 John Eales Medallist

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

ARU Media Release - Qantas Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been handed the ultimate honour in Australian Rugby after tonight being named the John Eales Medallist for 2014. At Rugby’s night of nights, the ARU celebrated and acknowledged the men and women in the Australian Rugby community – fans, players, coaches, match officials and administrators – for their dedication, commitment and outstanding performance. The 2014 ceremony was the first time...

Sevens: Brazil Seeking Out Eligible Sevens Players in Australia

Posted by on 23rd October, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Jim Davis - Brazilian Rugby Union is searching for new talent to play in their National sevens teams. David Harvey is in the squad currently training at Warringah’s grounds at Pittwater Rugby...

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...


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Saturday, 16th August 2014
Australia (12)VNew Zealand (12)@Sydney8:00pm NSW Time
Saturday, 23rd August 2014
New Zealand (51)VAustralia (20)@Auckland5:30pm NSW Time
Saturday, 6th September 2014
Australia (24)VSouth Africa (23)@Perth8:00pm NSW Time
Saturday, 13th September 2014
Australia (32)VArgentina (25)@Gold Coast8:00pm NSW Time
Sunday, 28th September 2014
South Africa (28)VAustralia (10)@Cape Town1:00am NSW Time
Sunday, 5th October 2014
Argentina (21)VAustralia (17)@TBC9:30am NSW Time

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Saturday, 16th August 2014
Australia (12)VNew Zealand (12)@Sydney8:00pm NSW Time
Saturday, 23rd August 2014
New Zealand (51)VAustralia (20)@Auckland5:30pm NSW Time
Saturday, 18th October 2014
Australia (28)VNew Zealand (29)@Brisbane8:00pm NSW Time
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