THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2014   NRC Round 5  Fox Sports TV Game
Kick-off 7:30pm   Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Rohan Hoffman
Assistant Referees: Steve Walsh, Paul Haydock
 TMO: Greg Milne
  1. Haydn Hirsimaki
  2. Ryan Freney
  3. Greg Holmes (VC)
  4. Rubin Fuimaono
  5. Dan Gorman
  6. James Turner
  7. Beau Robinson
  8. Ben Adams
  9. Sam Grasso
  10. Matt Brandon
  11. Giles Beveridge
  12. Anthony Fainga’a (C)
  13. Campbell Magnay
  14. Tom Pincus
  15. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
16. Tonga Ma’afu
17. Campbell Wakely
18. Will Slipper
19. Mitch King
20. Jack de Guingand
21. James Tuttle
22. Clynton Knox
23. Rota Setu


  1. Jed Gillespie
  2. Hugh Roach
  3. Guy Millar
  4. Jared Barry
  5. Steve Mafi
  6. Hugh Perrett
  7. Chris Alcock
  8. Jed Holloway (C)
  9. Mark Swanepoel
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Taqele Naiyaravaro
  12. Michael McDougall
  13. Lalakai Foketi
  14. Jarome McKenzie
  15. Dane Chisholm


16. Peni Ravai
17. Cameron Betham
18. Dave Lolohea
19. Dylan Sigg
20. Pat Sio
21. Vasa Falaelii
22. Jai Ayoub
23. Henry Seavula


Coach: Steve Meehan Coach: Brian Melrose
 Kick-off 3:00pm   Wade Park, Orange
Referee: Michael Hogan
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lees, Brendan Farrer
  1. Duncan Chubb
  2. Will Weeks
  3. Jake Ilnicki
  4. Ben Matwijow
  5. Cameron Treloar (C)
  6. Tala Gray
  7. Will Miller
  8. Ita Vaea
  9. Michael Snowden
  10. Sam Windsor
  11. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
  12. Ed Stubbs
  13. Samu Wara
  14. John Grant
  15. Patrick Dellit


16. Michael Alaalatoa
17. Ben Suisala
18. Bill Johnston
19. Richard Stanford
20. Pauli Tuala
21. Brendan McKibbin
22. Apakuki Ma’afu
23. Andrew Kellaway
  1. Cruze Ah-Nau
  2. Pat Leafa (VC)
  3. Paul Alo-Emile
  4. Sam Jeffries
  5. Cadeyrn Neville
  6. Luke Jones
  7. Sean McMahon
  8. Lopeti Timani
  9. Nic Stirzaker (C)
  10. Jack Debreczeni
  11. Joe Kamana
  12. Mitch Inman (VC)
  13. Tom English
  14. Rennie Lautolo-Molimau
  15. Telusa Veainu


16. Tom Sexton
17. Tuiatua Tuia
18. Fereli Sa’aga
19. Pom Simona
20. Sione Taufa
21. Ben Meehan
22. Lloyd Johansson
23. Shane Imo
Coach:Darren Coleman Coach: Sean Hedger
Kick-off 3:00pm   Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
 Referee: James Leckie
 Assistant Referees: Anthony Moyes, Dom McCarthy
  1. Jeremy Tilse
  2. Tom Coolican
  3. Paddy Ryan
  4. Andrew Leota
  5. Will Skelton
  6. Tipiloma Kaveinga
  7. Patrick McCutcheon (C)
  8. Sam Quinn
  9. Jake Gordon
  10. Stuart Dunbar
  11. Jono Sullivan
  12. Jim Stewart
  13. Michael Hodge
  14. James Dargaville
  15. Jack Macklin


16. James Willan
17. Tom Robertson
18. Laurie Weeks
19. Mathew Philip
20. Hugo Dessens
21. Jock Merriman
22. Jonathan Fakai 23. Johnny Loseli
  1. JP Smith
  2. Lala Lam
  3. Alan Alaalatoa
  4. Tim Cree
  5. Jordan Smiler
  6. Jarrad Butler (VC)
  7. Sean Doyle
  8. Fotu Auelua (C)
  9. Michael Dowsett
  10. Isaac Thompson
  11. Robbie Coleman(VC)
  12. Rod Iona
  13. Nigel Ah Wong
  14. Jerome Niumata
  15. Jesse Mogg


16. Mitch Wade
17. Joel Penders
18. Les Makin
19. Tom Staniforth
20. Rory Arnold
21. Joe Powell
22. Drew Southwell 23. Lausii Taliauli
 Coach: Chris Malone  Coach: Dan Mckellar
Kick-off 5:30pm Brookvale Oval, Sydney
 Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Amy Perrett, Charles Hartson
  1. Mitch Lewis
  2. Luke Holmes
  3. Tobias Gukibau
  4. Ed Gower
  5. Greg Peterson (C)
  6. Harry Bergelin
  7. Boyd Killingworth
  8. Sam Ward
  9. Matt Lucas
  10. Hamish Angus
  11. Sireli Tagicakibau
  12. Brian Sefanaia
  13. Michael Adams
  14. Cam Crawford
  15. David Feltscheer


16. Dave Porecki
17. Dane Maraki
18. Nick Frazer
19. Ryan Melrose
20. Jack Dempsey
21. Josh Holmes
22. Scott Daruda
23. Mali Hingano
  1. Joe Savage (C)
  2. Robbie Abel
  3. Oliver Hoskins
  4. Corey Thomas
  5. Brent Murphy
  6. Richard Hardwick
  7. Kane Koteka
  8. Alex Rovira
  9. Justin Turner
  10. Zack Holmes
  11. Va’a Mailei
  12. Luke Burton
  13. Ammon Matuauto
  14. Brad Lacey
  15. Dillyn Leyds


16. Harry Scobie
17. Alec Hepburn
18. Kaisa Reidy
19. Scott Stevens
20. Ross Haylett-Petty
21. Oscar Backhouse
22. Michael Ruru
23. Davis Tavita
 Coach: Geoff Townsend  Coach: Foote/Wessels
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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 Wk 5: Rugged Country Overcome Rams For Maiden Win

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

by Paul Cook - Queensland Country have finally got the monkey off their back as they overcame Greater Sydney Rams 24-13 at Ballymore last night to secure their maiden win of the 2014 NRC. A blistering start saw them 8-0 to the good before two yellow cards gave the Rams a foothold in the game and a 13-8 lead by half-time. However, Country weren’t to be outdone and as their scrum began to dominate and the Rams lineout crumbled, they fashioned enough set-piece ball to plunder two more tries and...

Lloyd Johansson: Rugby Player and Residential Youth Worker

Posted by on 16th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Sometimes – very rarely – a rugby player has a decent excuse for being late for an interview. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting Melbourne Rising centre and former Wallaby Lloyd Johansson to be one of them when I couldn’t reach him on the phone on Tuesday afternoon. How wrong I was. Now a part-time player training three nights a week with the Rising, the 29-year-old works at the Adidas warehouse and does some residential youth work in Melbourne. That’s why he...

NRC: Replacements Vital as Pace Increases, says Townsend

Posted by on 15th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – No one likes starting on the bench, but with the National Rugby Championship’s rule variations ensuring a faster game with the ball in play for a significantly longer period of time, there’s a chance to change that way of thinking. With two Super Rugby-quality halfbacks to choose from in Matt Lucas and Josh Holmes, that’s the way North Harbour Rays coach, Geoff Townsend views it. “We don’t have a number one halfback, we have two number one halfbacks –...

NRC Wk 4: Schatz On Fire As City End Eagles’ Unbeaten Run

Posted by on 15th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Brisbane City Media Release - A hat-trick of tries to St.George Queensland Reds Number 8 Jake Schatz has spearheaded a 34-26 upset win to McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City over the NSW Country Eagles at Oakes Oval in Lismore today. Brisbane City scored five tries to four to hand the NSW Country Eagles their first lost in Round 4 of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. City scored tries through Samu Kerevi, Schatz (3) and Lachie Turner, with three conversions to flyhalf Jake...

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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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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...

Wallabies Player Alignments for NRC

Posted by on 21st July, 2014 in Club Rugby, International Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

ARU Press Release – The Australian Rugby Union has today unveiled Qantas Wallabies player allocations for the inaugural year of Australian Rugby’s new domestic competition, the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. In general, Qantas Wallabies will be aligned to the NRC team that is affiliated with their Premier Club, with each NRC team entitled to four Test players outside of their 33-man contracted squad. If an NRC team elects to have more than four Qantas Wallabies aligned to their...

Sevens: Australian Men’s Squad Announced For Commonwealth Games

Posted by on 8th July, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - The Australian Commonwealth Games Association is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens squad nominated by the Australian Rugby Union for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month. Australia’s Men’s Sevens team won silver four years ago at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and will be looking to go one better this year. The side has been bolstered by the return of Liam Gill and Sean McMahon, who both have a background in Rugby...

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