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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The Rugby Shorts: Rule Changes, Who’s That? And The NRC Stars So Far

Posted by on 26th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Rule Changes: The Good – ‘How quick is it?!?’ That was the common refrain amoung players, coaches and fans alike after every game this weekend. Even the water runners were spent. The Rugby Shorts bumped into North Harbour assistant Damien ‘Turtle’ Cummins after the Rays went down to the Rising in a high-scoring encounter. The long-time Manly Marlin was just sitting on the floor and looked knackered after his near non-stop shuttle-run between the sideline and...

NRC: Vikings Name Starting Side to Face Rams

Posted by on 26th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

University of Canberra Vikings Media Release – A re-jigged front row will lead the University of Canberra Vikings in their first away game of the season when the boys travel to Parramatta Stadium to face the Greater Sydney Rams on Thursday night. The side will also be boosted with the return of Vice-Captain, Jarrad Butler, who has recovered from a back strain to take his place on the side of the scrum. Les Makin (Loose-head), Lala Lam (hooker) and Allan Alaalatoa (tight-head) will all start...

NRC: Porecki and Lah Prove it’s on for Young and Old

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

by Brendan Bradford – North Harbour Rays front-rowers Dave Porecki and Nick Lah represent the opposite ends of the playing spectrum in the newly minted NRC competition which kicked-off on the weekend. This competition’s goal is to facilitate the progression from club to Super Rugby for the new-breed of players like 21-year-old Porecki, who is fresh off an impressive sophomore season with Shute Shield side Manly. Meanwhile 33-year-old Lah is the ever-dependable veteran prop who answered...

NRC Wk 1: Rising Edge Rays in NRC Ripper

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

by Brendan Bradford – The North Harbour Rays have lost a brilliant opening NRC match 55-34 to the Melbourne Rising in the perfect example of how the rule variations lead to high-tempo and high scoring rugby. The final 21 point difference didn’t do justice to the Rays who clawed back a first half deficit to take a 26-21 lead at the break but couldn’t stay with the home-side whose replacements proved the difference in the final quarter. The Rays were dominated at scrumtime against a more...


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The Rugby Shorts: Rule Changes, Who’s That? And The NRC Stars So Far

Posted by on 26th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Rule Changes: The Good – ‘How quick is it?!?’ That was the common refrain amoung players, coaches and fans alike after every game this weekend. Even the water runners were spent. The Rugby Shorts bumped into North Harbour assistant Damien ‘Turtle’ Cummins after the Rays went down to the Rising in a high-scoring encounter. The long-time Manly Marlin was just sitting on the floor and looked knackered after his near non-stop shuttle-run between the sideline and...

Rugby News 2014 Shute Shield Team of the Year

Posted by on 20th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Last season’s inaugural Rugby News Team of the Year was a massive success and it’s that time of the year again. The 2013 team (http://bit.ly/1sOFMHn) included the eventual Ken Catchpole Medallist, the season’s top-point scorer and a host of players who have since gone on to bigger and better things in Super Rugby, Sevens and overseas. Like 2013, this was not a task undertaken lightly. Collectively, Jim Davis, Terry Smith, Paul Cook, Felicity Nethery and myself...

Maquarie Uni North Harbour Rays Announce NRC Squad

Posted by on 8th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

North Harbour Rays Media Release – THE Macquarie Uni North Harbour Rays will rely on finely-tuned club combinations that has seen the Manly Marlins and Warringah have stellar Shute Shield seasons when the National Rugby Championship kicks off at the end of August. The Rays announced the bulk of their squad for the NRC this week and the vast majority of the playing roster comes from dominant Marlins and the Rats with a sprinkling of talent from the other member clubs, Gordon and Northern...

The Rugby Shorts: The Super Rugby Final Edition

Posted by on 8th August, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – Alofa Leaves the Door Open – Carrying a golf club in one hand and his winners’ mug in the other, Alofa Alofa emerged from the Waratahs’ sheds after an hour of raucous celebration. The golf club was a personalised gift Michael Cheika made to each of his players and the emotion of the win, and his coach’s gesture, was evident on the West Harbour speedster’s face. “I’m just grateful and humbled and I never thought I’d be here,” said Alofa, who is...


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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...

Inbound Tour: Izzy Gives France ‘Les Bleus’ As Big Will Starts In Style

Posted by on 21st June, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - Australia have completed a clean sweep of France after an impressive 39-13 victory in front of a record rugby crowd of 43,188 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney this afternoon. Two tries in the first half to Will Skelton – on debut – and Israel Folau helped the Wallabies to a 20-6 advantage at the break and they went on with it after the restart, Folau completing a double before captain Michael Hooper and replacement Nick Phipps put the visitors to the sword for the second time in...


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