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: 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...

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...

NRC Wk 2: Melbourne Rising Too Good For Stars At Sunny Leichhardt

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

by Brendan Bradford – Melbourne Rising claimed a second bonus point win in succession with a 45-13 victory over the Sydney Stars at a sun-splashed Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon. The comprehensive win – the second time in a row the side has scored over 40-points – puts the Rising back on top of the table after relinquishing number one position for the night as NSW Country defeated Queensland Country on Saturday. The Rising converted an eight point halftime lead into a...

NRC Wk 2: Eagles Flying High After Interstate Country Triumph

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

by Paul Cook - New South Wales Country Eagles sit proudly on top of the NRC ladder – for now – after recording their second win in two matches, a 37-13 defeat of interstate rival Queensland Country yesterday. A blistering start from the Eagles saw them 16-0 ahead after 16 minutes thanks to tries from Stephen Hoiles and Andrew Kellaway before the hosts responded with a five pointer from winger Tom Pincus. Kellaway was then the right man in the right place to grab his second to take...


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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...

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...


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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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