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 Grand Final: Brisbane City See Off Spirit To Lift Inaugural Title

Posted by on 2nd November, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - It was perhaps fitting that a competition that began a little over 10 weeks ago with a Brisbane City win at Ballymore, ended in the same fashion last night as City saw off a resolute and adventurous Perth Spirit, 37-26, to lift the inaugural NRC title. A touch under 8,000 people, a competition record, turned up to cheer on the home side and their faith was rewarded by a performance worthy of the occasion. City’s power up front ultimately did the damage, a dominant scrum...

NRC Semi-Final 2: Rising Stunned As Spirit Upset Odds To Reach Final

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

  by Paul Cook - Historically, the optimum recipe for winning a major competition in any sport involves timing your run to perfection and peaking at the business end in order to triumph. To that end, Perth Spirit could be considered a prime example should they go on to win the inaugural NRC this weekend. Having won only three games across the regular season to scrape into the last four, Spirit turned up when it mattered to down Minor Premiers and title favourites, Melbourne Rising, 45-29...

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...


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Super Rugby: Adam Ashley-Cooper Signs For Bordeaux From 2016

Posted by on 18th December, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Waratahs Rugby Media Release - NSW Waratah veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper has signed a two-year contract with leading French club Bordeaux Begles. Ashley-Cooper, who has earned 46-caps for the NSW Waratahs and 104 test caps for the Wallabies in an already impressive rugby career, will make the move to the Top 14 French team following the 2015 Rugby World Cup. “I am very excited to announce that I have signed with top 14 French team Bordeaux and thoroughly look forward to beginning the next...

Super Rugby: James Horwill Announces Post World Cup Switch To UK

Posted by on 18th December, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Queensland Reds Media Release - Queensland Rugby Union today announced James Horwill has signed a three-year contract with English Premiership giant Harlequins. Horwill, a 107-cap St.George Queensland Red who has 58 Wallabies caps and has led the national team on 16 occasions, will make the move to the famous London club following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which concludes in October next year. He is currently the most-capped Queensland captain, having led the Reds on 69 occasions. A modern-day...

Super Rugby: New Recruit Metcher Enjoying Life At the Rebels

Posted by on 17th December, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Melbourne Rebels Media Release - With the Christmas break looming nearer for all at the Club, RaboDirect Rebels prop Tim Metcher admits that his first ever pre-season block at the Club has been taxing; but he wouldn’t have it any other way! Metcher signed his first ever professional contract when he joined the Club from Southern Districts in Sydney’s Shute Shield for the 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season, a competition where he has been a standout performer in recent years. And as...

Super Rugby: Laurie Weeks Extends Contract With Rebels

Posted by on 4th December, 2014 in Rugby News, Super Rugby | Comments Off

Melbourne Rebels Press Release - The RaboDirect Rebels are pleased to announce that Foundation Rebel Laurie Weeks has signed a two year contract extension at the Club, keeping him in Melbourne until at least the end of the 2017 season. The Wallaby front rower moved to Melbourne for the Rebels inaugural 2011 season, and his re-signing puts him on track to be the first player to feature in a century of matches for the Rebels. The 2009 Super Rugby Rookie of the Year has been an ever-present in...


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Sevens: Aussies Move Up the Rankings After Another Top Four Finish

Posted by on 16th December, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

Qantas Sevens Teams Media Release - Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks. Australia finished third in Port Elizabeth at the weekend to go with their runner-up spot the previous week in Dubai as John’s side cemented a top-four spot in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series standings. After seeing off the challenge of Fiji (31-19), they fell to eventual winners and new series...

Spring Tour: Persistent Wales Break Southern Hemisphere Hoodoo

Posted by on 30th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Boy, did they need this. After a month which has seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory against both Australia and New Zealand, and a far from comfortable win over a Fiji side a man down for the last half hour, Wales have finally got the Southern Hemisphere monkey of their backs with a gutsy 12-6 victory over South Africa. With dissension starting to build amongst the ranks of local media and a fervent fanbase, all the talk before kick-off had been about Warren...

Spring Tour: Power Wins the Day As England Edge World Cup Warm-Up

Posted by on 30th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

  by Paul Cook - Missed opportunities, handling errors, scrum woes and poor discipline. Sounds like the template for much of the Wallabies 2014 season as yet another nearly men script was written at Twickenham in the final test of the year. England eventually won it 26-17 to leave the Wallabies with the unwanted distinction of being the worst performed side to tour Europe from Australia since 2005 but again, as they had against Ireland and less so France, they fostered enough chances to...

Sevens: Australian Womens Team Announced For Dubai Opener

Posted by on 26th November, 2014 in International Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

ARU Media Release - Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh is set to hand World Rugby Sevens World Series debuts to two players after naming an extended 13-strong party for the season opener in Dubai next week. Forward Tanisha Stanton and utility Chloe Dalton will win their first World Series caps if named in Walsh’s final squad after impressing team management throughout pre-season. The pair have been named alongside skipper Sharni Williams, current World Rugby...


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Super Rugby
Round 1, 2015

Friday, 13th February 2015
BrumbiesVReds@Canberra7:40pm NSW Time
CrusadersVRebels@Christchurch5:35pm NSW Time
Saturday, 14th February 2015
LionsVHurricanes@Johannesburg1:05am NSW Time

International Rugby

Sunday, 2nd November 2014
Australia (40)VBarbarians (36)@Twickenham1:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 9th November 2014
Australia (33)VWales (28)@Cardiff1:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 16th November 2014
Australia (26)VFrance (29)@Stade de France7:00am NSW Time
Sunday, 23rd November 2014
Australia (23)VIreland (26)@Dublin3:30am NSW Time
Sunday, 30th November 2014
Australia (17)VEngland (26)@Twickenham1:30am NSW Time
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