THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014   NRC Round 7 
Kick-off 7:30pm   Canberra
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Referees: Michael Hogan, James Morris
 TMO: Sarah Corrigan
  1. Jean-Pierre Smith
  2. Lala Lam
  3. Ruan Smith
  4. Tom Staniforth
  5. Jordan Smiler
  6. Tin Cree
  7. Jarrad Butler (VC)
  8. Fotu Auelua (C)
  9. Joe Powell
  10. Robbie Coleman
  11. Drew Southwell
  12. Rod Iona
  13. Nigel Ah Wong
  14. Jerome Niumata
  15. Jesse Mogg (VC)


16. Connal McInerney
17. Les Makin
18. Alan Alaalatoa
19. Rory Arnold
20. Rowan Perry
21. Michael Dowsett
22. Isaac Thompson 23. Matt Hawke


  1. Nick Fraser
  2. Luke Holmes
  3. Mitch Lewis
  4. Ed Gower
  5. Greg Peterson (C)
  6. Jack Dempsey
  7. Katoni Ale
  8. Sam Ward
  9. Josh Holmes
  10. Scott Daruda
  11. Sireli Tagicakibau
  12. Brian Sefanaia
  13. Mali Hingano
  14. Harry Jones
  15. David Feltscheer


16. Dave Porecki
17. Dane Maraki
18. Rory O’Connor
19. Ryan Melrose
20. James Cunningham
21. Terry Preston
22. Hamish Angus
23. Tom Matthews


Coach: Dan Mckellar Coach: Geoff Townsend
 FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014  Teams for Friday, Saturday & Monday not received yet
 Kick-off 8:00pm   Pirtek Stadium, Sydney
Referee: Damien Ian Smith
Assistant Referees: James Leckie, Charles Hartson
  1. Jed Gillespie
  2. Hugh Roach
  3. Guy Millar
  4. Jared Barry
  5. Jed Holloway (C)
  6. Steve Mafi
  7. Chris Alcock
  8. Hugh Perrett
  9. Mark Swanepoel
  10. Ben Volavola
  11. Dane Chisholm
  12. Michael McDougall
  13. Lalakai Foketi
  14. Jarome McKenzie
  15. Ben Batger


16. Maile Ngauamo
17. Peni Ravai
18. Dave Lolohea
19. Michael Kovacic
20. Pat Sio
21. Vasa Falaelii
22. Jai Ayoub
23. Henry Seavula
  1. Pettowa Paraka
  2. Andrew Ready
  3. Sef Faagase
  4. Tim Buchanan
  5. Dave McDuling (C)
  6. Curtis Browning
  7. Liam Gill
  8. Jake Schatz
  9. Nick Frisby
  10. Jake McIntyre
  11. Lachie Turner
  12. Samu Kerevi
  13. Toby White
  14. Chris Kuridrani
  15. Brando Va’aulu


16. Mathew Mafi
17. David Faeo
18. Sam Talakai
19. Marco Kotze
20. Chazz Mahina
21. Jack Mullins
22. Quade Cooper
23. Junior Laloifi
Coach: Brian Melrose Coach:  Nick Stiles
SATURDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014   Teams for Friday, Saturday & Monday not received yet
Kick-off 3:30pm   Perth
 Referee: Will Houston
 Assistant Referees: Rob Kellam, Pat Davis
  1. Joe Savage
  2. Robbie Abel
  3. Tetera Faulkner
  4. Sam Wykes (C)
  5. Brent Murphy
  6. Brynard Stander
  7. Richard Hardwick
  8. Ross Haylett-Petty
  9. Ian Prior
  10. Zack Holmes
  11. Marcel Blanche
  12. Kyle Godwin
  13. Junior Rosolea
  14. Luke Morahan
  15. Dane Haylett-Petty


16. Harry Scobie
17. Chris Heiberg
18. Oliver Hoskins
19. Kieran Stringer
20. Kane Koteka
21. Alex Rovira
22. Justin Turner
23. Dillyn Leyds
  1. Haydn Hirsimaki
  2. Ryan Freney
  3. Campbell Wakely
  4. Rubin Fuimaono
  5. Dan Gorman
  6. James Turner
  7. Beau Robinson (C)
  8. Ben Adams
  9. Sam Grasso
  10. Matt Brandon
  11. Giles Beveridge
  12. Sam Johnson
  13. Clynton Knox
  14. Tom Pincus
  15. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
16. Tonga Ma’afu
17. Will Slipper
18. Andrew Parker
19. Sam Fattal
20. Jack de Guingand
21. James Tuttle
22. Herman Porter
23.Rota Setu
 Coach: Foote/Wessels  Coach: Steve Meehan
 MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2014     Teams for Friday, Saturday & Monday not received yet
Kick-off 3:00pm Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
 Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Referees: Ed Martin, Dom McCarthy
  1. Paddy Ryan
  2. James Willan
  3. Laurie Weeks
  4. Andrew Leota
  5. Will Skelton
  6. Hugo Dessens
  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. Tom Coolican
17. Tom Robertson
18. Jeremy Tilse
19. Mathew Philip
20. Mitchell Whitely
21. Jock Merriman
22. Angus Roberts 23. Johnny Loseli
  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


  1. Michael Alaalatoa
  2. Ben Suisala
  3. Bill Johnston
  4. Richard Stanford
  5. Pauli Tuala
  6. Brendan McKibbin
  7. Apakuki Ma’afu
  8. Andrew Kellaway
 Coach: Chris Malone  Coach:
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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 Rd 6: Rays-Rams Derby Ends in Tense 34-all Draw

Posted by on 28th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Brendan Bradford – At times like this, when digesting a tense 34-all draw between the North Harbour Rays and Greater Sydney Rams, it’s best to reflect on the journey rather than the outcome. The old ‘a draw is like kissing your sister’ analogy was used five times in post-match interviews, but for a neutral, the eight try afternoon was something special. Each side had the game won at various points in the match with the Rays shooting out to a 24-0 lead before the Rams fought back to...

NRC: Flying Feltscheer Loving the NRC & Ready To Fleece the Rams

Posted by on 28th September, 2014 in Club Rugby, Rugby News | Comments Off

by Paul Cook - Sydney will host it’s second NRC derby match this afternoon when the North Harbour Rays take on the Greater Sydney Rams at Brookvale Oval. With the NSW Country Eagles representing the state as a whole, the Rays, Rams and Sydney Stars provide a three-way city rivalry that is unique to the competition and bragging rights are keenly sought. “We really want to be the dominant team in the Sydney area and they are our first real local rival that we play before we face the Stars in...

NRC Wk 6: Vikings Repelled As Rising Continue To Set the Pace

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

by Paul Cook - It needed a second half defensive masterclass to cement victory but an early blitzkrieg from table-topping Melbourne Rising proved enough for them to down Canberra Vikings 34-13 at AAMI Park last night. The competition pacesetters were at their devastating best in the opening quarter, building a 26-0 lead in only 25 minutes, in a manner that suggested it would be a long night for the Vikings. But a try to Robbie Coleman on the half hour reversed the momentum and saw the visitors...

NRC Wk 5: Rays’ Ward Off Perth’s Spirit To Claim Second Win

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

by Paul Cook - He’s known for his savage hits and brutal work rate but Sam Ward became a try-scoring hero last nght as his hat-trick helped the North Harbour Rays overcome Perth Spirit, 32-29, in a thrilling encounter at Brookvale Oval. A positive start from the Rays saw an early Harry Bergelin try give them the lead but Perth had played their way in by the end of the first quarter and two tries of their own looked to have earned them a half-time advantage until Ward came to the party for...

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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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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
ArgentinaVAustralia@TBC9:30am NSW Time

Bledisloe Cup

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
AustraliaVNew Zealand@Brisbane8:00pm NSW Time
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