ARU rejects Roy Morgan report on rugby participation

The Australian Rugby Union has rejected the research findings recently published by Roy Morgan on the number of ‘active participants’ in the sport of Rugby in Australia. The report claimed that Rugby’s active participants (aged 14+) had dropped

Ultimate Guide to the 2017 Shute Shield season

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Penrith Last year: 12th (0 wins, 4pts) After a disappointing 2016 season, former Wallaby Julian Huxley has taken the reigns at Penrith and has gone back to basics in an attempt to rebuild the Emus into a competitive Shute Shield force. While Huxley&#

2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Sydney University

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Sydney Uni claimed the minor premiership last year and looked on track to take another trophy back to Camperdown, before they were ambushed by Northern Suburbs and a few thousand screaming fans in last year’s decider. While Tom Carter’s playing f

2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Penrith

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After a disappointing 2016 season, former Wallaby Julian Huxley has taken the reigns at Penrith and has gone back to basics in an attempt to rebuild the Emus into a competitive Shute Shield force. While Huxley’s experience will be vital, perha

2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Northern Suburbs

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Northern Suburbs shocked the entire competition last year when they broke a 41-year premiership drought in front of more than 11,000 fans at North Sydney Oval. Led by newly appointed Australian U20s coach Simon Cron, the Shoreman will have a target

2017 Shute Shield Season Preview: Manly

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After falling just short of claiming a drought breaking premiership in 2015, Manly struggled to adjust to life without stars Matt Lucas, Reece Hodge, Dave Porecki and Ed Gower last year and missed the playoffs for the first time in a number of year

Roy Morgan report claims Australian rugby participation rate has dropped 63%

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An external report published by Roy Morgan claims that regular participation in rugby union in Australia has decreased by 63% since 2001, placing the 15-man game below ballroom dancing, squash and ten-pin bowling in terms of regular participants. Wh

ARU set to trial ‘Blue Card’ system to prevent long term head injuries

The ARU will trial a ‘Blue Card’ system in the ACT and Newcastle competitions in the coming weeks as the code continues to step up its efforts in the management of concussion. The Blue Card initiative gives the on-field referee authority to issue

Gibson makes wholesale changes to Waratahs team for Rebels clash

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NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has named a new look side to play the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night after a disappointing start to the Super Rugby season. The Waratahs have won just one of their first four matches but are expected to welcome back

NSW U20s announce team for must-win Super 20s clash against Rebels

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Photo: QRU Media – Meggie Whitchurch. NSW U20s coach Pat McCutcheon has named an unchanged team to face the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night but the coach is expecting a very different performance from his side. The young Waratahs
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