From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.
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NSW Country Eagles and Melbourne Rising are the equal competition leaders after two rounds of the National Rugby Championship. The Eagles rose to the top courtesy of their impressive 37-13 win over Queensland Country on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and were joined on Sunday after Melbourne’s big win, 45-13 over the Sydney Stars.
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Brisbane City have come from behind to record an entertaining 26-21 victory over Perth Spirit in the second round of the National Rugby Championship.
In a 40-minute audition, powerful lock forward James Horwill has rammed home his claims for a Wallabies recall.
The Australian Rugby Union has revealed it has provided financial assistance to secure the services of crosscode star Karmichael Hunt.
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Bill Pulver and the ARU are to be commended for taking a more flexible attitude to Wallabies playing overseas.
Australia’s two Rugby World Cup-winning captains have praised the flexibility of the new player contracting system.
Australian rugby’s prodigal son has returned home with James O’Connor pledging to finally fulfil his potential at the Queensland Reds.
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Wallaby icon John Eales says the Australian Rugby Union’s adoption of an inclusion policy that takes a stand against homophobia represents a significant day in Australian and world sport.
The Queensland Reds are expected to announce Karmichael Hunt and James O’Connor as the newest additions to their playing list at the club’s gala ball in Brisbane on Friday night.
NBA podcaster Tom Read gave me the inspiration for this article when he tweeted that he was there in person to see Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point explosion at the 2012 London Olympics.
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The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, but not the hard-working types charged with asking and tackling the big questions every Friday. Despite no Test Rugby this weekend, Biltong, Digger and I still had plenty to talk about.
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Recall the stink the ex-Wallaby coach Robbie Deans caused when he overlooked first choice Quade Cooper for James O’Connor as fly-half against the Lions?
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Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill knows what he must improve but will play to his strengths in his audition for a cherished Test recall on Sunday.
The Wallabies might not have lost the likes of Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani or Nick Cummins if they’d allowed overseas sabbaticals sooner, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) boss Bill Pulver admits.
Canberra dusted off last round’s heartbreaking loss, scoring 29 unanswered points to down the Greater Sydney Rams 37-18 in the National Rugby Championship.
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The Argentinian Pumas remain an enigma of sorts in international rugby. Long ignored by the established rugby fraternity, they have finally been accepted into the big boys club yet are still a little unsure of how they exactly fit into the big picture.
The Sydney Stars are at home for the first time as they host a Melbourne Rising coming off a strong opening win in Melbourne. All the action kicks off from 3:00pm (AEST).
Next weekend’s Test against the Springboks is pivotal for the struggling Wallabies.
In rugby’s professional era, the hardest thing to do is win in New Zealand against the All Blacks. In fact, there are very few players still active in rugby who have done so.
Even McKenzie should have been dancing jigs as Michael Cheika developed his team through the winter. What an inheritance!
After last weekend’s debacle in Auckland, Wallabies supporters have had much to ponder. The All Blacks were outstanding to be sure, however the Wallaby effort was unacceptable on many levels.
Queensland Country hosts the NSW Country Eagles at Bond University on the Gold Coast today. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 3:00pm (AEST).
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Ok. The massive demolition in Auckland in Bledisloe 2 has all and sundry on the western side of the ditch in a huge lather. Hopeless team, hopeless players, hopeless coach. Please pick one or many of the above.
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For the past six years, I have booked a flight across the Tasman. I walked through New Zealand customs proudly wearing my Wallabies jersey.
After a slow start the University of Canberra Vikings produced a great comeback to triumph 37-18 and earn their first win of the inaugural National Rugby Championship season.
While there is a week off for the players, there is still plenty of much needed water-cooler rugby discussion to be had.
It is clear from the recent All Black demolition that Australia needs to try something a little different in order to salvage some pride from the third Bledisloe Test.
After an awe-inspiring victory at the fortress of Eden Park this past Saturday night the question has to be asked, where do the All Blacks rank among the greatest sporting teams in the world?
MATCH RESULT: Well a Butler double is enough to see the Vikings get home 37-18 against the Rams.
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The 51-20 hammering of the Wallabies at Eden Park by the All Blacks was a new points record for the All Blacks against the Wallabies.
How much difference one week can make. The All Blacks demolished the Wallabies on Saturday, in the second Bledisloe Cup game, ending the battle for the covered trophy for yet another year.
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