From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
All James O’Connor had to do on his return to Australia was stand up, be counted, and pack his bags for the Rugby Championship, and the Rugby World Cup. Not any more.
Saturday’s rematch of last year’s Super Rugby final between the Crusaders and the Waratahs promises to be the match of the round.
Tempers have flared at Western Force training this week, and coach Michael Foley couldn’t be happier.
The NSW Waratahs are wary of a vengeful and surging Crusaders side heading into Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash.
Providing the grunt for a charge to the Super Rugby playoffs has priority over any All Blacks ambitions for Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst.
A horror James O’Connor error allowed the Sharks to break a six-match Super Rugby losing streak with a 21-14 victory over the Queensland Reds on Friday night.
We all knew Round 14 would be decided by the first game, and it was indeed a close-run thing.
Yesterday, Spiro Zavos wrote ‘Rugby needs better refereeing, not more referees’. Spiro was answering Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham’s ridiculous suggestion rugby should follow the NRL’s two-refs per game policy.
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Western Force winger Nick Cummins admits he needs more of the “seed” if he is to lock down a World Cup berth, and he knows time is of the essence.
The Melbourne Rebels have continued to plunder the ranks of the Queensland Reds, signing hooker James Hanson.
Bouncing back with a win after your character has been publicly questioned is easy.
One of my favourite sayings about stats – and my apologies for not knowing its origin – is: “Statistics are like bikinis – what they show is interesting, but what they hide is crucial.”
Stephen Larkham was a great rugby player and is making a decent fist of coaching the Brumbies, but his advocacy of a two-referee system for rugby, similar to that used in the NRL, is perplexing and worrying. And it is wrong.
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It’s just over a year until the Rio Olympics, when rugby takes a momentous leap into the future, with Sevens featuring for the first time.
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The Chiefs’ injury roster might be mounting by the week, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be reckless in rushing back players before they’re ready, assistant coach Andrew Strawbridge says.
The Australian Rugby Union is encouraging fans, players and stakeholders to join the conversation on the future of the game by completing The Australian Rugby Survey.
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It is with mixed feelings that I prepare to head to ANZ stadium on Saturday night to watch my beloved Waratahs take on the mighty Crusaders.
For both the Reds and the Sharks the finals are out of the question, but pride is still on the line. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm (AEST).
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The race to the Super Rugby finals is heating up and with both the Chiefs and Bulls in contention a hard-fought contest is guaranteed. Join us for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).
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Today we compare Wallabies-Ireland in 2013 versus 2014. We also included cheerleaders, whose presence is unanimously agreed by the panel and should be added into the rulebook somewhere.
To finish your playing career with a title is the greatest way to bow out.
I am writing this article because I’d like to see what Roarers’ input is on the Wallabies back-row and what combinations are possible.
Following on from Digger’s topical article last week about the All Blacks’ World Cup selections I want to discuss what kind of game the All Blacks could be expected to play. This will determine the kind of players they’ll be looking to fill those spots outside the starting XV.
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Most of us shout at our TV screen, usually at the referee. But sometimes it’s at a player, and not at an opposition player – one of our own.
In September 1939, both France and the UK declared war on Germany two days after the invasion of Poland. There followed a period of inaction on the continent that came to be known as the Phoney War.
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We hear a lot about refereeing errors leading to results that could or should have been different, but who is making the biggest noise? And, is the noise justified?
With four rounds to play in the regular Super Rugby season it is clear that the competition is still very much open.
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Darwinism was particularly cruel to the unviables this weekend, and even some of the more advanced rugby species saw their habitats shrink. Slipping around in the gore looking for a pattern was tough, but I found one.
It was another fantastic week of rugby. It started with the Blues, despite being undermanned, showing how tough a nut they are to crack at Eden Park.
Here are the four Wallaby form teams after Round 14.
For the second week in a row the Hurricanes were unable to unlock the free flowing game so loved by their supporters but, perhaps more satisfyingly, they were still able to grind out a narrow, hard fought win, 22-18 against the Chiefs.
Here are my player ratings from Round 14 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity AND so that the focus is on the best and worst performers.
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