From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Wallaby coach Robbie Deans may well be forced to select his nemesis Quade Cooper in the final six squad berths to meet the Lions – whether he wants to or not.
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When I read this story I confess, I sat for a bit, amazed. Stunned at the revelations it made.
Japan-bound Wallabies veteran Radike Samo is poised to return to the Queensland pack as the Reds aim to break down the strong Stormers defence in Cape Town on Sunday morning (AEST).
Preview of Super Rugby round 15 matches (all times AEST).
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan says the NRL’s move to tweak their video refereeing procedure this season has been a positive one and it’s something Super Rugby could learn from.
The Melbourne Rebels had a minor win over the NSW Waratahs in re-signing young forward Luke Jones but they are eyeing a much bigger prize at AAMI Park on Friday night.
SANZAR has brought a misconduct complaint against Blues assistant coach Sir Graham Henry following his provocative criticism of Super Rugby match officials.
It’s taken a dozen rounds, but Matt Lucas has at last been promoted to Waratahs starting half-back, and will now figure in Wallaby calculations for June 11.
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Wallabies great Andrew Slack believes Robbie Deans should be honest and explain that Quade Cooper’s controversial omission from his Test squad is due to last year’s “toxic” outburst.
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Ewen McKenzie has created the rugby quote of the week - make that the quote of the season – with his accusation that the Super Rugby television match officials (TMO) are “pulling camera angles out of their bum”.
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Anointed Wallabies playmaker James O’Connor remains sidelined and will have just one match in six weeks under his belt heading into the blockbuster British and Irish Lions series.
SANZAR is considering sanctions against Blues assistant coach Sir Graham Henry following provocative criticism of match officials.
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The only Australian derby of Round 15 takes place tonight at AAMI Park as the Rebels host the Waratahs. Join us here from 7.40pm AEST for the live blog and score updates.
It’s first versus second in the New Zealand Conference this evening with the Chiefs hosting the Crusaders. We’ll have live scores from 5.35pm AEST.
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The 2009 Lions pack saw a number of Gatland’s favourites selected, and the repercussions were immediate and devastating. The composition of the pack for the first Test was hideously unbalanced, and the forwards were duly battered by the Boks.
A recent thread on this forum, regarding the possibility of one or two of the midweek provincial teams giving the Lions a hard time, touched on the subject of infamous pieces of past thuggery.
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Saracens have a reputation for taking waifs and strays in off the street, turning them into top-line performers, and putting them out to play on their new plastic pitch.
This June, most of rugby’s attention will be down under in Australia, but let’s not forget that there are international rugby Tests being played all around the world.
What’s going to happen in Super Rugby this weekend? I’m not sure. But I’ve got a couple of ideas.
The forward pass or knock on law is in reality not a complicated one, so you might ask why there is such controversy about when a ball is passed forward or not.
It’s been a depressing week for Australian rugby. A once in 12 year opportunity to showcase our sport has been dealt a huge blow with the selection of a squad that appears set to play a brand of rugby that won’t attract new fans to the game.
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Which teams are still able to win the Super Rugby competition and what do they need to do to get there?
The 1939/40 Wallaby tour to the northern hemisphere was conceived on a scale so grand never before seen nor considered since. The 28 match, four Test tour of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland was only part of this grand adventure.
I write to Bill Pulver, Robbie Deans, and co, as a disgruntled supporter who is fed up with bureaucracy evident in your organisation over the last five years.
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