From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
When I heard about Di Patston and Kurtley Beale’s argument on the plane, my initial thought was that it had to be a storm in a teacup.
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Backrower Matt Hodgson has been named captain of the Wallabies side to play the Barbarians in their end of year tour match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
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Brisbane City might be without Quade Cooper, but it hasn’t stopped them from naming a strong team to take on the Perth Spirit in the NRC Final.
Perth Spirit have named the same 23 players that the defeated Melbourne Rising last week for the National Rugby Championship final at Ballymore against Brisbane City this weekend.
The Barbarians have named their team to play the Wallabies this Sunday morning, with Australia’s Nick Cummins included alongside New Zealanders Tim Nanai-Williams, Colin Slade, Matt Todd and Adam Thomson.
Will Genia is keen to make the most of a fresh start under Michael Cheika by reclaiming his Wallabies starting spot and possibly rekindling his Test combination with Quade Cooper.
Will Genia remains open to the prospect of linking up with Sam Burgess at Bath next season but it won’t distract him from his Wallabies spring tour duties.
The ‘Honey Badger’ has adapted well to his new Japanese surroundings but Nick Cummins isn’t giving up on a possible return to Super Rugby he hopes could revive his World Cup dream.
Brisbane City’s hopes of claiming the inaugural National Rugby Championship title has received a major boost with gun halfback Nick Frisby shrugging off injury to play Perth Spirit on Saturday night.
When Robbie Deans was shown the door after the British and Irish Lions series in 2013, Ewen McKenzie had two weeks with the Wallabies squad to introduce his style of game before the first Bledisloe Cup match.
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When will the rugby stone-throwing in glass houses fraternity realise nothing is ever set in concrete within the 15-man code?
Halfback Nick Phipps has passionately denied a culture of misogyny exists in the Wallabies as the fallout from the Kurtley Beale text message scandal continues.
Get down the track and put the spinners off their game.
Wales coach Rob Howley fully expects his team to face Australia’s tried and tested quality when the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool rivals clash in Cardiff next week.
Wallabies prop Pek Cowan says his burning desire to see the Western Force taste long-overdue success was his major reason behind re-signing with the Super Rugby franchise for a further two years.
Gai Waterhouse has withdrawn The Offer from the 2014 Melbourne Cup. The one-time favourite was her only horse on the 40-strong list of second acceptances.
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With the 2014 ABSA Currie Cup done and dusted following the coronation of DHL Western Province, we Springbok fans find ourselves with some time on our hands.
Are you sick of off-field dramas, colleagues sticking it to each to other, instead of their opponents? Tired of penalty kicks and lingering scrum resets? Then the NRC is for you!
With a tumultuous couple of weeks behind us, I wanted to try and discuss the future of Australian rugby.
The NRC is a lot better than its critics have given it credit for.
“Rugby touring is a lot like sex – when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s not good… Well, it’s still pretty darn good.”
After a few weeks off, the Wallabies are back in action early Sunday morning (Australian time) to take on a formidable Barbarians team laden with All Blacks, Springboks and of course former Wallaby Nick Cummins.
In High Fidelity, the character Barry asks Rob for the top five musical crimes perpetrated by Stevie Wonder, with a sub-question whether it was unfair to criticise a formerly great artist for his latter day sins.
It is time to brainstorm the options of a coach who has just taken over the national team on a spring tour.
Johnny Wilkinson kicked. He kicked me in the heart and kicked the Wallabies out of the 2003 World Cup.
Following the post-game performance of the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup game in Brisbane, I would say the team are not even on the same page as their supporters.
It seems with all the events of late, the Australian supporters have been distracted and have found it difficult to think about on-field rugby.
Heyneke Meyer has announced his Springbok squad for the November tour.
“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” Buddha
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I suspect this will be my last appearance on The Roar. I might pop in to read Brett McKay’s pieces on the NRC from time to time but the actions of Australian rugby leaders over recent weeks has left me completely cold to the upper echelons of the game.
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The decision not to tear up Kurtley Beale’s contract has shocked and divided the rugby community judging by comments on various rugby forums, including right here on The Roar.
With Australian rugby lurching through one of its lowest ever periods, and the Kurtley Beale code of conduct hearing throwing up as many new questions as answers, focus from media and fans is increasingly turning towards Australian Rugby CEO Bill Pulver.
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