From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
There has never been a rugby player even remotely like Tony O’Reilly.
Sonny Bill Williams has embarked on one of the most punishing training blocks of his celebrated sporting career in preparation for his seventh professional boxing bout next month.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika remains unfazed about the prospect of a mass exodus of stars after next year’s Rugby World Cup despite two more stalwarts having confirmed their departures.
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All Blacks great Dan Carter is poised to become the world’s highest-paid rugby player when he moves to France after next year’s Rugby World Cup on a three-year deal with Racing Metro.
Dual international Michael O’Connor has backed the Queensland Reds’ gamble on code-hopper Karmichael Hunt to spark them into Super Rugby title contention.
Former Wallabies captain, current Reds captain and Australian lock James Horwill has signed with English club Harlequins on a three-year deal that will start after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
All Black great Dan Carter is poised to announce details of a move abroad after next year’s Rugby World Cup.
Veteran Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper has ended the chase for his signature, announcing he will join French team Bordeaux on a two-year deal after next year’s World Cup.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will keep his job until the end of 2017 irrespective of how New Zealand’s title defence goes at next year’s World Cup.
As Australian Rugby Union hurtles towards replicating the Feudal system, taking money from the poor supporters to fund their rich quest for Wallabies supremacy, Welsh Rugby Union may have figurative blood on its hands.
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South Africa defended their title on home soil by beating current series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit on Sunday.
Australia will cllash with leaders Fiji in the quarter-finals of the South African round of the Sevens Rugby World Series.
Former NRL star Sam Burgess will make his first start for his English rugby union club Bath in Friday night’s European Champions Cup clash against Montpellier.
Queensland Reds and Wallabies fly half Quade Cooper has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2015, meaning he will be available for Australia at the Rugby World Cup.
World Cup-winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward is backing Sam Burgess to make a rapid transition to rugby union and secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.
Halfback Nic Stirzaker is a Melbourne Rebel until the end of 2017 after signing a new two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.
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France are in no better shape going into the 2015 Rugby World Cup than they were going into the last one.
G’day everybody, hope you are all doing well, and let me state officially what a privilege it is to have you all peruse my thoughts, from those who are new here like myself, and others who have been involved in our beautiful game for over forty years.
Ireland are in a good place for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Their pool is probably the easiest of the four, with two second-tier teams in Canada and Romania, while Italy and France are two of the most preferable top-tier teams.
Deep in the unknown stretches of the North Pole, Santa Claus was coming to his favourite part of the year.
Another four-year cycle will conclude in 2015 with the Rugby World Cup. For the three southern hemisphere teams, this always marks a time where their squads change due to the exodus of current players to foreign shores.
At the risk of sounding like a blinkered old man, the week before Christmas was always a great time for rugby players in the pre-professional era.
Rugby season for Australia is over, Christmas is approaching, and Scott Allen has retired… so it’s understandable that traffic on The Roar is trickling down into slender stream.
The ARU have decided to lump the everyday rugby player with a registration fee to help secure a bit of revenue. All I can say is, will someone think of the children?
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have something important thing to tell you. If you follow my game, rugby union, you will be part of the best thing ever.
At the end of the rugby season I find myself mentally fatigued and have come to realise the long season does have a timely break.
I’ve been busy this month. A little baby girl who was struggling to put on weight has been taking up all my attention.
A piece like this is subjective and guaranteed to spawn heated debate, but I tried to look at the players in world Test rugby who stood out, were consistent, played their positional requirements the best, and influenced games the most.
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In the aftermath of a poor End of Year Tour in 2014, former Bulls and current Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has nowhere to hide.
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It has been a sad few weeks for The Roar. The Wallabies let us down again on the end of year tour, and didn’t we know about it!
The second day of competition at the Rugby Sevens World Series in South Africa gets underway at Port Elizabeth with Australia set to face Fiji up first. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEDT).
Many people keenly await Sam Burgess’ first run-on start in rugby. Yet most pundits predict he will fail because he lacks the guile, the passing game and the speed to succeed as a rugby union centre.
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