From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Another decent round of tipping for Round 10, with fives and sixes everywhere. Our universal selection of the Sharks as our Powerplays went well, too, thankfully.
The Blues’ chances of a season turnaround against the NSW Waratahs may depend largely on two lightly-framed Super Rugby rookie playmakers who expect to be targeted in defence.
On paper, the Bulls are wounded, weary, and ripe for the picking. But with legendary lock Victor Matfield set to fill in as captain, the Western Force are on alert heading into Saturday’s Super Rugby clash in Perth.
Being runaway A-League ladder leaders was “boring”, according to Brisbane playmaker Thomas Broich.
Kurtley Beale has challenged the NSW Waratahs’ star-studded backs to finally deliver a polished performance and put the Blues to the sword in Friday’s Super Rugby showdown in Auckland.
Christian Lealiifano is a big game player. That’s why the Brumbies have given him the No.12 jersey and dropped the in-form Pat McCabe for Friday’s Super Rugby grand final rematch against the Chiefs in Canberra.
Wallabies rookie Chris Feauai-Sautia must contain the player he hopes to emulate after being thrown into a sideline Super Rugby stoush with All Blacks star Julian Savea.
We’ll bring you all the teams named for each and every week of Super Rugby, right here on The Roar. We’ll be updating them live as soon as they come in.
This week on The Roar Rugby Show I’ll look at: How the table positions are shaping up as we enter the second half of Super Rugby 2014
Few players in Queensland rugby’s 132-year history have bled more Red than inspirational skipper James Horwill.
Wallabies flyhalf great Stephen Larkham admits he’s very surprised the Benji Marshall experiment is already over.
The NSW Waratahs are wary of the emotional charge that Piri Weepu’s comeback from heart surgery will provide the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day showdown at Eden Park.
The NSW Waratahs are unconcerned that injured playmaker Kurtley Beale may not train this week before tackling the Blues in Super Rugby’s Anzac Day blockbuster at Eden Park.
The Queensland Reds will draw on their 2012 heroics as the catalyst to reviving their Super Rugby campaign.
Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are biding their time on the bench in episode 36 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
Western Force prop Kieran Longbottom knows he and his fellow heavyweights can’t afford another “off week” when they confront the Bulls in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash in Perth.
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The Brumbies host the Chiefs on Anzac Day in what promises to be one of the defining matches of the 2014 Super Rugby season. Join The Roar for live scores and banter from 5:30pm AEST.
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The Blues host the Waratahs in a crucial Anzac day match in Round 11 of Super Rugby. Join The Roar for commentary, live scores and to have your say on the blog from 5.30pm AEST.
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This weekend sees two titanic clashes as the last ever Heineken Cup gets down to the final four.
After a few weeks I thought it was time to move my series on the best Super Rugby franchises along and move onto the best Super Rugby sides from each of the participating countries.
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Just a quick update on the Australian Provincial Rugby Championship (APRC) – the head-to-head, Australian teams-only competition run under the cover of Super Rugby.
Congratulations! You have just been appointed recruitment manager for Argentina’s Super Rugby franchise. The owner has charged you with finding (or poaching if you prefer) 15 recruits to bolster the squad for their inaugural season.
We’re getting to the pointy end of this year’s RaboDirect Pro12 tournament, with only two matches to play before the top four square off in the semi-finals. The current top four are Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Glasgow.
The plethora of players within New Zealand rugby has been well documented in recent years. It is a source of pride among many Kiwis.
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At the beginning of the Super Rugby season, the Sharks unveiled their promotional video for all to see.
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We parrot. We repeat. We regurgitate received wisdom. This causes mythologies to develop, myths that make us feel wise.
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In Monday’s Australian, Bret Harris quoted an unnamed Australian rugby CEO saying the ARU had to be prepared let South Africa and New Zealand go “if a thorough cost analysis demonstrated that expanding to a 17 or 18-team Super Rugby competition would imperil the financial viability of the professional game in Australia.”
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The object of any game is to win. Scores may or may not be remembered in a win, but the fact that a win was chalked up is – even if it’s the tough, boring and broken play of the ‘ugly win’.
‘Reading the game’ is not a rugby term used in the press and said by commentators to fill word count and dead air. It is a serious and very important part of the game, and an ability that some players lack.
In the comments below my piece on the best Waratahs XV of the Super Rugby era, fellow Roarer Magic Sponge commented, “That is a crap NSW team and a brilliant Hurricane team. Hurricanes would beat that NSW team by about 30 points.”
As the Super 15 season surges along and the Test window draws ever closer, all rugby fans inevitably begin to pick their personal first XVs.
Not many Australian players in were action this weekend which is as it should be. We’ve all got better things to do over Easter than watch rugby, right? Like queuing in traffic and rationing chocolate.
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