Posts Tagged "Super Rugby"

The Australian Rugby Union’s rejection of billionaire Andrew Forrest’s $50 million offer to save the Western Force was a backflip that came weeks after it told him such a figure would save the club, a Senate inquiry has heard.

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With former Western Force coach Dave Wessels on board, the Melbourne Rebels are hoping the combined knowledge and talent of two success-starved Super Rugby clubs means a change in fortune next year.

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It is the modern way that in big matches, across all codes, the winning team rushes to embrace each other at match end, to share in the spoils of victory, leaving the handshakes and acknowledgement of the opposition to later.

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One less Super Rugby team, three new coaches and a departing CEO – Australian rugby is a wild workplace when David Pocock takes annual leave.

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Queensland Rugby Union boss Richard Barker’s gut instinct is that new coach Brad Thorn is the man to stop the rot at the Reds.

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Brad Thorn has been confirmed as the new coach of Super Rugby club Queensland, replacing the sacked Nick Stiles.

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It is an age of turmoil for Australian rugby.

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New Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels is convinced Australian rugby is heading towards a golden era despite the game’s recent woes.

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The Queensland Reds are apparently replacing Nick Stiles as head coach, and if they do, it would be just the latest in a long line of serious blunders from the struggling franchise.

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Dave Wessels’ decision to remain in Australia and coach the Melbourne Rebels shows the measure of the great man that he is, and should put him front and centre to succeed Michael Cheika as Wallabies coach.

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The Queensland Reds have reportedly made the decision to sack head coach Nick Stiles after less than two years in the job.

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The Melbourne Rebels have got their man, signing the in-demand David Wessels as coach for the next two seasons.

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In the aftermath of the ARU’s decision to ‘discontinue’ the Western Force from Super Rugby, and Andrew Forrest’s promise to establish an Indo-Pacific rugby competition while also supporting the NRC, concerns have been raised.

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Let me attempt to draw some kind of parallel between Donald Trump’s diplomacy at the UN and Jordan Uelese’s Wallabies future.

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ARU boss Bill Pulver has welcomed the return of home-and-away derbies, as Japan’s Sunwolves replace the Western Force in Australia’s conference for the revamped Super Rugby competition.

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Already, there’s plenty of talk about the Brumbies having one of the better Super Rugby forward packs in Australia next season, with their announcement this week that they have snared rampaging ex-Western Force No.8 Isi Naisarani.

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The Melbourne Rebels received up to double the funding of the Western Force in the years leading up to the latter’s axing from the Super Rugby competition, a Senate hearing has heard.

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Fijian back-rower Isi Naisarani has continued the exodus from the Western Force after the Perth club was axed from Super Rugby.

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Like my first car, a tank-like blue Humber 80, Saturday night’s Canberra Test match took a long time to warm up, and even after it did, isolated spurts of smooth passage were punctuated by misfires and bunny hops along the way.

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Andrew Forrest has announced his plan for the much-hyped Indo-Pacific Rugby Championship, and things are looking promising.

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