Posts Tagged "The Rugby Championship"
The Lions tour is the second biggest event in the rugby union world, just after the Rugby World Cup in importance.
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If you were at the Millenium Stadium yesterday, or if you watched the game on TV from a respectable distance, it should not have gone unnoticed to you the way Los Pumas disposed of the Dragons – Argentina winning 26-12.
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During this week’s session with my touch team (yes it may have taken place in the local pub instead of the field), I got to talking to one of my team mates who had just returned from a three year stint playing for a UK rugby club.
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As many of you fellow Roarers would know, I have been highly critical of Robbie Deans when it has come to his handling of the All Blacks.
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I love the Roar, and I am one of its most avid fans. But if you look at much of the reader contribution, you see that there is article after article about who should be Australia’s No 10
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Rugby is often described as ‘a game for the purists’, often by non-purists, to be fair. It’s described this way mainly as a nod to the long-held belief/disparagement that to truly enjoy the game, you had to have played it yourself at some point.
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To all those Wallaby supporters who listened and believed in the juvenile rants of Quade Cooper about the ‘toxic environment’ of the Wallabies and the carping criticism of coach Robbie Deans from journalists, the lesson for contemplation after the gutsy win over the Pumas is the Biblical injunction: ‘Oh ye of little faith’.
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This morning Wallabies take on Argentina, in Rosario at 10am AEST, in the final round of the inaugural Rugby Championship. Join us here for live scores, commentary and banter during the match!
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This weekend brings great opportunity for the Wallabies. No longer favourites and with an extraordinary injury toll, they travel to a venue none of them have played in before to face a rising opposition.
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In these times of looking for crumbs of comfort be glad the Wallabies managed to pull the Gold Coast Test against Argentina out of the fire, because things could have been a lot worse.
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The world champion All Blacks woke from their slumber to produce a devastating performance, trouncing the Pumas 54-15 in near perfect conditions at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.
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Wallaby Michael Hooper may not have helped his team win against South Africa but the young flanker won plenty of kudos for his tireless tackling in their Rugby Championship clash.
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The starting Wallabies XV for the most recent South African Test match was the following:
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Any way you look at it, the Wallabies were totally outclassed by a bigger, hungrier side.
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Watching the All Blacks go through the paces against Argentina on Sunday in La Plata, this column was reminded (for those who don’t know) Samoa has beaten Argentina three times in four Test matches, including a 28-12 drubbing in Buenos Aires in 2005.
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Ernest Hemingway won the Nobel Prize for Literature for the quality of his writing and his dominant theme about the invincibility of the human spirit which was summed up in the aphorism: Man can be defeated but not destroyed.
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After watching last night’s performance of the Springboks versus the Wallabies my thoughts go back to the past seven Springbok Test matches.
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The All Blacks take on Los Pumas at the ominously named Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, 9am Sunday morning AEST.
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Tonight, the Wallabies take on the Springboks in Pretoria at 1am AEST. Join us on The Roar for all the live blog, scores, updates and commentary.
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Quade Cooper’s comments on Thursday evening about rugby “destroying” him sounded like Dennis Denuto, the inept lawyer from The Castle, pleading his case.
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