Posts Tagged "Rugby Union"

As the match between the touring New Zealand rugby team and New South Wales at the Sydney Sports Ground was nearing its end on August 5, 1914, an attendant at the scoreboard posted the frightening message under the scoreline ‘War Declared’.

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New Zealand is a protectionist rugby state. With its streamlined pyramid tapering to All Black success at its pinnacle, the wastage of both manpower and intellectual property is minimal.

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Before the last World Cup, Israel Folau had been lacking the x-factor he originally displayed, and the higher echelons of rugby had to defend him vigorously. But now, it’s all beginning to unravel.

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The Wallabies and Wallaroos are set to feature in historic back-to-back rugby Test double-headers against New Zealand in Sydney and Auckland in August.

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We’re at the midpoint of the Super Rugby season. Following popular demand after reviewing teams one month after making the pre-season predictions, it’s time to pass judgement once again.

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With Test season approaching, and the Super Rugby season advanced enough to render statistics meaningful, let’s look at our heavy tacklers’ efficacy.

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Is Australian Rugby going through another annus horribilis? I say another because 2017 was pretty darn bad.

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In early 2000 I migrated to Australia determined to give my young family a better life. What struck me about our newly adopted country was the sheer numbers of kids playing sport and, coming from the UK, I’d never seen anything to compare.

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The sage Marge Simpson once told her husband, “Please don’t make me choose between my man and my god, because you just can’t win.”

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New Zealand rugby fans who have been agitating for over 30 years for the return of former All Blacks captain Buck Shelford finally had their wish granted when a fit looking Shelford delivered an Anzac Day remembrance ode to kick off week ten Super Rugby action.

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The kindest thing that can be said about the Waratahs’ 29-0 loss to the Lions, at their Sydney Allianz Stadium “fortress” (sigh!), is that they were so inept at the basic skills of attacking rugby they were lucky to get zero points.

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For the majority of this decade now, the Red in Queensland Reds stands for ugly losses.

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Argentina’s Jaguares have completed Australia’s round of Super Rugby misery with a 25-20 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

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An interesting round of Super Rugby is almost at a close and there’s been a lot to talk about. So let’s dive in and get chatting.

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Match result: Argentina’s Jaguares have completed Australia’s round of Super Rugby misery with a 25-20 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

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Don Bradman made the most famous duck in Test cricket history 70 years ago when all he needed was four runs to finish his stellar career with an average of 100.

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The Australian Conference leaders the Waratahs have crashed back to earth with a thud.

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Former Wallabies centre Rob Horne has been forced to retire from rugby after suffering an arm injury while playing for Northampton Saints in the UK Premiership.

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The Sharks and Stormers will both look to reverse their fortunes and keep in touch with the top of the South African conference when they clash in Round 10. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:15am (AEST).

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The Bulls hosts the Rebels at Loftus Versfeld. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 11:05pm (AEST).

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