Posts Tagged "Wallabies"

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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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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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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Finding 110-120kg athletes who have superb balance and eye-to-hand coordination, are nearly two metres tall, can run explosively over 20-40 metres, and who have the physicality and mental attitude required for collision sports is a difficult task.

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As we progress further into Super Rugby season, here are a few questions for Michael Cheika and his staff concerning the Wallabies.

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What has happened to Israel Folau indicates that the inclusion and diversity programs run by Qantas and Rugby Australia seem to be, to coin a Trumpsim, ‘fake’ initiatives.

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The new cricket broadcast deal has left a reported $100 million on the table between Channel Nine and Ten, and Rugby Australia must try and grab as much of it as possible.

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NSW Waratahs and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper says embattled teammate Israel Folau is in a positive headspace despite being engulfed in a storm of controversy.

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With the June Tests coming up sooner than we realise, and the World Cup just around the corner next year, here are five questsions Rugby Australia should be asking Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

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Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts have provided the NSW Waratahs with a “teaching tool” to educate players about online conduct, says coach Daryl Gibson.

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Israel Folau has met with Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle and her NSW Rugby counterpart Andrew Hore, and while he hasn’t been issued with any sanction, the Wallabies star has given no clear commitment to stop his comments demonising gay people.

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He’s been able to answer most of the on-field questions posed by opponents, but now Israel Folau must answer to his off-field bosses.

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Australia’s highest-profile player sparked social media outrage on Wednesday when he said gay people were headed to “HELL … Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God” in response to a question on Instagram.

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Australia is known for its stunning beaches, cricket, it’s deadly animals, multiculturalism and rugby, but unfortunately we aren’t performing in one of these key things that have our great country recognised around the world.

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The golden rule for selecting Test squads that will win rugby tournaments, especially the Rugby World Cup tournament, is to always put some growth into them.

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Playing against David Pocock is a lot less fun than playing alongside him, according to long-standing Test teammate Rob Simmons, who faces the prospect of lining up against the champion back-rower in his comeback game.

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Rugby Australia has started marketing the mouth-watering June Test series of the Wallabies against the Six Nations Grand Slam champions Ireland with the battle cry, “Our Blood Runs Gold.”

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Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Israel Folau and third-string halfback Mitch Short inspired a Waratahs comeback against the Rebels at Allianz Stadium yesterday that made Lazarus look like a hack.

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Wallabies ace Israel Folau is refusing to rule out another code switch as he weighs up his future after six seasons in rugby.

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The Queensland Reds have re-signed prop Taniela Tupou for the next two Super Rugby seasons.

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