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Wallabies named for Tokyo Bledisloe

Tuesday October 27, 2009 by  

There are four personnel changes and one positional alteration in the Wallabies starting side that has been named today for Saturday’s historic Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Japan.

Wingers Digby Ioane and Peter Hynes, centre Ryan Cross and No 8 Wycliff Palu are the new faces from the run on combination which lost the closing Tri Nations match in New Zealand last month.

Adam Ashley Cooper has reverted from centre to fullback in the place of James O’Connor.

O’Connor is listed among the run on reserves, alongside George Smith. Matt Dunning also makes his return from injury among the substitutes. He and Ioane, who have both been sidelined by injury this year, have not featured for Australia since last year’s Spring Tour of Europe. Read more

Genia re-signs with Australian Rugby

Friday October 23, 2009 by  

Wallabies halfback Will Genia has re-signed with Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds for a further two years.

The 21-year-old made his Test debut as a replacement against the All Blacks in the opening Bledisloe Cup match of this year’s series.

He now has six Test caps, including the last two as the starting No.9, and flies out tonight for the Wallabies’ end-of-season Spring Tour to Japan and Europe.

“It’s been a rapid rise for me this year but I certainly haven’t taken any of it for granted,” Genia said. Read more

Giteau wins 2009 Eales Medal

Thursday October 22, 2009 by  

Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau has won the 2009 John Eales Medal, only the second back to claim the honour in the award’s eight-year history, replicating the success of former Test fullback Chris Latham in 2006.

The winner of the John Eales Medal, the most prestigious individual award in Australian Rugby, is determined by the votes cast by Wallabies players on a 3-2-1 basis after each Test.

The top five in the voting for this year – taking in all Tests from the start of the 2008 Spring Tour to Europe until the end of the 2009 Tri Nations series last month – were: Read more

Queensland Reds confirm pre-season trials

Thursday October 22, 2009 by  

The Queensland Reds will kick off their 2010 pre-season campaign with a trial match against the Waratahs at Lismore in northern NSW, before hosting the Crusaders at Ballymore a week later.

Reds Head Coach Ewen McKenzie said the match against the Waratahs on Saturday, January 23, will provide the first opportunity for players to press their claims in 2010.

“That could include some of the guys from the QAS Reds Academy, if they do well in pre-season training,” McKenzie said.

“We need to create a competitive environment and with the bunch of good young players we’ve got coming through, I think we’ve got the ingredients for that.” Read more

Wallabies to play Cardiff

Monday October 19, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has confirmed the Wallabies will play Cardiff Blues on Tuesday, November 24, as part of a challenging seven-match campaign on their upcoming Spring Tour.

The midweek fixture at the new 27,000-capacity Cardiff City Stadium will fall between the Test against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, 21 November, and the showdown with Wales at Millennium Stadium on Saturday, November 28.

The game will also deliver the Wallabies an opportunity to create a significant footnote in history.

Amazingly, in six previous attempts on tour – dating back to the first ever Wallabies in 1908 – no Australian team has ever beaten Cardiff. Read more

Sharpe aiming for round one return

Friday October 16, 2009 by  

Western Force captain Nathan Sharpe is hoping to be fit for the blockbuster Super 14 2010 season-opener against the Brumbies after undergoing surgery on his shoulder earlier this week.

Initial reports suggested Sharpe may have needed a full reconstruction, but the 79-Test Wallaby avoided that result after the shoulder was found to be in better condition than first thought.

Western Force Doctor Mark De Cruz said Sharpe would not be too far away from contact work.

“Fortunately, the damage to Nathan’s shoulder wasn’t as severe as expected, so it did not require a full reconstruction,” De Cruz said. Read more

Rugby returns to Olympic fold

Saturday October 10, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has welcomed the historic decision by the International Olympic Committee to return Rugby to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The IOC members, meeting in Copenhagen, voted overwhelmingly 81 to eight in support of Rugby Sevens after the code was one of two recommended by the Executive Board for inclusion in Brazil.

Golf was also accepted into the Games with a supporting vote of 63 to 27.

“This is a wonderful moment for our game, and a momentous decision by the IOC,” said ARU Managing Director and CEO John O’Neill. Read more

Brumbies finalise Pre-season matches

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

The Brumbies will play two pre-season matches in the lead-up to the 2010 Super 14 season.

The ACT-based side’s pre-season schedule will feature matches against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday, January 29 before returning to Canberra to front the Waratahs at Viking Park on Thursday, February 4.

The match against the Waratahs is also expected to signal the return of the ACT’s Wallaby contingent as well as being Canberra’s first opportunity to see new recruits Matt Giteau, Rocky Elsom and Josh Valentine in Brumbies’ colours for the 2010 season.

The Brumbies have held annual pre-season fixtures against the Hurricanes since 2004, with the Brumbies winning the 2009 pre-season fixture 28-14 at Canberra Stadium. Read more

McKenzie new Reds head coach

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

Queensland Rugby today announced the appointment of internationally experienced coach and World Cup winning former Wallaby prop Ewen McKenzie as Head Coach of the Queensland Reds for the next three years.

QRU Chairman Rod McCall said McKenzie, 44, was selected following a thorough evaluation process and emerged as the most outstanding candidate for the role.

After serving as an Assistant Coach at state and Wallaby level, McKenzie took over as Head Coach of the NSW Waratahs and took them to the finals in three of his five years in the role. He recently returned to Australia after a stint as Head Coach of French club Stade Francais.

“Ewen has a proven track record as a Head Coach and as someone who can deliver a quality rugby program. He also gets results,” said Mr McCall. Read more

Waratahs to start in Lismore and Orange

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

NSW Rugby has again committed to taking the Waratahs to the people of New South Wales with the release of the team’s pre-season schedule ahead of the 2010 Super 14.

The Waratahs will play their first match for 2010 against the Queensland Reds in Lismore on the far north coast of New South Wales, before venturing to Orange in the central west of the state to play the Fiji Warriors.

The third and final trial will see the team travel to Canberra to play the Brumbies at Viking Park, nine days before the first match of the Super 14 against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Waratahs were undefeated in trials against the same three teams in 2009, providing the perfect springboard into the Super 14 which saw the side go undefeated through the first four rounds. Read more