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Rebels fall late to Waratahs

Friday March 24, 2017 by  

The New South Wales Waratahs have reclaimed the Weary Dunlop Shield with a thrilling 32-25 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

The visitors secured the come from behind victory on the stroke of fulltime when inside centre David Horwitz scored in the 80th minute to seal the remarkable win after trailing by 19 points at half-time.

The Waratahs capitalised on a depleted Rebels with 26 unanswered second-half points after the hosts lost hooker James Hanson, who was celebrating his 100th Super Rugby game, along with locks Culum Retallick and debutant Dominic Day to concussion. Read more

Morahan to depart force at season end

Tuesday March 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force can confirm that winger Luke Morahan will leave the club at the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, to further his career at Bristol Rugby in the English Premiership.

Morahan has played 38 games for the Western Australian club to date since defecting from the Queensland Reds in 2014. Scoring 11 tries, including a club high five tries in the 2015 season.

The four-time capped Wallaby says that the decision to leave WA was a difficult one, but believes it’s the best choice to further his rugby career. Read more

Chiefs score late win over spirited Rebels

Friday March 17, 2017 by  

The Chiefs have scored a late win over a gutsy Melbourne Rebels with a 27-14 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday night.

The visitors scored 13 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the fourth round fixture to break a 14-all deadlock and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

A spirited Rebels, fresh off the bye, showed plenty of vigour and resilience in a much-improved performance but couldn’t hold out the experienced Chiefs in the end. Read more

ARU welcomes new World Rugby International Calendar

Friday March 17, 2017 by  

Australian Rugby Union (ARU) CEO, Bill Pulver has welcomed World Rugby’s announcement of an optimised International Calendar for 2020-2032.

The historic agreement will see the current June international window shift to July, enabling the Super Rugby competition to run uninterrupted from kick off in February through to a June Final.

There will also be a 39% increase in Test matches played between tier one and tier two nations, with all SANZAAR nations, including Australia set to host emerging Test nations in the July international window. Read more

Australia slip to seventh in Vancouver

Monday March 13, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens side have fallen to New Zealand in the Fifth Place Semi-Final of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver.

Australia’s James Stannard was unable to stop Fijian flyer Masivesi Dakuwaqa on day two of the Vancouver Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Earlier in the day, Australia was defeated by Fiji in the Cup Quarter-Final, who put on a masterclass of Sevens Rugby to take the match 28-10.

Australia take 10 points for finishing in seventh in Vancouver, leaving the side in sixth position on the World Series Standings.

The Aussie 7s will return home to begin their preparation for the infamous Hong Kong Sevens, which kicks off on April 7th.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “Both games today were similar in that we created opportunities but in those key moments of execution we weren’t able to finish it off. Read more

Australia through to Vancouver Sevens Quarter-Finals

Sunday March 12, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens are through to the Quarter Finals in Vancouver after two impressive wins against Japan and France before going down to USA in their final Pool C clash.

Young gun Liam McNamara notched a hat-trick of tries against Japan while Lachie Anderson’s star continues to rise after some dominant performances in the gold jersey.

Australia will play Fiji in a Cup Quarter-Final tomorrow, Monday March 13 at 6:14am (AEDT). Read more

Reds lose to Crusaders

Saturday March 11, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 22-20 following a last-minute penalty goal to the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night in Round Three of Super Rugby.

A fast start to the Reds saw them lead 17-0, but the Crusaders rallied to outscore the Reds 15 points to nil in the second half.

17,931 supporters were at Suncorp Stadium for the annual Ladies Round fixture, as the Crusaders stole victory with a penalty goal after the final siren had sounded. Read more

Brumbies late show seals victory

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

The Brumbies claimed their first victory of the 2017 Super Rugby season beating the Western Force 25-17 in a thriller at GIO Stadium.

Robbie Abel’s 80th minute try was the icing on the cake for the Brumbies, sealing the win and giving their 8,600 fans plenty to cheer about.

The Force pushed the home side for the full 80 minutes in a physical encounter between the two Australian teams, but the Brumbies’ hunger for their first win proved too much for the visitors in the end. Read more

Beale signs until the end of 2019

Friday March 10, 2017 by  

Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.

The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to re-unite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.

A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad. Read more

Aussie Sevens finish sixth in Las Vegas

Monday March 6, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen in the Fifth-Place Final against England 7-10, meaning the side finished the tournament in sixth position.

With the wind blustering at around 55km/h, conditions for expansive Rugby were extremely difficult as both teams looked to crack the opposition defence.

A try on the cusp of half-time to Nick Malouf gave Australia the lead but the men in gold were unable to hold onto to victory with England scoring a match winner as the full-time siren rung around the Ben Boyd Stadium. Read more