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Rebels split day one Tens results

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have split their opening day results at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens with a victory over the Chiefs and a loss to the Panasonic Wild Knights at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

In blistering conditions, which reached a peak 37 degrees at kick-off, the Rebels claimed a 19-5 victory over the Chiefs in the opening game of the tournament before their comeback fell short against Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights.

The Rebels finish the day one in Brisbane level in second place in Pool A with one remaining game against the Waratahs on Sunday morning to complete the round-robin phase of the competition. Read more

Slipper named Reds captain for third year running

Thursday February 9, 2017 by  

Queensland Reds head coach Nick Stiles has retained seasoned prop James Slipper as captain of the side, while also naming a four-man leadership group to support him in the role.

Prop James Slipper to captain the Queensland Reds for a third consecutive season.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

Slipper will be supported by returning Reds veterans Quade Cooper and Stephen Moore, as well as Samu Kerevi and Sam Talakai.

The 2017 season will be Slipper’s third in charge of the Reds, after taking over from James Horwill ahead of the 2015 season. The 27-year-old has represented Queensland 91 times and earned 86 Tests for the Wallabies, including one as captain in 2015.

Slipper said it was a “huge honour” to continue to lead his state, but that it would be a group effort in 2017. Read more

Courageous Aussie Men finish fourth at Sydney

Sunday February 5, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have finished a valiant fourth at the Sydney 7s – their best placing of the current World Series – with the young team showing their potential for the future after recording some remarkable wins over the last two days.

Australia’s James Stannard is tackled during the semi final defeat to South Africa on day two of the Sydney Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima, World Rugby

The home side was buoyed by a capacity crowd at Sydney’s iconic Allianz Stadium which hosted 75,412 fans over the three-day tournament.

Andy Friend said he was delighted with the improved performance of the young Australian Sevens side, which featured nine players with less than three international caps to their name.

“I’m really proud of them, and the first-timers all impressed me,” he said. “They showed some really special touches and it wasn’t through lack of effort that we didn’t get further.” Read more

Aussie Men’s Sevens through to Sydney Quarter Finals

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has qualified for the Sydney 7s Quarter Finals against Wales after finishing second in Pool C with victories over Scotland and Papua New Guinea.

Australia will play Wales at 1.04pm AEDT tomorrow as the side continues their campaign to win their home tournament.

Australian Men’s Head Coach Andy Friend: “You saw what Wales did to Fiji today so we know they are a quality side. We had a good win against them last week in Wellington but we also know that every game and tournament is different so they’ll be tough tomorrow. Read more

Aussie Women finish fourth at Sydney 7s

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team has finished in fourth at the Sydney 7s after falling in the Semi Finals to arch rivals Canada and New Zealand in the Third Placed Playoff.

Australia started the day on a winning note, defeating a strong Fiji side in the Quarter Finals but some handling errors and missed opportunities cost the home side in front of a capacity Allianz Stadium crowd.

Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach,Tim Walsh lamented his team’s missed opportunity after the semi-final loss to Canada: “It was a devastating way to finish. It was a fantastic atmosphere to perform today. We gave it everything but it wasn’t good enough. We made some crucial errors and got punished for it. Read more

Aussie 7s Women soar through to Quarter Finals

Friday February 3, 2017 by  

The Australian Women’s Sevens team have qualified for the Quarter Finals with three wins from three at the Sydney 7s on Friday. The tournament is the first-time Australia’s Golden Girls have played at a World Rugby Series event on home soil.

Australia overcame Brazil, Ireland and Fiji to book a place in the Quarter Final against Fiji in a rematch of their thrilling final Pool B match on day one. The rematch between the two sides will kick off on Kippax Field at 10.44am AEDT.

Australia started the day slowly but built into impressive form for the home fans with Emilee Cherry and Ellia Green scoring three tries a piece. Read more

Carter and Lealiifano to Captain Brumbies

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

Wallabies Sam Carter and Christian Lealiifano have been announced as co-captains of the Brumbies at the club’s Season Launch, held at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.

The duo will lead the Brumbies into the 2017 Super Rugby season with Carter performing on-field duties whilst Lealiifano continues his recovery from the bone-marrow transplant undertaken late last year.

Carter, capped thirteen times by the Wallabies alongside 79 Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies, led the team in the 59-0 trial win over the Australian barbarians at Viking Park last weekend and is relishing the opportunity of a leadership role. Read more

Rebels name experienced squad for Brisbane Tens

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have named seven internationals and a former Australian vice-captain in their squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, from February 11-12.

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has included five Wallabies Reece Hodge, James Hanson, Sefa Naivalu, Toby Smith and Lopeti Timani, Japanese international Amanaki Mafi, Fijian international Ben Volavola and former Australian vice-captain Morgan Turinui.

With 87 Tests of experience in the 26-player squad, the Rebels have named a balanced squad of international experience and exciting young talent for the two-day tournament, which features modified rules. Read more

Injury hit Aussie Sevens finish Wellington in 10th

Sunday January 29, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Wellington Sevens in 10th position with two wins out of a possible three on day two of competition.

Australia started day two with a tight 17-14 win over Samoa, before accounting for Wales 24-10 to make the Challenge Trophy Final. An injury hit Australia fell at the final hurdle going down to Kenya 17-19 to finish Wellington in 10th position.

Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys and the whole team. Read more

Australia outclassed by experience

Saturday January 28, 2017 by  

The young Australian Men’s Sevens team have fallen to Sevens powerhouses Fiji and South Africa on Day One of the Wellington Sevens but finished the day on a winning note with victory over Japan.

Australia’s Henry Hutchison evades Jasa Veremalua of Fiji to score on day one of the Wellington Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Michael Lee/KLC Fotos, World Rugby

An injury to Boyd Killingworth added to the Aussie7s injury woes with Club Captain Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins and Jesse Parahi all unavailable for selection due to injury.

Australia will play in the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals against the fourth placed finishers in Pool C on Sunday.

Head Coach Andy Friend: “I thought Fiji was the big game we wanted to target. Going up 12-5 at half time, we had the chance to really take the opportunities to win the match. They took their chances like we knew they would and they over powered us in the end which was disappointing. Read more