Super Rugby

Amanaki Mafi named Rebels best for 2017

Wednesday July 19, 2017 by  

Dominant backrower Amanaki Mafi has been named the 2017 Melbourne Rebels Players’ Player at the club’s end of season function on Wednesday afternoon.

The honour caps off a remarkable debut Super Rugby season for the Japanese international who finished the year as one of the league’s most prolific forwards.

Mafi, the fifth consecutive backrower to win the award, polled the most votes from his peers to claim the Players’ Player award, finishing ahead of Colby Fainga’a, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge and Tom English. Read more

Force season finale a party of five

Saturday July 15, 2017 by  

The Western Force have finished the 2017 Super Rugby season on a high, defeating the NSW Waratahs 40-11 at a rain soaked nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday evening.

While there is still an air of uncertainty over the future of the Western Australian based franchise they did their best to finish this season positively in both attack and defence while also sending veteran club skipper Matt Hodgson out on a winning note.

The night began brightly when Alex Newsome crossed inside the first minute, while a further four tries followed as the home side recorded their highest score and greatest winning margin to date against the Waratahs. Read more

Reds lose to Highlanders in Dunedin

Friday July 14, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have gone down 40-17 to the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday night.

It was the Reds’ final Super Rugby encounter for the 2017 season, but Head Coach Nick Stiles’ named a match-day 23 with an eye on the 2018 season, with 10 players under 21 in the side.

Caleb Timu made his run-on debut and scored the Reds’ final try while Jayden Ngamanu and Reece Hewat both earned their Super Rugby debuts from the bench. Read more

Alexander signs new Brumbies deal

Friday June 30, 2017 by  

The Brumbies have re-signed Ben Alexander for the 2018 Super Rugby season, the club legend agreeing to terms on a new one-year deal.

Alexander made his Brumbies debut in 2008 and has been with the club for the entirety of the last decade, becoming the club’s most capped player alongside Australian Rugby great George Smith.

The 32-year old has amassed 142 caps during his time in the Nation’s Capital and will likely become the franchise’s all-time most capped player when he returns from injury in the coming weeks. Read more

Daley destined for two more years in Perth

Tuesday June 27, 2017 by  

Western Force prop Ben Daley has re-signed for a further two seasons with the Western Australian franchise, securing his future until the end of the 2019 season.

Western Force prop Ben Daley staying in the West for a further two years.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The three-time capped Wallaby has played eight games for the club this season, and has been in near career best form, but unfortunately was struck down with an ACL injury in Round 10.

The tough loosehead says it was an easy decision to stay in Perth and is looking forward to being a part of the future of this team.

“I’m super excited to extend my time at a great club,” he said. “I feel like my career has been reinvigorated coming into a new environment and I’m pumped to continue to develop my game over the next few years. Read more

Reduction plans to proceed following EGM vote

Tuesday June 20, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) Board has welcomed support of members as it proceeds with plans to reduce one Super Rugby team from Australia ahead of the 2018 season.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held at ARU headquarters in Sydney today, three resolutions were put to voting members, as proposed jointly by the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) and the Victorian Rugby Union (VRU);

1. The EGM considers that it is in the best interests of Rugby in Australia that Australia maintain its five current teams in the Super Rugby competition until at least the end of the 2020 Super Rugby season. Read more

Heroic Hodgson hangs them up

Friday June 16, 2017 by  

Western Force club legend and inaugural player Matt Hodgson has today announced his retirement from professional rugby after 12 spectacular seasons with the Western Australian club.

Western Force Club Captain Matt Hodgson has announced he will be hanging up his boots.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The 35-year-old announced to his teammates yesterday that he would be hanging up the boots at the end of the season after 139 Super Rugby appearances in a career that has included three Nathan Sharpe Medals, four Geoffrey Stooke Force Man Awards and 11 Wallaby caps.

The hardnosed backrower started at openside flanker in the club’s inaugural match against the Brumbies in 2006 and has represented the blue jersey with distinction, bravery and unwavering commitment ever since, including four years as club captain from 2013-2016.

A favourite of the Sea of Blue, Hodgson says the decision was an emotional one but feels the time is right to hand the reigns over to the promising next generation coming through the club’s ranks. Read more

Rebels sign Aussie Sevens star

Sunday June 11, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have signed Australian Sevens star Henry Hutchison for the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby seasons.

Hutchison’s contract comes off the back of a meteoric rise on the International Sevens stage which saw him awarded the 2016 World Rugby Sevens Rookie of the Year and earn Australian selection for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The 20-year-old has taken the Sevens circuit by storm with 52 tries – 260 points – in 91 matches since his debut at the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa in December 2015. Read more

Reds lose to Blues in Samoa

Friday June 2, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 34-29 to the Blues in Round 15 of Super Rugby at Apia Park, Samoa.

In humid, slippery conditions both teams struggled to hold onto the ball but still managed to combine for nine tries with the Blues outscoring the Reds five tries to four.

A slow start by the Reds saw the Blues get out to an early 12-0 lead in the first-ever Super Rugby fixture played in Samoa. Read more

Highlanders smash the Force

Saturday May 20, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have easily outclassed the Western Force to notch a club record 55-6 victory at nib Stadium in Perth this evening.

The Dunedin-based side made the most of the wet conditions for a new franchise record 49-point win margin, scoring eight tries to nil which helped them remain alive for a wildcard place in the Super Rugby finals.

Late replacement prop Aki Seiuli and Rob Thompson both bagged doubles, while fly-half Marty Banks slotted seven of his eight goal attempts. Read more