Thursday February 16, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Melbourne Rebels have re-signed Reece Hodge on a long-term contract which will see the reigning Rookie of the Year become the first Australian Rugby player to commit beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
It was announced at the 2017 Rebels Season Launch at Crown Palladium on Thursday afternoon that the 22-year-old utility back has signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Melbourne until 2020.
“We have huge faith in Reece and see him as an important part of the club’s future so we’re thrilled that he’s agreed to call Melbourne home until 2020,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Baden Stephenson said. Read more
Sunday February 12, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Queensland Reds have exited the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens following a spirited 12-10 loss to the Chiefs in the quarter-finals.
Earlier in the day, the Reds booked their place in the quarters with a 12-5 win over Samoa.
Reds head coach Nick Stiles said he was pleased with what he saw from his team over the course of the tournament, as they build toward the Super Rugby season. Read more
Saturday February 11, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
Thursday February 9, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
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
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
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
Friday January 27, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
The Queensland Reds have named their 26-man squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, which will be the side’s first hit out in in 2017.
The squad features five capped Wallabies, 20 players with previous Super Rugby experience and six uncapped Reds squad members. The Wallabies include James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Samu Kerevi, Leroy Houston and wildcard inclusion Chris Latham – a legend of both Queensland and Australian Rugby.
St.George Queensland Reds head coach Nick Stiles said the Reds were looking forward to finally taking the field in a match situation, after months of pre-season training. Read more
Eight Wallabies will spearhead the Brumbies’ squad selected to compete for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens title.
The 2016 Super Rugby Australian Conference winner’s side boasts nine internationally capped players and nine with more than 50 Super Rugby games under their belt.
Among the internationals named in the squad is the mercurial Tevita Kuridrani, whose four-try haul in the Wallabies’ spring tour rightly secured his star status. Read more
Experienced scrumhalf Nick Phipps has pledged his future to Australian Rugby, re-signing with the ARU and New South Wales Waratahs until the end of 2019.
The 52-Test veteran has elected to stay in Sydney for a further two years and now has a chance to push for selection in what would be his third World Cup come Japan 2019.
The 28-year old played in 13 of the Wallabies 15 Tests in 2016, sharing the number nine jersey with Will Genia. Read more
Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Media Release - Rugby Union
Melbourne Rebels forward Lopeti Timani will chase his dream of a Rugby World Cup after committing to club and country until the end of 2019.
|Lopeti Timani chasing Rugby World Cup dream.
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Rebels
The 26-year-old has accepted a two-year contract extension with the Australian Rugby Union and Melbourne Rebels until the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Timani, one of a club record six Rebels on the Wallabies’ Spring Tour, made his international debut in 2016 after he accumulated 29 Super Rugby appearances, including six tries, since he joined the Rebels in 2014.
“Lopeti has worked hard for his opportunities this year with the Wallabies which is great recognition of his hard work and consistency over the last three years,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more