Super Rugby

Back to Ballymore game on Reds agenda

Wednesday September 2, 2009 by  

The Queensland Reds will return to Ballymore for one of their seven Super 14 rugby home matches in 2010.

Season memberships for a red hot seven game package – including the one-off Ballymore match against New Zealand’s Blues set down for February 27 – go on general sale on September 7, with existing members able to renew their seats from today at a preferential price.

The 2010 packages again include ‘kids free’ family membership options.

Under the provisional Super 14 draw, the remaining six matches at Suncorp Stadium include a season opening blockbuster against the NSW Waratahs on February 13, followed a week later by a Friday night match against New Zealand’s Crusaders. Read more

Victoria has not been “Spurned”

Friday August 28, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union wishes to clarify its position on the Melbourne bid for the 15th Super Rugby licence following a newspaper report this morning headlined “ARU spurns Victoria in Super deal”.

To avoid further media confusion the ARU Board has endorsed, and continues to support, Melbourne as its preferred location for the additional Super Rugby team when SANZAR expands the competition in 2011.

Therefore, ARU rejects any notion that Victoria has been spurned. To the contrary, ARU has embraced Melbourne.

Any suggestion ARU had turned its back on Melbourne could only have been leveled if Western Sydney or Gold Coast had been nominated as the preferred Australian location. Read more

Melbourne selected as a Super 15 contender

Wednesday August 12, 2009 by  

Melbourne has won endorsement from the ARU Board as Australia’s sole contender for the 15th Super Rugby licence.

The hugely-popular provincial competition will expand by one team in 2011 with the SANZAR joint venture to decide later this year on where the new side will be established.

While the 15th team will play in the Australian Conference as part of a revamped and extended Super Rugby format, interested parties in South Africa and New Zealand are also bidding to have the side based within their national boundaries. Read more

Brumbies go down in tour opener

Saturday July 25, 2009 by  

The Brumbies have kicked off their French Tour with a 20-12 loss to CS Bourgoin-Jallieu at Stade Pierre Rajon overnight.

Despite scoring two tries to the home side’s one, the Brumbies were guilty of giving up penalties within kicking range, with the French Top 14 club capitalising with five penalty goals.

Trailing 14-12 with six minutes remaining, the visitors forfeited an opportunity to take a late lead when flyhalf Matt Toomua missed a relatively straightforward penalty attempt in front of the posts.

Bourgoin-Jallieu were quick to respond by kicking a 50-metre penalty goal of their own before landing another on full time to extend their final margin to eight points. Read more

SA Rugby submits for sixth Super 15 team

Friday July 24, 2009 by  

South African Rugby has submitted to SANZAR the Southern Kings’ “Expression of Interest” (EOI) in a place in an expanded Super 15.

A combined Eastern Province, Border and South Western Districts franchise was the only organisation to respond to SA Rugby’s call for the submission of “Expression of Interest” (EOI) documents.

SA Rugby has accepted the Kings’ submission and has formally asked SANZAR to consider the franchise for inclusion in the full-blown tender process. Read more

NSWRU backs expansion to Super 15

Thursday July 23, 2009 by  

Following the submission of expressions of interest which closed yesterday, the New South Wales Rugby Union is excited by the expansion of the Super Rugby competition in 2011, saying it will be a win for the entire Rugby community.

NSWRU chief executive officer Jim L’Estrange said the increase in matches would provide Rugby fans with more opportunities to support the Waratahs with the increase in fixtures.

“At the moment we only get six or seven home games per year, but from 2011 we’ll have 16 matches and eight of those will be at home,” said Mr L’Estrange.

“The financial benefits of having more product to sell will come through almost immediately, particularly given we get to host each of the sides in the Australian conference every year.” Read more