Super Rugby

McKenzie new Reds head coach

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

Queensland Rugby today announced the appointment of internationally experienced coach and World Cup winning former Wallaby prop Ewen McKenzie as Head Coach of the Queensland Reds for the next three years.

QRU Chairman Rod McCall said McKenzie, 44, was selected following a thorough evaluation process and emerged as the most outstanding candidate for the role.

After serving as an Assistant Coach at state and Wallaby level, McKenzie took over as Head Coach of the NSW Waratahs and took them to the finals in three of his five years in the role. He recently returned to Australia after a stint as Head Coach of French club Stade Francais.

“Ewen has a proven track record as a Head Coach and as someone who can deliver a quality rugby program. He also gets results,” said Mr McCall. Read more

Waratahs to start in Lismore and Orange

Friday October 9, 2009 by  

NSW Rugby has again committed to taking the Waratahs to the people of New South Wales with the release of the team’s pre-season schedule ahead of the 2010 Super 14.

The Waratahs will play their first match for 2010 against the Queensland Reds in Lismore on the far north coast of New South Wales, before venturing to Orange in the central west of the state to play the Fiji Warriors.

The third and final trial will see the team travel to Canberra to play the Brumbies at Viking Park, nine days before the first match of the Super 14 against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Waratahs were undefeated in trials against the same three teams in 2009, providing the perfect springboard into the Super 14 which saw the side go undefeated through the first four rounds. Read more

Brumbies find perfect fit with KooGa

Monday October 5, 2009 by  

The Australian owned and operated organisation, KooGa, will join Brumbies Rugby as commercial partners for the next four years, providing team kit and uniforms as well as the official range of supporter merchandise.

The KooGA brand kick-started as a rugby apparel provider in the United Kingdom and services English Premiership clubs Harlequins and Saracens, as well as top line Welsh clubs Llanelli RFC, Ospreys, and Swansea.

In Australia, KooGa supply the Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League and have recently announced they will be official apparel suppliers to the Wallabies and Queensland Reds from 2010.

Brumbies Rugby CEO Andrew Fagan says the new KooGa range will be up to the rigours of the Super 14. Read more

Ma’afu re-signs with Brumbies

Friday October 2, 2009 by  

Tighthead prop Salesi Ma’afu has re-signed with the Brumbies for three years.

Ma’afu’s recommitment to the ACT-based side follows his selection in the Wallabies training squad announced this week for the upcoming Spring Tour.

The 26-year-old, who captained West Harbour in this year’s Shute Shield, has played 29 Super 14 matches since making his debut against the Chiefs in 2007.

He represented Australia A in the 2007 and 2008 Pacific Nations Cup and was a member of the Barbarians side that defeated the World Cup-winning Springboks at Twickenham in 2007. Read more

ARU submits application for Melbourne

Friday September 25, 2009 by  

Australian Rugby Union has today submitted the application for Melbourne to become the 15th Super Rugby team when the SANZAR competition expands in 2011.

The document has been lodged with SANZAR in accordance with the deadline laid down in a process which will lead to the announcement of the successful applicant on October 21.

There are two competitors for the additional Super Rugby licence – ARU representing Melbourne and the South African Rugby Union representing the Southern Kings from the Eastern Cape.

Both are seeking the sole vacancy in a revamped competition structure where a three-Conference format will apply. Read more

Reds add hot prospect Kingi

Wednesday September 23, 2009 by  

Queensland Rugby has secured Australian Under 20 and Australian Sevens scrumhalf Richard Kingi on a QAS Reds Academy contract for 2010.

Kingi was drafted into the Queensland Reds squad in 2009 after a spate of late season injuries, making his Reds debut off the bench against the Crusaders in Christchurch and also getting on against the Hurricanes in the final round.

The former Queensland Under 19 represented Australia in the 2008 and 2009 iRB Under 20 Junior World Championships and was shortlisted as one of four contenders for iRB player of the Tournament at the 2009 event in Japan last June.

The quietly spoken 20-year old, who hails from Tauranga in New Zealand, said it had been his goal to secure a contract with Queensland in 2010 and making his debut for the Reds in 2009 had been an unexpected bonus. Read more

Queensland Rugby to recruit new Head Coach

Friday September 11, 2009 by  

Queensland Rugby will recruit a new Head Coach for the Queensland Reds after deciding to terminate Phil Mooney’s contract, effective immediately, QRU Chairman Rod McCall announced today.

Mr McCall said a meeting of the QRU Board in Brisbane this morning had decided to accept a recommendation from a professional rugby consultative group to terminate Mooney’s contract one season short of his three year term, in order to recruit a whole new coaching team to take the Reds forward.

Backs Coach Damon Emtage resigned at the end of August and Forwards Coach Mark Bell left earlier in the year. Mooney’s contract was due to expire after the 2010 Super 14 season but Mr McCall said he and the other members of the consultative group had reached the conclusion that Mooney’s contract should not be renewed. Read more

Reds to host seven in 2010 Super 14

Monday September 7, 2009 by  

Season Memberships are now on sale for the Queensland Reds’ seven Super 14 home matches in 2010, which includes the first Super Rugby match at Ballymore since 2005.

Six of the Reds’ seven home games – including the opening round blockbuster against arch rivals the NSW Waratahs on Saturday, February 13 – will be played at Suncorp Stadium, recently voted the best rugby venue in the southern hemisphere.

The seventh – the week three clash against New Zealand’s Blues on Saturday, February 27 – will now become a sentimental “back to Ballymore” night due to a scheduling conflict at Suncorp Stadium. It’s expected to be a full house.

The 2010 draw for the Reds, confirmed today by the competition organiser SANZAR, includes two Friday night home games and a Sunday afternoon home match – all at Suncorp. Read more

Force host Brumbies to kick off Super 14

Monday September 7, 2009 by  

The Western Force will host the Brumbies at ME Bank Stadium in round one of the 2010 Super 14 in the first of the club’s six home games for the season.

The traditionally fiery Australian derby will have added spice next year, with 2009 Wallabies squad members Matt Giteau and Josh Valentine returning to Perth to face their former teammates while ex-Brumbies Nic Henderson and Mark Bartholomeusz could face up against their old side for the first time.

It will also mark the first time a Super Rugby game has been held at ME Bank Stadium, which has previously hosted pre-season trials and Western Force Gold games. The 2009 warm-up against the Crusaders was played in front of a sell-out crowd at the venue.

The WA side will also host marquee home fixtures against the reigning champion Bulls, the 2009 runners-up Chiefs and perennial contenders and fan favourites, the Crusaders. Read more

Brumbies to host seven in Canberra in 2010

Monday September 7, 2009 by  

The Brumbies will play seven home matches at Canberra Stadium in 2010 following the release of the Super 14 draw today.

The ACT-based side will host 2009 Super 14 finalists, the Chiefs, and semi finalists, the Hurricanes, as well as an always anticipated Australian derby against the Queensland Reds on Saturday, May 1.

The Brumbies will open the home season against the Lions on Friday, March 5, with the Sharks, Cheetahs and Highlanders also making their way to the national capital during the season.

The two-time Super Rugby champions will kick off their season in Perth when Brumbies recruits Matt Giteau and Josh Valentine take on their former province, the Western Force, on February 12. Read more