Super Rugby

Reds fall in Tens quarter-finals

Sunday February 12, 2017 by  

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

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

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

Queensland Reds name squad for Global Tens

Friday January 27, 2017 by  

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.

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

Brumbies name squad for Global Rugby 10s

Wednesday January 25, 2017 by  

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

Phipps re-signs until the end of 2019

Wednesday January 25, 2017 by  

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

Timani chases Rugby World Cup dream with Rebels

Wednesday January 11, 2017 by  

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

Rebels add Fijian international to squad

Friday January 6, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have added international utility back Ben Volavola to its squad ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The Australian-born Fijian representative joined the Rebels on Friday after 15 Super Rugby games and 21 points with Australian rivals NSW Waratahs and leading New Zealand franchise Crusaders.

The 25-year-old playmaker kicked off his Super Rugby career with the Waratahs in 2013 before he crossed the Tasman to join the Crusaders in 2016 to help fill the void at number 10 with the departure of Dan Carter to Europe. Read more