Super Rugby

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

Rebels confirm 2017 pre-season trial matches

Monday December 19, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season with two trial matches against the Western Force and Queensland Reds, fixtured around the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

The Rebels kick off their pre-season campaign against the Force at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the lead up to the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament before completing their trials against the Reds at Ballymore Stadium.

The two traditional trial matches will bookend the inaugural Tens tournament, which will feature 14 teams from around the world, including the ten Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby teams, along with the Bulls (South Africa), Toulon (France), Panasonic Wild Knights (Japan) and Tonga. Read more

Rebels to kick off inaugural Brisbane Tens

Thursday December 1, 2016 by  

Melbourne Rebels will be a part of history when they take on the Chiefs in the opening match of the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 11 February 2017.

The Rebels, who were drawn in Pool A, will play against the Chiefs and Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights on the first day of competition before Day Two kicks off with the first Australian derby of the tournament against the NSW Waratahs on Sunday.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity for us to kick off the Brisbane Tens tournament and get stuck straight into it against the two-time Super Rugby champions Chiefs,” Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said. Read more

Global law trials set for 2017

Saturday November 19, 2016 by  

Five changes to law will be trialled globally next year after they were approved by World Rugby Council in London this week.

The amendments, which deal in aspects of law including front-row replacements, advantage, touch, penalty tries and time-keeping, were first proposed by member unions and then considered by the Law Review Group and Rugby Committee before being trialled on a closed basis in various competitions around the world.

Having achieved positive results from those trials, LRG and Rugby Committee recommended to Council that the trials be expanded globally. Read more

Force sign local young gun Harry Scoble

Thursday November 17, 2016 by  

The Western Force have signed the last of the three inaugural Future Force Foundation members with the addition of Perth-born Harry Scoble to the senior list for the 2017 season.

Perth-born Harry Scoble added to the Western Force senior list for Super Rugby Season 2017.
Photo courtesy of Western Force/RugbyWA

The young rake is the second Future Force Foundation member to sign with the club in the past month, after Richard Hardwick also committed to the club for next season.

The recently turned 22-year-old has had a meteoric rise this year; heading into his third year in the Future Force program and playing for UWA in the Pindan Premier Grade, before being thrusted into the Force squad, scoring a try in his Super Rugby debut against the Waratahs in Round Nine and adding a further seven caps to his name.

The former Australian U20’s representative reflects on this year as a dream come true, but says he still has a lot of work ahead of him. Read more

Hooper wins 2016 John Eales Medal

Thursday October 27, 2016 by  

Wallabies vice-captain and flanker Michael Hooper has claimed the 2016 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second time. Hooper’s standout season saw the 24-year-old score four tries for the Wallabies in 2016 to be named Australia’s Man of the Match in three out of the six domestic Tests.

Hooper was the clear leader of the ‘player’s player’ 3-2-1 votes tally, amassing 296 points during the designated period from the pre-World Cup USA Test on 5 September 2015 to the final Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand on 22 October 2016.

Despite injuries this year, David Pocock’s incredible World Cup campaign elevated him to second position with 189 votes, finishing ahead of Bernard Foley, Will Genia and Israel Folau who rounded out the top five. Read more