Super Rugby

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

2017 Super Rugby Draw Announced

Tuesday September 20, 2016 by  

After a global audience of more than 50 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2016 Super Rugby season and over two million fans attended the matches, the 2017 Super Rugby competition will kick off on Thursday February 23 when the Melbourne Rebels host the Auckland-based Blues at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

During the 17-round season, the five Australian Super Rugby teams – the Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force – will each play six matches in the Australian conference and nine matches against teams in other conferences.

In the four-conference tournament structure, which follows the same 2016 format, each team will play 15 matches and have two byes. Read more

Brumbies heartbreaking loss to Highlanders

Friday July 22, 2016 by  

A six-point loss to the Highlanders has ended the Brumbies’ Super Rugby season at GIO Stadium this evening.

A late and determined effort after the siren in front of 8559 screaming Brumbies fans wasn’t enough for the home side that went down 15-9 to the reigning champions.

In driving rain and strong winds, the first half was dominated by attempts at goal from both sides and it was the Highlanders’ Lima Sopoaga who opened the scoring with a penalty from directly in front.

The Brumbies scrum has been an impressive aspect of their game all year and it yielded two early penalties as a result. Christian Lealiifano missed his first attempt but made no mistake on the second from directly in front.

The Brumbies were slowly gaining the upper hand after 20 minutes and a bursting line break from Tevita Kuridrani put them in great position.

Yet another penalty was awarded to the home side and Lealiifano converted to give the Brumbies a 6-3 lead. Read more

Waratahs down Reds in slippery conditions

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have beaten the Queensland Reds by 15-13 in a tough round five Super Rugby match played in wet and slippery conditions in Brisbane this afternoon.

The Tahs were tested early in the game, with the first ten minutes seeing back-to-back scrums. Both sides made attempts in attack but, despite conceding a lot of penalties, the Tahs remained constant in defence as the Reds looked to strike.

A run from Cadeyrn Neville looked promising before he was brought down by Zac Guildford. The Reds surged again through Jack Schatz who almost handed Rob Simmons a try until they were penalised. Read more

Brumbies finish South Africa trip with Cheetahs victory

Sunday March 27, 2016 by  

The Brumbies completed their three-week road trip with a hard fought 25-18 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

It’s the first time the Brumbies have won in Bloemfontein since 2009, and the first victory Head Coach Stephen Larkham has ever been a part of in his 21 years of professional Rugby as either a player of coach.

Matt Toomua, Sam Carter and David Pocock were among the stars for the Brumbies while Ita Vaea marked his return from injury with a strong performance. Read more

Highlanders end Rebels winning streak

Saturday March 26, 2016 by  

The Highlanders have ended the Melbourne Rebels winning streak with a 27-3 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Saturday night.

The defending champions capitalised on Rebels mistakes in wet and slippery conditions to end the hosts two-game winning streak.

The Highlanders converted early first-half possession and territory into three points when Lima Sopoaga broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with a penalty from distance. Read more