Super Rugby

Bulls hang on to beat spirited Rebels

Sunday March 6, 2016 by  

The Melbourne Rebels’ search for a maiden win in South Africa continues after going down to the Bulls 45-25 in the second round of the 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.

A spirited four-try second-half comeback from the Rebels denied the Bulls a bonus point but fell short at full-time to finish their two-game road trip with a win and a loss to start the season.

The boot of Rebels fly-half Jack Debreczeni opened the scoring for the visitors from a penalty after three minutes before the Bulls responded with six unanswered tries to lead 42-3 shortly after half-time. Read more

Force down Reds in Brisbane

Saturday March 5, 2016 by  

The Western Force have claimed their first win of the 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby season with a hard fought 22-6 win over the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

In a scrappy first half the Force dominated much of the play and most of the running but failed to really threaten the Reds’ try line. Although continued pressure and an improved performance at the breakdown saw them take a 9-3 lead into the break.

The second half was a back and forth affair but the Force stood strong and a Luke Morahan try in the 80th minute sealed the 22-6 result. Read more

Dream debut for Hodge in Rebels victory

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

A brace on debut from Reece Hodge has helped the Melbourne Rebels to a winning start with a 25-19 victory over the Western Force at nib Stadium on Saturday night.

The dream start saw Hodge score 20 of the Rebels 25 points, which included two tries, two conversions and two penalties, as the Rebels opened their 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby campaign with an important victory on the road.

The late withdrawal of Jack Debreczeni due to a virus failed to unsettle the visitors as a reshuffled line up saw Mike Harris start at fly half, Tom English on the wing and Hodge at fullback. Read more

Waratahs secure opening round win over Reds

Saturday February 27, 2016 by  

The NSW Waratahs have secured a 30-10 win over the Queenslands Reds in their opening round of Super Rugby 2016 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Played in front of a crowd of 24,044, the Tahs ran home four tries to one in their first clash of the year under new Head Coach, Daryl Gibson.

Fly-half Kurtley Beale put on a masterclass, halting the Reds attempts at points and setting up tries for his team during his 65-minute effort. Read more

Brumbies start season 2016 in style

Friday February 26, 2016 by  

The Brumbies have put the rest of the Super Rugby competition on notice, comprehensively defeating last year’s grand finalists the Hurricanes 52-10 at GIO Stadium.

The Brumbies started the opening game of the season slowly going behind 3-0 early following a penalty goal to Beauden Barrett, but after nine minutes the home side kicked into a higher gear and never looked back, their new attacking brand of rugby shining throughout the encounter.

Brumbies Co-captain Stephen Moore marked his 150th Super Rugby match with a stellar performance, scoring a try and carrying well all night. Moore’s work on defence was immense also. He was dominant across the park and a deserving winner of Man of the Match. Read more

Gill to depart Reds at end of season

Tuesday February 9, 2016 by  

Queensland Rugby Union today confirmed Liam Gill will depart the Queensland Reds at the end of the season to take up a contract in France.

Gill is in his sixth season with the Reds, after making his debut in 2011. He has played 65 games for Queensland in that time, as well as 15 Tests for the Wallabies.

Executive General Manager – Reds, Daniel Herbert said: “It’s disappointing to be losing Liam to an overseas club, but we understand he has weighed up his options and decided this was too good an opportunity to refuse. Read more

Lealiifano agrees to stay with Brumbies

Monday January 25, 2016 by  

Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano has agreed to stay with the Brumbies for another two seasons.

The new deal will see Lealiifano remain with the club he has played his entire Super Rugby career with, until at least the end of 2018.

The 28-year old is currently the second highest point scorer in Brumbies history with 635 points to his name. He has played 101 matches for the Brumbies, making him the eighth most-capped player in the club’s history. Read more

Hooper named Waratahs team captain

Wednesday January 20, 2016 by  

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson has named Michael Hooper as team captain for the upcoming 2016 Super Rugby season.

Hooper will lead the squad together with club captain, Dave Dennis, with the two to be underpinned by a senior leadership team.

The 24-year-old has a wealth of experience as captain, first taking the reins for the NSW Waratahs in 2014 when Dennis succumbed to injury, leading the side to their inaugural Super Rugby title. Read more

Australian Rugby announces new media rights arrangements

Thursday December 17, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has announced new and significantly improved media rights arrangements for 2016-2020 which will enable the code to re-energise the game at grassroots level and invest in key strategic areas to ensure its future health and prosperity.

The ARU will receive a total of AUD $285m in media rights revenue from the total package of SANZAAR agreements – a 148% increase on revenue achieved from the previous media rights arrangements (2011-15).

Fox Sports will continue its proud partnership with Rugby after retaining the Australian rights for Test matches played in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, as well as the expanded 18-team Asteron Life Super Rugby competition which will for the first time feature teams from Argentina and Japan in 2016. Read more

Queensland Reds Senior Squad confirmed for 2016

Tuesday November 24, 2015 by  

The Queensland Reds have confirmed a 37-man Senior Squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season, with eight fresh faces in total joining the ranks at Ballymore Stadium.

In addition to the high-profile signings of Kane Douglas, Ayumu Goromaru, Cadeyrn Neville and NRL winger Eto Nabuli – the Reds also spent the off-season promoting from within the ranks of Queensland Rugby’s pathways with flyhalf Sam Greene and outside backs Junior Laloifi and Izaia Perese earning contracts following their performances in Queensland Premier Rugby and the National Rugby Championship (NRC). They are joined by Australian Under 20s lock Lukhan Tui, who grew up in Sydney.

In all, 20 players were retained from the 2015 Super Rugby squad, 11 of which were off contract and re-signed with the Reds, including Liam Gill, Greg Holmes, James Slipper and Rob Simmons. Read more