Super Rugby

Junior Laloifi secures Reds contract

Monday October 19, 2015 by  

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) today announced Brisbane City winger Junior Laloifi has secured a Queensland Reds contract after being selected as ‘The Ballymore Kid’, following his performances during the 2015 National Rugby Championship (NRC).

‘The Ballymore Kid’ is a Queensland Rugby initiative for the 2015 NRC in which one player within Queensland’s two squads, Brisbane City and Queensland Country, was guaranteed a 2016 contract with the Reds for the coming Super Rugby season.

Laloifi, 21, has been a prolific try-scorer and consistent performer in this year’s NRC, scoring 14-tries across City’s eight regular season matches, crossing the line in every game, to head into the finals as the competition’s leading try scorer. Fans will also remember Laloifi’s crucial try late in the 2014 NRC Grand Final, which sealed the victory for Brisbane City. Read more

Brumbies to add youth and experience to backline

Wednesday September 30, 2015 by  

The Brumbies have agreed to two-year deals with one of Australia’s best young talents in flyhalf Nick Jooste and experienced campaigner Andrew Smith, who will return to the nation’s capital in 2016.

At the tender age of 18, Australian Schoolboy and Perth Spirit player, Jooste has already amassed quite the rugby CV, even though he is still a high school student. The Western Australian native has represented his state at under 16, under 18 and under 20 levels and also represented the Western Force A side against Singapore.

He was recently selected in the Australian Schools Barbarians side that took on Samoa and New Zealand. Read more

Western Force’s bumper 2016 draw released

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

The Western Force will host seven high-quality fixtures during the first year of an expanded Asteron Life Super Rugby competition in 2016.

In the draw released by SANZAR today, the Western Australian club will feature bumper home matches against New Zealand’s Crusaders and Blues; South Africa’s Bulls and Stormers; and Australian derbies against the NSW Waratahs, ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels.

Next year’s competition will also see the inclusion of Japan – who the Force will play in Tokyo – and Argentina for the first time. Read more

New battle lines drawn under the Rising Sun

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

SANZAR today confirmed that Super Rugby is set for its most significant evolution yet with four conferences, three new teams, two new countries and a brand new trophy for the 2016 season.

New look trophy and 2016 Super Rugby draw has been released.
Photo courtesy of ARU Media

The 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby Draw, released today along with the unveiling of a new trophy for the competition, was packed with highlights for Australian Rugby fans.

This year fans will be treated to more Super Rugby than ever before, with a regular season consisting of 135 matches (up from 120 matches in 2015) and an eight-team finals series featuring seven crucial Finals matches including the Asteron Life Super Rugby Final.

The next chapter of the toughest and most exciting provincial rugby competition on earth begins with a double-header on Friday February 26 as the Highlanders begin their title defence against the Blues in Auckland before the Brumbies host the Hurricanes to cap an enormous opening night involving three of last year’s four semi-finalists. Read more

Folau becomes first to win consecutive John Eales Medals

Thursday August 27, 2015 by  

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has claimed the 2015 John Eales Medal, winning the award for a second consecutive year.

In just his third year in the code, Folau’s meteoric rise in Rugby has continued as he becomes just the third player in the 14-year history of the John Eales Medal to collect the major award for a second time, joining George Smith (2002, 2008) and Nathan Sharpe (2007, 2012).

At a packed gala dinner at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, the ARU celebrated and acknowledged the men and women in the Australian Rugby community – players, coaches, fans, match officials and administrators – for their dedication, commitment and outstanding performance. Read more

Queensland locks in Kane Douglas

Friday July 31, 2015 by  

Queensland Rugby Union has secured the signature of Test lock Kane Douglas for the next three years, adding further depth to the Queensland Reds forward stocks.

The 26-year-old is an imposing figure standing at 202cm tall and weighing 119kg, but also brings with him significant experience, having already played 75 Super Rugby games and 14 Test matches since making the step up to professional Rugby in 2010.

Douglas made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs in 2010 and played his first Test for the Wallabies in 2012. In 2014 he made the decision to experience Rugby overseas and moved to Leinster to play in the European Pro 12 competition. Read more

Veteran Grant brings 10 years’ experience to Force

Wednesday July 29, 2015 by  

The Western Force will add more than 10 seasons of elite rugby experience to its young backline in 2016 following the signing of former Stormers and Springboks flyhalf Peter Grant, for two seasons.

Durban-born Grant, 30, has played 104 matches of Asteron Life Super Rugby for the Cape Town-based Stormers and currently sits seventh in the tournament’s all-time scorers list with 866 points.

Having represented the Stormers for nine seasons at the top provincial level, the five Test Springbok, nicknamed ‘Bash’, most recently played a season with French Top 14 club, La Rochelle, having also played four seasons with Japanese Top League club, the Kobelco Steelers. Read more

Speight pens landmark contract extension

Thursday July 23, 2015 by  

Wallabies winger Henry Speight has agreed a new three-year deal with Australian Rugby that will see him remain with the Brumbies through to the end of 2018 and join the Australian Sevens Program in 2016.

The landmark deal means Speight will be available for the inaugural Sydney 7s at Allianz Stadium in February next year.

As part of the agreement between Australian Rugby and the Brumbies, Speight will combine his duties with the national Sevens program and his Super Rugby team throughout 2016. Read more

Retallick signs to strengthen Rebels lock stocks

Tuesday July 21, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have strengthened their squad for the 2015 season with the signing of lock Culum Retallick from the Blues on a two year deal.

Retallick has made nearly 50 Super Rugby appearances since debuting for the Chiefs in 2010, also representing the Blues and Highlanders, where he played alongside future Rebels teammates Tamati Ellison and Adam Thomson.

He has also made close to a century of appearances for Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup since debuting as a 23 year old in 2008, and joins on a foreign developing player contract. Read more

Rebels sign World Cup winner Adam Thomson

Monday July 20, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rebels are pleased to announce the signing of former All Blacks back rower Adam Thomson for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Thomson will bring a wealth of experience to Melbourne, having made 83 Super Rugby appearances for the Highlanders and Reds as well as winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks among 31 appearances for his country (29 Tests).

Capable of playing anywhere in the loose forwards, Thomson played alongside compatriot Tamati Ellison for both the Highlanders and All Blacks, while he worked with Rebels’ Assistant Coach Zane Hilton during their time together at Canon Eagles in Japan’s Top League. Thomson is a try-scoring back rower, having crossed 21 times at Super Rugby level. Read more