Super Rugby

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

Skelton commits to Australian Rugby

Wednesday July 15, 2015 by  

The Australian Rugby Union has locked away one of Rugby’s best young talents with NSW Waratahs lock Will Skelton signing a new two-year contract extension.

Skelton is one of the rising stars of Australian Rugby and at just 22 years of age has already earned eight Test caps for the Wallabies and has made 39 Super Rugby appearances.

The giant lock, who took up Rugby as a 15-year-old at The Hills Sports High School in Western Sydney, will continue his career with the Waratahs and his re-signing has provided a significant long-term boost to Australian Rugby’s forward stocks. Read more

McCalman awarded 2015 Sharpe Medal

Saturday July 11, 2015 by  

Western Force No.8 Ben McCalman has claimed the 2015 Nathan Sharpe Medal at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre in Perth tonight.

In an event that celebrated the club’s 10 seasons in Super Rugby, the award acknowledged McCalman’s outstanding year for the Force, with incumbent Wallaby No.8 also claiming the Geoff Stooke Award for a second successive season with his on-field efforts complemented by his contribution through the team’s Standards Group.

In the other awards, the Sea of Blue’s cult hero Steve Mafi received the Members’ Most Valuable Player while local products Kane Koteka and Ryan Louwrens were joint winners of the club’s Rising Star Award in their first year of Super Rugby. Read more

Tahs bow out with Semi-Final loss

Saturday June 27, 2015 by  

The NSW Waratahs have bowed out of the 2015 Super Rugby competition with a heart-breaking 35-17 loss to the Highlanders at Allianz Stadium. Spurred on by 32,632 passionate fans, the Tahs came agonisingly close to their second successive Final, but five Highlander tries and a controversial yellow card to Jacques Potgieter proved insurmountable.

Both sides looked likely in a riveting encounter, as the calm boot of Bernard Foley kept the Tahs within striking distance with four penalty goals. But, after six lead changes in the opening hour, the knockout blow from the Highlanders came midway through the second half; two tries in four minutes sealing a well-deserved win.

The loss was a bittersweet farewell for a number of players in the Waratahs squad, including Sekope Kepu, and Wycliff Palu, as well as outgoing Head Coach Michael Cheika. Read more

Queensland Rugby ends Cooper’s contract negotiations

Sunday June 21, 2015 by  

Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) have advised Quade Cooper that they are withdrawing their contract offer and will not attempt to retain him for the 2016 season and beyond.

Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper in action against the Lions earlier this season.
Photo courtesy of QRU/Sportography

It is understood that when Cooper travelled overseas in April he signed a pre-commitment to join French side Toulon at the conclusion of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. However, he had previously – and then continued to – demonstrate a genuineness on wanting to remain with the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.

Since that time, his management has been in negotiation with QRU and Australian Rugby Union (ARU). However, due to events over the last few weeks, QRU CEO Jim Carmichael said the organisation was no longer willing to participate in what has been an ongoing process with Cooper’s management. Read more

Tahs secure conference with Reds win

Saturday June 13, 2015 by  

The NSW Waratahs will host their second successive Super Rugby semi-final, after a dominant 31-5 victory over the Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium. A four-try blitz after the break, and a perfect night with the boot from Man of the Match Bernard Foley, ensured the home side wrapped up second spot on the ladder in the 300th encounter between NSW and Queensland.

Following the Brumbies’ 37-24 loss to the Crusaders in Canberra, the equation was simple for the home team; a losing bonus point would be enough to host a semi-final in a fortnight’s time. And it looked like the Waratahs would be doing it tough, after a scrappy first half left them clinging to a slender 3-0 lead at the interval. Read more

Force finish season with Rebels victory

Friday June 12, 2015 by  

The Western Force has finished its 2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby season with a 13-11 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park tonight.

In a farewell to club stalwarts Sam Wykes and Patrick Dellit, the Force built the victory on the back of a tough and tenacious defensive effort, and held a slim 6-3 half-time lead following a try-less first half.

While the two sides swapped five-pointers in the second term – to wingers Luke Morahan and Telusa Veainu – it was Zack Holmes’ conversion from out wide, in an unblemished goal-kicking display, that ultimately proved the difference. Read more

Hooper to remain in Australian Rugby until 2018

Thursday June 11, 2015 by  

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper will continue his Rugby in Australia after signing a new two-year contract extension through until the end of 2018.

Having previously signed until the end 2016, the 42-Test veteran joins a host of young Wallabies committing to Australian Rugby beyond this season.

At only 23, Hooper has achieved almost every individual accolade in Australian Rugby, including the John Eales Medal, Asteron Life Super Rugby Player of Year and Matthew Burke Cup. Read more

Rebels rise to defeat Bulls

Saturday June 6, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have made tighthead prop Paul Alo-Emile’s 50th game for the Club a winning one, holding out to defeat the Bulls for the first time, 21-20 at AAMI Park.

The victory was earned on the back of a tireless defensive effort and the ability to retain composure as the game reached the closing stages, with the Rebels’ tight five particularly impressive as each played the full 80 minutes.

Young guns Jack Debreczeni, Sean McMahon and Lopeti Timani all found the try line in a game which saw the Rebels hit the front for the first time on the hour mark, with the Bulls unable to score more than a penalty in the second half. Read more