Super Rugby

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

Toomua to leave Brumbies

Monday November 16, 2015 by  

The Brumbies can confirm that Matt Toomua will leave the club following the end of the 2016 Super Rugby season and link with Leicester Tigers.

Toomua linked with the Brumbies Academy straight out of high school and made his Super Rugby debut in 2008.

He has since played 76 games for the Brumbies and will add to that tally in 2016, before linking with his new English side. Read more

Reds sign Japanese Test fullback

Wednesday November 4, 2015 by  

Japan’s Rugby World Cup hero Ayumu Goromaru will join the Queensland Reds in 2016 after signing with the club for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The 29-year-old fullback became a household name in Japan and turned the Rugby world on its head last month when he led his nation’s shock 34-32 win over South Africa – with the match being described as the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history.

Goromaru scored 24 points in that match and twice received man-of-the-match honours at the tournament. He has since been labeled a ‘national hero’ in Japan after spearheading his nation’s World Cup campaign in which they secured a record three wins. Read more

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