Super Rugby

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

McCalman re-signs for three more

Tuesday June 2, 2015 by  

Rampaging No.8 Ben McCalman will stay with the Western Force after re-signing with the Western Australian club for a further three seasons.

The incumbent Wallabies No.8 will remain with the Force through until the end of the 2018 season, with his flexible contract allowing him to the play the 2015/2016 Top League season in Japan following this year’s Rugby World Cup.

The 27-year-old, who has been one of competition’s form No.8’s throughout the Super Rugby season, has already played 79 matches over six seasons with the Force. Read more

Waratahs on top despite Lions loss

Sunday May 31, 2015 by  

The Waratahs suffered a narrow five-point loss, 27-22, to the Lions at Ellis Park on early Sunday morning AEST, with the bonus point loss margin assisted by three missed penalty goal attempts by Elton Jantjies. The Waratahs retain the top spot on the Australian conference, leading the Brumbies.

THE MATCH

Early attacking play from the home side put the Waratahs on notice, but handling errors under pressure saw their efforts initially thwarted, until the sixth minute when Ruan Combrinck broke through to cross the line. Easily converted by Jantjies, the home side took an early seven point lead. Read more