Super Rugby

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

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