Beale Nearing Waratahs Return

Australia full-back, Kurtley Beale, has been impressing in training of late and looks set to make a return to action for the Waratahs in their pre-season friendly against the Rebels next month. The talented utility back, who impressed in spells on the British & Irish Lions series last year, has been recovering from a shoulder … [Read the full story]

Clyde Rathbone will trial for the Brumbies

Jake White will be watching closely as former Wallabies winger, Clyde Rathbone, will trial for the Brumbies as outside centre for the coming season. Rathbone, who is making a comeback after retiring in 2009 and recovering from depression, has played all of his Super Rugby games and Tests on the wing, but he played outside … [Read the full story]

Russell Crowe isn’t Miserable regarding money

I must report that Hollywood star Russell Crowe is not  MISERABLE at all. In actual fact, he happens to be one of the most generous actors around…he doesn’t even call in his gambling debts. One of the cast in Bafta and Oscar-nominated movie Les Miserables put a £1,000 wager on with the egg-chasing fanatic, betting Wales … [Read the full story]

England give their best performance in years

Chris Robshaw ended the most demanding week of his rugby career by becoming only the sixth England captain to lead his country to a win over New Zealand. England’s 38-21 win over the world champions was as emphatic as the scoreline suggests and while Robshaw left the Twickenham field just seven days ago with the … [Read the full story]

Australia beat Wales with a gutsy performance

The overwhelming majority of a 58,000 crowd were not bothered by what had been a tryless affair until the final seconds. This was all about Wales rediscovering a winning formula, and they went agonisingly close to achieving it. Australia have been recently criticized but they answered some critics with a ‘never-say-die’ attitude that won the … [Read the full story]

Is Matt O’Connor a Force to be reckoned with?

English Premiership club Leicester have rubbished reports claiming their Australian head coach, Matt O’Connor, could quit to take charge of Western Force. O’Connor is believed to be high on the Perth-based franchise’s wanted list as they look for a new coach following the sacking of Richard Graham in April. However, the Tigers insist O’Connor, who … [Read the full story]

CJ van der Linde – pants down, but not guilty

Lions prop CJ van der Linde has been cleared of a biting allegation after he was cited for an incident involving Western Force lock Toby Lynn in a Super Rugby match in Perth last Saturday. Referee Garratt Williamson referred the incident, which occurred at the back of a ruck in the tenth minute, to the … [Read the full story]

Mike Harris wouldn’t even get a look-in in NRL

New Zealand-born Queensland fly half Mike Harris appears to be well in the mix to wear the Wallabies No.10 jersey in next Tuesday’s Test against Scotland in Newcastle. Harris lined-up at five-eighth during the Wallabies train-on squad’s oppose session on Wednesday, and is a realistic option to call the shots against Scotland should coach Robbie … [Read the full story]

Francis Burke banned by ARU

The Australian Rugby Union have banned Sunshine Coast Stingrays player and coach, Francis Burke, for four years for the possession and attempted trafficking of growth hormone releasing peptide-6. The ban has been upheld by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), who were originally alerted to a suspect package by customs in Sydney on November 28 … [Read the full story]

Players MUST settle franchise before ARU top-up

The negotiating process for Australia’s top rugby stars has been turned on its head with a new edict stipulating that each player must first settle their franchise deal before they receive an ARU top-up. Wallabies who are ranked among the top 32 players in the country will be eligible for top-ups, but their franchises will … [Read the full story]

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