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]

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]

Digby Ioane frustrated at 5 week ban

Suspended Wallabies and Queensland Reds winger Digby Ioane has revealed his frustration at a five-week Super Rugby ban for a desperate lifting tackle he didn’t intend to pull off. Ioane on Wednesday vowed it wouldn’t happen again but then shook his head when asked how he could avoid repeating the tackle on Sharks’ flanker Marcell … [Read the full story]

Toby Lock is first choice for Wallabies 2nd row

Queensland Reds goalkicking sharpshooter Mike Harris is not the only transplanted Kiwi starting to stake a claim for Wallabies selection, with Western Force lock Toby Lynn fast emerging as one of Australia’s form second-rowers. Lynn has retained his position in the Force second-row alongside milestone man Nathan Sharpe, who will become the first person to … [Read the full story]

Pocock’s game won’t suffer now he’s captain

David Pocock is conscious of not sacrificing his own game in his effort to lead Western Force this year. Regarded as a future Wallabies captain, Pocock has taken over the reins of Western Force from foundation skipper and second-rower Nathan Sharpe. Arguably the best openside flanker in the world, Pocock will need to lead by … [Read the full story]

David Pocock puts pressure on the flankers

When David Pocock arrived on the Super Rugby scene as a teenager in 2006 he immediately put pressure on veteran openside flankers George Smith and Phil Waugh. Pocock is now unchallenged as the best openside in Australia, if not the world. But Wallabies selectors hope Queensland Reds teenager Liam Gill will be able to put … [Read the full story]

There’s a new skipper for the Western Force

In a succession plan that has been 12 months in the making, star Super Rugby flanker David Pocock has taken over as Western Force skipper from Nathan Sharpe. Sharpe, who has held the role since the Force’s inaugural season in 2006, is in the final year of his contract and will decide later this year … [Read the full story]

There’s a thief at the Force…wages must be shit

Western Force are an organisation released from purgatory after having spent most of the last year knowing there was a thief in its ranks. Since early last season, the Perth-based Super Rugby club has been beset by a string of low-grade robberies, thefts at first on such a small scale – $10 here, $20 there, … [Read the full story]

Sonny Bill Williams switches to the Chiefs

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has signed up for another year with New Zealand rugby and is switching his Super Rugby allegiance to the Chiefs. Former NRL star Williams was coy about his playing future while helping the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup earlier this month, prompting speculation he may head abroad, … [Read the full story]

Is Jake White heading for the Brumbies?

French reports that Jake White would take over as coach of Bayonne have proven to be greatly exaggerated with the World Cup-winning former Springboks coach already having interviewed for the Brumbies job via video conferencing this week. There was momentary consternation in Canberra late last week when the French media reported that, following the appointment … [Read the full story]

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