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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Those snubbed by Wallabies will humble Qld Reds

New South Wales Waratahs captain Daniel Halangahu has revealed his aggressive streak by declaring those snubbed by the Wallabies plan to humble Test-capped Queensland Reds counterparts tonight. Halangahu was a shock selection as skipper after five-eighth Berrick Barnes was ruled out with a groin injury. Halangahu is not part of the Waratahs’ eight-man leadership group. … [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]

Matt Giteau trains with new team Toulon

Big spending French Top 14 side Toulon’s two high-profile close-season signings, former Wallabies fly-half Matt Giteau and veteran England lock Simon Shaw, trained with their new team for the first time last week. Giteau, 29 and capped 92 times by Australia, was omitted from the Rugby World Cup squad and his experience was much missed … [Read the full story]

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