Force optimistic after Forrest pledge

The Force are yet to discuss specifics with mining magnate Andrew Forrest, after Saturday’s public declaration of support for the team. Speaking to RUGBY.com.au on Saturday night Forrest said he would provide the ‘full spectrum’ of support for the Force as their fight continues. Western Force general manager Mark Sinderberry echoed that on Sunday, saying…

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Super Rugby report card: NSW Waratahs

There’s no beating around the bush – this was statistically, and intuitively, the worst Waratahs Super Rugby season ever. By the end of their 40-11 final round loss to the Force, fans and players seemed as exhausted as each other. There is change coming, on and off the field, and there simply has to be….

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Brumbies must find spark against Sharks: Hewat

A pair of “frustrating” performances aren’t cause for panic stations in Canberra, with Brumbies assistant coach Peter Hewat calling for a lift in enthusiasm to combat ACT’s slow start to the season. The Brumbies were beaten at their own game in a slog fest against the Reds before being blown off the park in the…

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Waratahs to host Reds at SCG in 2018

The Waratahs will turn back the clock in 2018 and host fierce rivals Queensland at the SCG. It will be the first QLD vs NSW rugby clash at the venue since 1983, with the fixture clashing with the A-League’s Sydney FC vs Melbourne Victory match at Allianz Stadium. This interstate clash is often about heritage,…

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The kid set to take over Cooper

Hamish Stewart admits there is considerable pressure on his shoulders after Brad Thorn’s decision to choose him over Quade Cooper as Queensland’s chief playmaker. But the Reds’ new all-for-one, one-for-all ethos under Thorn means he isn’t feeling it – not yet, anyway. Stewart played every minute of Friday night’s internal trial at Ballymore, calling the…

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Brumbies name a date for Pocock's Super return

Wallabies star David Pocock is on track for a Super Rugby comeback in the Brumbies’ Australian derby against NSW Waratahs on March 31. Pocock’s Australian return from a 12-month sabbatical was put on hold after having knee surgery in January to repair damage to his meniscus. The 29-year-old is back training with the Brumbies squad,…

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TEAM NEWS: Coleman to start as Rebels make four changes to pack

Rebels lock Adam Coleman has earnt his first start of the Super Rugby season as Melbourne coach Dave Wessles named four changes to his starting XV to take on the Brumbies at AAMI Park on Friday night. Coleman, who injured his calf in camp with the Wallabies in January, played 25 minutes off the bench…

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Rebels vs Reds: Five things we learned

The Rebels cemented their place at the top of the Australian conference with a gritty 30-24 win over the Reds. Here’s what we’re talking about after the match. 1. Can the Rebels win without Quade Cooper? Cooper suffered a nasty concussion early in the second half after getting is head in an awkward position while…

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Brutal honesty session could change course of Rebels season

A brutal honesty session in which they admitted they did not turn up physically in Africa, could shape as the turning point in the Melbourne Rebels’ Super Rugby season. The Rebels hauled their season back on track with a 32-13 win over the Reds at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, just days after confronting their…

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