Rugby that Rocks, or Pops?

February 21, 2013 4
Has the Pink Floyd, AC/DC or Led Zepplin of rugby been replaced by Justin Bieber? In 2011 I wrote a post with reference to the Varsity Cup and how, in many ways it lost its soul when Ikeys (who won the title that year) decided to exploit loopholes in the competition rules and field an…

Kirwin names 4 debutants in Blues team

February 21, 2013 0
Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has announced his side to take on the Hurricanes in their season opener at Westpac Stadium on Saturday. After three months of gruelling pre-season training, Kirwan said he couldn’t wait to kick off the season and revealed how difficult it was to select his first starting XV. “It was really tough,…

Landers name team for Chiefs

February 21, 2013 0
Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Chiefs at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin tomorrow. This is the opening  game of the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition for both New Zealand franchises. Three players will make their first run-on start for the Highlanders; Tony Woodcock, Joe Wheeler and Ma’a Nonu…

50 up for the Reds’ Simmons

February 21, 2013 5
St.George Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th game for Queensland in Saturday’s Templeton Cup grudge match against the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium. The Reds are expecting a bumper Suncorp Stadium crowd for their opening Super Rugby home game of the season with the match themed as the Reds Heritage Round…

Welcome Professor Jake White

February 21, 2013 2
Jake White has been recognised as an Adjunct Professor by the University of Canberra, with the Brumbies Principal Partner keen to use his expert rugby knowledge for the betterment of their institution. Having started his career as a teacher and guided countless young players in their professional lives since as a coach, White makes a…

Folau makes Waratahs debut

February 21, 2013 0
Israel Folau will make his Super Rugby debut on Saturday when he pulls on the 15 jersey against the Queensland Reds. Alongside him, in-form youngster Tom Kingston earns a spot on the left wing with Wallaby Drew Mitchell completing the back three. Flyhalf Bernard Foley recovers from an ankle injury to guide the backline that…