rss

Category: Rugby Championship

0

All Blacks run riot against Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Australia 13-38 New ZealandAll Blacks dominant in comfortable win in SydneyThe All Blacks outclassed the Wallabies as the world champions opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a bang and stole a march in this year’s Bledisloe Cup series.On a ni…

0

All Blacks run riot against Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Australia 13-38 New ZealandAll Blacks dominant in comfortable win in SydneyThe All Blacks outclassed the Wallabies as the world champions opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a bang and stole a march in this year’s Bledisloe Cup series.On a ni…

0

Wallabies v All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup – live!

Updates from the Rugby Championship opener in SydneyAny thoughts? Feel free to email or tweet @rrjparkin 11.53am BST Big play. Amazing, All Blacks running rugby!The Wallabies were hot on the Kiwis line. Koroibete isolated one-on-one with his Fijian-bor…

0

Super Rugby final points way for Wallabies in Bledisloe opener | Bret Harris

Various All Blacks traits found in New Zealand’s best club side could provide the key to an Australian victory in SydneyAs Australia prepare for Saturday’s opening Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks in Sydney, the recent Super Rugby final betwee…

0

Reece Hodge to start at centre for Wallabies in Bledisloe opener

Captain Michael Hooper returns from injuryTatafu Polota-Nau and Matt Toomua recalled Utility back Reece Hodge will fill the Wallabies’ troublesome centre position for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the All Blacks in Sydney. Hodge, who spent m…

0

Bledisloe Cup is ‘pinnacle’ of rugby, says Australia’s Will Genia

Wallabies face All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday nightAustralia haven’t won trans-Tasman series since 2002Australia scrumhalf Will Genia would never turn down a World Cup win if one came along but the Wallabies playmaker believes wresting the Bledisloe …

0

Michael Hooper aims to combat Wallabies player drain with long-term deals

Australia captain signs five-year contract Flanker expected to pocket $6mWallabies skipper Michael Hooper, who signed a five-year contract extension on Friday, believes long-term deals can be a big weapon in Rugby Australia’s attempt to combat player d…

0

Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

0

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s European action

Nathan Hughes mars a fine display with a swinging arm, Morgan Parra’s injury causes head injury assessment concerns and Jonny May lifts Leicester to the topNathan Hughes was voted man of the match for Wasps and rightly so for a fine showing, full of ag…

0

Wallabies jump to third in world rankings after Rugby Championship

  • Australia move above Ireland and South Africa
  • Michael Cheika’s side sit behind world No1 All Blacks and England

Despite recent concerns over the health of Australian rugby union, the Wallabies have jumped up two spots to third in the latest world rugby union rankings.

Michael Cheika’s side finished second in the Rugby Championship behind world No1 New Zealand to move ahead of Ireland and South Africa, with England ranked second behind the All Blacks, who went undefeated in the southern hemisphere competition.

Continue reading…

0

Wallabies end Rugby Championship on winning note in Argentina

Australia post hard-earned 37-20 win in MendozaReece Hodge stars for Wallabies with two tries and a hand in two othersThe travel-weary Wallabies have rounded out their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a hard-earned 37-20 win over Argentina in Mend…

0

Argentina v Wallabies: Rugby Championship – live!

  • Updates from Australia’s final game in Mendoza
  • Get in touch with Kieran on email or via Twitter @KieranPender

11.40pm BST

1 min: Peeep! French referee Mathieu Raynal commences proceedings and we are underway in Mendoza. Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage.

11.36pm BST

The Wallabies train ahead of today’s clash with Argentina in Mendoza.

Continue reading…

0

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend

Matt O’Connor’s Tigers are evolving fast, Bath’s fledglings offer hope for the country and Quins’ Kyle Sinckler is at the mercy of the law book

The Tigers are changing their stripes. A side which for years built its foundation on set-pieces, an all-enveloping back row, controlling half-backs and immovable defence has evolved into one that can thrive on less than 50% possession. The midfield partnership of George Ford and Matt Toomua allows Leicester to react quickly in broken play and, after all the upheaval of the last few seasons, continuity has been a theme this season. Five rounds into the Premiership the director of rugby, Matt O’Connor, has made just one change in his back line, and that was enforced when Manu Tuilagi was injured after the opening weekend. The wings Jonny May and Nick Malouf have scored seven of the 12 league tries between them, profiting from a broader range of passing, and both added to their tally against the champions in a match in which the home side spent two-thirds of the match in their own half and had just 38% of possession. Paul Rees

Continue reading…

0

Wallabies v Argentina: Rugby Championship – live!

11.17am BST

10 min: The referee loses patience with the Pumas and hands it over to the Wallabies who go long, kicking deep into the Pumas half. A looping kick comes flying back and it’s as you were – with the Pumas on the attack.

11.16am BST

9 min: Well it’s been a solid start from the Wallabies, and they’ve deservedly edged in front… although there are a few signs of the Pumas fighting back. They have a scrum in the Aussie half after almost breaking the line.

Continue reading…

0

Wallabies’ tactical evolution is both encouraging and discouraging | Bret Harris

There has been more attacking intent at turnover ball but it defeats the purpose of having such a strategy if turnover ball cannot be secured in the first place

The Wallabies have finally arrived at the party only to find the music has stopped and the revellers have finished their drinks and moved on to the next event. Are Australia doomed to continually play catch-up?

There is a long-standing argument that the Wallabies, as well as Australia’s Super Rugby teams, should be more alive to attacking opportunities from turnover ball when defence is unstructured, just as New Zealand sides do.

Continue reading…

0

Draw leaves Wallabies in danger of Rugby Championship wooden spoon | Bret Harris

Michael Cheika’s team appear to be progressing and regressing simultaneously but one fundamental flaw in their game is becoming an alarming constant

There are still three full rounds to go and anything can happen, but the law of probability strongly suggests the Wallabies have already done their dash in this year’s Rugby Championship.

Saturday’s frustrating 23-all draw with South Africa in Perth means the All Blacks and Springboks are likely to compete for the title, leaving Australia and Argentina to battle it out for third and fourth.

Continue reading…

0

All Blacks v Wallabies: second Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship Test – live!

  • Live updates from the second Test in Dunedin
  • Get in touch with Paul on email

10.50am BST

It’s all over! What a thrilling match! New Zealand are ecstatic! Australia gutted. After what happened last week, after everyone writing them off, they almost pulled off what would have been the biggest Bledisloe upset in some time.

10.48am BST

80 min: The Wallabies need to win possession from the kickoff but they can’t manage it. NZ need to play it out here… what a finish to this game!

Continue reading…

0

Wallabies’ more ‘violent’ approach to Bledisloe Cup hit by Adam Coleman injury

  • Australian lock ruled out of second Test with shoulder injury
  • Coach Michael Cheika has called for tougher tackling from his side

The Wallabies have been dealt a major blow on the eve of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Dunedin, losing chief aggressor Adam Coleman to injury a day after coach Michael Cheika had called for a more “violent” approach from his side.

Related: Wallabies’ new defensive strategy will mean nothing if their players don’t tackle | Bret Harris

Continue reading…

0

David Squires on … the Wallabies’ chances against the All Blacks

Our resident cartoonist looks at the miserable state of the game in Australia following a heavy defeat and ahead of another likely pummelling

Continue reading…

0

Wallabies’ new defensive strategy will mean nothing if their players don’t tackle | Bret Harris

Australia will have to improve on the first Bledisloe Test against the All Blacks when they seemed to lose faith in their new system and trust in each other

New South Wales were preparing for the second game of the 1989 State of Origin series against Queensland when dual international Michael O’Connor asked coach Jack Gibson a question about the team’s defence.

“What are we doing? Sliding or up and in?” O’Connor asked innocently. Gibson went red in the face. “Sliding defence, !@#$ defence, I don’t care what you call it. You’ve just got to move up and tackle.”

Continue reading…