Brumbies’ Super campaign blows up AGAIN as Aussie rugby’s hoodoo in NZ continues
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by Christy Doran
11h ago
For the third straight season, the Brumbies’ Super Rugby campaign has come to a miserable end in the semi-finals across the ditch. Two years after being edged 20-19 at Eden Park, the Blues did it again at the same venue by winning 34-20. The defeat came off the back of conceding four tries inside 20 minutes. While New Zealand referee James Doleman made several perplexing decisions, the Brumbies were their own worst enemies by making simple errors. The Brumbies struggled from the kick restart all evening, while their set-piece, especially their scrum, was taught a lesson. It didn’t help that Te ..read more
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Eddie’s NRL assistant who planted seed that led to Gordon defection – and how he could switch to the All Blacks
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by Christy Doran
18h ago
Jason Ryles’ last-minute appointment to Eddie Jones’ World Cup coaching team might go down as a trivia question in time. But without the former league hardman answering an SOS in the hours leading up to the Wallabies’ trip to France last year after Brad Davis quit, Carter Gordon might never have given the NRL a second thought. Indeed, the genesis behind Gordon’s defection to the Gold Coast Titans starts with the affable Ryles. Following the World Cup campaign, Ryles, a former State of Origin prop turned one of the most sought-after assistant coaches in the NRL, planted a seed in Gordon’s head ..read more
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The Roar’s Super Rugby expert tips and predictions, semi-finals: It’s time to be realistic, honest and cold
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by The Roar
21h ago
We’ve reached the three-game-to-go stage of Super Rugby – others might know it as the semifinals – and The Roar tipping panel has a freshly minted champion. While none of the four panellists could match the combined mega brain power of you all in The Crowd, Nick Wasiliev has finished top of our little pile, thanks to an odd lack of courage from rugby editor Christy Doran. In opting to go with the favourites, despite being two points behind Nick with three games left, Christy has put his profession reputation over a hail Mary play for the title. At the bottom, Tony’s wooden spoon is secured. C ..read more
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Schmidt picks 17 Reds players for train-on squad – but there’s no room for Suli in Wallabies’ immediate future
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by Christy Doran
1d ago
Suliasi Vunivalu’s stocks have taken another hit, with the World Cup Wallaby not required to continue training with the rest of the players of national interest by new head coach Joe Schmidt. Despite Schmidt asking 17 Queensland Reds players to return next week to continue training ahead of next month’s Tests against Wales and Georgia, The Roar can reveal Vunivalu isn’t one of them. Instead, eight uncapped players, including burgeoning winger Tim Ryan and forwards Angus Blyth and John Bryant have caught Schmidt’s eye since the New Zealander was unveiled as Eddie Jones’ successor in January. P ..read more
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Super Rugby semifinals preview: A battle of the ballers and a muck the ruck, slash the tyres scrap to decide the final two
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by Harry Jones
1d ago
The Super Rugby Pacific playoffs have begun. Two Aussies down, the Brumbies remain. Yes, the sole contender outside the semifinalists, the Queensland Reds, scored three tries and forced 223 tackles to be made in their loss to the surgical Chiefs, who only needed 43% of the ball to assert dominance.  The Reds will review their season as a success, with building blocks for 2025 cemented firmly in good soil, but next season, only six teams will rightly make it to the big dance. The other losing quarterfinalists managed four tries between them, and leaked 16. None of the matches were in the b ..read more
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‘Aussie teams have achieved their best win percentage versus the Kiwis in a decade’: Is 2024 a new dawn for the Wallabies?
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by Bentnuc
1d ago
They say the night is always darkest before dawn. Well, 2023 was bloody dark for a Wallabies fan. I don’t want everyone to relieve the trauma of last year so we can just leave it as it should be – a bad dream. However, 2024 is a much better story. Let me start by saying I am a big fan of Super Rugby. There is just something about the comp that draws me in. My favourite matches are Aussie v Kiwi matches. I look at these as a barometer for the Wallabies’ chances of regaining the Bledisloe and how they will compete on the world stage as a whole. More Rugby 'Aussie teams have achieved their best ..read more
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The Roar’s Super Rugby expert tips and predictions, semis edition: It’s time to be realistic, honest and cold
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by The Roar
2d ago
We’ve reached the three-game-to-go stage of Super Rugby – others might know it as the semifinals – and The Roar tipping panel has a freshly minted champion. While none of the four panellists could match the combined mega brain power of you all in The Crowd, Nick Wasiliev has finished top of our little pile, thanks to an odd lack of courage from rugby editor Christy Doran. In opting to go with the favourites, despite being two points behind Nick with three games left, Christy has put his profession reputation over a hail Mary play for the title. At the bottom, Tony’s wooden spoon is secured. C ..read more
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‘He’s a big lump of a thing’: Des could spring surprise positional switch with Gordon at Titans – RA blocks early move
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by News
2d ago
Carter Gordon is one of Australian rugby’s finest halves but the young playmaker could find himself in an unfamiliar role after completing his blockbuster switch to the NRL’s Gold Coast. Titans coach Des Hasler said the rangy Wallabies No.10 could play anywhere as he finds his feet in the new code. “He’s a big lump of a thing so he can play a number of positions,” Hasler said. “So we’ve got that versatility better as well.” The 23-year-old played eight Tests for Australia under former coach Eddie Jones and was a stand-out for the Melbourne Rebels in their final Super Rugby Pacific season this ..read more
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‘Super Rugby’s dying on its arse’: Eddie Jones’ brutal verdict on game’s domestic crisis
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by The Roar
2d ago
Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says rugby union is “not financially sustainable” in its current form and needs to innovate to survive at domestic level across the world. Jones, who returns to international coaching with Japan when they host England on Saturday week, has delivered a sobering assessment of the health of the game in an interview with Planet Rugby. “The simple truth is outside of the TOP 14 and Rugby World Cup, rugby simply isn’t a sustainable product without outside investment,” Jones said. “However, rugby has become the most inclusive team sport in the world. “We know that ..read more
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‘That will shock him’: Carter’s big adjustment in NRL move, ’20 years of inept admin’ called out
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by The Roar
2d ago
Dual international Mat Rogers says Carter Gordon’s defection to rugby league is the latest chapter in “20 years of inept administration” and tips the young playmaker will be a hit in the NRL. Gordon decided this week to join the Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal. The decision has split rugby fans with some unsure of Gordon’s value to the Wallabies with the revival in form of Noah Lolesio, while others suggest it’s another nail in the coffin of the XV man game in Australia. Gordon played eight Tests for Australia last year but was out of contract at a time when his Melbourne Rebels club was ..read more
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