• Spring Tour: Slick Wallabies’ firepower too much for Brave Blossoms

    They didn’t have it all their own way but the Wallabies’ improving 2017 continued with a fine attacking display against a gallant Japan yesterday, downing the Brave Blossoms 63-30 in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final stadium in Yokohama, in a nine-try exhibition of their burgeoning firepower.

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  • NRC: Hot Shots, Pie-Baggers – and more! – Season Wrap

    Who’s leading the points and try-scoring charts in this year’s NRC?

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  • Reborn in the USA: Jed Gillespie on a year to remember (mostly!)

    If Shute Shield supporters adopted the chants of adulation bestowed upon the rarity of a home grown player turning out for their local team, which is found in soccer’s tribal EPL, Eastwood and Greater Sydney Rams prop Jed Gillespie may well find himself running out to the strains of ‘He’s one of our own’ coming from the TG Millner faithful every other week.

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  • Play it again Sam: Eagles prop Needs, chasing further success

    He can still remember the day. Heading to Coffs Harbour Stadium with his Dad because the touring British & Irish Lions, a side containing most of the Northern Hemisphere’s finest talent at that time – think Jason Leonard, Ronan O’Gara, Neil Jenkins, Ben Cohen and more – had come to town. But for a 10-year-old Sam Needs, it was the guys in the other jerseys that captured his imagination.

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  • Unsung hero Harry, much more than ‘Mr Versatile’

    Every team needs one. The player that performs all his/her requirements well, rarely has a bad game, rarely makes a mistake, but rarely gets their time in the spotlight either.

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  • Born winner Thorn enjoying life on the other side of the ropes

    He kept me waiting. Unintentionally of course, Brad Thorn is classier than that. But as his talented young Queensland Country side made their way across TG Millner Field to enjoy the post-match celebrations in the sheds last Saturday afternoon, their fledgling head coach was busying himself by carrying the tape bin they had just filled, all the way around to the back of the main stand to save the home groundsman a job.

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  • Shannon Fraser takes the reins at Northern Suburbs

    Former Randwick head coach Shannon Fraser has been named as the new man in charge at Northern Suburbs. The 39-year-old has signed up for two years with a view to maintaining the Shoremen’s recent resurgence under departing head coach Simon Cron, who takes up a forwards role with the NSW Waratahs for 2018.

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  • What they said… Greater Sydney Rams v Queensland Country

    If you’d told the Greater Sydney Rams coaching team before kick-off that they would go down by the same scoreline and in much the same manner against Queensland Country as they had done against the Fijian Drua the previous weekend, you’d have come away with some pretty sore ears. But alas, that was their fate again, after competing well for large parts of this clash only to undo a lot of their good work with sloppy play, missed tackles and turnovers.

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  • What they said… Greater Sydney Rams v Fijian Drua

    Still smarting over their humbling at the hands of the Canberra Vikings last weekend, the Fijian Drua arrived at TG Millner Field in Sydney keen to get straight back on the winner’s rostrum and kickstart their run to the finals. Up against them was a Greater Sydney Rams side also keen to get back into the winning habit after losing their last run-out two weeks before to Melbourne Rising. Their cause wasn’t helped by the absence of several key players, most notably Waratahs Jed Holloway, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Mack Mason.

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  • NRC Round 6: Resurgent Drua too hot for Rams to handle

    The Fijian Drua rubber-stamped their finals credentials with an impressive 57-31 win over Greater Sydney Rams at TG Millner Field last Saturday. Stung by the heavy loss in Canberra the week before, the visitors simply blew away a game that was in the balance at 31-all as it entered the final quarter, crossing four times without reply to cement their place in the top four, and get their hands on the Horan-Little Shield for the first time in the process.

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Colin Caird Shield Final: Uni’s next-gen serve ominous notice

After Sydney University failed to reach the Shute Shield finals for the first time in 19 years, the onus was on their 2nd grade side to come away with the next best thing, the Colin Caird Shield. And they did so in some style, rampaging through a stunned Eastwood to cross eight times in a one-sided 51-14 victory, and with an average age of just 21-years-old, they also offered up ample proof that the next generation of Students are ready to step up and reclaim their place amongst club rugby’s leading lights.

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JR Henderson Shield Final: Determined Rats down Marlins in style

Warringah kicked off a day of grand final celebrations on the northern beaches last weekend, with a thumping 41-17 win over arch-rivals Manly to lift the JR Henderson Shield. The Marlins had claimed bragging rights in both meetings between the two sides in the regular season, but the Rats saved their very best til last to romp home with a five tries to two victory.

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Introducing Paula Balekana: The kid with ‘spiders’ on him

Just 10 seconds at Chatswood Oval earlier this season were enough to confirm that Paula Balekana was the real deal. Receiving the ball on his own 10 metre line and a few steps inside the right touchline, the electric Gordon winger stepped his way inside one opposition defender and outside another, before putting on the after-burners to effortlessly jink past two more and hold off a desperate chaser on his way to yet another five-pointer for the Highlanders.

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Rams rebranded: Q&A with John Manenti

The fourth edition of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) kicks off this weekend, with nine teams now vying for the title after the welcome addition of the Fijian Drua side. Reigning champions Perth Spirit will be keen to defend their title, and the honour of Western Australian rugby, following the controversial but seemingly inevitable demise of the Western Force, while

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