THE FIRST of the 6 Nations’ horrific lulls is here. Unless you are willing to maintain your patriotic streak –painting your face with your sister’s makeup, hanging your bedspread with the country’s colours on it out the window and belting out the national anthem at you local pub – you are stuck without a reason to scream about your heritage.
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THIS WEEKEND sees the start of the 2013 Super Rugby season with two all-Australian affairs. The Melbourne Rebels host the Western Force on Friday morning and the Brumbies host the Queensland Reds on Saturday. The Aussies are starting earlier than the rest with a week’s extra preparation scheduled before the Lions visit this summer.
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THE WARATAHS announced the signing of league international Israel Folau on a one-year deal for the 2013 Super Rugby season. A talented rugby league player, Israel played 52 games, including two Grand Finals, for the Melbourne Storm, plus a further 38 with Brisbane Broncos from 2007-10 before making the switch to AFL in June 2010.
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GLASGOW WARRIORS have pulled off a massive signing coup after securing Crusaders star Sean Maitland until May 2015.
The 24-year-old Crusader, who qualifies for Scotland via his paternal Grandparents, can play at either wing or at full-back, is one of the most highly rated outside backs in the Southern Hemisphere.
Head Coach Gregor Townsend may think Christmas has come early after securing…
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WORLD CUP winning All Black, Tony Woodcock, has signed with the Highlanders for a two-year period and will join the franchise for the 2013 Super Rugby competition.
31 year old Woodcock was born in Helensville, and made his 1st class debut for North Harbour in 2000. He has played 113 super Rugby games for the Blues and 88 tests for the…
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FORMER WARATAHS mentor Michael Foley has joined the Western Force coaching staff for the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Foley joins the Perth based team on a three-year contract from the Waratahs, where he spent three seasons as Assistant Coach before taking the reins of the side for the 2012 Super Rugby season.
The 45-year-old takes over from Richard Graham, who stood down…
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THOSE OF you suffering rugby withdrawal symptoms, needworry no more as conference-topping Chiefs take on the Crusaders in Hamilton tomorrow, in a Super Rugby semi-final derby crunch match that’s sure to set pulses racing. In Christchurch last week the Crusaders effortlessly brushed aside the Bulls (28-13) to
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THE CRUSADERS team that beat the Bulls 28-13, in last weekend’s qualifier match will get another chance to prove they are finals quality this Friday. Only one change has been made to the team, who notch up their 14th semi-final place, face the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Ben Franks will start in the number three jersey this week and brother, Owen, will…
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IN 2010 Gareth Delve, who has won 11 caps for Wales, swapped Gloucester for Australia and the Melbourne Rebels. Here the back-rower talks birthdays, boarding school and bodybuilding…
I had visions of being the next Jonah Lomu. I started out on the wing, but my lack of pace caught up with me. I had a dabble at second-row and absolutely hated it – you’re in close proximity to the props! – so I settled in the back row.
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Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes in the forwards and one in the backs for his team to play the Bulls in the 2012 Super Rugby qualifier match this Saturday.
Wyatt Crockett will wear the number one jersey and Ben Franks will move to the bench. Locks Sam Whitelock and Tom Donnelly also switch positions from last week’s…