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USMLR Round 1 - Done and Dusted!

Posted by John Gates on

What I like about the new US Major League Rugby is the sheer enthusiasm for it and the absolute optimism about their new competition. I have not been privy to the major network broadcasts, but the streaming services are just gold - you have a guy is probably a professional sports commentator, who has done his best to learn about this crazy game and a guy sitting alongside him who knows about the game, so it's a bit of a lesson in Rugby, but I find it absolutely refreshing to see this world superpower, with its humungous population, just beginning...

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Week 2 of Super Rugby - My Wallabies Team So Far - No Prisoners and No Favourites

Posted by John Gates on

Don't forget - this list is taken from my running spreadsheet which you can download here:  My Wallabies team of the week (picked purely on form, not reputation). It's a squad of 23 with 7 emergencies, as it is only still early. A couple of observations:- As much as I am an unabashed fan of Tom Banks, Dane Haylett-Petty outplayed him in all departments. Neither JOC at 10 or Jordan Petaia at 13 did enough to stand out, whereas Lolesio did and he is clearly special. I picked Cadeyrn Neville – in the trials he stood up and deserved his spot...

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Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley Cooper join US Major League Rugby

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In an article published yesterday, in the Sydney Morning Herald,  Georgina  Robinson reports that .."America's Major League Rugby is set to secure the signatures of Australian stars Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell. In the latest indication the sleeping giant of international rugby is stirring, four-time World Cup veteran Ashley-Cooper has agreed to join the Texas-based Australian-owned team Austin Gilgronis on a one-year deal. Mitchell is set to link up with Rugby United New York (RUNY)...  " Read the full article here..   Drew Mitchell at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. CREDIT:PA  

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The Wallabies Pecking Order - Week One

Posted by John Gates on

Logic says that the first picked are the ones at the top of the pecking order, so Week One is easy.In no particular order of merit (because a shot has not yet been fired in anger) the Wallabies first 92 (ie 60 starters and 32 reserves)If anyone wants the link to my spreadsheet, you can download it here  Unavailable through injury/ illness - Johnson-Holmes, Hanigan, Mason Ineligible - Lomani  Suspended: Daugunu Should  be fun to watch them moving up and down and around..These are the positions that the guys have  been picked in, according to the team lists, but as...

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REPORT CARD ON THE AUSTRALIAN SUPER RUGBY CONFERENCE

Posted by John Gates on

Trial form is not indicative of season form, and as Dan McKellar pointed out, last night, the Brumbies regularly smack the Rebels in trials but don't carry it into the season proper. It's one thing to play on a country paddock where there is largely a carnival atmosphere, and another to run out on your own home paddock after all the hype and build up, ground announcers, long warm up in front of your fans, fireworks, noisy PA systems and all the hype of game day, with points and rep honours on the line.If having the best stadium in Australia...

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