- Australian optimism growing with 100 days to go before kick-off
- Coach is ‘a wise man, he gets the game’, says Allan Alaalatoa
Once a week, Eddie Jones and his Wallabies inner-circle dial in for a Zoom meeting with one key focus – defying the odds and pinching the Rugby World Cup. Warming to the Wallabies coach’s ‘smash and grab’ theme, belief is growing Australia can win their first Webb Ellis Cup since 1999 and return to the top of the rugby hierarchy.
Jones has not yet named a captain for the showpiece event – which kicks off in Paris, France, on 8 September – but is leaning on veterans such as Michael Hooper, Allan Alaalatoa, Nic White and James Slipper to help build a team that could strike through a wide-open World Cup field. Continue reading...
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has hinted that Suliasi Vunivalu looms as a World Cup wildcard after the former NRL premiership winger signed a new two-year deal with the Queensland Reds and Rugby Australia.
Ex-international rugby star Lukas van Biljon was repeatedly stabbed by a gang of armed men who shot his dad during a robbery at his farm in South Africa.
Queensland Reds star Harry Wilson has blasted referee Brendon Pickerill for his “disrespectful” treatment of teammate Connor Vest after he suffered a fractured neck last Friday in Dunedin.
World XV coach Steve Hansen said Israel Folau “can’t be punished for life” for his homophobic stance after the talented back was booed at Twickenham on Sunday.
Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is fully supportive of a decision to raise the pride flag above Twickenham on Sunday in direct response to his selection of Israel Folau for the World XV clash with the Barbarians.
Australia booked their place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sevens rugby tournament on Sunday as Argentina won the concluding London leg of this season’s World Sevens Series at Twickenham.
The Israel Folau scandal is not over.
A Perth club rugby player has received a near five-year suspension for deliberately running over a referee during a game in WA’s top league.
Former New Zealand rugby player Billy Guyton has died today at the age of 33.