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Suddenly, the summer is nearly here (at least in the UK). The Six Nations has breezed by, the announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand is due in two days, and there are only another six full rounds of Super Rugby before the international break.
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The Brumbies are focusing on a smarter defensive performance against the Hurricanes as they try to stop New Zealand’s Super Rugby domination of Australian teams.
Brumbies flanker Scott Fardy says the disappointing handling of the Super Rugby competition has come as no surprise but hopes the “faceless men in suits” at SANZAAR learn from the debacle.
Some surprise results and some impressive showings around the grounds in Round 8 helped put the focus back on actual on-field rugby this weekend, a welcome change from the potentially life-changing distractions going on off it.
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Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has announced he will retire at the end of the French Top 14 season.
Australia started finals day at the Singapore Sevens with a bang but faded to finish fourth as Canada stormed to their first-ever title win.
Melbourne Rebels back-rower Lopeti Timani has been suspended for four weeks by the SANZAAR judiciary for a knee to the head of Brumbies lock Rory Arnold.
The ARU’s incompetent attempt to decide which one of its five Super Rugby teams will be eliminated from next year’s tournament is creating a slow-motion car crash for Australian rugby.
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Anyone thinking that Cyclone Cook may have helped even things up in Christchurch got it wrong.
On a perfect night for rugby in Melbourne, the Rebels have stunned the heavily favoured Brumbies 19-17 in an upset that, for many, will be seen as having implications on the field as well as off.
Veteran George Smith could not have wished for a better way to cap his 150th super rugby appearance, scoring a try and helping the Queensland Reds end a six-match losing streak as they overran the Kings at Suncorp Stadium.
Reds coach Nick Stiles described young hooker Alex Mafi as the most nervous player he had seen before a run-on debut, but feels his performance shows he can become a dominant Super Rugby figure for Queensland.
The Crusaders have racked up their seventh consecutive win of the Super Rugby season with a comprehensive 50-3 triumph over the Sunwolves in Christchurch on Friday.
A Super Rugby appearance record is being set this week but Australian George Smith could already have left that mark for dead had he not spent several seasons overseas.
Master motivator Michael Cheika has revealed his own inspiration as he resorts to brainwashing the Wallabies into believing they can conquer the mighty All Blacks and finally return to the Bledisloe Cup to Australia.
Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says the club wants to keep a “special” group together as teams prepare for a chaotic player market sparked by the axing of an Australian Super Rugby franchise.
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The ARU is poised to announce the culling of one Australian franchise this week after SANZAR reportedly agreed to return Super Rugby to a 15-team format. Either the Melbourne Rebels or Western Force will be scrapped.
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Each week we’ll be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players out of the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.
The decision to cut the Australian Super Rugby sides from five to four floored me. Based on all previous rhetoric about maintaining a national footprint, I didn’t think the ARU would do it.
Round 8 of Super Rugby contained plenty of highlights, though this week could perhaps be remembered as the round of milestones.
Match result: The Jaguares missed a chance to add another win to their ledger, losing by 13 points to the Bulls.
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Match result: The Lions are winners once again, defeating the Stormers by 13 points.
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Match result: The Chiefs have added another win to their ledger, with a 14-point victory over the Cheetahs.
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Match result: On a perfect night for rugby in Melbourne, the Rebels have stunned the heavily favoured Brumbies 19-17 in an upset that, for many, will be seen as having implications on the field as well as off.
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Match result: The Hurricanes have come away with a close-fought win over the Blues, victorious by just four points.
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Match result: The Reds have secured another Super Rugby win, beating the Kings by 13 points.
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Match result: The Crusaders recorded a strong victory over the Sunwolves, winning by 47 points.
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For months now, Australian rugby has been a whirlpool of speculation, finger pointing, rhetoric, confusion and anger. I for one am sick of it, mainly because there has been some fantastic Super Rugby on display.
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