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Force ready to sink Bulls with a birdie

How do you defeat a Bull? With a birdie of course. The Western Force’s finals hopes are on thin ice following a four-match losing run, with the team to start as rank underdogs in Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Bulls in...

Hurricanes down Highlanders in Super Rugby

The Hurricanes’ winning start to the Super Rugby season has extend to five matches with a hard-fought 20-13 victory over the Highlanders in Dunedin. The result put the Hurricanes top of the table, although the Brumbies can go back above them...

Seven key names back for Reds

Refreshed after the bye and rejuvinated by the return of seven key players, Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham is confident his side can turn around their Super Rugby fortunes. The embattled Reds are back to work following a three-day break and...

Butler: the man behind Pocock’s benching

Brumbies flanker Jarrad Butler is the man getting in the way of Super Rugby’s most eagerly awaited match-up – and he couldn’t care less. David Pocock v Michael Hooper. It’s an epic No.7 showdown sure to speed up Allianz...

Six Nations set for exciting finish

For the second year running the Six Nations Championship will come down to a thrilling final day with several teams still in the running to take the title. A year ago England and Ireland were neck and neck with France also in with a shout, albeit a...

Rugby referee hangs up his whistle

Leading Australian referee Steve Walsh has retired from all forms of match officiating with immediate effect to pursue business interests outside of rugby. The 43-year-old is a veteran of four Rugby World Cups since making his Super Rugby refereeing...

Parisse out, Haimona returns for Italy RU

Captain Sergio Parisse has been ruled out through injury but Kelly Haimona returns at fly-half as Italy prepare to draw a line under their disappointing Six Nations campaign at home to Wales on Saturday. Parisse was forced off in Italy’s 29-0...

Scotland make two changes for Ireland game

Scotland rugby coach Vern Cotter made two changes to his pack on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations finale against champions Ireland at Murrayfield. Prop Ryan Grant, making his first start of the championship, and flanker Adam Ashe move...

Tahs Polota-Nau-out of Brumbies clash

A NSW Waratahs side, trying to find the fine balance between aggression and stupidity, have lost Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau for Sunday’s crucial Super Rugby clash with the Australian conference-leading Brumbies. Polota-Nau suffered a...

Another Red turned Rebels takes on Lions

Jonah Placid will give Queensland rugby another reason to see red after being named as the Melbourne Rebels fullback for their Super Rugby clash with the Lions on Friday night. The embattled Reds are already ruing the loss of talented backs Mike...

Polota-Nau ruled out of Brumbies clash

Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been ruled out of the NSW Waratahs’ team for their Super Rugby clash with the ladder-leading Brumbies in Sydney on Sunday. Tolu Latu is set to replace Polota-Nau, who is recovering from a head knock. The...

Force not scared of Bulls in Pretoria

The Western Force are adamant they have nothing to fear when they travel to Pretoria to take on the Bulls on Saturday. The Bulls have built Loftus Versfeld into a fortress over the years, with visiting teams often struggling to win at the...