Category Archives: Australia

D-Day for Rugby Champs

Decision day has arrived for the Springboks and SANZAAR, as The Rugby Championship hangs in the balance.

SANZAAR are on Wednesday expecting to learn whether or not the Springboks will board a flight bound for Australia this weekend, a decision which will have serious ramifications for all four participating nations.

South Africa celebrate the Webb-Ellis Cup in Japan after beating England in the final. Photo: World Rugby

Peter FitzSimons and James Bracey laud the Wallabies performance in their 16-all draw with the All Blacks.

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Fiji needs two bonus points wins (with a whiff of a chance) to advance

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Flanker Peceli Yato attacks for Fiji in their first pool match against Australia last Saturday. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji needs a miracle to advance to the playoffs of the Rugby World Cup after the shock 27-30 loss to Uruguay yesterday at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

With the two points gained; one from the four tries scored and the other point by losing by less the seven points; Fiji needs to see the results from the seeded teams; Australia and especially Wales to falter with no bonus points to advance.

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Fiji shows glimpses of greatness

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Peceli Yato and Ben Volavola hold up Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi at Sapporo. Photo: AP

The Flying Fijians played an expansive, flamboyant game in the first half of their opening Rugby World Cup match but bowed out graciously to a better team in the second half.

The cohesiveness of the forwards and backline was sublime forcing the clueless twice world champions to play second fiddle.

The final 21-39 scoreline hardly reflected on the actual action on field activity which saw Fiji still leading the Australians at the end of the third quarter 21-20.

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Wallabies pick 52 percent Islanders

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Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has been named the vice captain for the World Cup. Photo: Rugby Australia

The Wallabies have named 52 percent; 16 players from the Pacific Islands last Friday in their 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan which kicks off on September 20. Continue reading

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Abundance of resources

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Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP

The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading

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Fiji or Japan to win 2019 RWC

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The Brave Blossoms celebrate after upsetting the Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

 

Just like the violent tsunami that hit Kamaishi, the aftereffects of the 2011 great Sendai 9.1 earthquake, a Tier 2 nation will win the Japanese Rugby World Cup after the final at the International Stadium in Yokohama on November 2.

Either hosts Japan or Fiji will win the number IX showcase event after Tier One nations New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England dominated proceedings in the past eight tournaments.

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Foley’s last-minute penalty seals victory for Australia

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty which won the match for Australia. Photo: World Rugby

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley celebrates the successful penalty with skipper Stephen Moore which won the match against the Scots. Photo: World Rugby

Fly-half Bernard Foley struck a last-ditch penalty just 30 seconds from the end to clinch Australia a 35-34 victory over Scotland in a Twickenham quarter-final awash with eight tries, drama and controversy.

With his team trailing 34-32 after an interception try from Scotland centre Mark Bennett in the 73rd minute, Foley snatched victory for the Wallabies who scored five tries to Scotland’s three to make the semi-finals an all-southern hemisphere affair for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Australia will take on Argentina in the last four, while New Zealand meet South Africa.

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Heat on England if Wales beat Fiji: Gatland

Gatland says the pressure will be on England if Wales beat Fiji. Photo: Getty Images

Gatland says the pressure will be on England if Wales beat Fiji. Photo: Getty Images

Wales face the Pacific Islanders on Thursday after their bruising 28-25 win over the hosts at Twickenham.

England then face Australia two days later.

“If we beat Fiji we’ll put quite a bit of pressure on England I suppose because they’ll have to beat Australia,” said Gatland, who has three fresh injury worries.

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Cheika backs Hooper for ‘logical approach’

Fiji's Asaeli Tikoirotuma bumps Michael Hooper in the Pool A clash in Cardiff. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s Asaeli Tikoirotuma bumps Michael Hooper in the Pool A clash in Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images

You can call it the Japanese Effect – or simply tournament management.

But the Wallabies are adamant they made the right moves in a physically brutal contest against Fiji and they have would not change their tactics after scoring three tries in the first 42 minutes of the game.

Stand-in Wallabies captain Hooper made the call to protect the Australia’s lead by taking a penalty shot in the last 10 minutes of their 25-13 win against Fiji in Cardiff.

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Ashley-Cooper says Australia have their mojo back

Fiji's Nemani Nadolo (right) tackles Australia's Scott Fardy. Photo: SMH

Fiji’s Nemani Nadolo (right) tackles Australia’s Scott Fardy. Photo: SMH

Wallabies veteran has seen a revival in the national team’s standing at home and abroad reinforced by the 28-13 Pool A victory over Fiji

BATH – With 109 caps, Australia wing Adam Ashley-Cooper has been around the Wallabies long enough to have experienced many high and lows.

For several years up until 2014 it was all lows as Australia’s international reputation in rugby took a bit of a battering, which had dire consequences for the game domestically, and resulted in other football codes moving head of rugby in the domestic pecking order.

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