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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New Wallaby coach Michael Cheika dealt Australian rugby a royal flush with his first cards on the table to meet the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.
Four selections stand out.
Naming the tireless Matt Hodgson as skipper for the opener is a masterstroke, recognising the huge season he had leading the Force.
England have called up Bath winger and British Army soldier Semesa Rokoduguni for the November Tests, with Chris Ashton missing out.
Jonathan Joseph comes in for the injured Manu Tuilagi, while there is also a spot for Calum Clark in the forwards.
Bath boss Mike Ford has lavished praise on outstanding winger Semesa Rokoduguni following the win over Saracens on Friday.
The British Army soldier has made waves since joining Bath in 2012, taking the Premiership by storm and winning a call-up to the England Saxons.
Rokoduguni was at it again in the 21-11 victory at The Rec, with Ford singling him out for praise.
Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani walked away with the Man of the match award in Cape Town even though the Australians lost to hosts South Africa 10-28 on Saturday in their Rugby Championship encounter.
Kuridrani was devastating with ball in hand and set up Australia’s only try in the first half after racing clear before offloading to Ashley Cooper.
Toulon laid down a marker as they cruised to a 40-17 bonus-point win over Montpellier to move temporarily to the top of the table.
Up against a weakened Montpellier side, they did not have everything their own way in the first half, leading 17-14 at the break.
But they proved too powerful in the second 40, and ran in 5 tries, with James O’Connor scoring a brace to seal a second straight victory.