Category Archives: Rugby Championship

Wallaby coach McKenzie quits

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made resignation announcement after 28-29 loss to New Zealand. Photo: Planet Rugby

Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made resignation announcement after 28-29 loss to New Zealand. Photo: Planet Rugby

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie announced his resignation at the post-match press conference following Saturday’s 29-28 loss to New Zealand.

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver paid tribute to McKenzie who has led Australia in 22 Tests since starting in the role in August 2013.

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Toulon boss to take IRB to court

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal bides his time for a showdown. Photo: Skysports

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal bides his time for a showdown. Photo: Skysports

Mourad Boudjellal is planning to take the IRB to court over payments to players on international duty in a groundbreaking move.

The outspoken Toulon president had already made his feelings clear earlier this season when he complained about having to pay the likes of Bryan Habana, Juán Martín Fernández-Lobbe and Bakkies Botha while they were away at the Rugby Championship.

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Creevy hails Argentine fans

Pumas skipper Agustine Creevy leads the celebration for winning their first Rugby Championship match. Photo: Skysports

Pumas skipper Agustine Creevy leads the celebration for winning their first Rugby Championship match. Photo: Skysports

Argentina skipper Agustín Creevy paid tribute to the team’s supporters for sticking with them after the 21-17 win over Australia.

Outlining how Argentina played with real confidence in their game plan after the late loss to South Africa, Creevy was naturally overjoyed.

“We always believed in the team and what the coaching staff had planned,” said Creevy.

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Beale faces investigation

Kurtley Beale ready to pass in an earlier Rugby Championship match. Photo: Skysports

Kurtley Beale ready to pass in an earlier Rugby Championship match. Photo: Skysports

Kurtley Beale faces a disciplinary investigation after an incident on Australia’s flight to South America on Sunday.

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Beale is being investigated by the ARU’s integrity unit for alleged verbal abuse of a member of team management on the trip to Brazil.

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Kuridrani clinches man of the match award

Tevita Kuridrani was in devastating form against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

Tevita Kuridrani was in devastating form against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

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.

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All Blacks win Rugby Championship

Winger Ben Smith crosses against Argentina . Photo: Skysports

Winger Ben Smith crosses against Argentina . Photo: Skysports

New Zealand secured a third straight Rugby Championship title on Saturday as they out-classed Argentina 34-13 with a try bonus-point in La Plata.

At times it was a joy to watch from the All Blacks as they scored the four tries required to become champions after the Boks won well at Newlands.

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Speight ready to give his all for Wallabies

Henry Speight's family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

Henry Speight’s family has finally been granted visitor visas. Photo: Getty Images

After a long four year wait ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has finally become eligible to suit up for the Wallabies, but it wasn’t his long-term wait to become a Wallaby that had Speight so happy over the weekend, but the Australian government ending years of heartache by granting his family visitor visas.

The Fijian-born star and his five siblings were reunited for the first time in seven years over the weekend, with Davila and Jerry allowed into the country just days after Speight became eligible to play for Australia.

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Springboks fall short in Wellington

All Blacks Richie McCaw scores the winning try against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

All Blacks Richie McCaw scores the winning try against the Springboks. Photo: Skysports

New Zealand overturned a half-time deficit to claim a 14-10 victory over South Africa in a thrilling Rugby Championship Test at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

Only two tries were scored – one apiece – but the clash between the two best sides in the world lived up to its billing as the All Blacks were forced to hang on in a nail-biting finish to an outstanding contest.

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Fearless Wallaby Taf uses his smarts

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Tafs was a nerd in Granville High School. Photo: wikiimages

Kamikaze hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was a schoolboy academic who excelled in chess before becoming the Wallabies’ Mr Wreckless.

Now, after nine seasons and countless serious injuries, the Tongan powerhouse believes he can produce his best, and remain on the field, by finally allowing his head to rule his big heart.

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Horne late show sinks Springboks

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau scored early. Photo: Skysports

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau scored early. Photo: Skysports

A late converted try from Rob Horne saw the Wallabies score their first win of the Rugby Championship as they came from behind to beat South Africa 24-23 at Patersons Stadium in Perth.

It went right down to the wire as the Boks, who had led for 38 minutes of the second-half were left to lick their wounds ahead of facing New Zealand.

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