The Co$t of Winning – England vs France: Cash vs Country

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On Wednesday, Sale director of Rugby Steve Diamond announced that England fly-half Danny Cipriani is considering an offer from French side Toulon. Cipriani’s Sale contract expires at the end of the season and Diamond said Cipriani’s future would be decided in the next two weeks. Moving to France would be a financially lucrative move for […] READ MORE


Sean McMahon – Wallaby in Waiting

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The 2014 IRB Junior World Championship came to a close on Friday, with England becoming back-to-back winners of the tournament. The Australian U20s came 5th in the tournament, their best result in three years, after coming 7th in 2013 and 8th in 2012. While they probably didn’t do as well as they would have hoped, […] READ MORE


Jason Woodward and the Melbourne Rebels – A Greater Threat Than Ever

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Seven rounds into the 2014 Super Rugby season, the Melbourne Rebels are definitely a team to be wary of. They may have had big losses to the Western Force and Waratahs in recent weeks, but last weekend’s substantial 32-24 win against the Brumbies shows just what a threat the Rebels pose. Beating the Brumbies What […] READ MORE


Scott Higginbotham – the Other Captain Fantastic

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A lot of pressure has been placed on the Melbourne Rebels this season, with many people toting the team as their ‘team to watch’ in 2014. When there is a lot of expectation placed on a team a lot of attention is directed toward the captain, and in the case of the Melbourne Rebels, that […] READ MORE


Melbourne Rebels – The Rebelution has Begun

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On Friday night, the Melbourne Rebels started their 2014 Super Rugby campaign, and did so in beautiful fashion, recording a 35-14 win over the Cheetahs. As the game progressed, one phrase kept repeating in my mind: ‘they are playing for each other’. Coach Tony McGahan has commented in numerous interviews that he wants the team […] READ MORE


Rebel Kiwis? Kiwi Rebels?

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When someone asks me, “Which is your favourite Super Rugby team?”, my answer is always met with a raise of eyebrows, followed quickly by a suspicious squint. The facial expressions usually come after I add ‘the Melbourne Rebels’ to my initial answer of ‘the Crusaders’, and almost instantaneously I am asked, “Why do you support […] READ MORE


Super Rugby: Why Argentina Should Join The Expansion

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Reports have surfaced that Super Rugby may be set to expand to 17 teams, including a sixth South African team, and potentially one from Argentina. Super Rugby: Why Argentina Should Join The Expansion Meetings held with SANZAR today in Sydney are reported by Planet Rugby to have resulted in a new model, which still needs […] READ MORE


Rebels With a Cause… For Excitement

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With the 2014 Super Rugby season (finally!) under way, I am going to make a wild prediction. 2014 is going to be the year of the Melbourne Rebels. I am not going to say anything as wild as ‘They are going to go undefeated and take home the trophy’, because I would never say that […] READ MORE