Vikings on hunt for three straight wins

Undefeated NRC side Canberra Vikings have their sights set on a third-straight win, over Brisbane City, in the 2017 competition. The men from the nation’s capital notched a last-gasp 33-26 victory over defending champions, Perth Spirit last weekend, with two tries in the last 15 minutes sealing the win and second place on the ladder. Vikings coach Tim Sampson lauded his team’s fast start to the year, and their attacking ingenuity, but admitted defensive problems needed to be solved if they are

NRC: Round three key matchups

Which positional clashes will be the most crucial in NRC round three? Fijian flyhalf Peceli Nacebe has quickly proven himself one of the new stars of the NRC, impressing for the strong yet enigmatic Drua, the competition leader in points, tries and attacking metres and second in carries and defenders beaten. His NSW Country counterpart Tayler Adams has certainly not been able to match his opposite in those metrics having played one game to Nacabe’s two, but the Shute Shield player of the year

Aussies draw Fiji in Oktoberfest Sevens

Australia will compete in pool C of the Oktoberfest 7s on September 29 and 30, alongside Chile and Ireland, and Olympic champions Fiji. The Fijians, last year’s World Series bronze medalists, will provide the main threat to the Australians to finishing top of the pool. Chile only took part in the Americas’ World Series events in 2016-17, gaining one point in Las Vegas and five in Vancouver, while Ireland failed to compete in any of the 10 events. Pool A will feature Olympic bronze medalists a

NRC season preview: Queensland Country

Despite a disappointing start to NRC life for Queensland Country, there is cause for optimism, with Brad Thorn handed the reins in 2017. An assistant coach in Country’s one-win 2016, Thorn will know the task he faces in turning around the competition’s underachievers but with the talent he has at his disposal, 2017 could be a game changer. With Thorn at the helm, the Country side should pack plenty of punch as it looks to live up to its potential. Philip Potgieter 22 University of Queensland

NRC season preview: Greater Sydney Rams

The Greater Sydney Rams jumped from ninth to sixth last season, and are expected to push for finals this year. Boasting a formidable squad featuring many Shute Shield stars, the Rams have the quality to contend for the title if fit and firing. Led by John Manenti and Brian Melrose, Greater Sydney have plenty of experience in the brain’s trust, and have all it takes to put together a strong season. The Rams finished sixth with two wins and five losses, missing out on finals by three competitio

Rays prepare for historic double header

NRC’s Sydney Rays and the Aon Uni 7s’ Macquarie Uni Rays will link up for a historic double header this weekend. Macquarie Uni plays host to the second Uni 7s series leg kicking off on Saturday, while the NRC Rays will also take on the Greater Sydney Rams in Sunday’s second round NRC clash. The teams trained at the same time on Thursday, with NRC coach Julian Huxley and Uni 7s star Dominique du Toit excited about the weekend’s back-to-back matches. “Seeing the quality of the girls’ team, they

Wallaroos duo ready to tackle Uni7s

Wallaroos Millie Boyle and Mahalia Murphy are set to make their Uni 7s debuts, after returning home from the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Match fitness will be no issue for the pair, seasoned by five intense matches against some of the world’s best XVs players and a month-long training camp in the lead-up. Boyle, set to line up for Bond University in the Uni 7s, was the youngest member of the Wallaroos squad and said she learned plenty from her first World Cup campaign. “It was an awesome experie

Wallabies abroad: Pocock denied rugby return

David Pocock has been denied his long-awaited return to rugby with Top League giants Wild Knights, forced to watch his new club’s crushing victory from the bench. Pocock could only watch on, with Digby Ioane scoring two tries and Berrick Barnes adding nine with the boot for the Wild Knights in their big 43-8 victory over the Canon Eagles. Two Test Wallaby Daniel Heenan also featured in the match for Pocock's club, playing 80 minutes at lock. Matt Giteau and George Smith continued to steer Sunt

Game of Thorns takes hold at Queensland Country

Game of Thrones may be the most popular television show in the world but at Queensland Country, ‘Game of Thorns’ reigns supreme. While the lands of Westeros are fought over by multiple families, Country coach Brad Thorn reigns supreme over his troops, implementing a 20 minute high intensity interval training session which the players have dubbed 'Game of Thorns'. “It’s tough, hard work, going to a dark place and trying to get through it,” said newly-appointed Queensland Country captain Duncan

The late Ross Turnbull's dream comes to life

To late Classic Wallaby Ross Turnbull three things were dearly important: family, footy and France, the latter of which Turnbull had long dreamt of publishing a book on. Earlier this month, two years after his death, Ross’ dream was realised, with the help of his wife and two of his closest friends, with the publishing of Five Walks Around Central Paris. The inspiration for the book came from Turnbull’s original works; a well-known Francophile, Turnbull spent countless hours in his many trips
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