New Zealand gives Pacific islands teams Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua green light for Super Rugby

Pacific islands teams Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua have been granted conditional licences to join a proposed Super Rugby competition next year, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Wednesday. The NZR board’s decision is a major step toward the teams joining New Zealand and Australian Super Rugby sides in a new tournament in 2022. NZR said the Pacific teams’ participation was conditional on their final business plans and Rugby Australia’s support. “We are moving into the final phase of planning […]

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Rugby: The Super Rugby competition will expand to 12 teams from 2022

Super Rugby will expand to 12-teams in 2022 and become a trans-Tasman competition again with conditional licences granted to the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika to join. Last month World Rugby pledged a $2.16 million annual package to guide the teams through their first three years in the competition. Expansion has now been deemed viable and licenses officially granted, news hailed by Rugby Australia as a “new dawn” for rugby in the region. The process is not yet a fait […]

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Rennie says two positions are ‘wide open’ in Wallabies starting XV

When Wallabies coach Dave Rennie sits down to pick the team that will face rising European power France in July, two positions stand out as problem areas. The first – and most concerning – is hooker. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie.Credit:Rugby AU Media/Andrew Phan Rennie brought four potential debutants in that position – Feleti Kaitu’u, Alex Mafi, Lachlan Lonergan, Dave Porecki – into the three-day camp at Coogee at the weekend and left incumbents Folau Fainga’a, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Jordan Uelese […]

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Warren Gatland: Lions coach calls for ‘common sense’ over release of Premiership players

Warren Gatland says players based in the Gallagher Premiership could see their British and Irish Lions prospects harmed if its restrictions on player release are not relaxed. Gatland has called for “common sense to prevail” when Lions chiefs meet Premiership Rugby (PRL) – the organisation representing the 12 top-flight clubs in England plus Saracens – this week in the hope of thrashing out an agreement. Even personnel not appearing in the Premiership final on June 26, which takes place on […]

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Zane Tetevano: Leeds Rhinos forward given four-game ban for late tackle

Leeds forward Zane Tetevano has been suspended for four matches following his dismissal for a late tackle in the Rhinos’ Betfred Challenge Cup defeat by St Helens. Tetevano was shown the first red card of his career in the 44th minute of last Saturday’s third-round tie at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the challenge on Saints half-back Theo Fages. Challenge Cup: Saints beat Leeds; Salford, Catalans, Hull FC through Rugby League team of the week He was charged by the […]

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TV hosts clash over fresh NRL controversy

The Sharks made an official call on their coach for 2022, and the NRL 360 panel did not see eye-to-eye over it. In fact, co-hosts Ben Ikin and Paul Kent clashed over the matter, with Ikin flat out telling Kent, “Don’t twist my words.” Watch The 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership Live & On-Demand with No Ad-Breaks During Play. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now > After 48 hours of speculation, Cronulla confirmed Roosters assistant Craig Fitzgibbon on a three-year […]

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Graham calls for end to Cronulla coaching saga as speculation becomes a distraction

Sharks captain Wade Graham has called for Cronulla’s coaching uncertainty to come to end due to fears the speculation could derail the club’s season. Graham said the club needed to urgently confirm whether Roosters assistant Craig Fitzgibbons would be taking over in 2022. The confirmation would allow John Morris to make a call whether to walk away from the club immediately or whether a caretaker would be needed for the rest of the year. Sharks captain Wade Graham says the […]

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‘We’re not a package deal’: Morris brothers could part ways in retirement call

Roosters star Brett Morris has denied he and twin brother Josh are a package deal and has tossed up the possibility of one brother retiring from the game this year while the other chooses to play on. The Morris brothers both signed one-year contract extensions at the end of the 2020 season and are off-contract at the end of the year. Both are in sublime form and have proved a stable rock through the club’s recent injury crisis. The Morris […]

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Stack’s on: Tiger poised to play in VFL this week

Sydney Stack is poised to make his long-awaited return to competitive football this week with the Richmond defender set to line up in the Tigers’ VFL opener against Sandringham at Punt Road on Friday. Stack hasn’t played since being suspended early last September for breaches of the AFL’s hub protocols. Both Stack and teammate Callum Coleman-Jones were sent home and banned for 10 matches following their infamous night out on the Gold Coast, but those suspensions have been served and […]

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Broncos star Anthony Milford given expiry date after 2021 disaster

Under-fire Broncos star Anthony Milford has reportedly been given 10 more weeks to save his career in Brisbane. Just days after coach Kevin Walters declared the five-eighth didn’t deserve a contract extension after a miserable start to the 2021 season, the Broncos have made a decision to give their highest-paid player 10 games to earn his next deal. The Courier-Mail reports the Broncos recruitment and retention committee wants to have a final decision on Milford’s future by June 30. Watch […]

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