SUPER LEAGUE IS STRUGGLING

The Wallabies may be looking in good condition after a third place finish in last year’s World Cup but the domestic game in Australia is hardly looking world beating.

Three Australian sides suffered defeats to overseas sides in the last round of games with the only Aussie side to taste success being Western Force who overcame fellow Aussies and reigning champions Queensland Reds.

AUSSIE TREAT FOR FANS

The Australian rugby union and the Australia five Fx Pro Super Rugby franchise has decided to come up with an event on the 18th of this month, where enthusiastic rugby fans get to meet their heroes.

The initial inauguration day will be held on the 1th of this month. The event is scheduled to be held at the University of Canberra.

Mortlock and Smith collect Honours

The two famous Australian rugby stars, Stirling Mortlock and George Smith have been awarded the 'Officers of the Order of Australia' during yesterday's Australia Day honourings.

Mortlock is a former captain of the Australian rugby team. He has scored over 500 test points for the Wallabies and was also skipper for Australia and Brumbies. He now plays for the Melbourne Rebels, where he has also been appointed as captain.

MCKENZIE SET FOR OZ POST

There have been numerous speculations going on regarding the vacant post of the coach of the Australia Rugby team.

With the retirement of the New Zealander Robbie Deans, the doors are open for the Wallabies and they are expecting Ewen Mckenzie of the Queensland red to come and coach them.

Mckenzie is quite a well known personality when it comes to the rugby circuit as he has made a huge impact by improving the game performance and the victory counts for the Queensland Reds.

AUSTRALIA AIM TO ENTERTAIN

Australia’s Will Genia has stated that his team will aim to entertain on their upcoming tour of the UK. Following the pressures of the World Cup, which saw Australia finish third, the Aussies are looking to have some fun in their forthcoming games. On Saturday they take on the Barbarians in what will be a mouth watering experience if the Aussies live up to Genia’s promise.

“It is all about the spectacle” declared Genia, “We don’t want people walking away thinking it was boring...We are going out there to enjoy ourselves.”

WAUGH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Phil Waugh has today confirmed that he will be retiring from professional rugby with immediate effect. Waugh is the most-capped player in the history of NSW Rugby, and he has also captained his state on almost twice as many occasions than any other player.

His 79 Tests place him twelfth on the Wallabies all-time list, and he has also had the honour of leading his country.

Waugh said that while he still feels physically and mentally capable of playing at the highest level for a few years yet, he believes now is the right time to move into a career in business.

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AUSTRALIAN RUGBY PLAYERS COULD DONATE THEIR BRAINS

Scientists have requested Australian rugby players to donate their brains in order to help in studies. They got the idea to study the brains of rugby players after Shaun Valentine, a former player with North Queensland in Australia, revealed that he regularly suffers from vomiting, nausea, and dizziness. Valentine is one of several retired players who are wondering if their health has been put at risk after all the years of taking hits to the head.

BLACKADDER LOVES RUGBY

Canterbury rugby icon Todd Blackadder has said that he is in love with rugby and cannot think of any other game that will rekindle his senses.

Under immense pressure to boost morale in the wake of Christchurch's devastating earthquake - and already responsible for honouring the memory of the Pike River mine victims in this fixture at Trafalgar Park - the Crusaders achieved both aims with a heart-warming performance.

"It's a massive pressure release," he said after surveying an exhausted though elated dressing room.

"You can see it in the sheds right now in the faces of the players.

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BRUMBIES WITHOUT A COMPANY

Australia's most successful team, the Brumbies has been left without a company. Super Rugby organisers focused on scheduling derbies in the opening round of the expanded competition.

Last night, expansion franchise, the Rebels, hosted NSW Waratahs, fuelling the traditional Sydney-Melbourne rivalry, while the go-getting states of Queensland and Western Australia pair off in Brisbane tomorrow.

Which left the Brumbies on their lonesome, at least in terms of a local derby.

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ENGLAND TOLD TO FORGET AUSTRALIA

England have been adviced to forget the Australia result and get back to winning ways. The 35-18 destruction of the Wallabies was the high point of Johnson's reign but he warned that the Six Nations, which England have not won since he captained them to a grand slam en route to the World Cup triumph in 2003, is another matter.

"Not every game is going to be like that, it takes two teams to make a match like that," Johnson told reporters at the Six Nations launch.

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