The injury ravaged Australia Rugby team have called up the services of loose forward Ben Mowen for the upcoming tests against Scotland and Wales that will take place in the first week of June itself after it was revealed that number 8 Ben McCalman will not be able to participate after suffering a shoulder injury which has ruled him out of action for at least a month.
Australia rugby team was ranked sixth in the HSBC Sevens World Series ranking in Tokyo. They were placed in the Pool B along with New Zealand, United States and Hong Kong.
Even though the team was better ranked than two other opponents, Coach O’Connor was not ready to underestimate any of the teams.
In the Hong Kong series, USA had played very well only to be defeated by Kenya. Hong Kong played well as well and New Zealand was the champions. Australia started out well against Hong Kong but in lost their focus in the match against England.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.”
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.
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.
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.