Quade Cooper has signed a deal for 3 years with the Queensland Reds. This deal will entitle him to stay in Australian Rugby Union through to the World Cup in 2019. The 28 year old rugby players had given his consent to the Rugby Union of Australia many weeks ago.
This made him to come back to the Wallabys as he mulled on offers from the Melbourne Rebels and the Reds. But, Cooper expressed his interest on one particular destination. He said there is no better place than Ballymore as he spent his best days of life here with family and friends. Cooper has spent more time in Ballymore than at his home.
As he looked at his life to figure out what was the most important thing he wanted to do, it was the club that brought him back to the top. When he looks ahead, he realizes that he has a team with good people and a new coach. On the back of his move, the bookies made Queensland one of their expert betting tips for the upcoming season, with many recognising that they have the strength in depth to compete now.
A whole lot of things are happening and Cooper is so excited to be a part of everything. Cooper is the best thing and his signings should make the team come back as a strong force after many non attempted seasons.
The captain Stephen Moore and George Smith are in terms to take part in Queensland. The squad is inclusive of numerous wallabies like Taniela Tupou and Andrew Ready. As per Coach Nick Stiles, the achievement of championship title happens when there are quality people in the squad.
Hence, with the return of Quade Cooper in the squad, the coach is fully assured that the best quality is added to the team. The best thing that the coach likes about Cooper is that he is a good competitor and hence such competitors are required to win championships. Well, let’s hope that Cooper keeps up his good work and shows his best rugby performance.
Twickenham is all set to host a Rugby Championship Test game between Australia and Argentina later this year. Sanzaar, the tournament organizer, has stated on 8th October, Saturday, as the date for a match.
This match will make history as this is the very first Rugby Championship game to be played outside any of participating countries – Australia, Argentina, South Africa and New Zealand.
The match, which goes as a home match for Argentina, would finish this year’s contest that started on 20th August and also lists venues like Buenos Aires, Brisbane, Sydney and Wellington.
It suggested that Australia and Argentina will go back to Twickenham around a year after they confronted each other on the same place in a World Cup semi-final game that Wallabies won 29-15.
Andy Marinos, the chief executive of Sanzaar, told that while they see the exciting and daring brand of rugby played by southern hemisphere teams on a daily basis, previous year’s Rugby World Cup truly and well revealed that skill and flair to the rest of the world.
He added that they are happy to declare that two of their national squads Australia and Argentina would be coming back to the United Kingdom some twelve months later to contend what would be a historic chapter of the Rugby Championship – with fans able to buy tickets through this website.
Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of Rugby Football Union, told that they are happy to have the Rugby Championship coming to Twickenham Stadium this October, the first time that one of its matches has been played in England.
After welcoming so many teams and fans here during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it would be great to be able to open their doors again.
Andrew Hore, a New Zealand born rugby administrator, believes that Welsh as well as Pro12 rugby squads could one day be a part of the Super Rugby elite in an elaborated contest.
Andrew, who was the Crusaders’ trainer one time, is leaving his job as Welsh club Ospreys’ chief executive to become the Waratahs’ new Chief Executive Officer in Sydney.
He fears that the Pro12 that features the Ospreys as well as other teams from Scotland, Italy, Wales and Ireland,, is in danger of leaving behind other Euro contests – England’s Aviva Premiership as well as France’s Top Fourteen as their considerably stronger financial sinew – and later on further the gap between the northern as well as southern hemisphere.
Hore, who has earlier worked for the New Zealand and Welsh rugby unions in high performance roles, thinks that a radical shake up is needed for Pro12 to survive, along with something which is uniquely different to the contests in France and England – and something that could increase Pro 12’s TV appeal.
Speaking to Sunday Times, Hore told that he could not see any deal being overtly great unless they are prepared to change their structure to give television something. The important thing is, what is it their supporters and television companies want that would make a different and valuable proposition, uniquely different from the Premiership and Top 14. They have to bring in a new product around them instead of stagnating and staying with tradition.
Stephen Larkham, an ACT Brumbies coach, suggested that the off-field upheaval fencing the Super Rugby province would not be misdirection and their only focus is on bedeviling the top-of-the-table Waikato Chiefs at the Canberra Stadium, on Saturday.
And Larkham consecrates high penalty counts would not stop Brumbies from their attack on the breakdown, but it admits they do require to cut out silly penalties against 2 time champions.
It has been very easy for Brumbies to outstrip themselves from their front-office problems given they were ten-thousand kilometres away in South Africa, but they came back in Canberra later on Monday evening with chief executive Michael Jones’ court case all set to resume in ACT Supreme Court later on Tuesday.
The Brumbies board stood Jones down previous week, but Jones got a temporary enjoinment against the conclusion and came back to work. Jones was stood down after an volatile interview on ABC Grandstand, along with an on-going Australian Federal Police probe into Brumbies’ sale of their Griffith headquarters the cause of all the unrest.
Larkham told that this is hundred per cent focus on Chiefs and this is what everyone at Brumbies wants. The things that one could control are those that you might spend a bit of time thinking about.
A new competition involving nine new domestic rugby union teams called the National Rugby Championship will kick off in August, according to a press release by the Australian Rugby Union or the ARU as they target further development for Australia Rugby in the next few years.
The competition is set to feature four teams from New South Wales, two from Queensland and one team each from the three regions of Victoria, ACT and Western Australia.
These teams will also be representing the New South Wales Country as well as Queensland Country.
In a format similar to the Aviva Premiership, each of the nine teams will play against the other eight teams in matches spread over nine weeks, which will also include a bye. The four teams that top the points table after the nine weeks will play and end of season play-off to determine the winners of the competition.
All players of the Super Rugby will be eligible to play in the National Rugby Championship while each team will also be allotted a player from the national team of Australia Rugby who will turn out for their respective teams when available for selection.
The ARU had previously tried to float a second tier competition to supper the Super Rugby competition back in 2007 but had to fold the event after losses in excess of $ 5 million.
According to the head honchos of Australia Rugby, this competition will give the fans a taste of rugby in second half of the season once the elite Super Rugby competition has completed for the season. For players wanting to make a name for themselves, this will provide a platform that could earn them contracts with Super Rugby clubs or get them to the attention of the national team selectors in the long run too.
Quade Copper could be handed the task of taking one of the most remarkable transformations in sports history in recent years following the decision of Ben Mowen to quit Australia Rugby at the end of this season.
Mowen, the Wallabies skipper stunned the local community of rugby by announcing that he will quit playing in the country when his contract at the end of this season and move to a French club, taking a decision that will benefit his family. This move for Mowen also takes away his opportunity to be the leader of the Australian national team in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Mowen made his debut as a test player for the Australia Rugby team just last June and was promoted to the role of skipper in November with head coach Ewen McKenzie promoting him to the role after overlooking James Horwill.
McKenzie stated that he understands the situation of the player and admitted he still might look at picking the player for the tests this season but he is almost certain to install a new skipper with the Rugby World Cup looming large on the horizon in 2015.
He, however, didn’t want to mention who the candidates for the role are. He stated that there are a lot of players at his disposal, adding that they don’t have to pick a team for the next six months and he will worry about the decision closer to that time.
Mowen had been in negotiations with the Australia Rugby authorities over a contract upgrade after earning a lot less than his teammates having played every test for the team. But the cash strapped Wallabies kept pushing back negotiations and it might seem that his decision to move to France was enforced more that decided by the financial constraints of the ARU.
Alex Cuthbert has declared that he cannot wait to get into the fold once again and renew his acquaintance with the Australia Rugby Team this Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The 23 year old player has been recalled to the Wales team after he recovered from a hairline fracture on his ankle that had ruled him out of action for the last few matches of the national team. Cuthbert saw his name on the score sheet for the British and Irish Lions against the Wallabies during their summer tour of Australia and is relishing the chance to return to the international fold once against after missing out on his country’s last few internationals this autumn against Tonga, South Africa and Argentina.
According to the winger for the Cardiff Blues, he has not been thinking about anything else apart from playing in that stadium in front of the screaming home fans once again and added that the adrenaline was pumping in his heart and he cannot wait to get back on the pitch against the Australia Rugby Team.
He stated that he is looking forward to going out and putting up a show against one of the best teams in international rugby at the moment for his friends, family and the fans of Welsh rugby.
And although Cuthbert got a taste of victory against the Wallabies for the British and Irish Lions, his national team has lost all eight of their last fixtures against the green and gold and he will be hoping to turn the tide in their favor this time around.
And according to Warren Gatland, the Welsh manager, the Australia Rugby Team are a completely different outfit to the one the Lions faced in the summer and they are in for quite a challenge when they take them on.
The scene of Australia rugby is governed by the Australian National Rugby Union Team, nicknamed the Wallabies is known to compete with the rugby teams from Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa in the Rugby Championship since 1996. They have won the Tri Nations championship thrice in past 18 years. The years 200, 2001 and 2011 brought them victory.
They have contested against the All Blacks for the Bledisloe Cup since 1932. The wallabies have competed in all the seven Rugby World cups till date and have been victorious in 1991 against England and in 1999 against France.
Since 2010 the team of Australia rugby has been working in removing the minor glitches and has shown improved results in the “Tri-Nation Series”. In 2010 they almost miraculously won the Mandela plate by defeating South Africa and managed to keep their second position secure.
Also in 2010, Australia defeated the All Black after a consecutive 10th defeat, thus making a record in Australia rugby. Following this victory were two more defeats against England and Munster during the European tour. They also won the tri-nations series, now known as the rugby championship during 2011. However were defeated in their next attempt in 2012. For the first time the Wallabies defeated Italy in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, however lost against Ireland by 6-15. The injuries of Digby Loane and Stephen Moore took a heavy toll that year, on their performance. Eventually Australia won against the United States in their Pool-C match the same year.
They won with a lineup of Rob Home, Rocky Elsom, Drew Mitchell, Radike Same, Pat McCabe, Kurtley Bealy with each one of them scoring a try. The last pool match they won was against Russia by a 68-22. They defeated the Springboks to pave their ways to semi-finals. However they were thrown out of the 201 world cup after being defeated by the All Blacks, 6-20.
The Australia rugby team might be hungry for success and fame, but Australian Rugby Union Chief Bill Pulver has warned them that it is not so easy, and that they must be realistic in their goals.
Pulver has really taken over the rugby scene in Australia, and he plans to bring about many changes in the Australia rugby circuit. His first initiative is to come up with a third tier, which will have all the elite players, and will provide a better chance of success for the national team.
And after Ewen McKenzie was appointed the head coach of the Australia rugby team, Pulver was really thrilled. But even he knows, and has even stated that coming out on top in the upcoming championship will be quite a bit of a challenge for the team.
They will be facing off against South Africa and New Zealand, and both of these teams are big guns in the rugby world, and taking them down will be a gargantuan task indeed. And not only these two teams, the Australia rugby team will have to lock horns even with the Argentineans, and they are a team who keep on improving at their game without any stoppage.
But Pulver is very excited with the prospect of all these teams head to head against each other in the championship, and he said in an interview that he obviously wants to win the Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe Cup. But both of these games will be quite tough, and just because they want to win does not mean that they easily will be able to. The coach is a brilliant one, the team looks promising, so hopes are raised, and there is every chance that the Australia rugby team will come out on top with a win in both games.
Ewen McKenzie, the new coach of the Australia Rugby Union team has a mere five weeks in front of him to turn around the faltering fortunes of The Wallabies before the team faces the toughest task possible: a two test series against the reigning Rugby World Cup champions, The All Blacks of New Zealand.
The Australian was announced as the new coach of the team just hours after the Australian Rugby Union announced that the first foreign coach in the history of the sport in the country Robbie Deans stepped down following the team’s disastrous defeat at the hands of the British and Irish Lions with just six months left on his contract with the country. The 48 year old McKenzie will see out his contract with the Queensland Reds Super Rugby team as their Director of Rugby before taking up the reigns of the Australia Rugby team from August.
McKenzie, who has previously served as the assistant coach of the national team between 2000 and 2003 stated that earlier in the year, he had put up his hand and said that this is what he wanted and this is what he would love to do. McKenzie has also had stints as a coach of the New South Wales Waratahs and the French powerhouse Stade Francais before returning to Australia to take up the reigns of The Reds.
He further added that it has been a very long and arduous journey, adding that he had been offered the role once before in 2005 but had turned it down because he didn’t think he was ready. But now, McKenzie believes that he is more than ready to step into the role of the coach of the Australia Rugby team and is hoping to take the team forward ahead of the 2015 World Cup.