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The warm-up games are under way for the Super Rugby competition. Usually a bit of a giggle except for the poor bloke who gets injured (there's always one) but this year the Melbourne Rebels have done something rather clever.  An international game against Samoa, with a cut-price ticket price of $12 to $20 an adult and $47 a family.  I'm looking forward to it! Especially after Samoa held the All Blacks for 70 minutes in Apia just nine months ago.

 

 

 

Melbourne Rebels Trial Match Schedule

Melbourne Rebels v Auckland Blues    Thursday 4 February 2016

New Zealand

 

Melbourne Rebels v Manu Samoa

Thursday 18 February 2016, 6.30pm kick off      Melbourne AAMI Park

 

I'm also looking forward to watching rugby being played at the Rio de Janiero Olympic Games from 6 to 11 August.  The current Olympic Gold Medalists in rugby is the United States. Their long reign as Olympic champions is likely to come to an end...

 

It's great to see oval-ball sport played between nations, men's and women's teams both. A bit of national pride!

 

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3DD, thanks for alerting me on this

We will be at the Samoa game now

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... and what a one-sided affair that was.  Dear me!  Samoa couldn't even get their own ball from scrums, lineouts or rucks.

 

Meantime, Quade Cooper has a problem:

 

 

Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper's bid to represent his country at the Olympics has hit a snag after it was revealed that he is not an Australian citizen.

Despite living in Australia since he was a teenager, Cooper is still a New Zealand citizen and travels on a New Zealand passport. 

The 27-year-old has only qualified to apply for citizenship of his adopted country recently due to Australia's strict immigration laws.

Cooper's nationality was revealed during a recent return to Australia, when it was revealed he must be an Australian citizen to play for the Australian Sevens team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

 

This news is hard to believe.  In every aspect he comes across as a dinky-di Australian. How can there be any doubt?

 

 

edit: spelling

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I can understand both sides

1. He often acts like a ego driven **** so he could be an elite overpayed Australian sportsman - many examples have been shown

2. He can't be bothered changing (I haven't bothered - paperwork, extra cost, will never follow the wallabies)

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Hahaha, ah the poor bugger, at least he knows how Ricky Stewart felt to be bridesmaid once again.

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What a good month of rugby we've had.

The Super Rugby season is well under way and the stronger teams have already placed their stamp in the competition. The conference system continues to provide its local derbies to keep the commentators happy while the cross-conference games show the depth of talent in each of the five nations.

meantime in the Northern Hemisphere the English have started to cohere. Big fast forwards operatibg with precision at rucks and mauls, with backs who appear to have permission to score tries. The tour of Australia later this year will be quite a challenge for the Wallabies.

A tactically interesting game at the golf ball stadium in Melbourne last night as both sides contended with a greasy ball. The Rebels won every statistic except on the scoreboard. A fine win to the Highlanders.

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What a good month of rugby we've had.

The Super Rugby season is well under way and the stronger teams have already placed their stamp in the competition. The conference system continues to provide its local derbies to keep the commentators happy while the cross-conference games show the depth of talent in each of the five nations.

meantime in the Northern Hemisphere the English have started to cohere. Big fast forwards operatibg with precision at rucks and mauls, with backs who appear to have permission to score tries. The tour of Australia later this year will be quite a challenge for the Wallabies.

A tactically interesting game at the golf ball stadium in Melbourne last night as both sides contended with a greasy ball. The Rebels won every statistic except on the scoreboard. A fine win to the Highlanders.

I agree 3DD, all except the part about the Rebels game being interesting. The Rebels were f'ing woeful

Debreceni should be shot. He has no go forward, take it to the line anymore. Just a shoveller and now an inept kicker at inept times. Meehan also over kicked possession straight back to the Highlanders back 3. This is a huge no-no to do to any team, let alone the Landers back 3.

We/the crowd around us started booing each kick after halftime, we had had enough. The 4 of us walked out 5 minutes before game end in protest, and we were applauded rather than jeered by our peers in the stand. I hope to never want to do that again

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Just reviving this thread to enquire how the Australian teams are going in the Super Rugby. Any news? Anyone?

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Two weeks later and I wonder still. Anyway, no doubt the Australian and South African conferences can match the calibre of tonight's game between the Highlanders and Crusaders.

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Sorry mate, in too much depression over the Rebels lately.

Lost the must win game against brumbies last night - now we are too far behind to come back to get top Aust conf spot

And the kiwi teams have the 3 wild cards sorted between them - the kiwi teams are way stronger than all the Aussie teams this year. If it carries on to Bledisloe, it will be a whitewash.

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National teams have all been announced for the June test series, with the Northern hemisphere teams coming south over the Equator

 

Wallabies vs England - Poms looking in good shape, with the Wallabies doing their usual trick of field a strong team from what always looks like slim pickings.

 

Wales vs the All Blacks - Up until 2010 you could fairly say that the All Blacks were always shaky in their first Test of the year.  Not any more, it seems. The squad looks remorseless.

 

Ireland vs Springboks - both squads are rebuilding and in Ireland's case, should be rebuilding more. The Springbok forwards look terrific and the backs have a couple of great strike weapons.  It won't be pretty, but Springbok rugby never is.

 

England most likely to get a win or maybe two.  Ireland might get one.

 

By the way, my track record for predictions this year has been performing-at-worse-than-random. 

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congratulations to the Northern Hemisphere teams!

 

Wales lasting 80 minutes against the All Blacks instead of capitulating, Ireland having a first-ever Test win against South Africa in South Africa, and England having a first-ever series win in Australia against the Wallabies!

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Hmm  3 tests to nil to the English - a first in Australia!

 

World #2 ranking has changed - was Australia, is now England.  Great play by the English, they really have figured out how to play their own style of rugby, and win.

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Super 18 final has just finished and credit to the kiwi team finally winning the trophy. South Africa's Lions simply couldn't handle the pressure.

waiting now to see how the national teams in the Rugby Championship adopt the Hurricanes rush defence.

Meantime, tomorrow the Rugby starts in Rio de Janiero!

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currently live: Gold medal decider between Australia and New Zealand womens' sevens.

NZ ahead. Haven't beaten Australia in the last mumble mumble outings.

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And a winbto the Australians. Deserved, too. Too many mistakes from NZ, the sign of a team under pressure.

8.05 pm tomorrow AEST the first Bledisloe Cup game of the year. The Wallabies save their best for their home games. The beer is cold, the TV is ready... looking forward to a big night in!

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Well, this thread seems a lonely place.

 

A lonelier place would be out on the field in Sydney tonight - 42 points to 8 is a walloping.

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Not lonely anymore Muzza. All Blacks flogged by Ireland!!! Holy Moley !!!

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Hmmmm......

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