Waratahs vs Rebels: Five things we learned

The Waratahs are still alive in Super Rugby after a 50-23 win over the Rebels. What did we learn from another entertaining derby? 1. Discipline the Waratahs Achilles heel When even a team’s captain is clearly frustrated by ill-discipline, you know it’s reaching breaking point. Yet that was the situation Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper found…

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ARU board member Geoff Stooke resigns

West Australian ARU board member Geoff Stooke confirmed his resignation on Saturday night, blasting the governing body over the Super Rugby process. Stooke was the only board member who voted against axing a Super Rugby team back in April, 124 days ago, and recused himself from much of the process. In a statement on Saturday…

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One Percenters: Waratahs centre on the move

Waratahs centre David Horwitz is set for a switch to the Rebels for the 2018 season. With Kurtley Beale returning to the Waratahs for the 2018 season, Horwitz’s opportunities were set to be more limited, sitting behind Beale and Foley in the flyhalf spot. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, centre Mitch Inman has already flagged his departure,…

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Rebels must build on "dream start": Wessels

Rebels coach Dave Wessels admits his side’s 3-0 record is the “dream start” to their Super Rugby campaign, having overcome a six day turnaround to stamp themselves as Australian Conference contenders. The 33-10 win over the Brumbies marks the arrival of Wessels’ side as while they have looked impressive in their two wins prior, they…

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Waratahs want scrum cannons firing for 2018

The Waratahs need to be firing cannons in their scrums in 2018, prop Tom Robertson says. Contact coach Simon Cron had the forwards training almost half an hour after their Tuesday training was scheduled to end, constantly packing and re-packing scrums. “He loves a scrum, Cronny,” Robertson said. “He’s been a very good coach so…

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Sio out, Alaalatoa back for Brumbies

Brumbies prop Allan Alaalatoa will return to face the Chiefs this weekend but fellow front rower Scott Sio has been ruled out of the must-win match. Sio has failed to overcome a shoulder issue that forced him out of the Brumbies’ win over the Hurricanes in Canberra, with Nic Mayhew taking his place in the…

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Du Toit cleared for Sydney trip

Springboks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit has been cleared to travel to Australia with the Stormers. Du Toit missed the Stormers’ opening 28-20 win over the Jaguares with a back injury, but will be on the plane to Sydney, with the South Africans facing the Waratahs on Saturday, followed by matches against the Highlanders and Crusaders.…

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