Shane Sullivan

  • Rugby
    Wallabies World Cup Squad: Hot or Not?

    It’s been a huge day in Australian rugby. Many of you picked the demise of Matt Giteau,...

  • Rugby
    Wallabies v. Springbokke in Durban – As it happened

    Join us from 1:00am AEST for live coverage and wanging on as the Wallabies play for a...

  • Rugby
    Sully’s Wallabies Training Day

    Last Monday the Wallabies held open training at The Southport School. I grabbed the family and we drove around the corner and joined the couple of thousand other fans watching the Wallabies play a bit of touch rugby then sign autographs for an hour. But this started me thinking. Why couldn’t I...

  • Rugby
    Australia v. Samoa: A Kind of Preview

    Here we are: the first game of the international season. An understrength Australian side against an unknown Samoan one. How do you preview this game? I don’t know, but let’s see what happens. Australia: The Australians have named an eclectic side: a mixture of new caps, old heads and last chancer players....

  • Rugby
    Australia v. Samoa: Visitors Form Guide

    I confess to knowing very little about the Samoan team playing the Wallabies on Sunday. We don’t see or hear much of Samoan players (or those from the other Pacific Islands nations) between World Cup years, other than occasional mentions of those earning a living in the northern hemisphere competitions. So when...

  • Rugby
    Super Rugby Final: Reds v. Crusaders Review

    When the two finalists of the 2011 Super Rugby tournament ran onto the field last night the only people confidently picking a favourite were the bookies. And the bookies were the only people to be wrong. This was a game that wasn’t decided until the final whistle blew, and even then it...

  • Queensland Reds
    Chief v. Reds Preview: Last but not Least

    The battered Reds head for Waikato Stadium without three key men: Beau Robinson, Anthony Faingaa and Ben Lucas have not recovered from their injuries. The Reds need a draw or better to take top spot on 2011’s Super Rugby Ladder. The Chiefs have plenty of reasons to want a big game this...

  • Rugby
    Reds v. Brumbies Preview

    In their last two games the Reds have taken on the top two Kiwi teams and come...

  • Rebels v. Reds Preview

    Ah, this takes me back. An impressionable teenager in a movie theatre in outback Queensland. The rebellious...

  • Rugby
    A Game Too Far: Hurricanes v. Reds Review

    In my preview I suggested that the result of this game would come down to who wanted it more. It now looks like both teams wanted it pretty badly. The Hurricanes reminded everyone that they are a New Zealand rugby powerhouse and the Reds were in it until the final kick of...

  • Queensland Reds
    Who wants it more? Hurricanes v. Reds preview

    Few punters would have backed the Reds to be equal first or the Hurricanes to be 13th,...

  • Rugby
    The Scrum – It’s Neglected, Not Broken!

    Here’s the first thing you need to know about the scrum: it’s not broken! It’s the same scrum. We all played with this scrum. The positions are the same, the binds are the same, you still push the same way. So why is this scrum falling over? Neglect.Not player neglect and not...

  • Queensland Reds
    Tear Down the Wall! Reds Defeat the Stormers

    This was a game that all but the diehard fans thought they couldn’t win! But by 3:00 am AEST on Sunday the Reds had achieved the seemingly impossible: they had taken apart the Stormers’ defensive line and beaten them 19–6. It was the nature of the win that was most impressive. This...

  • Queensland Reds
    Reds v. Stormers Preview: Bashing Your Head Against a Brick Wall!

    Week 8: One o’clock Sunday morning brings us a top-of-the-table clash of monumental proportions. The Stormers play...

  • Queensland Reds
    Reds wobble to 5-point victory over luckless Lions

    The Lions came into this match with one win from six matches, having lost four-from-five by less than seven points. The Reds were sitting atop the Australian conference with four wins, but still looking for the attacking form they showed last year. After the game nothing much has changed: the Lions are...

  • Queensland Reds
    Preview: Reds v. Cheetahs

    On Saturday at 2:40 pm the Reds play their first game against a team outside the Australian Conference. They come up against a Cheetahs side buoyed by their first-ever win on Australian soil. Their win against the Waratahs was a lesson in sticking to your game plan. They attacked the Waratahs’ ruck...

  • Melbourne Rebels
    Match report: Reds v. Rebels

    The family and I went along to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night to watch the Reds take on the Melbourne Rebels. We were confident of a win — Gillian (known as Redslug on Superbru) had picked Queensland to win by 5; I was even more confident to the tune of 12 points,...