• State of unOriginal

    Ok ok. It’s that time of the year when the talk turns to Origin again. Nah, I don’t mean the Slater, Inglis, Lockyer, Hayne, Kimmorley and co. Sure that State of Origin series is on, but it just happens to coincide with the call for a State of Origin in Rugby Union...

  • Folau Rebels – Izzy the Real Deal

    My first decision when writing this article was whether to end that headline with an exclamation point or a question mark (you will note I opted for neither). For, make no mistake about it, the signing of NRL super star Israel Folau by the Melbourne Rebels and the ARU will have fans...

  • Rebels can shop internationally

    With the ARU dispensation allowing them to sign 10 foreigners for their inaugural season, the Melbourne Rebels...

  • Video: G&GR Super 14 Round 7 Review

    There was a lot to like about the Australian sides this weekend. The Reds won in South Africa for the first time since 2006 whilst recording their third straight win for the first time since 2004. The Waratahs defeated the Blues in a high quality game with the exciting Rob Horne and...

  • Player Movements: Week 2

    Last week we launched the first look at the comings and goings of each of our Super...

  • Player Movements: Week 1

    I wrote an article almost a couple of weeks ago now foreshadowing a signing bonanza as the ARU’s signing deadline for the Melbourne Rebels passed.  Well that deadline, 15 March, came and went and we heard nothing. Could it be that the Rebels actually OBEYED the ARU and hadn’t actually spoken to...

  • At my signal, unleash hell!

    So were the inspirational words spoken by Russel Crowe as Maximus, one of cinema’s greatest ‘Rebels’, in...

  • Born Free (to play wherever).

    With the Melbourne Rebels now in the player market place, not too long after the WA Force entered, a subset issue is now a subject of hot discussion.  Who can lay claim to the player.  It is a common cry out of NSWRU and the Sydney club land that they created the...

  • Rebels, Good or Bad for Aussie Rugby?

    Some think they will cause player drain and weaken Aussie super 15 chances, others think they will...

  • Melbourne Rebels sign Cipriani

    English rock-star flyhalf/fullback, and Josh Lewsey punching bag, Danny Cipriani, today confirmed he has agreed to terms with the Melbourne Rebels. Cipriani becomes the Rebels’ inaugural signing and with a two year contract, has effectively turned his back on English rugby. There had been much speculation about his signing but Rebels coach...

  • Mark Bart down for general duties

    The Western Force have named their team for Friday’s match-up with the Brumbies and as flagged earlier in the week, Mark Bartholomeusz is the new black. He was recruited by the Force as a utility to provide backup at fullback and for Andre Pretorius at flyhalf – that he’s now the first choice...

  • Melbourne Messiah and The Virgin Mary

    The national media have been fawning all over Rod McQueen’s appointment as the new Super 15 Melbourne...

  • G&GR Wallaby Player of the Decade & e-book

    In the lead up to New Years Eve 2009, we published a series of articles looking back at some of the highlights of Australian Rugby throughout the decade. This culminated in the selection of the Wallaby Team of the Decade and the nomination of five players as Wallaby Players of the Decade. ...

  • G&GR Wallaby Tries of the Decade #2

    I reckon there’s a fair bet that this next try, number two on the list, would have probably been most people’s choice for the try of the decade. Correct? Then why the hell have I not appointed it as such!!! All the elements are there. Beautiful set piece playe, last minute try...

  • Short Arm. Short Shrift. Good Riddance.

    There are not many occasions where I’d agree with Stephen Jones, The Times doyen of rugby writers,...

  • G&GR Wallaby Tries of the Decade #4

    I am a bit of a believer in the Recency Factor when it comes to many things,...

  • Ooo Ahh, it’s KooGa

    After last week’s successful launch of the Reds new kit, Australian sportswear manufacturer KooGa have scored another...