Friday’s Rugby News

Friday’s Rugby News

Fridays Rugby News sees Wallabies and England named, the eleventh ban of RWC19, Clarky gets a double ton and, more Junior Wallabies for the Waratahs.



Wallabies Named For England.

Wallabies team to play England at Oita Stadium, Oita on Saturday 19 October

1. Scott Sio (62 Tests)
2. Tolu Latu (18 Tests)
3. Allan Alaalatoa (36 Tests)
4. Izack Rodda (24 Tests)
5. Rory Arnold (25 Tests)
6. David Pocock (82 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (98 Tests)
8. Isi Naisarani (7 Tests)
9. Will Genia (109 Tests)
10. Christian Lealiifano (25 Tests)
11. Marika Koroibete (27 Tests)
12. Samu Kerevi (vc) (32 Tests)
13. Jordan Petaia (2 Tests)
14. Reece Hodge (38 Tests)
15. Kurtley Beale (91 Tests)

16. Jordan Uelese (8 Tests)
17. James Slipper (95 Tests)
18. Taniela Tupou (18 Tests)
19. Adam Coleman (37 Tests)
20. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (20 Tests)
21. Nic White (30 Tests)
22. Matt To’omua (51 Tests)
23. James O’Connor (51 Tests)

Michael Cheika and the selectors have thrown caution to the wind and named the side predicted in yesterday’s news. The biggest gamble is the selection of two test rookie Jordan Petaia at outside centre. The 19-year-old has shown enough for Reds fans in his eleven games for us to be less nervous than the rest of Aussie rugby but that doesn’t mean we’re not worried.

Taniela Tupou replaces the safer option of Sekope Kepu on a bench choc-full of impact players including James O’Connor.

Meanwhile, Eddie Jones has named his side

  1. Joe Marler
  2. Jamie George
  3. Kyle Sinckler
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. George Kruis
  6. Tom Curry
  7. Sam Underhill
  8. Billy Vunipola
  9. Ben Youngs
  10. Owen Farrell
  11. Jonny May
  12. Manu Tuilagi
  13. Henry Slade
  14. Anthony Watson
  15. Elliot Daly


16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Dan Cole, 19. Courtney Lawes, 20. Lewis Ludlam, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Henry Slade, 23. Jack Nowell


Paula Ngauamo get seven weeks

Tongan hooker Paula Ngauamo has become the 11th player to be banned at Rugby World Cup 2019. Ngauamo has been banned from rugby for seven weeks after admitting to kicking an opponent in the face during Sunday’s World Cup match against the United States.

The disciplinary committee applied an initial ban of eight weeks but reduced this by a week taking into account the player’s early admission and disciplinary record.

World Rugby chief Brett Gosper implored coaches to change their ways to protect the players from serious injuries.

“Player welfare is our number one priority,” Gosper said.

“There will be diminishing red cards as coaches change. It is there to protect the players.”

Wallaby coach Michael Cheika has been a vocal critic of the referee crackdown on illegal tackles.

However Gosper believes it is the coaches who are out of touch and need to adhere to the guidelines to prevent players from spending time on the sidelines with suspensions.

“It is right to punish the team despite the balance of the match at that time,” Gosper said. “This is one of the things that upholds the values of the game and the team should take the punishment as much as the players.”


Sept. 25-Reece Hodge, Australia, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on Fiji flanker Peceli Yato

Sept. 26-Rey Lee-Lo, Samoa, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on Russia fullback Vasily Artemyev

Sept. 27- John Quill, United States, 3-match ban, dangerous tackle on England back Owen Farrell

Sept. 27-Motu Matu’u, Samoa, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on Russia fullback Vasily Artemyev

Oct. 1-Facundo Gattas, Uruguay, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on Georgia flanker Shalva Sutiashvili

Oct. 6-Andrea Lovotti, Italy, 3-match ban, dangerous tackle on South Africa No.8 Duane Vermuelen

Oct. 6-Nicola Quaglio, Italy, 3-matchban, dangerous tackle on South Africa No.8 Duane Vermuelen

Oct. 7-Tomas Lavanini, Argentina, 4-match ban, dangerous high tackle on England flyhalf Owen Farrell

Oct. 10-Josh Larsen, Canada, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on South Africa prop Thomas du Toit

Oct. 14-Bundee Aki, Ireland, 3-match ban, dangerous high tackle on Samoa flyhalf Ulupano Seuteni

Oct. 15- Paula Ngauamo, Tonga, 7-week ban, kicking face of United States opponent

200 Tests For Greg Clark!

Greg Clark is a constant voice in the ever-changing landscape that is Australian rugby. While coaches and players come and go Clarky’s voice during Super Rugby and test matches seems to have been with us forever. Over on Foxsport his co-worker Nick McCardle reveals all in a hard-hitting expose. Here are some highlights.

McArdle: On the road you often tell us about your short but spectacular rugby career. Can you share the details of your unfulfilled potential?

Clark: I played mainly rugby league as a kid, junior rep and first grade when I was 17 in the bush.

Once I went into radio the rest of my sporting career was pretty much social.

I often joke that of the people working in the Fox Sports rugby team there are hundreds of Test caps and hundreds of Super rugby caps, and two caps for Queensland subdistricts.

And I’m very proud of my rep career.

I’m fully aware of the fact I didn’t reach my potential.

I could have been anything apparently.

McArdle: Calling rugby is so much more than a job for you. You’ve made a life in rugby. What do you enjoy most about rugby and the world of rugby?

Clark: I love the game, I love the people, and it’s a worldwide game, no doubt about that. We’re experiencing that at the Rugby World Cup in Japan at the moment.

I’ve had so many opportunities to meet great people and travel to some wonderful destinations.

The total package is what I love about rugby.

There are great people who play rugby, work in it and support it so to be a part of that community for so long is very special.

McArdle: What happens on tour stays on tour. (For example, we should never mention Tim Horan’s favourite drink is Malibu and milk, or Phil Kearns was mugged by Russian mafia during the 2015 World Cup.) But of the stories that can be told, which is your favourite tour yarn?

Clark: The first thing that comes to mind was that flight over the Andes in South America from Santiago to Mendoza.

I don’t know how all of you on that flight felt but I didn’t think we were going to make it.

It was the roughest flight I’ve ever been on and the most terrified I’ve ever been.

We do a lot of travel in our job but I’ve never experienced anything like that and I will never forget.

Kafe’s still not fully recovered.

And then there’s the commentators meeting which I think was originally Kearnsy’s brainchild. Whenever we got to our destination midweek, preferably earlier in the week, we’d have a commentators meeting.

It was Chatham House rules, it was all off the record and these meetings could go for many hours at times.

We tried to solve the problems of our sport and of the world.

There’s been a lot of laughs in some weird and wonderful places.

And I will always get a laugh out of “I’m just at Lake George.”

That’s the catchcry whenever anyone’s running late for a pre-game production meeting. Whenever Kearnsy was late getting to Canberra he would ring and say, “I’m just at Lake George.”

He could be in the M5 tunnel, still in Sydney, but he was always “just at Lake George.”


Click through to the link and check out the video of the Foxsport team learning the Argentinian team’s names, well worth it.


New Signings for The Waratahs

Michael McDonald passes (Photo by Stephen Tremain)

New NSW Waratahs Head Coach, Rob Penney has started to put his mark on the playing group with the addition of two Junior Wallabies to his playing roster. Penney has signed loose forward Carlo Tizzano and halfback Michael McDonald for the 2020 Vodafone Super Rugby season.

The signing of the Perth duo takes the NSW Waratahs count to 13 Junior Wallabies from the squad that made their way to the Final of the U20 Championships in Argentina this year.

McDonald – originally from Carlingford, Ireland – emigrated to Australia with his family in 2013, where he has been a member of the Rugby WA’s Academy.

The 19-year-old scrumhalf represented Western Australian in the U19 Rugby Championship in 2018, as well as appearances for Perth Spirit and now Sydney in the National Rugby Championship (NRC) – he joins the NSW Waratahs on a three-year deal.

Another Rugby WA Academy product and Australian U20, Tizzano joins the NSW Waratahs on a two-year deal.

An energetic loose forward, Tizzano picked up the Fortescue Premier Grade’s P.G. Hampshire Award as the competition’s best and fairest player.

Representing the Australian Schoolboys in both 2017 and 2018, Tizzano will join a NSW forward pack featuring Australian U20 teammates Pat Tafa, Will Harris and Angus Bell.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach, Rob Penney said the addition of Tizzano and McDonald would further strengthen his squads next generation of players.

“We’ve [coaching staff] been busy looking into what is a wealth of talented, young players on the books here at the [NSW] Waratahs,” Penney said.

“NSW has a proud history of player development and the current crop of Junior Wallabies are testimony to that, adding Michael and Carlo represents an astute piece of recruitment from Tim Rapp [GM of Rugby].

“We’re always wanting to look within our own system when bringing players though, but being able to provide external players an opportunity to be involved with the [NSW] Waratahs is also important.

“Michael and Carlo are excellent young players looking for an opportunity in Super Rugby, they were part of what was a very successful Australian U20 squad this year and I’m excited about their potential amongst a young group of players.”

McDonald who has been playing under Chris Whitaker for Sydney in the 2019 NRC said the prospect of playing Super Rugby was an exciting one.

“It’s one of the premier rugby competitions in the world, to be involved in the squad here at the [NSW] Waratahs ahead of next season has been enjoyable so far,” McDonald said.

“Playing in the NRC [for Sydney] has been a great experience, working with a guy like Whits [Chris Whitaker] day-in-day-out has already been really beneficial.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to come across and play for the [NSW] Waratahs and get started for next season.”

Tizzano was looking forward to beginning life in a Super Rugby set up.

“It’s exciting to be coming across to the [NSW] Waratahs,” Tizzano said.

“I know a lot of the guys from the [Australian] U20s and Schoolboy squads, playing and training alongside them is something that appealed to me.

“There’s a strong group of coaches and a lot of experienced players that I’ll have the opportunity to learn from and compete with over the next two seasons – I’m really looking forward to it.”



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