All posts tagged "george smith"

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies Tri-Nations Squad 2008 Announced

    Below is the Australia Tri-Nations squad for the 2008 Tri-Nations. A few comments on the changes from the last few weeks: INTimana Tahu – Has been impossible not to notice for Australia and brings a real different option to Barnes at 12, where I hope they aim him and his ball skillsDrew...

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies vs France -Second test player ratings

    Here’s what I saw, see if it tallies with what you reckon. Rating system at bottom. 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper – Solid at the back but not much more. 5 14 Peter Hynes – Took his try well and has a nose for finding space straight ahead 7 13 Stirling Mortlock (c) –...

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies vs France -Second test score & review

    Australia 40 – France 10A stunning man of the match performance for the Wallabies by Matt Giteau against a French side who didn’t want to be there, put a deceitful gloss on this performance. Giteau made the final kick or pass for every one of Australia’s four tries: A perfectly weighted cross...

  • Back to the gym for rookie Wallabies prop Ben Alexander

    By James Heffield, Betfair journalistJames is a Betfair sponsored journalist who will be contributing exclusive content – like this interview with Ben Alexander – for Green and Gold RugbyNew Wallabies prop Ben Alexander says adapting to the raw power and physicality of test match rugby was one of the biggest challenges he...

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies team for second French test

    NEWSFLASH: Lock Nathan Sharpe is out with a groin strain, replaced by 24 year old Dean Mumm. Hugh McMinimum takes the spot on the bench. There are four changes for this weekend’s test. Through injury Tuqiri and Palu are out, replaced by the Wallabies debutant Lachie Turner and Stephen Hoiles (look out...

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies vs France First Test Player Ratings

    Here’s what I saw, see if it tallies with what you reckon. Following controversy (!) I’ve decided to give a rating scale a go, with no more half marks: 10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books9 – Man of the match worthy performance8 – Outstanding7 – Good...

  • Wallabies
    Wallabies vs France score & review

    Wallabies 34 – France development XV 13 Aussie Robbie’s been telling us that progress to a Deans-afied Wallabies would be one step at a time, and in so many ways this first test win over France at Stadium Australia proved to be just that. As an example, last week there were a...

  • Wallabies
    Australia Wallabies vs Ireland Score & Review

    Wallabies 18 – Ireland 12 In so many ways this was a perfect opening hit-out for Aussie Robbie. Importantly the Wallabies won – a loss would have killed the Dingo Deans feelgood factor stone dead. But equally, in this game we saw all of the Wallabies collective traits, both positive and negative,...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Aussie teams Super 14 round-up

    Come Monday next week, no-one’s going to give a rats arse about the Super 14 2008, so while there’s still some legs in it, how has it all worked out for the Aussie states and what does it look like for 2009? OverallIn short, better than last year, but far from great....

  • Investec 2008 Super 14 Awards – Voting & History

    Just to follow up on the news from yesterday, here are what the voting numbers were, along with a bit of history of who won it down the years. I didn’t realise how close Phil Waugh was to getting it. I understand the votes come from the players themselves. 2008 Investec Super...

  • Investec 2008 Super 14 Awards

    The Investec Super 14 awards were dished out last night. Interesting how they didn’t wait till after the finals – what does that tell you about expectations for Australian rugby? Anyway, here are the gongs they gave out, with a couple of comments: Ref of 2008 – Stu DickensonStill gets my vote...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Stormers vs Brumbies; Super 14 video highlights

    Stormers 20 – Brumbies 10 Gaping chasms in the Brumbies mid-field ushered the Stormers through for their...

  • Rugby
    Brumbies vs Lions Super 14; review, video highlights

    Brumbies 28 – Lions 21. There’s a glowing ember of the Super 14 game winning habit deep...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Brumbies vs Sharks Super 14 Video HIghlights

    Brumbies 27 – Sharks 21 Rounding out the upsets from last weekend was this great effort from...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Blues vs Brumbies Super 14 Score & Review

    Blues 11 – Brumbies 16 To beat the third placed side at their home is no mean feat, but the truth is that this Blues side is rapidly unraveling and it simply couldn’t take the pressure that this make-do Brumbies side managed to muster. It wasn’t a scintillating stuff, but the Canberran...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Super 14 2008. Brumbies vs Cheetahs, score & review

    Brumbies 29 – Cheetahs 23 Laurie Fisher might not feel quite so happy about it, but the loss of just about every skerrick of experience from the Brumbies backline this year through retirement and injury, is probably one of the best things that could have happened for the distant future of ACT...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Super 14 reviews and scores: Highlanders vs Waratahs, Lions vs Force, Brumbies vs Reds

    How do you have almost 70% possession, 60% territory, make the opposition tackle twice as much as you, have the double their line breaks, and only win by two points? No this isn’t a joke, but the script for both the Waratahs and the Force this week, and familiar for both sides...

  • Who’s the most valuable Wallaby?

    Throughout last week we ran a poll asking “Who can the Wallabies LEAST afford to lose?”. The results (from 86 discerning rugby officianados) and how they unfolded over the week, were pretty interesting. At the time, it wasn’t a clear cut exercise. A flux of injuries and variable performances meant that all...

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    Australia vs England quarter final: preview & teams

    Dear Santa…. The perceived wisdom (from both sides) for Saturday’s first quarter final seems to be this:...

  • Wallabies
    Australia vs Canada RWC’07 score, review, stats

    Woeful Wallabies 37 Plucky Canucks 6 Here’s the short version; a bunch of Wallabies desperate to score...