All posts tagged "john mitchell"

  • Rugby
    Nathan Sharpe a Force colossus

    Sharks 27 Western Force 22 I’ve banged on a bit about Matt Hodgson being the backbone of the Force’s efforts this year but in the face of adversity you cannot fault the commitment, workrate and leadership of Captain Nathan Sharpe. Hodgo was consistently outstanding at openside when he took over from Bam...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Wallaby Watch: Outside Centre

    Each week we here at G&GR select our Wallaby Team of the Week. Rather obviously, this is...

  • Rugby
    Force v Highlanders Preview: Shepherd’s Pie

    In what has been a prick of a season so far, the Western Force have an opportunity to post a rare brace of wins following last week’s victory over the Stormers. With their international backrow of Pocock, Brown and Hodgson back on deck for the first time since Round 1, combined with...

  • Rugby
    Courageous Force take it to the Bulls

    Bulls 28 Western Force 15 The ‘glass half full’ version says that the Western Force showed heart and courage last night in the face of adversity and gave the top of the table Bulls a real fright. However, reality bites in that it was the Force’s 6th loss in a row in...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Player Movements: Week 2

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

  • Rugby
    Western Force v Bulls: Dead Man Walking

    By announcing his departure from coaching the Western Force ‘at the end of the 2011 season’ John Mitchell is effectively a dead man walking. I wonder where he’ll celebrate New Years’ Eve this year? You can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be at the Western Force. If you think otherwise you’re...

  • Melbourne Rebels
    At my signal, unleash hell!

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

  • Rugby
    Chiefs v Force Preview: Not Enough Indians

    It’s not only the Western Force who have been unlucky in love recently but the Chiefs are without a swag of quality players for this weekend’s clash in Swan Laager. In good news for the Force Mark Bartholomeusz, Ryan Cross and Nick Cummins return to the starting XV and recent four-game emergency...

  • Rugby
    Western Force caned but miracles do happen

    You don’t have to be Einstein to work out that two into one won’t go. However, one into two is an entirely different matter. In a miracle of modern science as ground breaking as the Theory of Relativity James Rabbit O’Connor created a new position in the game of rugby at the...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Oz Super 14 coaches: a force multiplier?

    In military parlance, a force multiplier is an asset that increases your ability to succeed in the violence of the battlefield. Transposed to rugby it is the people, strategies, innovation and organisation that you can bring to your franchise to enhance success. And one of the major force multipliers in any season...

  • Rugby
    Force pinning hopes on ‘Little General’

    The question on everyone’s lips is how much will Matt Giteau’s departure hurt the Western Force this season? Let’s face it, in the three seasons he was there it was essentially ‘all about Gits’. He was their million dollar man, possessed oodles of star quality and was worth every cent. Commanding the...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Force Have Real Firepower in 2010

    If ever there was a time for the Western Force to fulfill their real potential it’s now. They’ve essentially been a journeyman outfit since entering the Super 14 competition in 2006. I don’t mean that in a negative way because they’ve achieved more in the last four years than many of the...

  • Rugby
    Melbourne Rebels Super 15: Recruitment


  • Rugby
    Behind the scenes of the “Secret Summit”

    Robbie Deans: Hi lads, thanks so much for coming on such short notice. Chris Hickey: No problems Robbie. Andy Friend: The Brumbies are glad to have the opportunity. John Mitchell: Yes, Robbie, just like old times hey? But seriously, I just want to say what an honour it is for me, I...

  • Queensland Reds
    QRU – the time is now!!

    My esteemed colleague/fellow Blogger/GAGR Rugby Correspondent, Juan Cote, has called for the ARU to lend a bit more a hand to the Reds in getting them back on top of their game in Please ARU – help the Reds help themselves!!. I’m going to be a little more dramatic. It is time...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Brumbies vs Blues Live score

    Final Score: Brumbies 37 – Blues 15

  • NSW Waratahs
    Live score: Tahs vs Force

    Live scoring will start here about 19.30 AEST

  • Rugby
    All quiet on the Western Front

    The silence is deafening after the Force’s total capitulation last weekend against Waikato. What is going on? After an incredibly exhilarating win against the Brumbies, the meek effort produced against Waikato suggests perhaps that Gits and a raft of others may have more pressing things on their mind. Imagine if this sort...

  • ACT Brumbies
    First Aussie Derby, Key Match-ups

    A look at the key match ups for the first Australian derby of the 2009 Super 14 as the ACT Brumbies host the Western Force in Canberra. What does this mean for the match preview and prediction?

  • Rugby
    Force – there’s some good news…

    Which is that they got their first win of the season. By all accounts they laboured a...