All posts tagged "luke burgess"

  • Rugby
    Rocky’s sterling effort

    Rocky Elsom has been named Wallaby captain for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere tour beginning later this month. He has taken over from Stirling Mortlock who was also named in the side. Berrick Barnes is the Vice- Captain. This will no doubt increase speculation that Mortlock’s Wallaby career may be coming to a...

  • Rugby
    Rookies aplenty in Wallaby Training Squad

    Robbie Deans, and his selectors, have named a number of new faces in the 43 man Wallaby training squad in preparation for the Grand Slam tour later this year.  Perhaps the most notable rookie is scrumhalf Richard Kingi of the Queensland Reds who only last week signed an Academy contract with the...

  • All Blacks
    Wobblies woefull in Wellington

    So far this season the Wallabies have let themselves down in just one, sometimes two facets of the game. Tonight, they fucked every single one. The scrum, lineout, breakdown, kicking, discipline, running, passing; all sucked. It was only an average defensive performance that kept them anywhere near the match. The heroics in...

  • All Blacks
    Wallabies unchanged for Wellington

    It’s the same Wallaby team that did the Boks in Brisbane (see below) – the question being whether they can play with the same intensity. TPN and Lakky are reputed to have gotten over their rib injuries, but to cover Turner just in case, Kurtley Beale has also been flown out as...

  • Rugby
    The Wallabies Changes: Robbie Deans explains

    Maestro Deans has made sweeping changes to his team to face the Bokke this Saturday with the biggest changes being Will Genia and David Pocock getting their chance to start this week. After sniping at the heals of Burgo for a few weeks Genia takes over from the wayward incumbent while Bam...

  • Wallabies
    Where to for Robbie?

    If there was one picture from Saturday night that said it all, it was the shot of AntipoDeans in the stand. We’ve become used to Dingo and Jimbo gesticulating and swearing at the ref/latest player brainfart. But this was different. As the Wobblies slumped to their sixth straight Tri-nations loss, you could...

  • Rugby
    Wallabies make changes for Perth test

    Robbie Deans and his selection panel (whomever they are) have made four changes to the Wallaby starting...

  • Wallabies
    Wallaby player ratings: Sydney Bledisloe

    I finally subjected myself to the replay and here’s my stab at the player ratings. Tally with what you saw? Scoring system at the bottom. 1. Benn Robinson: Steady, but not spectacular. Has lost some edge in the loose. 5 2. Stephen Moore: Early head nock took it’s toll, but also a...

  • All Blacks
    A spoonful of Wallaby stew

    The Wallabies are battered, bruised and winless – not a great combination. With no wins from three attempts the Wallabies face the very real prospect of not winning a single game in this year’s Tri-Nations as they confront an uncompromising South Africa over the next two weeks and then travel to Wellington...

  • All Blacks
    Teams for Sydney Bledisloe

    Two talismen return to the Wallabies and All Black sides for Saturday’s clash in Sydney. For Australia, it’s the long awaited return of Rocky Elsom, back from his much celebrated stint in Europe and ensuing bruised bone (always painful). This return alone will be fascinating to watch. Will we see him dominate...

  • Rugby
    Video analysis: Burgess vs Genia @ Newlands

    Following Auckland we had a look at the passing stats of the two Wallaby half backs, and by request we’ve repeated it for last weekend’s test in Cape Town. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZZMd8ebRSo As you can see in the table below,

  • Rugby
    The Newlands Hangover

    Just imagine you wake up after the Perth Tri Nations with a massive hangover, and lying in bed you recall the events that transpired the night before…. A big smile comes over your face, after all your boys put on a solid 12 point win and that leggy blonde gave you her...

  • South Africa
    Wallabies team for Newlands

    No shockers for the run on team this Saturday. The slight eyebrow raise comes from the bench where we go back to a 4-3 split. The gnarly Phil Waugh makes way for Marcia Hynes. Captions for shmoo opposite? Team below.

  • Wallabies
    Video Analysis: Burgess vs Genia at Eden Park

    If “it was Al’s fault” is a default mantra at scrum time, then “Burgess can’t pass” is another. Since his first games for the Wallabies last year, criticism of his delivery has been intense, and often used as a key reason when the backline doesn’t fire. Detractors, however, had few others to...

  • Rugby
    Wallabies vs All Blacks 1st Test player ratings

    1. Benn Robinson 7 – One of the few forwards who were able to match it with the All Blacks, he was outstanding in defence and held his side of the scrum up well. 2. Stephen Moore 8 – Further enhanced his reputation with another solid all round game in trying conditions....

  • Rugby
    Springbok 3N squad: the usual suspects

      The Springbok selectors recently named a 23 man squad for the opening Tri-Nation’s match to be...

  • All Blacks
    Seducing Miss Eden Park: 1st Test Preview

    For a Wallaby supporter this is a vicious tease of a match. Standing defiantly is the wily 23 year old Eden Park minx, and laid out like a string of Bacardi Breezers before her is the key to melting this ice maidens defences. It’s only fitting that the French and Italians –...

  • Rugby
    Wallabies for Bledisloe 1

    Wycliffe Palu makes his return to the national team, whilst Reds scrumhalf, Will Genia, is in line to make his test debut as the Wallabies take on the All Blacks this Saturday at Eden Park (5.35pm Australian Eastern Standard Time). Coach Robbie Deans has named his strongest test team of the season,...

  • Wallabies
    3N Squad announced: Sanchez not so dirty

    The Wallabies squad to take out the 2009 Tri-Nations was announced today. It’s largely the same as...

  • Rugby
    Pre-Grand Slam XV – The Amateur Selector

    I am what you might call an amateur selector. One of my favourite hobbies is picking Rugby...