Thursday’s Rugby News

Thursday’s Rugby News

Here’s our daily round-up of the hot Oz and international rugby news.

Lundy doubles down

kate lundyDespite spectacularly losing her last wager with Pommy counterpart Hugh Robertson when Australia went down in  Olympic gold medals by 29 to seven, the Australian Sports minister is at it again. This time she’s jinxed wagered that Robbie Deans will steer the Wallabies home against the Lions. The loser has to post a picture of themselves wearing the opposition’s rugby jersey.

Safe as houses!

Opeti Fonua smashes Jonny Wilkinson & others

Seen this yet? Opeti is 6’6″ and 150kg. Ouch.

Campo warms up

campo-84It wouldn’t be a World Cup or Lions tour without Campo piping up. Pumping his Lions gig for a pommy radio station, he laid into the modern game, the Wallabies and Deans. “Unfortunately Robbie Deans has struggled to understand how we play the game in Australia. In the World Cup he picked two centres who couldn’t pass a ball. I wish someone could explain to me his tactics. How can you have tactics if you can’t pass?”, he said.

Fair enough. But why’s he living in South Africa? “I was basically driven out of my own country. Tall poppy syndrome, mate.” Go Campo.


Baabaas vs Lions announced.

To play the British and Irish Lions on June 1.

Backs: Jared Payne (Ulster), Rowan Varty (DeA Tigers and Hong Kong), Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz Olympique and USA), Joe Rokocoko (Bayonne and New Zealand), James Hook (Perpignan and Wales), Nick Evans (Harlequins and New Zealand), Kahn Fotuali’i (Ospreys and Samoa), Dwayne Peel (Sale Sharks and Wales), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz Olympique and France).

Forwards: Duncan Jones (Ospreys and Wales), BJ Botha (Munster and South Africa), Paul James (Bath Rugby and Wales), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester and Italy), Matthew Rees (Scarlets and Wales), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Marco Wentzel (London Wasps and South Africa), Jim Hamilton (Gloucester Rugby and Scotland), Francois Louw (Bath Rugby and South Africa), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso and Italy), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais and Italy), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz Olympique and France).

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Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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