Tuesday’s Rugby News

Tuesday’s Rugby News

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

Christian Leali’ifano hobbled

Christian Leali'ifano

The Wallaby number 12 has suffered a compression injury of the ankle in the Wallabies’ terrific win in Rosario, as reported by Georgina Robinson, on Rugby Heaven. Although pundits have been mixed in their assessment of his recent form, there is no doubt his high quality goal-kicking is an important asset for the resurgent Wallabies. He will be monitored closely leading up to the third Bledisloe Test in Dunedin in two weeks.

Sonny Bill has itchy feet


After another brief stint with the Roosters and an NRL Premiership ring, Sonny Bill Williams is reportedly on the move again, with an eye on the Chiefs, the All Blacks, and another potential Rugby World Cup title. Paul Cully believes the lure of further greatness, and playing again with his mate, Liam Messam, will be enough for him to switch codes again in 2014. Read more in Rugby Heaven. He knows how to add value to contract talks.

The Super Rugby draw 2014

Super rugbyThe much-awaited draw for Super Rugby for 2014 has been released. What is your best planned road-trip? Cape Town and Durban for the Waratahs’ fans looks enticing. Who is dodging potential finals prospects? Who isn’t? Will the Waratahs manage to elude the Mardi Gras this year, or will there be another hissy fit? Get the latest right here from SANZAR.

He’s back…

Jake White

Following Jake White’s abrupt departure from the Brumbies in order to return to Cape Town for family reasons, he has re-surfaced in Durban as Director of Rugby for the Sharks, on a three-year deal.  The fate of the incumbent coach Brendan Venter, who’s had the job since July after new Sharks boss John Smit showed John Plumtee the door, is unknown, with the Sharks press release stating they will keep him involved as much as possible.  This is no doubt of little comfort to Venter, who relocated from Saracens in the UK and spoke only four days ago about his passion for his new job.

There could be some heated encounters in Canberra this year when the Sharks come to town, although they are unlikely to raise the temperature at Canberra Stadium into double figures.


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