Michael Cheika to help coach Argentina, Rugby Championship, news, Wallabies,


Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has signed on to help Argentina in the Rugby Championship, the South Americans said Friday, putting him in competition with his old team.

Los Pumas said Cheika, who quit after the Wallabies’ humiliating World Cup quarter-final loss to England last year, would work as an external adviser during the tournament in Australia.

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Rebels vs Western Force Tips, Odds and Betting – Super Rugby Australia 2020


Round 10 of the Super Rugby season will see Rebels host
Western Force
at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday September 5, 2020. Rebels are favourites for the game which is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm. We preview the game and give you our tips and information on how you can watch the Rebels vs.
Western Force
game live.

When: Saturday September 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Where: McDonald Jones Stadium

Bet: Bet On This Match HERE

Rebels vs Western Force Odds

Rebels vs Western Force Preview

The Rebels have their fate in their own hands.

If they win this clash, they will set-up a Qualifying Final clash with the Reds, but a loss will give that finals berth to the Waratahs and another chapter will be added to Rebels dishonour roll of chokes.

The Rebels go into this clash as clear favourites and they really should have no issues getting the job done.

In saying that, the Rebels confidence was sure to have taken a hit after they failed to lock up a finals spot against the Waratahs last weekend.

The Force look set to finish the Super Rugby Australia season without recording a win and they have definitely shown signs of tiredness in recent weeks.

This is a big chance for the Rebels and I expect them to, finally, take advantage.

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Rebels vs Western Force Tip


We”re tipping Rebels to win at $1.13 odds.





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World Rugby to ban transgender women after safety concerns emerge


World Rugby is set to become the first international sports federation to ban transgender women from competing, citing safety concerns.

Under current regulations, transgender women are permitted to play women’s rugby if their testosterone levels are lowered to the amount enforced by the International Olympic Committee.

But after conducting a review, World Rugby’s research showed allowing transgender women to participate in women’s contact rugby posed a “clear safety risk”.

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As revealed by The Guardian, World Rugby found there is “at least a 20-30 per cent greater risk” of injury when a female player is tackled by someone who has gone through male puberty.



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Super Rugby AU: Melbourne Rebels ready for finals after Western Force fixture


Melbourne Rebels coach Dave Wessels is already planning for the finals, despite a horror recent history of falling over when it mattered most and failing to reach the post-season.

Wessels’ men need to beat the winless Western Force by just four points to make the Super Rugby finals for the first time, and knock the Waratahs out in the process.

The Rebels are at Winx like odds of $1.15 with the TAB to make club history.

It’s a tantalising scenario for the Rebels, and while Wessels conceded his team needed to find more consistency after a last-start loss to the Tahs, he’s confident he’s got three weeks for his men to find their best.

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Super Rugby AU: Talented Queensland Reds trio vying for two spots


Reds coach Brad Thorn has a pleasant selection headache looming in deciding whether Jordan Petaia, Chris Feauai-Sautia or Hunter Paisami misses out on a starting berth in Saturday week’s Super Rugby AU semi-final.

Feauai-Sautia and Paisami have made timely returns from respective calf and knee injuries for this Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.

While it’s a dead rubber in that the Brumbies are certain to finish first and the Reds not being able to be dislodged from second spot regardless of the result, it looms very much as a selection trial for Queensland’s semi-final the following week against either the Waratahs or the Rebels.

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With Josh Flook out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, excitement machine Petaia has been moved from the wing to outside centre.



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‘Soul destroying’: Rugby club pushed to brink over project


PLANS for a new rugby clubhouse that have been in the pipeline for more than 10 years have come dangerously close to falling in a heap.

The Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Union Club has been in talks with Ballina Shire Council for a new building at the Wollongbar sports fields since 2009, but the process has still not been finalised.

That’s despite plenty of hard work and with $1.15 million in the bank from grant funds and the rugby club.

Phil Hilliard from the club’s building committee gave a heartfelt deputation before councillors at last week’s meeting.

“The club started this journey in 2009. It’s now 2020 and we still haven’t got a resolution to what we’re doing,” he said.

“Our building committee is made up of six life members from the club and I can say that … every single one of us was at a point where we’ve had enough.

“It’s time to pull out.

“The process that we’ve had to go through has been soul destroying.

“This is the hardest project that we’ve ever undertaken.”

Mr Hilliard said the committee was ready to hand the grant money back and go back to looking after their existing home-ground at Lyle Park.

But then they were reminded of the real reason why they had been working on the project.

“It’s about the club in 10 years’ time, the club in 20 years’ time,” Mr Hilliard said.

“We need somewhere for the younger people to come through.

“So we decided we will go ahead with the plan to build the club up on the hill, (but) we will only spend the money that we’ve got.

“Our biggest concern is money and we don’t believe we will be able to raise enough to make it the Taj Mahal that was originally planned.”

A development application for a $1.5 million facility was approved by the council in 2014.

 

Site of the proposed Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby clubhouse at the Wollongbar Sports Fields.

 

Since then, there have been two major sticking points in the club’s proposed move to the relatively new Wollongbar sports fields.

The first problem was that the rugby fields themselves are not up to scratch for games.

The second issue has been what will happen to the Lyle Park venue in the future, and whether the rugby club is fact prepared to give it up so it can be used as a multi-sport facility.

At last week’s council meeting the councillors voted to support the transition of the Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club from Lyle Park to the Wollongbar sporting fields.

It is expected the transition will happen over a four-year period.

In the meantime, the club will be given a one-year lease for Lyle Park, which will be reviewed annually to assess against the progress of the new clubhouse, “as well as potential uses for the Lyle Park clubhouse, which may involve the existing clubhouse being occupied by sporting groups, other than the Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club”.





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Super Rugby: A four-point win on Saturday will secure a first-ever finals berth for the Melbourne Rebels


The Melbourne Rebels have lost centre Campbell Magnay for Saturday’s win-and-you’re in final round Super Rugby clash with the Western Force.

But Magnay’s loss could be significantly evened-out with the likely return of captain Dane Haylett-Petty for what is arguably the biggest match in the club’s young history.

A victory by just four points over the Force, the team booted from Super Rugby when Melbourne was allowed to stay in the re-formed competition in 2018, would secure the Rebels a maiden finals berth.

Squandering such opportunities is something the Rebels have been good at, like last year when Melbourne was annihilated 59-8 by the Chiefs in the final round.

Rebels coach Dave Wessels said fullback Haylett-Petty would have played last week “if it was a final”, and after training well on Wednesday the skipper looks to have overcome his knee injury well enough to return for a pre-finals final.

Billy Meakes, who joined the Rebels in 2018, form the Force, and has been there as two finals chances went begging, returns to the starting line-up and said no-one had to be told what’s at stake.

“We’re not trying to build it up too much, but you can’t shy away from how important it is given the result is do-or-die for us,” he said.

“We, just the like Force, have been through a lot in the past few months … we’ve had a tough time away from home and a lot of boys have made huge sacrifices, and this is the reward.

“It’s something we set out to do from the start of the season, and now we’ve been on the road for so long it would make it more special.

“It’s got to this position the last couple of seasons, and we haven’t wrapped it up. But we’re feeling super confident in the way we are playing.

“We’ve had a ripper week of training, and we can’t wait until Saturday.”

The Rebels have been on the road since June, moving from Canberra to Terrigal on the NSW coast, and haven’t played single home game in the 2020 season.

Wessels has said on numerous occasions it would be “remarkable achievement” for the Rebels to win the re-fashioned competition, which ploughed on without the New Zealand teams.

Rebels flyhalf Andrew Deegan says the bond of the players had only strengthened during their everlasting road trip.

He said the carrot of finals, plus the Force’s well-known hatred of the Melbourne outfit, would ensure the Rebels earned their finals spot.

“It’s all in our hands now – we’ve got to win the game, to put it simply.

“If we get that, it puts us into finals, so we’re obviously looking at this game and how important it is to us and what we can do this week to make sure we get that win.

“They’ve tested teams all the way to the end and I think they’re going to throw everything at us. We’ve got to be ready.”



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NRL 2020: Joseph Suaalii backflips on Rabbitohs, move to Rugby Australia, Rod Kafer, Peter FitzSimons


It’s the cross-code tug of war that’s got everyone in league and union talking about a schoolboy sensation named Joseph Suaalii.

Suaalii, still just 16, signed with the Rabbitohs last month on a reported $1.7m NRL deal spread across three years.

Then on Tuesday reports emerged that he was ready to backflip on the Bunnies for a $3m contract with Rugby Australia.

While CEO Rob Clarke, however, said that figure was inaccurate.

Whatever the exact cost of Rugby Australia’s outlay on the prodigious talent, one thing is for certain: the move has split the game in Australia down the middle.



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NRL 2020, news: Rugby Australia, Joseph Suaalii contract, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Tim Horan column


The cross-code feud that’s emerged over the prized signature of teenage prodigy Joseph Suaalii has taken another turn.

Suaalii’s reported backflip on his bumper $1.7 million deal with South Sydney to play rugby has led to some feisty back-and-forth between the NRL world and the 15-man code.

Now Suaalii, just 16 years old, is the subject of a reported $3 million contract from Rugby Australia to pick the Gilbert over the Steeden.

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NRL 2020: Joseph Suaalii news, Rugby Australia, South Sydney Rabbitohs, NSW Waratahs, Brad Fittler


The fight for the signature of teenage sensation Joseph Suaalii is on but Brad Fittler believes a potential move to rugby union would be fraught with danger.

Rugby Australia chief executive Rob Clarke shut down reports the 17-year old had been offered a contract worth $3 million.

Fittler warns that whatever amount RA settles on could prove an “illusion” which will distract Suaalii from the enormous pressure that would come with being the face of Australian rugby.

Round 17

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