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Strettle looking to scale final hurdle with Clermont

Strettle was part of the Clermont side that lost to his former side Saracens in last season's Champions Cup final. 

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It is unlikely that David Strettle will be knocking on doors in Hendon when he returns to Saracens with Clermont Sunday. Had he done so following either of his two Aviva Premiership-winning campaigns with the north London club, though, the winger doubts it would have elicited much excitement.

Strettle, 34, arrives back at Allianz Park a Top 14 winner having played a vital role as Clermont wrapped up a long-awaited second French title in June following a run of near misses. That success also gave the former England wing a glimpse into how closely the town of Clermont-Ferrand holds the club to its collective heart.


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Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time - Western Advocate

IF you know any rituals to make the rain go away this weekend then Rugby Union is the club in greatest need of your services.

Rainy weather over the past two weekends means the team sitting at the bottom of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade ladder has not had the opportunity to earn points.

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The three lost Twenty20 fixtures to date have robbed Bulldogs the chance to get off the foot of the table but Rugby’s Jameel Qureshi said there’s no point being mad at the weather.

“We put ourselves in that position and we’ve got to deal with it. We just have to wait for the next opportunity and take it when it comes.”

Bulldogs will be eager to gain momentum heading into the solitary two-day match before the...


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Read more: Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time - Western Advocate

Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time - Western Advocate

IF you know any rituals to make the rain go away this weekend then Rugby Union is the club in greatest need of your services.

Rainy weather over the past two weekends means the team sitting at the bottom of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade ladder has not had the opportunity to earn points.

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The three lost Twenty20 fixtures to date have robbed Bulldogs the chance to get off the foot of the table but Rugby’s Jameel Qureshi said there’s no point being mad at the weather.

“We put ourselves in that position and we’ve got to deal with it. We just have to wait for the next opportunity and take it when it comes.”

Bulldogs will be eager to gain momentum heading into the solitary two-day match before the...


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Read more: Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time - Western Advocate

Last-placed Rugby Union are desperate for match time - Western Advocate

IF you know any rituals to make the rain go away this weekend then Rugby Union is the club in greatest need of your services.

Rainy weather over the past two weekends means the team sitting at the bottom of the Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade ladder has not had the opportunity to earn points.

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

RAIN BEGONE: Rugby Union captain Sam Macpherson and his side are craving some cricket this Saturday in their bid to get off the bottom of the ladder. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The three lost Twenty20 fixtures to date have robbed Bulldogs the chance to get off the foot of the table but Rugby’s Jameel Qureshi said there’s no point being mad at the weather.

“We put ourselves in that position and we’ve got to deal with it. We just have to wait for the next opportunity and take it when it comes.”

Bulldogs will be eager to gain momentum heading into the solitary two-day match before the...


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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Danny Care ‘s delightful chip through sets up Charlie Walker’s try for Harlequins in their thrilling victory against Saracens. Photograph: Fo/Seconds Left/Rex/Shutterstock

1) Care just keeps on getting better

The rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as that between Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken in the side of the late 90s/early 00s. If that was England’s last great team, the vim of warring No9s is as strategically a valuable a dynamic as any. To date Care has been seen as the sparky game-breaker, with Youngs the game-shaper, but Care’s all-round game continues to develop. “Everyone’s going to remember him as a fantastic rugby player,” said John Kingston, Quins’ director of rugby, “but I’ve talked to him about a more enduring legacy. I see a different side of him now, certainly more mature. When he manages to...


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Read more: Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Danny Care ‘s delightful chip through sets up Charlie Walker’s try for Harlequins in their thrilling victory against Saracens. Photograph: Fo/Seconds Left/Rex/Shutterstock

1) Care just keeps on getting better

The rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as that between Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken in the side of the late 90s/early 00s. If that was England’s last great team, the vim of warring No9s is as strategically a valuable a dynamic as any. To date Care has been seen as the sparky game-breaker, with Youngs the game-shaper, but Care’s all-round game continues to develop. “Everyone’s going to remember him as a fantastic rugby player,” said John Kingston, Quins’ director of rugby, “but I’ve talked to him about a more enduring legacy. I see a different side of him now, certainly more mature. When he manages to...


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Read more: Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Danny Care ‘s delightful chip through sets up Charlie Walker’s try for Harlequins in their thrilling victory against Saracens. Photograph: Fo/Seconds Left/Rex/Shutterstock

1) Care just keeps on getting better

The rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as that between Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken in the side of the late 90s/early 00s. If that was England’s last great team, the vim of warring No9s is as strategically a valuable a dynamic as any. To date Care has been seen as the sparky game-breaker, with Youngs the game-shaper, but Care’s all-round game continues to develop. “Everyone’s going to remember him as a fantastic rugby player,” said John Kingston, Quins’ director of rugby, “but I’ve talked to him about a more enduring legacy. I see a different side of him now, certainly more mature. When he manages to...


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Read more: Rugby union: talking points from the weekend's Premiership action - The Guardian (blog)

Bordeaux's big-money rugby union offer to Semi Radradra could scupper Parramatta Eels return - The Sydney Morning Herald

Parramatta's hopes of luring Semi Radradra back to the NRL next year have hit a roadblock with yet another French rugby club reportedly seeking to sign him.

Radradra has made a strong impression for Top 14 club Toulon since departing Parramatta at the end of this year's NRL season and is rumoured to have caught the eye of rival club Bordeaux.

Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Photo: AAP

The Fijian winger has a contract for one year with the French giants with an option for a one-year extension.

That means the try-scoring machine could be back for the Eels next year at the conclusion of the Top 14 season in June.

The Eels are holding out hope they can lure back the fan favourite in time for the finals and are on record as saying they have the room in their salary cap to accommodate him.

The blue and gold faithful would be licking...


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Bordeaux's big-money rugby union offer to Semi Radradra could scupper Parramatta Eels return - The Sydney Morning Herald

Parramatta's hopes of luring Semi Radradra back to the NRL next year have hit a roadblock with yet another French rugby club reportedly seeking to sign him.

Radradra has made a strong impression for Top 14 club Toulon since departing Parramatta at the end of this year's NRL season and is rumoured to have caught the eye of rival club Bordeaux.

Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Photo: AAP

The Fijian winger has a contract for one year with the French giants with an option for a one-year extension.

That means the try-scoring machine could be back for the Eels next year at the conclusion of the Top 14 season in June.

The Eels are holding out hope they can lure back the fan favourite in time for the finals and are on record as saying they have the room in their salary cap to accommodate him.

The blue and gold faithful would be licking...


Read full article on Sports GN Rugby Union News


Read more: Bordeaux's big-money rugby union offer to Semi Radradra could scupper Parramatta Eels return -...

Bordeaux's big-money rugby union offer to Semi Radradra could scupper Parramatta Eels return - The Sydney Morning Herald

Parramatta's hopes of luring Semi Radradra back to the NRL next year have hit a roadblock with yet another French rugby club reportedly seeking to sign him.

Radradra has made a strong impression for Top 14 club Toulon since departing Parramatta at the end of this year's NRL season and is rumoured to have caught the eye of rival club Bordeaux.

Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Code hopper: Semi Radradra has starred for Toulon after making the switch to union. Photo: AAP

The Fijian winger has a contract for one year with the French giants with an option for a one-year extension.

That means the try-scoring machine could be back for the Eels next year at the conclusion of the Top 14 season in June.

The Eels are holding out hope they can lure back the fan favourite in time for the finals and are on record as saying they have the room in their salary cap to accommodate him.

The blue and gold faithful would be licking...


Read full article on Sports GN Rugby Union News


Read more: Bordeaux's big-money rugby union offer to Semi Radradra could scupper Parramatta Eels return -...

Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Students get deadly about rugby | Photos, video

  • FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

    Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

  • Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

    Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

Students from Boggabilla Central School and Toomelah Public School took a break from the classroom to learn rugby union skills and life lessons last week as part of Australia’s first Indigenous Rugby Program, Deadly 7s.

The Deadly 7s program is an initiative of the Australian...


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Read more: Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Students get deadly about rugby | Photos, video

  • FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

    Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

  • Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

    Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

Students from Boggabilla Central School and Toomelah Public School took a break from the classroom to learn rugby union skills and life lessons last week as part of Australia’s first Indigenous Rugby Program, Deadly 7s.

The Deadly 7s program is an initiative of the Australian...


Read full article on Sports GN Rugby Union News


Read more: Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Students get deadly about rugby | Photos, video

  • FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    FUN ON THE FIELD: Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

    Students from Toomelah Public School loved learning rugby union skills as part of the Deadly 7s program.

  • Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

    Daniel Birrel presents a signed jersey to Toomelah Public School sports teacher Maree Conroy and student Cherise Hinch.

  • Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

    Daniel Birrell presents a signed jersey to Boggabilla students.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

  • Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

    Boggabilla students had fun playing drills.

Students from Boggabilla Central School and Toomelah Public School took a break from the classroom to learn rugby union skills and life lessons last week as part of Australia’s first Indigenous Rugby Program, Deadly 7s.

The Deadly 7s program is an initiative of the Australian...


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Read more: Boggabilla and Toomelah students participate in rugby union Deadly 7s program - Moree Champion

Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald



Quade Cooper is too good a player for Australian rugby to lose, Wallabies star Kurtley Beale believes.

On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? Photo: AAP

But Cooper's Queensland Reds teammate James Slipper expects the exiled playmaker will be inundated with offers from overseas and has earned the right not only to do "whatever he wants" but also to make the decision at his own pace.

Cooper's career is at a crossroads after he was told last week by new Reds coach Brad Thorn he wasn't in his plans for 2018 despite having two years to run on his contract.

The 29-year-old has been encouraged to find another club but is yet to indicate his thinking.

"As a mate, I'd like him to stay in Australian rugby – his quality's just too good," Beale said on Wednesday.

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Read more: Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald

Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald



Quade Cooper is too good a player for Australian rugby to lose, Wallabies star Kurtley Beale believes.

On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? Photo: AAP

But Cooper's Queensland Reds teammate James Slipper expects the exiled playmaker will be inundated with offers from overseas and has earned the right not only to do "whatever he wants" but also to make the decision at his own pace.

Cooper's career is at a crossroads after he was told last week by new Reds coach Brad Thorn he wasn't in his plans for 2018 despite having two years to run on his contract.

The 29-year-old has been encouraged to find another club but is yet to indicate his thinking.

"As a mate, I'd like him to stay in Australian rugby – his quality's just too good," Beale said on Wednesday.

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Slipper would also like to see Cooper...


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Read more: Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald

Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald



Quade Cooper is too good a player for Australian rugby to lose, Wallabies star Kurtley Beale believes.

On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? On his way: Quade Cooper is not part of Brad Thorn's plans for next season, but where will he end up? Photo: AAP

But Cooper's Queensland Reds teammate James Slipper expects the exiled playmaker will be inundated with offers from overseas and has earned the right not only to do "whatever he wants" but also to make the decision at his own pace.

Cooper's career is at a crossroads after he was told last week by new Reds coach Brad Thorn he wasn't in his plans for 2018 despite having two years to run on his contract.

The 29-year-old has been encouraged to find another club but is yet to indicate his thinking.

"As a mate, I'd like him to stay in Australian rugby – his quality's just too good," Beale said on Wednesday.

Advertisement

Slipper would also like to see Cooper...


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Read more: Quade Cooper too good for Australian rugby to lose, says Kurtley Beale - The Sydney Morning Herald

World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Probably the most complicated rule book in world sport has just got a good deal clearer, 42 percent clearer to be exact, as World Rugby announced on Wednesday that a new simplified version will be introduced globally from Jan. 1 2018.

Rugby's often byzantine laws have been bemusing players and fans for decades, with referee interpretation and regional emphasis making it sometimes seem like a different game is being played from one match to the next.

Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Photo: AAP

"What was that for?" is probably the most commonly heard phrase at every blast of the referee's whistle, as the man in charge decides which of scores of offences to punish at every tackle, scrum, ruck or maul. Recognising the issue, World Rugby assembled a group of experts which undertook a comprehensive...


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Read more: World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Probably the most complicated rule book in world sport has just got a good deal clearer, 42 percent clearer to be exact, as World Rugby announced on Wednesday that a new simplified version will be introduced globally from Jan. 1 2018.

Rugby's often byzantine laws have been bemusing players and fans for decades, with referee interpretation and regional emphasis making it sometimes seem like a different game is being played from one match to the next.

Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Photo: AAP

"What was that for?" is probably the most commonly heard phrase at every blast of the referee's whistle, as the man in charge decides which of scores of offences to punish at every tackle, scrum, ruck or maul. Recognising the issue, World Rugby assembled a group of experts which undertook a comprehensive...


Read full article on Sports GN Rugby Union News


Read more: World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Probably the most complicated rule book in world sport has just got a good deal clearer, 42 percent clearer to be exact, as World Rugby announced on Wednesday that a new simplified version will be introduced globally from Jan. 1 2018.

Rugby's often byzantine laws have been bemusing players and fans for decades, with referee interpretation and regional emphasis making it sometimes seem like a different game is being played from one match to the next.

Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Changes: All Blacks captain Kieran Read speaks with Referee Romain Poite after a disallowed penalty against the Lions. Photo: AAP

"What was that for?" is probably the most commonly heard phrase at every blast of the referee's whistle, as the man in charge decides which of scores of offences to punish at every tackle, scrum, ruck or maul. Recognising the issue, World Rugby assembled a group of experts which undertook a comprehensive...


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Read more: World rugby union laws now 42 percent briefer - and considerably clearer - The Sydney Morning Herald

Battlefield USA: Rugby union versus league - The Roar

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With the success of Canada’s first professional rugby league team and talks with more sides to join the English rugby league ranks, rugby union is looking to try and do one better.

The vehicle for this is the formation of Major League Rugby, which is due to kick off in April of next year with seven teams: the Houston SabreCats, Utah Warriors, Seattle Seawolves, San Diego Legion, Glendale Raptors, New Orleans Gold and Austin Elite Rugby.

The 15-man code has already attempted a pro comp in the United States with the failed Pro Rugby in 2015. Many lessons were learnt from the previous attempt, one being not to have an entire competition owned and operated by one man.

This time around, all teams are privately owned and operated. Each team had to pay a $500,000 US bond to secure their spot in the newly-formed competition, and detailed business plans have been...


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