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Friday’s rugby news has Matt Giteau shelving his retirement, Global Tens announced, Dane Coles in doubt for final and Steve Hansen calls to end ‘mad monday’ celebrations.


Giteau Shelves Retirement

Matt Giteau has revealed that he still has the desire to play for the Wallabies and see them succeed after considering retiring from international rugby after the World Cup final.

“I thought the World Cup was probably my last game for my country but just the way it ended for me, it left a bit of a bitter taste,” Giteau said.

“Not that we lost but just the fact that I only played 20 minutes.

“I always had that burning desire.

“I knew when I watched the boys play against England that I wanted to be involved but what you want to do and what you actually can do are two totally different things.

“But then I was given the opportunity by Cheik (coach Michael Cheika) to come back and of course I took it.”

Global Tens Announced

A global tens competition has been announced for February next year and will be held at Suncorp Stadium.

The competition will run from February 11-12 and will include 14 teams which are: the Reds, Waratahs, Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Highlanders, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Blues, Crusaders, Blue Bulls, Panasonic Wild Knights, Samoa.

“It really invigorates rugby. It makes a statement, it says ‘bang — rugby’s back this year, get involved’,” said former Wallabies captain and Queensland Rugby Union board member Nathan Sharpe.

Coles Still in Doubt

Hurricanes captain Dane Coles could miss the Super Rugby final with a persistent rib injury.

Coles has been named to start but if unfit youngster Ricky Riccitelli will take his place after filling in for him last week.

“Colesy has made good progress each day and clearly he’s very keen to play in the final,” Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said.

“He will do everything he can to be fit for kick-off and if he doesn’t make it then we have every confidence that Ricky and Leni (Apisai) will step up and do a good job if required.”

Dump Mad Monday

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has called for an end to ‘Mad Monday’s’ or end of season celebrations following the Chiefs end of season party.

Chiefs players are understood to have recited homophobic chants and acted inappropriately with a stripper at the season-ending function.

“If it’s true it’s disappointing,” Hansen said.

“If it’s not true it’s disappointing too because a whole lot of things are coming out of this which aren’t great for rugby,”

“The one thing I do know is that it’s a massive lesson about Mad Mondays.

“We should kick them to touch, we don’t need them.”


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  • FraserDLarry Jorgensen

    Wise observations from the dark lord.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Absolutely what a F*ck up

      • muffy

        Well there won’t be any All Blick players involved by the time the ABs PR and Propaganda department (ABPR&P) get hold of it. I think you may find none of the ABs players were even there as they have been humbly doing mission work in Cambodia, building an orphanage…

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          nah mate, our guys get fronted and if they are involved in crap they get pulled until they learn their lesson. I think you’re right in that the whole story won’t come out, and I’m ok with that, but if any of the AB’s are involved then there will be some public smashing as they’ve done in the past with Cruden, A. Smith and others

        • Dave

          Yep, that is the difference, if you don’t respect the Black jersey you are out and it takes a lot to get back, if at all. Hence the strong team culture.

  • teach

    The Chiefs are in a PR nightmare. It is a shit storm over here at the moment. It sounds very much like borderline sexual assault, with some current All Blacks possibly a little nervous. Friggin idiots.

    • Warwick Todd

      No way any All Blacks are involved……Hansen would never select someone that was not a “good man”.

  • first time long time

    Very excited about the 10’s!
    It is a great game and I reckon it gets the balance right between structured play and space for free attacking rugby.
    Personally, from limited experience, I found it more fun to play and watch than 7’s (and I like 7’s).
    Hope it kicks off and we get a regular gig in Brisbane. It could become a bit of a rugby festival.

  • Analnonomous

    I read your opening line “Friday rugby news has Matt Guiteau shelving…” and I though, oh no, another drug scandal!

    • muffy

      I had to google that.
      Now am sorry I did – I feel I was a better person not knowing what that meant.

      • Analnonomous

        Glad to be of service ;)

  • Analnonomous

    The Global Tens sounds more like the Super 14 Tens

    • jamie

      well it is in australia and the best rugby in the world comes from Aus and NZ… Makes sense there’d be plenty of those teams doesn’t it?

  • Greg

    Steve Hansen is always good for a wind up but makes some good comments above.

    If Mad Mondays are just a day on the turps…. then who needs them. These are gown men not school boys.

    • Braveheart81

      If it was just a day on the turps there wouldn’t be any issues. It’s the fact that they players often can’t seem to do that without doing a whole lot of inappropriate things.

      • idiot savant

        Yeah but I think you have to factor in the enormous discipline these professional athletes apply to their daily lives for about 10 months. We saw in some of Karmichael Hunt’s comments following his bust that psychologically these guys need a blow out at season’s end. They have to open a valve. And they think to themselves that they’ve earned a blow out (or just some blow). And we the punters are part of the problem in that we pay them handsomely and put them on a pedestal thereby increasing the pressure. It doesnt condone what they do and if you ask me they should be put in a cage and not allowed anywhere near anyone for the public. But so long as we place demands on them not experienced by average dudes, I cant see the problem going away.

        • Braveheart81

          I should have said that I don’t have an issue with the Mad Monday concept and the players having an end of season blowout.

          Given the frequency of Mad Monday incidents in a variety of sports it seems like teams should mitigate the risk by holding the event in private and having some control over what goes on (i.e. no strippers). Let the players drink themselves stupid at a private event where it is much more difficult to get themselves into trouble.

        • Train Without A Station

          No rippers?

          What’s the point?

          You can keep your Eastern Suburbs cricket Mad Monday’s BH!

  • Tim

    who would you guys pick as the Wallabies backline? from 9-15

    • Seb V

      I’d go all out with a risky backline of:
      9. Genia
      10. Cooper
      11. DHP
      12. Toomua
      13. Kerevi
      14. AAC
      15. Folau

      But I’m guessing Cheika will pick:
      9. Genia / Phipps – can’t call it.
      10. Foley
      11. Horne – Can’t believe he’s still here
      12. Gits
      13. Kuridrani
      14. AAC – maybe DHP
      15. Folau

      • Paul

        My team:
        9. Genia
        10. Foley
        11. DHP
        12. Gits
        13. Kerevi
        14. AAC
        15. Folau

        (I think Chieka will have Horne at 11, and Kuridrani at 13)

        • muffy

          You saved me the time typing, that was mine

        • Tim

          Kerevi i think will be a massive weapon with someone like gits giving him some room. I really hope he puts him there he as the best stats i dunno why he wouldnt

      • first time long time

        How much footy does Genia have under his belt this year? I’ve not seen how he is going in France.
        I am a Cooper fan (good or bad its usually exciting) but I don’t think he is going to be a sniff of starting at 10, I don’t think he has even played much 10 for the comic book guy.
        Thought Toomua added some real starch off the bench last year and think that’s where he’ll fit in again with Gits starting.
        9. Genia
        10. Foley
        11. Folau to inject his influence in closer from the blind wing
        12. Gits
        13 Kerevi
        14. AAC/?Mitchell
        15. DHP
        Bench Toomua, AAC/Mitchell, Phipps

        • Tim

          Genia i think played a few games but hasn’t played for 4 months? But hey i think some of our forwards can pass better then phipps

        • first time long time

          Cooper to 9 then

      • Parker

        I prefer your choice to Cheik’s, though I’d be inclined to start with Gits at 12 and have Toomua on the bench.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Well Frisby is out for a start. I’m picking a Phipps Foley combination to start but with Genia off the bench and Cooper to start the following week if they lose.
      http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2016/08/05/00/18/wallabies-trc-squad

  • AllyOz

    I agree with the Dark Knight re: Mad Mondays. Given that its a fulltime job they may as well save it until the end of the year and just have a Christmas Party like anyone else.

    • Purce

      With the exception of the all blacks squad this is the end of their year. Over Christmas they’ll get 2 or 3 days off and be back at it. This is the longest time they have before preseason. They have every right to blow off some steam after putting their bodies through hell for the past 10 months. With social media and reporters constantly looking for a story they just have to be smarter about where they host these things.

      • Seb V

        Agreed. It’s not like every weekend, or even once during the season. It’s end of year celebrations. I think they deserve one night a year. Just needs to be managed better, especially in regards to alcohol and avoiding media headlines.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    On ya Giteau. It seems he has really come of age with a dedication and respect that is showing up some of the other senior players in the team. I think he’s displaying the temperament and maturity that would make him a good choice as captain. The way that Moore and Hooper have lost respect with the referees means that the Wallabies will be on the back foot in every game as they now carry a perception, rightly or wrongly, that will be extremely hard to change. Maybe changing the name associated with captain would be a great place to start.

    • Seb V

      I like Gits as Captain, he was captain at the Brumbies for a stint before going overseas. I thought he did a fine job. Even told Moore to “F$&K off I’m the Captain”. Back when Moore was never even considered captain material… then we got desperate.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I remember that. If it wasn’t for Deans Huff with him I think he would have been the equal of Morts as a captain

        • muffy

          He is truly competitive and there to win. I would love to know what really went on between him and Robbie Deans.

        • first time long time

          On a similar tact, does anybody know what Lote did to get rissoled.
          Or is that still sealed somewhere in ARU HQ.

        • muffy

          I believe it was hushed up a bit because he was married at the time,…Not sure if he still is…

          http://www.theaustralian.com.au/archive/news/wallaby-lote-tuqiri-sacked-for-having-woman-in-hotel-room/story-e6frg6o6-1225769861384

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Yeah me too. Deans didn’t really say anything in his book about it and I must admit he did have a bit of an attitude at the time. I heard through the referee circle in Canberra at the time that his nickname in the club was Harvey Norman as like them he had no interest, but I don’t know if it was true or not and regardless he is certainly in a good place now

    • Paul

      It will be interesting to see if Chieka makes any changes regarding the captain. It’s clearly needed but I doubt he’ll remove Moore as it’s a reflection on himself (Cheika)

      Giteau would be a great Captain, and a definite improvement on Moore, but I’d wonder how long he has left in the game and if Chieka intends to start him every game. My guess is given Chieka has bought him back, and Giteau has given up so much money I think he’ll be starting.
      If considering back line players possibly Foley might go alright as Captain also.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I think you’ve nailed it mate. The one weakness I do see in Cheika is that he doesn’t like to admit he was wrong and I think he sees making changes as perceived weakness. My only problem with Foley is that I’m not sure he’s guaranteed a start and the mistake we’ve made in the past is having captains who had “leadership” but not good enough on the field. Blackadder and Reuben Thorne are two who come to mind. (showing my bias by picking on Cantabrians lol)

        • Paul

          Yes you are right. Whoever is chosen as Captain has to be solid in their position and an automatic selection based on form and ability.

          It creates massive problems when the Captain is out of form and/or not the best player in his position. It’s hard to drop the Captain.

          This year I think the best Hooker in Australia based purely on form is TPN. (At least by the end of the season anyway)

      • idiot savant

        My feeling is that Cheika would like to make Hooper captain. But because he took over after Hooper led a revolt and at the time loyalties were under duress, he appointed Moore to help heal those divisions. Its a shame Moore hasnt developed a better relationship with refs because he has played some decent football while being captain, and the side has really aimed up on the pitch with him as captain. Hooper still appears too adolescent to me and perhaps isnt ready to represent the code nationally in that capacity.

        Foley is too reticent a personality I think which unfortunately impinges on his ability to take control of games when he has the talent (I know he cant kick). Pocock, Fardy, Slipper, and Toomua are all natural leaders and could do the job but for different reasons wont get the gig. So I imagine its Moore for the moment.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I think Hooper was picked too early and his struggles as captain are similar to what Taine Randell had to deal with when he was picked as AB captain at 21. I think he’d be better of waiting for a while as I think that he struggles too much with the referees at the moment and I still can’t get past the match you guys lost against the Argies when he told the referee that the players wouldn’t listen to him.

    • Tim

      I just wish Cheika would drop people that disrespect the ref. if you look at the last brumbies game fardy yells at the ref. Simply drop them from the starting lineup or 23. You cant have the experience players doing that as it will rub off on the younger players

  • Seb V

    It’s funny, Mad Mondays for union are “end of season” celebrations. But in league they are every Monday. I think union is going to be okay!

  • Paul

    I think Chieka wants to get back as close as possible to the RWC team, in the backline at least. I think he’ll stick with DHP over Mitchell though…and not sure about Phipps vs. Genia. If Genia is match fit I think Chieka will select him. He was Chieka’s first choice through the RWC – and Phipps wasn’t great in the England series…

    I think for the first test versus the All Blacks the Wallabies team will much more closely resemble the RWC final team than the AB’s team…

  • Tim

    Reds scrum-half Nick Frisby, Force winger Luke Morahan and Rebels prop Toby Smith have all been axed from the team. The squad is down to 33

  • Keith Butler

    Great to see that Lopeti has kept his place. Well deserved after a strong showing this season. Could be a long shot for a bench place. Probably a bit too soon for Hodge but worth a squad place again on some strong performances.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Nice

  • Paul

    Don’t play the balls when off your feet

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