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Tuesday’s rugby news has new Queensland coaches, a close loss for the Sevens, the Brumbies confident of retaining Larkham and Tuilagi’s return downplayed. 


Sevens beaten by Fiji

australia beat portugal at the sydney sevens

Fiji have scored a length-of-the-field try and turned the tables on Australia in the final minutes of the USA Sevens final in Las Vegas. Australian Quade Cooper looked all but certain to score with three minutes remaining and Australia one point clear, but the ball was stripped from him.

Fiji’s Savenaca Rawaca then picked the ball and ran the length of the field to score the match defining five-pointer in a phase that began in Fiji’s goal line, sealing a 21-15 victory. The match nevertheless showed the form that teh Australian side are in, this being the first time the team had played in consecutive Cup finals since 2010.

Graham sacked

Richard Graham

Reds head coach Richard Graham has been released from the remainder of his contract with immediate effect. Graham, who was head coach for the past three seasons, will be replaced by co-interim head coaches Matt O’Connor and Nick Stiles.

Graham said: “I am in a high-performance environment and the results haven’t been to a satisfactory standard. I have to accept that and move on.” With just 9 wins and 23 losses going into this season, the odds were always against Graham lasting – especially after pre-season injuries to his three top players Kane Douglas, James Slipper and Liam Gill.

Larkham un-poachable

Waratahs' coach Daryl Gibson and Brumbies' coach, Steve Larkham, chat after the game.

The Brumbies are “confident” that the Reds will not be able to poach Stephen Larkham as they look for a replacement to Richard Graham. The former Wallaby playmaker would be an obvious choice for the struggling Reds franchise, being off contract at the end of the season while leading the Brumbies to the top of the Super Rugby Ladder and playing a vital role in the Wallabies World Cup final appearance.

“I think the chance of him going to Brisbane are none and zero,” Brumbies chief executive Michael Jones said.”A) he wouldn’t want to do it, is my guess, and secondly I’m pretty confident that we’ll re-sign him because we’ve already had quite an extensive discussion.”

Coach dismisses Tuilagi return

Tuilagi runs 2 in Lions vs Force 2013

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill believes Manu Tuilagi is not ready to play for England in next weekend’s Six Nations clash with Wales. The 24-year-old centre, who scored one of Leicester’s four tries in an incident-packed 31-27 Aviva Premiership win at home to Exeter, looks set to be involved in the game at Twickenham after being recalled to the squad.

Cockerill thinks he needs another five or six games before he is ready to play Test rugby after 15 months out injured. “You can put him on the bench for impact in the last half-an-hour or so, but what if someone gets injured and he has to play for 75 minutes?” Cockerill said. “He is still finding his playing legs but he is playing well and doing some good things.

 

  • npivag

    Aussie 7s snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in that last game. Sheesh. Still, a lot to be proud of, good signs with the personal they’re bringing in too (Friend and Quade). Go lads! And the girls are killing it too.
    The Graham situation is a debacle, I both hope and suspect that something going on behind the scenes pushed him out (maybe contract negotiations with someone?) because kicking out a coach that you’ve backed 2 games into the season is farcical. Don’t pledge to give him a go and then take it away from him.
    Larkham, stick where you are mate. My tip is that you and Nathan Grey will be fighting it out for the Wallabies job in just under 4 years. Both are excellent coaches.
    Tuilagi… keep him under wraps for now! Wales are a good team so you need to be careful, he can have a crack against France.
    And those are my opinions… if anyone cares.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Of course we care mate. Might not agree with everything, but always care

      • npivag

        haha thanks bud!

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Interesting to hear Cockerill’s play on Tuilagi. I may be slandering the man but to me it reeks of a typical club wanting their best player and not caring what happens at country level. This has been a blight in the NH for years and is one reason why the national teams perform badly at times. The loyalty is to the club not the country

    • Patrick

      I bet Eddie Jones gives a f#$@ what Cockerill thinks too.

  • Funk

    Pretty sure that is what Michael Jones said about Moore just before he signed back to the Reds! i doubt that Larkham would head to Qld though.

    • ThatThommoGuy

      My thoughts exactly, everytime jones says something I assume the opposite will happen!

  • TheMountain

    So what happened to the Honey badger signing wit the 7’s? Is he going to have a go? seems like he would be a pretty ferocious 7’s player

    • Patrick

      Is he quick enough?

    • Nicholas

      I follow him on instagram he is in Norway playing in the snow

      • marty

        yeah, seems to be selling gopro cameras or something

  • bigDsmallorgan

    what is Mckenzie doing these days? Is there any chance the Reds bring him back, assuming he has any interest at all in coaching again?

    • TheMountain

      Saw a piece about him managing a construction company in Christchurch last year. Apparently he’s completely distanced himself from rugby and he’s happy with what hes doing. Damn shame

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