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Wednesday’s Rugby News looks at an extension for a deserving Rebel, the injury update for a promising Red, the Brumbies looking forward to staking their Wallaby claims and the Waratahs continue to ignore calls to rest players.


Rangi signs extension

Anaru Rangi

Hooker Anaru Rangi has been rewarded for a strong 2019 season for the Rebels, signing a two-year extension until 2021.

Rangi joined the Rebels in 2017 as part of the dirty dozen that came over to Victoria after the excommunication of the Western Force from the Super Rugby and he has developed cult-like status in Melbourne due to his fearless style of play and his wild, long hair.

Rangi was excited to remain in his adopted home, which he believes to be the best place for his continued development, which was recognised in 2018 when he was awarded Rebels player’s player.

“It’s a great program, it’s an awesome place to live as well in Melbourne,” Rangi said. “The lads and the coaches are comfortable (to be around) and I couldn’t think of any better place to continue my rugby”.

“It’s a place where I can develop my own game and the competition is great.”

Rebels boss Baden Stephenson was pleased to wrap up Rangi for the next two years, with his re-signing giving the Rebels a better bunch of hookers than the back streets of Kings Cross.

“Anaru has shown great durability over the last two seasons playing 28 Super Rugby games. ‘Bopper’ throws his body into everything on the training paddock and under the lights on match day but also cares very deeply about the people at the Club.”

“Anaru’s quiet and humble nature masks a determined spirit which has quickly endeared him to the Rebels playing group, staff, commercial partners and fan base.”

Rangi was optimistic about the finals aspirations of the club, stating that they were full of confidence, despite having a nightmare final two weeks to the draw, starting with a trip of Christchurch to face the Crusaders.

“Obviously it’s a big test but what excites me and the rest of the team is destiny is in our hands this weekend,” Rangi said.

“It’s really exciting. I haven’t been part of a finals series just yet. I am just excited to get out there and crack on.”

McDermott feeling the Blues

Tate McDermott

Tate McDermott

Queensland halfback Tate McDermott is expected to be ruled out of the Reds final home game against the Blues.

McDermott is racing the clock to be fit after being forced from the field with an ankle injury in Saturday’s loss to the Jaguares, limping off during the early stages of the second half.

The injury sidelined McDermott from Monday’s training session, and the shortened turnaround is likely to hand Samoan born Scott Malolua with the starting role.

Malolua has featured off the Reds bench for the past two matches, selected in front of regular number two halfback Moses Sorovi, who has been regulated to playing for his club side, Wests.

Despite the close loss to the Jaguares, coach Brad Thorn was still looking at the positives for his young side, praising their commitment and their ability to keep in the fight during games.

“We’re competing away, competing away and…you can’t knock the Queensland boys’ fight and their (will to) hang in there, it’s just executing some stuff,” Thorn said after the loss to the Jaguares,” Thorn said.

“There were some opportunities at the end there and these lads don’t give up – nor should they, they’re wearing the maroon jersey and representing Queensland, so that should be a given – and I’ve been pleased with the guys’ fronting, there’s just little moments in the game that to win at this level, there’s still some progress to be made.”

Whilst heaping praise on his team, Thorn admitted that the heartache of failing to close out the last couple of matches was starting to hurt.

“It’s tough as a coach because that’s four games in a row now where they’ve fronted and really competed hard but you’ve got to go in the sheds and you didn’t quite get there,” he said.

“But you’ve got to earn that right, it’s not just given to you. You’ve got to win those moments that have big impacts on the game and they’re not far away in my opinion but there’s a bit to go.”

The Reds are expected to welcome back captain Izaac Rodda who is set to return from being rested at the expense of the Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, who will serve his final allotted game of rest.

Brumbies gold tinted vision

Lealiifano converts from in front.

Lealiifano converts from in front.

The Brumbies are relishing the opportunity to put their case forward for the World Cup, as they get ready to take on the Waratahs at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

The clash between the two sides will be crucial not only for the finals hopes of both sides but it will also allow for hopeful Wallabies to face off head to head in front of Michael Cheika and the selectors.

The majority of the attention will be focused on the battle between flyhalf Bernard Foley and Christian Lealiifano for the main playmaking position (after Foley defeated Quade via points last week), along with the contest between Kurtley Beale and Tom Banks for the vacant fullback position.

The rise of Lealiifano into Wallabies contention has been a major source of inspiration for the Brumbies according to hooker Connal McInerney, who was pumped up about how he has returned from his battle with leukaemia.

“We were all waiting for it, him to get called up to that camp so very special for him,” he said.”I’m sure he’s just focused on doing his job for the Brumbies and whatever comes from that, we’ll all be very happy for him.”

McInerney was confident that Lealiifano would be unfazed by the heightened media attention surrounding the flyhalf “battle”, stating that his focus would be solely on the team.

“I don’t think he’ll be thinking about Foley,” he said. “I think he’ll just want to lead the boys around the park well and get the job done and whatever comes from that, if he gets one up on him, so be it, that’ll be good.”

McInerney was also full of praise for his fullback Banks, who has been one of the standouts of the Super Rugby, which has bolted himself right into Wallaby contention.

“I think Kurtley knows that Banksy’s hot down his neck so that’ll be exciting to see, very exciting to watch,” he said.

A win for the Brumbies would all but secure the Australian Conference for the Brumbies, whilst a win for the men from NSW will be vital for maintaining their slim finals hopes.

Waratahs resisting rest

Michael Hooper changes direction.

Michael Hooper changes direction.

The Waratahs will continue to play with fire, refusing to rest their players as they get set to face the Brumbies in their penultimate match.

The side is still required to rest a number of Waratahs stars for a match under the Wallabies rest management policy, which includes Michael Hooper, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale.

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle emphatically stated on Tuesday that the Waratahs would not be afforded any special compensations in regards to resting players during a press conference to announce the relocation of the Sydney Sevens to Bankwest Stadium.

“These things are never easy and straight forward. We’ve got Super Rugby teams that are trying to win Super Rugby and you’ve got the Wallabies who are trying to win the World Cup,” she said.

“We recognise that it is challenging, but we all sat down – Michael Cheika and the Super Rugby coaches and their high-performance teams – well before the beginning of the year and agreed on something that we all believed was workable. We would expect that that will be delivered off the back of the fact that we had an agreement from before Super Rugby’s start.”

Waratahs attack coach Chris Whittaker reaffirmed the belief that the side would continue to play their best squad until they are out of finals contention, stating “We haven’t spoken about selection yet but I dare say that’s going to be the case”

Whittaker was confident that the side could exact revenge for their round 5 loss to the Brumbies, stating that the side’s handling and execution have been refined since the first encounter.

“Last time down there we just turned too much ball over,” Whitaker said. “They attacked our breakdown pretty hard, had probably two or three turnovers there, and then just poor execution dropped balls. Our game’s hopefully come a long way since then.”

  • Hoss

    Breaking news on SMH a s that Daryl Gibson in fact has been charged with resisting a rest.

    • At least Thorn did his bit with his younger Reds. A rested development?

      • Hoss

        But that Arrested Development also bought us Mr Wendell, so…..

        • Brisneyland Local

          MAte you are on fire today. Early finish for you! Back to the sour mash!

        • Greg

          “*back* to the sour mash”??

          You are making an assumption that there was a break!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Good point well made!

        • Hoss

          Avoid a hangover – stay drunk.

        • Keith Butler

          Nothing like hair of the dog.

        • Nutta

          Sorry Miss Jackson

    • Damo

      Or… no rest for the wicked. Green and Gold dad jokes today.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Boom tish!

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      you are gold mate

  • Ben Fox

    And if the Waratahs get to the final having not rested anyone, then what?

    • 10m penalty, with distance off for good behaviour.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Hahahaha

    • Hoss

      Any goodwill created amongst the Provence’s disappears in the ether and we regress again. A Ponies win will be a blessing on many fronts.

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Tahs’ backs are good at finding space at super level, and their 1-15 can all draw and pass. Could be too quick for the Brumbies’ defence.

        Brumbies haven’t lost to the Tahs in Sydney this World Cup cycle though, and are currently 5/6 vs the Tahs this cycle overall. Suspect the Brumbies probably start favourites, but who really knows.

        • Custard Taht

          Tahs will be off this week, they won last week. Foley and Beale probably feeling safe after last week, so will rest on their laurels this week.

        • Hoss

          Morning Sherbert. Incredibly the bookies have Tah’s as $1.85 favourites v $1.95 for your mob. The worst thing in the world for Oz rugby is a Tah’s win this week – gazing into my crystal ball……

          – Tah’s win and no way on earth Gibson rests anybody for final gig.
          – Frebels falter in run home and miss out on the 8 to the Tah’s. Other Provence’s (rightfully) in open revolt
          – Tah’s have as much impact in finals as I did in Year 12 Biology – apparently Fanie De Villiers isn’t a a female hygiene problem, but a cricketer – go figure. Further enraging other teams.
          – Aussie players arrive in camp more fractured than Evel Knievel.
          – one of the non-NSW PI players posts that Darly Gibson is a liar and by extension any NSW Player as well, further insisting they are all ‘going to hell’

          Australia arrive at World Cup with fractured side, no attack coach, largely the 2015 team still at the centre of the 2019 Match Day XXIII.

          In all of this one Mr A Forrest sits and observes intently as the purchase price of his next intended acquisition quickly erodes before his eyes……

          There’s storm clouds-a-brewin Mr Sherbet, i can feel it in my bones

        • Quiten down Hanrahan.
          With the storms come the rain, and hence the grass will be knee deep.
          Of course, how will we find the sheep?

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          We’ll supply them mate

        • Was expecting the reply from you along the lines of “Being Australians, probably very satisfying”, or something similar.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Not giving away our secrets mate

        • Yowie

          Ewe would think so

        • Hoss

          We’ll all be rooned.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          It’s still possible for the Tahs to top the conference.

        • Keith Butler

          Chances of the Rebs making the finals, Buckley’s and none. Would like to see the Devils in Light Blue make it and be drawn against the Jaguares (sorry Pumas) in BA just to see Phil Kearns explode – very messy.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate, I thought you’d be all for the Brumbies. Personally I think they’ll win by at least 10

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think we should. Whether we will, who knows. Brumbies haven’t dealt well with the pressures of favouritism or with derby matches in recent seasons.

    • John Miller

      Well, whatever the extent of their infringement, we now know with strong certainty it won’t result in a penalty try and Curtis Rona won’t collect a yellow for it.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Nothing except Cheika will have a ready made excuse

      • Brisneyland Local

        Oh so true. There will be a complete list of them.

    • Geoffro

      then what ? select all tahs for the WC and bring the cup home (about as likely as what you’re suggesting)

  • IIPA

    Gordon, Ruru, Sorovi all have been spoken of as the Wallabies 9 heir apparent. All have screwed the pooch this season whilst Genia plays like a Datsun 180.

    Meanwhile Joe Powell quietly goes about things having learned from one of the best Cubelli…..

    I’d just about start him for the WBs

    • Mica

      Could do a lot worse

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        Doesn’t quite have the quality of Nic White, as well as Joe is playing.

        • IIPA

          Different style of player. We need a half back prepared to snipe I reckon. As well as forwards like Naisarani, Philip, Slipper who are adept at pick n go. Otherwise the backline alignment we play will forever be receiving ball and defenders behind the gain line.

          Not sure White is a sniping man and if we play two of Banks, DHP, Hodge in the back three then I’m not sure we need his kicking.

        • John Miller

          I’m not sure running from the base is a strong Exeter Chiefs trait but Nick White certainly had that ability back in Brumbies days. A surprising turn of pace and decent grubber ahead as I recall as well.

        • John Tynan

          All good except for the Kurtley (grubber ahead)!

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          White snipes and runs a lot more effectively than Powell.

          If you watch the Prem, you’ll see his class.

          He was never the pure kicking halfback people made him out to be (implementing White’s game plan), but he has improved immensely abroad.

          This article is worth reading: https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.theroar.com.au/2018/12/19/why-rugby-australia-should-listen-to-bob-dwyer-and-dump-the-giteau-law/amp/

          Exeter was dominant in the final and leading until White went off.

          I love Powell, but I think his running game is the weakest aspect of his games

        • Probably Ruru’s strongest aspect.

        • Brumby Runner

          Yep, sniping is Joey’s weakest aspect, but that is offset by his better ability to pick out runners and his more accurate passing game to get those runners on the front foot. He has better vision for where to attack the line than others who seem more to rely on rote. His defense is as good as any other No 9, better than most, and he has a motor to equal Hooper. He has developed his backing up skills to close to Gordon’s. On top of that, he has probably the best kicking game of all the Aussie No 9s.

          I think Nic pips him on the basis of his running/sniping abilities but both would be very good value in the Wallabies.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think Nic is superior to Joe in every aspect of 9 play, bar defence.

          I suggest anyone who thinks differently probably hasn’t watched much of the Prem.

    • Geoffro

      McDermott is the heir apparent imho.A lot to like in his physicality and seems to have the smarts.Reminds me of Farr-Jones.

  • Mica

    The Tahs will be having a rest in a couple of weeks anyway.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Nathan,
    Great news on Rangi resigning. I think he’s got as great future and continuing the development down there where he’s happy is a good move. That’s bad news on McDermott, I think he was heading in line for a RWC call up and this has really opened the door further for Nick White – which I think is a mistake by the way. His ongoing development this year has been really good. Mind you could be a blessing in disguise as it keeps him away from Grey and Cheika and that may actually end up being better for his development.

    While I think Gibson may be reneging on a deal, although like all things in rugby here we are never given the full story so who knows what the details are, he is judged on the Tahs results not the Wallaby results and his mismanagement and shit coaching has led to this game being critical so I can see why he’s got them all playing. Not sure that every other team isn’t also seeing guys in Gold so Meh!

    • Nutta

      Dude is that a slightly ajar door on the centralisation argument again?

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate for me that door should remain open. If rugby in Australia wants to progress then it needs a strong RA in control, not an organisation that is split along state lines with states holding the power.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s, well my positivity has only lasted so long. Here we go:
    – Well I must say that I am please the Reb’s have re-signed Rangi. He has had an above average season overall for someone who was a no. 2 Hooker for the team. Well done man with the crazy locks! (Hair jealousy is a curse).
    – Looking forward to seeing the Brumbies continue on their good form. This match is shaping up to be a pearler.
    – The Resting Saga. Despite what many think, I am backing the Waratahs on this one. Keep playing your best players. I want to see the ensuing shit fight from RA. Another Gentlemen’s agreement. WTF? This should be an enforceable national policy or nothing at all. Gee RA certainly have the reverse Midas touch. I can understand the other teams bitching and whinging and they are perhaps right to do so. But this just further shows the incompetence of our national governing body.
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • Rangi is a character with a cult following already.
      Something OZ rugby needs lots more of.

      • Keith Butler

        Could be the new Honey Badger.

        • As long as he stays away from reality TV..

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Meh….he was Gold on that show…..it was just some chicks couldn’t handle rejection and the media lapped it up!

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Mate, I’m not so much backing the Tahs on the resting thing as understanding why they aren’t doing it. I do think though that if they had an agreement they should keep to this. As others have mentioned Gibson has signed for 2020 already so unless there is something in that contract that depends on where the Tahs finish this year, then he shouldn’t have to worry about what happens from here on in and he can be seen as magnanimous in supporting the Wallabies for the “Good of Australian Rugby”

      Let’s face it the Tahs have been pretty crap during the season and need all their players firing if they want to progress so absolutely keep them playing if that’s the plan. I guess if they fall over before the finals then the players will all get a rest before the RC anyway.

      • John Tynan

        “supporting the Wallabies for the “Good of Australian Rugby”…”
        He’s a kiwi! ;)

      • Brisneyland Local

        Agree. But being a commercial guy, deals are deals, but a contract or a directive is another thing completely. Handshake deals in this day and age for things of this complexity is just fucking stupid!This is the professional era, so let it function professionally.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Professional and RA are mutually exclusive to each other

    • GO THE Q REDS

      And imagine of one of those Tahs goes down with a wear n tear injury or just plain rubbish coming into and during WC! They will be blasted for ignoring player management and well-being!
      Biggest issue I see for Tahs is they’re blocking natural player development which snowballs out of control when all of a sudden your relying on a FRESH player to step up out of nowhere!
      Bad form, bad PR, bad team growth and bad Leadership is all I see if they don’t rest agreed players!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Agreed. Don’t get me wrong I think it is bad all round. It just reeks of yet another RA sponsored shit fight. It has not been planned , directed / contracted and executed properly.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Running theme right there….

  • Nutta

    Hey Y’All

    Rangi – I’m not surprised to read the guy is popular at his Franchise. Seems like a good egg. Good footballer as well. He’s my Wobbly No2 No2 behind Fingers from the Donkeys

    I want L’fano as the Wobbly10. Yes the whole cancer thing is inspirational. But more-so I want him as the 10 because he is proving better than the other 2 options.

    So the Tarts want to do whats good for NSW SRU Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union in isolation by not doing what everyone else did and what RA asked them to do? Well bugger me that’s surprising isn’t it? Y’know I was at Moore Park not so long ago and took this pic looking west & south-west. Ok, It was truthfully taken from crn of Moore Park & ANZAC Pde in 1898 (not that it was called ANZAC Pde in 1898) but I reckon the opinion of NSWRU is that the view is still pretty much the same…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d2874a22868a3084dd02b592622099e3e50d3e6284cad31c986e5d811523b14f.png

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Mate I think this picture is imprinted on the brains of the NSWRFU

    • Ive heard on a clear day they can see WA from there..

      • Who?

        I love those Moneyed Raa-Raa’s. You know what the difference between an Eastern Suburbs Raa-Raa and second century cartographer is? One has the internet… Neither has a clue about geography. With deference to Ms Palin’s hockey moms quote!

    • GO THE Q REDS

      Not so sure Lealifano has proven better over the season. The season to date summary of the rounds best players has Quade safely ahead of Lealifano and miles ahead of Foley! Gallagher posts a great summary after every Gagr weekend selection thst saw Quade become an Untouchable…… not being able to be caught with more player of the round wins!
      So if you ignore personal opinions on character, team ladder positions and discuss stats and season long form and even combinations it probably should go Quades way with Lealifano backing up! Foley on holiday……. for good!

    • From NooZealand

      What a beautiful picture. Hope it is OK, I have copied it.

  • andrewM

    ‘excommunication’ Nathan? are we in the West now followers of the anti- Christ? ;)

  • Brisneyland Local

    Steve Tew, the head of NZRU is retiring after 12 years in the top job.
    Let us hire him. Then we may have some one running the show that actually knows what the fuck the are talking about.
    I for one , regardless of them being a Kiwi (no offence KRL ;-0 ) cant think of a person more eminently qualified to lift us out of the malaise that we are now in.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Lots of ups and downs but in general he’s been pretty good for NZ. Of course now you’ll get those trolls Rattue and Reason lauding his move. Fuck I hate those two c*nts. Love to meet them in bar somewhere one day.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yeah their writing is strong and thoroughly absorbent, but I think most of us would be better served by proper toilet paper!

    • Funk

      And how long before the “Ol’ boys club” stifles his reign to the point that he quits in disgust?

      • Brisneyland Local

        Easy, he is the boss cocky! Give him the authority and the power to unfuck this. If people then stand in his way, he will roll them.
        If they are not prepared to hand over the power and authority then we will just keep spiralling down.

    • idiot savant

      And think of the surveillance knowledge he’ll bring with him

      • Brisneyland Local

        Very true! But at least no one is spying on us. Can you imagine what they would gain from spying on a Cheika inspired planning and tactics session!

        • Yowie

          They would save heaps on bug batteries. You could record literally hundreds of 2 minute sessions titled “Run harder boys!” between battery changes.

    • Perth girl

      Great idea because the 2 Kiwis we have at the moment are doing such a great job,not! The whole RA board needs to go otherwise it’s just trying to plug the holes in the dam wall

    • From NooZealand

      RA (ra, ra) could bring him as a consultant. ((:))

  • Bernie Chan

    I see the great #12 Tim Horan has spoken about the forwards make-up for the RWC. Agree with much of what he said in regards to having a #6 and #8 that can carry the ball and bend the line. Horan also says we can’t win the RWC with the Pooper backrow. Where I disagree with him is when he said Hooper is a great captain…Hooper is a fabulous ‘lead from the front’ player and his effort is always 100%, but I don’t think he is a “great” captain…in fact there have been too many times when his decision making has let the team down. Pocock is a more natural captain methinks…Start with Pocock (if he is fit…) and bring on Hooper with 30mins and watch him carve it up.

    • Patrick

      Agree with you, especially about Hooper, he actually seems to me to be one of our worst captains by a fair way.

    • Geoffro

      Timmy scoring the big bucks from Fox for revealing something we all knew years ago.Maybe Kerevi as a co captain , I’m sure our great former Reds no 12 would go along (Believe me Horan was a superb player but his efforts as a pundit leave me a bit cold)

  • Greg

    That’s 2 x IFFWs

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