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Wednesday’s Rugby News

Wednesday’s Rugby News

Wednesday’s rugby news has Stephen Moore calling to fix up the set piece, Genia linked to Bath move, Gold Coast Sevens draw announced and All Blacks announce their squad. 

Moore Calls to Fix Set Piece

Injured Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore has called for the Wallabies to fix up their set piece.  Moore emphasised the importance of the set piece especially with upcoming games against Argentina and the Springboks.

“It’s such an important area of the game … We talk a lot about running rugby, scoring tries, flair … but it all starts with set piece in Test footy. Get ascendancy or win your ball well, you can do a lot with that.”

“Look at the importance of the set-piece across those eight games. It’s massive in every one of them.”

Genia Linked to Bath

Wallaby halfback Will Genia has been linked to a move to Bath next season.  Bath are understood to have reached an agreement with Genia but French Top 14 clubs Stade Français and Lyon are also believed to be in the race to secure his services. 

Bath have already signed Rugby League star Sam Burgess, however, changes in the salary cap system means that two marquee players can be excluded from the salary cap as long as he is new to the Premiership or has not played in the tournament for 12 months.

Gold Coast Sevens Draw Announced

The Australian Mens Sevens team has been drawn in Pool C along with Fiji, Scotland and Portugal for the Gold Coast Sevens tournament.  The Gold Coast Sevens begins on the 11th of October and will be the first ever event on the Olympic qualification calendar.

Mens Sevens coach Geraint John acknowledged the challenge ahead.

“This is a tough group, no question. We will have to prepare ourselves correctly and we won’t be taking anything for granted … This is the first event on the Olympic qualification calendar and we will really need the backing of the Australian public and passionate local Gold Coast support to give us the best possible chance of making the Cup stages of the tournament. The crowd inspired the side all the way to the Cup Final in 2013 and we’d love their support once again.”

All Blacks Squad Announced

The All Blacks have announced their squad to tour Argentina and South Africa.  Malakai Fekitoa is most likely to replace Ma’a Nonu as Ryan Crotty will make his return from injury via the ITM cup and will join the squad in South Africa.  Uncapped hooker Nathan Harris has also been included in the squad.

All Blacks squad:

Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Wyatt Crockett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Liam Messam, Steven Luatua, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Charles Piutau (Ryan Crotty to join squad in South Africa)

  • Patrick

    It is pretty clear that if your goal is national representative honours, then hooker is the job for you.

    • Joeleee

      I would have said lock, but maybe that’s because I’m 6’8″…

      • Patrick

        I bet that if Caderyn or Jones called themselves hookers they would be wallabies now!

  • Harry

    Genia can piss off. Screwed multiple parties around 2 years by signing to join the Western Force then changing his mind at the 11th hour and re-signing with the a Reds. He has been nowhere close to the player he once was post that fat contract, culminating in his demotion from captain to not even making the starting XV end of last season. He no longer demonstrates he has the work ethic of a really great player and injuries now are frequent.

    He is the epitome of this Wallaby set-up. All about what you can do for me, not what we can collectively achieve to derive maximum collective return.

    • Will

      That’s a harsh call. He’s worked hard for Aus – I agree there are times he needed a reality check – but in my opinion that is happening right now. Until it’s official let’s not jump to any conclusions!

      • Guy

        Yep. harsh is right. Not absent of fact, but maybe not fair to punch him the face just yet. I would surprised if he goes to bath. Surely, he still thinks he can oust our current options with hardwork and a little form.

    • Hambone

      mate, he has bled green and gold for australia many a time.. nothing wrong with him chasing down a lucrative contract and looking after himself. this is his job, he is a professional, he has done his time, let him go an earn a decent keep and not get grief over it

      • Harry

        How about committing to the 2015 RWC first before chasing fat personal contracts. If his form his good, the big offers will still come.

    • Brett decayed

      Such a short memory genia will be best scrm half in the world again by next year

    • Purce

      This is a ridiculous comment. It is widely known that Genia is one of the hardest working, most professional rugby players going around. Constantly doing “extras” even when in peak form. First to training and last to leave. Questioning his work ethic shows you have less than no clue and is a pretty disgraceful comment.

      One gets the impression his lack of form has been because he tries too hard instead of just playing naturally. Even at 90% of his peak form he is still better than any other 9 in Australia. He’s only 26 and has the capacity to be our 9 at the next 2 world cups.

      The alleged contract is for the NEXT NH season which is after the world cup… likely him exercising the new clause in ARU contract which allows long serving wallabies to play a season overseas.

      On the Force comment thats fair enough. But I’d rather a bloke who realised he was leaving a club, which he helped re-ignite, for money and make a decision to not chase the money and be loyal to said club. If he had gone to the force people would have said it was a money grab… damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  • Steve

    Pretty sure Genia is signed with the Reds for the 2015 super rugby season

    • Braveheart81

      He is. I think the contract rumours relate to heading to Bath after the RWC.

    • Hugh Adams

      For the Next Northern Hemisphere season

  • The Cheat

    Whoever put that paid add for the McCaw stubbie cooler on Facebook is a legend. It appeared in kiwis news feeds and based on the comments, I don’t believe they like it very much at all hahahahaha

    • 12 years and counting…

      Just to clarify, this is the player who has been yellow carded twice in 131 test matches?

      • Dave

        Cheater has a man crush on the GOAT, he will get a dozen of the stubbie coolers to go with the giant bedroom wall poster he already has.

        • JimmyT

          Him too? Rumour has it George Smith, David Pocock, Phil Waugh and Michael Hooper all have Richie McCaw wall posters too. Poor guys — on the field they only ever got to see McCaw from behind.

        • The Cheat

          Dan Carter also got to see a lot of McCaw from behind but it’s not really appropriate of me delving into people’s personal lives

        • JimmyT

          He certainly got to kick plenty of penalties McCaw won for the AB’s at ruck time. Quite a genius at knowing the rules one could argue.

        • The Cheat

          Wall posters are for amatuers, I have a perfected the ceiling poster. Can you explain the GOAT thing please, I thought it was pretty clear that kiwis prefer sheep?


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