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Wednesday’s rugby news has the unpredictable Pumas, Wallaby travel dramas, Cummins on the comeback and Sheridan retiring.


Wallabies wary of Pumas

A few of the Rosario 22, at largeWallabies defence coach Nick Scrivener has warned against any complacency against Argentina this weekend, saying that the unpredictability of the Pumas makes them a harder side to defend than the Springboks in many ways.

“Their halfbacks are very good, [five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez] is very good, they go from one side of the ruck to the other, they offload, and they have some pace on them,” Scrivener said. After escaping with a nail-biting 24-23 win three weeks ago, the Wallabies will want to make sure that they are not the victim of the Pumas’ maiden Rugby Championship scalp.

Link faces travel dramas

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The Wallabies must also now contend with travel mishaps, as the team’s baggage has been delayed from South Africa. After landing in the Argentinian capital late on Sunday, the Wallabies were told their bags were still in Sao Paulo.

The Wallabies were given most of the day off to recover, with prop Sekope Kepu emphasising the need to rebuild the team’s emotional intensity. “You build yourself towards the end of the week and you either win or lose and, regardless, you’ve just got to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and look forward to your next challenge,” he said.

Cummins in line for comeback

It appears that the Western Force are close to re-signing Australian Rugby’s cult hero Nick Cummins for the 2015 Super Rugby season. The Force are negotiating with Japanese Top 14 club Red Sparks for a loan agreement, similar to the manner in which George Smith was able to play for the Brumbies last year.

Cummins was released on compassionate grounds after last season, reportedly offered a $700,000 contract plus lucrative sponsorship deals to play in Japan.  Force coach Michael Foley has said that the ARU was “caught with its pants down” for not offering a close enough deal to keep the winger.

Sheridan forced to retire

sharpie bootsFormer England Test prop Andrew Sheridan has been forced to immediately retire from rugby on medical grounds, with the 34 year old warned that further injury to his damaged neck would have serious post-rugby consequences.

Sheridan had one season remaining on his contract with French side Toulon but was advised against playing on by a specialist. The English prop registered 40 Test caps and two for the Lions, and Australian fans may remember him best from the awful 12-10 loss in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final, where the Wallaby scrum was absolutely decimated.

 

  • The Rant

    so does that put badger in WC contention?
    Someone say Yes.

    • tom

      Yes

    • Someone

      Yes

    • trent

      Yes. I just hope the ARU come to play. The other top 3 funded clubs have millions more ARU funds invested in their playing list that the Force (or the Rebels). Time to at least start to even up the playing field by a fraction

  • trent

    Matt Hodgson reported that their bags arrived at 5pm the day after they arrived. I’d hate to have tried to find enough replacement kit for that many guys. (https://m.facebook.com/MattHodgsonRugby?ref=bookmark)

    • Cameron

      Those pretty boy backs (plus Hooper) would have loved an excuse for a shopping trip

  • Will

    Thank fuck Sheridan is retired….. or at least that’s what I think Ben Alexander is saying right now….before the WC starts.

    • homer j

      Right now Alexander is just hammering his Corbisiero voodo doll to make it a clean sweep of his nemesis

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