With Stan acquiring the UK Premiership (and already having the United Rugby Championship, FKA Pro 14), good time to discuss NH rugby and Aussie players over there.
Exeter look to be the team to beat again this year after slipping up in the GF to a rather fortunate Harlequins.
Shaping up to be an annual grudge match, certainly wasn't lacking in intensity in the first game in Perth. Probably the game I get most anxious about, Rebels can't claim underdog status here.
Rebels could look quite different here with Orr, Naisarani, Wilkin and Magnay training. Imagine the XV...
Well this match just got a whole lot spicier.
Looking forward to the scrum battle, Argies battered the All Blacks there.
Keep the same team as Suncorp, maybe JO'C in at 10 if fit. Wright deserves to stay as does Banks. Probably promote Hanigan to starting 6 with Naisarani on the bench...
After a very shaky win over the Force, Rebels are not looking good for their 'home' clash against the Brumbies. Brumbies are favourites and deservedly.
I will continue enjoying being an honorary NSWelshman (apologies to my Vic brethren, solidarity) and waltz down to Leichhardt Oval and...
Australia have come away from day 1 with three very good wins. Two big scores against Scotland & Samoa, then an impressive victory against the USA on their home turf, 17-7.
Playing Ireland tomorrow in the quarters.
Thought we needed a thread for all NH rugby for the just started season. Whether it be Top 14, Premiership or the Pro 14.
Especially with a surely record number of SH players up there. Top 14 is 9 rounds in and is in a state of disarray as is Premiership rugby after four rounds (every team...
The opening game is 10 days away, all team squads are in and I'm bored at work - so it's prediction time.
We should get a tipping competition going as well (if there isn't one already for GAGR).
Winners of pools:
2nd Japan (upset win over the Scots)...
Thought we should have a match day thread for the Western Force matches this year.
The WF have named their team to take on a world XV coached by Robbie Deans. Played in Perth at 7:30pm local time on Friday 22/03.
1. Cameron Orr
2. Feleti Kaitu’u
3. Keiran Longbottom
Then there were four.
Fortunately for the majority of the posters on this site, the Wallabies are still (very lucky to be) in contention for Bill. So allegiances for most don't have to be re-drawn just yet.
But for the NH supporters who do their allegiances switch to now?
To get the ball...