Reducing head and neck injuries in Rugby

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Head and neck injuries are common in Rugby (1,3). There are three game situations that may lead to increased risk of head and neck injury – scrummaging, rucks, and tackling (1). These activities not only involve collisions, but often occur at high speed and include large, multi-directional forces. The most common injuries to the head […]

Who’s Homophobic?

David Pocock against stereotypes

So. Who’s homophobic? Hands up. Come on. Ignoring the virtual dearth of hands that just sprung up, there must be heaps of you. Judging by the clamour of people wanting to pour sh*t all over David Pocock for calling out comments that he found offensive during the Waratahs vs Brumbies game on the weekend. I […]

Super Rugby Predictions: Rd 1

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After a long summer filled with cricket (I am not complaining) finally this weekend hostilities resume in the Southern Hemisphere’s domestic rugby championship.  As with previous years I will be writing a preview of each round’s fixtures.  Here are my thoughts for Round 1. Crusaders v Rebels The season kicks off in Christchurch with the […]

I dreamt of a career in rugby, now I’m just holding on as a fan

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Dear ARU, I tried to write this a few weeks ago but decided I was too emotional to make a reasoned statement. Now, with the inclusion of Kurtley Beale in the end of year tour and his playing off the bench in the test against Ireland, I can no longer just let the world go […]

I’m done with Australian Rugby

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Dear Australian Rugby I first fell in love with you in 1991. I was having a hard time at boarding school when I first heard about these two kids who had gone to a boarding school nearby who were playing for the Wallabies against New Zealand. I started to pay more attention when my best […]

Elite sportsmen in Australia and community standards: will the two ever meet?

Kurtley Beale heading into Tribual

Yesterday evening saw what would appear to be the end of the Kurtley Beale texting and plane argument scandal.  For those who missed it Beale was charged with two serious breaches of the ARU Code of Conduct related to the sending of two offensive whatsapp messages about a female staffer of the Australian Rugby Union […]

Pink Rugby TV – Ewen McKenzie and the ARU

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Welcome to the first edition of Pink Rugby TV.  In this episode, we discuss Ewen McKenzie’s resignation from the Wallabies and what’s happening in Australian Rugby.  Special thanks to Steph Batt and Mindy Pawsey for joining me on the first episode of hopefully many more to come.    

Jess Treherne wins Community Volunteer of the Year

Jess Treherne with Greg McAweeney, Executive General Manager, RaboDirect Australia and New Zealand

After a tumultuous week for Australian Rugby , particularly for the women of the game, we are happy to report on a feel good news story. Victorian Rugby Volunteer Jess Treherne was today honoured as the inaugural RaboDirect Conversions for Community Volunteer of the Year. The Conversions for Community program was created to give the Victorian Rugby community […]

Aviva Premiership Predictions: Rd 5

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I said in my review of last week’s matches (R4) that it should get easier to pick winners now that we’ve seen the form from all the clubs. I was wrong (no change there then) – looking at the line-ups for week 5 there are some very close calls (at least it seems that way […]

The perfect rugby animal

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Rugby is a unique game in which players of all physical shapes and sizes are able to participate across all levels. So there is not a single ‘Perfect Rugby Animal’, but different depending on your position. This article is an in depth look at professional Rugby athlete characteristics by position – including body proportions and […]