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Clashes On The Pitch And Online: All The Talking Points From Super Rugby

Five talking points after Super Rugby’s final round of regular-season games. Is the physicality in the game lessening? Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn and his opposite number Tony Brown both questioned Ed Quirk’s dismissal after the Sunwolves forward was red-carded for a seemingly innocuous challenge in Brisbane. The Sunwolves flanker was sent off for using closed right fist on the …

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Melbourne Rebels’ Amanaki Mafi Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Teammate

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Amanaki Mafi gets tackled by teammates during a Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby training session at Gosch's Paddock on July 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Melbourne Rebels forward Amanaki Mafi was arrested and faces assault charges after an altercation with teammate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand, Rugby Australia said on Sunday. The brawl followed the Rebels’ 43-37 Super Rugby loss to the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday. RA said in a statement: “Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels are aware of an incident involving …

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Here Are The Teams Who Have Qualified For The Super Rugby Quarter-Finals

Well, now we have it.  The eight teams who have qualified for this year’s Super Rugby quarter-finals have now been confirmed after the last round of regular-season matches took place this weekend. The Crusaders, Lions, Waratahs, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders, Jaguares and the Sharks have all reached the last-eight and we’re set for some mouth-watering games over the next few weeks. …

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Brad Thorn: I Don’t Want Cocaine Around This Team

Brad Thorn has outlined his tough stance on cocaine which he sees as a “serious issue”.  Currently, James Slipper has been suspended for two months for testing positive for cocaine on two occasions. Karmichael Hunt is also suspended at the moment for the possession of Xanax during the current Super Rugby season. Hunt was previously suspended in 2015 for being in …

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Samoa Qualify For The World Cup And Will Enter Pool A

Samoa have qualified for the 2019 World Cup in Japan thanks to a 42-28 victory over Germany today in Heidelberg. This was the second leg between the two sides and Samoa had already put a huge score and victory on their European opponents in the first leg on a scoreline of 66-15. It was always going to be a tough task …

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Watch: New Connacht Rugby Signing Scores Unbelievable Try In Super Rugby

Connacht Rugby will be welcoming quite a few new faces to Galway once the regular Super Rugby campaign finishes this weekend.  The western province, now under the tutelage of new head coach Andy Friend, will soon have Colby Fainga’a (Melbourne Rebels), David Horwitz (Melbourne Rebels) and Kyle Godwin (Brumbies) on their books. The Brumbies, despite their excellent win over Australian conference …

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Watch: Brad Thorn Fumes At Red Card That He Sees As A ‘Love-Tap’

The Queensland Reds finished off their Super Rugby campaign with a 48-27 victory over the Sunwolves at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday.  Thorn’s first year in charge of the club probably wasn’t as successful as he would have hoped but he will be confident of making further improvements next season. The match was blighted by controversy, however, as …

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IRFU Post €1.2 Million Profit After Historic Season For Irish Rugby

The IRFU have today announced that they have recorded a €1.2 million profit for the 2017/2018 season.  Last season was a historic one for Irish rugby. The men’s national team went unbeaten throughout the November Internationals and the Six Nations which resulted in a Grand Slam, while they also recorded a series win against the Wallabies in Australia. At provincial …

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