Rebels fighting to keep their Wallaby

SPOTLIGHT: While big money overseas beckons, the Rebels are hopeful off-contract Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua feels that his future lies in Melbourne.



No cash flow crisis at WPRFU & WPPR

REACTION: Despite two massive court cases and a potentially costly disciplinary hearing looming, WPRFU and WPPR deny there is a cash flow crisis. Jan de Koning reports.





I believe a very viable and prudent option for the good of SA Rugby as a whole and I believe, Cheetahs and WP in particular; would be to put Cheetahs back in to the comp at the expense of the Stormers and put the latter under administration until all the nonsense is cleared.

To ensure that the province players get game time, loan them out to the other unions, with the Cheetahs getting first dibs of course. I suspect Rassie will want to pick the sides the players of national interest go to.

Once matters are settled, a promotion / relegation system can be followed and we get a secondary international comp going where whoever drops out can play as well as Griekwas, Pumas, EP. Good game time for players who'd like to put up their hand for higher honours and some cash for the unions

Bristol makes sense as it has regular direct flights to all the venues other than the Welsh ones & even the furthest of those, Llanelli, is only about a two hour drive.

Just to make it a little more complicated, there are different restrictions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Add to that Ireland and Italy and it’s a logistical nightmare.
Just send Sale the flash new kits and let them have a go.


Ye we need a player to go through the season without international call ups

It's all nice when you're playing on those manicured lawns in new zealand, but can he cut it on a windy, rainy night in Wales?

I am absolutely chuffed with this news.

I hope he can make the step up to a quality team 😁


The one position - flanker- that Ireland has never had a shortage of. Reflected in the fact a player of Tommy O'Donnell's calibre could only feature in the national side on 13 occasions. In his Test matches, which includes 100% of winning performances against the likes of both England and the Springboks, Tommy has an overall success rate of almost 85%.
A formidable talent and a true Munster and Ireland hero. Wishing him all the best.


Barrett is basically on a holiday playing rugby equal to Auckland club standard. He will find playing provincial rugby back in NZ several levels up and will be be competitive?