Rugby

Melbourne Rebels to miss 2025 Super Rugby Pacific season after Rugby Australia announcement

A statement from Rugby Australia (RA) said the application from the consortium hoping to take over the Rebels to participate in next year's competition was unsuccessful and "did not demonstrate sufficient financial viability".

"Since the Rebels’ inaugural year in 2011, [the club] has not been independently financially sustainable despite significant additional investment by RA over and above committed club grant," the statement from RA read. 

"There is nothing in the consortium’s proposal which demonstrates with sufficient certainty that this will change."

Suaras confident to retain Cup Title

Suaras captain Sam Voku said his side is prepared for the tournament and will give their all to defend the cup title.

“As the Suaras captain, I have no doubt that we will get the cup back because of our training and sacrifices at the training from 12 o’clock till afternoon. I have confident that we can still retain the cup,” Voku said.

However, Voku further said his younger brother and the current PNG Pukpuks winger Derrick Voki, Ben Kennedy and few others who played crucial roles in their side’s victory last year (2023) won’t be playing with the team.

Dawn of a new era

A new decade, a new coach and a new playing squad, blended with youth and experience ready to take the Hunters program into its 11th year running in the Australian 2nd tier QRL competition.

JT 9s women’s challenge

JT Super Nines Cup tournament director Bagelo Solien said they have confirmed six teams including defending champions Sab City Raider

Eddie Jones resigns as Wallabies coach

Jones's imminent departure comes after a disastrous World Cup campaign in which the Wallabies failed to make the quarterfinals for the first time in history.

During his second stint in charge, Australia won only two of nine Tests in 2023.

Asked on Sunday if he had resigned, Jones replied that it was "not far away", with the paperwork with Rugby Australia surrounding his release set to be signed.

RA said late on Sunday they were not in a position to comment.

South Africa beat France in seven-try thriller

The hosts made a blistering start with an early try from prop Cyril Baille but they failed to deal with two high kicks as first Kurt-Lee Arendse sprinted to the corner before Damian de Allende plunged over to give the Springboks a 12-7 lead.
 

England end Fiji dreams in Marseille

Tries from Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marchant as well as 11 points from the boot of Owen Farrell had given England a handy 21-10 lead at half-time.

However, the Flying Fijians roared back into the game in the second half, scoring tries through Peni Ravai and Vilimoni Botitu to level things at 24-24.

In the end it was England fly-half and captain Farrell who settled things for the 2003 champions, kicking a drop goal to regain the lead before slotting a late penalty to secure victory and a place in the last four.

Kimbe, Lae join Steamies 7s

The Lae Consort Express Lines (CEL) and Kimbe STC Logistics managed to join the one-day event for the first time, which makes the 7s and touch tournament more interesting. This was just a glimpse of what to expect in the coming years.

Steamships General Manager Vele Rupa said the event is expected to bring in teams from provinces outside Port Moresby by 2024, because it will be Steamships’ 30th year of tournament since its inception in 1994.

Portugal secure historic win, Fiji reach last eight

Australia's future in the competition rested with Os Lobos denying the Flying Fijians a point from this final Pool C match, the last of 40 pool stage contests at Rugby World Cup 2023.

That remained a possibility throughout the game, with the 3-3 half-time scoreline raising the prospect of Patrice Lagisquet guiding Portugal to their maiden win in his final match as head coach.

England Struggle To Gritty Victory Over Samoa To Finish Up Pool Stage

Eventually, England found a way to come through the stiff challenge presented by their doughty opponents, but it was certainly not at all pretty and came as a result of pure graft towards the end.

England won their final Pool D fixture 18-17 with a scrappy performance in Lille that saw Samoa shine in defeat.

It was a historic day in France as Owen Farrell became England’s top points scorer of all time as he overtook Jonny Wilkinson’s record that had previously stood for 22 years. Additionally, it was the closest score between the two sides in their nine-match history.