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  • Western Force Season Review 2011 – Part II

    Western Force Season Review 2011 – Part II

    By Paul Cook with Sam Wykes The second part of our look back at 2011 for the Western Force is with lock Sam Wykes. After a couple of seasons of false starts hampered by shoulder injuries, he got his chance in Round Two after an injury to David Pocock and not only did he take it, he ran with it to such an extent that many were talking him up as a potential bolter for the Wallabies World Cup squad. […]

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  • Western Force Season Review 2011 – Part I

    Western Force Season Review 2011 – Part I

    By Paul Cook with Brett Sheehan The Western Force went into the 2011 season with a fresh lick of paint as Richard Graham moved up the ranks to replace departing foundation head coach John Mitchell in the hot seat. For scrumhalf Brett Sheehan, the year was a chance to cement his starting spot, hopefully push the Force towards their first tilt at finals football and maybe make a late charge into Robbie Deans’ World Cup plans as a result and […]

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  • ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part III

    ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part III

    By Paul Cook with Pat McCabe The final part of our ACT Brumbies 2011 season review is with utility back and Wallaby hero Pat McCabe. The 23yr old backed up his stellar first season in Super Rugby with a year of consistently high performances which saw him move from full-back to inside centre and earn a World Cup spot in the process. Playing with a severely damaged shoulder, he earned the admiration of many for his courageous display against South […]

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  • ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part II

    ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part II

    By Paul Cook with Ben Hand The second part of our look at the ACT Brumbies 2011 season is with lock Ben Hand. A consistent performer, the hardworking 29yr old featured in every match across the season, taking his Super Rugby caps tally over the half century mark. Having started his rugby journey at the Waratahs, a successful year in Italy saw him called home to the nations capital in 2009 and his passion for Canberra, it’s people and their […]

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  • ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part I

    ACT Brumbies Season Review 2011 – Part I

    By Paul Cook with Ben Alexander The ACT Brumbies came into 2011 with high hopes of a finals charge but a poor start – which brought about a coaching reshuffle – and key players missing through injury, all conspired to leave them at the wrong end of the ladder. Part One of our look back at their ‘annus horribilis’ is with Wallaby prop Ben Alexander. The 27yr old was one of the few highlights in a year of underachievement in […]

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  • Melbourne Rebels Season Review 2011 Part III

    Melbourne Rebels Season Review 2011 Part III

    By Paul Cook with Nick Phipps We close our Rebels review of 2011 with one of the young guns of Australian rugby – Nick Phipps. Just under two years ago, he was a promising but undiscovered half-back, hidden from view in the third tier of Sydney’s club competition in the colours of Sydney University. After a glowing review from his club captain – and now Rebels club captain – Tim Davidson, Phipps was fast tracked into 1st Grade where he […]

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