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  • Melbourne Rebels Season Review 2011 Part II

    Melbourne Rebels Season Review 2011 Part II

    By Paul Cook with Mark Gerrard Part Two of our look back at the Rebels inaugural season is with utility back, former Brumby legend and 24 cap Wallaby, Mark Gerrard. One of the feel good stories of the year, Gerrard returned from a stint in Japan and a 4 year hiatus from his country’s colours to be reborn at the fledgling franchise and find himself donning the famous Wallaby shirt once more after a stellar season. Performing just as effectively […]

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  • Game One for the Rebels - Image by Djuro Sen www.imagematrix.com.au

    Melbourne Rebels Season Review 2011 Part I

    By Paul Cook with Tim Davidson With World Cup fever well and truly over for another 4 years, all focus in the Southern Hemisphere now switches to the upcoming Super Rugby competition. 2011 was a big year for the competition and in particular, the Australian contingent. It heralded the arrival of Super Rugby’s newest team – the Melbourne Rebels – and ended with the Queensland Reds cementing their Lazarus like revival under the stewardship of Ewen McKenzie, by lifting their […]

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    Just For Fun: Al Baxter On A Life in the Front Row II

    By Paul Cook Part Two – The Waratahs, Scrum Talk and The Future… In Part One of this exclusive interview with the former Waratah and Wallaby prop, Al told us which players he admired and respected across his career and covered his record breaking time with the national side. In Part Two, he looks back at the highs and lows of his tenure with New South Wales, who to watch out for in the Wallaby front rows of the future, […]

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  • Al Baxter - Image by www.seiserphotography.com

    Just For Fun: Al Baxter On A Life in the Front Row

    By Paul Cook Part One – Best of the Rest, The Wallabies and ‘That Game’ When the NSW Waratahs forwards pack down for their first scrum of the 2012 Super Rugby season in a little under a month’s time, they will be missing a significant amount of the intellectual property and experience they have had at their disposal in recent years. When Al Baxter decided to hang up his boots at the end of the 2011 season, New South Wales […]

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  • World Cup Tales – ROMANIA with Marius Tincu

    World Cup Tales – ROMANIA with Marius Tincu

    By Paul Cook Back in their heyday of the 1980’s, Romania could list France, Wales and the 1984 Grand Slam winning Scotland side amongst their list of major scalps, while in 1981, they fell to the All Blacks by a mere 14 points to 6 in a game that also saw the ‘Oaks’ have two tries disallowed. The country boasted 12,000 players based at 110 clubs and they were expected to go onto be the next European power to challenge […]

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  • World Cup Tales – FIJI with Campese Ma’afu

    World Cup Tales – FIJI with Campese Ma’afu

    By Paul Cook Fiji left the last World Cup with a glowing reputation having knocked out Wales in the pool stages before pushing the eventual champions South Africa to the brink in a pulsating Quarter-Final and becoming everyone’s second team in the process. Things appeared to be very much on track again a year out from the 2011 tournament after they returned from a European tour hugely encouraged by a landmark draw against Wales in Cardiff and honourable defeats against […]

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