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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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  • 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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    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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