Club & Provincial

Country Eagles hope extra game will conquer UC Vikings

Tom Decent   Injuries have struck early for NRC side NSW Country Eagles. And they're expecting to be pushed hard by Canberra Vikings on Saturday.

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Eastwood go back-to-back in Shute Shield

Caught: Eastwood’s Jarryd Barry is tackled during Saturday’s win.

Tom Decent   Eastwood have gone back-to-back in the Shute Shield for the first time in 12 years after a tryless 15-12 win over Manly at Concord Oval.

Galloping Greens recover to beat Pirates

Glory days: Eastwood last lifted the Shute Shield in 2011 but are hoping to go one better than their runners-up finish ...

Rupert Guinness   Despite errors creeping into their game, Randwick claimed their first Shute Shield win.

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Uni rebuilds to rebound

Tom Carter

Rupert Guinness   Sydney University centre Tom Carter won't go as far as to say the club "are the underdogs" of the Shute Shield competition this year.

Highlanders conquer in Shute Shield opener

Glory days: Eastwood last lifted the Shute Shield in 2011 but are hoping to go one better than their runners-up finish ...

Rupert Guinness   The Gordon Highlanders came to Woollahra Oval and conquered Eastern Suburbs in their Shute Shield opener to clinch an away win they can owe to their strength at the breakdown.

Potgieter switch could tighten Australian ties

Already in green: Jacques Potgieter has joined Randwick.

Rupert Guinness   South African Jacques Potgieter didn't waste time leaving an impact on the Waratahs in his first season for them last year when they won their first Super Rugby title.

Randwick rugby get the gallop on concussion study

The technology: The "X Patch" biosensor will record impact levels in contact to help with research into concussion and ...

Rupert Guinness   The Randwick rugby team will take part in a pioneering concussion research program in which all first grade players will wear a biosensor to record impact levels in contact.

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Manly use big pack to steamroll tiring Rats

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness   Manly capitalised on the strength of their massive pack to beat Shute Shield leaders Warringah and take first place on the ladder from them with an emphatic home victory on Saturday.



Phil Blake named first National Rugby Championship coach

Phil Blake (front) playing for South Sydney in 1989.

Rupert Guinness   Manly coach Phil Blake is first to be named as a head coach of one of the teams in this year's inaugural National Rugby Championship.



Former Easts coach Mark Bakewell eyes opportunities in Japan

Big plans: Former Eastern Suburbs coach Mark Bakewell is off to Japan.

Rupert Guinness   Mark Bakewell says it would be a "massive bonus" if his new coaching position with the Tokyo-based club Suntory leads to an opportunity with a Japan franchise in an expanded Super Rugby competition.



Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava confident of first Shute Shield win

Ex Wallaby Scott Fava, pictured in 2006.

Rupert Guinness   Northern Suburbs coach Scott Fava believes his side can clinch their first Shute Shield victory of the season if they can just push through the 60-minute mark of the game, rather than “drop our bundle” as they have done in the past.



Melbourne Rebels focus on consistency


Scott Higginbotham   Consistency is everything in professional sport. If you want to be a top side in the Super Rugby competition you need to be consistent in everything you do - not just playing, but in all areas. Coaching, training and rest all play a certain role and are just as important as each other.

The Breakdown

Uni's dominance sparks online dispute

Georgina Robinson dinkus

Georgina Robinson   While the James O'Connor controversy roars afresh, consider another post-game furore from the weekend.

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New tier needed, but winning Tests must be top priority

Matt Burke dinkus

Matthew Burke   There is an interesting development happening in club-land and the powers that be are being very protective of their product. Rightly so, as they have invested time and money into their commodity and don't want to see it taken away from them.

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Robinson has focus on lifting club title

Waratah training prior to the nsw waratahs vs the Queensland reds this weekend.
 Vice-Captain of the nsw Waratahs prop ...

Rupert Guinness   Benn Robinson has a score to settle - and it's not with Australian coach Ewen McKenzie for deciding not to select him for the Wallabies squad.

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Shute Shield grand final promises sparks

Shute Shield

Rupert Guinness   The Shute Shield grand final between Sydney University and Eastwood has the potential to boil over well after full-time at Concord Oval on Saturday, and into a family feud.

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ARU moves to kill off club player payments

Bill Pulver

Georgina Robinson   Sydney clubs will have their funding cut if they pay players because the Australian Rugby Union plans to return club rugby to its amateur days.

Rebels without a clue as University march ahead with honours

Sydney Uni Rugby

Alex Rowe   Sydney University dished out a lesson in their 47-19 preliminary final rout of Southern Districts on Saturday.

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Southern win sets up clash with Students

Southern districts

David Sygall   Southern Districts advanced to the preliminary final of the Shute Shield and ended Randwick's campaign with a strong win at Coogee Oval on Saturday.


Greens regain their gallop as Pirates' hopes go west


David Sygall   Randwick held off a strong comeback by West Harbour to stay alive in the Shute Shield, winning their qualifying final at Concord Oval on Saturday.