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