Mark Gerrard

Union

Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea ready to turn Super Rugby lifeline into a championship

Chris Dutton Third-string ACT Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea has built his career on "lifeline opportunities".

Rugby

Super Rugby qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos They say in sports you have to lose a grand final before you win one. That is the prospect, anyway, facing the ACT Brumbies as they go into a successive Super Rugby finals campaign on Saturday night.

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Union

What we learned: ACT Brumbies v Western Force

Henry Speight  on the fly.

David Polkinghorne All the talking points from the clash between the ACT Brumbies and the Western Force.

Union

Josh Mann-Rea ready to step up as ACT Brumbies hooker

Josh Mann-Rea, front, trains with Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore.

Chris Dutton Josh Mann-Rea is a 33-year-old rookie who almost quit rugby last year.

Union

Josh Mann-Rea and Luke Holmes ready to replace Wallabies captain Stephen Moore for Super Rugby finals bid

Stephen Moore's injury has opened the door for josh Mann-Rea to grab the hooking role.

Chris Dutton Brumbies have recruited Super Rugby journeyman Luke Holmes to join coal miner Josh Mann-Rea in a bid to replace Wallabies captain Stephen Moore.

Union

Stephen Larkham a Wallabies coach in waiting, says Joe Roff

Brumbies coach, Stephen Larkham.

Chris Wilson Wallabies great Joe Roff believes former teammate Stephen Larkham is a future Australian coach.

Rugby

Brumbies backline as good as champion 2004 side: Wallabies great Joe Roff

Matt Toomua

Wallabies great Joe Roff believes the current crop of Brumbies backs are on the verge of eclipsing the star studded 2004 backline that took out the Super Rugby championship.

Union

Josh Mann-Rea's long wait finally over

SPORT: Brumbies player Josh Mann-Rea .   22nd October 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Chris Dutton Brumbies 32-year-old rookie Josh Mann-Rea says he'll ''work my butt off'' to help the Brumbies chase a championship.

White to Robinson: you don't vote, you work

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden Ruck 'n' Maul: Brumbies coach Jake White has reacted to comments by Waratahs skipper Benn Robinson.

Rugby Union

Old but bold: happy hooker Mann-Rea joins Brumbies

Josh Mann-Rea

Chris Dutton He's launching his career at an age when most are preparing to finish, but Josh Mann-Rea is comfortable taking an unfamiliar path to his Super Rugby dream.

Rookie Rebels fullback out for six weeks

Jason Woodward.

Young Melbourne Rebels fullback Jason Woodward has been ruled out for six weeks after injuring a tendon in his finger at Super Rugby pre-season training.

Rugby Union

Top six and no more excuses for Rebels

Ged Robinson

Stathi Paxinos The Melbourne Rebels believe they can no longer use the excuse of being new.

Rugby

Cheika resists co-captain fad

Michael Cheika

Ben Horne NSW coach Michael Cheika says he is a traditionalist and won't be naming co-captains at the Waratahs for the upcoming season.

Rugby Union

Rebel vows to bounce back

Cooper Vuna.

Melissa Woods Devastated Cooper Vuna vows to again bounce back after suffering a fractured shoulder that will keep him out of the Rebels side for the first four rounds of the Super Rugby competition.

Rugby

Gerrard tweets out at Burgess move

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Georgina Robinson, Chris Dutton THE mooted return of former Wallabies halfback Luke Burgess has ruffled feathers in the ranks, with a former Rebels player condemning Melbourne for contemplating the signing and the Brumbies...

Rugby Union

Gerrard blasts Rebels

Mark Gerrard.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels foundation player Mark Gerrard has taken aim at his former team following speculation that the Super Rugby club was looking to sign former Wallaby half-back Luke Burgess next season.

Talking potential

Big season: Melbourne Rebels' Welsh captain Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve won't forget where the Rebels have come from.

Rebels open account with fighting win

Rebels

Stathi Paxinos THE Melbourne Rebels has for the first time started a Super Rugby season with a win when they fought back against the Western Force to secure a 30-23 victory at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rebel Phipps set to join Waratahs

Sydney bound ... Nick Phipps.

Jim Morton Australian rugby's halfback merry-go-round is getting into swing with Melbourne Rebels No.9 Nick Phipps set to announce his defection to the NSW Waratahs next week.

Rugby Union

Phipps off to Waratahs

Nick Phipps.

Stathi Paxinos Nick Phipps' future looks to be in a New South Wales Waratahs jumper from next year.