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Brumbies wheel out a special celebration

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Josh Rakic

THE INSIDE BACK

Absent ... Dan Vickerman has been largely unavailable for the Waratahs this season.

Absent ... Dan Vickerman has been largely unavailable for the Waratahs this season. Photo: Steve Christo

It might be a disappointing Tour de France for Australians Cadel Evans and Matt Goss but that hasn't stopped the ACT Brumbies celebrating the race. As part of the side's Mad Monday celebrations, the players dressed up for a Le Tour theme party at an infamous Canberra watering hole in honour of departing players Ben Hand and Anthony Hegarty, who will both play in France next season. Neither tacks nor tact made an appearance but it's safe to say anyone who stumbled upon the bunch would be thinking twice about ever harassing a cyclist. So confident was the ACT side of making the finals that administration had released an application for fans to order tickets for what was presumed to be a home final this weekend. It's a disappointing end to an otherwise brilliant season.

Consolation prize

While a shock loss at home to the Blues ended their charge to the Super Rugby final, the news isn't all bad for Brumbies players, with coach Jake White set to take the team on a two-week trip to his home patch of Cape Town. The Brumbies not involved in the Wallabies train-on squad will enjoy their annual holidays over the next month before pre-season training for next year begins in August. That will include a trip to South Africa, where White hopes to line up some matches for the team against local opponents.

Saying Tah-Tahs

There was no apparent theme for the Waratahs' Mad Monday commiserations, although that is not to say the players were any less spirited. After a few beers following Saturday's disappointing loss to the Reds, the Tahs returned home yesterday and descended on the Clovelly Hotel, where we're told they behaved in a jovial yet orderly manner. Coach Michael Foley's instructions to the team before they flew the coop: take care of yourselves and each other. The entire team has been given the next week off but a number of players - including prop Paddy Ryan and wing Lachie Turner - have chosen to play Shute Shield for University and Eastwood respectively. Both players, who only recently returned from injury, have been named in Robbie Deans's Wallabies train-on squad that will gather in Sydney next Monday. And given their lack of match time, both have decided to continue their returns at club level.

In absence of Dan

One last thing on the Waratahs and their season from hell. While former Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom has been a constant target for fans and critics alike this year because of the injured flanker's lack of game time and value to the team, little has been mentioned of Dan Vickerman's contribution, or lack thereof. Vickerman was signed by the Waratahs late last year on bigger money than Elsom, and hasn't played a single game this year and has rarely been sighted at training. Meanwhile, if Michael Foley does not see out his contract, is Michael Cheika really the must-have coach? Sure, the former Randwick player won a Heineken Cup with an all-star Leinster side featuring Elsom and a host of internationals but in two seasons at Stade Francais his side's highest finishing position has been seventh. That's not to say the big guy can't coach; he clearly can. But is he the only man for the job?

Quality recognised

It wasn't long ago that Layne Beachley was pulling faces behind Stephanie Gilmore as the Coolangatta surfer collected her fourth world title trophy at an ASP awards night. Well, a year is a long time in surfing, and it seems the rift between the seven-time world champion and now five-time champion Gilmore has been mended. Beachley's last two seasons on tour were dominated by Gilmore, and the veteran seemed to take issue with Gilmore's determined attitude and how quickly the youngster was lauded as the best ever. But now, at 40, Beachley has taken the philosophical approach. "I'm really proud of the legacy I created, and I'm looking forward to Steph creating her own one,'' Beachley told The Inside Back. ''I couldn't have done what I did without my predecessors, and the same goes for Steph. When Steph won her first world title she came out claiming she could win 10 of them. And now, after seeing her perform this year, I don't see what's going to stop her, to be quite honest.''

Who's popular?

Either Quade Cooper is the most popular person in Australia or the former Wallabies five-eighth is yet another high-profile personality guilty of buying Twitter followers. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd was accused of buying Twitter followers after his count shot to more than 1 million last year. And Cooper's count has recently raised suspicion after he jumped from about 120,000 followers to register more than 603,000 in the space of a season - for most of which he has been injured. To put those numbers into perspective, James O'Connor - who has a larger public profile thanks to commercials - has 190,000 followers while Adam Ashley-Cooper has about 28,000. Even more intriguing is that Cooper has more followers than television and radio's highest rating comedy duo Hamish & Andy (382,000), 11-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater (212,000), Socceroo and Everton striker Tim Cahill (406,000) and the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard (250,000).

Super Rugby 2015

Round 1
Fri, 13 FebTimes shown AEDT
CRU 10 vs REB 20 Report Stats
BRU 47 vs RED 3 Stats
Sat, 14 FebTimes shown AEDT
LIO 8 vs HUR 22 Report Stats
BLU 18 vs CHF 23 Report Stats
Sun, 15 FebTimes shown AEDT
SHA 29 vs CHT 35 Report Stats
BUL 17 vs STO 29 Report Stats
WAR 13 vs FOR 25 Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 20 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHF 19 vs BRU 17 Report Stats
REB 28 vs WAR 38 Report Stats
Sat, 21 FebTimes shown AEDT
BUL 13 vs HUR 17 Report Stats
HIG 20 vs CRU 26 Report Stats
RED 18 vs FOR 6 Report Stats
Sun, 22 FebTimes shown AEDT
STO 27 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
SHA 29 vs LIO 12 Report Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 27 FebTimes shown AEDT
HIG 20 vs RED 13 Report Stats
FOR 13 vs HUR 42 Stats
Sat, 28 FebTimes shown AEDT
CHT 25 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
CHF 40 vs CRU 16 Stats
REB 15 vs BRU 20 Report Stats
Sun, 01 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 43 vs SHA 35 Report Stats
LIO 19 vs STO 22 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 17 vs HIG 20 Report Stats
BRU 27 vs FOR 15 Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
BLU 10 vs LIO 13 Report Stats
RED 5 vs WAR 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHT 20 vs BUL 39 Report Stats
STO 29 vs SHA 13 Report Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 30 vs BLU 23 Report Stats
FOR 17 vs REB 21 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 34 vs LIO 6 Report Stats
HIG 26 vs WAR 19 Report Stats
RED vs BRU 29 Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
STO 19 vs CHF 28 Report Stats
CHT 10 vs SHA 27 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
HIG 13 vs HUR 20 Report Stats
REB 16 vs LIO 20 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
CRU 57 vs CHT 14 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
BUL 25 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
SHA 12 vs CHF 11 Report Stats
WAR 28 vs BRU 13 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
HUR 36 vs REB 12 Report Stats
RED 17 vs LIO 18 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
CHF 37 vs CHT 27 Report Stats
HIG 39 vs STO 21 Report Stats
WAR 23 vs BLU 11 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
SHA 15 vs FOR 9 Report Stats
BUL 31 vs CRU 19 Report Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
HUR 25 vs STO 20 Report Stats
REB 23 vs RED 15 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
CHF 23 vs BLU 16 Report Stats
BRU 20 vs CHT 3 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEDT
SHA 10 vs CRU 52 Report Stats
LIO 22 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BLU 16 vs BRU 14 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 20 vs HIG 25 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs STO 32 Report Stats
FOR 15 vs CHT 24 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 23 vs SHA 21 Report Stats
BUL 43 vs RED 22 Report Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 9 vs CHF 26 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
HUR 24 vs WAR 29 Report Stats
HIG 30 vs BLU 24 Report Stats
BRU 8 vs REB 13 Report Stats
FOR 6 vs STO 13 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
SHA 10 vs BUL 17 Report Stats
CHT 17 vs RED 18 Report Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CHF 35 vs FOR 27 Report Stats
BRU 31 vs HIG 18 Report Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
CRU 29 vs BLU 15 Report Stats
WAR 18 vs REB 16 Report Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
LIO 34 vs CHT 29 Report Stats
STO 15 vs BUL 13 Report Stats
RED 19 vs HUR 35 Report Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
HIG 48 vs SHA 15 Report Stats
BRU 10 vs WAR 13 Report Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 41 vs FOR 24 Report Stats
HUR 29 vs CRU 23 Report Stats
REB 16 vs CHF 15 Report Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 25 vs STO 17 Report Stats
BUL 35 vs LIO 33 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 58 vs RED 17 Report Stats
REB 42 vs BLU 22 Report Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 32 vs SHA 24 Report Stats
FOR 18 vs WAR 11 Report Stats
LIO 28 vs HIG 23 Report Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 25 vs BRU 24 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 23 vs BUL 18 Report Stats
RED 46 vs REB 29 Report Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
HUR 22 vs CHF 18 Report Stats
WAR 33 vs SHA 18 Report Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
LIO 20 vs BRU 30 Report Stats
CHT 24 vs HIG 45 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
CHF 34 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
RED 14 vs SHA 21 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
BLU 5 vs HUR 29 Report Stats
WAR 32 vs CRU 22 Report Stats
FOR 3 vs HIG 23 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CHT 17 vs LIO 40 Report Stats
STO 31 vs REB 15 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
CRU 35 vs HUR 18 Report Stats
BRU 22 vs BUL 16 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
SHA 25 vs REB 21 Report Stats
HIG 36 vs CHF 9 Report Stats
FOR 10 vs RED 32 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
STO 42 vs CHT 12 Report Stats
LIO 27 vs WAR 22 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR 56 vs HIG 20 Report Stats
FOR 20 vs BRU 33 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
REB 21 vs BUL 20 Report Stats
BLU 11 vs CRU 34 Report Stats
RED 3 vs CHF 24 Report Stats
CHT 33 vs WAR 58 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
STO 19 vs LIO 19 Report Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
BLU 7 vs HIG 44 Report Stats
REB 11 vs FOR 13 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
BRU 24 vs CRU 37 Report Stats
CHF 13 vs HUR 21 Report Stats
WAR 31 vs RED 5 Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
BUL 29 vs CHT 42 Report Stats
SHA 34 vs STO 12 Stats
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Super Rugby Qualifying Finals
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
HIG 24 vs CHF 14 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
STO 19 vs BRU 39 Report Stats
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Super Rugby Semi Finals
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HUR 29 vs BRU 9 Stats
WAR 17 vs HIG 35 Report Stats
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Super Rugby Grand Final
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
HUR 14 vs HIG 21 Report Stats
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Super Rugby 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Hurricanes 16 14 2 0 170 66
Waratahs 16 11 5 0 96 52
Stormers 16 10 5 1 50 45
Highlanders 16 11 5 0 117 53
Brumbies 16 9 7 0 108 47
Lions 16 9 6 1 -22 42
Chiefs 16 10 6 0 73 48
Bulls 16 7 9 0 9 38
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