Rugby Union

Wow the Wallabies’ season have gone from bad to worse. Tonight on the Gold Coast they lost to unfancied Argentina 19-23. It’s the first time in 35 years Australia lost to Los Pumas at home.

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that is putting it lightly, I reckon more like disastrous for not winning the game against the Pumas

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A new 12-team global rugby union competition could start as early as 2020, according to The Sunday Times in UK.

don’t you mean 2020? As 2010 has been and gone.

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Australia has one of its greatest comeback wins in recent history to beat Argentina 45-34 at Salta in the final round of the Rugby Championship. The Pumas had four of the first five tries of the game and led 31-7 at half time, before the Wallabies scored 38-3 (including five tries) in the second half to grab the win. Incredible.
Had the Wallabies lost this game, they would have finished last in this year’s Rugby Championship, and Michael Cheika would have been facing the sack.

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Described as a ‘World League’, it is understood the tournament would take place outside of a World Cup year and seek to incorporate Test matches from the Six Nations, rugby’s annual international league contested between Europe’s six rugby superpowers, as well as the Rugby Championship, which is currently played between South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina (SANZAAR).

Australia will play a Test against Samoa at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta on Saturday, September 7. It will be the Wallabies’ final game before the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The match will kick off at 7.45pm AEST and will be shown live on Fox Sports and 10.


Heard a rumour that Super Rugby is going back to 14 teams next year with the Sunwolves being cast adrift, which would leave 4 teams in the Australian Conference should SANZAAR want to continue down that route.

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They’ll be cut on Friday and there will be no conferences from either next season or 2020.

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isn’t next season 2020

Yes. 2021

That’s a cruel blow for Japanese rugby especially since Japan is hosting Rugby World Cup later this year. Maybe Sunwolves should consider joining Global Rapid Rugby in 2021? GRR is an Asian Pacific rugby competition founded by mining magnate Andrew Forrest and involves 8 teams from the region including Western Force, the Australian team expelled from Super Rugby after the 2017 season.

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There is a competition revamp that will happen in 2020. Back in 2016, they had 18 teams in Super Rugby. Since the end of 2017, The Cheetahs and the Kings have moved to Pro 14 Rugby competition while the Western Force was axed. Sunwolves final match will be in at the end of 2020 Super Rugby Season (before the 2020 Summer Olympics) and this will revert back to 14-team competition. Can they bring back the Super 14 brand competition in 2021 Season?


If the name Crusaders relates to a religious war against Muslims, as that article implies, it should have never been chosen in the first place.

I agree, a name change is a good idea.

The Sunwolves’ axing from Super Rugby at the end of 2020 was made official yesterday, but:

SANZAAR partners South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina revealed it was the Sunwolves’ own national union (Japan Rugby Football Union) that had decided to back Japan’s well-established Top League competition to produce Test players over Super Rugby.

No, there is absolutely no need for a name change. They’ve nothing to do with the Crusades (which can mean any campaign for change). It’s just a name. EDIT: That said, the imagery they use could probably be updated as it does incline one to link them to the Crusades. I might have to use the R-word, here goes, REBRAND!

And if they do change, what’s next, must we rename the Highlanders because it offends the English? The Blues will have to go as it might upset depressed people and don’t forget the victims of tropical storms, so that’s the Hurricanes blown-over.

Sorry but it’s actually RELAUNCH

Whoops, my mistake!