2016 National Rugby Championship Launch: What they said

Competition favourites? Brisbane City skipper Sam Talakai at the competition launch this week. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

Competition favourites? Brisbane City skipper Sam Talakai at the competition launch this week. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

rugby.com.au: Really pleased to announce that I’ll be back on board with rugby.com.au for the 2016 NRC season, providing competition coverage and filling my weekends with social media and match reporting over the nine weeks.

It all kicked off with the competition launch in Sydney yesterday, where I spoke to all eight teams and the key competition stakeholders…

Australia’s post-RWC hangover suddenly more sobering?

The Melbourne Rebels’ win over the Waratahs last weekend only further compounded the playoff hopes of the Australian Super Rugby teams in 2016. Image: ABC Grandstand

I’m really pleased to have joined Cape Town-based website Rugby365 as a columnist, which means I’m now keeping track of exchange rates for the Rand as well. My debut column for the guys ran last night, Australian time..

In the glow of the Rugby World Cup Final, and coming into the new and enlarged Super Rugby season, there was much anticipation about a strong Australian conference showing in 2016. And when the Brumbies put the Hurricanes to the sword in Round 1, that anticipation quickly evolved into outright expectation.

But six rounds into the new season, the RWC hangover has rather rapidly disappeared. There’s nothing more sobering that seeing playoff chances fading before your eyes, and that has been the reality for the Australian rugby fan in recent weeks…

NRC stars ready to shine at Super level

Force - Lance pre-season

Western Force recruit Jono Lance in pre-season mode. Can he be the spark to finally get their backline firing?

Rugby News: Not to be confused with the magazine of the same name, www.rugbynews.net.au is Australia’s most trusted source of independent rugby news across all levels of the game. I’ve known the guys involved for a little while now, and was thrilled to be able to finally produce something for them, after several approaches from them previously.

In my debut column, I’ve named five players around the country ready to make their mark on Super Rugby, after starring on the club scene and particularly in the National Rugby Championship in recent seasons..