Commonwealth Games: Liam Gill’s road to the Wallabies, via Glasgow

Reds flanker Liam Gill is hoping to use the Glasgow Sevens program as a step toward the Wallabies. Image via Queensland Reds

Reds flanker Liam Gill is hoping to use the Glasgow Sevens program as a step toward the Wallabies. Image via Queensland Reds

Network Ten / The Roar: The last of my Commonwealth Games pieces was the one I was always going to be the most comfortable with: profiling Queensland Reds flanker and Aussie Sevens squad member, Liam Gill.

A great chat, in which he spoke of his crash-course in front-row scrummaging among other topics, Liam was great to talk to and his enthusiasm for being part of the broader Commonwealth Games team was obvious. He loved his experiences in Delhi four years ago, and so was very much looking forward to Glasgow.

For all the best and exclusive Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage, switch the telly onto Ten, and head to their dedicated Commonwealth Games website. And drop by The Roar, too..

Commonwealth Games: Aussie Sevens side has it all to play for

Australian Captain Ed Jenkins, in action earlier this year. Image via Network Ten

Network Ten / The Roar: The second of my 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games previews was a little easier to get my head around, even if I prefer my rugby with eight more players per side.

The Australian Sevens side have it all ahead of them in the upcoming IRB World Series, where they’re still to confirm their qualification for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. A good showing in the Sevens program in Glasgow – played at the Ibrox Stadium this weekend, home of the legendary Rangers football club and dating back to 1899 – will give them confidence heading into the coming season.

For all the best and exclusive Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage, switch the telly onto Ten, and head to their dedicated Commonwealth Games website. And drop by The Roar, too..

Commonwealth Games: Kookaburras eyeing fifth straight Men’s Hockey Gold

The Kookaburras celebrate their recent World Cup win in the Netherlands. They’ll start favourites in Glasgow, but they’ll be without two of their most influential figures. Image: ABC Grandstand

Network Ten / The Roar: A great little opportunity for me over the last fortnight I so, where I was part of the writing team producing all the event, athlete, and nation previews for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, for event broadcaster Network Ten (part-owners of The Roar Sports).

This was my first project, previewing Good Medal favourites in the Men’s Hockey, Australia’s World Champion Kookaburras. As is generally the case when you branch outside your areas of expertise, this was really enjoyable to work on and to get the background on a sport I don’t watch a lot of, save for Games events like these.

And the Kookaburras will start favourites – overwhelmingly so – though they have made it interesting for themselves with a somewhat controversial Glasgow squad selection, as I’ve outlined for Ten.

For all the best and exclusive Glasgow Commonwealth Games coverage, switch the telly onto Ten, and head to their dedicated Commonwealth Games website. And drop by The Roar, too..

As long as we beat Malta…

“…irrational debate has already commenced over here, with the unveiling of the Australian uniforms, and its mix of 1980-style jumpers, blazers that may or may not have been based on tracksuit tops (or is it vice versa?) and silvery-coloured sandshoes. You know, typical Australian get-up.”

SKY Sport – the Magazine (NZ): It’s a Commonwealth Games theme in this month’s Magazine over the ditch, and with the Commonwealth Games comes the return of the quadrennial experts, you know, the ones who suddenly become experts about obscure sports for two weeks every four years.

And when we try and work out where the hell Guyana is.

“…both Australia and New Zealand have hosted and competed in with pride, alongside those other Commonwealth powerhouses, Norfolk Island and Malta, and optimistic potential Super Rugby base, Singapore. And both St.Kitts and Nevis.”

Yep, those Commonwealth Games. You can read my July column for my Kiwi friends here