80 Games and nothing to show for it: Robbie Coleman’s quest for greatness

Robbie Coleman, in action last weekend against Brisbane City, admitted this week that he has at times let himself down with his professionalism. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

Robbie Coleman, in action last weekend against Brisbane City, admitted this week that he has at times let himself down with his professionalism. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

rugby.com.au: At the end of an otherwise garden-variety press conference last Friday, in the lead-up to the 2015 National Rugby Championship Final replay with Brisbane City, University of Canberra Vikings flyhalf Robbie Coleman dropped a bombshell, admitting that he’d had cause to reflect on what he’d achieved in his career to this point.

In admitting that he’d had the proverbial good, hard look in the mirror, Coleman said last Friday that a series of meetings with Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham, and inspirational co-captain Christian Lealiifano brought him to the realisation that “…the last three years have gone so quick for me, and I feel like I’ve just wasted them as far as my rugby career goes.”

This week, I caught up with Coleman for a really honest follow-up on what is a pretty brutal self-assessment from a professional athlete…

Round 3 review – bring on the Sydney blockbuster

Country Eagles players celebrate their 32-30 win over Melbourne in Tamworth yesterday, to remain unbeaten in the NRC. Image: NSW Country Eagles

Country Eagles players celebrate their 32-30 win over Melbourne in Tamworth yesterday, to remain unbeaten in the NRC. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: A wonderful Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship was played over two very contrasting days: grey skies and damp tracks in Sydney and on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and beautiful sunshine in Brisbane and Tamworth on Sunday.

But the result was four excellent games, which sets us up for a proper Sydney blockbuster next Saturday, when the undefeated Sydney Rays and NSW Country face off on the northern beaches…

NRC Round 3 – the Sunday wrap

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship was completed with two absolutely cracking games, with the Uni of Canberra Vikings claiming the Horan-Little Shield over Brisbane City at Ballymore, and NSW Country holding off Melbourne Rising to stay unbeaten in 2016.

And it appears that players might finally be getting the yellow card message

Round 2 review – the most open NRC competition we’ve had

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: A thrilling second round of the National Rugby Championship leaves us with the perhaps unexpected scenario of two Sydney-based teams unbeaten and leading the competition, while the Super Rugby-backed competition heavyweights find themselves plagued by inconsistency after two games.

And if there is anything that the Round 2 results have shown us, it’s that the 2016 edition of the NRC will certainly be the most even of the three seasons to date.