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act brumbies said no to ben barba before the cronulla sharks star joined toulon


the act brumbies turned down an approach from ben barba as the wayward nrl star contemplated resurrecting his career in super rugby this year.it can be revealed barba's resume landed at brumbies headquarters recently before the cronulla sharks premiership winner signed a deal to join french glamour club toulon. ben barba was sacked by the cronulla sharks over a positive test to cocaine. p o: getty imagesthe brumbies delivered a quick and firm no to the controversial barba and his hopes of a code switch, but in a twist they could be playing against him at the brisbane 10s next week.barba sent the rugby league and rugby union worlds into a spin on wednesday when toulon announced he had signed a short-term contract to play in france.but the nrl has taken a hardline stance against barba's defe






ben barba could play in brisbane global rugby tens, but nrl takes tough stance a


ben barba's bid to play rugby in the south of france during his 12-match nrl ban was dealt a swift blow by the game's governing body on wednesday.fed up with players tarnishing the image of the sport, the nrl has drawn a line in the sand by cruelling barba's plans to play for toulon during the next four months and return to cronulla mid-season once his suspension for cocaine use had expired.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11video duration01:11western fo






aru blocks ben barba from playing in brisbane tens, daryl gibson backs decision


nrl chief executive todd greenberg can thank his rival code counterpart bill pulver after the australian rugby union e in over the top to stop ben barba featuring for toulon at the brisbane tens in an act of solidarity against players trying to beat the system.barba, who was released from his nrl contract after last year's grand final following a positive test to cocaine, has signed a $2.5 million deal to join the french powerhouse club in the top 14, effective immediately. western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.western forc






wallabies winger drew mitchell warns ben barba of toulon owner mourad boudjellal


escaping the "bubble" of australian sport could be the best thing for ex-nrl star ben barba, according to his new toulon teammate drew mitchell.barba will link up with the french top 14 club this week as they prepare for the brisbane global rugby tens, although he has been blocked from playing in the tournament by the australian rugby union. eyeing up a homecoming: drew mitchell. p o: getty imageslast week he signed a $2.5-million deal across two and a half years with toulon, defecting from cronulla after copping a 12-week ban from the nrl for testing positive to cocaine in the days after their grand final victory.the 27-year-old hasn't played rugby union before but mitchell - one of five australians now contracted to the club - believes he will probably relish the change of scenery in the






duco boss hoses down talk of switching brisbane global tens and auckland nines


duco events australia chief executive rachael carroll has given her assurance the brisbane global tens will remain in queensland amid talks of a swap with the auckland nines next year. as reported by fairfax media, the nrl want to negotiate a deal with duco, the brains behind both the auckland nines and brisbane global tens, to bring the rugby league version from new zealand to australia.  fans braved the heat to cheer on their teams during the brisbane global tens at suncorp stadium. photo: chris hydethe problem, however, lies in the fact the global tens has a four-year agreement to be played in brisbane. despite the belief a rugby tournament would be better suited across the ditch, carroll said the success of the weekend's inaugural global tens event gave her no reason to see why it shou






digby ioane set for reds reunion at tens


digby ioane hasn't missed a beat as he readies for his super rugby comeback with the crusaders, according to his old test opponent israel dagg.the former wallabies winger will make his debut for the crusaders on urday in the brisbane global rugby tens at suncorp stadium, his old home ground. digby ioane has arrived in brisbane with the crusaders for tonight's game in his old hometown.  p o: getty images"as soon as we arrived, he reminded the boys this is his hood," all black dagg told reporters."he's got so much experience for the young guys, i've played him many times in test matches so it's good to be here and good to have him in the team."ioane, 31, joins the crusaders as a replacement for nemani nadolo, who moved to european rugby at the end of last season.it is his first time back in






former cronulla sharks star ben barba signs $2.5 million contract with french ru


on thursday morning, ben barba informed cronulla officials of his decision to follow through on his plans to join toulon, inking a $2.5 million deal to join the french rugby side for the next two and a bit seasons.on wednesday, barba was undecided on whether he would pursue a rugby union career in the south of france or recommit himself to cronulla after learning the nrl wouldn't begin his 12-match drug ban until after he returned from his stint in toulon.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.western force team up with road






brisbane scorcher to test tens viability


sweltering conditions will test both the fitness levels of players and the interest levels of fans at the brisbane global rugby tens.oppressive heat awaits at suncorp stadium on both days of the knockout's inaugural edition, with a forecast temperature of 36 degrees celsius on urday rising to a sizzling 39 on sunday. queensland reds star karmichael hunt.  p o: glenn huntcombined with the trademark local humidity, it shapes as a less than ideal platform for what is supposed to be a fast-paced, high-tempo rugby showcase.it also could have a major impact on crowds - and, in turn, the tournament's future.ticket sales have been sluggish and even organisers duco events - who are hoping to have 30,000 on hand for both days - admit walk-ups will be an extremely tough sell in the circumstances.duco






no aussie teams left in brisbane tens


no australian teams are left in the brisbane global rugby tens after the queensland reds and western force crashed out of the quarter-finals.the reds fell 12-10 to the chiefs at a steaming suncorp stadium on sunday before the force were beaten 17-12 by south africa's blue bulls. tolu latu of the waratahs runs the ball during the match between waratahs and rebels. photo: getty imagesin the other quarter-final match-ups, the crusaders defeated japan's panasonic wild knights 12-7 and the highlanders needed a clutch sideline conversion from jordie barrett to edge the hurricanes 7-5.the chiefs will meet the bulls and the crusaders - the tournament's only unbeaten team - are due to take on the hurricanes in the semi-finals.both the reds and the force had their chances to advance to the final fou






inaugural brisbane global tens delivers on field as players, fans sweat it out


waratahs assistant coach nathan grey says his side failed to chance their arm on the opening day of the brisbane global tens as nsw look set for an early exit from the inaugural tournament at suncorp stadium.the tahs were slow out of the blocks, losing to japan's panasonic wild knights 15-5 then going down 26-14 to the chiefs. it left them clinging to theoretical life in pool a ahead of their final match against the rebels on sunday morning. global carnival: day one of the brisbane tens provided plenty of colour. photo: getty imagesisrael folau was rested for the clash against the chiefs but it was tactical rather than injury-related, with the star fullback playing substantial minutes in the opener against the wild knights, who were piloted to victory by former wallaby and waratah berrick






stephen moore backs ben barba but says toulon will expect big things


wallabies captain stephen moore has backed ben barba to succeed in rugby union but warns that his new club toulon will expect big things from him in the wake of matt giteau's departure. barba, who this week signed a $2.5 million deal to leave the nrl for french rugby, was blocked by the aru to play at the brisbane tens next weekend but will begin his commitments soon after. upsets set up north american women's finalvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.upsets set up north american women's finalvideo duration01:11video duration01:11upsets set up north american women's fina






brumbies coach stephen larkham injured before he can make brisbane 10s comeback


act brumbies coach stephen larkham's playing comeback was over before it even got off the ground on saturday after the australian rugby great felt a strain in his calf.larkham will wait until sunday morning before deciding if he will be unable to play any part in the inaugural brisbane 10s tournament, with the brumbies winning two of their three games on the opening day.photo galleryglobal rugby tens: brumbies day onethe brumbies have to wait until the final round games to find out if they have done enough to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.larkham was set to suit up against french club toulon, but injured his calf in the warm up and sat out the rest of the day.in his absence, 43-year-old dual international andrew walker stepped up as the cool head for the brumbies as they beat toulon an






ben barba may have to bide his time following rugby switch: john connolly


former wallabies coach john connolly predicts ben barba will get few opportunities to feature in toulon's first-choice side in his debut rugby season, but believes the former dally m medallist could ultimately prove a shrewd investment for the french glamour club.barba initially signed a short-term contract with toulon, but the deal was ultimately extended to a two-and-a-half stint that will net him $2.5 million over the period. the move will ease the financial pressures that were building on barba, who said he required an income before his nrl ban expired.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby power






qld reds draw as melbourne rebels the only aussie winners at tens


australian franchises are off to a mixed start as they come to terms with scorching conditions at the inaugural brisbane global rugby tens.the melbourne rebels scored an upset win, the queensland reds drew while the nsw waratahs face a must-win clash against the chiefs later on urday to stay alive in the tournament. michael gunn of the queensland reds p es the ball during the rugby global tens match between the queensland reds and auckland blues at suncorp stadium. p o: bradley kanarisdespite a forecast high of 36 degrees, a reasonable crowd was on hand at suncorp stadium and made the most of the available shade as they took in the first round of matches.all seemed to strike an ideal balance between the free-flowing nature of rugby sevens and the structure of the 15-a-side game. travis ism






ben barba's french rugby debut with toulon could be a year away, says istant coa


ben barba faces months of being a top 14 spectator, with his new rugby union club toulon casting doubt on him getting regular game time until 2018.the former nrl fullback will battle not only a lack of experience in the 15-man game, but also fierce competition for backline spots in a star-studded outfit.man charged over all blacks el bugvideo duration00:00previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.man charged over all blacks el bugvideo duration00:00video duration00:00man charged over all blacks el bugman charged over all blacks el buga 51-year-old man has been charged over the listening device






crusaders to meet chiefs in brisbane rugby tens final


the crusaders and the chiefs will meet in the inaugural brisbane global rugby tens decider after winning their semi-finals on sunday.the only undefeated team left in the tournament, the crusaders claimed a 17-7 victory over the hurricanes at suncorp stadium. the crusaders and chiefs will face off in the final as fans braved the heat at suncorp stadium on sunday. photo: chris hydejordie barrett, the younger brother of all blacks flyhalf beauden barrett, played a starring role for the hurricanes after scoring and converting his try that closed the margin in the second half.but the 'canes will be sweating on the fitness of vaea fifita (ankle), who had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after falling heavily from a lineout.as fifita lay awaiting treatment on the turf, the crusaders surge






ben barba will be a hit in rugby, predicts cross-code star craig wing


former dual international craig wing predicts ben barba will benefit personally and professionally from his own cross-code switch, although one of the troubled star's long-time teammates has questioned the motives behind the move.barba will join french club toulon on a $2.5 million, two-and-a-half year deal that may have effectively ended his nrl career. while the former dally m medallist has left the door ajar on a league return, he will still need to serve a 12-match nrl ban should he choose to do so. second chance: ben barba can resurrect his career on the fields of france. p o: kirk gilmourwing, who himself made a successful cross-code switch from the nrl that culminated in his selection for the japanese national side, believes barba has the talent to make a successful transition to fu






brisbane global tens to feel the heat as players get set for punishing condition


it has been billed as 'two days of rugby heaven' but it might be closer to hell in terms of temperatures as brisbane global tens organisers put extreme temperature policies in place ahead of the inaugural tournament at suncorp stadium.an impending heatwave sweeping through nsw and southern queensland has been predicted to see players stepping out in temperatures of 35 degrees on urday and 37 degrees on sunday. chiefs flanker liam messam. p o: getty imagesit represents the test stretch of an already scorching summer and will come as an almighty shock to teams visiting from across the tasman and especially japan's panasonic wild knights, who are emerging from a northern hemisphere winter.large squads and rolling replacements will be hugely beneficial but teams like the chiefs are taking no c






nrl weigh up swap to take nines to brisbane and move global tens to auckland


the nrl will look to negotiate a swap deal with the global tens rugby union tournament that could open the door for brisbane to host next year's nines tournament.fairfax media understands the nrl is keen to move the event from auckland to the sunshine state next year. but they will have to strike a deal with nines partners duco events, who are also the brains behind the global tens.red roosters claim nines titlevideo duration01:30previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:34mitchell scores length of the field ...mitchell scores length of the field stunnerroosters back latrell mitchell has scored one of the best solo tries of the 2017 auckland nines and drawn further comparisons to greg inglis.red roosters claim nines titlevideo duration01:30video duration01:30red roosters claim nines titlere






nrl weigh up swap to take nines to brisbane and move global tens to auckland


the nrl will look to negotiate a swap deal with the global tens rugby union tournament that could open the door for brisbane to host next year's nines tournament.fairfax media understands the nrl is keen to move the event from auckland to the sunshine state next year. but they will have to strike a deal with nines partners duco events, who are also the brains behind the global tens.red roosters claim nines titlevideo duration01:30previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:34mitchell scores length of the field ...mitchell scores length of the field stunnerroosters back latrell mitchell has scored one of the best solo tries of the 2017 auckland nines and drawn further comparisons to greg inglis.red roosters claim nines titlevideo duration01:30video duration01:30red roosters claim nines titlere






brumbies junior jordan jackson-hope ready to team up with stephen larkham


jordan jackson-hope wants to use a chance to play alongside two of his heroes to boost his super rugby career development.the canberra junior grew up idolising a golden generation of brumbies players who dominated the competition and won titles in 2001 and 2004. stephen larkham and andrew walker will come out of retirement to play in the brisbane 10s. p o: brumbies mediabut in a twist to jackson-hope's rise from promising schoolboy to super rugby hopeful, he will team up with stephen larkham and andrew walker at the brisbane 10s this weekend.the 20-year-old made his super rugby debut last year, setting up a try with his first touch in professional rugby. jordan jackson-hope scored his first try in just his second super rugby game last year. p o: stefan postleshe will compete with kyle godw






nrl looking to do $3m deal to move competition out of nz next year


the nrl will negotiate a potential settlement with duco events that could see auckland lose the rights to the nines tournament after this weekend.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30cowboys on day one of ninescowboys on day one of ninesled by johnathan thurston, the north queensland cowboys and brisbane broncos were among the strong performers on day one of the auckland nines.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31video duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.roberts' hair pulling allegationsvideo duration01:09video duration01:09roberts' hair pulling






high stakes history of the brains behind the brisbane global tens


a week ago david higgins spent the pre-dawn hours of friday morning on his mobile phone, engaged in the curious, sudden-death blood sport that is a boxing purse bid. he and business partner dean lonergan, the creators of the brisbane global tens and auckland nines, had a man standing at the entrance to the verdanza  el in san juan, puerto rico, charged with lodging their bid to host the wbo heavyweight title fight between their boxer, joseph parker, and american hughie fury.  duco events co-founder david higgins. p o: dave rowlandhiggins' man – let's be honest, a 24-year-old sweating bullets – clutched a sealed envelope. in the envelope was a piece of company letterhead, quoting a figure of $us3,000,011, plus an accompanying cheque for $us300,000, or 10 per cent of their bid to host the hi






act brumbies call brent hamlin to training as they brace for tomas cubelli's abs


the act brumbies have sent a scrumhalf sos to brent hamlin in a bid to bolster the injury-hit squad just three weeks before the super rugby season begins.hamlin joined the brumbies on tuesday and could be a surprise inclusion for the brisbane 10s tournament this weekend after star no. 9 tomas cubelli suffered a likely season-ending knee injury. brent hamlin training for the brumbies. p o: elesa kurtzcubelli's torn patellar tendon was another blow to the brumbies' preparations, with skipper christian lealiifano (leukaemia) and lausii taliauli (knee) also unlikely to play this year.but the injuries could open the door to a shock recruitment bid for wallabies winger drew mitchell, who said he could be tempted to join the brumbies for a super rugby comeback.the brumbies will go head to head wi






sanzaar boss andy marinos responds to ben ryan's fiji super rugby team bid


super rugby administrators have poured cold water on a proposal to give embattled pacific island nation fiji a team in the southern hemisphere competition. former fiji sevens coach ben ryan is spearheading a private bid to build a 20,000-seat stadium in the fijian resort precinct of denarau, and has also backed a proposal to move the struggling wellington sevens to fiji should the new zealand rugby union decide to relinquish their hosting rights. quade cooper's fight a 'disgrace'video duration01:59previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.quade cooper's fight a 'disgrace'video duration01:59vid






duco boss hoses down talk of switching brisbane global tens and auckland nines


duco events australia chief executive rachael carroll has given her assurance the brisbane global tens will remain in queensland amid talks of a swap with the auckland nines next year. as reported by fairfax media, the nrl want to negotiate a deal with duco, the brains behind both the auckland nines and brisbane global tens, to bring the rugby league version from new zealand to australia. chief's dab of the year after horror leg breakvideo duration00:40previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:51stars on show at brisbane tensstars on show at brisbane tensthe wild knights were the day one surprise package at suncorp as some former stars, including andrew walker and radike samo, showed they've still got it.chief's dab of the year after horror leg breakvideo duration00:40video duration00:40chi






north queensland cowboys superstar kalyn ponga lights up show


on a day that sorely missed the flare of shaun johnson, north queensland sen ion kalyn ponga showed why newcastle offered him a $3 million deal over five years, despite having just two nrl games to his name.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30cowboys on day one of ninescowboys on day one of ninesled by johnathan thurston, the north queensland cowboys and brisbane broncos were among the strong performers on day one of the auckland nines.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31video duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.roberts' hair pulling allegation






kieran foran resolution nears for new zealand warriors


auckland: new zealand warriors recruit kieran foran expects a resolution on his nrl playing future to be determined in weeks rather than months.the 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the auckland-based club in september after being released from a lucrative parramatta contract due to mental illness.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30cowboys on day one of ninescowboys on day one of ninesled by johnathan thurston, the north queensland cowboys and brisbane broncos were among the strong performers on day one of the auckland nines.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31video duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse






nrl to audit cronulla sharks over termination payout to ben barba


payments made by cronulla to ben barba before he defected to rugby union will be included in the sharks salary cap for the 2017 season. fairfax media understands barba may have received up to $50,000 from the sharks before signing a deal to play in the french rugby union competition.south africa take gold, australia fourthvideo duration01:30previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.south africa take gold, australia fourthvideo duration01:30video duration01:30south africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa take gold, australia fourthsouth africa dominated england in the sydney sevens final






manly sea eagles secure home on northern beaches with lottoland sponsorship


manly have enjoyed a double financial win after settling their sponsorship dispute with coco joy and landing a naming rights stadium deal that secures the club's future on the northern beaches.the sea eagles will go into the 2017 season in a much stronger financial position after sealing two sponsorship deals with lottoland, including the re-branding of iconic brookvale oval. under the terms of the deal, the home ground will now be known as lottoland in a deal which nets the club a seven-figure sum.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy s






ben ryan says fiji super rugby team a matter of time and money


ben ryan has his three acres of island paradise and his face on a limited edition fiji seven dollar bill. the englishman who coached fiji to a historic first olympic gold medal in rio last year doesn't have to keep caring about a tiny island nation. he did what he promised and they honoured him in return, with the companion of the order of fiji and a traditional chief's name from one of the country's 14 provinces. western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.western force team up with road safety commissionvideo duration01:11video






brisbane tens boss david higgins defends tournament against drew mitchell's crit


the co-founder of the brisbane tens rugby tournament has hit out at criticism the rugby calendar is too crowded to accommodate the new two-day competition. duco events boss david higgins delivered a stinging rebuke to toulon winger and former wallaby drew mitchell, who is in australia to play in the inaugural edition of the tournament but questioned its viability. brisbane roars to shock win in aclvideo duration01:29previous slidenext slidevideo duration02:31plays of the weekplays of the weekhistory making catches, aflw coathangers and outrageous long range efforts, these are the plays of the week.brisbane roars to shock win in aclvideo duration01:29video duration01:29brisbane roars to shock win in aclbrisbane roars to shock win in aclbrandon borrello led a red streak of four goals, as bri






canberra teacher's aide brent hamlin gets act brumbies audition next to stephen


super rugby auditions don't get much tougher than this.just days after being plucked out of his wanni a high cl room, brent hamlin has a chance to win an act brumbies call up if he impresses coach stephen larkham at the brisbane 10s this weekend. brent hamlin playing for royals. p o: jay cronanbut the twist is that larkham, an australian rugby great, is coming out of retirement to stand next to hamlin and catch the scrumhalf's p es at the pre-season tournament.hamlin's life as a teacher's aide was "flipped upside down" this week when the brumbies asked him to join the squad after argentina international tomas cubelli suffered a serious knee injury.the brumbies have w ped scrumhalves joe powell and ryan lonergan in cotton wool for the start of the super rugby season against the canterbury c






aru gives tick of approval for world rugby progress on global season


the australian rugby union has expressed its support following news rugby powerbrokers have taken a "significant step" towards a global calendar.following a two-day meeting in san francisco this week, world rugby said major stakeholders have been working together in a bid to create a global calendar that could come into effect after the 2019 rugby world cup in japan. a global rugby season is a step closer to reality. p o: getty images the meeting focused predominantly on the potential tweaking of the june and november international windows and the alignment of the northern and southern hemisphere domestic seasons.the aru has been a supporter o lobal season for some time, given the financial value of an uninterrupted super rugby season as opposed to one in which a june test series breaks up






nrl looking to do $3m deal to move competition out of nz next year


the nrl will negotiate a potential settlement with duco events that could see auckland lose the rights to the nines tournament after this weekend.australian state governments are willing to pay up to $3 million a year to host the nines, with melbourne, brisbane and perth all spoken about as potential domestic homes for the tournament, as well as singapore and the us. canberra's zachary santo fends off a rabbitohs defender in their auckland nines clash at eden park. p o: getty imageshowever, a major stumbling block in the nrl's plans to potentially take the tournament to brisbane is the decision by duco to start up the global tens rugby union tournament, which will be held at suncorp stadium next weekend.fairfax media understands the decision to play the rugby tournament at suncorp in early






inaugural brisbane global tens delivers on field as players, fans sweat it out


waratahs assistant coach nathan grey says his side failed to chance their arm on the opening day of the brisbane global tens as nsw look set for an early exit from the inaugural tournament at suncorp stadium.the tahs were slow out of the blocks, losing to japan's panasonic wild knights 15-5 then going down 26-14 to the chiefs. it left them clinging to theoretical life in pool a ahead of their final match against the rebels on sunday morning.michalak pays tribute to aussies mitchell and giteauvideo duration00:47previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:51stars on show at brisbane tensstars on show at brisbane tensthe wild knights were the day one surprise package at suncorp as some former stars, including andrew walker and radike samo, showed they've still got it.michalak pays tribute to aus






canterbury bulldogs risk being stripped of $110,000 if they rest stars


the nrl has warned canterbury it will not receive its $110,000 appearance fee if the club continues to rest stars david klemmer and josh reynolds at the auckland nines.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:30cowboys on day one of ninescowboys on day one of ninesled by johnathan thurston, the north queensland cowboys and brisbane broncos were among the strong performers on day one of the auckland nines.barba makes shock switch to rugbyvideo duration00:31video duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.roberts' hair pulling allegationsvideo duration01:09video duration01:09






nrl amends view of shoulder charge while wade graham questions new fine system


the nrl has changed the way it views a shoulder charge, saying the amendments make things "clearer and simpler for fans and players".the league issued a statement on urday morning saying that as part of a change to the judiciary and match review system, a player will be charged if the contact is forceful, and the player did not use, or attempt to use, his arms (including his hands) to tackle or otherwise take hold of the opposing player.quade cooper's fight a 'disgrace'video duration01:59previous slidenext slidevideo duration00:31barba makes shock switch to rugbybarba makes shock switch to rugbynrl star ben barba has signed a deal with french rugby powerhouse toulon until the end of the season. vision courtesy seven network.quade cooper's fight a 'disgrace'video duration01:59video duration






act brumbies consider offering 43-year-old andrew walker full-time comeback deal


it sounds like a joke, but the act brumbies are considering making an offer to bring 43-year-old dual international andrew walker out of retirement to bolster their injury-hit squad for the super rugby season.in what would be a remarkable comeback story for an ex-rugby league and rugby union star, walker has emerged as a genuine recruitment option after impressing coach stephen larkham at the brisbane 10s last weekend. andrew walker playing for the brumbies in 2003. photo: pat scalalarkham said the brumbies coaches were "half joking at first", but declared the brumbies were open to all options, including signing walker, as they attempt to fill the holes left by departed stars and season-ending injuries.walker would become the oldest player in super rugby history if he is called upon, but i






police arrest queensland reds player scott higginbotham in fortitude valley


former wallaby and queensland reds prodigal son scott higginbotham has been arrested and charged after allegedly threatening police during an incident in brisbane.the australian rugby union's integrity unit was investigating the incident, which happened in a police beat in the fortitude valley entertainment precinct early on sunday morning. former wallaby and returning red scott higginbotham has been charged with threatening police. p o: [email protected] a statement, police said higginbotham had been charged with aulting police and being found in a police establishment without a lawful excuse.in queensland, a person can be charged with ault if they threatened somebody and had the ability to follow through on the threat.seven news reported higginbotham entered the police beat,