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“I’m Pretty Speechless” – Louth Man Michael McDonald’s Meteoric Rise In Australian Rugby

Michael McDonald

“To be honest, I’m pretty speechless,” Michael McDonald says cheerfully with a distinct Louth brogue. The 19-year-old from the Cooley Peninsula has had a whirlwind couple of weeks. In early April, he made his senior debut for the Western Force as a replacement in their 42-10 victory over the Asia Pacific Dragons in Global Rapid Rugby. 14 days later, he …

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Another South African Is Reportedly Being Courted To Succeed Erasmus At Munster

Guinness PRO12, Irish Independent Park, Cork 10/2/2017 Munster vs Newport Gwent Dragons Munster's Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus

As Munster prepare for the fast-approaching departure of director of rugby Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus, thoughts are turning to just who will replace the South African in December. Having accepted a role with the South Africa Rugby setup, Erasmus will depart with defence coach Jacques Nienaber, following a tumultuous two seasons at the club. Stepping into to lead the club following the …

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Western Force Announce Plans To Set Up Rival Competition After Losing Super Rugby Appeal

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Andrew Forrest, Matt Hodgson and David Wessels poses for a photo with the Western Force Team during a press conference at Rugby WA HQ on September 5, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/Getty Images)

Western Force have been dealt another, possibly fatal, blow in their bid to stay in Super Rugby. The Perth-based side have been cut from the multinational league, leaving their competitive future in limbo, and while billionaire backer Andrew Forrest could go as far as the high court in Australia, the prospect of forming an Indo-Pacific league to rival Super Rugby has …

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Australia Rugby Union Cut Super Rugby Side In Controversial Cull

Super Rugby Australia's Western Force have been dropped from next season's Super Rugby, the Australian Rugby Union said on August 11, prompting an immediate threat of legal action by the club. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chairman Cameron Clyne (L) speaks as Bill Pulver (R), CEO of the ARU, looks on at a press conference at ARU headquarters in Sydney on August 11, 2017.

After months of speculation as to what would happen with the Australian representation in Super Rugby, a decision has been made to cull the Western Force. Following the departure of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings to the PRO14, Super Rugby was set to contract from 18 teams to 15. This is not a decision which was taken lightly, and today the …

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Super Rugby Set For Dramatic Shake-Up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: The Super Rugby trophy sits on display during the Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s shock news from Paris, SANZAAR are proving they’re not ones to be out-done. News today from the New Zealand Herald reports that Australia and South Africa are both set to lose one franchise each. This would reduce Super Rugby from 18 to 16 teams. According to the report, those in line for elimination are …

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Yet Another Australian Winger Could Be On His Way To France

Australia v Argentina

At the moment there are eight Wallaby wingers contracted to Top 14 clubs. Although the likes of Drew Mitchell remain eligible to play for Australia having earned in excess of 60 international caps, others such as Joe Tomane have put their international careers on hold while they play in France. This creates a problem for Michael Cheika and Australia, who have …

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Steve Borthwick To Assist Western Force

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Steve Borthwick will join up with the Western Force during their pre-season preparations. Steve Borthwick has had an incredible 2016. In the immediate aftermath of England’s 2015 World Cup campaign, the former second row found himself in charge of Bristol’s forward pack. However the appointment of Eddie Jones as England coach saw the relatively inexperienced Borthwick brought into the England …

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Bath Set To Move For Wallaby Centre After Signing Robbie Fruean

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Todd Blackadder, the Bath director of rugby catches the ball during the warm up during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on September 3, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Todd Blackadder has wasted little time in putting his own stamp on the Bath squad. Although Bath may have not been in need of a compete rebuild following Mike Ford’s departure, their squad never really had a balanced feel to it last season. Under Ford, Bath seemed to be collecting quality backrow players, but failed to add depth to their …

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Super Rugby Set For Potential Overhaul

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: A general view of Westpac stadium during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

Heading into the sixteenth and final round of Super Rugby action, in what is the inaugural year of the current 18 team format, there have been clear pros and cons as to what has and hasn’t worked well in the new structure. The season began with a certain degree of skepticism as tournament organisers looked to incorporate two new teams; …

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Australia’s Haylett-Petty Fined For Urinating In Public Place

Australia’s Dane Haylett-Petty, who was one of Australia’s standout players in the recent test series against England, has been fined almost £3,000 (5,000 AUD) for urinating in a public place. His Western Force team mate Pek Cowan has received a similar fine. According to Sky Sports, The Western Force pair have both been fined £2,923 (5,000 AUD) for “breaching team leadership …

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Stuart Lancaster Takes Up Coaching Position With NFL Franchise

Stuart Lancaster has been linked with a move to Super Rugby. Despite overseeing England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, Stuart Lancaster has been linked with a number of high profile coaching vacancies throughout the globe. First came reports of Lancaster replacing Eddie Jones as Japanese coach. This was followed by rumoured interest from the Stormers, after Afrikaans news site, Netwerk 24, spotted …

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