Tier 2, Super Rugby and the National Rugby Championship

super rugbyThe penultimate week of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) is upon us and if there is one inarguable truth that can be taken out of the 2015 tournament and that is the closing of the gap. The gap between the tier 1 nations (10 teams) and the chasing tier 2 nations (13 teams).

Since round one, Japan’s performances have been the story of the RWC, Fiji have overcome some poor form in recent years, Georgia have improved by leaps and bounds and the days of 100+ point wins are evidently over.

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NRC Round 8 Review: Perth full of Spirit against the Greater Sydney Rams

Ryan Louwrens delivered the ball well for the Perth Spirit against the Rams.  Photo sourced from www.Zimbo.com
Ryan Louwrens delivered the ball well for the Perth Spirit against the Rams.
Photo sourced from http://www.Zimbo.com
The Perth Spirit have launched themselves into a playoff position (top 4) in their final regular season match, handing the Greater Sydney Rams a convincing 63 to 39 point shellacking.

Fans were thrilled with a try every 320 seconds (5.33 mins) of play, with a total of 15 five pointers being scored throughout the 80 minute encounter, the most of any National Rugby Championship (NRC) match in 2015 with only one round remaining.

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NRC Round 5 Review: Groundhog day for the Rams as poor kicking prevented them to Rise against Melbourne

The Greater Sydney Rams let another game slip due to poor kicking, as the Melbourne Rising come from behind to earn a narrow 37-36 win.

Roughly 500 Rams and Rising faithful travelled to Morwell, in rural Victoria, to watch the clash at Latrobe Sporting Fields, on a stunning spring day.

The boys from Melbourne earned their third win of the season while to Greater Sydney boys lost their four consecutive game.

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NRC Review: Greater Sydney Rams v NSW Country Eagles

The second season of the NRC got underway on Thursday, with an uncharacteristically low scoring game. Brisbane City (4 tries) managed to repeat the result of last year’s grand final, beating Perth Spirit (2 tries) by 29-16.

Normality was restored on Saturday, with a high scoring encounter between the Greater Sydney Rams and NSW Country Eagles.

The home side, the Greater Sydney Rams running onto Merrylands RSL Rugby Park. (Peter Mitchell)
The home side, the Greater Sydney Rams running onto Merrylands RSL Rugby Park.
(Peter Mitchell)

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NRC 2015 Season Comprehensive Preview: City, Spirit & Rays

All you need to know for the second season of the National Rugby Championships 2015.

The 9 captains pose for the NRC 2015 launch. (News Corp Australia)
The 9 captains pose for the NRC 2015 launch. (News Corp Australia)

The 2015 season of the National Rugby Championship kicks off tonight, featuring the defending champions Brisbane City and last years runners-up Perth Spirit in a grand final replay.

If you have any questions about this years competition or the sides competing, you’ve come to the right place.

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The Rugby Championships: Wallabies v Springboks Preview and Best Bets

Matt Giteau is set to combine with Quade Cooper as a second playmaker for the Wallabies against the Boks in Brisbane. Photo sourced from: Getty Images
Matt Giteau is set to combine with Quade Cooper as a second playmaker for the Wallabies against the Boks in Brisbane.
Photo sourced from: Getty Images

Round 1 of the Rugby Championships (RC) has already kicked off, with the classy All Blacks toppling the spirited Pumas (39-18), while the Wallabies are set to take on the Springboks tonight at 8:05 in Brisbane.

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The Wallabies: Dale’s Possibles V Cheika’s Probables

Cheika has culled his extended 40 man Wallabies squad down to 31, ahead of next Saturday's Rugby Championship opener. Photo sourced from: www.allrugbynews.com
Cheika has culled his extended 40 man Wallabies squad down to 31, ahead of next Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener.
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With Michael Cheika culling his extended squad from 40 to 31 today, a number of incumbent and experienced Wallabies have been left out of the squad, raising a few questions on selection.

This got me thinking. What is Cheika’s probable line up and who would I like to see lineup against the Springboks next Saturday (18th July) in The Rugby Championship opener. Continue reading