Wallabies hope to recover from injury against the Sunwolves before Rugby World Cup

Jordan Uelese will be on the bench for his must-win Super Rugby clash with the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday. Hooker Uelese is expected to make his first appearance of the season since a knee rebuild nearly a year ago. He will face a Sunwolves team made up of former Australian Super Rugby teammate and player of the year, Amanaki Mafi.

The Rebels again resisted the start of fifth-place rookie Matt Toomua, while test blocker Adam Coleman overcame a shoulder injury to be named in the starting group. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.

Wallabies hope to recover from injury against the Sunwolves before Rugby World Cup
Wallabies hope to recover from injury against the Sunwolves before Rugby World Cup

Although resting Anaru Rangi flat, Melbourne coach Dave Wessels said he was not planning on leaving Uelese, with the former Waratah Hugh Roach getting wearing the No 2 jersey.

“I think Jordie needs to find his way back into the team,” said Wessels.

I think Roachie and Anaru have played well and it would not be normal for a guy to jump at them until he has the opportunity to win this place.

“But to prove Jordie right, he’s in the best physical shape I’ve ever seen, so I can not wait to see what he’s going to bring.”

Wessels said Coleman was also in great shape, after focusing on his conditioning in the suspended season, and hoped he would bring a presence.

The last time the teams met the Rebels won 45-10, but Wessels predicted a tougher test in Tokyo with the explosive Mafi bearer in the basket.

The No 8 left the Rebels out of favour at the end of last season, accused of assaulting a teammate after their last game in New Zealand.

He did not play when the Sunwolves were beaten 33-0 by the Brumbies on their last outing before they left.

With four rounds to play, including games against reigning champions Crusaders and Waratahs, the Rebels must win against the modest Sunwolves to secure a first-place finish.

Wessels said it would be naïve to think his players did not do the math, but all they had to think about was winning.

We have not talked about it but the reality is that we have to do our job.

“It’s such a fun competition that everyone kills it and there’s a lot of rugby to play so you can only control your own performance.”

Rebels: Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks, Reece Hodge, Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Richard Hardwick, Angus Cottrell, Ross Haylett-Petty, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Sam Talakai, Hugh Roach, Matt Gibbon. Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Tetera Faulkner, Jermaine Ainsley, Sam Jeffries, Rob Leota, Michael Ruru, Matt Toomua, Tom English.

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The major weakness of the Wallabies before the international season RWC19

When Michael Cheika named his squad to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, there was no doubt about the identity of his two main hookers. Sports fanatics from all over the world can now grab Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy most exciting rugby matches.

Captain Stephen Moore was on track for his third Rugby World Cup and had nearly a century of caps for the Australian National Team. It was a reliable, if not an explosive choice that had won the job of hooker starting for several seasons.

The major weakness of the Wallabies before the international season RWC19
The major weakness of the Wallabies before the international season RWC19

Tatafu Polata-Nau, meanwhile, provided an explosive impact and, with 53 selections, was also not completely wet behind the ears.

The Wallabies had at their disposal a dynamic double, tied with the best teams of the tournament. Many things have changed since 2015.

The 2019 demonstration tournament will begin at the end of September. The first Wallabies team of the year should be unveiled in just one month. All the certainty centred around the positions of hooked in 2015 has disappeared. And the one that Cheika chooses among the Wallabies this year is no longer to guess.

Moore retired from international rugby at the end of 2017 after scoring 129 caps for the Wallabies. Polota-Nau aged 33, left Australia the same year and has been representing the Leicester Tigers for the past two seasons.

Polota-Nau is still eligible for the Wallabies for playing more than 60 games for Australia and will likely be selected for this year’s matches. The fact that he is fighting for the first leg against Leicester.

Polota-Nau is still eligible for the Wallabies
Polota-Nau is still eligible for the Wallabies

You can see why Cheika could opt for a guy like Polota-Nau, however, when you realize that the other options available only cut teeth internationally.

Since 2015, the Wallabies have given fire to four new hookers: Tolu Latu in 2016, Jordan Uelese in 2017 and Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Folau Fainga’a in 2018.

Latu has won 11 caps since his debut and toured with the Wallabies in the UK at the end of last year. Now he has more than 50 Waratah selections and has probably been the most successful Super Rugby player compared to recent selections.

Unfortunately for Latu, 2019 has not been an exceptional year. The hooker was suspended for six weeks after the second round of Super Rugby for having recklessly attacked the back of a maul during the victory of the Waratahs on the Sunwolves. Latu made his comeback against the Sharks at the end of last month. But he now faces new disciplinary measures.

Just a week ago, Latu was charged with drunk driving and is now being prosecuted. The hooker is now closed for two weeks and is waiting for a new punishment.

The Waratah still have a small chance to qualify for the final, but they have only four regular-season games to play this year. Although Latu is back on the field before the end of the competition, Cheika will have great reservations about the selection of a player who missed most of the year because of bad discipline.

Jordan Uelese is yet to make his appearance at the Rebels in 2019. Uelese suffered a break-up of the ACL shortly before the test series in June of last year, which excluded him from all the international season.

All this assuming that Polota-Nau is a given team – but Polota-Nau has been shaken by an injury lately and may have trouble qualifying for the World Cup in Japan.

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Blues bring the hope of a Rugby World Cup against the Crusaders

This will be the toughest task for the Blues this weekend when they travel to Canterbury to face the Crusaders in a decisive encounter. For live action, people are booking online tickets for the Rugby World Cup.

The Blues, sitting on 26 points, are only 3 timid of the first eight. It is a difficult race for the Blues, who still have matches to come against the Reds and Hurricanes, plus a home game against the Bulls, leaders of the South African conference.

Blues bring the hope of a Rugby World Cup against the Crusaders
Blues bring the hope of a Rugby World Cup against the Crusaders

“We’ve had the same approach every game, to strive to produce quality performances and improve every week,” said Coach Leon MacDonald.

If you achieve a quality performance of more than 80 minutes, you will probably get positive results, and we are getting closer to that goal.

“We know we will have to be at our best against the Crusaders. As the people of the region, they know how to plunge into adversity and we know what to expect.”

This weekend sees the return of young flanker Tom Robinson to the starting team. The man he replaces, Dalton Papali’i, attends the game because of a blow in the head against the Chiefs. Robinson was named earlier in the season as a potential All Blacks player but has had little play time in recent weeks due to injury.

The only other change that ended a series of eight-year losses against the Chiefs this weekend is Leni Apisai who has just won the hooker position for her second start of the season.

Blues:  Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Melani Nanai, Caleb Clarke, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Rieko Ioane, Harry Plummer, Jonathan Ruru, Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson, Tom Robinson.

Reserves: James Parsons, Marcel Renata, Lua Li, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Hoskins Sotutu, Augustine Pulu, Otere Black, Levi Aumua.

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Fiji nominates 38-man training team ahead of RWC 2019

The preparations for the Rugby World Cup by Fiji have taken another step forward. As they have appointed a 38-man training squad for their next match against the Maori All Blacks and the Pacific Nations Cup. Fans are excited to get their online tickets for Rugby World Cup to see live performances of their favourite team and players.

The team, which will join the camp on July 1, will have nearly two weeks in the group before hosting the Maori All Blacks in Suva, and the return fixture in Auckland will be held a week later. With Fiji Pacific Nations Cup commitments in the air, they will face Japan at Kamaishi in the last week of July, before hosting Canada and Samoa in Suva in the first two weeks of August.

Fiji nominates 38-man training team ahead of RWC 2019
Fiji nominates 38-man training team ahead of RWC 2019

After the conclusion of these five matches, Fiji coach John McKee will make his final decision on the 31-man squad he will take to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Although the Montreal duo of Nemani Nadolo and Timoci Nagusa retired from international positions earlier this month, the 38-man squad, which is due to meet in July, is no shortage of stars.

Leone Nakarawa, Viliame Mata and Semi Kunatani top the striker group, while Semi Radradra stands out with Josua Tuisova and Filipo Nakosi, the duo of Toulon.

Albert Tuisue and Alivereti Veitokani, who had a decisive influence on the Irishman’s London bid for a promotion to the Gallagher Premiership, are also included, as well as his teammate Manasa Saulo. Newcastle Falcon’s quartets by Tevita Cavubati, Nemani Nagusa, Josh Matavesi and Vereniki Goneva, who will face the prospect of next season in the IPA Greene King championship, have also been selected.

A number of local players are also part of the team, many of whom have played for sides on the island. Such as Fijian Drua in the National Rugby Championship and Fijian Latui in the current Pacific Showcase Series, with McKee happy to have a mix of players involved.

There are certainly some very good local players competing for positions in the Rugby World Cup team. This is also an important moment for them as they are currently part of Swire Shipping Fijian Latui.

The time has come, with all the planning in place, I’m really looking forward to getting into the camp with the players from July 1st. We know that we have a lot of work to do between our assembly and our trip to Japan for our first match against Australia in the Rugby World Cup.

“The players have slowly filtered through the island. I hope that by the second week of June, almost all players will be back, with the exception of all French players whose teams qualify for the finals.”

McKee also paved the way for more local players and young talents, if they impressed enough of their respective opportunities.

38-man training Squad of Fiji for RWC:

Front Row: Peni Ravai, Manasa Saulo, Luke Tagi, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Kalivati Tawake, Joeli Veitayaki, Tuvere Veremalua, Leeroy Atalifo, Mesulame Dolokoto, Sunia Koto, Campese Ma’afu, Sam Matavesi, Eroni Mawi.

Second Row/Back Row: Jale Railala, Api Ratuniyarawa, Tevita Ratuva, Albert Tuisue, Mosese Voka, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Peceli Yato, Tevita Cavubati, Johnny Dyer, Semi Kunatani, Mesulame Kunavalu, Temo Mayanavanua, Viliame Mata, Sikeli Nabou, Leone Nakarawa, Nemani Nagusa.

Half-backs: Peni Matawalu, Henri Senioli, Seru Vularika, Frank Lomani, Nikola Matawalu.

Inside Backs: Levani Botia, Sevanaia Galala, Josh Matavesi, Alivereti Veitokani, Jale Vatubua, Ben Volavola.

Outside Backs:  Waisea Nayacelevu, Patrick Osbourne, Semi Radradra, Eroni Sau, Metuisela Talebula, Joshua Tuisova, Setareki Tuicuvu, Vereniki Goneva, Benito Masilevu, Kini Murimurivalu, Filipo Nakosi, Apisai Naqalevu.

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Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff

The persistent problem of how to finance the Fiji Rugby Union seems to have forced head coach John McKee to fire one of his collaborators for the preparation of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Fans are excited to get their Rugby World Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favourite team and players.

Peter Ryan, who was in charge of the Fijian defence, spoke to social media to announce that his role with the national team had ended due to the use of the World Cup budget in the country.

Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff
Fiji’s Rugby World Cup preparations hit hard as coach cut off from staff

Fiji organized a camp in France earlier this year as part of their preparations and should pose a serious threat to Wales and Australia’s opponents in the tournament as they will be able to form their home team, including key players operating in Europe.

However, it is now alleged that budget concerns – which are a constant concern for all Pacific Island countries – have become a factor.

Ryan said on social media “Just want everyone to know that I have been informed by John McKee of the Fiji Rugby Union has exceeded his World Cup budget.”

For that reason, I will not work with Fiji anymore. I was expecting something special but alas it will not happen. I just wish the Fijian rugby players every success.

However, the Fiji rugby authorities, who claim that the defence case will now be held by another McKee assistant, insist that the allegation that they have exceeded their budget is false. They claim to have made the decision to cut Ryan short of his budget and not spend too much.

A former rugby league player and unionist with the Queensland Reds defence coach, Ryan was named by the FRU in 2017 to support McKee.

At that time, the union said, The FRU welcomes Ryan to the Fiji rugby family and looks forward to his dedicated contribution to improving the elite team’s defence codes, which we are convinced, will lead to better performances thanks to the rugby structures in Fiji.

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No division in the Wallabies camp before the Rugby World Cup 2019

Kurtley Beale dismissed divisional discussions within the Wallabies, insisting that the entire squad of Rugby World Cup hopeful was happy to be campers. For live action, you can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets online.

On Wednesday, Beale revealed that Israel’s consequences on Israel Folau’s dismissal were formally addressed when Coach Michael Cheika brought together a team of 41 players in Brisbane earlier this week.

 

It was feared that the termination of Folau’s contract for his controversial social media publications could create a wedge between the Wallabies, with a large number of Pacific island compatriots with strong Christian beliefs, such as Folau. But Beale did not see such dissatisfaction.

“No, everyone was pretty good,” he said.

Obviously, there is a lot of speculation on this subject, but I think that these camps are intended to allow individuals to engage. We all engage for the cause and that they make sure to settle their own backyard so, that the selection times arrive they are ready to pounce and there was no trace of it.

Everything was positive and I just think a lot of enthusiasm for what we have to come. Beale said it was important that the Wallabies have the opportunity to settle the Folau issue with the World Cup in less than four months.

“That’s one of the main things we did in small groups that we talked about. The guys let him out and then we continued with the camp,” he said.

It’s obviously a problem to be solved and the coaches gave the players the opportunity to express themselves if they wanted to talk about it. After these meetings, everyone worked hard.

It’s a bit sad of course that Izzy is no longer in the game, but it’s important that we all continue to move forward now. Folau plans to take his case to court and said Monday in a statement that he had – a lot of rugby in me.

“I’d like to see him again on the footy field. That’s where we’ve created special memories over the years and we’ve seen him do what he loves,” Beale said.

The impact he had and the presence he had on the ground were immense and delighted everyone in the group. He has incredible talent and we will miss him.

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George Smith leaving Bristol Bears – Wallabies spends a lot of time on professional rugby

One of Australia’s great rugby careers is finally over after George Smith announced retirement after 20 years of service. George Smith is not a part of this year’s world cup, the community who love their favorite team they are booking Rugby World Cup tickets online.

George Smith leaving Bristol Bears - Wallabies spends a lot of time on professional rugby
George Smith leaving Bristol Bears – Wallabies spends a lot of time on professional rugby

Smith’s short-term contract with English club Bristol ended this weekend, leaving the 38-year-old announced that he would end a professional term that would have swallowed half of his life, having started as a teenager dreadlocked with the Brumbies in 2000.

His first of the 111 tests followed that year and he won on the open flank for a decade, rarely giving up his standards and being widely recognized as one of the best performers in his country.

“It has been an absolute privilege to play professionally over the last 20 years,” he wrote in a statement.

Smith made a special mention to Eddie Jones, former coach of the Brumbies and Wallabies, coach of England, whom he described as his most important rugby mentor.

“In my career, I was very lucky to have arrived in Canberra when I was 19 years old and had the luxury of being coached by ACT Brumbies’ best coaches,” he said.

These early years in Canberra shaped part of my rugby identity and reinforced my personal ambitions to perfect myself as a rugby player.

Aside from a unique appearance against the British and Irish Lions in 2013, the second half of Smith’s career was far from the test arena and was notable for the level of falling of his standards.

He played in seven different clubs in France, England, and Japan, as well as two seasons with the Queensland Reds, which ended last year.

Two-time medalist John Eales surprised observers as Smith proved himself with Bristol last week. An English journalist noted that, rather than relaxing, Smith remained after training to complete fitness and skill extras.

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Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls – All Blacks selection begins to heat up

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen admitted the players were hoping for a spot on the New Zealand World Cup team later this year. Rugby fans are waiting for thrilling performances in RWC. Now you can book online tickets for Rugby World Cup to support your favourite players.

With only four rounds to go in the regular season of Super Rugby, there is little time left for players to impress the All Blacks selectors, as the race for selection in the last 31 players’ heats.

Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls - All Blacks selection begins to heat up
Hansen congratulates two World Cup hopefuls – All Blacks selection begins to heat up

Many players from across the country, previously unknown, have emerged as potential candidates for a Rugby World Cup qualifier. Crusaders star Sevu Reece and Blues have been impressive thanks to the exceptional performance of their rookie campaigns.

While acknowledging that the reigning All Blacks still stand at the top of the standings to form the team. Hansen said the door was still open for players not part of the national structure.

“The All Blacks are starting to show up and playing really well,” Hansen told reporters at the All Blacks Foundation camp in Auckland.

We’re starting to notice young guys, so these guys are not hurting themselves either. However it’s the next few weeks that are the most important, so it’s time to look at the individuals rather than the games themselves.

The outstanding performance of chief halfback Brad Weber and Highlanders Josh Ioane at Super Rugby was enough to warrant Hansen’s attention. But the 60-year-old quickly downplayed Ioane’s qualifications, who emerged as a candidate. Leading playmaker for Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga in the absence of injured Damian McKenzie.

“You do not want to put too much pressure on those kids you know,” Hansen said.

All 10 people in the country, apart from Beauden and Richie probably think they have a chance. They do not need me to announce them, just let them play and we’ll make the decision based on what we see.

Weber had a long season in training, claiming to be the Chief back-half option ahead of three-time teammate Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, who made his international debut last year.

As a result, Weber, who has not played with the All Blacks since his Samoa test debut in 2015, seems to have usurped Tahuriorangi as third in the national standings behind veterans Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara.

Crusaders duo Bryn Hall and Mitchell Drummond also have cases to include in the All Blacks, but Weber’s form is something Hansen has taken note of.

“Brad plays really well and that’s why Te Toiroa does not take too many minutes,” Hansen said.

Brad is leading the Chiefs and Te Toiroa has returned from his off-season probably not in the form he should have been. However, Brad has taken advantage of all the opportunities he has been given.

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DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019

DHL, the world’s top express and logistics provider, allies with Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan as its Official Logistics Partner. According to this partnership DHL again team up with one of the biggest international sporting events, which will take place in host Japan from 20 September to 02 November 2019. Rugby fans from all over the world are excited to eyesight live action of rugby in Japan. Now fans can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets easily from our trusted online market place.

DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019
DHL Express joined hands with Rugby World Cup 2019

As part of its partnership, DHL Express is giving New Zealanders the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan experiences through its two digital campaigns.

DHL Express’ first ‘Match Ball Delivery Kid’ war which settled earlier in March, publicised it will be sending 11-year-old winner Nathan Tofilau to Japan as the official DHL Express NZ Match Ball Delivery Kid for the New Zealand v Italy Rugby World Cup match. The rivalry, which saw over 800 countrywide entries, required candidates to submit why they would make the eventual match ball delivery kid. Selected by DHL Express Representative and New Zealand Rugby Legend, Sir John Kirwan, Nathan and his nominated guardian will receive tickets to New Zealand v Italy, return flights, accommodation and transfers to Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan.

Enduring to involve New Zealanders in its corporation, DHL Express’ digital rivalry, Pass the Parcel, is providing Kiwis another chance to win a Rugby World Cup 2019. Aiming SMEs, the viral Pass the Parcel campaign has returned for a second year after its 2017 success, seeing over 10,000 entries. Running until end of May, the competition mechanic needs applicants to enter a unique code, unwrap a sheet to receive an immediate prize and then pass the parcel on to a friend in business or co-worker to enter the major prize draw to win return flights, accommodation and tickets to Rugby World Cup 2019, Japan.

The partnership between DHL and Rugby World Cup 2019 remains a longstanding relationship between DHL and the officials of rugby. As the Official Logistics Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, DHL was answerable for the conveyance of tournament and team equipment from around the world to England and across the country. DHL brought over 48 tons of team freight, 1,400 official match balls, and 20 sets of uprights to the 13 match places, and also carried over 400,000 tickets to more than 160 countries.

Huge celebration for former English support to return to international rugby

After the news comes out that Saracens and England teammate Mako Vunipola is in need of surgery for a torn hamstring, calls are being made to social media for Joe Marler to come out of international retirement before the World Cup. Rugby World Cup Tickets can be book online which make you suitable to link the WC 2019.

Vunipola was injured in the Saracens’ first half-hour victory over Leinster in Newcastle on Saturday. He should face three months late, England going to Japan after four.

Huge celebration for former English support to return to international rugby
Huge celebration for former English support to return to international rugby

In the light of this news, fans and journalists have called for the return of Marle Harlequins, Marler, in the international fray. The English international, with 59 caps, had a break early in the season and did not turn back, even if England was in a desperate situation this season.

With Vunipola in the fall, Ben Moon and Alec Hepburn, Exeter’s assistants, and Ellis Genge, of Leicester, were opened, while England was extended in that department. Until then, Vunipola and Marler were the two who had competed for the number one jersey under Eddie Jones.

When he was fit, Vunipola was one of England’s best players this season and arguably the best bull in the world. He was nominated for the title of European Player of the Year and his absence was certainly noticed in the Six Nations after being injured in the second match. Despite his good physical condition, he suffered injuries and will have to face a race before the September World Cup.

It seems more than likely that Jones will try at least to try to convince Marler to represent his country again at the World Cup, as it encroaches on a desperate time. Although Moon and Genge have made excellent progress in the Six Nations, not many people will say that Vunipola is not the best nipple in England, and Marler is probably second best.

However, as Vunipola is not expected to play England warm-up matches before the World Cup, Jones would like to evaluate his options. Marler’s return would be a welcome boost and would ease the pressure on England’s resources.

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