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How your club fared in the Super Rugby off-season

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How your club fared in the Super Rugby off-season

Quade Cooper and Ma’a Nonu headline the off-season moves as we count down to the 2019 Super Rugby campaign.

Check out how your club fared as we run through all the transfers and pick each team’s best XV.

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BRUMBIES

IN: Vunipola Fifita, Tom Ross, James Slipper, Murray Douglas, Pete Samu, Bayley Kuenzle, Len Ikitau, Noah Lolesio, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Toni Pulu

OUT: Ben Alexander, Mees Erasmus, Nic Mayhew, Faalelei Sione, Robbie Abel, Richie Arnold, Michael Oakman-Hunt, Lolo Fakaosilea, Isi Naisarani, Kyle Godwin, Andrew Smith, James Dargaville, James Verity-Amm

SQUAD: Allan Alaalatoa, Vunipola Fifita, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Tom Ross, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Joshua Mann-Rea, Connal McInerney, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Murray Douglas, Blake Enever, Darcy Swain, Tom Cusack, Lachlan McCaffrey, David Pocock, Pete Samu, Rob Valetini, Ben Hyne, Ryan Lonergan, Matt Lucas, Joe Powell, Wharenui Hawera, Bayley Kuenzle, Christian Lealiifano, Len Ikitau, Jordan Jackson-Hope, Tevita Kuridrani, Noah Lolesio, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Andy Muirhead, Chance Peni, Toni Pulu, Henry Speight, Lausii Taliauli, Tom Banks, Mack Hansen

BEST XV: Banks, Pulu, Kuridrani, Lealiifano, Speight, Hawera, Powell, Valetini, Pocock, Samu, Arnold, Carter, Alaalatoa, Fainga’a, Sio

VERDICT: Some handy pick-ups for the Brumbies as they look to rebound from the disappointment of missing this year’s finals.

Pete Samu replaces Isi Naisarani in a talented and versatile loose forward group while former Wallaby James Slipper likewise adds plenty of experience in the front row.

Former Chiefs flyer Toni Pulu is an excellent finisher while Scottish lock Murray Douglas, by way of the Hurricanes and Rebels, is reliable as they come.

Tom Wright, the former Manly NRL player, is an intriguing pick-up and will compete with Christian Lealiifano and Wharenui Hawera for a starting spot at No 10 and 12.

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REBELS

IN: Mees Erasmus, Hugh Roach, Luke Jones, Brad Wilkin, Isi Naisarani, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Campbell Magnay

OUT: Laurie Weeks, Geoff Parling, Colby Fainga’a, Lopeti Timani, Amanaki Mafi, Jack Debreczeni, Jack McGregor, David Horwitz, Henry Hutchison

SQUAD: Jermaine Ainsley, Ben Daley, Mees Erasmus, Pone Fa’amausili, Tetera Faulkner, Fereti Sa’aga, Sam Talakai, Hugh Roach, Jordan Uelese, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Angus Cottrell, Richard Hardwick, Ross Haylett-Petty, Luke Jones, Rob Leota, Brad Wilkin, Isi Naisarani, Will Genia, Harrison Goddard, Michael Ruru, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Reece Hodge, Billy Meakes, Sione Tuipulotu, Semisi Tupou, Tom English, Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Sefa Naivalu, Dane Haylett-Petty, Jack Maddocks

BEST XV: Haylett-Petty, Maddocks, Hodge, Toomua, Koroibete, Cooper, Genia, Naisarani, Cottrell, Jones, Coleman, Philip, Ainsley, Uelese, Faulkner

VERDICT: The Rebels will be able to roll out an all Wallaby backline in 2019 although Matt Toomua won’t join until he completes his commitments with Leicester.

Billy Meakes is a more than capable placeholder at No 12, however, while Sefa Naivalu might have to settle for a bench spot.

Isi Naisarani is a ready-made replacement for disgraced No 8 Amanaki Mafi as he looks to build his Rugby World Cup claims, while blindside/lock Luke Jones is back from Bordeaux to also put his hand up for the Wallabies.

But all the attention will be on Quade Cooper and whether he can recapture his playmaking magic with his old mate Will Genia.

TITLE ODDS: $51

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REDS

IN: Gavin Luka, Efi Ma’afu, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Matt McGahan, Jock Campbell, Will Eadie

OUT: Sef Fa’agase, James Slipper, Markus Vanzati, Andrew Ready, Kane Douglas, Michael Gunn, Reece Hewat, George Smith, Quade Cooper, Jono Lance, Ben Lucas, Lachlan Maranta, Eto Nabuli, Jayden Ngamanu

SQUAD: Harry Hoopert, Gavin Luka, JP Smith, Ruan Smith, Taniela Tupou, Efi Ma’afu, Alex Mafi, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Angus Blyth, Harry Hockings, Izack Rodda, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Adam Korczyk, Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Young, Caleb Timu, Harry Wilson, Liam Wright, Scott Higginbotham, Tate McDermott, Moses Sorovi, James Tuttle, Matt McGahan, Hamish Stewart, Teti Tela, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Duncan Paia’aua, Jock Campbell, Filipo Daugunu, Will Eadie, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Karmichael Hunt, Aidan Toua

BEST XV: Petaia, Daugunu, Kerevi, Paia’aua, Perese, Stewart, McDermott, Higginbotham, Wright, Timu, Rodda, Salakaia-Loto, Tupou, Paenga-Amosa, JP Smith

VERDICT: Coach Brad Thorn has doubled down on his staunch policy of developing young, local talent, with George Smith, Quade Cooper, James Slipper, Kane Douglas, Jono Lance and Ben Lucas all moving on and taking vast experience and ability with them.

It places huge pressure on captain Scott Higginbotham and the side’s young Test players Samu Kerevi, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou and the recently renamed Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

And then there is Jordan Petaia, the teenage sensation who could play at fullback, on either wing or at outside centre.

Former Blues five-eighth Matt McGahan — the son of Kiwis league great Hugh — is an interesting addition and will view with Hamish Stewart and Duncan Paia’aua for the playmaking positions.

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WARATAHS

IN: Rory O’Connor, Le Roux Roets

OUT: Paddy Ryan, Kalivati Tawake, Hugh Roach, Kelly Meafua, Brad Wilkin, Michael Snowden, Irae Simone, Andrew Kellaway, Taqele Naiyaravoro

SQUAD: Harry Johnson-Holmes, Sekope Kepu, Rory O’Connor, Tom Robertson, Matt Sandell, Shambeckler Vui, Cody Walker, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tolu Latu, Ryan McCauley, Le Roux Roets, Rob Simmons, Nick Palmer, Tom Staniforth, Ned Hanigan, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Will Miller, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Wells, Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon

Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Bryce Hegarty, Mack Mason, Lalakai Foketi, Alex Newsome, Cam Clark, Curtis Rona, Israel Folau

BEST XV: Folau, Clark, Rona, Beale, Newsome, Foley, Gordon, Wells, Hooper, Dempsey, Simmons, Holloway, Kepu, Latu, Johnson-Holmes

VERDICT: NSW still have a bit of box ticking to do on their 2019 squad, with Wallabies veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper yet to officially sign on and big winger John Folau — Israel’s younger brother — creating a positive impression at training.

The Tahs have recruited man mountain South African lock Le Roux Roets — 2m and 135kg — to bolster their pack which relied on mobility not size last season.

Coach Daryl Gibson has admitted he burnt out stars Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale with too many minutes in 2018 so expect Mack Mason and Lalakai Foketi to see plenty of gametime as NSW look to improve on their semifinal exit away to the Lions.

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NEW ZEALAND

BLUES

IN: Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Jed Brown, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Harry Plummer, Levi Aumua, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a

OUT: Pauliasi Manu, Isaac Salmon, Mike Tamoaieta, Ross Wright, Lyndon Dunshea, Matiaha Martin, Ben Nee-Nee, Sione Havili, Jerome Kaino, Antonio Kiri Kiri, Glenn Preston, Kara Pryor, Murphy Taramai, Bryn Gatland, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Terrence Hepetema, Matthew Johnson, Orbyn Leger, Tumua Manu, George Moala, Tamati Tua, Jordan Hyland

SQUAD: Alex Hodgman, Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Sione Mafileo, Marcel Renata, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Leni Apisai, Matt Moulds, James Parsons, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Jacob Pierce, Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Jed Brown, Blake Gibson, Dalton Papalii, Tom Robinson, Hoskins Sotutu, Jimmy Tupou, Akira Ioane, Sam Nock, Augustine Pulu, Jonathan Ruru, Otere Black, Stephen Perofeta, Harry Plummer, Levi Aumua, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Tanielu Tele’a, Sonny Bill Williams, Caleb Clarke, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Melani Nanai, Michael Collins, Jordan Trainor

BEST XV: Duffie, Clarke, Nonu, Williams, R Ioane, Perofeta, Pulu, A Ioane, Gibson, Papalii, Cowley-Tuioti, Tuipolotu, Tuungafasi, Parsons, Tu’inukuafe

VERDICT: The return from France of Ma’a Nonu and the luring of Karl Tu’inukuafe from the Chiefs headline the Blues’ 2019 recruitment drive.

Veteran Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams will form a power packed midfield but might have to toss a coin to decide who wears the preferred No 12 jersey.

More important, though, is the eternal Blues question of who wears No 10.

Stephen Perofeta, Otere Black and Harry Plummer are the options for new coach Leon MacDonald, who has surpringly taken the reins from former All Blacks teammate Tana Umaga.

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CHIEFS

IN: Reuben O’Neill, Laghlan McWhannell, Jack Debreczeni, Tumua Manu, Ataata Moeakiola, Etene Nanai-Seturo

OUT: Mitchell Graham, Sam Prattley, Jeff Thwaites, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Dominic Bird, Matt Matich, Liam Messam, Jesse Parete, Luteru Laulala, Johnny Fa’auli, Charlie Ngatai, Regan Verney, Levi Aumua, Tim Nanai-Williams, Declan O’Donnell, Toni Pulu, Sam McNicol

SQUAD: Kane Hames, Sefo Kautai, Nepo Laulala, Atu Moli, Reuben O’Neill, Aidan Ross, Angus Ta’avao, Nathan Harris, Liam Polwart, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Michael Allardice, Tyler Ardron, Fin Hoeata, Laghlan McWhannell, Brodie Retallick, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Karpik, Taleni Seu, Pita Gus Sowakula, Mitchell Brown, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Jonathan Taumateine, Brad Weber, Jack Debreczeni, Tiaan Falcon, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown, Tumua Manu, Alex Nankivell, Bailyn Sullivan, Solomon Alaimalo, Ataata Moeakiola, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Shaun Stevenson, Sean Wainui, Marty McKenzie

BEST XV: Stevenson, Nanai-Seturo, Lienert-Brown, Nankivell, Alaimalo, D McKenzie, Tahuriorangi, Jacobson, Cane, Boshier, Ardron, Retallick, Laulala, Harris, Hames

VERDICT: Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has made three interesting additions to his backline in Jack Debreczeni, Ataata Moeakiola and Etene Nanai-Seturo.

The Auckland-born Debreczeni is looking to reignite his career after playing 53 games for the Rebels without ever truly delivering on his potential.

Moeakiola is a Tongan-born Japanese international blessed with real power and pace, as is Nanai-Seturo, the sought after schoolboys star who won Commonwealth Games gold with New Zealand’s sevens team last year.

All Blacks star Sam Cane is targeting a return in May after fracturing a bone in his neck against the Springboks in October.

TITLE ODDS: $6

CRUSADERS

IN: Harry Allan, Whetu Douglas, Ere Enari, Leicester Faingaanuku, Ngane Punivai

OUT: Donald Brighouse, Wyatt Crockett, Chris King, Sam Anderson-Heather, Sebastian Siataga, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Pete Samu, Jack Stratton, Mike Delany, Seta Tamanivalu, Tima Faingaanuku, Jone Macilai-Tori

SQUAD: Mike Alaalatoa, Harry Allan, Owen Franks, Oliver Jager, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Ben Funnell, Andrew Makalio, Codie Taylor, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Quinten Strange, Sam Whitelock, Ethan Blackadder, Mitchell Dunshea, Billy Harmon, Tom Sanders, Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Whetu Douglas, Kieran Read, Mitchell Drummond, Ere Enari, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, Mitch Hunt, Richie Mo’unga, Tim Bateman, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Braydon Ennor, Leicester Faingaanuku, Will Jordan, Manasa Mataele, Ngane Punivai, Israel Dagg, David Havili

BEST XV: Havili, Dagg, Goodhue, Crotty, Bridge, Mo’unga, Hall, Read, Todd, Taufua, Barrett, Whitelock, Franks, Taylor, Moody

VERDICT: Scott Robertson’s Crusaders look as strong as ever as they gun for a three-peat of titles next season.

Seta Tamanivalu, Wyatt Crockett, and Pete Samu are losses but nothing that they shouldn’t be able to deal with as they sprinkle in a handful of promising youngsters from their own system.

Keep an eye out for talented outside back Will Jordan, a New Zealand under-20 and Tasman star who was kept on the Super Rugby sidelines this year with vertigo issues.

TITLE ODDS: $4

HIGHLANDERS

IN: Sef Fa’agase, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Ayden Johnstone, Ray Niuia, Jack Whetton, Folau Fakatava, Marty Banks, Bryn Gatland

OUT: Guy Millar, Aki Seiuli, Kalolo Tuiloma, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Alex Ainley, Dan Pryor, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Lima Sopoaga

SQUAD: Sef Fa’agase, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Ayden Johnstone, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Tyrel Lomax, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Ash Dixon, Ray Niuia, Josh Dickson, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Pari Pari Parkinson, Jack Whetton, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, James Lentjes, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Liam Squire, Folau Fakatava, Kayne Hammington, Aaron Smith, Marty Banks, Bryn Gatland, Josh Ioane, Richard Buckman, Matt Faddes, Rob Thompson, Sio Tomkinson, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Josh McKay, Tevita Nabura, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith

BEST XV: B Smith, Naholo, Buckman, Thompson, Li, Gatland, A Smith, Squire, Hunt, Frizell, Franklin, Hemopo, Lomax, Coltman, Lienert-Brown

VERDICT: Auckland-born former Reds prop Sef Fa’agase has crossed the Tasman and landed a gig with the Highlanders after playing the Mitre 10 Cup season with Canterbury.

It will be interesting to observe his progress but the bigger battle is at No 10, where the departure of Lima Sopoaga to Wasps has left a big hole.

Bryn Gatland, Marty Banks and Josh Ioane are in a three-way tussle for the job, while Aaron Mauger’s side is packed with loose forward options including Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire.

TITLE ODDS: $8

HURRICANES

IN: Geoff Cridge, Liam Mitchell, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Fletcher Smith, Billy Proctor, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi

OUT: Marcel Renata, James O’Reilly, Nathan Vella, Murray Douglas, Michael Fatialofa, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Jamie Booth, TJ Va’a, Ihaia West, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Julian Savea

SQUAD: Fraser Armstrong, Chris Eves, Alex Fidow, Ben May, Toby Smith, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Ricky Riccitelli, James Blackwell, Geoff Cridge, Sam Lousi, Liam Mitchell, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, Vaea Fifita, Sam Henwood, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Ardie Savea, Gareth Evans, Finlay Christie, Richard Judd, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Fletcher Smith, Vince Aso, Wes Goosen, Ngani Laumape, Billy Proctor, Matt Proctor, Ben Lam, Jonah Lowe, James Marshall, Salesi Rayasi, Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder

BEST XV: J Barrett, Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, Laumape, Lam, B Barrett, Perenara, Evans, Savea, Fifita, Lousi, Walker-Leawere, Toomaga-Allen, Coles, Smith

VERDICT: There have been some big changes in Canes country, with assistant coach John Plumtree stepping up to replace Chris Boyd (now Northampton) in the hot seat and senior pro Brad Shields now playing for Wasps and England.

James Marshall, a member of the 2016 title-winning team, is back from England to provide a cool head and utility value while there are big raps on Billy Proctor, the younger brother of tough tackling centre Matt.

They look a little light on at lock, however, after the departures of Michael Fatialofa and Murray Douglas.

It’s a different story at hooker where captain Dane Coles is fit again to join Ricky Riccitelli and Asafo Aumua.

TITLE ODDS: $4.75

SOUTH AFRICA

BULLS

IN: Madot Mabokela, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Schalk Brits, Carel du Preez, Paul Schoeman, Muller Uys, Jano Venter, Duane Vermeulen, Theo Maree, Stedman Gans, Franco Naude, Dylan Sage, Cornal Hendricks, Rosko Specman

OUT: Pierre Schoeman, Mornay Smith, Adriaan Strauss, Aston Fortuin, Ruan Nortje, Ruben van Heerden, Shaun Adendorff, Boeta Hamman, Francois Brummer, Dries Swanepoel, Jamba Ulengo

SQUAD: Matthys Basson, Lizo Gqoboka, Madot Mabokela, Simphiwe Matanzima, Nqoba Mxoli, Trevor Nyakane, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Conraad van Vuuren, Frans van Wyk, Schalk Brits, Johan Grobbelaar, Edgar Marutlulle, Jaco Visagie, Lood de Jager, Jason Jenkins, RG Snyman, Hendre Stassen, Tim Agaba, Thembelani Bholi, Nick de Jager, Carel du Preez, Jannes Kirsten, Paul Schoeman, Roelof Smit, Ruan Steenkamp, Muller Uys, Marco van Staden

Hanro Liebenberg, Jano Venter, Duane Vermeulen, Theo Maree, Embrose Papier, Ivan van Zyl, Andre Warner, Marnitz Boshoff, Manie Libbok, Handre Pollard, Stedman Gans, JT Jackson, Johnny Kotze, Jesse Kriel, Franco Naude, Burger Odendaal, Dylan Sage, Cornal Hendricks, Travis Ismaiel, Duncan Matthews, Rosko Specman, Jade Stighling, Warrick Gelant, Divan Rossouw

BEST XV: Gelant, Ismaiel, Kriel, Odendaal, Specman, Pollard, Papier, Vermeulen, van Staden, N de Jager, L de Jager, Snyman, van Vuuren, Brits, Nyakane

VERDICT: There are big changes afoot in Pretoria, with Springboks and Bulls legend Victor Matfield expected to soon be unveiled as the coaching replacement for John Mitchell, who is now Eddie Jones’ minister of defence with England.

The Bulls have also made some impressive signings, with blockbusting No 8 Duane Vermeulen and hooker Schalk Brits bolstering the pack and sevens stars Rosko Specman, Dylan Sage and Stedman Gans adding some intriguing backline options.

Retired hooker Adriaan Strauss is the most notable loss.

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LIONS

IN: Danie Mienie

OUT: Ruan Dreyer, Jacques van Rooyen, Franco Mostert, Jaco Kriel, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Rohan Janse van Rensburg

SQUAD: Jacobie Adriaanse, Johannes Jonker, Danie Mienie, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Malcolm Marx, Lourens Erasmus, Rhyno Herbst, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Cyle Brink, Hacjivah Dayimani, Len Massyn, Marnus Schoeman, Kwagga Smith, Warren Whiteley, Ross Cronje, Nic Groom, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Shaun Reynolds, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Ruan Combrinck, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Courtnall Skosan, Madosh Tambwe, Andries Coetzee, Sylvian Mahuza

BEST XV: Coetzee, Combrinck, Mapoe, Vorster, Dyantyi, Jantjies, Cronje, Whiteley, K Smith, Brink, Erasmus, Orie, Adriaanse, Marx, D Smith

VERDICT: Three years, three runners-up medals for Super Rugby’s bridesmaids, who look weaker on paper next season.

They should still be very competitive but depth is a concern following the departures of class acts like Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Ruan Dreyer and Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

And with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, the Lions will have to carefully manage the workloads of Springboks trump cards Malcolm Marx, Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley.

TITLE ODDS: $9

SHARKS

IN: Ruben van Heerden

OUT: Ross Geldenhuys, Franco Marais, Keegan Daniel, Michael Claassens, Garth April, Tristan Blewett, Johan Deysel

SQUAD: Thomas du Toit, Mzamo Majola, John-Hubert Meyer, Coenie Oosthuizen, Akker van der Merwe, Hyron Andrews, Ruan Botha, Jean Droste, Gideon Koegelenberg, Ruben van Heerden, Tyler Paul, Jacques Vermeulen, Wian Vosloo, Louis Schreuder, Cameron Wright, Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw, S’busiso Nkosi, Kobus van Wyk, Rhyno Smith, Courtney Winnaar

BEST XV: N/A

VERDICT: The Sharks are yet to announce their full squad, so we’ll hold off on having a crack at their best run-on side.

Coach Robert du Preez has lost some experienced campaigners, including hooker Franco Marais, flanker Keegan Daniel, halfback Michael Claasens, utility Garth April and centre Johan Deysel.

The Sharks made the quarterfinals this year but were soundly beaten, 40-10, by the dominant Crusaders in Christchurch.

TITLE ODDS: $29

STORMERS

IN: Kwenzo Blose, Michael Kumbirai, Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Chad Solomon, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris Massyn, Nama Xaba, Ruhan Nel, Duncan Saal, Edwill van der Merwe

OUT: JC Janse van Rensburg, Caylib Oosthuizen, Carlu Sadie, Dean Muir, Ramone Samuels, Jan de Klerk, Eduard Zandberg, Stephan de Wit, Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage, George Whitehead, Raymond Rhule

SQUAD: Kwenzo Blose, Neethling Fouche, Steven Kitshoff, Michael Kumbirai, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Alistair Vermaak, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Chad Solomon, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Salmaan Moerat, JD Schickerling, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris van Zyl, Johan du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Chris Massyn, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Cobus Wiese, Nama Xaba, Juarno Augustus, Jaco Coetzee, Kobus van Dyk, Paul de Wet, Herschel Jantjies, Justin Phillips, Jano Vermaak, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Joshua Stander, Damian Willemse, Damian de Allende, Daniel du Plessis, JJ Engelbrecht, Dan Kriel, Ruhan Nel, EW Viljoen, Dillyn Leyds, Sergeal Petersen, Duncan Saal, Seabelo Senatla, Edwill van der Merwe, Craig Barry, SP Marais

BEST XV: Marais, Leyds, Engelbrecht, de Allende, Senatla, Willemse, de Wet, Notshe, van Dyk, Kolisi, du Toit, Etzebeth, Louw, Mbonambi, Kitshoff

VERDICT: The Stormers have lost several handy players, including prop JC Janse van Rensburg, hooker Ramone Samuels, No 8 Nizaam Carr, halfback Dewaldt Duvenage and winger Raymond Rhule.

But the spine of a good side remains, including world class locking duo Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi, centre Damian de Allende and exciting young playmaker Damian Willemse.

There are also high hopes for sevens convert Ruhan Nel.

TITLE ODDS: $41

ARGENTINA

JAGUARES

IN:

OUT: Juan Martin Hernandez, Nicolas Sanchez

SQUAD: Santiago Garcia Botta, Enrique Pieretto, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Cubelli, Bautista Ezcurra, Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy

BEST XV: N/A

VERDICT: The full Jaguares squad is yet to filter out of Argentina so we’ll hold fire on a best XV.

But losses don’t come much bigger than Nicolas Sanchez’s departure to Stade Francais.

The Pumas pivot was simply outstanding during the Rugby Championship although the presumable replacement, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, is not the worst.

The Jaguares made the finals for the first time in 2018, under Mario Ledesma, who has signed stepped up to be Argentina’s new coach.

Ledesma’s former Test teammate, Gonzalo Quesada, has taken the Jaguares job after 20 years playing and coaching in France.

TITLE ODDS: $13

JAPAN

SUNWOLVES

IN: Tom Rowe, Dan Pryor, Hendrik Tui, Phil Burleigh, Rene Ranger

OUT: Nika Khatiashvili

SQUAD: Asaeli Ai Valu, Keita Inagaki, Koo Ji-won, Craig Millar, Hencus van Wyk, Jaba Bregvadze, Shota Horie, Atsushi Sakate, Grant Hattingh, Kazuki Himeno, James Moore, Tom Rowe, Lappies Labuschagne, Dan Pryor, Ed Quirk, Hendrik Tui, Michael Leitch, Yutaka Nagare, Kaito Shigeno, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Phil Burleigh, Jason Emery, Michael Little, Rikiya Matsuda, Ryoto Nakamura, Lomano Lemeki, Rene Ranger, Gerhard van den Heever

BEST XV: Emery, Lemeki, Nakamura, Little, Ranger, Parker, Tanaka, Leitch, Labuschagne, Tui, Hattingh, Himeno, van Wyk, Horie, Inagaki

VERDICT: New Sunwolves coach Tony Brown said his side is capable of pushing for the playoffs in 2019 after naming a settled and cosmopolitan 29-man initial squad.

Among the new faces are former Reds loose forward Hendrik Tui and former All Blacks outside back Rene Ranger, who has been plagued by injury in recent seasons.

“We want to play Japanese rugby, which is an expansive style with a lot of skill and speed, and which is based around unstructured rugby,” Brown said.

“The players we have added are the right players to play our style of rugby and will add to our game, experience and leadership group.”

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Source: foxsports.com.au/

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All Blacks vs Japan Rugby in Tokyo 2018 on Saturday.

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All Blacks vs Japan Rugby in Tokyo 2018 on Saturday.

Japan’s “Brave Blossoms” meet the world champion New Zealand All Blacks in a one off game at Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu. The Test Match in Japan will be a great opportunity for the All Blacks to prepare for the 2018 end of year tour and it will also gives the team first-hand experience of playing in Japan less than a year out from 2019!

Japan vs All Blacks – Autumn Internationals 2018

Tokyo, Ajinomoto Stadium (Tokyo Stadium), Japan
Saturday, November 03 2018 14:45
Japan offers global rugby fans and intrepid travellers endless opportunities to experience its history, culture, gastronomy and beauty. You will be welcomed into the heart of the most metropolitan city in Japan with 3 nights at The Westin Tokyo including daily breakfast.

How to Watch All Blacks vs Japan Rugby ?

6:45pm Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks vs Japan rugby test in Tokyo . All the Rugby Fans living in NZ , USA, can enjoy the live action on getrugbystream.com or on their TV network.

In Australia, Seven Network will telecast Rugby Matches live and in New Zealand, you can Enjoy game son Sky TV. Remember these sports networks will not only telecast matches on TV, but also, they will provide live stream via their website.

 

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Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

Rugby: Bledisloe Cup 2018 – Late change in kick-off time for All Blacks and Wallabies first test

The kick-off for the first Bledisloe Cup test between the All Blacks and Wallabies has been brought forward.

The first match of the Rugby Championship, and the first of three Bledisloe Cup tests, will get underway at 9.45pm (NZT), 20 minutes earlier than initially publicised.

It is understood that the change was requested six weeks ago, but Sanzaar made the decision midweek. Rugby Australia were still reporting the game as getting underway at 10.05pm NZT earlier this week, while New Zealand Rugby were promoting the game as a 10.05pm kick-off on social media this week as well.

So, rugby fans be aware – make sure you don’t miss the first 20 minutes of the game when you tune in to watch on TV follow the New Zealand Herald’s stellar live coverage online.

The Black Ferns, who play beforehand, will still get underway at 7.15pm.

 

Wallabies vs All Blacks live stream: How to watch Bledisloe 1 online and on TV

 

The Wallabies have yet another chance to break their Bledisloe Cup drought when they host the All Blacks tonight in the first Test. This is The Roar’s guide to watching the game online and on TV.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7:45pm (AEST) tonight, August 18 at ANZ Stadium.

The Wallabies trimmed down their squad to 28 on Sunday, with captain Michael Hooper and senior players Scott Sio and Dane Haylett-Petty set to overcome fitness concerns for tonight’s clash.

And, if history is anything to go by, they will need the trio if they are to stand any chance of taking down the All Blacks.

While the Australians won the last meeting between the two sides, it was only their second victory in their last 19 matches against New Zealand.

The All Blacks travel to Sydney confident of overcoming the Wallabies having won seven of their last ten games at ANZ Stadium.

In preparation for the Bledisloe Cup opener, they played two 40-minute trial games, beating Otago 32-0 and Canterbury 40-5.

How to watch the match on TV

The match is being broadcast on TV in Australia through two networks.

The first option is Foxtel, who will be broadcasting every Wallabies international game this season.

Channel 501 will be covering Saturday night’s game, with a pre-game show beginning at 7pm (AEST), after the Wallaroos game finishes.

Coverage will wrap up at 10pm after a 30-minute post-game show.

For free-to-air viewers, Channel 10 will be broadcasting Saturday night’s match.

Their coverage also begins at 7pm and is scheduled to finish at 9:45pm.

The match can be viewed in high definition on Channels 13 and 210 for both free-to-air viewers and Foxtel customers.

Alternatively, you can catch the game in standard definition on Channels 10 and 110 respectively.

How to live stream the match online

If you wish to watch the clash online, there are two ways to do it.

The first is available to Foxtel subscribers. They can stream the coverage of the match through the Foxtel App. This app is free to download and can be used if you have a valid login.

Alternatively, if you are not an existing Foxtel customer, you can still watch the game online. You will need to use Foxtel Now instead. Foxtel Now is a streaming-only option, with subscription packages available for purchase.

You can also tune into the game on the Tenplay website, where you can stream the game for free.

Otherwise, you can always count on us. Here at The Roar we will have live scores and a blog of the match.

Wallabies vs All Blacks Bledisloe Cup Game 1 preview and prediction

It is roughly 9:45pm on the 3rd of August 2002.

(Most of) ANZ Stadium is standing, with bated breath, as Matt Burke stands over an 81st minute penalty. The siren has sounded, and his Wallabies are down by a point, 14-13.

If he kicks true, the Bledisloe Cup will be retained. True to script, the original Ice man steadies himself, before slotting the Bundaberg branded rugby ball straight through the middle of the posts.

Away from the ground, Prime Minister John Howard is elated, and quickly sets the alarm on his spanking new Sanyo SCP-5300 (the first ever flip phone with an in-built camera) for 7am, at which point he will wake up and go for a leisurely stroll, dressed head-to-toe in a Wallabies tracksuit.

All is well in the world.

Fast forward to the 18th of August 2018.

It has been more than 16 years since the Wallabies last held the Bledisloe aloft. In that time, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all been invented. Australia has seen four Prime ministers come and go, and John Howard’s Sanyo hasn’t seen the light of day for more than a decade.

Every year, rugby fans around Australia entertain the thought of the Bledisloe returning to our shores.

It begs the question…

Could the 2018 Bledisloe be different?

Starting fast: Not an if, but a must
First and foremost, it is worth noting that Australia has won Game One of the Bledisloe only once in the last 10 years. It doesn’t take the most astute of observers to realise that it makes wrestling the cup back from the All Blacks awfully difficult if they fall behind 1-0 this evening.

It would appear that Michael Cheika has tipped his hat to this point. His internal trial at Leichardt Oval in the build-up was a more than useful hit out for his non-Waratahs squad members.

Whether it translates into a fast start come tonight remains to be seen. However, you’d be hard pressed to find any fan that didn’t like the concept.

The battle of the forwards
Cheika has gone all-in on the set piece with his selections 1 through 8. Izack Rodda and Adam Coleman start in the second row, and both are the lineout generals for their respective Super Rugby sides.

Rob Simmons, the caller for the Waratahs, has also won a spot on the bench.

The back row of Lukhan Tui, Michael Hooper and David Pocock is an interesting prospect. Pocock’s on-ball ability is undeniable, and it is a mobile trio.

With Pete Samu providing back-up from the bench, the battle at the breakdown will be extremely intriguing.

The questions arise in the front row.

Scott Sio’s shoulder niggle sees Tom Robertson start, alongside the returning Tatafu Polota-Nau and veteran Sekope Kepu.

Robertson was outstanding for the Waratahs in 2018, particularly in their finals run, and he thoroughly deserves his start.

However, his battle against Owen Franks is as tough as they come. It could be telling.

Taniela Tupou and Tolu Latu will be electric off the bench, expect decent minutes for both.

For the All Blacks, Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick are one of the best lock pairings in the world, whilst the evergreen Kieran Read returns from injury to skipper his side.

Desperation and suffocation in defence – the recipe for success
The Wallabies primary issue is not scoring points, it’s in not conceding them. Their attack is at its best, electric, and in Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale, they have two of the form attacking weapons in world rugby. The return of Will Genia should also be a timely boost.

However, if the Wallabies are to win, they need to approach Game One in Sydney with the defensive intensity and line speed they displayed in Game One against Ireland at Suncorp Stadium a couple of months ago.

On that occasion, David Pocock was immense at breakdown time, and the Irish had literally no answer to the ferocity of the wall that was the Wallabies defence that night.

For 80 minutes, Cheika’s men out-enthused, out-tackled, and out-thought a very impressive rugby outfit.

Anything short of that performance will spell defeat for the men in gold.

Why the Wallabies can win
Form. The last time the Wallabies clashed with the All Blacks, they came away victors.

While that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) translate to them starting as favourites in Game One as Steve Hansen facetiously suggested mid-week, it certainly should instil the belief in the Wallabies playing group that they have the ability to win, and win well.

Why the Wallabies can’t win
Form! The All Blacks are still the absolute gold standard in world rugby, and they have a scarcely believable record in recent years.

Since Steve Hansen took over from Graham Henry in 2012, they have won 76 games from 85 starts at a respectable 89.5 per cent win rate. Ridiculous.

They have a clinical, accurate forward pack, which so often lays a winning platform for an enigmatic and highly damaging backline.

Prediction
I think the All Blacks starting XV isa better-rounded and more complete side. However, Cheika’s bench has a few weapons, particularly in the front row. If used properly, it could make for a frenetic last 20 minutes when bodies start getting tired.

I think it will be an extremely close fixture, however the experience and X-Factor of the All Blacks should just be enough to get the job done at a bumper ANZ Stadium.

All Blacks by 8

 

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Australia vs New Zealand rugby: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Bledisloe Cup

Australia vs New Zealand rugby: TV channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news for Bledisloe Cup
AUS vs NZ rugby online

FIERCE enemies Australia and New Zealand have both endorsed the All Blacks’ use of the haka after the tradition Maori war dance came under fierce criticism.

Ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup – the Rugby Championship opener – reported comments in a rugby book questioned the value of the haka in the modern era.

AUS vs NZ rugby

The All Blacks will perform the haka as usual

But support from the All Blacks was matched by the Wallabies, who are also looking for a more extensive indigenous recognition for their jersey in future.

Said New Zealand flanker Sam Cane: “From an All Blacks point of view we love doing the haka.

“We’re well aware of the strong history that it has and it’s part of who we are as All Blacks – it’s as strong and powerful as ever, in my opinion.”

Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to the All Blacks defence saying he didn’t believe the haka was over-commercialised.
All Blacks flanker Sam Cane says the haka is ‘part of who we are’
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Wallaby halfback Will Genia jumped to New Zealand’s defence

He said: “They don’t do it for commercial purpose. They do it because it is something that is important to them in terms of their culture.

“From our perspective, we have an incredible amount of respect for it.”

What TV channel is Australia vs New Zealand on and can I live stream the game?

You can see the match live on Sky Sports Action with coverage starting at 10.30am.
To stream the game live without a Sky subscription, you can buy a Sky Sports Day Pass from Now TV for £7.98.
Alternatively, you can follow the action in SunSport’s LIVE blog
Michael Hooper has been declared fit for the Wallabies

What time is the kick-off?

The match gets underway on Saturday, August 18 at 11.05am
It will be played at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

Team news

Australia captain Michael Hooper has been cleared to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Prop Scott Sio and winger Dane Haylett-Petty have also been given the green light.

 

Aussie giant Scott Sio has also been given the green light

 

But All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is still ruled out

The squad, trimmed down from 36, includes only two uncapped players in outside backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks.

That’s after Rory Arnold, Curtis Rona and Sefa Naivalu were cut from the preliminary training squad.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out for both Tests against Australia to continue a horror injury run that also saw him miss the entire France series on home soil.

Williams missed the first two Test against France with a knee injury and hasn’t played since damaging a shoulder joint in the third Test.

 

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2018 Bledisloe Cup Live Stream and Wallabies Free to Air TV Replay

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live Stream and Wallabies Free to Air TV Replay

The Bledisloe Cup is one of the most iconic pieces of silverware in world sport, played between the New Zealand All Blacks and Australian Wallabies across three tests.

The All Blacks have held the trophy since 2003, with home ground advantage being vital, with home ground advantage being vital, but the 2018 edition will see each side getting one game with a third potential decider to be staged on neutral soil in Japan, and you need not miss a key moment of the series when watching at home on your TV or streaming the matches live to a mobile device.

2018 Bledisloe Cup Preview

The Bledisloe Cup is a test series between Australia and New Zealand, that has become one of the most fiercely contested annual traditions in the sport of Rugby. The All Blacks have held the iconic trophy since 2003, and will look to raise the Cup once again. Last year’s three test Bledisloe Cup series was regarded by some as the one that got away from the Wallabies. They were terrible in game one, then arguably should have won game two before pinching the third game at Suncorp Stadium by 23-18. There is renewed hope for Australia leading into the Bledisloe Cup given some key Australian players doing some good things recently during the Super Rugby season.

The Wallabies will look to take advantage of home ground advantage, which is especially important because Australia haven’t posted two consecutive victories over the All Blacks since 2001. A quick start is essential for a variety of reasons, none more so than the fact that the All Blacks are near unbeatable at home, with the last win in New Zealand for the Wallabies coming in 2001 at Dunedin, so safe to say it’s been a while between drinks. Game one will be at ANZ Stadium before the dreaded trip to Eden Park. Then should there be a decider, the teams will play on October 27 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live

2018 Bledisloe Cup Live TV (AEST)

Saturday 18 August LIVE: Wallabies v All Blacks at 8.05pm (Foxtel/Ten)
Saturday 25 August LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies at 5.35pm (Foxtel/Ten)
Saturday 27 Oct LIVE: All Blacks v Wallabies at TBD (Foxtel/Ten)

Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Full Bledisloe Cup replays available on Fox Sports 501 shortly after each match concludes.

Watch or Stream the Bledisloe Cup Live

While you can find the Bledisloe Cup on Free to Air TV in Australia (ch. 10), Fox Sports 501 (Foxtel) is the only channel that will also televise the entire 2018 Rugby Championship series live, in HD, and with no ad-breaks during play, along with replays of the games for those who want to catch up.

So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Sports Combo TV Pack which will offer this exciting Rugby action in full, and if you have to be out and about you can stream the Bledisloe Cup free through the Foxtel app within minutes of getting started.

 

Wallabies Preview

The Wallabies will have to break a hoodoo and make history in order to win back the Bledisloe Cup. They were brave earlier in the year against Six Nations champs Ireland but just felt short in a three-test series. They beat the All Blacks last year at Suncorp Stadium proving the task can be achieved if their mind is put to it. Given the potential for history, you don’t want to miss any portion of the action as the Bledisloe Cup free to air broadcasts (ch. Ten) include ad-breaks during play.

All Blacks Preview

The reigning champs came to the end of a golden era after the World Cup (2015), but there still appears to be real class and dominance about their play, as we saw earlier in the year against the French. The side is filled with experience and class right across the board, despite some injuries which occurred during the latter part of the Super Rugby Season. This is one of the great sporting sides in the world, not just in Rugby Union, and despite us Aussies naturally wanting to hate the All Blacks, you do have to give them enormous respect for what they have done.

Bledisloe Cup Players To Watch

Israel Folau is the best player in the Wallabies side, by a mile, and that was clearly evident during the recent Super Rugby Finals Series. But for some Australians, he’s a polarizing figure because of his recent strong stance on a certain social issue. Just the same, if Australia are to win the goods, Folau needs the ball in his hands as often as possible, and you can enjoy watching the Bledisloe Cup live online.

Kieran Read has been an unbelievable captain since the retirement of Richie McCaw but you’d have to question how match fit he is given a knee injury saw him miss quite a large chunk of the Super Rugby Season for the Crusaders along with the three-test series against France. His leadership on the field in the forward pack is absolutely vital to the All Blacks. They proved too good for France, but Australia with a young, vibrant forward pack, will prove different gravy.

Another Australian player that should be watched quite closely is Bernard Foley, who has really stood up in recent weeks, leading the NSW Waratahs superbly as skipper and he was one of the real stars in their Quarter Final win, showing unbelievable poise with the ball in hand. That will be needed for the Wallabies if they are any chance of winning this series, especially game one. If he folds under the pressure, then the All Blacks will open them right up.

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The 2018 State of Origin Series

The 2018 State of Origin Series

Welcome to The Roar‘s coverage of the 2018 State of Origin series, including news, previews, video, highlights and team announcements. We’ll be updating this page daily as the latest news breaks.

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In 2018, one game will be played in Melbourne, followed by games in Sydney and Brisbane.

New South Wales will head into the series with a new coach as Brad Fittler takes the reigns from Laurie Daley. Kevin Walters will again coach the Maroons after a successful 2017 series.

The Maroons have won 11 of the last 12 series, but will head into 2018 without stalwarts of that success Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

The fixtures for the 2018 State of Origin series were announced in November.

Date Time (AEDT) Home Away Venue
Game 1 Wed Jun 6 8:00 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Melbourne Cricket Ground
Game 2 Sun Jun 24 8:00 PM New South Wales Blues Queensland Maroons ANZ Stadium, Homebush
Game 3 Wed Jul 11 8:00 PM Queensland Maroons New South Wales Blues Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

*Important note – most Origin games commence later than this time. The exact kick-off, after the Australian national anthem is performed, and TV specials are completed, is closer to 8:15pm.

2017 State of Origin series

In 2017, Queensland won the series making it 11 series wins in the last 12 years after taking a dominant 22-6 victory over NSW at Suncorp Stadium, with Valentine Holmes scoring three tries.

Holmes scored two tries in the first half of Game 3 to give Queensland a 12-0 advantage at half time. A Josh Dugan try brought it back to 12-6, but a third from Holmes and one from Jarrod Wallace saw Queensland run away with a 22-6 series-deciding victory.

Queensland’s Dane Gagai was awarded the Wally Lewis Medal for player of the series, becoming just the first winger in the history of Origin to take home the award.

Earlier in the series, the Blues cruised to a 28-4 Game 1 win in Brisbane before the Maroons hit back with a nailbiting 18-16 win in Game 2 in Sydney to set up the decider, courtesy of a last-gasp Johnathan Thurston conversion after Dane Gagai scored two tries in the second half.

History and format

Considered by many as the pinnacle of rugby league, State Of Origin is one of Australia’s premier sporting events, played in front of sold-out stadiums. The series itself is contested between New South Wales and Queensland, who have formed an epic rivalry that has resulted in some of the toughest and most skilful games ever.

Since its inception in 1980, the results between NSW and QLD had been extraordinarily even, contributing further to the competition’s success, until a 12-year streak in which Queensland have won 11 series. Overall the Maroons have won 24 series compared to the Blues’ 13.

In recent years, State of Origin has been played on Wednesday nights, spaced three weeks apart. In 2018 though, the second game of the series will be played as a stand alone game on Sunday night in Sydney. The first and third games will remain on Wednesday nights.

Year-by-year Origin history

2017 series

2017 Game 1: New South Wales made a positive start to the series, clinching a 28-4 victory away from home.

2017 Game 2: The Maroons returned the favour during Game 2 though, coming from behind in the second half to win 18-16.

2017 Game 3: The Blues never recovered as they travelled north for Game 3, looking like a shell of the team they were in the first game of the series, eventually going down 22-6 to lose another series.

2016 series

2016 Game 1: The first game of the series saw Queensland take a low-scoring 6-4 victory away from home.

2016 Game 2: Queensland wrapped up the series in straight sets. It was another tight affair, but more open with more points as the Maroons clinnched a 26-16 victory.

2016 Game 3: New South Wales picked up a consolation victory in Game 3, taking an 18-14 victory with a miracle try on the buzzer.

2015 series – how it happened

2015 Game 1: Queensland won the first match of the State of Origin series 11-10, at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

2015 Game 2: A record 91,514 fans packed the MCG in Melbourne. NSW won the match 26-18 thanks to a heroic performance from Michael Jennings, forcing a decider which was played in Brisbane.

2015 Game 3: 52,500 people were in Suncorp Stadium to witness a complete domination from the Maroons, who won 52-6. The 46-point win was the biggest winning margin in Queensland Origin history.

2014 series – how it happened

Game 1 of the 2014 series on May 28 saw the two teams take to Suncorp Stadium. The build-up was as tense, and when the teams took the park the action was ferocious.

Despite an early Darius Boyd try, New South Wales enjoyed the ascendency in the first half, with tries to Brett Morris and Jarryd Hayne seeing them take a 10-4 lead.

As the second half began, a penalty goal took the Blues to a 12-4 lead, but Darius Boyd’s second try brought the game back to life. The Blues however didn’t relent, and managed to hold off at fast-finishing Queensland to win 12-8.

Game 2 was competitive, controversial, and full of niggle, which made for a low-scoring contest. But NSW’s 6-4 win resulted in their first series victory over Queensland since 2005.

Queensland took two penalty goals either side of halftime through Johnathan Thurston. But Trent Hodkinson managed to convert pressure into points for the Blues, when after five consecutive sets attacking the Queensland line he slipped through the Maroons’ defence for the only try of the match.

There was a controversial moment at the end of the match, with the ball brushing Aaron Woods before going dead on the full, but the Blues were awarded a penalty, and held on for the win and the series victory.

Game 3 was a ‘dead rubber’ by name, but was still played with passion, pride and intensity. It showed the Queensland team of old, as the Maroons piled on five tries to thrash the Blues 32-8.

Although they only took a 6-2 lead into halftime, the win was built on the back of an opening half where NSW were forced to get through a mountain of defensive work. As a result, the Maroons managed four tries in a clinic of attacking play in the second half.

Tries to Aiden Guerra, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd and Cooper Cronk saw the Maroons home in a thrashing, but it didn’t stop Blues skipper Paul Gallen from holding aloft the shield after the match in front of 50,000 Queenslanders.

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Munster vs Racing 92 and Leinster vs Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final fixtures confirmed

Munster vs Racing 92 and Leinster vs Scarlets Champions Cup semi-final fixtures confirmed

Details of Munster’s and Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final fixtures have been confirmed by tournament organisers this afternoon, prompting the usual rush to book planes, trains, automobiles and hotel rooms by supporters from both provinces.

Munster will, as had been expected, play on Sunday, April 22, at Bordeaux’s Stade Chaban-Delmas. Kick-off has been pencilled in for 4.15pm French time and the game will be shown in Ireland on BT Sports for those left behind.

Leinster face Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin the day before. Kick-off there is set for 3.30pm.

Dawson travel and Lee travel will both have day trips and overnight packages to Bordeaux available from Cork. Both companies will have packages available either before close of business today or by Wednesday lunchtime.

Demand is already high. Close to 400 people have already registered interest in packages on Facebook with Dawson Travel alone, many for parties of two or three people at a pop.

Ryanair has added two extra flights to Bordeaux for Munster’s match.

An extra Cork to Bordeaux flight will leave at 13.40 on April 20, with an added Bordeaux to Cork flight departing at 10.05am (local time) on April 23.

Champions Cup semi-finals (Kick-offs local time):

Saturday, 21 April

Leinster Rugby v Scarlets

Aviva Stadium (Dublin) 3.30pm

Sky Sports / beIN SPORTS

Sunday, 22 April

Racing 92 v Munster Rugby

Stade Chaban-Delmas (Bordeaux) 16.15

FR2 / BT Sport / beIN SPORTS

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How to Watch Six Nations 2019 Online From Anywhere – England vs Ireland Live Stream

How to Watch Six Nations 2019 Online From Anywhere – England vs Ireland Live Stream

It is time for the Six Nations Championship, and rugby fans all around the globe are looking forward to feasting their eyes on one of Rugby’s most exciting competitions.

Sadly, many rugby fans living around the world cannot easily watch the Six Nations Championship. Rugby is not particularly popular in many countries, which means that TV stations don’t purchase the rights to the tournament. The good news is that with a Virtual Private Network for Sports (VPN for Sports), anybody can stream Six Nations online from anywhere! A VPN lets you do this by allowing you to pretend to be in a different country.

How to Live Stream Six Nations Rugby on iPlayer or ITV Hub with a VPN

Unblocking the Six Nations is extremely easy. Just follow these simple steps to pretend to be in the UK:

  1. Choose a VPN service. To stream Six Nations rugby, we recommend ExpressVPN, because it has fast servers in the UK that will let you watch the Rugby in HD.
  2. If you prefer having a few more options check out our 5 Best VPNs for Sports list.
  3. Click through to your chosen VPN’s website and subscribe.
  4. Install the VPN software on your PC, laptop, Mac, Android or iOS device. ExpressVPN allows you to install the VPN software on three devices to watch Six nations on any of them.
  5. Connect to a server in the UK.
  6. Head over to either the BBC or ITV online player and watch the rugby live for free!

Round 5 Super Saturday Six Nations

It is time for the final weekend of the Six Nations Cup! Although Ireland already won overall with a match to spare, Super Saturday is going to be a tense thriller. That is because the England team has the chance to stop Ireland winning every match to get the grand slam.

Of course, considering the form they are in, it seems likely that Ireland will manage to win their final match. Especially considering that the UK already lost to France and Scotland. However, England does have the home advantage: so you never know!

You can use a VPN to watch the action for free on ITV Hub at 14:45 GMT.

How to watch the Six Nations in USA

Watching the Six Nations in the USA is as simple as watching it anywhere else! By simply following the steps in the guide above and connecting to a UK server, you are able to hide your true location and pretend to be in the UK. This means that you will have a valid UK IP in order to access both ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer – both of which show Rugby Six Nations matches – from across the pond!

If you’re looking to watch the 6 Nations from Australia take a look at our 5 top VPNs for Australia article.

Where Can I Watch 6 Nations Rugby Online?

The good news for Rugby fans is that you will be able to watch all of the Rugby for free: no matter where you are. This is because all the matches are available on Freeview terrestrial British TV channels.

All 15 of the matches are being shown on either the UK’s BBC or ITV channels. This means that you will be able to watch all of the Rugby on BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub online. Easy peasy!

However, as you probably know, both those British online streaming players are geo-restricted for UK residents only. This means you will need a VPN to tune in and watch the Six Nations live.

getrugbystream.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

Other Places to Watch The Six Nations

Just in case you prefer to watch a Six Nations Rugby with a different nation’s commentary here are some other TV stations that will be showing Six Nations live. You can use a VPN to watch any of these options. Simply connect to a VPN server in the country of your choice.

  • S4C (Wales)
  • FR2 (France)
  • TV3 (Ireland)
  • DMAX (Italy)
  • NBC (USA)
  • BBC (UK)
  • ITV (UK)

If you want to watch the rugby on NBC from outside of the US, we strongly recommend watching it on the online streaming service Sling TV. Sling TV can be purchased on a month by month basis without a contract. It also provides a 7-day free trial: so you can watch the first weekend of rugby for free.

Sling TV is only available in the US, you will need to connect to a VPN server inside the US to watch this pay-per-view option. Overall, we recommend the UK options as they are free.

getrugbystream.com does not condone copyright infringement. While we are aware that VPNs can be used to spoof your location to another country, and thus overcome geo-restrictions, their primary purpose is to provide you with online security and privacy. First and foremost, this is why we recommend using a VPN.

Who Competes in the Six Nations Championship?

The Five Nations Championship was actually the successor to the Home Nations Championship, which ran from 1883 to 1939. At that time the name was changed to the Five Nations because of the introduction of France into the competition. Since then, Italy has also been added to the competition (in the year 2000) bringing the teams in the competition to a total of six:

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales.

For Sponsorship reasons, the tournament is actually currently called the NatWest 6 Nations.

When is the NatWest 6 Nations?

The 2019 Six Nations Championship takes place from Saturday, February 1st until Saturday, March 17th. Fans of Rugby Union are treated to 5 action-packed weekends of international Rugby!

The final Saturday of the competition is known as ‘Super Saturday’: so known because all three of the final matches happen on the same day!

Six Nations Rugby Fixtures

All times are shown in GMT. Please adjust accordingly to watch the matches overseas.

ROUND ONE

  • France vs Wales: Friday 1st February 2019 Stade de France, Paris Kick off: 8:00pm, BBC
  • Scotland vs Italy: Saturday 2nd February 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm, BBC
  • Ireland vs England: Saturday 2nd February 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick off: 4:45pm, ITV.

ROUND TWO

  • Scotland vs Ireland: Saturday 9th February 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm , ITV
  • Italy vs Wales: Saturday 9th February 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 4:45pm, ITV
  • England vs France: Sunday 10th February 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC

ROUND THREE

  • France Scotland: Saturday 23rd February 2019 Stade de France, Paris Kick off: 2:15pm, ITV
  • Wales vs England: Saturday 23rd February 2019 Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick off: 4:45pm, BBC
  • Italy vs Ireland: Sunday 24th February 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC

ROUND FOUR

  • Scotland vs Wales: Saturday 9th March 2019 BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick off: 2:15pm, ITV
  • England vs Italy: Saturday 9th March 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 4:45pm, BBC
  • Ireland vs France: Sunday 10th March 2019 Aviva Stadium, Dublin Kick off: 3:00pm, BBC

ROUND FIVE (Super Saturday)

  • Italy vs France: Saturday 16th March 2019 Stadio Olimpico, Rome Kick off: 12:30pm, ITV
  • Wales vs Ireland: Saturday 16th March 2019 Principality Stadium, Cardiff Kick off: 2:45pm, ITV
  • England vs Scotland: Saturday 16th March 2019 Twickenham Stadium, London Kick off: 5:00pm, BBC
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NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17

NBC to Air Ireland vs England Rugby 6 Nations Live StreamMatch March 17
Six Nations Rugby

The final round of the Six Nations Rugby Championship goes down March 17, and NBC will air England versus Ireland on tape delay at noon ET that day. A win for Ireland would see the squad win every match it played in this year’s competition, which Ireland has attained just twice in the history of the championship, which goes back over a century.

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NBC Sports’s presentation of Ireland versus England will also be shown on WPIX New York at noon ET, due to preemptions by WNBC’s coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

Live coverage starts at 8:30 a.m. ET March 17 on NBCSN, as Italy plays Scotland, then CNBC has Wales versus France at 1 p.m. ET.

Streaming service NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of Ireland versus England on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET, as well as the other Six Nations matches. NBC sells the service, which includes other elite-level rugby action, for $59.99.

 

NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will anchor studio coverage alongside analysts Alex Corbisiero, who played for England, and former USA Rugby captain Dan Lyle.

The annual Six Nations Championship consists of 15 matches played in a round-robin format between England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

Ireland has clinched the 2018 Six Nations title by virtue of its 4-0 record, with wins over France, Wales, Italy and Scotland.

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Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

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Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The Six Nations is nearly upon us, so take a look at what games are being televised where, to make sure you don’t miss any of the action

 

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

The pinnacle of Test rugby, the Six Nations, in the northern hemisphere has rolled around again so to make sure you miss none of the action, Rugby World has compiled an information page with the games and where they will be televised.

Men’s Six Nations

In the Men’s Six Nations Championship the games are shared between BBC and ITV this year. But importantly, it all revolves around who is playing at home.

So, if England, Italy, and Ireland are playing at home, then the game will be televised on ITV.

However, if France, Scotland, and Wales are, then the BBC is televising the match.

Six Nations TV Coverage 2018: BBC and ITV Matches

Round 1

Saturday 3rd February Wales v Scotland, 2.15pm – BBC
Saturday 3rd February France v Ireland, 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 4th February Italy v England, 3.00pm – ITV

Round 2
Saturday 10th February, Ireland v Italy, 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th February, England v Wales, 4.45pm – ITV
Sunday 11th February, Scotland v France, 3.00pm – BBC

Round 3
Friday 23nd February, France v Italy, 8.00pm – BBC
Saturday 23rd February, Ireland v Wales, 2.15pm – ITV
Sunday 24th February, Scotland v England, 4.45pm – BBC

Round 4
Saturday 10th March, Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 2.15pm – ITV
Saturday 10th March, France v England, Saturday 4.45pm – BBC
Sunday 11th March, Wales v Italy, Sunday 3.00pm – BBC

Round 5
Saturday 17th March, Italy v Scotland, Saturday 12.30pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, England v Ireland, Saturday 2.45pm – ITV
Saturday 17th March, Wales v France, Saturday 5.00pm – BBC

Women’s Six Nations 

Additionally, every single England game in the women’s tournament is being televised on Sky Sports.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 18.00

03/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

04/02/2018 – Italy vs England – Sky Sports – 17.30

Round 2

10/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 12.15

10/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.05

11/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 13.00

Round 3

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – Sky Sports – 19.05

24/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 20.00

25/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 15.00

Round 4

10/03/2018 – France vs England – Sky Sports – 20.00

11/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales (tbc) – 11.45

11/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 13.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 17.30

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 18.00 (tbc)

18/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 15.00

U20 Six Nations 

As you would expect the Under-20 competition has limited television coverage, but there are still a few games for you to sit back and enjoy.

Round 1

02/02/2018 – Italy vs England – 18.00

02/02/2018 – France vs Ireland – 20.00

02/02/2018 – Wales vs Scotland – BBC Wales – 20.15

Round 2

09/02/2018 – Ireland vs Italy – 19.15

09/02/2018 – England vs Wales – Sky Sports – 19.45

09/02/2018 – Scotland vs France – 19.45

Round 3

23/02/2018 – France vs Italy – 17.45

23/02/2018 – Ireland vs Wales – 19.15

23/02/2018 – Scotland vs England – 19.30

Round 4

09/03/2018 – Ireland vs Scotland – 19.15

09/03/2018 – Wales vs Italy – BBC Wales – 19.15

09/03/2018 – France vs England – 20.00

Round 5

16/03/2018 – Italy vs Scotland – 14.00

16/03/2018 – England vs Ireland – Sky Sports – 20.00

16/03/2018 – Wales vs France – 20.15

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