Rugby Union

Tue 21 May 2019

Wallabies great George Smith retires from the game at 38

Wallabies great George Smith retires from the game at 38

Former Wallabies flanker George Smith has retired from rugby, ending a career notable for its quality and longevity

Latu grilled over alleged drink driving

premium_icon Latu grilled over alleged drink driving

Tolu Latu is facing further disciplinary action after being grilled by Rugby Australia’s integrity unit for being ­ charged with ­allegedly drink driving.

Folau’s sacking isn’t a win for gay Australians

premium_icon Folau’s sacking isn’t a win for gay Australians

As a gay man and avid rugby fan, you’d think I’d be cheering to see Israel Folau lose his job. But actually, I’m terrified, writes Simon Copland.

Mon 20 May 2019

‘No confidence:’ Folau rejects chance to appeal sacking

premium_icon ‘No confidence:’ Folau rejects chance to appeal sacking

Israel Folau’s Australian rugby career is officially over, after the disgraced star opted against appealing his sacking. But the saga is far from finished.

The Hammers biggest stress in the 2019 season

premium_icon The Hammers biggest stress in the 2019 season

The Gympie Hammers have had a successful season but as the club continues to grow the new challenge is to secure a permanent home ground.

Folau silent as appeal window slams shut

Folau silent as appeal window slams shut

ISRAEL Folau has failed to even contact Rugby Australia during his 72-hour appeal window, forcing the governing body to take immediate action.

Shock Folau revelation as D-Day looms

Shock Folau revelation as D-Day looms

Israel Folau is running out of time to launch his appeal to Rugby Australia’s termination, but the star may be right where he wants to be.

Rookie running Red hot with Cup chance

premium_icon Rookie running Red hot with Cup chance

One door closes. One door opens. With Tolu Latu booted out of the Wallabies’ World Cup training camp, young Reds hooker Alex Mafi is now right on their radar.

Sun 19 May 2019

Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp

premium_icon Latu kicked out of Wallabies camp

Tolu Latu has been booted out of the Wallabies’ World Cup training camp in Brisbane after being arrested and charged with drink driving.

Folau appeal hits major setback

Folau appeal hits major setback

Israel Folau’s legal challenge against his Rugby Australia termination is already off to a shaky start as Raelene Castle unloaded.

Cops find rugby star ‘slumped behind the wheel’

premium_icon Cops find rugby star ‘slumped behind the wheel’

Rugby Australia has been hit with another off-field scandal with a Test hooker who has been charged with drink driving.

Waratahs extend streak as kicking costs gallant Reds

premium_icon Waratahs extend streak as kicking costs gallant Reds

Not since Kevin Rudd was prime minister have the Reds beaten the Waratahs and a costly goalkicking display has created more heartache for Brad Thorn’s team.

Sat 18 May 2019

Israel Folau: Plan may run afoul of church tax laws

premium_icon Israel Folau: Plan may run afoul of church tax laws

The ATO will monitor donations given to Israel Folau's church to assess whether the money is used to fund his expected legal challenge against Rugby Australia.

No winners in the Folau saga? That’s rubbish

premium_icon No winners in the Folau saga? That’s rubbish

Plenty of people have written there’s no winners in the battle between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia. There’s at least two winners, writes Mike Colman

Israel Folau hits back with Insta post after sacking

Israel Folau hits back with Insta post after sacking

An understandably gutted Israel Folau has issued a parting jab at Rugby Australia shortly after his official axing from the Wallabies.

Fri 17 May 2019

Sacked: Rugby Australia tears up Folau contract

premium_icon Sacked: Rugby Australia tears up Folau contract

ISRAEL Folau is expected to launch action against Rugby Australia in the Supreme Court after his $4 million contract was officially terminated today.

Thu 16 May 2019

Back from a broken neck: All Blacks star’s remarkable return

Back from a broken neck: All Blacks star’s remarkable return

Flanker Sam Cane’s remarkable bid to resume his All Blacks career begins this weekend when he returns to rugby seven months after breaking his neck

Revealed: 11th-hour bungle created Folau mess

Revealed: 11th-hour bungle created Folau mess

Fresh details have emerged of Rugby Australia’s mishandling of Israel Folau’s contract, as the cross-code star awaits a decision on his future

Izzy’s likely successor says he’s up to the challenge

premium_icon Izzy’s likely successor says he’s up to the challenge

If Israel Folau’s contract is torn up, Haylett-Petty, the frontrunner to replace him as Wallabies fullback, believes Australia can still win the World Cup.

Wed 15 May 2019

Folau’s cryptic message on verdict D-Day

Folau’s cryptic message on verdict D-Day

Israel Folau has sent a cryptic message by deleting his Instagram profile picture just hours out from his reported contract termination D-Day

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