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Chris Latham suffers serious knee injury

January 8th, 2007

Queensland Reds and Australian fullback Chris Latham could miss the 2007 Super 14 season because of a serious knee injury.

Latham injured his knee during a Reds pre season training session. Preliminary scans point to torn anterior cruciate and medial ligaments. Which will likely require a full knee reconstruction.

Also it will not leave much time to prepare for the Rugby World Cup, which starts in early September.

2007 Tri Nations Fixtures

October 12th, 2006

Sanzar have released the schedule for the 2007 Tri Nations. There will only be six matches played in 2007 so as to give the players a rest before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

The series kicks off on 16 June with South Africa hosting Australia at a venue yet to be confirmed. And finishes on the 21 July with the All Blacks hosting the Wallabies at Eden Park.
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South Africa overpowers Australia

September 10th, 2006

South Africa 24 defeated Australia 16 in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations.

The game was a scrappy encounter with both sides making numerous errors. However the game was won up front with the Springbok forwards overpowering the Australian scrum. Which provided the South African backs with more space than they received previously.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs Australia

September 8th, 2006

South Africa will take on Australia in the last game of the 2006 Tri Nations at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

As far as the Tri Nations points table goes this match won’t make any difference to the positions of the teams. With New Zealand already assured of first place, Australia secure in second place as even if the Springboks with and get a bonus point they will still be behind Australia.
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Lote Tuqiri given a 5 match ban

August 22nd, 2006

Australian winger Lote Tuqiri has been handed a 5 match ban by a Sanzar judicial committee for his dangerous tackle on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw during Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup test match at Eden Park.

Tuqiri will miss the Wallabies final Tri-Nations game against South Africa in three weeks’ time, three games for New South Wales against the Brumbies, the Queensland Reds and the Perth Force next month and the opening game of Australia’s Northern Hemisphere tour in November against the Welsh club Ospreys.

All Blacks seal the Tri-Nations with a late try over Australia

August 19th, 2006

Lock Chris Jack and centre Luke McAlister both scored late tries to hand New Zealand a 34-27 victory over Australia on Saturday. The win gives New Zealand it’s seventh Tri-Nations title.

The Wallabies lead 20 points to 11 at half time.

New Zealand: Tries: Jason Eaton (35), Chris Jack (63), Luke McAlister (68); Conversions: Daniel Carter (64,69); Penalty Goals: Daniel Carter (5,20,47,52,80)

Australia: Tries: Lote Tuqiri (25,72), Rocky Elsom (39); Conversions: Stirling Mortlock (26,40,73); Penalty Goals: Stirling Mortlock (2,16)

George Gregan out for rest of Super 12

April 17th, 2005

Wallabies captain George Gregan will miss the rest of the Super 12 competition after breaking his leg during Saturday night’s 10-6 loss to the Waratahs in Canberra.

Gregan collided with opposition halfback Chris Whitaker in the second half off the game. It was initially thought that his left leg was only badly bruised, but scans later revealed a broken fibula.

He will be out of action for six weeks but is expected to play for the Wallabies when they play their first test of the year against Samoa on June 11 in Sydney.

Justin Harrison suspended for three matches for racial slur

March 21st, 2005

Australian and Waratahs lock Justin Harrison has been suspended for three Super 12 matches for his racial slur against Cats winger Chumani Booithe Cats in South Africa last weekend.

The three match penalty will include the one-match Harrison voluntarily stood down from against the Stormers in Sydney last night. He will miss matches against the Bulls and Crusaders both to be played in Sydney.

Harrison was fined $20,000, but will escape the penalty if he completes an anti-discrimination course run by the anti-discrimination board of NSW and 30 hours of community service.

Justin Harrison apologises for racial slur

March 16th, 2005

Australia and Waratahs lock Justin Harrison has admitted racially abusing Cats winger Chumani Booi in a Super 12 match last weekend.

Harrison issued a statement apologising for his actions after the Cats lodged a complaint over the incident, believing the slur was made Nathan Grey.
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Stephen Larkham out following cancer scare

March 15th, 2005

Australian and Brumbies fly half Stephen Larkham will be out for at least two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous melanoma from his leg.

Larkham expects to be running soon and he hopes to be back in time for the round six match against the Blues in Auckland on April 2. He will miss the Brumbies’ two matches in South Africa.