The 2014 State Of Origin series was something of a nightmare for Queensland. After being strong favourites to continue their eight-year domination over the Blues, they turned around and lost the first two tests and despite a dominant showing in the dead rubber, it was all too little, too late to prevent New South Wales from claiming their first State Of Origin series win since 2006. Continue reading
Glendale Raptors are one of two Pacific Rugby Premiership teams based in the Denver area of Colorado (the other being Denver Barbarians, of course). They are also the newest team competing in the US top flight tournament, having only been established in 2007. Despite their young age, the club have been very successful, however, winning the Division 1 National Championship in 2011 and ending up on the losing side to SFGG in last year’s inaugural Pacific Rugby Premiership Grand Final. Continue reading
The trans-Tasman test match has become a bit of an afterthought in the rugby league calendar in recent years. This annual mid-season match between Australia and New Zealand finds itself sandwiched awkwardly between the razzle-dazzle of the NRL and the blood and thunder passion of State Of Origin, with minimal preparation time and little publicity, and it’ rather suffered as a result. Continue reading
Every year in between the NRL mid-season break and the commencement of the State Of Origin series, a one-off test match is played between New Zealand and Australia. Originally it was known as the ANZAC Test, but since 1999 it was officially referred to as the Trans-Tasman Test. Continue reading
NRL teams, perhaps more than any rugby sides in the world, have a habit of seemingly wearing different jerseys every couple of weeks; it’s only round seven and a handful of teams have already sported three shirts, and we’ve still got the pink-tinged Women In League round to come!
However, it’s great to see a host of unique tops being unveiled for the annual ANZAC Round of fixtures, which this year marks 100 years since the Gallipoli Landings that are now commemorated by Aussies and Kiwis around the world every year on 25th April. The campaign grossly typified the horrendous waste of life and barbaric condition of warfare in World War I, which was keenly felt by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACS) in its first taste of battle, and became a defining moment in the history of the countries, and making 25 April such an important day in the collective conscience of people on both sides of the Tasman Sea. It’s always an important weekend for sporting teams, and this year’s wonderful array of special jerseys demonstrate the point.
The Roosters’ tribute to the ANZACs is a simple, tasteful variation on their home jersey. A silhouette of an ANZAC soldier, head bowed with the trademark slouch hat worn by the corps, rises out of the bottom left corner, with the white background seamlessly fading back into the dark blue of the jersey. Continue reading
We’ve been blown away by the gorgeous shirts Canterbury has produced for the Pacific Rugby Premiership this season, and while the US West Coast competition isn’t of the highest standard, the teams look as good as in any other league in the world. Today we’re checking out the duds of Old Mission Beach Athletic Club RFC, so let’s dive in… Continue reading
It might not be the highest standard of competition, but there’s little doubt that the Pacific Rugby Premiership has showcased some of the most unique and downright lovely jerseys we’ve seen in any league this season. The latest jersey from the tournament we’ll be looking at is San Francisco Golden Gate RFC, so let’s dive in… Continue reading