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No Lealiifano for the start of the Brumbies season

By 13 December 2013

We either don’t have a coach, or we have two coaches. Or half the team has one coach and half the team has another coach.
And we don’t have a CEO.
Now the ABC reports that the Brumbies will also have to make do without Christian Lealiifano after his ankle surgery:
Lealiifano is not expected to be [...]

Lealiifano to go under the knife. 2014 in doubt

By 5 December 2013

The Roar have the worrying news that the Brumbies, already without a coach (oh yay, two coaches you say?), and with no CEO, are in danger of losing their goal kicker and pivot for next season too:
Wallabies centre Christian Lealiifano will have surgery on his ankle next week with a date for his return [...]

Raiders a more valuable brand than the Brumbies?

By 5 December 2013

Brand Finance have some interesting news on the value of Australian sporting brands.
I’m buggered if I can see how the Penrith Panthers have the most valuable sporting brand in the country but I guess I don’t live in Western Sydney.
I do, however, live in Canberra so I’m a bit surprised to see the Raiders make [...]

Footballers will attempt to wrap your presents to raise money for charity

By 4 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Footballers will attempt to wrap your presents to raise money for charity

[ 7 December 2013; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ]

Known for their delicate touch, their love of craft, and their impeccable attention to aesthetic detail, a meat-tray (that’s the collective noun) of footballers will graciously punch, chew on, slam dunk, wrap your Christmas presents for you in exchange for a gold coin donation to charity.

It’s the thought that counts.

I joke, but this is a [...]

Where once we had a coat of arms now we have a logo

By 3 December 2013

This just tweeted by the Brumbies:
Proud to have the ACT logo taking pride of place on the front of our 2014 jersey. #CBR #proudtobeabrumby pic.twitter.com/Rlhvboco4r
— UC Brumbies (@BrumbiesRugby) November 29, 2013

Like the Time Lords the Rugby Championship is coming back

By 24 November 2013

The SMH brings word that as we celebrate the unexpected resurrection of Gallifrey (if you cared enough to worry about spoilers you’d have been up at 6.50am to watch) the Australian Rugby Championship is also going out for another gallop and Canberra’s involved!
The competition, to be called the ”National Rugby Championship”, or NRC, would be [...]

Fagan quits the Brumbies

By 22 November 2013

The CT’s sports man Chris Dutton has tweeted that the Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan has quit.
Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan has quit his job as the club's boss
— Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) November 22, 2013

We’ll have more as it comes in.
UPDATE: The Brumbies have now made a statement:
University of Canberra Brumbies Chief Executive Andrew Fagan has [...]

Brumbies keep their noses clean in the slaughter of the Wallabies

By 18 November 2013

Rugby Heaven has the astonishing news of mass sackings of the Wallabies for breaking team rules in Dublin.
Considering how well they played against Ireland it’s a hell of a turnaround.
Most pleasing for Brumbies fans only two of our players have received so much as a verbal reprimand as the stand downs and written warnings have [...]

David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

By 12 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

[ 17 November 2013; 11:00 am; ]

Talk radio listening wing nuts are both enraged and confused today as one of their beloved sports people has strayed from their blinkered delusional orthodoxy, in this case the Brumbies expensive bench warmer and long ago Wallabies flanker David Pockock who’s made the above video for GetUp!’s Canberra Day of Climate Action:

On 17th November, tens [...]

And now a word from Matt Toomua

By 11 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
And now a word from Matt Toomua

Brumbies star Matt Toomua has been roped in for #AskAWallaby for the ARU and it’s nice to hear the man talk:
In the second episode of #AskAWallaby, ARU TV speak to Qantas Wallabies Inside Centre Matt Toomua

Put down the controller and develop your rugby talent!

By 7 November 2013

If you’re still in school and love rugby then get into the Brumbies rugby talent development program: (I don’t work for Tones, I can spell it how I like)
The University of Canberra Brumbies are calling on applications for the Brumbies Talent Development Camp which aims to improve the skills of ACT rugby players between the [...]

Spineless Brumbies squib the coaching decision

By 1 November 2013

The Canberra Times reports on abject gutlessness from the Brumbies management.
The ACT Brumbies will break tradition to unveil a two-pronged coaching combination, backing club great Stephen Larkham as head coach and promoting Laurie Fisher to director of rugby to guide them glory.
The Brumbies will announce on Friday that Larkham and Fisher will team up to [...]

Jake White still not making any sense

By 18 October 2013

The Canberra Times has a lengthy article devoted to shock departure Jake White’s reasons for quitting the Brumbies halfway through his contract and taking up with another team in the same competition.
‘‘The bottom line is I just wanted to move on. Families allow family members to move on. It happens. A lot of the guys [...]

75 years of rugby in the ACT

By 16 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
75 years of rugby in the ACT

Brumby Jack has just uploaded a tribute video to 75 years of rugby in the Australian Capital Territory:
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of rugby in the ACT and a look back at the great teams and players that helped make ACT Rugby Union what it is today.

Who needs a coach?

By 11 October 2013

On ESPN Scrum Clyde Rathbone is taking some time out from his philosophising to opine that not having a coach is not really a problem:
Clyde Rathbone has said the Brumbies players have “no issue” starting pre-season training without a head coach, insisting that the search for Jake White’s replacement is “irrelevant” to the squad’s preparation.
White [...]

Brumbies fixtures for 2014

By 8 October 2013

Sanzar has unveiled next year’s draw for the Super Rugby championships in which our Brumbies want to go one better.
The home games are:
– Saturday 22 February, Brumbies v. Reds
– Saturday 15 March, Brumbies v. Waratahs
– Saturday 22 March, Brumbies v. Stormers
– Friday 4 April, Brumbies v. Blues
– Friday 25 April, Brumbies v. Chiefs
– Saturday 10 [...]

Jake White coaching the Sharks next year

By 7 October 2013

Keo is reporting that the Brumbies recently former coach is going to be running the Sharks against us next year despite having two more years on his Brumbies contract.
Class act.

If the coach has no loyalty why should the captain?

By 1 October 2013

Perhaps in an inevitable aftermath of Jake White deciding his contract wasn’t worth much News has word of the possibility Brumbies Captain Ben Mowen could be off to France because the Australian Rugby Union is cheaping out on him:
Mowen is understood to be frustrated because he is not receiving a top-up contract from the [...]

Rathbone on the Jake White resignation

By 27 September 2013

Over on The Roar the Brumbies Clyde Rathbone, who goes back with Jake over a decade, is holding forth on the Brumbies bombshell news of yesterday:
Jake understands the factors which underpin success in team sports as well as anyone.
He ensures that he surrounds himself with the very best personnel. He pays attention to standards [...]

Jake White signs off. Whither the Brumbies?

By 26 September 2013

In a gut wrenching blow to Brumbies fans word has emerged that Super Coach Jake White has quit the club.
Keo.co.za is reporting he’s taking up a job with the Sharks, or possible Clermont.
The Canberra Times is linking him to the Stormers and blaming the decision on the way the Australian coaching job was handled (which [...]

Smith brothers very sorry about Duxton incident

By 23 September 2013

Just for the Raiders fans who think we’re somehow biased we note an ESPN report on a broad spectrum of penalties for two very junior Brumbies who were involved in a very minor incident at Duxton.
Brumbies props Ruan Smith and Jean-Pierre Smith have been fined and forced to undergo counselling after being involved in [...]

Nic White gets his chance for the Wallabies too

By 11 September 2013

In a very big year for the Brumbies the ABC is reporting that scrum half Nic White has knocked off Will Genia for the number 9 jersey.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie dropped the biggest selection bombshell of his short and winless tenure on Wednesday when he relegated stand-in skipper Will Genia to the bench for [...]

Throw it to Ben!

By 11 September 2013

The Rugby Union Players’ Association is tweeting that the Brumbies own Ben Mowen has been named as Captain of Australia:
In just his first year of International Rugby, Ben Mowen has been selected to lead the @QantasWallabies against ARG. pic.twitter.com/OEyFBxjEpo
— RUPA (@RUPAnews) September 11, 2013

Hopefully he can avoid the humiliation of a home defeat at the [...]

Behold the future of Super Rugby

By 31 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Behold the future of Super Rugby

Yesterday I got emailed asking if I’d complete a survey on the future of rugby.
Included was this proposal which they asked very pointed questions as to how I’d feel about it and whether it would get me watching more.
RiotACT’s Tokyo Bureau Chief will be ecstatic.
In that it provides a future for the Brumbies I’m quite [...]

Brumbies want your thoughts on cap design

By 22 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Brumbies want your thoughts on cap design

The Brumbies have facebooked a desire to get the wisdom of the hivemind on their members’ caps for season 2014.
What do you think and what would you do differently?

The Brumbies 2014 cap design I like best is…
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Brumbies 2013 Montage

By 19 August 2013
Brumbies 2013 Montage

2013 was as good a year for the Brumbies as it’s possible to have without actually winning the championship.
Here’s a stunning montage of the year’s highlights.
Brumbies 2013 season mash up highlights montage thingy in full high definition
Check out http://www.rugbyriot.com/
Music: Time- Hans Zimmer (Instrumental Core)
Angels among demons – Instrumental Core

Brumbies the Champions of the World!

By 19 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Brumbies the Champions of the World!

Yahoo reports that the Brumbies have won the World Club Sevens!
Henry Speight scored in the final minute to lift the ACT Brumbies to a 17-14 win over Auckland in the final of the World Club Sevens tournament in London.
Super Rugby wing Speight bagged two tries to lead the Australian side to the inaugural title [...]

Brumbies’ Matt Toomua named as Australia’s starting fly half to take on the All Blacks

By 15 August 2013

The Wallabies have just tweeted the backline for Saturday’s game against New Zealand.
Brumbies five eigth Matt Toomua has been rewarded for his great season with the starting 10 jersey.
CONT. BACKS: Genia, Toomua, O'Connor, Leali'ifano, Ashley-Cooper, Folau and Mogg #AUSvNZL #TRC2013
— Qantas Wallabies (@QantasWallabies) August 15, 2013

Hearty congratulations to him.

UPDATE: The SMH report is now up:
New [...]

George Smith takes out his 10th Brett Robinson Award

By 11 August 2013

The Brumbies have announced the winners from their Presentation Night.
Astonishingly George Smith has taken out the Player’s Player award for the 10th time.
Best Back went to Christian Lealiifano and Ben Mowen was named Best Forward, both richly deserved.

Anthony Milford wants the hell out of Canberra

By 6 August 2013

The Telegraph is all over the Canberra Raiders stoush with their young star Anthony Milford:
THE Canberra Raiders are refusing to negotiate with Anthony Milford, who last night requested to be released from the club via his manager.
Canberra Raiders chief executive Don Furner said the club would wait until season’s end before they discussed the [...]

RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 25

By 5 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
RiotACT Rugby Review Podcast 2013, Episode 25

Rob and I mix up the rugby ideas in Duxton, expound on matters rugby.
The beer for review is the Matilda Bay Ruby Tuesday.
The music this week is by Looking Glass.
You can download it now.

Brumbies go down in a thriller 27 to 22

By 3 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Brumbies go down in a thriller 27 to 22

It went down to the last minute but the Brumbies didn’t have quite enough in the tank to beat the Chiefs in Hamilton despite leading for much of the game.
Great season by a team who seem destined for greater things.
Che has asked me to remind the Brumbies that we’ll be recording the rugby podcast at [...]

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