Karmichael Hunt: the ARU and QRU announcement 

The ARU and QRU have just announced the following punishment for Karmichael Hunt arising out of today’s guilty plea:

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) today suspended Karmichael Hunt for six weeks and fined him $30,000.

The statement then goes on to say:

As Karmichael has already been made unavailable for selection for two weeks, he will return to competitive Rugby…

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Bond University Queensland Country NRC squad announced

The Bond University Queensland Country 35-man squad was announced today at a launch event held on campus by naming rights partner Bond University. The inaugural season of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) which begins on August 21, is a new domestic rugby competition, involving nine teams from across Australia and will provide another link in players’ development pathway towards Super Rugby and ultimately Wallabies selection.

17 players within the Queensland Country squad were either born or brought up in country Queensland or have passed through the Queensland Country pathway on their way to selection in this squad.

12 capped Queensland Reds players have been named in the 35-man squad captained by Anthony Fainga'a, who was recently the vice-captain of the Reds in their Super Rugby clash against the Melbourne Rebels. Other Reds include Anthony’s twin brother Saia, Blake Enever, Scott Gale, Mike Harris, Greg Holmes, Sam Johnson, Ben Lucas, Beau Robinson and Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Bond University Rugby Club (BURC) Locks 26-year-old Cameron Bracewell and 33-year-old Rubin Fuimaono have also been named in the squad along with current Wallabies and Queensland Reds, and former BURC, Prop James Slipper.

Slipper volunteered his time this morning for a mentoring session with Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarship student and BURC Colts Prop Sam Clifton. James and Sam who both attended TSS on the Gold Coast were joined by Zac Barlett from Townsville (who joined the Colts this season after a switch from rugby league) mentored by Wallabies and Queensland Country Lock Rob Simmons.

Bond University Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Brailsford said that Bond had a proud history of links to rugby dating back to when the University was first launched in May 1989 where it only took four weeks before the first Bond rugby club was formed.

He said the University had a natural affinity with a Queensland Country team as many of Bond’s students came from regional areas throughout Queensland.

“To have the Queensland Country team branded as Bond University and to have the inaugural game played here at Bond and to have several Bond rugby players selected in the team is very exciting. We thank the Queensland Rugby Union and the Queensland Country Rugby Union Association for the opportunity,” he said.

“With the new national competition involving nine teams, talented young athletes now have a pathway through school, onto university and then through the ranks of rugby union right through to the national level.“

Bond University Queensland Country will begin their campaign on Saturday August 30, against the NSW Country Eagles at Bond University.

For more infomration about Bond University Queensland Country, visit the official website.

For information on Bond University’s John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship, visit bond.edu.au

Karmichael Hunt: In the interest of clarity

The Queensland Reds’ posted a statement this afternoon about the revelations regarding Karmichael Hunt. In that statement the following point is made:

Karmichael has not been arrested or charged. He has received a notice to appear.

Either the Queensland Reds have not been furnished with the Notice to Appear or they are receiving very poor legal advice because that statement is patently wrong!


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Rugby: Another day, another player is off to France

Rugby: Another day, another player is off to France #rugby #rocket

Rod Davies has signed to play rugby for the next two seasons with Biarritz Olympique in France. It is a very sad, more to the point another sad, day for Queensland and Australian rugby fans.  Sad in two respects:

  1. Rod Davies is a talismatic player for the Reds.  When he is on the field and the ball is in his hands the crowd lifts.  You can almost here the fans, me included, thinking and saying “go…

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RugbyU: Reds withdraw from Cooper talks amid French interest

The Queensland Rugby Union said Sunday they were withdrawing their contract offer to Wallaby playmaker Quade Cooper opening the way for his move to French club Toulon.

The Reds, coming off a disastrous Super Rugby season with just four wins and some big-name player defections, said they would not attempt to retain Cooper for the 2016 season and beyond.

It was reported that when Cooper travelled overseas in April he signed a pre-commitment to join French side Toulon after the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales later this year.

But the Reds said he had continued to demonstrate a genuineness to remain with the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.

The club said Cooper’s management has since been in negotiations with QRU and Australian Rugby Union.

“However, due to events over the last few weeks, QRU CEO Jim Carmichael said the organisation was no longer willing to participate in what has been an ongoing process with Cooper’s management,” a club statement said.

“While both the QRU and ARU have worked tirelessly in an attempt to accommodate the requirements of his management, the QRU has been disappointed in a number of factors throughout this drawn-out negotiation process, including his recent trip to France and what we believe are unrealistic expectations made by his management,” Carmichael said.

“QRU has been flexible in its attempts to retain Quade, offering significant remuneration and being understanding of his boxing ambitions and supportive in relation to the possibility of sabbatical options.

"We have come to the difficult decision that the investment we have made previously and were prepared to continue to make has not been recognised, particularly when taking into account our commitment to him over a very long period of time.

"As a consequence, we are no longer prepared to be involved in any further discussions as this will leave the organisation further exposed.”

In 10 seasons with Queensland, Cooper played 107 games and scored 772 points since making his debut in 2006.

Cooper, 27, has also achieved the milestones of 100 caps for Queensland and the overall Super Rugby points scoring record for the Reds. He has played 53 Tests and scored 126 points for the Wallabies.

Cooper has had a run of serious injuries in recent years, including a knee reconstruction in late 2011, surgery on an AC joint injury in 2014, a fractured collar bone during pre-season training this year and a fractured scapula in just his second game back from injury in April.