Month: September 2019

Puel: Albrighton needs surgery on hamstring injury

Marc Albrighton signed a new Leicester City contract in January but has suffered a more disappointing month in February Claude Puel has confirmed Marc Albrighton needs surgery on a hamstring injury and may not return until the end of the season. The winger signed a new contract last month but may not be able to…

By NIKESHOE September 30, 2019 0

Crusaders vs Reds: Five things we learned

What are we talking about after the Reds’ loss to the Crusaders?  1. Backline spark missing It was discussed all week how big of a loss Samu Kerevi would be to the Reds and it showed tonight. The powerful centre may have made a difference in the first half when the Reds dominated possession but…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Desperate Waratahs set for change

The Waratahs will meet a winless Rebels side in Melbourne on Friday night, but NSW defence coach Nathan Grey says it’s NSW that will be most desperate for a win. Melbourne pushed the top-of-the-table Chiefs side for much of the game last Friday night and though they might be keen to respond with an emphatic…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Gill claims second straight Pilecki Medal

Flanker Liam Gill has taken out the Stan Pilecki Medal for a second straight season, the Reds announced on Tuesday. While his victory this time around wasn’t quite the record tally of 2015, after missing the first month of the season with a back injury, Gill finished a comfortable winner with 282 votes, ahead of…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Holmes to get Suncorp swansong

Reds captain James Slipper will not play the final Super Rugby match of the year, after failing to overcome a sternum injury, but a handful of Reds including veteran Greg Holmes will get a Suncorp farewell. Slipper went off early in the Reds’ match against the Chiefs last weekend with the injury, that he said…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Brumbies vs Force: Five things we learned

What are we talking about after the Brumbies topped the Australian conference?  1. Finals quirk in Brumbies favour The Brumbies did enough on Saturday night to earn themselves the top spot in the Australian conference and a home final against the Highlanders. It is a result that reflects the Australian pecking order in many senses,…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Rebel Maddocks all about learning and earning

Melbourne Rebels young gun Jack Maddocks says he wants to earn his Super Rugby debut the hard way after his shock call-up to the bench late last season. Click Here: Cardiff Blues Store Rated one of rugby’s hottest properties, Maddocks joined Melbourne for a few training sessions in July just two weeks after signing but…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

'He was overwhelming' – Gundogan names 'incredible' Gotze as most memorable team-mate

The Germany international was wowed by his compatriot during his time in the Bundesliga Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has opened up on players who have shaped his career, naming former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Mario Gotze as ‘incredible’ and ‘overwhelming’ amongst a list of the game’s greats. Gundogan swapped Germany for England in 2016 and has…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0

Lions vs Reds: Five things we learned

The Reds were comprehensively thrashed by the Lions in Johannesburg tonight. Here’s what we learned from the 44-14 drubbing. 1. Reds yet to walk the talk The high profile names brought back to Ballymore over the summer generated plenty of pre-season buzz but the Reds are yet to deliver. There were hopes the likes of…

By NIKESHOE September 29, 2019 0