Connect with us

Player Social

Quade Cooper Shows Kind Side Before Season Opener

Australian international is spotted showing his good character with caring act

Published

on

Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

With only one day to go before the Rebels face the Brumbies in their Super Rugby season opener Quade Cooper has earned some more fans following an incident in Melbourne.

Cooper, who is set to start at fly-half in his debut for the Rebels, was spotted passing by a homeless man in the streets of Melbourne, where he went on to perform a true act of kindness.

Cooper walked into the store that the man was outside and when he returned, he had some food and a drink for the man.

One of his trainers, “Coach Sunz” was on hand to film everything and spoke of his respect for Cooper’s act.

After Cooper’s kind act people where full of praise for him and will be hoping he is repaid with a strong showing alongside half-back partner Will Genia when they take to the field tomorrow.

We’re looking forward to seeing Quade back in Super Rugby action, check out this montage:

Player Social

Will Addison Feeds Ducks

Published

on

Photo from WillAddisonFeedsDucks Instagram

With the evolution of social media, we’ve seen the evolution of parody accounts.

We’ve had ‘Stern Vern Cotter’, ‘Boring Kearney Brothers’, ‘NotGavHenson’ to name a few but the latest phenom is ‘Will Addison Feeds Ducks‘.

The Irish star has been a huge hit since making the move to Ulster this season. His success and enjoyment apparently has not been limited to the pitch but has extended to ponds across Northern Ireland with Will being spotted often with a loaf in hand lobbing bread at hungry ducks.

View this post on Instagram

When you finish training early #downtheduckpond

A post shared by Will’s Duck (@willaddisonfeedsducks) on

There has been reports that Will was naive in his early feeding days, making the assumption that all ducks liked the same type of loaf 🤦‍♂️, totally ignoring cultural taste differences, how ignorant.

North Down resident, John Todd got in touch with us to say he recently saw Will in Crawfords Burn with a loaf of Tesco Value Medium Slicked White Bread but the North Down Ducks simply turned their beaks up at the offering.

“It was a nice gesture to be fair to the young chap but everyone knows that North Down Ducks are conscious of their carb intake and will only eat ‘Hovis Seed Sensations Wholemeal’. ”

It does seem that Will has got his act together and sorted his ‘one loaf fits all’ philosophy as he was again spotted at a pond close to Ballymena launching chunks of Veda bread to the local mallards.

As well as his ever-improving knowledge of localised duck taste preferences, Will is trying to ‘spread his wings’ from purely being a feeder, to a teacher or ‘influencer’ and was papped at a pond close to the Kingspan Stadium with fellow teammate John Cooney.

View this post on Instagram

Don’t get too close when feeding the ducks, John.

A post shared by Will’s Duck (@willaddisonfeedsducks) on

One onlooker said that Will (pictured above wearing jeans & black trainer combo #sneans) was a natural teacher, showing great understanding and knowledge of the pond and feeding techniques as well as making John aware of the dangers involved in duck feeding.

“It was clear to see that Will has a passion for the ducks and desire to see others share that but John just didn’t seem to be as receptive”

View this post on Instagram

Not cool @johncooney00 #willwontbehappy #feedtheducks

A post shared by Will’s Duck (@willaddisonfeedsducks) on

Cooney doesn’t seem to be the only Ulster star getting in on the duck action. Jacob Stockdale has also been rumoured to tinker in duck nourishment all be it with an unorthodox approach at feeding time.

Full kit, “Duck dive”.

Stockdale could prove to be a bigger diehard for ducks than Will with the Irish star revealing his new ‘ink’.

Rumours have been rife in the flock that Addison is secretly raging that Stockdale has beaten him to the chase as he has been planning a full ‘back piece’ of a geometric duck for several months. Stockdale seems to have taken advantage of the Italian ‘walk-ins only’ tattoo model whilst in Rome on the weekend and jumped ahead of Addison. Reports have said that Addison had already paid a deposit for his geometric duck but is now having second thoughts after Stockdale’s ink and could face losing his deposit should he cancel.

Addison reportedly has been furious with the Irish Kit man after learning that their off-field ‘Down Jacket’ is in fact, duck down. Allegedly speaking out in a recent team meeting about how he morally and ethicaly cannot wear ‘duck down’ and how he now sees his fellow teammates as ducks after seeing them donning ‘duck down apparel’.

If rumours are to be believed, Joe Schmidt backed Addison saying;

“If Will is uncomfortable, we have got to respect his views and passion. I’ve been told there is a ‘goose down’ option available so we will look to move to that jacket cause yo if we continue to support the wearing of duck down, then Will can’t feed ducks and there will be no ‘ Will Addison feeds Ducks’ Instagram account and I simply couldn’t live with myself if I was part of that demise.”

While it’s (hopefully) pretty obvious that the majority of the above is complete and utter nonsense. One thing that is for certain is that this account is a complete quacker.

So whoever is the Mastermind(s), keep up the great work!

Make sure and give the profile a follow to keep up with everything Will Addison and his Duck Feeding antics.

Continue Reading

Champions Cup

Savea and Twitter responds to Toulon Boss comments.

Several pro’s have come out in support of Savea.

Published

on

Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

In the strange world we live in, somehow the news that Dan Carter is returning to European Rugby was dwarfed by the comments made by Toulon Boss after his side lost to Agen.

The Toulon boss went on a tirade picking out players for public criticism in an astonishing rant that has to be seen to be believed. You can read all the comments here.

The brunt of the abuse was directed in Julian Savea’s direction.

“I am going to ask for a DNA test,” “Saveaapas not recruited but Savéapas, who had to change him on the plane. I would apologize and I would go home and when you get to that level of play, you have to apologize and leave, maybe it’s just a matter of self-esteem. Is it me who feeds my family or is it the club? “

“I told him he was released, and he was no longer welcome at Toulon! He has got a year left on his contract. He can do what he wants. A year can be long for the club but especially for the player… for me he is released,”

Savea who was talked up as one of the World’s Best Winger over the last few years due to his stunning try scoring ratio with the All Blacks (46 Tries in 54 Tests) has not enjoyed the best of starts to his Toulon career and if the Toulon Boss is serious with his comments, it’s over.

Julian Savea addressed the situation this morning via his Twitter:

Several professional players of past and present have publicly supported Savea via Twitter.

Former Toulon start Drew Mitchell was quick off the mark with his support and included the club and boss in his comments:

Well said my uce just keep on doing what you can control with that positive attitude and you will go along way.— Joe Rokocoko (@J_Rokocoko) February 18, 2019

#onwardsandupwards brother 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) February 18, 2019

The man dox ❤️— NGANI LAUMAPE (@NLaumape) February 18, 2019

Shot uce🔥🔥— Bundee Aki (@bundeeaki12) February 18, 2019

I doubt we’ve heard the last of this situation!

Savea wasn’t the only player targeted, you can read the rest of his comments here.

Continue Reading

Player Social

Irish Club side’s ‘Try of the Month’ move looks familiar… 🤔

Published

on

Image & Footage from Harry Cook TV

The AIL (All Ireland League) is the Premier Club Rugby Competition in Ireland. Current Irish Stars Joey Carberry, Peter O’Mahony, Connor Murray, Jonathan Sexton amongst many others cut their teeth in the AIL before making the move into professional rugby.

Each month the IRFU runs a competition “#AILTry” to find the ‘Try of the Month’ where Clubs tweet their contenders with the hashtag #AILTry.

The latest winner came from Ballymena Rugby Club. The Ulster side are a world renown rugby club who boast Willie John McBride, Syd Millar as previous British & Irish Lions Captains. More recent Irish Internationals that dawned the black jersey include Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Chris Henry, Paddy Wallace and many others. Scottish & British & Irish Lions wing, Tommy Seymour also played at the club.

Going slightly off-piste, Made In Chelsea Star ‘JP’ (Josh Patterson) also ran out for the ‘Eaton Park Boys’ before his call to the big screen.

Back to the rugby.

Back in December Ballymena were playing local rivals Ballynahinch at Eaton Park where they scored this absolute peach….

Look familiar?

We thought so too.

It looks like the ‘Men in Black’ took some inspiration from the Joe Schmidt playbook, recreating the set piece play that saw Jacob Stockdale cross the white wash to defeat the All Blacks only 2 weeks prior.

  • Off the top lineout ✅
  • 9 – 10 quick ball ✅
  • 10 to 12 on the switch ✅
  • 12 feeds back towards lineout ✅

Then Ballymena Full-Back Rodger McBurney decided to use his feet rather than follow Stockdales’ lead, beating a few defenders before releasing wing Jordan Foster who threw an ‘EA Sports Rugby 08’esque over the shoulder pass to the supporting Scrum-Half Michael Stronge who finished off a glorious set piece move and picked up €250 as reward for the ‘AIL Try of the Month’

You can check out the rest of the nominations here:

Has your team ever recreated a play seen on TV successfully? Make sure and tag us or send us your effort on social media for a chance to feature on our site!

Continue Reading

Trending