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Toulouse snap up Aussie Length Piece

6ft 10″ length heading to France post RWC 2019.

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It’s a busy time for clubs and agents with many Southern Hemisphere players deciding their future post RWC 2019.

Australia and Brumbies 2nd Row length piece Rory Arnold is the latest to announce that he will be on plane at the end of the 2019 season.

It is believed that Arnold who if measured lying down would be 6ft 10″ long is off to Toulouse at the end of the 2019 season. The Top 14 seems to be the favoured location for a lot of Super Rugby stars with Eben Eztebeth, Ben Smith , Nehe Milner-Skudder and Duncan Paia’aua all confirming moves at the close of the 2019 season.

Arnold (28) has 19 Wallabies caps to his name has been an integral part of the Brumbies side since moving to Canberra in 2015. The move will not rule him out of making Cheika’s RWC squad but will rule him out of featuring for the National side post RWC.

“Rory has the made the decision that he feels is best for the longevity of his rugby career,”

Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson

French media reported that Toulouse had been looking at Aussie Will Skelton and All Black Patrick Tuipulotu as 2nd Row options but opted for Arnold.

Rory’s twin brother Ritchie (also very long) joined his brother at the Brumbies last season but is currently playing in the Japanese Top League.

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He will join former Brumby Zach Holmes at Toulouse who has experienced great success since making the move to Europe. Toulouse also have former All Black Jerome Kaino in their ranks and will no doubt be adding new names to their squad for the 2019 season.

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Savea’s Shock Plans for the Future

New Zealand ace Ardie Savea has confirmed an ambition in his playing career that not many would have expected

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All Blacks back-row star Ardie Savea has admitted he would like to make the code switch from rugby union to rugby league at some point in his career.

The Hurricanes ace was talking on The Ice Project podcast and with his contract with New Zealand Rugby running out next year he has confirmed that he has debated making the change as early as then, noting that former All Black teammate Sonny Bill Williams is an inspiration.

“100 per cent I want to play rugby league, I think they (the players) do a lot more in terms of off the field stuff. And also, just a new challenge. I want to test myself. Learning a whole new game and seeing if I can dominate or, play the way I play in union, that excites me. Seeing guys like Sonny do it kind of plays on my mind a bit. Strategically I would want to got to a team that was dominating, like the Storm or Roosters. It sucks that I got this injury because I was low key thinking about it (switching to league) for next year,” he said. 

At only 26, it would be a huge call for Savea, who is one of the best players in the world, receiving a nomination for World Player of the Year in 2019. 

However, he seems to have a plan set out in his mind with NRL side’s the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm peaking his interest if he makes a move. 

If he were to depart for the 13-man a-side sport it would be a major loss for the Canes, who have already lost Beauden Barrett ahead of this season and losing another key player could be critical. 

Whatever happens next year, Savea will have his sights set on getting back to full fitness as soon as possible to help the Hurricanes climb the table following knee surgery last year which has seen him miss the start of the new Super Rugby season.

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Brumbies Mumps Outbreak Confirmed

Rugby Australia have confirmed that Super Rugby side the Brumbies have been hit with a mumps outbreak ahead of their next game

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Rugby Australia have confirmed that Super Rugby side the Brumbies are suffering from an outbreak of mumps as they prepare to take on the Chiefs this weekend.

The franchise have announced that a number of cases have been confirmed among both players and staff, with Rugby Australia and SANZAAR coming in to help with the situation. 

It has been decided following consultation with ACT Health that only players and staff members that are completely free of mumps will be allowed to travel to the game this weekend. 

Players that hope to be involved in the clash against the early leaders of this year’s competition will have to prove immunisation or if they have in fact suffered from mumps they will have to have spent a minimum of five days in isolation. 

The outbreak comes on the back of the side having to make late changes to their line-up ahead of their round three match against the Highlanders when both Darcy Swain and Irae Simone being left out late on due to illness. 

All three of their opening opponents so far in the campaign have been contacted and as of now there have been no further cases reported. 

It is a major blow to the side as they look to cause an upset and beat the chiefs, but now look likely to have less players to pick from than usual.

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Wallabies Ace has Season Ended Already

One of the Wallabies hottest prospects has had his season cut short due to injury

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Wallabies back-liner Jordan Petaia is set to miss the remainder of the Super Rugby season due to injury the Queensland Reds have confirmed.

The 19-year-old missed Sunday’s game with the Jaguares following a shoulder injury he picked up in training when making a tackle. 

The extent of the injury was unknown at that stage, but is has now been confirmed that he will have to undergo surgery on his shoulder which will leave him out of action until after the end of the current Super Rugby campaign. 

It is a major set-back for Petaia who missed the most-part of last season also with a foot injury. 

Big things are expected from the youngster, with both seasons set to be his breakthrough year, especially this season following the departure of star centre Samu Kerevi, meaning he looked likely to play a key role in the starting line-up. 

Last year he bounced back from injury to edge his way into Michael Cheika’s Australian Rugby World Cup squad, making his debut during the tournament and going on to become a starter by the end of their campaign. 

This latest injury also casts doubts over his availability for the Wallabies summer fixtures in which he was hoping to impress incoming head coach Dave Rennie. 

The hope will be that he can get back into action as soon as possible, but it is a cruel blow for a player primed for big things.

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