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WATCH: Ever heard of ‘maul surfing’? Ever seen a 6ft 8 second-row do it?

Anyone else want a go?

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Crowd surfing… thing of the past. Maul surfing is where it’s at after Brumbies 6ft 8 lock Rory Arnold debuted the move on the weekend v Melbourne Rebels.

Check it and a few other Super Rugby Bloopers out below:

Arnold is off to Toulouse at the end of the current season, joining the mass exodus of Super Rugby players to the NH post RWC.

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Kieran Read reveals future post RWC.

Leaving NZ Rugby.

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Kieran Read will leave NZ rugby and join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz next year at the end of what will be his 13th season of professional rugby in New Zealand. To date Read (33) has played 118 Test matches since making his debut in November 2008, 43 as Captain.

“Every young rugby player in New Zealand dreams of the opportunities I have had to represent the All Blacks and the Crusaders, and I know I’ll look back at the end of the year with a great deal of pride to have worn those jerseys for as long as I have,” Read said.

“My family and I are looking forward to an overseas experience and Japan presents an awesome opportunity to immerse ourselves in Japanese culture as part of the Toyota club.

“I feel the time is right to make this announcement on my playing future, so that I can focus my efforts on the season ahead.”

New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said:

“We want to wish Kieran all the very best for his swansong season in New Zealand Rugby. He’s been one of the most influential players in the world in his 13 years at the top of the professional game, an outstanding and hugely-respected All Blacks Captain, and an All Blacks centurion. We owe ‘Reado’ and others like him, who have given so much to our teams, a huge debt of gratitude. We wish him, wife Bridget and his family all the best for their adventures next year.”

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said:

“On behalf of New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks, I’d like to acknowledge the fantastic contribution that Reado has made to our game. His performances on the park speak for themselves: he’s played 118 Tests and started 111 of them, which is an outstanding achievement.

“However, that is only part of the Kieran Read story. His contribution off the park has been just as impressive. He’s developed into a fantastic leader, who has the utmost respect of all his peers. What he has achieved has been remarkable, and its fair to say that he is one of the greats of our game who has enhanced the legacy of not only the All Blacks jersey but also the Crusaders jersey. We wish him, Bridget and the kids all the very best in their next rugby chapter.”

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Big names return for Hurricanes v Brumbies.

Squads named.

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Both the Hurricanes and Brumbies welcome back some of their big names this weekend for the clash in Palmerston North this weekend.

Beauden Barrett is one of seven changes made to the Hurricanes side following two unconvincing outings to open their Super Rugby campaign, which includes the inclusion of All Blacks TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita into the starting side.

Head coach John Plumtree said he expects his side to produce a more convincing display than they did in their first home game of the year, with the return of their key players being the catalyst.

“We want to improve a lot of aspects of our play and hopefully we can do that in front of what will be a great crowd in Palmy,”

“We were really impressed with the performance the Brumbies put out last week so we know the scale of task ahead of us but it’s a great challenge for the squad.”

Hurricanes Team:

For the Brumbies, 2019 recruit Pete Samu is set to make his run on debut for the Brumbies at six, alongside David Pocock who is fit enough to rejoin the starting XV.

Wallabies front rower, Scott Sio comes in for James Slipper at loosehead prop having gained some match fitness off the bench the past two weeks.

Brumbies Team:

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Wallabies selector O’Connor outlines requirements for Quade Cooper

Clear instructions.

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New Australian Rugby selector Michael O’Connor has highlighted that Quade Cooper can take less risks to win international selection, now that he has joined the Melbourne Rebels.

Connor is set to start his work as a selector next month. He will work alongside head coach Michael Cheika and in-coming director of Rugby Scott Johnson.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald: “There are still areas in his game he needs work on and if he can improve those, well then he’ll be in the reckoning.

“I would be very surprised if Michael (Cheika) didn’t agree with that. At Test level though you can’t be throwing blind passes. You can’t be taking risks at the line.”

Cooper was impressive during the Rebels recent 34-27 victory against the Brumbies.

O’ Connor expects his side to face a few selection dilemmas this year especially as it is a world cup year. However, he does feel that the final decisions will ultimately go down to coach Cheika.

Check out some of Quade’s highlights from his debut with the Rebels

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