The Rebels played their final conference game on Saturday against the Chiefs in Melbourne but came out the wrong side of a drubbing.
After the game, Wallabies and Rebels’ scrum-half Will Genia took to Instagram with a very poignant post.
Genia (31) uploaded a picture collage with a try-scoring picture of himself getting over the whitewash for the Queensland Reds and more recently, the Rebels.
His caption read, “What a ride Super Rugby”.
His contract with the Rebels expires this year and he has been tipped for another move overseas. Genia has had a stint in Europe previously with Stade Francais but it’s rumoured that a move to Japan is looking more likely.
Quade Cooper, his current half back partner with the Rebels and previously with the Reds and Wallabies commented on the post,
“Much love bro! Been unreal being back together ✊🏾❤️ love you bro”
Quade Cooper is another whose contract is up in the air. His deal with the Rebels also expires at the end of the Super Rugby campaign and he has also been widely linked with a move to Europe with Harlequins one of the favourites to land the mercurial playmakers signature.
James Haskell signs with Bellator MMA
Did anyone see this coming??
Leading mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA is excited to announce the signing of international rugby star James Haskell to its elite roster of athletes. Haskell will compete in the Bellator heavyweight division and is expected to make his professional MMA debut for the global promotion in 2020.
Haskell announced the end of his stellar 17-year professional rugby career, which saw him achieve major honours for both club and country, in May this year, at the age of 34. Haskell joined English Premiership club Wasps in 2002 and played a huge role in their English Premiership and European Heineken Cup winning seasons in 2007 and 2008. His club career also saw him represent Stade Francais in France, Ricoh Black Rams in Japan, Highlanders in New Zealand and Northampton Saints.
Haskell made his England debut in 2007 and went on to win 77 caps, earning inclusion in England’s 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup squads. He played an integral part to England’s return to form under coach Eddie Jones in 2016, which saw the side win their first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years, before successfully defending their title the following year.
Alongside achieving his many rugby accolades, Haskell has shown a keen interest in the sport of MMA for a number of years, working as an MMA TV pundit and training alongside British MMA star Michael “Venom” Page at London Shootfighters gym.
Known as one of sports great characters, Haskell is sure to bring his livewire, quick-witted and at times no-nonsense personality to the sport of MMA – along with genuine, knockout power. Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing in during his rugby career at 260lbs, Haskell will compete in Bellator’s heavyweight division which features the likes of current champion Ryan Bader, challenger Cheik Kongo, MMA veteran Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko.
Whilst a date has not been set for his professional MMA debut, Haskell is expected to continue training for the remainder of 2019, with his first fight expected to take place during the first half of 2020.
We’re pretty sure there will no shortage of opponents wanting to line up against him!
Sonny Bill Slammed for ‘Pressure’ Comments
Sonny Bill Williams took aim at the people criticising him last night, but a former Black Cap has fired shots straight back at the All Black
Former Black Cap Mark Richardson has crushed Sonny Bill Williams comments on Twitter in which he took a shot at his critics and the media.
Richardson, now a broadcaster was speaking on Three’s The AM Show discussed Williams comments where he suggested people “get their priorities right” instead of criticising his performances.
“I’d suggest that doing one’s job is the most important priority for a sports journo, so do you deny the right of a sports journo to do their job, Sonny Bill? So they can feed their families Sonny Bill? Just like you get paid to do your job Sonny Bill, which I assume is a priority of yours to care for your family Sonny Bill,” he said.
Williams claimed that people should care about things such as “starving children, the single mother raising 3 kids, the atrocities refugees are facing around the world, racism”. All of which Richardson agreed with but he believes that people can discuss the All Black’s form if they want to.
“Honestly Sonny, yes there are people struggling in the world and yes we care about them. But you are an All Black. Get over yourself and let people in this country talk what they like to talk and that is rugby,” he added.
Fellow host Duncan Garner went on to take a dig at Williams and his views.
“Sonny Bill, he’s precious,” he said.
Williams is currently set to play for Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup this Saturday along with Nepo Laulala, as Williams tries to prove his fitness to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen.
The centre has been plagued by injury in recent times and has struggled to find a consistent run of form which has called on people to question his selection for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It appears as though Williams frustration at the whispers on the street boiled over yesterday as he took to social media to put critics in their place.
“And for those that say I’m under pressure playing a game that I enjoy. Get your priorities right. Look at what’s going on in the world. Starving children, the single mother raising 3 kids, the atrocities refugees are facing around the world, racism. This is what I call pressure,” he said.
Williams’ comments are likely to only add fuel to the fire and it seems like he will have to perform on the pitch to convince people he is worthy of another World Cup journey.
He will join back up with the All Blacks squad ahead of their second Bledisloe Cup game in Auckland on August 10th and will be hoping to prove his case for selection.
WATCH: Cricket streaker deserves a rugby contract #LegDrive
Yes, it’s not technically rugby… but this #LegDrive belongs on a rugby pitch, not a cricket wicket.
A bold streaker wearing nothing but a green hat ran onto the field during the Cricket World Cup match between England and New Zealand on Wednesday and provided the crowd and viewers with around five minutes of entertainment that had a packed crowd roaring with laughter.
The security didn’t possess the defensive prowess of a Shaun Edwards coached defensive line with the streaker breaking the ‘tackle attempts’ of 5 security guards. The orange vested guard certainly can’t be expecting too many compliments on his contribution.
Thankfully he was stopped for a second time and taken from the pitch. The sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, later said he had been arrested.
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