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espnW foresight: Stars, shockers and stories of 2019

As the countdown to the 2019 season begins we look ahead to our four big women's winter codes: AFLW, Super Netball, Super W and rugby league. What will be the same in 2019? What has changed? Read our bold predictions for the season ahead.

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Cooper says he won't change for Rebels

Rebels recruit Quade Cooper insists he doesn't need to change as he looks to kick-start his Super Rugby career with his shift to Melbourne.

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Deal done: Cooper joins Rebels for 2019

After months of speculation, former Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has finally signed on with Melbourne Rebels on a one-year deal.


Jones rejoins Rebels; no word on Quade

Melbourne remain tight-lipped about securing Queensland Reds discard Quade Cooper but have formally announced that lock Luke Jones is returning to the Super Rugby club.

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Rebels to re-sign Jones ahead of World Cup

Melbourne have confirmed they are looking to get Luke Jones back in Rebels colours with the lock aiming for a return to Super Rugby and the Wallabies ahead of next year's World Cup.

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Hodge gets first crack at Wallabies No.13

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named a backline dominated by Melbourne Rebels players for Friday night's trial match in Sydney.

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Toomua signs new deal with Wallabies, Rebels

Former Brumbies fly-half Matt Toomua has officially signed a two and a half year contract with Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels making him immediately available for the Wallabies' Bledisloe Cup campaign.

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Growden's Australian Super Rugby report card

The Waratahs might have made the Super Rugby semifinals but their rating reflects their easy ride to the finals, while another team's year can only be described as a "missed opportunity", writes Greg Growden.

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Rebels confirm rookie charged with assault

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed rookie Hunter Paisami has been formally charged by police following a late-night incident outside a Melbourne nightclub on Sunday morning (AEST).

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Naisarani joins Rebels as Wallabies await

Melbourne Rebels have landed a ready-made replacement for departing back-rowers Amanaki Maki and Lopeti Timani, signing Isi Naisarani from the Brumbies.

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R19 Rebooted: Waratahs are finals fraudsters

There was plenty on the line in the final regular season round yet two Australian teams were unable to perform when it mattered most. The Brumbies did, however, exposing the Waratahs for exactly what they are.

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Rebels stars ruled out of Highlanders clash

Wallabies Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty and Adam Coleman have all been ruled out for the Melbourne Rebels, in a blow to their hopes of a season-defining win over the Highlanders.

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Coleman in doubt for Rebels' playoffs bid

Melbourne are likely to be without skipper Adam Coleman for Saturday's do-or-die clash with the Highlanders, but Will Genia could return.

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R18 Rebooted: Time for a foul-play report system?

Sunwolves winger Semesi Masirewa was given a red card for a lifting tackle on Bernard Foley. It was the correct decision to the letter of the law, but could it have been better served by a report system? Your Round 18 Super Rugby talking points are here.

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R17 Rebooted: Chiefs deliver timely adrenalin shot

Super Rugby returned from a month-long hiatus only for the negative themes from the June Test series to immediately surface in the provincial competition. Thankfully 24 hours later, the Chiefs helped remind us just how good the game can be.

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R16 rebooted: Best Aussie derby in how long?

The Rebels may have ended Australia's 32-game winless streak in New Zealand, but it was the Waratahs, Reds derby that produced the highlights, meanwhile two All Blacks players have been left red-faced for off-field hijinks.

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Super teams should heed Test requests: Wessels

Melbourne coach Dave Wessels has called on Australia's Super Rugby clubs to present a united front to help the Wallabies, admitting injured Test star Will Genia could have played for the Rebels against the Blues on Saturday.

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R15 rebooted: Rampaging Retallick unrivalled

The Waratahs were hoping to add the Chiefs to their list of victims after ending the trans-Tasman streak in Sydney last week. And they would have, too, had it not been for the game's premier lock: Brodie Retallick.

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R14 rebooted: Australia's drought breakers

After 40 games, Australia finally saw the end of their New Zealand hoodoo with the Waratahs putting on a slick display to thump the Highlanders, while the deliberate knockdown debate continues to rage.

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W2W4: Aussies' chance to challenge 'dark arts'

There has been that much talk about the "dark arts" this week that Super Rugby has felt like a Harry Potter novel. Australia's sides have an opportunity to push the limits this week, but need their chief protagonists to be at their absolute best.

2018 RankingsSuper Rugby

  • REBEL8th
    TRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 77 Tries Scored
  • REBEL9th
    POINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 247 Points Difference