The Taylors Wines Top 5, brought to you by RUPA’s Official Wine Partner Taylors Wines, brings to you five of the best Australian Rugby interviews in the media this week.
This week in Super Rugby, the Western Force are back at home, welcoming back a slew of players for what looks to be an entertaining clash against the Highlanders on Saturday (8:45pm, all times AEST). Following that, conference leaders the Brumbies are in the Republic for their first match of their SA and Argentinean tour, against a fired-up Kings outfit (3:30am).
Finally, all eyes will be on Allianz Stadium for the final match on the round on Sunday, when the NSW Waratahs take on the Melbourne Rebels in what is set to be an important derby clash (4:05pm).
1. A point to prove
Young Waratahs lock Ryan McCauley plans to use the upcoming U20 World Cup as a chance to prove to selectors that he is ready to play Super Rugby.
Backing up for his second year in the Australia U20s, McCauley told RugbyNews that “it’s a great stepping-stone.
"A lot of the guys playing Super Rugby now were playing in this tournament not long ago, guys like Isaak Rodda, Andrew Kellaway, Mack Mason, and you can see the pathway... that’s exciting.
"It’s going to be a really good test to play against the best 20 year olds in the world.”
2. Fresh delivery into the Brumbies' squad
Andrew Muirhead's dream since moving to Canberra in the pre-season has been to pick up a full-time contract with the Brumbies.
He juggles his training with delivering kegs to pubs in Canberra, but as he told the Canberra Times' Chris Dutton that changed this week when he was selected on the Club's two-game South African tour.
“This is the last thing I thought would happen this week,” he told Chris Dutton of The Sydney Morning Herald. “I had to give the boss a call and tell him I wouldn't be in for two weeks. But he's been great about it and they were stoked as well.
“I came to Canberra hoping to get a crack and this is the closest I've got to a Super Rugby debut. So it's paying off.”
3. A Rebel role model
Ned Hanigan has had an outstanding season so far for the Waratahs. While speaking with Beth Newman for rugby.com.au ahead of this week's clash with the Rebels, Hanigan admittedthat he would like to emulate the achievements of opposing flanker Sean McMahon.
“I think the way Sean plays, everything’s at full throttle, no one can deny that,” he said.
"Anyone that watches him play admires the way he does it, so any player that does that and plays like Sean does, you look up to and hopefully other blokes can look at your game and say a similar thing.”
4. Poey the inspiration
Over in the west, No.8 Richard Hardwick has had an outstanding breakout season for the Force, so much so that he has caught the eye of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika - not surprising considering he is basing his game on one of our stadout backrowers.
“I love playing No.7. But, I've been playing No.8 for the last three years and been enjoying it thoroughly," Hardwick told rugby.com.au.
“I don't bring a normal eight role to that No.8 jersey - I put my little spin on it. I try to play like David Pocock, how he played when he was playing with Michael Hooper in the Wallabies' squad. But it's pretty big boots to fill.”
5. Taking nothing for granted
After five appearances in 2015 and 2016 for the Melbourne Rebels, Steve Cummins has started every game thus far of a breakout 2017 season.
As his side prepare to travel to Sydney to tak on the Waratahs, he told his Club's website how much he is enjoying his footy despite his side struggling for form thus far in 2017.
“It’s been exciting to get a bit more responsibility and [I’m] really enjoying the challenge,” Cummins said. “It’s been great but a bitter sweet feeling because it would be a lot more enjoyable getting wins a bit more frequently but I feel like it’s just around the corner and [I’m] looking forward to that.”
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