When it comes to the world of Instagram, no one Australian Rugby player is like another. Almost all current Australian-based players operate either public or private Instagram accounts, and they all feature a mix of funny and serious, of friends and family, and of Rugby and their life away from the game.
RUPA has gone through all fully contracted Rugby players in Australia, across the five Super Rugby teams and the Australian Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sevens squads, and selected a matchday 23 of the players we think the general public should be following on Instagram.
Yesterday, we named the starting forwards and today, we present the starting backs…
He may be injured for the rest of the season, but that doesn’t stop Brumbies and Pumas star Tomas Cubelli from giving us lots of insight into life behind the scenes in the nation's Capital. Tomas' account shows off his rehab progress from a ruptured patella tendon and seamlessly switches between Canberra and South America with plenty of action while he is away on international duty. With over 60,000 followers, Cubelli is one of the most popular Argentinian Rugby players!
One of the easiest players to pick for the 2017 RUPA Instagram 23, and one of the few who also operates an active and entertaining Twitter account, Jono always looks like he’s having a great time both on and off the field. Despite having won Super Rugby titles in both Queensland and New South Wales, Lance has taken to Perth like a duck to water (#WestIsBest) and his account shows off his good sense of humour, love of the outdoors and good times with his teammates (past and present).
Meakes has had a huge impact on Australian Rugby since returning home to join the Force last year following his first stint as a professional with Gloucester in the UK. He's not afraid to send a shoutout to his old team and mates, and has embraced the #SeaOfBlue like few before him. One of the most active Australian-based players on Instagram, 'Meakesy' loves catching up with his family in NSW, sharing photos with his beautiful partner Michelle and promoting everything the Force are up to. He also hosts his team's Web TV show, The Breakdown!
One of the longest serving Melbourne Rebels players, centre/wing Tom English has a great Instagram account which documents his life in Victoria. English's account is a hybrid of Rugby, travel, mates, fashion, family and more, with the recent addition of a GoPro which he is using to document his time in Durban surely to feature prominently moving forward. The highlights? It has to be the frequent photos of him and his two brothers, Sam and Harry, which surely must've seen a few framed and hung up in the family home!
“Be so good they can’t ignore you" is the credo young aussie 7s star Charlie Taylor has posted at the top of his Instagram account, and after a standout first season in the sport the former Sydney Roosters U20s player iscertainly attracting a lot of attention! Injury kept him out of the Las Vegas and Vancouver legs of the World Rugby Sevens Series, but he's played in the other six as a young Australian side continue to develop. His account is a mix of behind the scenes Rugby shots and modelling shots (yep, Charlie has a bit of Zoolander about him!), and he has more followers than anybody else in the 2017 RUPA Instagram 23!
The reigning World Rugby Women's Sevens Player of the Year, current world champion and Olympic Gold Medallist, Charlotte Caslick is fast becoming one of the biggest new sports stars in the country and the boom in popularity her Instagram account experienced post-Rio is testament to that. Her account features lots of beach action, lots of Rugby action shots and plenty of snaps with partner Lewis Holland, the Captain of the Australian Men's Rugby Sevens team.
Finally, rounding out the starting fifteen is the Brumbies' Fijian flyer Henry Speight, a current Wallaby who has also played for the Australian Men's Rugby Sevens team and was a non-playing reserve for them on their Olympic campiang in 2016. Henry has been in Canebrra since 2011, edging closer to a century of Super Rugby caps in the next year or two, and his Instagram account showcases one of the most popular men in the game through his love of family, Pasifika culture, holidays and more!
Stay tuned for our announcement tomorrow of the reserves, as we complete the 2017 RUPA Instagram 23...