One Percenters

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

There's been plenty happening in rugby circles this week, and we'll be making sure you don't miss a trick with our weekly instalment of the 'One Percenters'.

Another medal for Aussie Sevens


Brilliant day receiving my OAM 🥇

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Australia’s Olympic champion Sevens were awarded an OAM on Australia Day, but it wasn’t until this week that they actually received their medals.

Two Blues share milestone

The return of Adam Coleman to the Force outfit was timely, his comeback game doubling up with Tatafu Polota-Nau’s 150th game.

The pair are both former Parramatta Two Blues players and coach Dave Wessels said that milestone was made a little bit more special in Durban.

“Taf and Adam have a pretty long history together,” he said.

“Taf's supported Adam as a young guy, even before he started playing professionally and for Adam to be able to play in Taf's 150th would have been pretty special.”

It was also a special night for Mitch Short who came into the Force squad a few weeks back after playing for Randwick in the Shute Shield. He got on the field and came up with a pretty handy 20 minutes at scrumhalf.

Ngatai back in action 

The Reds got pummelled in New Zealand but it was the return of Charlie Ngatai that should give every spectator cause to smile.

Ngatai has been battling concussion symptoms and even questioned whether it could end his career.

His long-awaited return was a successful one, with the centre scoring a try as the Chiefs romped home.

Agent back on the field

Speaking of comebacks, Dallan Murphy made his return to rugby in Queensland Premier Rugby.

Murphy made a cameo for the Rebels last season, joining as injury cover, but has turned his talents to management of late.

Charlie watch

Nothing much to report really, but we thought we would update you on the Instagram account that just keeps on giving, @CharlieTaylor.Offical.


Happy Sunday, but first let me take a selfie 😅 . #offtoparis #sundayfunday #firstletmetakeaselfie

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Here's a fresh pic of Charlie on his way to the Paris with the Australian Men's Sevens team on Sunday morning, ie: #sundayfunday.

Vickerman scholarship

The effects of Dan Vickerman’s death this year are still being felt across the rugby community, but the Rotary Bowral Mittagong want to do their part to avoid more athletes suffering with depression.

The branch, which Vickerman’s father Les is a member of, is trying to raise funds for a three-year Sydney University research grant.

If you’d like to contribute, click here.