One Percenters

by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

What did you miss in this week of rugby?

Cross-code targets

Could we see some of this weekend’s standout Women’s nationals players popping up in AFLW?

We have it on good authority that some of the AFL’s women’s coaches were sniffing around the competition on the Gold Coast this weekend, and there were more than a handful of players who caught their eye.

Big Will digs deep on day off

When players have their one day off a week, many take the opportunity to recharge, recover and get 'game ready' for the weekend's match.

Not Will Skelton.

Skelton has been quietly pushing the pads in his down time, with the giant lock stripping back the kilos in 2017 in Sydney's east with celebrity trainer, Matt Garry.


Whack ! Whack time by big Will at the end of a hour heavy circuit session was hanging on for dear life ! 🥊🏉👊

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Lloydies become Super Rugby rivals

The ARU’s Indigenous academy had a bit to celebrate in the weekend’s Reds vs Rebels game, with both reserve scrumhalves - Harrison Goddard and Moses Sorovi - graduates of the Lloyd’s Indigenous program.

The pair didn’t make it on in the clash but both have made their Super Rugby debuts and will be players to keep an eye on for the future.

Horne in enemy territory

Rob Horne and the Waratahs visited Sylvania Bulldogs on Saturday for a training session as part of the club’s return from the bye week.

Horne hails from close rivals Oatleigh and his memories at the Bulldogs weren’t quite so fond, with some vicious sledges coming their way.

Oatley’s junior sides got their way some of the time, putting on  ‘cricket scores’ some weekends, according to Horne.

Ironically the area was home to Rebels flyhalf Ben Volavola not that long ago, a man who will be trying to unravel the Wallabies come June as part of the Fiji team.

Mother’s Day mentions 

Players from across the country were paying tribute to their mothers on Sunday but we reckon the cutest is this post from Wallabies youngster Reece Hodge, with his mum after a Test in 2016.


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Winds of change

Expect change at the top of one of Australia’s Super Rugby franchises - sooner rather than later.