One Percenters: Fidow heads to Bordeaux

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Queensland had two eye catching wingers scorching down either sideline throughout the NRC.

One was Filipo Daugunu - whose form was so scintillating it earned him a Super Rugby contract with the Reds - and the other was Ed Fidow.

The pair were tough to split but when push came to shove one of the decisive factors was national eligibility.

Daugunu will eventually be eligible for the Wallabies but Fidow, who played a full year for Samoa on the Sevens World Series circuit, will not be.

That left the 24-year-old little wiggle room in Australia - as he would have to be signed as an international marquee - and the result is a move to Bordeaux.

The French club have signed him on an injury cover contract - along with Rebels playmaker Ben Volavola.

The pair have joined the club this month.

Prior to the Premiership

Former Force halfback Ian Prior is off to the UK, joining a handful of players taking up short-term injury deals in Europe.

Prior is set to join Harlequins in the Premiership, and though it is just injury cover, 'Quins director of rugby John Kingston hinted it could become something more.

“The injury issues we’ve had recently at scrum-half are well documented, as such we have secured the services of Ian Prior from Western Force to compliment the recent signing of Jono Kitto," he said.

“Whilst this is initially a short-term deal, Ian has again shown the type of characteristics I am looking for within the group and provides an experience very much needed over the coming period.

“We are continually looking to improve and enhance the environment within Harlequins and these two recent signings are a reflection of that.” 

Pocock bites back at Betoota 

 

The likeliness of same-sex marriage being legalised before the new year has resulted in a collective sigh from the nation’s straight men who had successfully avoided going through the motions of an official wedding ceremony due to their political beliefs. However, with a 61.6% YES vote in the recent gay marriage postal survey, these men are soon to be without an excuse as marriage equality looks to become introduced in the next month. One such man is Wallabies star David Pocock, who up until now had gotten away with a low-key civil union to his partner, Emma. “Well, here we go” says Pocock, as he begins googling Canberra wedding venues. Pocock and Emma famously pledged in 2011 not to get married until their gay friends could do the same and the 65-Test Wallaby said he hoped the ‘yes’ vote would get home comfortably when the result are announced. “We’ve been waiting a while” he says. “Not as long as some people, but yeah, we are gonna have to go big on this one. A lot of pressure coming from the folks on both sides” It is believed that just half and hour after the official survey results were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Pococks had received upwards of thirty cold-calls from Canberra-based wedding planners and celebrants. “Oh, here we go” says the Brumbies captain, as he begrudgingly begins googling non-coal-seam-gas-affiliated, pro-same-sex marriage Zimbabwean wedding caterers in the ACT-area. "I might need to do an off-season in Japan to pay for this"

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Wallabies star David Pocock saw the lighter side of a satirical article written about his stance on same sex marriage this week.

Pocock and his partner Emma have long said they will not get married until marriage equality in Australia is achieved and famous satirical website The Betoota Advocate took full advantage of the situation when the yes vote got the nod on Wednesday.

The story cheekily suggested Pocock had been using the stance on same sex marriage as a vehicle to stay in a civil union with his long time partner.

Pocock could see the funny side, though, tagging Emma in the Instagram post and taking particular joy in a line about the kind of venue he would be seeking.

Wallabies go to town on twitter

It wasn't just Michael Cheika who was seething at some refereeing decisions, with some high-profile former Wallabies taking to Twitter to criticise the officiating.

Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell both voiced their criticism of Ben O'Keeffe's decisions.

Giteau deleted a tweet that said 'Impossible against 16 #SMH', later apologising for the post.

Heat of the moment tweet earlier.. I apologize.. Well done both teams on a great test, officials included#AUSvENG

Douglas a dad again

Kane Douglas is thousands of kilometres away from the Wallabies' Spring Tour, but that was probably a good thing this week as the Reds lock became a dad again.

He and wife Jennarly are already parents of daughter Chloe and they added Harper Christina to their family this week.

"New addition to the fam. Another girl. Harper Christine Douglas," he posted.

"Proud of my trooper of a wife. Tea parties, ballèt and netball at my house."