One Percenters: Tui back in time, USA to crown rugby champ

International
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

We're back to business in Super Rugby this weekend, but there's been a few light moments as well.

What have you missed in rugby this week?

Tui takes us back in time

It's rare that anyone gets to meet their idol on and off the field but that's exactly what happened to Lukhan Tui this weekend.

The Reds and Wallabies forward shared a post on Twitter this weekend, with a snap from 2008 and one from 2018.

His first was from when, as a then-Blues fan, Tui met Blues star Jerome Kaino on  the sideline, getting a photo with his hero.

On Friday night, the pair went head-to-head at Eden Park in Kaino's farewell home game and they grabbed another pic.

Apart from making plenty of viewers feel their age, the post was also a reminder that you never know when or where you might meet your heroes.

MLR to reach conclusion

The USA's Major League Rugby is set for its first champion, with Seattle taking on the Glendale Raptors.

Both sides were victorious in their semi-finals, with the first winner to be crowned next weekend.

The Raptors include former Aussie Sevens player Sam Figg in their ranks, with a number of internationals playing in the competition.

Robertson goes peak cauliflower

Tom Robertson was a sight for sore ears in Melbourne. Photo: FOX SPORTS

There were quite a few spectators cringing at sight of Tom Robertson in Friday night's derby, with the prop sporting a new addition on the sideline. 

Robertson was sporting a particularly vicious cauliflower ear after some tough scrummaging efforts, and it was enough to make even the hardened a bit squirmish.

All part of the rugby parcel, we guess. 

Naisarani going south

Isi Naisarani was impressive for the Brumbies. Photo; Getty ImagesThe newest addition to rugby's worst-kept secrets is here - Isi Naisarani is going to the Rebels in 2019.

Melbourne will be farewelling Amanaki Mafi next season, with the Japan international returning north ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The Brumbies have a glut of backrowers in their ranks, opening up an opportunity for Naisarani to move.

Ronas' welcome new addition


Congratulations to Wallabies and Waratahs centre Curtis Rona and his wife Jacinta, who welcomed their second child, Ezekiel, this week.

Rona missed Waratahs training to be with his family, before flying to Melbourne to feature in the Waratahs' win over the Rebels.

Front rowers find their sound

 

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Props sometimes get a bad rap in the cultural stakes, but Melbourne Rebels prop Fereti Saaga showed a musical side in the Melbourne CBD this week.

Saaga played a tune on a grand piano, following up a performance at the club's Test lunch last week.

He's not the only prop to show his musical talent, though, with the Waratahs' Harry Johnson-Holmes a well-known singer.


Johnson-Holmes showed off his vocal chords at a Christmas hospital visit last year, booming out a version of Felis Navidad.

Who do you rate as the better musical talent?

State rugby goes bush

Norths met Eastwood in Cowra on Saturday. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyIt was a big weekend for rugby in the country in Queensland and New South Wales.

The Shute Shield took a match to Cowra -  a thriller between Eastwood and Norths - continuing an important initiative of taking matches beyond the Sydney city limits. 

Meanwhile, in Queensland, it was the Queensland Country Heelers taking on the NSW Country in Goondiwindi.

The Heelers took out both the colts and senior matches, 21--19 and 22-12, respectively.

NRL star a rugby VIP

Keen spectators in the Sydney Test might have noticed one big-name rugby league star rubbing shoulders with the VIPs at Allianz Stadium.

Don't be expecting any code-switching anytime soon, but it was certainly interesting to hear of some cross-code relations.