My fave team the Queensland Reds of Australia beat the Canterbury Crusaders of New Zealand in the Super 15 Rugby Finals last weekend. It was a tough and dramatic game. Looking forward to the Rugby World Cup in September/October.
Rugby has shrunk in importance out here - used to be able to see a lot of games on free-to-air but its now almost exclusively on foxtel. Was never a huge fan of it but remember following Campese etc back in the day. It's also lost a lot of traction at youth level for obvious reasons, so they don't have the talent coming through by and large. Saw the highlights of the game, but not much else.
The State of O was last week and that is still biggish here, though the domestic comp is just second rate compared to the AFL - the two rugbys will be doing it very tough in about 15 years time in Australia. "Soccer" gets a lot more juniors through than both rugbys.
BTW - Fijian Nic Natanui is carving it up for West Coast in the AFL - phenomenally talented prospect - they call him the flying mop. Can't work out the reason why? (!)