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If the Wallabies are to regain the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002, and win the Rugby World Cup for a record third time, Michael Hooper, Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale must be there.
Of all the ritual humiliations I’ve suffered as a Canberra Raiders fan in recent years, none are seared so deep into my retinas as the events that transpired at Brookvale Oval in Round 8, 2014.
Ross Lyon has an outstanding win/loss record in home-and-away football and has won his fair share of finals, with both St Kilda and Fremantle. However his resumé is incomplete without a flag.
It’s a Super Rugby blockbuster so chock-full of Test experience that you could start two Wallabies sides, but jostling for green and gold jerseys will be the last thing on the players’ minds.
Sydney co-captain Kieren Jack says Lance Franklin’s love of the big occasion means the forward won’t be daunted by playing against former club Hawthorn in Melbourne for the first time.
The greatest moments in sport are the ones that you don’t expect. What looked a run-of-the-mill round delivered high drama and intensity, quality football, and the biggest upset of the season, surpassing even GWS defeating Sydney in Round 1.
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The Waratahs game plan over the last two seasons has been built on an attacking mindset – keep the ball in hand and play – and as a result they’ve become the most exciting team in Super Rugby.
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Before the Brisbane Broncos announced yesterday that they had lured Wayne Bennett back to the club, the rugby league rumour mill had the star coach returning to the St George Illawarra Dragons on a three-year deal worth approximately $3 million.
The Broncos have made a sizeable gamble by re-hiring Wayne Bennett as their main man, but it had to happen for the club to reposition itself as one of the NRL superpowers.
Admittedly one of the worst things about Graham Arnold moving to Vegalta Sendai was that it left us bereft of his majestic rants on Australian football.
Just six days – and the small matter of the Pyrenees – separate Vincenzo Nibali from joining the pantheon of greats who have triumphed in all three of cycling’s Grand Tours.
“Beware Australia, we can roar overseas too”, is the message from MS Dhoni’s men to Australia after India’s well-earned, 95-run victory over England in the Lord’s Test yesterday.
What started as a drip is becoming a proper stream. With next to no National Rugby Championship news ‘out there’ even as recently as three weeks ago, suddenly – happily – the news is rolling out regularly.
What is the point in Wayne Bennett remaining coach of Newcastle for the rest of the season? The Knights should part company with him now and let Rick Stone take over for the last seven rounds.
You may honour Dunaden as a star of the Australian turf, with his glorious wins in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and 2012 Caulfield Cup. French racing fans know that he is theirs, ‘un globe-trotter’, world traveller and world beater.
Bye, bye, boilover. Get the spuds off the heat because the pan is frothing. There were upsets galore across the AFL, and we only had half a round. The north end of the table changes by the day.
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They are two of the most dominant performances by a key forward in recent AFL seasons. Both just happened to be produced by a much-maligned former defender – in consecutive weeks, no less.
Welcome to the Pyrenees as Stage 16 sees the Tour de France field tackle the final sets of mountains in this year’s Grand Tour. Join The Roar for live commentary and a blog from 10:00pm AEST.
If the Rise for Alex Round has shown us anything this weekend, it’s that; (1) the NRL desperately needs an insurance scheme to protect its players and; (2) the NRL community can rally to support its own.
Whether you like it or not, the 2014 Super Rugby season, in particular, has been one ruled by referees – and they will again play their role in the competition semi-finals.
One of the NRL’s most well-documented rivalries will continue when the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm lock horns to kick off Round 20 of the NRL.
Every so often during an AFL season, there will be one or two rounds that excite the average fan like no other. Round 18 is one such example and it’s only halfway finished.
An headline statement seems outrageous, considering that the Sharks are probably the least likely team to win the Super Rugby 2014 tournament. But there is reason for my insanity.
Rewind to six months ago, the Ashes were lost and English cricket thought it had a crisis. They were wrong.
Upon his appointment at Red Bull in place of countryman Mark Webber, the individual known primarily for sporting an eternal rictus grin wasn’t given much hope of competing with, much less routinely enjoying the measure of, his four-time World Champion teammate.
Having had a look at the lower half of the AFL ladder in part 1, today we assess the top of the table and what they need to make next season a success.
The Raiders finally have a confirmed, no going back, lock-him-in-Eddie signing. But it’s not exactly a game changer.
I was impressed by the NRL making part of the participation agreements, which all clubs must sign in order to compete in the competition, each club would need to have at least one woman on their board.
With some terrific hookers having already been named in our bottom eight, we arrive at the crème de la crème, rugby league’s elite!
This Sunday afternoon (AEST), Australia’s Daniel Geale will attempt to conquer one of the most dangerous fighters in boxing when he takes on the undefeated Gennady Golovkin.
For the coming English Premier League season, all eyes will be on the red half of Manchester to see if last year’s dramatic fall was just a stumble or something more.
Not many people though that Hayden Ballantyne’s one week suspension would be costly at all with Fremantle playing St. Kilda the following weekend, but boy were they wrong.
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