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Sitting down to put the tipping panel together was the first chance I had to look at games this weekend, and doesn’t it loom as a really entertaining round?
Samu Kerevi is set to captain the Queensland Reds for the rest of the season despite the return of Stephen Moore for Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby derby against the NSW Waratahs.
Wallabies Nick Phipps, Dean Mumm and Sekope Kepu return for the NSW Waratahs’ Super Rugby derby against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Well, I wanted harder games to pick last week, and we’ve got them this week – whether we wanted them or not. I genuinely think six of the eight games could go either way, and this might be the round where a mid or lower-table team make their mark.
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Wales have confirmed their Autumn internationals, with four matches scheduled and the Southern Hemisphere’s top three teams all scheduled for matches in Cardiff.
It doesn’t happen very often in the modern professional era. The New Zealand All Blacks have only lost one match (against Ireland in Chicago) in fourteen since the 2015 World Cup.
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Karmichael Hunt is looming as a potential Wallabies replacement for Dane Haylett-Petty if the Western Force star is unable to recover from a torn hamstring in time for June’s Test window.
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Rugby union’s mooted State of Origin adaptation won’t happen this year and may not happen at all due to an impending increase in Australian Super Rugby derby matches.
The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer will be the last in its existing six-week format, Premiership Rugby has confirmed.
Australian Rugby Union is holding firm on safeguarding the Brumbies amid calls to merge the club with Melbourne Rebels as part of a Super Rugby downsizing.
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Rob Horne says the struggling NSW Waratahs have to stop second guessing themselves and start trusting their instincts.
At half-time during the Hurricanes–Brumbies match, I was contemplating that for once I could write a positive article about the state of rugby in Australia. Something with this heading, perhaps: “Come back coach Stephen Larkham, all is forgiven.”
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The state of Australian rugby is such that two log points, like the ones gained by the Rebels for their unlikely 9-9 draw against the Sharks, go a long way – the closeness of the Australian conference is at least providing an edge that the quality of the rugby currently doesn’t.
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Wallabies star Dane Haylett-Petty is sweating on scans to determine the seriousness of the hamstring injury he suffered in the Western Force’s 16-7 Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs in Perth.
Just past the halfway mark, Australia’s wretched results are on track to yield the country’s worst season in the 23-year history of Super Rugby.
The Melbourne Rebels have drawn 9-9 with the Sharks in an ugly, tryless Super Rugby match in Durban after Reece Hodge nailed a penalty in the final seconds of play.
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This Friday night game sees the Stormers travelling to Dunedin to play the Highlanders. Join The Roar from 5:35pm AEST for all the live action as we cover this Round 10 match from New Zealand.
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Super Rugby round 10 starts with only one unbeaten side – and the Crusaders have a record of eleven finals appearances, the last being 2014.
It is difficult to see exactly how the current Super teams saga will end, but no matter which team is cut or however the various potential legal battles play out, it is looking fairly certain that Australian rugby will be involved with Super Rugby until at least the end of 2020.
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Following another catastrophic weekend for Australian rugby, there was one lone shining light which I believe provides a powerful insight to the problems of Australian rugby.
We all search for brilliants, whether it’s a lifetime or a few seconds in your life. Some search on the outer but the centre is where the real mysteries and answers lie.
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Dear Waratahs, could you please learn how to spot and develop talent?
Allianz Stadium was a strange place to be on Friday night.
Each week we’ll be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players out of the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.
As the boundaries of technology continue to expand into the future, the impacts have been felt in nearly every aspect of life, and sport has been no different.
Round 9 of Super Rugby has wrapped up and will perhaps be the Round best remembered for one of the biggest, if not the biggest upset in Super Rugby history while a few of the competition favourites really started to stretch their legs and stretching their conference leads.
It’s a wee while since I last played rugby. That was when it was a game enjoyed by players from the Extra Fifths from Wee Wah Wollongong, right up to the gods who were selected to play for my country (Scotland as it happens) against other fabulous gods from other countries.
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This Sunday morning game sees the Rebels travelling to Durban to play the Sharks. Join The Roar from 3:30am (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 9 match from South Africa.
The Bulls and the Cheetahs meet this week, both with just two wins in this year’s competition. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 1:15am AEST.
The riddles of the night will show your world; awake or not.
Match result: The drought continued for Australian sides against Kiwi teams on Saturday night, with the Force succumbing to the Chiefs by 9 points in Perth.
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Match result: The Crusaders have won a high-scoring match with the Stormers by 23 points.
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