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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika doesn’t think Australia’s upcoming tour of South Africa and England will be a grind, rather an opportunity for his team to galvanise.

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‘Smashed em cobber’ NRC big hits featured in New Zealand’s Crowd Goes Wild

New Zealand’s favourite weekly rugby segment ‘Smashed em Bro’ turned Australian this week, featuring the top seven big hits from this year’s National Rugby Championship.

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NRC Round 5: Rushed double-header history round

History will be made this weekend in the National Rugby Championship, when Concord Oval hosts the competition’s first ever double header.

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Michael Cheika has warned would-be Wallabies he is keeping a close watch on National Rugby Championship form and is making selection decisions accordingly.

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Rugby union grub jailed for 16 months for caving in the head of opponent

The majority of sporting indiscretions are dealt with by a codes judiciary panel, but a rugby player has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after a savage kick caved in his opponents head.

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Queensland Country unveil ancient, World Cup-winning debutant

Closer to pensioner than debutant, Brad Thorn continues to defy both his age and the medical world as he prepares to become captain-coach at the ripe old age of 41.

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Another European-based star dropped in latest Wallabies squad

Drew Mitchell is the biggest casualty in Michael Cheika’s squad for the Wallabies’ upcoming matches.

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The Big Rugby Championship Question: The standout individuals

We’ve hit the second bye week of the Rugby Championship, and the focus this week turns to the individuals to have really grabbed our attention during the 2016 tournament.

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Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has been playing through “as good as” a broken arm, coach Michael Cheika says, and won’t play another Test until it’s fully healed.

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Chris Ashton has been compared to Luis Suarez by Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell in the latest soccer analogy used to characterise the England star who has received a 13-week ban for biting.

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Five-eighth Pat Lambie, who has not played for South Africa since June, has been named among four call-ups to the Springboks squad for their last two Rugby Championship matches.

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You won’t believe the quality of these tries from a New Zealand U19 comp

Here are the best tries of the 2016 Jock Hobbs Under 19 tournament in New Zealand. These kids have a future!

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Coles, Creevy and Strauss: Defining the modern day Test hooker

Hookers. You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. The contemporary version is a gregarious multi-tasker, even more so than he was back in the amateur day.

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Rugby must balance two paths to growth in Australia

We’re always asking: ‘What is the future of rugby?’ Binary answers are elusive, and probably false.

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Aussie sides get a mixed bag in the 2017 Super Rugby Draw

Recent Australian Super Rugby heavyweights the Brumbies and Waratahs will meet just once in next year’s regular season, while Melbourne have been handed the first game and the toughest early draw.

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The post-Pocock backrow: Same, same, or different?

Like all good revolutions and re-inventions, the Wallabies at some point were always going to be forced into working out what their backrow would look like in the days beyond David Pocock.

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Reece Hodge of the Rebels

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Graham Henry

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avid Pocock and Michael Hooper

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A dejected Israel Folau of the Waratahs

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Will Genia Wallabies Australia Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Jerome Kaino New Zealand All Blacks Test Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Will Genia Wallabies Springboks Rugby Union Test Championship 2016 Australia South Africa

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The Roar of the crowd

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Brisbane City vs Sydney Rays: NRC preview

Defending NRC champions Brisbane City will be searching for just their second win of the 2016 season when they host the Sydney Rays.

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UC Vikings vs Melbourne Rising highlights: Rising win 60-44

Match result: Melbourne Rising have added another win to their ledger with a 16-point victory over the UC Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

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Western Sydney Rams vs Queensland Country highlights: Rams by 4

Match result: The Western Sydney Rams won an overtime classic against Queensland Country, coming away the victors by four points.

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NSW Country Eagles vs Perth Spirit highlights: Eagles win 48-24

Match result: The NSW Country Eagles soared to another win in their so-far unbeaten streak in this year’s NRC competition, doubling the score of their opponents, Perth Spirit.

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Is David Pocock’s injury secretly a blessing for the Wallabies?

David Pocock is still clearly Australia’s number 7. The loss of a team’s most influential player is never a blessing. However, the injury may have a silver lining.

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The Jock Hobbs National U19 tournament concluded yesterday in Taupo with Waikato winning the main event. Who were the standout players at the tourney featuring over 400 of New Zealand’s leading age group talent? Who might feature in the New Zealand U20’s next season? Here is a Club Rugby Form XV, as picked by me.

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What do we do with the NRC and the Shute Shield?

A couple of weeks ago I penned an article regarding rugby in Australia and the crisis it is in.

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Is the Australian Rugby Union failing to sell its product to the next generation?

At the end of 2012 Israel Folau had decided his experiment with Australian rules football had gone on long enough and was seeking a return to rugby league or a new challenge in rugby union.

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Waikato wins national U19 tournament

By Adam Julian, 22 Sep 2016

Waikato are the Premiership Graham Mourie Cup final champions and Counties Manukau are the Championship Michael Jones Trophy winners at the conclusion of the third annual National U19 tournament in Taupo today.

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In defence of the indefensible: Elton Jantjies and the Swiss cheese

The rugby gods would have it that the result of last Saturday’s Test between the All Blacks and the Springboks had been predetermined in rugby heaven long before the start of the match.

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Tahs can build off Super Rugby draw

By Billy Stevenson, 22 Sep 2016
Tahs can build off Super Rugby draw

While draws are always a matter of contention and debate in any football code. The massive distances between Super Rugby participants often means that the arrangement of matches can seem to make or break a team’s season before the season actually begins.

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Super Rugby needs more teams – five more, in fact

By Working Class Rugger, 21 Sep 2016
Super Rugby needs more teams – five more, in fact

Whether you like it or not, the conference system is the best model for a competition like Super Rugby, and it’s here to stay.

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The way forward for the Wallabies: Win at Eden Park

The Wallabies had the worst possible start to the 2016 season. Starting with the Super Rugby season, and then losing to England 3-0 at home.

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Would the Wallabies benefit from a greater investment in youth?

It was toward the end of July just before the Rugby Championship kicked off when Wallabies coach Michael Cheika appeared on the ABC Offsiders program with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

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The bigger picture: The Wallabies need balance in the back five

With all the debate going on about the balance of the Wallabies back row, it is becoming increasingly important to have a holistic view of the forward pack and not just the back row itself, but how it works in tandem with the second row.

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Perfect 10: The great Quade-Foley debate

Since Quade Cooper’s return to the Wallabies line-up in Bledisloe 2 a large amount of the chatter among Wallabies fans has been about whether he or Bernard Foley should start at 10.

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Bill Pulver

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Will Genia Wallabies Australia Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Beauden Barrett All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Bernard Foley Wallabies Australia Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Israel Folau's finds some space against Los Pumas

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NRC Clubs

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NRC Clubs

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Stephen Moore Wallabies Australia Rugby Union 2016

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