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The road to glory at the 2015 Rugby World Cup

After two hard-fought wins against the Springboks and Argentina, the Wallabies have a real opportunity to win the Rugby Championship in Sydney next week, provided they don’t start believing their own press.

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The Rugby Championship 2015: The Big Argentinean Questions

Though the four teams have spent the week travelling home or preparing to travel away again, here at the Big Questions we don’t get luxuries such as a week off.

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Wallabies squad for Bledisloe Cup: Giteau, Palu and Smith recalled

Michael Cheika has recalled Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau to the Wallabies squad to play New Zealand in Sydney next Saturday.

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Kane Douglas signs with the Reds, will be available for World Cup

Lock Kane Douglas will be available for Wallabies selection after signing a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds.

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NFL: Brady’s ban appeal to be heard in NY court

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have the appeal against his four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension heard in a New York federal court, a judge in Minnesota has ruled. US District Court Judge Richard Kyle ruled on Thursday that despite the union filing its appeal of the ban in Minnesota, the NFL had taken the matter […]

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Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper is relieved and peeved after being cleared to tackle the All Blacks in next week’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

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There are just as many questions as ever over Michael Cheika’s World Cup plans as the Wallabies turn their attention to the might of New Zealand.

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Opportunities aplenty in the NRC for fringe Wallabies

The NRC marquee Wallabies allocations were announced on Monday, and while there were no great surprises among the names listed, the allocations themselves highlighted why the NRC will be very important for several players on the Wallabies’ periphery.

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Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper remains on tenterhooks after having his SANZAR judicial hearing adjourned on Wednesday night.

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It’s taken them six years to get the deal done, but the Western Force have finally lured former Springboks flyhalf Peter Grant their way.

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Reds still on hunt for Cooper replacement

The Queensland Reds are still on the hunt for an experienced five-eighth to replace Quade Cooper despite the re-signing of young pair Jake McIntyre and Sam Greene.

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SPIRO: Win at Ellis Park against the Boks, win anywhere

Heyneke Meyer, the intense Springboks coach, talked up the positives after the 27-20 loss his side suffered at the hands and feet of a resilient, occasionally brilliant All Blacks side at Ellis Park.

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Craziness, longevity and Tom Carter

Rugby makes men. Women too these days, and fine women they are, but still overwhelmingly, it makes men.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has taken exception to the trash-talking of Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal as Quade Cooper’s contract saga turns nasty.

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Wallabies flanker Michael Hooper has arrived home confident of being cleared of foul play and allowed to tackle the All Blacks in next week’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney.

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Wallabies vs All Blacks: Pocock eyes McCaw challenge

Eyeing a final Test against All Blacks legend Richie McCaw on Australian soil, flanker David Pocock says intense competition within the Wallabies ranks is bringing out the best in his own game.

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Kurtley Beale shapes to pass during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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Wallabies outisde centre, Tevita Kurindrani takes on the French line. Image: Tim Anger

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What's eating Quade Cooper?

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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Australia's Wallabies' fullback Israel Folau runs to score a try against Argentina's Los Pumas during the Rugby Championship sixth round match at Gigante de Arroyito stadium in Rosario, Santa Fe, some 320 Km north of Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata

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The Roar of the crowd

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An amateur preview of the RWC 2015 (Part I)

It’s that time again. It’s time to see which side is best prepared for the hostilities of Rugby World Cup 2015.

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Picking a pack to take on the All Blacks

I write this article on picking my pack to play the All Blacks as someone who has long been out of the loop.

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Will we see major upsets at the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

Aside from a few memorable exceptions, the established powers of rugby have generally cruised past all rivals on the way to the final eight at the Rugby World Cup.

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The NRC should follow the lead of the FFA Cup

Last week it was announced that the FFA Cup round of 32 would be streamed live.

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All Blacks, blind men and black cats.

By Nick Turnbull, 31 Jul 2015
All Blacks, blind men and black cats.

The father of evolutionary thought Charles Darwin had little time for those in the numbers game.

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Pictionary analysis of Ellis Park Test

By Kia Kaha, 30 Jul 2015
Pictionary analysis of Ellis Park Test

Picture this. A picture tells a thousand words. It left a haunting image in my mind. We are constantly told to look at the global picture. In a World Cup year, that picture is of your captain holding the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft.

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Why did we go to uncontested scrums in the Springboks versus All Blacks game?

In the weekend’s Springboks versus All Blacks game, the decision was made in the 61st minute to go to uncontested scrums.

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The Wallabies have the answer (but what is the question?)

Hoy wrote an excellent article yesterday in which no less than seven Wallabies combinations were discussed.

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Scientific Rugbytology: The best Wallaby team for a fact!

When Isaac Newton discovered rugby back in 1663 after a fellow Cambridge student threw an apple at him, even a man of his immense mathematical intellect couldn’t have predicted where the professional game would be some 350 years later.

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Can you solve the Wallabies inside backs problem?

With the Rugby World Cup just under two months away the beginnings of a Wallabies team is coming together. But who will steer the ship at five-eighth and inside centre?

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The All Blacks are still the best but this Springbok fan is not worried about it

Rugby union supporters are an odd bunch, this much we all know and proudly accept it as fact. In some ways we are unique, in other ways we are horribly predictable.

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Heyneke Meyer: 15 starters, 8 bench, 8 back-ups

After watching the Springboks getting agonisingly close to beating both Australia and New Zealand, the disappointment and anger have worn off. Clear thoughts are slowly emerging from the red mist of frustration and disappointment as yet more inconsistent performances from the Springboks were evident.

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All Blacks disqualified From Dancing with the Stars

The New Zealand All Blacks have been devastated with shock news that they will be disqualified from appearing in the next instalment of New Zealand’s “Dancing With the Stars”.

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The Wallabies must win in Sydney

By John Frontiers, 29 Jul 2015 Video
The Wallabies must win in Sydney

Just as the Springboks needed to beat the All Blacks in Johannesburg, the Wallabies need to win in Sydney.

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The identity crisis of the Wallaby scrum

By Alex Wood, 29 Jul 2015
The identity crisis of the Wallaby scrum

Ever since the first Test matches of the early 1900s and probably even before that, as a game, rugby has been all about identity.

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The Roar’s DIY Wallabies player ratings for Argentina Test: The results

Once again, the response to our DIY player ratings for the Wallabies was overwhelming, with just under 1000 entries.

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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Heath Tessmann of the Western Force during the Round 4 Super Rugby match between Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels at NIB Stadium in Perth, Saturday, March 8, 2014. The Force won the match 32-7.(AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

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Wallabies players James O'Connor (left), Quade Cooper (centre) and Kurtley Beale

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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw

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South Africa's Springboks' wing Cornal Hendricks

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New Zealand captain Richie McCaw

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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David Pocock offloads to Will Skelton for the Wallabies (photo: AFP)

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Springboks hooker Bismarck du Plessis against the All Blacks

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