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Is the northern hemisphere reclaiming rugby superiority?

Last weekend, England defeated the Wallabies 44-40, Ireland narrowly lost to South Africa 13-19, and the All Blacks thrashed Wales 46-6.

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Super Rugby tipping Round 15: Plus the team of the June internationals

Super Rugby’s back and so is the tipping panel. Where necessary, any and all results of the last three weeks of rugby have been wiped from memories, and we return fresh from our break back to do what we do best.

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Necessity means Chiefs forwards Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane will get little respite as Super Rugby makes its return, despite a heavy workload for the All Blacks.

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The Brumbies will roll out a revamped backline on Friday night against the Queensland Reds, with Matt Toomua coming back from injury and Ben Hyne to make his Super Rugby debut.

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After their limp series whitewash to England, there is good news at last for the Wallabies as World Cup linchpin Kane Douglas prepares for his long-awaited return this weekend.

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Skipper Kieran Read is among a group players backing up from All Blacks duty in a near full-strength Crusaders side to face the Chiefs in the first Super Rugby match to be staged in Fiji.

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Fringe Wallaby Karmichael Hunt may have played his last Super Rugby match for the season.

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Wallabies lock Kane Douglas is one of three players set to make their Queensland Reds debut in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.

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2016 National Rugby Championship Draw, rule changes announced

The teams are locked in, the games are locked in, now we just wait. The 2016 National Rugby Championship will feature expanded broadcast coverage on Fox Sports as we reported last month, as well as one less team, meaning no byes.

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How did the Wallaby changes work out?

It is a given that in any series of matches between the same opponents, the team which has greater consistency of selection wins.

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The Wallabies learnt no lessons during their English whitewash

At least we didn’t lose to Iceland. Apart from that extremely greyed silver lining, there aren’t many positives to go on this week.

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England whitewash a triumph of unity and consistency

From the outset of their tour, and even before they’d arrived, Eddie Jones made no secret that he wanted to leave Australian shores with the Cook Cup under his arm.

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The Chiefs are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach with Charlie Ngatai as the All Blacks centre continues to suffer concussion symptoms.

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Would the Wallabies have won with Eddie Jones as coach?

The Sunday Mail had a brilliant but wrong-headed front page headline putting England’s 44 – 40 victory over the Wallabies in the third Test at Sydney into a xenophobic context: “Well done, England. Now a second continent hates you as well.”

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Taqele Naiyaravoro returns for Waratahs, sends Zac Guildford packing

Barnstorming Wallabies winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has made his return to the NSW Waratahs side to prepare for the final three rounds of the Super Rugby season.

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Wallabies vs England third Test DIY player ratings: The results

On Sunday we consulted you, Roarers, on how to rate the Wallabies’ performances from the third Test. The results have arrived! You can take a look right here at how the 289 responders rated each individual Wallaby.

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Douglas and Houston returning to Reds adds more intrigue for Chieka

It will not be surprising to see Michael Cheika braving the Canberra chill to have a close look at a pair of Queensland Reds reserves this Friday night.

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Solving rugby’s ugly and dangerous air-collision problem

One topic guaranteed to raise the hackles of rugby fans everywhere is mid-air collisions – the inconsistency in how they are treated and perceived injustice suffered by players involved.

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Winning in Wellington on a debut Test

By Tim Reynolds, Today
Winning in Wellington on a debut Test

Inspired by Harry Jones’ great rugby travelogue based around the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington, I thought I’d tell you all about the first Test I ever attended.

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Lessons learnt from Ireland pushing South Africa to the brink

Apart from learning South Africa have no breakdown coach specialist and how seems to make a big difference, what else did we learn from the Springboks’ recent Tests against Ireland?

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The good, the bad and the ugly of the third Test: Australia vs England

Now that was an incredible game of sport, let alone rugby.

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Seven to watch after the Under 20s World Championships

The Under 20s World Championships has produced over 250 internationals since the inception in 2008.

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The Wrap: Cheika under pressure, cool heads required

In this time of 24-hour news cycles and global social media storms, things that once took months to mull over now tend to be done and dusted so quickly that what was once considered indecent haste is now the norm.

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Awards and reflections from the Australia vs England series

England win 3-nil. To some this was unexpected but to anyone who saw England during the Six Nations, or the Saracens stroll to the European and Domestic double, will have known this was a different England team to the one humiliated in the world cup.

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Complaints about the referee should be Cheiked

After every Test match against England, Michael Cheika has complained about the referee in public statements to the press. The purpose of this article is to complain about those complaints.

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All Blacks player ratings against Wales

By Adam Julian, 27 Jun 2016 Video
All Blacks player ratings against Wales

The All Blacks have started the post McCaw era with a 3-0 series sweep of Wales. The first two Tests played out in a similar fashion with Wales challenging strongly in the first hour before fading. The third Test was a runaway victory for the hosts who have won 11 Tests in a row.

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The five biggest selection errors made by Ireland

Some of Joe Schmidt’s selection calls have left a lot to be desired. The former Leinster coach has approached his selections with a conservatism and a lack of progressiveness. Here are in my opinion, some of Joe Schmidt’s worst selection calls.

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In search of a Wallabies identity

By 2Beers, 27 Jun 2016
In search of a Wallabies identity

Watching the three matches unfold I couldn’t help but feel that the Australian team was lacking in direction and identity. This is not directed at the players, but at the coaching style and intelligence behind it.

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For the third time in four years England are the Under 20s World Championships after overpowering Ireland 45-21 in the decider.

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Canada vs Italy: International rugby live scores

FINAL SCORE: Italy 20 def Canada 18

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USA vs Russia: International rugby live scores

By Alan Nicolea, 26 Jun 2016
USA vs Russia: International rugby live scores

The USA nearly produced the upset against Italy last week and start strong favourites against rugby minnows Russia today. Join The Roar for live scores from 12 midday AEST.

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Argentina vs France: International rugby live scores

The Pumas will be aiming for a rare clean sweep of match wins during the June International window when they face France today. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:10am AEST.

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Australia's Sean McMahon

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Willie Le Roux giving instructions

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The moment Japan defeated the Springboks

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Brodie Retallick celebrates with teammates

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Mamuka Gorgodze

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Alesana Tuilagi scores for Samoa

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Michael Cheika with one of his disciples.  AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU

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Eddie Jones smiles and is happy

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Willie Le Roux giving instructions

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