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Loss to Ireland the Wallabies’ best tour performance

While the Wallabies suffered another loss against Ireland, it was their best performance on this tour.

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The Wallabies have suffered a double blow ahead of their tour finale against England, losing in-form centre Tevita Kuridrani to injury and slumping to their equal lowest ever ranking.

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The Wallabies are bracing for another aerial assault against England after admitting to being exposed by Ireland’s clever kicking game.

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England will stick with emerging five-eighth George Ford for this weekend’s clash with Australia, adding an element of the unknown to the Wallabies’ preparations.

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About six seats on the plane to the World Cup are up for grabs if the All Blacks remain injury-free in 2015.

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Ireland very good, but the Wallabies not half bad, either…

Well, it was another three-point loss, but whereas the close margin in Paris rather flattered the Wallabies last weekend, the 26-23 scoreline in Dublin was a fair reflection of how the game went.

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Michael Cheika is keeping full faith in his World Cup vision despite a rocky start to his tenure as Wallabies coach.

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Perfect one year, ugly the next. Yet Steve Hansen is hardly reacting like the coach of an All Blacks team who, on results alone, have taken a step backwards in 2014.

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Super Rugby reportedly to have a free-to-air presence from 2016

The Ten Network will cover one match of each Super Rugby ­round in 2016, according to the reported terms of a pending broadcast deal.

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England coach Stuart Lancaster says his players must curb their “youthful exuberance” if they are to end their month on a high note with a win over 2015 World Cup group rivals Australia.

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SPIRO: Ireland defeat Cheika’s Wallabies with Jakeball

If there is such a oxymoronic event as a good defeat, then the Wallabies 26-23 loss at Aviva Stadium against a fired-up Ireland side playing Jakeball about as well as it can be played was such an occasion.

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Forget the World Cup, how do the Wallabies beat England?

Let’s make a pact right now, no talk of the Rugby World Cup until Wallaby coach Michael Cheika names his squad.

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The Wallabies’ worrying trend of losing attacking steam in the second half is becoming a cause for concern in the build-up to next year’s World Cup.

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The All Blacks ended the year as they began it – irked by opponents they say use go-slow tactics to nullify their game.

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Three tries helped South Africa to a 22-6 win over Italy on Saturday at Stadio Euganeo in the hosts’ final Test of the November series.

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Springbok great Bakkies Botha has retired from international rugby, the South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) said on Saturday.

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Australia's lock Rob Simmons evades a tackle by Ireland's Jamie Heaslip during the Wallabies' 32-15 win at Aviva Stadium

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Waratah Kurtley Beale drops the ball

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South Africa Springboks Eben Etzebeth

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Wallabies on the way up

By Crazy Horse, Today New author!
Wallabies on the way up

I watched Sunday morning’s Test with a group of enthusiastic Irish, who like me had been at the sell out International Rules game in Perth.

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Now is not the time for the Wallabies to panic

Like everyone else, I have watched the Wallaby Tests with great interest and I have read a few articles which talk a lot about player changes. I would caution against this for in my experience, teams need stability and consistency to secure and maintain success.

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Rights, lefts and reds go flying in French rugby game

For as long as there have been cards to punish misdemeanours in sport there have been referee blunders.

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Will Skelton destined for Rugby World Cup greatness

The more I see of Wallabies lock Will Skelton, the more I am convinced he will be a Rugby World Cup star for Australia.

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Wallabies show they’re halfway there against Ireland

There has seldom been a day more difficult to be a fan of Australian rugby than Sunday morning’s Test match against Ireland in Dublin.

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Select your Australia A team

By Karl K, Today

This is my first attempt at an article on The Roar so I thought I’d try something fun to ease some of the interstate tensions we have going on around here.

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Australia’s Twickenham assault may determine World Cup fate

The Wallabies are struggling for a win and England are undergoing their own period of transition, 12 months before these two teams meet at the same venue in the World Cup.

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We’re in crisis! The best of The Roar’s comments section

Well, I think I’ve got enough quotes. Given the turmoil that has plagued Aussie rugby over the last few months it’s probably time for some light relief.

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Pain of All Black defeat drives Ireland on

By John Davidson, 25 Nov 2014
Pain of All Black defeat drives Ireland on

Irish eyes are smiling as the Emerald Isle emerges as a true contender for the 2015 World Cup.

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An embarrassment of riches: Hansen’s World Cup All Black jigsaw puzzle

The World Cup is less than a year away now and I cannot help but look forward and take stock of where the All Blacks are sitting.

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Rugby’s mid-term world report card

By Harry Kimble, 25 Nov 2014
Rugby’s mid-term world report card

Now is the time for a mid-term world rugby report. A lot more rugby has been played in the past month than the four southern hemisphere nations, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa going north for their annual migration.

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A captain’s knock: McCaw brings up his 100 in style

When I grew up, Canterbury handed over provincial supremacy seemingly overnight to Auckland.

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The Wallabies need to utilise the behemoth in Skelton

The last few Tests played by the Wallabies have resulted in close encounters, with the Wallabies either falling short, or just scraping home.

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All Blacks seeing yellow but still delivering the goods

The All Blacks enjoyed another all-conquering season in 2014, but of concern is a lack of discipline at times.

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Rugby union need to incorporate league scrums

I don’t know if I necessarily believe it when I say this, and could be convinced otherwise, but rugby union would be better off with rugby league scrums.

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10 players every Kiwi wished were All Blacks

The All Blacks are the best side in world rugby at the moment, and some say they are the best team of any sport anywhere in the world.

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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The French team applaud the crowd after their Rugby World Cup final loss. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

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Israel Dagg (C), Sam Whitelock (R) and Ben Smith of New Zealand celebrate Smith's try during the second Bledisloe Cup game between the All Blacks and Wallabies. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE

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Australia's lock Rob Simmons evades a tackle by Ireland's Jamie Heaslip during the Wallabies' 32-15 win at Aviva Stadium

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South Africa's Springboks' wing Cornal Hendricks

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Waratahs players celebrate after defeating the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final

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Graham Henry

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French winger, Teddy Thomas, scrambles for the ball ahead of the Wallabies winger Adam Ashley Cooper. Image: tim Anger

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Australian Wallabies' Head coach Michael Cheika calls time on a play in the captain's run before the Test against France, November 15, 2014. Image: Tim Anger.

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