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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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Wallabies lose narrowly to Ireland in Dublin

The Wallabies have fallen 26-23 to Ireland in Dublin to suffer their first back-to-back spring tour defeats in almost a decade.

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I’m not Beale’s social worker: Cheika

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sees his role in Kurtley Beale’s comeback as rugby coach not social worker, saying it’s up to the controversial playmaker to make the most of his latest career lifeline.

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Michael Cheika won’t be pushing for a rule change to make overseas-based players eligible for Wallabies selection, vowing to stick by players who value playing for their country over money.

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Richie McCaw wonders how on earth the All Blacks won his first game at the helm.

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Henry Speight wants to repay the country that’s given him a better life when he makes his long-awaited Test debut for Australia against Ireland.

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Many Wallabies overlooked for Test selection on the spring tour so far have politely accepted it as being all part of the experience.

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Japan dream of parlaying their entry into an expanded Super Rugby competition into a first-time World Cup quarter-final showing when they host the global showpiece in 2019.

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SPIRO: Has Super Rugby  gone for the money rather than the game?

SANZAR, based on the news released today, has gone for the money. The new structure will generate or should generate large dollops of television money outside of the SANZAR countries.

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BREAKING: Japan and Argentina to join Super Rugby in 2016

In a major development for the Super Rugby competition, the SANZAR Executive Committee this morning formally confirmed that both the Japan Rugby Football Union and the Union Argentina de Rugby have been admitted into the Super Rugby tournament from 2016.

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Four starting changes and the longest Wallabies bench ever

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika hasn’t quite gone as far as I thought – or as far as I hoped, on Tuesday – but I do like that he’s gone some way to shaking the side up ahead of their Test against Ireland in Dublin, in the early hours of Sunday morning, AEDT.

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Richie McCaw’s century – A great achievement for a deserving man

It’s perhaps indicative of the wonder of the achievements that have already been compiled by Richard Hugh McCaw that this weekend’s milestone of his 100th Test as captain of the world’s most renowned team almost feels run of the mill.

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They share Fijian roots, a close bond and a room on the spring tour, now Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight will experience Test rugby together for the first time. Speight’s four-year wait to become an Australian Test player will end in Dublin on Saturday (Sunday morning AEDT) after being named on the wing to face […]

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The NSW Waratahs are embracing the challenge of trying to remain at the Super Rugby summit – even in the absence of master motivator Michael Cheika.

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Michael Cheika’s coaching history in Ireland is adding an element of intrigue to preparations for this weekend’s Test match in Dublin.

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Henry Speight tackled by Zack Holmes

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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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The All Blacks contest a line out 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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300 sleeps to the Rugby World Cup (Part 2)

As of today there are fewer than 300 days until the Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off.

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[VIDEO] Wales vs All Blacks highlights: International rugby Test live scores, blog

Wales host New Zealand at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 4:30am (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Ireland vs Wallabies highlights: International Test rugby live scores, blog

The Wallabies will be out to atone for last week’s poor performance against the French by bouncing back against Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Join us on The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:30am (AEDT).

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Italy vs Springboks: International rugby Test live scores, blog

Italy will host the might of South Africa at Stadio Euganeo, Padua for the third game of the Springbok’s end of year tour. Join The Roar from 1:00am (AEDT) for live scores and commentary.

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Stop whinging about Super Rugby

By Eddard, 22 Nov 2014
Stop whinging about Super Rugby

In a frightful turn of events SANZAR’s decision to expand Super Rugby into an 18-team competition involving Japan and Argentina has turned a significant number of Super Rugby fans English!

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300 sleeps to the Rugby World Cup (Part 1)

By Gavin Melville, 22 Nov 2014
300 sleeps to the Rugby World Cup (Part 1)

With 300 sleeps until the tournament’s kick-off, what’s the pecking order for the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

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Test Rugby versus Super Rugby: Is there a difference?

I have read a lot of articles over the past month in relation to the opinions of coaches and players, and the scandals they had found themselves caught up in. But, the one common theme that keeps surfacing is just how different Test rugby is to Super Rugby.

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A game of emerald Cheikers

By RobC, 20 Nov 2014
A game of emerald Cheikers

When you live and drive in a country like Malaysia, you can do one of two things.

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Woeful vs Wales, Failure vs France: Wallaby fans, lay down your pitchforks

Michael Cheika’s Wallabies have suffered their first loss, defeated by 29 to 26 at the hands of the French in a fiercely contested game at Stade Français on Sunday morning.

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This week, the Wallabies return to the UK after a defensive lesson from the French. Prodigal son Kurtley Beale could be preparing for a return to the Test team as soon as this weekend, when the Wallabies take on a revitalised Ireland.

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Weary Wallabies can still compete

By John Davidson, 19 Nov 2014
Weary Wallabies can still compete

De ja vu, following a pattern, again flattering to deceive. Whatever you call it, the Wallabies’ performance in Paris had a familiar ring to it.

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How Ireland’s ’60 per cent men’ will beat Australia

This weekend the Guinness-swilling underdogs from the Emerald Isle go up against the top-ranking, SANZAR-dominating, twice-Rugby World Cup winning Wallabies.

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Let’s give our Wallabies a reason to win

By Luke Worthington, 19 Nov 2014
Let’s give our Wallabies a reason to win

The Wallabies went down in a tight Test match, but did they have all the help they needed?

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International rugby in review: Week 3

By Mitch Evans, 19 Nov 2014
International rugby in review: Week 3

The third week of the internationals answered as many questions as it presented, with the majority of the games going down to the wire, culminating in a fantastic weekend of viewing.

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Moving houses: What about me (the fans)?

By Simon Smale, 18 Nov 2014

Last weekend, London Wasps played their last home game at Adams Park in High Wycombe – a 71-7 thrashing of Aviva Premiership whipping boys London Welsh.

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The perfect game from an imperfect performance

When riding the tube in London, at certain stations there is a warning broadcasted over the PA system to mind the gap. Invariably at these stations, there is no real discernible gap between the train and the platform.

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Julian Savea

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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Sam Whitelock avoids an Argentinian defender.

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Jan Serfontein runs the ball against Ireland

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Wallabies fly half Kurtley Beale (R) is tackled by Pumas' Juan Manuel Leguizamon

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Hail the brilliance of the 1984 Grand Slam Wallabies. AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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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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Duane Vermeulen for the Springboks

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