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Cheika: Beale will not be selected for Spring Tour

Kurtley Beale will not be joining the Wallabies’ squad for their European spring tour, despite being eligible for selection following his code of conduct hearing.

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Brisbane City and Perth Spirit have scored two upset victories in as many days, leaving third-placed City set to take on fourth-placed Perth in the inaugural National Rugby Championship (NRC) grand final next Saturday at Ballymore.

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Unwanted for Pakistan’s one-day series against Australia earlier this month, 36-year-old Younis Khan was unsure if he’d even make himself available for the two-Test series that followed.

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Kurtley Beale cleared to join the Wallabies’ Spring Tour

Sanity resumed at ARU headquarters last night with Kurtley Beale fined $45,000 for breaching the Code of Conduct, but free to join the Wallabies end of year tour.

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Brisbane City have recorded a 32-26 comeback win over the NSW Country Eagles at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford to secure the first spot in the inaugural National Rugby Championship grand final.

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Kurtley’s $45,000 ticket to Europe

Wallaby back Kurtley Beale is immediately eligible to join the European tour squad despite being fined $45,000 for a serious violation of the Australian Rugby Union code of conduct.

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Israel Folau ranks Michael Cheika alongside NRL super coach Wayne Bennett and says he is “absolutely” the man to the lead Australia to Rugby World Cup glory next year.

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Japan has beaten Singapore as the preferred candidate for Super Rugby’s 18th team when the competition expands in 2016, organisers said Friday.

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BREAKING: Beale not guilty on serious charge, will join Wallabies Spring Tour

In breaking news, The Roar has learnt that Wallaby Kurtley Beale has been fined $45,000 but found not-guilty for his involvement in the messaging saga involving former staffer Di Patston by the ARU code of conduct tribunal.

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Twist in the Beale-Patston saga: reports of evidence manipulation

The Kurtley Beale-Di Patston saga simply won’t go away, and there have been new revelations ahead of Beale’s hearing at the ARU Code of Conduct Tribunal today.

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National Rugby Championship: Semi-finals preview

The regular season of the National Rugby Championship is done, and now things get serious as we head straight into the knockout stage of the new competition.

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Cheika has tough decisions to make in the Wallabies backline

How new Wallabies coach Michael Cheika treats Will Genia, Will Skelton and the uncapped Kyle Godwin and Henry Speight will be key moments on the Spring Tour.

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The Outsider’s guide to the Spring Tour

There’s nothing like getting away from it all to relieve the burden of one’s troubles.

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Israel Folau wins John Eales Medal

Game-breaking fullback Israel Folau’s huge value to rugby union has been underlined after he beat warm favourite and Wallabies captain Michael Hooper for the John Eales Medal on Thursday.

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Master motivator Michael Cheika admits he’ll need all his wile and guile to make a success of the Wallabies’ whirlwind European adventure.

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Forgotten Wallaby Liam Gill will bolster a highly-physical Brisbane City pack aiming for a Gosford ambush in Friday night’s NRC semi-final against NSW Country.

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Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies goes to ground after being tackled by Jonathon Sexton of the Lions. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Rising vs Perth Spirit highlights: NRC semi-final live scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Perth Spirit move through to the NRC final to face Brisbane City after defeating Melbourne Rising on the 29-45.

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The best teams deal best with injuries

By Kia Kaha, 25 Oct 2014
The best teams deal best with injuries

What do France, South Africa, England, Australia and New Zealand have in common? There are numerous answers you could provide.

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Would the Wallabies wobble without Waratahs?

While Micheal Cheika’s appointment as Wallaby coach was the best option for Australian rugby under the circumstances, his dual role as head of the Waratahs will no doubt create some conflicts of interest – perceived or otherwise.

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[VIDEO] NSW Country vs Brisbane City highlights: NRC semi-final scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Brisbane City become the first team to secure a place in the 2014 National Rugby Championship final following a 32-26 victory against NSW Country on Friday night.

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How to become the best in the world? Become the second best

“How do we become New Zealand? How do we get to the point where we can claim to be the best and no one dares question it afterward?” Two questiosn the rugby world wants to know.

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What do age and caps tell us about the touring parties?

As a merciful distraction, the spring tour teams to Europe have been announced.

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Rugby Championship review: ‘Ball in hand’ vs ‘wait and see’

We will often look at statistics to guide us towards an explanation for an outcome of a study. The issue with statistics though, is that they can be manipulated.

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The Barbarians: One of rugby’s great traditions deserve respect

I’ve been a Barbarians supporter ever since the Australia versus Barbarians game finishing off the grand slam of 1984. Anyone who watched that game will remember it to this day.

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The month of November nears and with it comes the southern hemisphere nations announcing their squads for the upcoming internationals.

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Forget Cheika and a Wallaby resurgence, Australian rugby is in a mess

Australia has just finished the Rugby Championship series, finishing third out of four nations.

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Well, Saracens, Glasgow and Ospreys currently lead the field in the European Rugby Champions Cup after the first round of games.

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Three outta five ain’t bad: Let’s grant Cheika a few spring tour losses

It’s hard to fully comprehend the magnitude of what has occurred in Australian Rugby in the last few weeks, but I’m glad to see that the Wallabies once more have a coach.

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One year can make or break a rookie player

By Ball Handling Hooker, 23 Oct 2014
One year can make or break a rookie player

Almost a year ago, I chronicled the journey of two young scrum-halves and their attempts to further their careers.

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Michael Hooper is not a captain. Not yet

By Alex Wood, 23 Oct 2014
Michael Hooper is not a captain. Not yet

The events we have watched unfold since that fateful plane trip to Argentina three weeks ago will be remembered as a shameful chapter in Australian rugby history.

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Hansen needs to rethink the breakdown

By Kia Kaha, 23 Oct 2014
Hansen needs to rethink the breakdown

In 2013, after the 36-man training camp in Newlands, Heyneke Meyer made a presentation in which he claimed South Africa were languishing behind their Rugby Championship rivals in the breakdown.

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Don’t believe the hype: ARU culture is not rotten

The great shame is that we expect rugby to imitate life. We expect every pass to stick. But, guess what, we are human.

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

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

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The Wallabies are despondent after their loss to Argentina (AP Photo/Marcos Garcia)

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Tevita Kuridrani of the Wallabies has the ball knock out of his hands in a tacklePhoto: Paul Barkley/LookPro

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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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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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