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SPIRO: Where is the ARU plan to win Sevens Olympic gold in Rio?

There was a time when the Australian Sevens team was routinely booed, because with players like David Campese, Mark Ella and all the other Ellas, Australian sides were just too good for their opposition in most of the tournaments.

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Former All Black coach pays tribute to Jonah Lomu

Former All Black coach John Hart has provided a touching tribute for the late Jonah Lomu at a memorial service held at Auckland’s Eden Park.

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Like most, Darren Lehmann loves it when a punt pays off.

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Australia’s Matt Giteau wants to kick start Toulon’s Top-14 campaign against Clermont this weekend to bury the horror of losing the World Cup final to New Zealand.

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All Blacks great Dan Carter says he sought assurance about the safety of he and his family before arriving in Paris to begin a three-year stint in French club rugby.

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Henry Speight to debut at Dubai Sevens

Henry Speight has been selected to make his sevens debut in Dubai, included in Australian coach’s Scott Bowen’s 12-man squad for the opening round of the 2015-16 season.

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Wallabies flyer Henry Speight is set to take his World Cup frustrations out in the Middle East next week when he’s handed his Australian international sevens debut.

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Brad Thorn could play for the Reds next year

Cross-code warrior Brad Thorn hasn’t ruled out strapping on the boots for the Queensland Reds next season, saying he still has the “urge” to play again.

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New SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos says he is 100 per cent certain new Japanese team the Sunwolves will be ready to go when they enter the Super Rugby competition next year.

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Sensational try after the siren secures Kenya’s Olympic berth

The Kenyan Sevens Rugby team has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with a spectacular last-minute a win over Zimbabwe.

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NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson is leaning on experience gleaned from a family tragedy with alcoholism to help troubled ex-All Black Zac Guildford re-launch his Super Rugby career in Sydney.

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Winning is the only way Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham will get the haters off his back, and he knows it.

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WATCH: Goalkicker scores the luckiest of conversions

Irish schoolboy Ben Doggett has landed the luckiest of conversions in a recent rugby match.

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Who has been rugby’s greatest ever player?

In a week when two rugby immortals exited different stages, the question arose: was one of them the greatest player ever, and if not who was?

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Rugby great Jonah Lomu probably died from a blood clot that formed during a long-haul flight to New Zealand, one of his medics said on Monday, as plans were unveiled to honour the legendary winger with a public memorial.

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The second round of the European Champions Cup produced some cracking tries and some positive signs for the English sides.

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Baa-baas Bakkies Botha

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England's new coach will have liked what he saw during a dominant weekend for English rugby teams. (Photo: AFP)

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

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw

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Rugby World Cup: State of play and future forecast

This is an overview of the recently completed 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, with some analysis of the way things panned out and the possibilities for the future as we countdown to 2019.

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Brent Pope: Arnie Savea to replace McCaw

By Jack O'Toole, 25 Nov 2015
Brent Pope: Arnie Savea to replace McCaw

New Zealand rugby analyst Brent Pope has hailed All Black great Richie McCaw as the greatest rugby player of all-time. He has backed Wellington Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea to replace the recently retired New Zealand captain.

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Is English rugby back on track after a weekend of European success?

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was an unmitigated disaster for the Rugby Football Union and English Rugby, no matter what way you slice it.

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Cooper uninspiring in heavy Toulon defeat

By Jack O'Toole, 24 Nov 2015
Cooper uninspiring in heavy Toulon defeat

After impressing in his Top 14 debut against Montpelier a fortnight ago, Quade Cooper had a forgettable night at the RICOH Arena as Toulon were thumped 32-6 by Wasps in Pool 5 of the Champions Cup.

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The Man Upstairs: Interview with a Rugby World Cup TMO

Rugby fans the world over will know of him as Ben Skeen, only one of four TMO officials at the Rugby World Cup. However, to 2500 Auckland Grammar students and me, he is Mr Skeen, the associate headmaster.

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Jonah could not stop for death

By Chinmay Hejmadi, 20 Nov 2015
Jonah could not stop for death

Jonah Lomu had passed away. In light of the Sam Burgess saga, I’d been trying to write an article about rugby’s cross code specialists. But the shocking piece of news that I read, as I was languidly going through my Facebook timeline, compelled me to set all that aside.

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Eddie Jones set to beat out Jake White for the England job no one else wanted

Australian Eddie Jones is set to become the first foreign coach of the England rugby team after Super Rugby’s Stormers agreed to a 143,000 Euro contract buyout by the RFU.

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Remembering those who significantly changed rugby

There was a wonderful article in Thursday’s The Australian by Bret Harris, titled ‘All Black giant who shook the world’.

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An unforgettable year for New Zealand rugby

By Worlds Biggest, 20 Nov 2015
An unforgettable year for New Zealand rugby

Has there been a more emotional, tumultuous, exciting and incredible year for New Zealand rugby than 2015?

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Despite a sad present, New Zealand rugby’s future is looking good

It is a sad week for not only New Zealand but world rugby. First the passing of the great Jonah Lomu, a man who changed the game and was rugby’s first legitimate superstar, and now one of the modern-day greats is retiring.

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Inches make champions: My time with Jonah Lomu

Anywhere there is a ball, a screwed up piece of paper, a field, a suitable space, or a discernible goal-line in New Zealand, you inevitably start playing rugby.

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All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu passes away aged 40

By Nathan Farebrother, 18 Nov 2015
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu passes away aged 40

All-Blacks and World Rugby legend Jonah Lomu has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 40.

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Losing in London: A Springboks fan’s long day in the city

My semifinal Saturday started at Trafalgar Square, a monument to Admiral Horatio Nelson’s victory over Spanish and French armadas. His smaller flotilla sunk 22 enemy ships, without a single loss. Britain’s naval supremacy lasted more than a century, from that day.

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Running rugby has as much to do with culture as it does with coaching

The 2015 Rugby World Cup taught us a lot of things about the growing evolution of the sport.

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The All Blacks are better than the Dream Team

Statistics say this current All Blacks team is the best in the world, from any era, from any sport.

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Union Saffa watches league to survive the off-season

The off-season brings withdrawal pain which must be soothed. I chose to learn about the sport of rugby league.

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England and Wales contest a line-out

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Bill Pulver

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England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster

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Dan Carter of the All Blacks. (AAP Image/Steve Holland)

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New All Blacks coach Steve Hansen. AAP Images

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All Blacks Haka

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Melbourne Rising flyhalf Jack Debreczeni

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Stripping should be a yellow card penalty

By Thelma Writes, 10 Nov 2015
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams celebrates

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw

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