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Five pre-season questions to kick off the Australian rugby year

Having watched a lot of cricket but played not enough golf over the holiday period, I forced myself to start thinking about rugby again over the weekend.

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Nick Frisby finds himself a new home

Exiled Queensland Reds halfback Nick Frisby has signed with French Top 14 club Bordeaux for the remainder of the European season.

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Ed Jenkins forced to call time on rugby sevens career

Rugby sevens veteran Ed Jenkins has retired after a 10-year career which included leading Australia at the Rio Olympics.

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New Rugby Australia CEO wants stability

Stability and better on-field performances will be the key measures of success for new Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, who will meet with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Tuesday.

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Waratahs lure potential All Blacks hooker

NSW Waratahs have poached a potential All Blacks hooker from under the nose of New Zealand rugby.

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New CBA and re-brand means everything is actually okay after all

In the first major rugby news of the year, Rugby Australia have splashed the cash in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which will see pay increases for Super Rugby, Rugby Sevens and female players.

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Mary’s Wonder Women: The Wallaroos get their pay day

During 2016 I wrote at least one article a week about women’s sport. That’s at least 52 articles covering the talents and successes of women across a number of sports including rugby league, rugby union, AFL, football, basketball, netball, softball and cricket.

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Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Here’s another, rather more contemporary rugby truth: David Pocock will be welcomed back to Australia with open arms in 2018.

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Rugby Australia announces major pay increase for Super Rugby players

2017 was a tumultuous year for rugby union in Australia, but 2018 has started off on a positive foot with Rugby Australia announcing a pay increase for Super Rugby players on Wednesday morning in their new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

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Australian rugby players set for bumper pay rise

Australian Super Rugby players will reportedly receive about a 10 per cent pay rise despite waning interest in the game and uncertainty over the competition.

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Nic Stirzaker finds himself a new (temporary) home

Melbourne Rebels scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker will miss the start of the Super Rugby season after signing a short-term deal with English club Saracens.

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Is rugby really better in the professional era?

Back in the seventies I used to take the steelworkers bus to school in Wales. I was the only kid on it, but they would always welcome me – and if it was full, someone always made sure I had a seat.

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Karmichael Hunt charged with drug possession

Update: Karmichael Hunt has been stood down from his training and playing commitments effective immediately and indefinitely after news broke that he was charged with drug possession on Saturday.

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Waratahs wait on McCalman medical report

The NSW Waratahs are waiting for a medical report on Wallabies backrower Ben McCalman’s troublesome right shoulder before finalising negotiations with him ahead of the Super Rugby season.

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Australian rugby in 2017: The annual Wallabies roller coaster

Our Australian rugby Year in Review series concludes with the side that tested both the friendship of supporters who wanted to believe and The Roar’s servers when that belief was most tested: the Wallabies.

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Why the return of Israel Folau will be a blessing for Michael Cheika

It was a special night. Even though I am not an Australian, I could sense an intangible, special feeling in the air from the moment the Wallabies ran on to the field in their beautifully-designed Indigenous jerseys, and Shannon Ruska began the most heart-felt Welcome to Country speech to date.

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All smiles after Australia's historic Test series win in 2004

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Kurtley Beale makes a break

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Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes of England

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Former Wallabies captain Ken Catchpole

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Adam Coleman Wallabies

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Joe Powell Brumbies Super Rugby Union 2017

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Westen Force player Curtis Rona

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The Roar of the crowd

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A historical First XV of famous Australian faces

Is there something unique about how rugby is played in this great Southern Land? By crikey there is!

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The zone of proximal player development

By Kia Kaha, 13 Jan 2018
The zone of proximal player development

Lev Semenovich Vygotsky lived a short life, but it took years long after his death for his work on developmental psychology to be discovered in the West.

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Can the Wallabies master that deadly combination?

I have previously preached the gospel of the 2-4-2 attacking system used by the New Zealand teams, and now I’m going to reminisce on the three vital cogs without which it just couldn’t work and ask: “Do the Wallabies have those same cogs?”.

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Preaching the 2-4-2

By Tipsy McStagger, 13 Jan 2018
Preaching the 2-4-2

In a previous thread on an article written by Steiner about the Wallabies 1-3-3-1 attacking structure I had a bit of a rant about my admiration for the 2-4-2 attacking structure used by the All Blacks and their provincial teams.

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The keys that are locks

By PapanuiPirate, 12 Jan 2018
The keys that are locks

A while back I wrote a piece on the back row in the context of Australia’s recent difficulty in balancing those positions. This time I want to take a look at lock forward and how the position is fast becoming the bellwether position in the modern game.

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‘Cheika-Ball’: Making two playmakers and dual opensides work

We’ve heard of ‘Warren-ball’ to describe the mid-field crash-ball game of Warren Gatland’s Wales and his 2013 British and Irish Lions.

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Why France is right to be concerned about rugby imports

French rugby president Bernard Laporte has chosen his former national assistant Jacques Brunel as the new national coach despite his dismal record with Italy, and a fascinating article in Monday’s Australian entitled: ‘France appoints new coach and takes a stance on foreign occupation of top 14 clubs‘, shed some light on why.

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Aaron Cruden, author of Beautifully Built Tries

In the late forties, a boy was born in the desert. His name was Mohed. He lost both parents as an infant; his mother passed away, and his father abandoned him.

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Are the Wallabies overemphasising attack off the lineout?

If there is a signature characteristic of the Wallabies that has developed since the 2015 World Cup, it is the variety of attacking moves off the lineout that we see them converting into tries.

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Solving rugby’s scoring dilemma

By David, 6 Jan 2018
Solving rugby’s scoring dilemma

Nick Bishop’s recent column about the changes in rugby from the (mostly) amateur era to the (mostly) professional era sparked yet more discussion about whether changes to scoring could change the way rugby is played, in particular whether it could make the game more open and change the balance of tries to penalty goals.

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The South needs to worry – the North is coming fast

As we’ve reached the end of 2017 and 2018 has kicked off the inevitable annual reviews come flooding in – so here’s another one to add to the deluge.

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From Frank’s Vault: Australia vs England (1991)

Australia’s victory over England at the Sydney Football Stadium on 27 July 1991 is the greatest performance by a Wallaby team in Australian rugby history.

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Thorn’s big backline calls

By Cam Stokes, 4 Jan 2018 Popular article!
Thorn’s big backline calls

New Queensland Reds head coach Brad Thorn would’ve bristled with barely contained rage when he heard the news that Karmichael Hunt had again found himself in hot water with the law.

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Oh for the box kick Down Under

By ThoroughsTouws, 1 Jan 2018 New author!
Oh for the box kick Down Under

Now that the dust has settled on the Wallabies’ trip to the UK, it is surely time for Michael Cheika and his backline coach, Stephen Larkham, to face and address a glaring problem.

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It’s time for an international window across all rugby leagues

It’s an old adage, in fact we hear it at least twice a year. Bath recently got fined £60,000 by Premiership Rugby for allowing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against South Africa in early December.

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Rugby’s Top 10 influencers of 2017

By Rugby Republik, 29 Dec 2017 New author!
Rugby’s Top 10 influencers of 2017

There’s a buzz word in the marketing world for those with the ability to shape the opinions, actions and buying habits of others. They’re called ‘Influencers’.

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Crusaders Israel Dagg runs after the ball

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The French rugby side get ready for their clash with the Wallabies, after La Marseillaise rings out through the Stade de France. Image: Tim Anger

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Kurtley Beale playing with some junior rugby stars

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Cheika

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Fiji Drua vs Melbourne Rising

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John Eales

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A wet crowd of Wallabies supporters before 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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