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Lord’s Wallaby team from the current squad

When Michael Cheika named his extended Wallaby squad of 40 for the Rugby Championship, he gave himself plenty of room to move.

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No real surprises in Cheika’s 40-man Wallaby squad

There are not many surprises in Michael Cheika’s new look Wallaby train-on squad.

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Super Rugby Expert tipping: The final (Pick your margin!)

So, one game to go, and we’re all locked up at the top and we’re all locked up the bottom. Elisha is both safe in the middle and doomed to the bronze medal. Not even double points can help him.

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No ‘hope’ for Rugby Championship squad

“Hope is not a strategy”.

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MASCORD: Is anyone impartial around Origin time?

State Of Origin’s biggest strength, and its biggest weakness, is that at this time of year no-one is impartial.

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George Smith wasn’t among the French connection named in the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship squad but the Test veteran is very much part of coach Michael Cheika’s plans.

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Karmichael Hunt’s exclusion from an extended Wallabies squad has nothing to do with the drugs scandal he is at the centre of, coach Michael Cheika says.

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Super Rugby final preview: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Here we are. The Super Rugby final has arrived, and it will be contested by the Hurricanes and the Highlanders, the teams that finished on the highest points after the regular season.

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No Hunt, O’Connor in Wallabies squad for 2015 Rugby Championship

The Wallabies have announced their full training squad for the 2015 Rugby Championship.

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Folau confirms Japan rugby in off-season

Israel Folau has confirmed he’ll head to Japan at the end of this year to play for club side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes.

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Do we actually care that players take drugs?

The revelations of Karmichael Hunt’s party lifestyle ironically make for very sobering reading for anyone who loves their footy club.

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Clowning around with the Rugby World Cup

No wonder gambling is so addictive. Of course, it plays right into that little node in our brain that lights up like Vegas when there’s half a chance of getting something for nothing.

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SPIRO: Super Rugby’s good, bad and beautiful for the Wallabies

With the Super Rugby season over for the Australian sides, it is time to reminisce. Here is the good, the bad and the beautiful for the Wallabies.

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Super Rugby final by the numbers

We take brief jaunt back to the stats sheets this lovely Thursday ahead of the Super Rugby final.

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Israel Folau won’t rule out playing sevens at next year’s Rio Olympics.

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Part of the Wallabies’ French foreign legion, Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, are expected to be named in Australia’s train-squad for the Rugby Championship opener on Thursday afternoon.

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Israel Folau looks on at the Tri-Nations trophy during warm-up in 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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Israel Folau for the Wallabies celebrates his try during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and South Africa's Springboks at Patersons Stadium in Perth, Sept. 6, 2014. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

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Hurricanes' Matt Proctor

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A dejected Israel Folau of the Waratahs

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Australia's Pama Fou (C) runs as Scotland's Andrew Turnbull (L) defends during their match at the IRB Sevens rugby tournament

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Hurricanes' Ardie Savea

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Waratahs' Super Rugby head coach Michael Cheika. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Super Rugby final live scores, blog: Hurricanes vs Highlanders

Welcome to the last game of Super Rugby in its current form, the Super Rugby final. Following an against-the-odds win in Sydney, the Highlanders fly to Wellington to face the best performing team in the tournament in the Hurricanes.

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Naiyaravoro: From wasting at Wests to winning with Wallabies

Standing at 195 centimetres and tipping the scales at 120 kilograms, most people would judge Taqele Naiyaravoro to be a valuable addition to any rugby league team in the NRL.

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Is the Rugby Championship skewed to help the Wallabies?

I have not seen many comments on the structure of the upcoming Rugby Championship, and I recognise that with only one game against each country there is limited scope to make it absolutely fair.

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When will Super Rugby crown a new South African or Australian champion?

There will be some notable milestones occurring this weekend. There will be a new first-time winner of Super Rugby, the last tournament in its current format, and there will also be a fourth New Zealand team to win the championship.

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Pacific Nations and the myth of Sisyphus

In his philosophical essay, Albert Camus painted a grim picture of man’s futile search for meaning in an opaque universe devoid of God and eternal truths or values.

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Aussie sevens women looking ahead with anticipation

With a year of unexpected inconsistency and injury now behind them, the Australian women are looking ahead in pursuit of their ultimate goal.

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The big rugby match this weekend (in Lesotho)

Home field advantage is valuable in rugby. The Lesotho Stallions will enjoy that edge as they face their more favoured rivals from Swaziland this Saturday (2:30pm local time) at the Bambatha Sports Arena.

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Coaching techniques need to suit the game

Australian Rugby has become obsessed with the so called ‘Australian Way’ which is supposed to be about running rugby. It is foolhardy, especially in the modern game. You have to have specific players coming through the systems at good rates to be able to carry out that philosophy over a significant period of time.

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Wallabies squad for the Rugby World Cup: What would Michael Cheika do?

Today I want to talk national selection, named how our Wallabies squad will shape up for the Rugby World Cup.

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Being Springbok second:  All is lost for the perennial runners-up

One time I came second in a pancake-eating contest. There were 19 contestants and I beat 17 of them. Without any doubt, after the contest, I was the most miserable.

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Things we love, we hate and we’d like to see, but never will

With the newest and last edition of the current format of Super Rugby coming to a climactic all Kiwi close this weekend, I’ve noticed a lot of seriousness going around on The Roar.

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What are the chances of an all-Australian Super Rugby grand final?

The 2015 Super Rugby final in Wellington sold out in one minute. One minute.

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The Penrith Emus have become a joke

By John Macdonald, 2 Jul 2015

The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday that Eastwood scored a cumulative 454-0 against Penrith in the Sydney club rugby union round on Saturday.

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Is Australian rugby that bad? You’re having a laugh

Is Australian rugby that bad? Over the past few weeks countless debates have been fought about the state of the game.

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Wallaby World Cup squad based on Super Rugby form

Now that the Australian teams’ involvement in Super Rugby is complete the Wallabies Rugby World Cup 31-man squad is due to be named.

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Money’s the name of the rugby game

By Andrew Jardine, 30 Jun 2015
Money’s the name of the rugby game

It’s better to be a politician than a rugby star in South Africa, a pal tells me. Join the government, stick your hand into the cookie jar and, if you’re caught, it’s likely you’ll be punished by being made an ambassador to a banana republic and given a hefty golden handshake.

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Australia's head coach Michael Cheika, second right, walks with his side before playing Ireland

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A dejected Israel Folau of the Waratahs

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Israel Folau

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Referee Craig Joubert (left) shows the yellow card to Rebels' Gareth Delve. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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Rob Horne crossed twice for the Waratahs

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Adam Ashley-Cooper runs the ball during the opening game of the 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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Australia's head coach Michael Cheika, second right, walks with his side before playing Ireland

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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Rob Horne crossed twice for the Waratahs

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