From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
It could be a monopoly. Potentially, five backs from the Waratahs are in line start for the Wallabies in the June Test series against England: Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne and Israel Folau.
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Trying to weigh up the Australian conference by analysing results against South African opponents highlights an average year, but also rams home the flaws of a lopsided draw.
Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver is satisfied the Brumbies remain financially viable despite the Super Rugby franchise’s hefty legal costs and payout to departed CEO Michael Jones.
French club Toulon is again making life tricky for Australia’s rugby sevens squad as they wait to learn whether Quade Cooper is available for their final two world series tournaments.
Well, it’s finally over, sort of. The protracted and increasingly absurd backroom and courtroom stoush between the Brumbies board and now-former CEO Michael Jones ended on the weekend, with Jones accepting a deal to walk away from the club on Saturday night.
Wallabies back Kurtley Beale wants to be a Test starter not a finisher, as he nears a decision about whether to stay in Australia.
Emerging superstar Damian McKenzie has spurned guaranteed starts as playmaker at other New Zealand Super Rugby teams to extend his stay at the Chiefs until 2018.
Former New Zealand rugby league international Elijah Taylor is considering a shift to rugby union as the out-of-favour Penrith backrower’s NRL future remains in limbo.
As a rampant number 8 Michael Cheika never took a backward step. He has carried this aggression into every aspect of his coaching.
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When Waratah flanker Dean Mumm was blatantly offside at Newlands from a Bernard Foley kick-off, referee Mike Fraser had no option but to ping him.
NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says his surging Super Rugby side must avoid complacency after propelling themselves back into the battle for Australian conference leadership with successive away wins.
The Brumbies are in freefall, the Waratahs are on the rise and the Rebels are hanging around, heading into a critical phase of the Super Rugby season.
Samu Kerevi’s immediate Wallabies hopes are in jeopardy with the Queensland Reds centre ruled out for the next month of Super Rugby due to a broken hand.
Argentina’s Jaguares scored their second win in Super Rugby and first at home with a 73-27 win over South Africa’s Kings at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.
They threatened to throw it away in a see-sawing last half hour, but the NSW Waratahs have secured a 32-30 win over the Stormers at Newlands, in Cape Town on Saturday.
The Hurricanes’ long-held dominance over the Lions has scaled new heights with a 50-17 thrashing of the home side in Johannesburg.
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Ireland has never won a Test match in South Africa. They came close in 1981 at Kings Park, but Naas Botha kicked all twelve South African points off the sand and by drop goal.
New Zealand have beaten Australia 30-10 in the first of two under-20s internationals at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Australia U20s will host New Zealand U20s at Bond University on the Gold Coast in the first of two matches as part of the Oceania Rugby U20 Championship. You can catch all the action from 6:30pm (AEST) in the free live stream embedded here on The Roar.
Recently an article by journalist Antoinette Muller was brought to my attention in which she detailed the plight of rugby league and the difficulty it is having gaining recognition by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASOC).
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On a weekend where all the best action and controversy came towards the end of the round, the Chiefs did all they needed, professionally holding off a determined Sharks 24-22 in New Plymouth.
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The weekend’s action busted four myths that have been pervading Super Rugby this year.
With about 20 minutes left of an intense match at Newlands, and his side holding a precarious two-point lead, young Stormers winger Leolin Zas chased a midfield up-and-under by his flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis.
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Red cards deprive everyone a balanced and equal contest. The offend player may not be able to continue. The offending team is now disadvantaged for the balance of the game, whether it be for five minutes from the start or five minutes from the end.
Match result: The Jaguares have taken their second Super Rugby win in franchise history in comfortably style, recording 11 tries to run out the 46-point winners over the Kings.
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Match result: The Waratahs squeezed through for a 2-point win over the Stormers early on Sunday morning, pushing their case to return to the top of the Australian conference.
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Match result: An utterly clinical performance from the Hurricanes has seen them take a 33-point win over a the Lions side that, particularly in the first half, was dismal.
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Match result: A wrist injury to Samu Kerevi has provided a sour twist for the Reds, an unfortunate consequence of a 30-17 win over the Cheetahs.
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Match result: The Brumbies went down to reigning Super Rugby champs the Highlanders 10-23 on Saturday night, further worsening their chances of making the 2016 Super Rugby Finals.
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Match result: A poor defensive effort from the Melbourne Rebels which saw them miss 30 tackles for the match resulted in a 6-point win for the Blues on Saturday.
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The Western Force are looking to bounce back from their flogging at the hands of the Waratahs last week when they host the Bulls in Perth. Join The Roar for live coverage from 9:05pm (AEDT).
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The first Super Rugby game of Round 10 will be headed by championship front runners the Chiefs, who play host to the Sharks at Yarrow Stadium. Catch all the highlights and action from 5:35pm (AEST) on The Roar
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