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Highlights: Canes beat Chiefs to book home rugby final

Two flashes of Beauden Barrett genius have booked the Hurricanes a second-successive Super Rugby final appearance following a 25-9 win over the Chiefs.

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Five-eighth Elton Jantjies displayed a full array of skills to propel the Lions into their first Super Rugby final as they ended the reign of the Highlanders with a 42-30 victory in Saturday’s semi-final at Ellis Park.

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Michael Cheika’s immediate Wallaby headache

When the Wallabies reached the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham last year, Michael Cheika’s career stat was 15 Tests for 11 wins at a 73 per cent win-rate – and the Wallabies were ranked No.2 in the world.

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Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship: Giteau released from Toulon and named

Matt Giteau has been reportedly granted leave from Toulon and will join the Wallabies camp ahead of the Rugby Championship.

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Wycliff Palu calls it a day for the Wallabies

Wycliff Palu has called a time on his international career as he prepares to continue his playing days in Japan.

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The talking points: Super Rugby semi-finals

The best four teams in Super Rugby have made it through to the semi-final stage, and no matter what you might think of the competition format or the finals qualification process, you can’t ask for much more than that.

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South Africa coach Allister Coetzee says he wants to change the way the Springboks play so they do not rely solely on brute force to win matches.

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Rugby Championships matches in the northern hemisphere could become a more regular feature as the competition seeks to attract new audiences and take games to expatriate fans, organisers say.

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Queensland coach Kevin Walters is set to rejoin Brisbane as an assistant coach with the NRL club for the remainder of the 2016 season.

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Preview of Super Rugby semi-finals (all times AEST):

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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder will become director of rugby for English club Bath after stepping down from his role at the Super Rugby franchise.

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Coach Jamie Joseph has reshuffled his forward pack for the Highlanders’ Super Rugby semi-final against the Lions in Johannesburg. Joseph has brought in loose forward James Lentjes for Shane Christie while lock Alex Ainley replaces Luke Whitelock, who moves to No.8. The Highlanders will be without prop Siosuia Halanukonuka early on Sunday morning, ruled out […]

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Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver has officially closed the door on any chance of Jarryd Hayne playing in Super Rugby next year.

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Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver says he’s confident Matt Giteau will be able to play in next month’s Rugby Championship despite a tense stand-off with French club Toulon over his availability.

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Last year was so good, let’s do a Hurricanes vs Highlanders final all over again

Despite being two of the better teams all year, it never felt obvious that the best two teams last year would meet in the Super Rugby final in 2016.

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Super Rugby tipping semi finals: Digger’s gamble

Maybe it was the pressure. Maybe it was allowing himself a sneaky little look ahead in which he saw both a Hurricanes and a tipping panel title. Maybe it was arrogance?

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Jarryd Hayne 2016

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Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell

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Sam Cane of the Chiefs celebrates a try. AAP Image/Mark Dadswell

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Highlanders' Aaron Smith celebrates his teams win over the Hurricanes

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The Roar of the crowd

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Michael Cheika needs to be his own man

I am a fan of Michael Cheika but I am starting to see some worrying trends appearing that are making me think that he has quite a lot in common with Eddie Jones.

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Lions vs Highlanders highlights: Lions win nine-try thriller, secure place in the final

This late Saturday night game sees the Lions hosting the Crusaders from Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Join The Roar from 11pm (AEST) for all the live action of the second semi-final.

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Hurricanes vs Chiefs highlights: Hurricanes secure home final

The first of the 2016 Super Rugby semi-finals kicks off in Wellington with a derby match between the Hurricanes and the Chiefs. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEST) for live updates and action.

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A storyteller’s Super Rugby semi-finals preview

A hurricane, a Scottish warrior from the Highlands, and a lion walked into a bar. The bartender, named McKenzie, asked: “What’ll it be?”

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Who are the up-and-coming Australian players in Super Rugby?

I want to counter some of the gloom surrounding Aussie rugby with a look at who the bright up and coming players are around each of our Super teams.

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Scrums need a major rethink

By Observer, 29 Jul 2016
Scrums need a major rethink

If you want to have your eyes opened about scrummages in the modern game, go and visit YouTube and watch England versus New Zealand in 1978 and compare those with the trash we have today.

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Super Rugby semi-finals teams: Hurricanes vs Chiefs, Lions vs Highlanders

The teams of both of the semi-finals, the first between the Hurricanes and Chiefs, the second between the Lions and the Highlanders, have been announced.

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Viva La Revolution! French lessons for the Wallaby playmakers

Bless the French, they are certainly not the most consistent team in the world but they are exciting for the fact that they can play extraordinary rugby and beat anybody on their day.

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My international rugby tour experience

By Bill Chapman, 26 Jul 2016

Given the somewhat depressing state of Australian rugby at the moment I looked for some sustenance in the form of a truly great rugby experience.

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The Wrap: It’s Super Rugby’s fab four, and any of them can win

A repeat Super Rugby title is still a possibility for the Highlanders, although it was a very near thing in on a dirty Canberra Friday night.

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Skills: a basic problem for Australian rugby

By Bill Chapman, 25 Jul 2016
Skills: a basic problem for Australian rugby

I’d been thinking of contributing a piece on the woeful drop-off in the skill level of all of Australia’s Super Rugby teams for a while.

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Is the current Super Rugby system unfair?

There are two things that make the current system for Super Rugby distinctly unfair: the seeding of the conference winners for home finals and the lopsided fixture that grants some teams an easier season than others.

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Stormers vs Chiefs highlights: Chiefs win 60-21

By Connor Bennett, 24 Jul 2016 Popular article!
Stormers vs Chiefs highlights: Chiefs win 60-21

Match result: The Chiefs have moved into the Super Rugby semi-finals with a massive 39-point win over the Stormers in Cape Town.

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Players and coaches need more discipline, and officials shouldn’t hesitate to deliver it

The outstanding feature of the Brumbies’ loss on Friday night was the disrespectful way in which both teams, but especially the Brumbies, treated the decisions of the match officials.

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Bernie bungs it on as Brumbies bundled out

By Matt Porter, 24 Jul 2016
Bernie bungs it on as Brumbies bundled out

The dominant lineout beat the dominant scrum as the Highlanders sent the Brumbies packing in a wet and windy Canberra.

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Lions vs Crusaders highlights: Lions decimate Crusaders in quarter final

Match result: The Lions have at least partially vindicated their decision to rest a host of players in the final round of the Super Rugby season with a first-up finals win over the Crusaders, 42-25.

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Beauden Barrett slips past Brumbies defence

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David Pocock Brumbies Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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ACT Brumbies' Andrew Smith (right) tackles Queensland Reds' Quade Cooper. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

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David Pocock Brumbies Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Australian Womens Sevens rugby team

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Jarryd Hayne 2016

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Vaea Fifita Hurricanes Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Georgian rugby player takes advantage of one of rugby's most confusing laws

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