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SPIRO: The Waratahs face a last Crusade in the Super Rugby final

It is a sign of a very good side that they can play poorly by their high standards, especially in the set pieces, and still win a Super Rugby semi-final 26-8. The Waratahs did this against the Brumbies on Saturday night.

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Departing coaching director Laurie Fisher is convinced the Brumbies are close to ending their decade-long Super Rugby title drought despite falling one win short of back-to-back grand final appearances.

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Super-sized second-rower Will Skelton has vowed to tidy up his tackling for fear of letting down his NSW Waratahs teammates in Saturday night’s Super Rugby final.

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An enemy turned ally holds the key to the NSW Waratahs’ hopes of securing their maiden Super Rugby championship with a hoodoo-busting victory over the colossal Crusaders.

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Waratahs cement final against Crusaders – Take a bow Nathan Grey

While head coach Michael Ckeika is the obvious mastermind of the Waratahs cementing a first-time home Super Rugby final next Saturday night, it’s defence coach Nathan Grey who deserves the accolades last night.

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Waratahs to meet Crusaders in Super Rugby final

The NSW Waratahs have outclassed the Brumbies 26-8 in a tense Super Rugby derby to set up a blockbuster final with the Crusaders.

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The Crusaders secured their place in the Super Rugby final beating the Sharks 38-6 on Saturday night in their semi-final in Christchurch.

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Colby Fainga’a has capped a remarkable first year in Melbourne by being named the Rebels’ players’ player at the Super Rugby club’s awards night.

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Brumbies deserve Super title: Mowen

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen has stoked the fire ahead of Saturday night’s sudden-death showdown with the NSW Waratahs and declared his side deserving of the Super Rugby title.

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Melbourne are set to be in the unusual position of favourites to win a rugby union title when the new National Rugby Championship (NRC) gets under way.

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Coach Michael Cheika insists the NSW Waratahs will not veer from running rugby, no matter what the conditions, in what promises to be a brutal Super Rugby semi-final against the Brumbies on Saturday.

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Michael Hooper v Jarrad who? Undoubtedly the Brumbies’ most underrated player, No.7 Jarrad Butler will face the huge task of squaring off against the Wallabies’ captain during Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final at Allianz Stadium.

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NSW Waratahs defence guru Nathan Grey is tipping the Brumbies will display both the daring and grinding aspects of their game in Saturday’s all-Australian Super Rugby semi-final.

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Melbourne Rising announce NRC squad for 2014

National Rugby Championship side Melbourne Rising have announced their full playing squad for the 2014 NRC competition.

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Super Rugby semi-finals preview

Super Rugby’s minor premiers and competition favourites, the Waratahs will host local rivals the Brumbies on saturday night at Allianz stadium in front of an expected full house of 40,000.

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By the stats, it’s the Waratahs

In sport, 85-90 per cent of the time, stats tell the true story. But every now and again a stat like Don Bradman’s surfaces, requiring just four runs at the Oval in his final Test to have a career Test batting average of 100.

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Wallabies Rugby Union coach Ewen McKenzie. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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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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Queensland Reds' player Liam Gill. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Michael Hooper against the Brumbies (Source: AJF Photography)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Waratahs pave the way for Bledisloe Cup glory

A Waratahs win this weekend will go a long way towards a strong Wallaby performance in the Rugby Championship. It could even lay the platform for an elusive Bledisloe Cup victory.

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The Wallabies are closing the gap on the All Blacks

By mccrindle, Today New author!
The Wallabies are closing the gap on the All Blacks

Recently there has been a lot of hype about the Wallabies’ winning streak. They have seven-straight wins and are closing in on the elusive record of ten set by the 2000 side.

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The Springboks’ game plan requires evolution, not complete reconstruction

When I was young and naive I would sit in front of the tellie, watch the Springboks play and yell in protest.

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Super doubtful about the future of rugby

Over the next two years, Australia’s rugby landscape will go through its biggest transformation since the establishment of the Super 12 competition 18 years ago.

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[VIDEO] Waratahs vs Brumbies: Super Rugby semi-final highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Waratahs have kept their winning streak rolling on with a hard-fought 26-8 victory against the Brumbies in Sydney.

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[VIDEO] Crusaders vs Sharks: Super Rugby semi-final highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Crusaders are through to the Super Rugby grand final after defeating the Sharks in Christchurch.

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And then there were four: Super Rugby semi-finals preview

As the finals of the Super Rugby season start to heat up, we are left with the best team of each conference of 2014: the Waratahs, Crusaders and Sharks.

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The Waratahs’ trajectory and my own life

By Elisha Pearce, 25 Jul 2014
The Waratahs’ trajectory and my own life

It’s been a great year to follow the Waratahs, that much is obvious. But personally it converges with my own life in more ways than one.

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What an Australia ‘A’ rugby side would look like

It’s been a long time since I can remember an Australia ‘A’ team being fielded. Whether a midweek game against a touring national team or during the Pacific Nations Cup in 2007 and 2008.

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Super Rugby Expansion 2016 – Part 2

By Dominic, 25 Jul 2014

In Part One of my series, I put forward my ideas for including two Argentinean teams in the expanded Super Rugby competition from 2016.

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Sharks versus Crusaders: An objective preview

The Crusades were seen by the European participants as liberation and purification missions. The trek from the west of Europe through Turkey to Palestine was arduous, to say the least, and waiting for them in the ‘Holy Lands’ was every type of pestilence, hardship, and challenge.

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Rambling thoughts and questions for the Super Rugby semi-finals

With the promise of an exciting weekend of Super Rugby semi-finals just around the corner, it seemed an appropriate time to have some fun and ask some questions of The Roar community.

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How will the referees influence the Super Rugby semi-finals?

Whether you like it or not, the 2014 Super Rugby season, in particular, has been one ruled by referees – and they will again play their role in the competition semi-finals.

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The Sharks can still make history in 2014

By Armand van Zyl, 23 Jul 2014
The Sharks can still make history in 2014

An headline statement seems outrageous, considering that the Sharks are probably the least likely team to win the Super Rugby 2014 tournament. But there is reason for my insanity.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper: The world’s most underrated player?

Ten years in the Wallaby jersey for 94 Test caps and 27 Test tries – you would think with facts and figures like that we would be talking about a true Wallaby legend.

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Super Rugby semi-finals – How’s it going to play out?

The semi-finalists for the 2014 Super Rugby season have been confirmed after two exhilarating preliminary finals and it is difficult to deny that the Brumbies and Sharks have well and truly earned the right to have a go at the two top teams from the round robin, the Waratahs and Crusaders.

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Jake White, head coach of Super Rugby's Sharks

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Ewen McKenzie (right) with Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Ged Robinson of the Rebels scores a try during the round 9 Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Southern Kings in Melbourne, Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AAP Image/Mark Dadswell

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Puma's player Martin Landajo takes the ball forward

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Brumbies' Matt Toomua and Chiefs' Tanerau Latimer. (AP Photo/SNPA, Ross Setford)

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Will Genia is rushed to kick a ball, which is charged down by leaping England players

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South Africa's Springboks Bismarck du Plessis, Frans Steyn and Heinrich Broussow. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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