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Michael Cheika: Turn the simple things right up to 11

The secret to Michael Cheika’s coaching success is making things simpler, then turning the speed and intensity right up to 11.

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Wallabies playmaker Bernard Foley appears set to stay in Australia with Michael Cheika indicating the No.10 was set to resist overtures from Japanese rugby.

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Michael Cheika came in for some criticism when he retained his NSW Waratahs post after securing the Wallabies’ coaching job.

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Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey named Wallabies’ assistant coaches

Stephen Larkham and Nathan Grey will act as assistant coaches of the Wallabies under Michael Cheika in the 2015 Test season.

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Super Rugby Expert tipping: Round 3

I’m very happy to report a much improved round of tipping from the Experts in Round 2, which has eased concerns as to the viability of the panel.

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Brumbies flyers Joe Tomane and Henry Speight say they’ve made it their goal to push each other into the Wallabies’ two starting wing spots at this year’s Rugby World Cup.

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James O’Connor will finally make his Queensland Reds debut after being named to start in Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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Western Force winger Nick Cummins will be held back from Friday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes to ensure he’ll be cherry ripe to face the Brumbies next week.

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Time rugby cut the amateur game loose

In last Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald, Peter FitzSimons spoke about the ARU using a windfall from TV rights to finance a chase for the greatest player in rugby league, Greg Inglis.

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SPIRO: SANZAR needs to toughen up on rugby thugs

Rugby is supposed to be a thugs’ game played by gentlemen. SANZAR’s weak attitude to unacceptable thuggery on the field this season is leading to the possibility of rugby becoming a thugs’ game played by thugs.

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The All Blacks legend whose scrotum was ripped open in an infamous 1986 rugby union Test match against France, admitted he wasn’t surprised at new allegations Les Bleus were on amphetamines at the time.

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NSW Waratahs captain Dave Dennis is being refreshed by the challenge of using his smarts to counter the superior size of his second row rivals at opposing Super Rugby clubs.

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When four cocaine charges become a basis for broader discussion

On February 7, 2013 Bill Pulver said in a press conference: “While being quite proud of our record it would be naïve of the ARU to think [drugs are] not an issue that spans all Australian sports”.

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LAIDLAW: What’s next for Richie McCaw?

Is Richie McCaw simply too good to be true? On the face of it the answer is yes. No player in the rugby world comes anywhere close when you add up the list of virtues that this extraordinary individual possesses.

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A battered NSW Waratahs side are grateful for an early season bye in a punishing Super Rugby campaign which could conclude with them playing for 13 straight weeks.

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Former world champions South Africa will include seven non-white players in 23-man match squads in the run-up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the national rugby body has announced.

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Naiyaravoro breaks free of Reds defence in his sides victory in Rd 19 of the Super Rugby competition.

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Greg Inglis (left) and Greg Bird during Game II of the 2013 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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Karmichael Hunt

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Rabbitohs' Greg Inglis runs the ball during the 2014 NRL Grand Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

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The Roar of the crowd

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[VIDEO] Cheetahs vs Blues highlighs: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Cheetahs host the Blues from Free State Stadium in Blomfontein. Join us for live coverage from 4.10am (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Western Force vs Hurricanes highlights: 2015 Super Rugby scores, blog

The Western Force host their first game this season against the table-topping Hurricanes who have come away from their South African tour with two wins out of two. Join us for live scores and commentary from 9:45pm AEDT.

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[VIDEO] Highlanders vs Reds highlights: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match Result Not the most interesting of games and the Highlanders did just enough to record their first win of the 2015 season. They started the game well and Banks was able to hit the scoreboard early for them.

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Roar Wallaby form teams after Round 2

By PeterK, 27 Feb 2015
Roar Wallaby form teams after Round 2

There are three Wallaby form teams after Round 2. These are based on you rankings from my article earlier in the week.

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Be honest: How outraged would you be if footballers took drugs?

For a week now, the back pages have been slathered in sporting drug scandals across all three oval-ball codes. But unlike the sporting drug scandals of the recent ASADA investigation, the drugs in question are not performance-enhancing.

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Pieter ‘Lappies’ Labuschagne is a tackling maniac. In 2013, he made 248 Super Rugby tackles.

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This is the forum for Roarers to share their thoughts, fears and (happy) tears about the scrum. Everybody is welcome. Forwards, backs, referees, fans, non-fans.

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How will new referee interpretations influence the 2015 Rugby World Cup?

Since the November Tests of last year I have been pondering referee interpretations and the tactics teams will come up with prior to the Rugby World Cup.

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It’s time to revamp the rugby red card ruling

By Michael Vaughan, 24 Feb 2015
It’s time to revamp the rugby red card ruling

Watching Blues player Hayden Triggs justifiably receiving a red card against the Stormers over the weekend got me thinking. There’s something wrong in seeing one team reduced in numbers, causing the game to be effectively reduced to a non-event.

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Shaking off the rust: Super Rugby Round 2 review

From Newlands to New Plymouth, this has been a week where on-field exploits were overshadowed by drama beyond the white lines and advertising signs.

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Who is Hugh Blake, the kilted Kiwi

By Adam Julian, 24 Feb 2015

The recent selection of Hugh Blake in the Scottish squad for the Six Nations raised eyebrows and hackles in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 2

By Diggercane, 23 Feb 2015
Diggercane’s Super Rugby wrap: Round 2

Round 2 of Super Rugby has wrapped up and another good round has been played out along with throwing up a few more surprises to be pondered.

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Super Rugby player ratings – Round 2

Here are my player ratings from Round 2 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity.

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Let’s get technical: How to make the most of your size on the field

The beauty of professional sport is that every team represents a specific region in a specific country.

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[VIDEO] Sharks vs Lions highlights: 2015 Super Rugby scores, blog

Hello and welcome on board for the second leg of this morning’s South African double header as the Durban-based Sharks host the Lions from Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. You can follow the live scores and coverage of this match from 4.05am (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Stormers vs Blues highlights: 2015 Super Rugby live scores, blog

Good morning Roarers and welcome to the first of the South African double header this Sunday morning as the Stormers host the Blues from Newlands in Capetown. You can follow live scores and coverage of this match from 2:05am (AEDT).

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Reds captain James Horwill

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Kieran Read is tackled by Atieli Pakalani

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Beauden Barrett slips past Brumbies defence

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Karmichael Hunt

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The Waratah's Lachie Turner is tackled by the Rebel's Greg Somerville during their Super Rugby match at the SFS, Sydney, April 30, 2011. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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

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Scott Higginbotham hugs Nic Stirzaker

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Nick Farr-Jones and David Campese at 1991 RWC. AAP Images

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Paddy Ryan of the NSW Waratahs scores against the Melbourne Rebels. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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