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The Wrap: All 2017’s highlights and lowlights

Here’s my list of the mad and the inspired for 2017. What moments stood out for you?

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Senior changes a reason for optimism in Australian rugby

When David Pocock isn’t winning games single-handedly for the Brumbies next year, he’ll be saving the Tasmanian devil, shutting down the Adani mine or acting as a celebrant at same-sex marriages.

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Mary’s Wonder Women: Rugby joins the women’s sport party

For Rugby Australia, 2017 will be a year some key stakeholders will quickly want to forget. It’s a year that will be remembered for stoushes in the Super Rugby, uncertainty at an administrative level and concern about the performance of the Wallabies on the world stage.

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Super W gets an F for non-payment of female players

Rugby Australia’s bid to not fall behind in the fast-moving women’s sporting revolution has resulted in female players going unpaid, an advocate says.

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The Roar Podcast: What makes T20 cricket the best short format sport?

Twenty20 cricket has been the undisputed leader of short format sports for more than a decade.

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Consistently brilliant: Celebrating rugby’s three greatest craftsmen

Rugby union has had its fair share of great craftsmen; players who were so consistent, precise and accurate throughout their entire careers.

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Rugby Australia announce women’s competition for 2018

Fresh off appointing Raelene Castle as their new chief executive, Rugby Australia has announced a new women’s competition in the 15-a-side format for 2018.

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Why Bernard Foley has nowhere to hide

It is an axiom of behaviour in the animal kingdom: whatever shows fear and takes flight becomes the hunted. Flight paints a target on your back like nothing else and it is no different in the dog-eat-dog world of elite professional sport.

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Raelene Castle was always going to replace Bill Pulver as rugby boss

Rugby’s worst kept secret is out – Raelene Castle is the new CEO of Rugby Australia.

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I hope Raelene Castle ticks the crucial boxes, not just the right ones

Despite former Wallabies hooker and now Fox Sports commentator and successful businessman Phil Kearns being heavily favoured a fortnight ago, former Canterbury Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle has been unveiled as Bill Pulver’s replacement as Rugby Australia CEO.

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CONFIRMED: Rugby Australia appoints Raelene Castle as new CEO

Rugby Australia have unveiled Raelene Castle as their new Chief Executive on Tuesday afternoon, with Castle taking over from Bill Pulver and making history in the process.

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Australian rugby in 2017: The stumbling Super Rugby powerhouses

From a Super Rugby perspective, it’s fair to say the 2017 season was an underwhelming one for the five Australian sides.

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Rugby on the rise in school sports pecking order

Looking outside its traditional nurseries has enabled Australian rugby to claw itself up from near the bottom of the school spots participation charts.

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Castle new Rugby Australia boss: reports

Former Canterbury NRL chief executive Raelene Castle is reportedly to take over as Rugby Australia’s new boss and make another piece of sports administration history.

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Waratahs and Reds go back to the future with 2018 venue

Star back-rower Jack Dempsey is targeting the NSW Waratahs’ nostalgic return to the SCG next season as his own comeback date following five months out with a hamstring injury.

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The Wrap: 2017 World XV announced, so who’s in your team?

With Test rugby now completed for the year and the prevailing mood seemingly endorsing a shift in on-field power to the northern hemisphere, will this change be reflected in The Wrap’s World Test XV for 2017?

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Bill Meakes Western Force Rugby Union Super 2017

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Western Force Protest

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Andrew Twiggy Forrest Rugby Union Western Force IPRC

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AFLW expansion

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Quade Cooper after the Wallabies loss to Scotland

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Waratahs Super Rugby Union 2017

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Michael Cheika and the lip readers

By Gavin Cohen, 16 Dec 2017 New author!
Michael Cheika and the lip readers

It has been widely reported by the world’s rugby media that Michael Cheika muttered some dodgy words under his breath while in the stands during Australia’s last match against England at Twickenham.

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Epic Tiki Tiki Tonga

18 Dec 2017
World Rugby must do more to boost Pacific Island involvement

In Samoa, World Rugby are claiming that they’re doing the right thing by donating 1.5m annually, But this isn’t the best we can do.

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From Frank’s Vault: South Africa vs Australia – 1992

In 1992, the Wallabies toured South Africa, putting their reputation as World Champions at stake.

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Two decades on, Australian rugby’s hope and dreams remain elusive

Last weekend I finally got around to clearing my study of unwanted books, magazines not revisited in many years and reams of scrap paper with double-up scribblings.

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Battlefield USA: Rugby union versus league

With the success of Canada’s first professional rugby league team and talks with more sides to join the English rugby league ranks, rugby union is looking to try and do one better.

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Brumbies 2018 season preview

By Fionn, 6 Dec 2017
Brumbies 2018 season preview

Looking ahead to season 2018, the Brumbies’ back row looks like their biggest strength.

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Australia’s six from six in perfect Sevens start

Australia’s women’s sevens team has started off the 2017-18 with a perfect six from six to take gold in the first leg of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.

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From Frank’s vault: Australia vs France – 1987 World Cup semi-final

The 1987 Rugby World Cup semi-final, contested between France and Australia at Concord Oval in Sydney on June 13 1987, is one of the greatest Tests of rugby union in history.

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Ireland the unlucky: will they ever win a quarter-final in the World Cup?

Joe Schmidt must wonder which leprechaun, blarney stone or banshee he needs to kiss.

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Aviva Premiership Week 9 round up

By Rob Seltzer, 1 Dec 2017
Aviva Premiership Week 9 round up

The final round of matches before teams have some of their international players back. With the league heading into the cold winter months, players will be enjoying the last throws of half decent weather.

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2017 in review for (most) top rugby nations

We’ve come to the end of another enthralling and surprising rugby year. Here’s my report card for each of the teams.

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Wallabies’ 2017 report card

By AlsBoyce, 30 Nov 2017
Wallabies’ 2017 report card

It was one match too many probably for the Wallabies in 2017, but the interesting thing in Test rugby is the closeness of standards of the teams in the top 10.

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Scotland are the real deal

By Jack Colwill, 29 Nov 2017
Scotland are the real deal

In sport, as in all things, it’s the hope that kills you. It’s an adage that Scottish rugby fans, over the last few years, have come to appreciate.

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The Wallabies’ end of season report card: Part 2

The Wallabies’ season has finally finished, here is the best, the worst and the most contentious from the 2017 international series.

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The best of the next All Black generation

By Highlander, 29 Nov 2017
The best of the next All Black generation

If Saturday is moving day in golf tournaments, then the second year after a rugby world cup appears to be the time to put your hand up, get a crack at the big jersey and see if you can get on the Rugby World Cup Express.

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The Wallabies’ end of year report card: Part 1

At times it was frustrating and disappointing, then, uplifting and encouraging, but that’s just the life of an average Wallabies supporter.

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Michael Cheika thinking

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Michael Cheika Australia Rugby Union Wallabies 2017

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Kurtley Beale Australia Rugby Union Championship Wallabies Bledisloe Cup 2017

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw

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Sam Whitelock Crusaders Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Stephen Moore Wallabies Australia Rugby Union 2016

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Stephen Moore Wallabies

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Fiji Drua vs Melbourne Rising

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Andrew Twiggy Forrest Rugby Union Western Force IPRC

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