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SPIRO: Welcome home prodigal son James O’Connor

Yes, I know that James O’Connor has been a prat. An official at the ARU who had to deal with him all the time told me that O’Connor was the worst of the Three Amigos – O’Connor, Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper.

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NRC wrap Round 2: NSW Country and Melbourne the teams to watch

NSW Country Eagles and Melbourne Rising are the equal competition leaders after two rounds of the National Rugby Championship. The Eagles rose to the top courtesy of their impressive 37-13 win over Queensland Country on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and were joined on Sunday after Melbourne’s big win, 45-13 over the Sydney Stars.

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Brisbane City have come from behind to record an entertaining 26-21 victory over Perth Spirit in the second round of the National Rugby Championship.

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In a 40-minute audition, powerful lock forward James Horwill has rammed home his claims for a Wallabies recall.

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The Australian Rugby Union has revealed it has provided financial assistance to secure the services of crosscode star Karmichael Hunt.

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Is the ARU sabbatical move strong enough?

Bill Pulver and the ARU are to be commended for taking a more flexible attitude to Wallabies playing overseas.

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Australia’s two Rugby World Cup-winning captains have praised the flexibility of the new player contracting system.

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Australian rugby’s prodigal son has returned home with James O’Connor pledging to finally fulfil his potential at the Queensland Reds.

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Wallaby icon John Eales says the Australian Rugby Union’s adoption of an inclusion policy that takes a stand against homophobia represents a significant day in Australian and world sport.

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Hunt and O’Connor could be the Reds’ perfect match

The Queensland Reds are expected to announce Karmichael Hunt and James O’Connor as the newest additions to their playing list at the club’s gala ball in Brisbane on Friday night.

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What iconic sporting event were you lucky enough to be at?

NBA podcaster Tom Read gave me the inspiration for this article when he tweeted that he was there in person to see Carmelo Anthony’s 37-point explosion at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Big questions continue in the Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, but not the hard-working types charged with asking and tackling the big questions every Friday. Despite no Test Rugby this weekend, Biltong, Digger and I still had plenty to talk about.

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McKenzie selections shades of Deans?

Recall the stink the ex-Wallaby coach Robbie Deans caused when he overlooked first choice Quade Cooper for James O’Connor as fly-half against the Lions?

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Former Wallabies skipper James Horwill knows what he must improve but will play to his strengths in his audition for a cherished Test recall on Sunday.

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Flexibility to avoid star loss: ARU

The Wallabies might not have lost the likes of Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani or Nick Cummins if they’d allowed overseas sabbaticals sooner, Australian Rugby Union (ARU) boss Bill Pulver admits.

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Canberra dusted off last round’s heartbreaking loss, scoring 29 unanswered points to down the Greater Sydney Rams 37-18 in the National Rugby Championship.

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Israel Folau of Wallabies is tackled during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Pumas are a potential banana skin for the All Blacks and Wallabies

The Argentinian Pumas remain an enigma of sorts in international rugby. Long ignored by the established rugby fraternity, they have finally been accepted into the big boys club yet are still a little unsure of how they exactly fit into the big picture.

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Sydney Stars vs Melbourne Rising: NRC preview

The Sydney Stars are at home for the first time as they host a Melbourne Rising coming off a strong opening win in Melbourne. All the action kicks off from 3:00pm (AEST).

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Springboks Test shapes as Wallabies’ D-day

Next weekend’s Test against the Springboks is pivotal for the struggling Wallabies.

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The world’s most exclusive club: Active players who have beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand

In rugby’s professional era, the hardest thing to do is win in New Zealand against the All Blacks. In fact, there are very few players still active in rugby who have done so.

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Work out Wallaby woes with Waratahs

By Steve Winter, 31 Aug 2014 New author!
Work out Wallaby woes with Waratahs

Even McKenzie should have been dancing jigs as Michael Cheika developed his team through the winter. What an inheritance!

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Enough about the backline, the Wallabies need forwards

After last weekend’s debacle in Auckland, Wallabies supporters have had much to ponder. The All Blacks were outstanding to be sure, however the Wallaby effort was unacceptable on many levels.

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[VIDEO] Queensland Country vs NSW Country Eagles: NRC highlights, scores, blog

Queensland Country hosts the NSW Country Eagles at Bond University on the Gold Coast today. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 3:00pm (AEST).

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Ok. The massive demolition in Auckland in Bledisloe 2 has all and sundry on the western side of the ditch in a huge lather. Hopeless team, hopeless players, hopeless coach. Please pick one or many of the above.

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Eden Park gets me every time

By Adam Longhurst, 29 Aug 2014 New author!
Eden Park gets me every time

For the past six years, I have booked a flight across the Tasman. I walked through New Zealand customs proudly wearing my Wallabies jersey.

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The Vikings Ram home their point

By Mitch Evans, 29 Aug 2014 Video
The Vikings Ram home their point

After a slow start the University of Canberra Vikings produced a great comeback to triumph 37-18 and earn their first win of the inaugural National Rugby Championship season.

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Can Argentina win? Can New Zealand lose? And where’s the NRC?

While there is a week off for the players, there is still plenty of much needed water-cooler rugby discussion to be had.

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Forward thinking will give Wallabies go-forward

It is clear from the recent All Black demolition that Australia needs to try something a little different in order to salvage some pride from the third Bledisloe Test.

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All Blacks are the best team in world sport

By Willie La'ulu, 29 Aug 2014
All Blacks are the best team in world sport

After an awe-inspiring victory at the fortress of Eden Park this past Saturday night the question has to be asked, where do the All Blacks rank among the greatest sporting teams in the world?

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[VIDEO] Greater Sydney Rams vs Canberra Vikings: NRC highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Well a Butler double is enough to see the Vikings get home 37-18 against the Rams.

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Enough is enough: Even Kiwis are tired of the Bledisloe drought

The 51-20 hammering of the Wallabies at Eden Park by the All Blacks was a new points record for the All Blacks against the Wallabies.

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Where to now for the Wallabies?

By Victoria Liu-Pearson, 28 Aug 2014
Where to now for the Wallabies?

How much difference one week can make. The All Blacks demolished the Wallabies on Saturday, in the second Bledisloe Cup game, ending the battle for the covered trophy for yet another year.

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Duane Vermeulen of South Africa (L) tries to tackie Brodie Retallick of New Zealand (R) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland on September 14, 2013. New Zealand won 29-15. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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Israel Folau looks on at the Tri-Nations trophy during warm-up in the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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NRC launch- National Rugby Championship

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Australian fullback Israel Folau (centre) contests a high ball during the Rugby Championship clash between the Wallabies and South Africa's Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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Wallabies supporters in the crowd during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Sonny Bill celebrates the Roosters 2013 grand final win. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Wallabies supporters in the crowd during the opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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NRC launch- National Rugby Championship

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