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The Rugby Championship Week 2: The big questions

The big questions went down a treat last week, which was great news. Diggercane, Biltongbek and I have returned to the roundtable to fire off another instalment of nagging questions for Week 2 of The Rugby Championship.

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The Outsider: Aussies need belief not bravado at Eden Park

Eden Park. There’s nothing in the name to suggest an intimidating fortress. Nothing in the ground itself, or its surrounds, either.

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It’s time the Wallabies ended the Eden Park hoodoo

Wallabies benchman Scott Higginbotham was born on the same day the Wallabies last beat the All Blacks at Eden Park – September 6, 1986.

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Brisbane City & Sydney Stars ensure NRC kicks off with a bang

The much discussed third tier competition in Australia has kicked off with Brisbane City hosting the Sydney Stars at Ballymore in Brisbane.

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Unhappy coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks have to improve “just about everything” to deny the Wallabies a drought-breaking success at Eden Park.

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Folau says Wallabies are quietly confident

Swatting aside Steve Hansen’s latest barb, the Wallabies flew out for New Zealand on Thursday insisting there was no psychological scarring heading to the All Blacks’ burial ground for Saturday’s must-win Bledisloe Cup Test.

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Ten tries and no penalty kicks – the opening match of the new National Rugby Championship on Thursday night was just what ARU officials had hoped for.

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Hansen doubts Wallabies can lift further

Kiwi straight-shooter Steve Hansen says the All Blacks can lift 10 or 12 notches from their Bledisloe-opening draw but doubts whether the Wallabies can rise any further.

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All Blacks lose Kaino, Nonu

The All Blacks have lost their enforcer, Jerome Kaino, for at least a month in a major blow heading into Saturday’s return Bledisloe clash with the Wallabies at Eden Park.

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SPIRO: McKenzie creates Wallaby mind-games for the All Blacks

For the past two weeks I’ve been wondering why Ewen McKenzie has announced his starting Wallaby XV and reserves a couple of days before he needed to do so.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 1 preview

And so it begins. Six months after its announcement, and seven years after the demise of its predecessor, the ARU’s new professional nine-team national rugby competition, the National Rugby Championship, kicks off tonight at the spiritual home of Queensland rugby, Ballymore Oval.

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Forget Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies know this will be an old-fashioned trans-Tasman Test that’s won and lost up front.

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Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles says the Eden Park battleground provides the perfect escape from the “stigma” and “sympathy” that comes with suffering from cystic fibrosis.

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New teams, new rules, new opportunity. That’s the aim of the National Rugby Championship (NRC), a nine-team provincial competition kicking off at Ballymore on Thursday night with the inaugural clash between Brisbane City and Sydney Stars.

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Ewen McKenzie is his own man

When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

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The last man to lead Australia to Eden Park success, 28 long years ago, says the Wallabies must be prepared for All Black perfection on Saturday.

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Nic White kicks the ball 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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Pat McCutcheon and Wycliff Palu model the Waratahs' charity jersey (photo: Waratahs)

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New Zealand All Blacks' player Brad Thorn, right lays a tackle on Australia's Stephen Moore.

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Isreal Folau runs the ball 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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Australian coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged line-up for the second Bledisloe Cup Test. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)

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Adam Ashley-Cooper runs the ball 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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The Roar of the crowd

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Conrad Smith: great trophy room, average player

First of all I need to warn everyone, particularly our more sensitive neighbors from across the ditch. This article is a troll. It is an enormous troll sitting under the harbour bridge waiting for unsuspecting kiwis heading over to North Sydney.

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Ominous signs in Wallabies midweek silence

Game one of the Bledisloe Cup for 2014 has, undeniably, been marred by controversy and a bifurcation of opinion concerning who was more fortunate finish with a draw.

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What we learnt from the opening game of the NRC

The Sydney Stars and Brisbane City played out a fantastic opening match in the first round of the National Rugby Championship for 2014 that left us rugby fans screaming for more.

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Underboks: Projected to lose in Salta, South Africa to win at a canter

The scrum is toast. The lineout is in shambles. Ruan Pienaar scored the only try thus far in the tournament, but nobody in his home country believes in him.

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Your Super Rugby Team of the Year, with a twist

It’s a little late but I want you to consider your Super Rugby Team of the Year. I want you to name yours. But first, let me name mine.

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Wallabies selectors must get off the fence

By Luke Worthington, Today
Wallabies selectors must get off the fence

To say people were shocked when Kurtley Beale was selected at fly-half in Bledisloe 1 is an understatement.

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[VIDEO] Brisbane City vs Sydney Stars: NRC highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: Brisbane City have claimed the opening match of the 2014 National Rugby Championship with a 45-20 victory against the Sydney Stars at Ballymore.

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The Wallabies don’t need a 10, they need a general

Who is your Wallaby number 10 – Kurtley Beale? Bernard Foley? Both? Sick of this debate yet? You shouldn’t be. It’s just getting started.

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Duane Vermeulen can hold his own with the best

By Armand van Zyl, 21 Aug 2014
Duane Vermeulen can hold his own with the best

In the aftermath of the first round of the Rugby Championship I couldn’t help but notice a lot of talk surrounding the performances of Kieran Read and Wycliff Palu.

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Steve Hansen and the role of a leader

Steve Hansen is a fine coach. Since becoming the Darth Vader and supreme commander of the All Blacks he has lost just the one match to England out of a total of 32 matches.

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They say talk is cheap, and perhaps that was demonstrated no better than in the lead up to both the Super Rugby final and the first Bledisloe Cup Test.

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The Pumas’ greatest ever games

By Adam Julian, 21 Aug 2014

Argentina haven’t won a Rugby Championship match yet, but last Saturday they got awfully close. For a football mad country, the Pumas have had some truly great days in international rugby.

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Wallabies don’t need a new outfit, just a few tactical tweaks.

If Bledisloe One was seen as the first date, the Wallabies passed with flying colours.

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Points to take home from the opening Bledisloe Cup match

There were two memorable moments in the match for me. The first was when the game was finished.

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Kurtley isn’t an inside centre, he’s a second five-eighth

Following Saturday’s 12-12 Bledisloe Cup draw, surely the debate over Kurtley Beale playing 10 has been put to bed.

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Time to stop fawning and be honest about Keiran Read

There were many reasons that the world’s best side couldn’t beat the Wallabies in conditions that favoured them on Saturday night, but the biggest thing to take out of their performance was the lack of go-forward from Kieran Read.

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Kurtley Beale shapes to pass 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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The All Blacks perform the Haka before 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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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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A fan watches the Wallabies warm up before the start of the Bledisloe Cup. Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro

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Wallabies player Israel Folau

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

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

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Adam Ashley-Cooper warms up

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