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Lack of true leaders in world sport: Jones

Eddie Jones insists the shortage of contenders for the England captaincy beyond Dylan Hartley is a symptom of the leadership deficit that exists throughout sport.

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Six Nations: England squad announced, Genge earns recall

Prop Ellis Genge has been recalled to England’s squad for their Six Nations title defence just weeks after being dropped by coach Eddie Jones.

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Six Nations blow for Scotland as Nel forced out

Scotland’s Six Nations hopes have been dealt a significant blow after it was confirmed prop WP Nel will miss the entire competition.

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England pondering five-year residency rule

England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) is backing a proposal to increase the residency qualification period to five years from the current three to restrict the number of rugby union players who switch nationalities.

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Brumbies bringing back two veterans for Brisbane Tens

Two long-retired Wallabies will run out for the ACT Brumbies as wildcard players at the upcoming Brisbane Tens.

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Women’s draw for 2017 Sydney Sevens announced

The women’s draw for the 2017 Sydney Sevens has been revealed, with Australia placed in a group which will hold few fears for the defending world and Olympic champions.

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What does the future hold for the Wallabies’ scrum?

Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.

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Reports: Aaron Cruden links with Montpellier on rich deal

All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden will pack his bags and head to Montpellier on a for the 2017/18 Top 14 season, according to reports from France.

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Waratahs want Folau at ball-carrying best

NSW playmaker Bernard Foley has a simple plan for getting the best out of Israel Folau this Super Rugby season: give the game-breaking back the ball as often as possible.

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Ready or not, here come rugby’s new tackle laws

As we head into the 2017 season down this part of the world, the great unknown is how the new World Rugby-prescribed tackle laws are going to play out.

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Matt Giteau earns praise in Toulon return

Matt Giteau has boosted Toulon in his return from a long injury lay-off as the French rugby side beat Sale in the European Champions Cup.

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Rugby’s ban on head-high tackles will benefit smaller players

Years ago, make that decades ago, our law professor Geoffrey Palmer told the class that “the avenues of torts are never closed”.

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WATCH: Schoolboy sensation Len Ikitau blitzes the opposition

Standout schoolboy centre Len Ikitau, from Brisbane Boys’ College, looks to have a bright future, having been selected for the 2016 Queensland GPS All-First XV Team of the season, and impressing with his performances.

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Who wouldn’t marry Richie? McCaw and Flynn marry in NZ

Former New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw and New Zealand hockey Olympian Gemma Flynn have outplayed the media at their wedding.

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Force here to win, not rebuild: Barakat

The Western Force’s rebuilding phase is officially over, with assistant coach Joe Barakat declaring the team simply can’t afford to have another losing season.

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WATCH: Try-saver leads to epic length of field try

The Singapore American School have pulled off the extraordinary in a rugby sevens tournament!

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Israel Folau NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Peter Betham of the NSW Waratahs makes a break. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Owen Farrell England Rugby Union Test 2016

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Lopeti Timani of the Melbourne Rebels in a scrum. (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

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Regshuis score a match-winning try in a final

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Cameron Clark in action for the Australian Rugby Sevens side against South Africa in the Rio Olympics

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Kyle Godwin Western Force Rugby Union 2016

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Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley pose with the cup

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Eddie Jones smiles and is happy

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The Roar of the crowd

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Super Rugby 2017 preview – Africa 2 conference

This week we will take a look at the Africa 2 Conference, arguably the more competitive of the African conferences.

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How FIFA’s World Cup expansion could apply to rugby

Prior to the 2011 edition of the Rugby World Cup, there was chat that the game’s showpiece event should be reduced down to 16 teams to save putting the ‘minnows’ to slaughter while tightening up the competitiveness of all games.

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2017 Six Nations preview

By Hugh Hearns, 16 Jan 2017
2017 Six Nations preview

It’s here once again, six of Europe’s top national rugby teams are set to fight it out for the revered Six Nations title.

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A simpler structure for Super Rugby

By Joe King, 16 Jan 2017
A simpler structure for Super Rugby

Why don’t we restructure Super Rugby into three conferences of six teams each.

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2017 Super Rugby ladder predictions and potential XVs: 9th – 1st

Following on from my article regarding my predictions for the bottom nine of the ladder is this set of bold choices for the other title chasers.

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2017 Super Rugby ladder predictions and potential XVs: 18th – 10th

Every avid fan of rugby has seen the constant news outlets posting of new signings, new goals and new motivation for the upcoming 2017 Super Rugby season.

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Do the Lions deserve to be favourites against the All Blacks?

There are less than six months to go until the most hotly anticipated rugby tour for many years kicks off in New Zealand.

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Super Rugby 2017 preview – African 1 Conference

The 2016 Super Rugby season saw new teams, fantastic rugby and no shortage of surprises.

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A Lions team to trouble the All Blacks

By Harry Jones, 11 Jan 2017
A Lions team to trouble the All Blacks

The British and Irish Lions should be as Irish as possible.

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Aviva Premiership Week 13 wrap

By Rob Seltzer, 11 Jan 2017
Aviva Premiership Week 13 wrap

This weekend teams were trying to take advantage of games in which they will have their Home International players available for one of the last times for a while before European rugby resumes and the Six Nations start.

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ARSE: A tops idea for a new summer rugby experience

By Nicholas Hartman, 10 Jan 2017
ARSE: A tops idea for a new summer rugby experience

Want another take on how the ARU should run itself? You got it!

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Aviva Premiership Week 12 wrap

By Rob Seltzer, 10 Jan 2017
Aviva Premiership Week 12 wrap

A lot of action happened over the New Year period, with consequences at both the top and bottom of the league. Here is the wrap from Week 12 in the Aviva Premiership.

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Five ideas for rugby union in Australia

World rugby is stronger than ever, but conversely Australian rugby has arguably experienced a decline in general interest and profile ever since the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

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Ticket sales don’t lie: Does New Zealand care about rugby sevens?

The Wellington leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series is just three weeks away, yet only 1300 tickets have been sold for the two-day event. Does New Zealand just not care about rugby sevens?

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New rugby laws are there for player protection, but could they just encourage diving?

World Rugby has introduced tighter new laws regarding high tackles in a bid to improve player welfare and counter the ever-increasing discussion about concussion and brain damage.

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Wallabies win percentages tell the Pooper story

With David Pocock’s 2017 sabbatical sure to fire up the debate on what back row arrangement will replace the ‘Pooper’, I crunched some stats on win percentages associated with the different starting back row arrangements the Wallabies have used.

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Jaco Kriel Lions Super Rugby 2016

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Saracens' player on-field concussion tech

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Beauden Barrett All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Loni Uhila of the Hurricanes, right, fends off Sam Cane of the Chiefs

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Argentina's Los Pumas fly half Juan Martin Hernandez is tackled by New Zealand's All Blacks flanker Sam Cane (L) and prop Charlie Faumuina, during their Rugby Championship fifth round match at La Plata stadium in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 29, 2012. New Zealand won 54-15. AFP PHOTO / Juan Mabromata

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Michael Hooper caught in a tackle by Luke Remano .

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Quade Cooper Australia Rugby Union Wallabies Test Rugby Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup 2016

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