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Last weekend, England defeated the Wallabies 44-40, Ireland narrowly lost to South Africa 13-19, and the All Blacks thrashed Wales 46-6.
Super Rugby’s back and so is the tipping panel. Where necessary, any and all results of the last three weeks of rugby have been wiped from memories, and we return fresh from our break back to do what we do best.
Necessity means Chiefs forwards Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane will get little respite as Super Rugby makes its return, despite a heavy workload for the All Blacks.
The Brumbies will roll out a revamped backline on Friday night against the Queensland Reds, with Matt Toomua coming back from injury and Ben Hyne to make his Super Rugby debut.
After their limp series whitewash to England, there is good news at last for the Wallabies as World Cup linchpin Kane Douglas prepares for his long-awaited return this weekend.
Skipper Kieran Read is among a group players backing up from All Blacks duty in a near full-strength Crusaders side to face the Chiefs in the first Super Rugby match to be staged in Fiji.
Fringe Wallaby Karmichael Hunt may have played his last Super Rugby match for the season.
Wallabies lock Kane Douglas is one of three players set to make their Queensland Reds debut in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.
The teams are locked in, the games are locked in, now we just wait. The 2016 National Rugby Championship will feature expanded broadcast coverage on Fox Sports as we reported last month, as well as one less team, meaning no byes.
It is a given that in any series of matches between the same opponents, the team which has greater consistency of selection wins.
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At least we didn’t lose to Iceland. Apart from that extremely greyed silver lining, there aren’t many positives to go on this week.
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From the outset of their tour, and even before they’d arrived, Eddie Jones made no secret that he wanted to leave Australian shores with the Cook Cup under his arm.
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The Chiefs are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach with Charlie Ngatai as the All Blacks centre continues to suffer concussion symptoms.
The Sunday Mail had a brilliant but wrong-headed front page headline putting England’s 44 – 40 victory over the Wallabies in the third Test at Sydney into a xenophobic context: “Well done, England. Now a second continent hates you as well.”
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Barnstorming Wallabies winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has made his return to the NSW Waratahs side to prepare for the final three rounds of the Super Rugby season.
On Sunday we consulted you, Roarers, on how to rate the Wallabies’ performances from the third Test. The results have arrived! You can take a look right here at how the 289 responders rated each individual Wallaby.
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It will not be surprising to see Michael Cheika braving the Canberra chill to have a close look at a pair of Queensland Reds reserves this Friday night.
One topic guaranteed to raise the hackles of rugby fans everywhere is mid-air collisions – the inconsistency in how they are treated and perceived injustice suffered by players involved.
Inspired by Harry Jones’ great rugby travelogue based around the 2011 quarter-final in Wellington, I thought I’d tell you all about the first Test I ever attended.
Apart from learning South Africa have no breakdown coach specialist and how seems to make a big difference, what else did we learn from the Springboks’ recent Tests against Ireland?
Now that was an incredible game of sport, let alone rugby.
The Under 20s World Championships has produced over 250 internationals since the inception in 2008.
In this time of 24-hour news cycles and global social media storms, things that once took months to mull over now tend to be done and dusted so quickly that what was once considered indecent haste is now the norm.
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England win 3-nil. To some this was unexpected but to anyone who saw England during the Six Nations, or the Saracens stroll to the European and Domestic double, will have known this was a different England team to the one humiliated in the world cup.
After every Test match against England, Michael Cheika has complained about the referee in public statements to the press. The purpose of this article is to complain about those complaints.
The All Blacks have started the post McCaw era with a 3-0 series sweep of Wales. The first two Tests played out in a similar fashion with Wales challenging strongly in the first hour before fading. The third Test was a runaway victory for the hosts who have won 11 Tests in a row.
Some of Joe Schmidt’s selection calls have left a lot to be desired. The former Leinster coach has approached his selections with a conservatism and a lack of progressiveness. Here are in my opinion, some of Joe Schmidt’s worst selection calls.
Watching the three matches unfold I couldn’t help but feel that the Australian team was lacking in direction and identity. This is not directed at the players, but at the coaching style and intelligence behind it.
For the third time in four years England are the Under 20s World Championships after overpowering Ireland 45-21 in the decider.
FINAL SCORE: Italy 20 def Canada 18
The USA nearly produced the upset against Italy last week and start strong favourites against rugby minnows Russia today. Join The Roar for live scores from 12 midday AEST.
The Pumas will be aiming for a rare clean sweep of match wins during the June International window when they face France today. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:10am AEST.
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