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High-five for Gibson by end of April or it’s Tah Tah

As the cricket season winds down, Daryl Gibson will need to have picked up a Michelle Pfeiffer to have any chance of staying on as the Waratahs’ coach.

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What SANZAR did wrong to become SANZAAR

SANZAR was born in 1996 when rugby turned pro. It’s goal was to provide a provincial Super Rugby tournament with teams from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

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Jones excited to extend England tenure

England head coach Eddie Jones has pledged to help build a “sustainably successful team” after extending his contract until 2021.

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Former Wallaby George Smith arrested in Japan

Former Wallaby George Smith has been arrested in Japan, according to his Japanese rugby team’s owner Suntory.

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Why opportunity is knocking on door number two

For the first time in over twelve years, there is a vacancy in the middle of the Australian front row.

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Raelene Castle won’t shake up Rugby Australia – yet

When Raelene Castle became the first women CEO of Rugby Australia this week, there was another first.

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Nick Frisby finds himself a new home

Exiled Queensland Reds halfback Nick Frisby has signed with French Top 14 club Bordeaux for the remainder of the European season.

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Ed Jenkins forced to call time on rugby sevens career

Rugby sevens veteran Ed Jenkins has retired after a 10-year career which included leading Australia at the Rio Olympics.

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Five pre-season questions to kick off the Australian rugby year

Having watched a lot of cricket but played not enough golf over the holiday period, I forced myself to start thinking about rugby again over the weekend.

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New Rugby Australia CEO wants stability

Stability and better on-field performances will be the key measures of success for new Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, who will meet with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Tuesday.

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Waratahs lure potential All Blacks hooker

NSW Waratahs have poached a potential All Blacks hooker from under the nose of New Zealand rugby.

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New CBA and re-brand means everything is actually okay after all

In the first major rugby news of the year, Rugby Australia have splashed the cash in a new Collective Bargaining Agreement which will see pay increases for Super Rugby, Rugby Sevens and female players.

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Mary’s Wonder Women: The Wallaroos get their pay day

During 2016 I wrote at least one article a week about women’s sport. That’s at least 52 articles covering the talents and successes of women across a number of sports including rugby league, rugby union, AFL, football, basketball, netball, softball and cricket.

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Why Michael Cheika may have to choose between David Pocock and Michael Hooper in 2018

They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Here’s another, rather more contemporary rugby truth: David Pocock will be welcomed back to Australia with open arms in 2018.

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Rugby Australia announces major pay increase for Super Rugby players

2017 was a tumultuous year for rugby union in Australia, but 2018 has started off on a positive foot with Rugby Australia announcing a pay increase for Super Rugby players on Wednesday morning in their new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

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Australian rugby players set for bumper pay rise

Australian Super Rugby players will reportedly receive about a 10 per cent pay rise despite waning interest in the game and uncertainty over the competition.

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Nic Stirzaker Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby 2015

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British and Irish Lions New Zealand Barbarians Rugby Union 2017 Generic rugby image

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Reds Super Rugby Karmichael Hunt

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Western Force backrower Ben McCalman (Image: Greg Seaton)

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Kurtley Beale throws a pass

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Israel Folau Wallabies

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All smiles after Australia's historic Test series win in 2004

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Kurtley Beale makes a break

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The Roar of the crowd

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Can the Wallabies defence win them the World Cup?

In the 1991 Rugby World Cup the Wallabies defeated the All Blacks in the semi-final and kept England tryless in the final. They had only three tries scored against them in the entire tournament.

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No, seriously – the north are coming!

By Oliver Matthews, 19 Jan 2018
No, seriously – the north are coming!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article that suggested that the gap between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere rugby was closing if not closed.

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Show me the players to bring Australia the 2019 World Cup

In my rather short Roar career, I have a had a decent crack at the Wallabies ‘brains trust’ because of the attacking and defensive structures they employ. In doing so, I have also had a decent crack at their selections.

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Deconstructing the All Blacks’ defence

By Tipsy McStagger, 17 Jan 2018
Deconstructing the All Blacks’ defence

The rush defence trialled by the Hurricanes in Super Rugby was basically a testing ground for the All Blacks brains trust before they implemented it with the national team – of this I am almost sure.

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Scott Fardy on fire in Eire

By Harry Jones, 17 Jan 2018
Scott Fardy on fire in Eire

European Champions Cup favourites and perennial contenders Leinster count on Scott Fardy to lock their scrum, along with Devin Toner.

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A historical First XV of famous Australian faces

Is there something unique about how rugby is played in this great Southern Land? By crikey there is!

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The zone of proximal player development

By Kia Kaha, 13 Jan 2018
The zone of proximal player development

Lev Semenovich Vygotsky lived a short life, but it took years long after his death for his work on developmental psychology to be discovered in the West.

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Can the Wallabies master that deadly combination?

I have previously preached the gospel of the 2-4-2 attacking system used by the New Zealand teams, and now I’m going to reminisce on the three vital cogs without which it just couldn’t work and ask: “Do the Wallabies have those same cogs?”.

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Preaching the 2-4-2

By Tipsy McStagger, 13 Jan 2018
Preaching the 2-4-2

In a previous thread on an article written by Steiner about the Wallabies 1-3-3-1 attacking structure I had a bit of a rant about my admiration for the 2-4-2 attacking structure used by the All Blacks and their provincial teams.

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The keys that are locks

By PapanuiPirate, 12 Jan 2018
The keys that are locks

A while back I wrote a piece on the back row in the context of Australia’s recent difficulty in balancing those positions. This time I want to take a look at lock forward and how the position is fast becoming the bellwether position in the modern game.

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‘Cheika-Ball’: Making two playmakers and dual opensides work

We’ve heard of ‘Warren-ball’ to describe the mid-field crash-ball game of Warren Gatland’s Wales and his 2013 British and Irish Lions.

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Why France is right to be concerned about rugby imports

French rugby president Bernard Laporte has chosen his former national assistant Jacques Brunel as the new national coach despite his dismal record with Italy, and a fascinating article in Monday’s Australian entitled: ‘France appoints new coach and takes a stance on foreign occupation of top 14 clubs‘, shed some light on why.

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Aaron Cruden, author of Beautifully Built Tries

In the late forties, a boy was born in the desert. His name was Mohed. He lost both parents as an infant; his mother passed away, and his father abandoned him.

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Are the Wallabies overemphasising attack off the lineout?

If there is a signature characteristic of the Wallabies that has developed since the 2015 World Cup, it is the variety of attacking moves off the lineout that we see them converting into tries.

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Solving rugby’s scoring dilemma

By David, 6 Jan 2018
Solving rugby’s scoring dilemma

Nick Bishop’s recent column about the changes in rugby from the (mostly) amateur era to the (mostly) professional era sparked yet more discussion about whether changes to scoring could change the way rugby is played, in particular whether it could make the game more open and change the balance of tries to penalty goals.

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The South needs to worry – the North is coming fast

As we’ve reached the end of 2017 and 2018 has kicked off the inevitable annual reviews come flooding in – so here’s another one to add to the deluge.

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Karmichael Hunt

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Lionel Mapoe tackles Beauden Barrett

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Sonny Bill Williams

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Tony McGahan Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Union 2017

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Crusaders Israel Dagg runs after the ball

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The French rugby side get ready for their clash with the Wallabies, after La Marseillaise rings out through the Stade de France. Image: Tim Anger

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Kurtley Beale playing with some junior rugby stars

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