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Cheap Seats episode 35: Deliberately conservative

Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are getting a second medical opinion in episode 35 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Wallabies Spring Tour dates and opponents announced

The ARU have announced the dates and opponents for the Wallabies Spring Tour this year. Australia will play England, Ireland, France and Wales, as well as the Barbarians.

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England’s leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain.

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Hot damn: Free-to-air interest in Super Rugby!

Every now and again, a news story makes you sit up and say, “That’s bloody excellent.” Reports yesterday of Network Ten’s interest in showing Super Rugby on free-to-air television was one of them.

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Standing down Israel Folau was a farce

It doesn’t matter if the ARU decision to stand down Waratahs fullback Israel Folau from the Force game in Perth last weekend was right or wrong on medical grounds.

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If you thought Israel Folau was peeved, imagine the Australian Rugby Union trying to stop Ben Daley from returning to Super Rugby next week.

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Western Force winger Nick Cummins is confident the team’s steely new attitude and willingness to work for each other will help them overcome a growing injury toll.

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The Aviva Premiership has provided rugby with a new low point in a match between Gloucester and Bath.

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SPIRO: Honey Badger’s tireless treble makes him a first-choice Wallaby

Honey badgers “are notorious for their strength, ferocity and toughness.” Welcome to the world of rugby’s Honey Badger, Nick Cummins.

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The immediate playing future of star NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau remains unclear as the Australian Rugby Union remains in control of his availability on return from a throat injury.

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Melbourne Rebels are desperate to avoid getting the tag of spoilers and upset merchants for the rest of their Super Rugby campaign.

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Network Ten have their sights set on acquiring the rights to broadcast Super Rugby – a move that would see them put the sport back on free-to-air television.

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Crusaders win two in a row in South Africa

The Crusaders scored four of their six tries in the last 17 minutes to beat the Cheetahs 52-31 in Super Rugby on Saturday. Powerful wing Nemani Nadolo collected a hat trick.

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An opportunist try from fullback Lwazi Mvovo late in the game broke open a grinding South African derby and gave the Sharks a 25-12 win over the Lions in Super Rugby on Saturday.

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Izzy confused by ARU decision

A confused Israel Folau is frustrated and disappointed by the Australian Rugby Union’s decision to prevent him playing in Perth on Saturday, but says it could be six months before his throat injury is totally healed.

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Cummins leads Force over Waratahs

A stunning three-try effort by Nick Cummins has seen the Western Force stun the Israel Folau-less NSW Waratahs with a 28-16 victory at Perth’s nib Stadium on Saturday night.

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Paul Gallen (c) and Nate Myles fight during the opening match of the 2013 State of Origin.

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Waratahs forward Stephen Hoiles wins a lineout - Karen Watson (Large)

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article
Why are we so critical of Benji Marshall?

I have seen so many articles written about Benji Marshall and how he is failing in rugby and should go back to rugby league. There have been articles from ‘respected’ writers like Brendan Cannon where he suggests that Benji is not up to rugby. Or, the article that talks about ‘Code Floppers’, which suggests he […]

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Super Rugby hot seat

By Elisha Pearce, 15 Apr 2014
Super Rugby hot seat

Super Rugby is at its midpoint, and there is enough evidence to talk about the coaching hot seats.

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Rugby boots are the game’s shared soul

By Warren Adamson, 15 Apr 2014

The game of rugby has one heartbeat; one soul shared by countless millions. A handful of these millions make it their livelihood, but the majority of players make it their Sunday afternoon ritual.

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The ARU made the right decision about Israel Folau

The ARU had every right to make the decision to rule Waratah Israel Folau out of Saturday night’s clash against the Force.

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The west’s rising Force have fixed the little things

The Western Force have been the form side in Super Rugby over the past month, knocking off the defending champions and three of their Australian conference rivals. This is all the more startling for the fact that the Force were atrocious in their opening two matches of the season.

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Super Rugby Round 9: Aussie team of the week

By Who Needs Melon, 14 Apr 2014
Super Rugby Round 9: Aussie team of the week

Another cracking weekend of rugby with two Aussie derbies the highlight. That hasn’t always been the case – remember what dour affairs these used to be?

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Old Roarer Rex’s guide to beating the All Blacks

Rex is the oldest Roarer known to man. He saw the great ones: Clive Churchill, Gus Risman and Puig Aubert. And when I asked him the other day how the Wallabies could defeat the All Blacks, he winced.

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Who is to blame for scrum collapses?

By Mike Carr, 13 Apr 2014
Who is to blame for scrum collapses?

Commentators love to blame referees when scrum collapses – it is an easy out. The truth though, is that referees do not have as much control as you might think.

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[VIDEO] Force vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog, highlights

In Round 1, Israel Folau scored a hat-trick in this fixture as the Waratahs cruised to 43-21 victory in Sydney. Eight weeks later Folau is back from a throat injury and the Force are in the best form of their short career. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:35pm (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Chiefs vs Rebels: Super Rugby live scores, blog, highlights

The Rebels travel to New Zealand to face the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium on Saturday evening. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:30pm (AEST).

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Super Rugby is out of time

By Maroon1959, 12 Apr 2014
Super Rugby is out of time

Attentive watchers of rugby must realise that time keeping is not to a high standard. There are a number of examples of this.

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After four pulsating games, the Heineken Cup quarter-finals are over and the semi-finalists have been decided.

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[VIDEO] ACT Brumbies vs Queensland Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog, highlights

The Reds host the Brumbies at Suncorp in an important match considering the makeup of the Australian conference. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:40pm (AEST).

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Highlanders vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

By Nicholas O'Sullivan, 11 Apr 2014 Popular article!
Highlanders vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Highlanders, playing with the support of a home crowd, are favourites to win tonight against the Bulls at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5.35pm (AEST).

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McCalman statistically Australia’s best 8

When debating who should play 8 for the Wallabies, the argument usually lies between Wycliff Palu and Scott Higginbotham, with the incumbent but departing Ben Mowen also getting a mention.

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Dark days in Wallaby history

By Adam Julian, 11 Apr 2014

This is a subversive piece dedicated to Kiwis who read The Roar detailing the worst games in Wallaby history. But don’t worry Wallabies fans, next week I will feature an item on the All Blacks’ worst performances.

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Debutant Jesse Mogg of the Wallabies finds some space. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Raymond Rhule (C) from the Cheetahs of South Africa celebrates a score with teammates against the Waratahs of Australia during their Super Rugby Union match. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

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Andrew Hore of the All Blacks is tackled by Rob Simmons of the Wallabies. Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and ARU boss Bill Pulver during the third Test match between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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James Horwill of the Wallabies awaits a referees decision. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Melbourne Rebel's Luke Rooney is tackled by Kutley Beale and Lachie Turner of the Waratahs,

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Western Force Jayden Hayward try bound late in the 2nd half  during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Queensland Reds and Western Force at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AAP Image/David Kapernick)

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and ARU boss Bill Pulver during the third Test match between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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