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An historical guide to the 2015 Expressway Stakes

It’s not quite Autumn racing yet, but the 2015 Expressway Stakes might still have some bearing, especially with some quality Group 1 gallopers resuming from a spell.

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Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade believes captain Gary Ablett is a couple of weeks away from returning to full contact training.

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Waratahs to play all matches except final at Allianz Stadium from 2016

The New South Wales Rugby Union and Waratahs have announced that the Super Rugby franchise will play all their regular season matches, quarter-finals and semi-finals at Allianz Stadium

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The last time Karmichael Hunt was in Cairns, he was the feel-good story of Australian sport.

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Melbourne Rebels backrower Sean McMahon and NSW Waratahs winger Rob Horne have signed two-year contract extensions with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2017.

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Karmichael Hunt has been named to make his first appearance in a Queensland Reds jersey in Saturday’s trial against the Melbourne Rebels in Cairns.

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A shattered Tomas Berdych admitted he faces a tough road to better his semi-final appearance at the Australian Open after his convincing loss to Andy Murray.

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Rugby league convert Sam Burgess will make his international rugby union debut on Friday after being named in the second-string England Saxons team to face the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork.

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Bill Pulver Q&A at 2015 Super Rugby launch

The CEO of Australian Rugby Unino Bill Pulver answers questions at the 2015 Super Rugby launch in Sydney.

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Scott Higginbotham speaks to The Roar at the 2015 Super Rugby launch

Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney.

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Dave Dennis talks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney.

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Richard Graham speaks to The Roar about 2015 Super Rugby season

Reds coach Richard Graham was good enough to speak to The Roar at the launch of the 2015 Super Rugby season in Sydney.

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Rob Horne and Sean McMahon re-sign with Australian rugby

Melbourne Rebels backrower Sean McMahon and Waratahs winger Rob Horne have both agreed to two-year contract extensions with Australian Rugby, and will stay in the country until the end of 2017.

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SPIRO: Pulver predicts 3 Aussie sides in Super Rugby finals

Last year, Bill Pulver, the chief executive of the ARU, made the fearless prediction that the Waratahs would win their first Super Rugby title.

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Former Australia coach Robbie Deans will take charge of the Barbarians for their fixtures against Ireland and England in May.

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England have suffered yet another injury setback with five-eighth Owen Farrell ruled out of the entire Six Nations Championship with a knee ligament injury.

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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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Australia's Pama Fou (C) runs as Scotland's Andrew Turnbull (L) defends during their match at the IRB Sevens rugby tournament

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The Roar of the crowd

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Stop hassling the number nine come scrummage time

Okay, so we all seem to agree that the scrum is a mess, I get that. As a former number 13 the scrum always looks a mess, but what I really want to know is, why is there so much pressure on the number nine?

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2015 Rugby World Cup: The Springboks’ best halfbacks

To understand Fourie du Preez, you have to understand there are two versions of him. The pre-2009 version and the more recent laid back version who enjoys fashion, modern cultures and quality family time.

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Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

By Lano, 30 Jan 2015
Super Rugby fantasy versus reality

I worked with a group of Englishmen who introduced me to Fantasy English Premier League – I performed poorly until I learned that picking a side to win a fantasy league is entirely different to picking a side to win an actual game.

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Ireland will start favourites in the Six Nations

The 2015 Six Nations kicks off in just over a week’s time and defending champions Ireland are heading into the competition as favourites.

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Will losing Cooper make the Reds Super bloopers?

By Steve Connolly, 29 Jan 2015 Video
Will losing Cooper make the Reds Super bloopers?

Are the Queensland Reds a write off before a scrum is packed down in the 2015 Super Rugby campaign?

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Rugby World Cup 2015: The Springboks’ best back rowers

If there is one area where Heyneke Meyer should have no concerns it would be the Springbok back row. Such is the strength in depth they have there, you could argue a Springbok team made up of back rowers would be a rather formidable team.

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A player transfer market can save Southern Hemisphere talent

The recent surge in Wallabies and All Blacks signing contracts to play in England and France was anticipated but it has still come with a sting. If this massive flow of players continues than more questions about how it will affect the future of Southern Hemisphere rugby are going to arise.

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Hooper’s drop in form a concern for Wallabies

In David Pocock’s absence, Michael Hooper has developed into Australia’s premier openside flanker, picking up a string of awards and glowing accolades from players and coaches past and present.

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Six Nations 2015 preview: Ireland

By Yousef Teclab, 28 Jan 2015
Six Nations 2015 preview: Ireland

The New Year means the Six Nations is just a few weeks away, which means a chance for the Northern Hemisphere to assess where they are at with less than nine months to go until the World Cup.

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Great days in Scottish rugby

By Adam Julian, 28 Jan 2015
Great days in Scottish rugby

Bill McLaren, the Hastings brothers, the inventors of sevens – Scotland has given rugby a lot and had some great days.

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Six Nations: Fighting your best enemy

By nickoldschool, 27 Jan 2015
Six Nations: Fighting your best enemy

February is just around the corner and for Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, France and Italy it means it’s time to fight.

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The peculiar rugby relationship between New Zealand and South Africa

Rugby helped shape male identity in New Zealand. Perhaps due to the All Blacks’ sustained international success, it even shaped a national identity, the notion of ‘New Zealandness’.

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Early signs are positive for the Force in 2015

It was only a trial game but the Western Force beat the Brumbies 31-21 at The University of Western Australia Sports Park in front of a large crowd.

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How expansion in Super Rugby should be handled

By Working Class Rugger, 23 Jan 2015
How expansion in Super Rugby should be handled

Recently, I wrote a piece calling for the withdrawal of the ARU from the SANZAR alliance.

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Europe’s rugby clubs all aiming for France’s Top 14

By Working Class Rugger, 23 Jan 2015
Europe’s rugby clubs all aiming for France’s Top 14

Servette FC from Geneva have started a professional rugby wing. The multi-sport club, which also runs professional football and ice hockey teams, has entered a team playing out of Servette FC’s 30,000 seater stadium in the 10th tier of French rugby.

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Six Nations 2015 preview: Wales

By Yousef Teclab, 23 Jan 2015
Six Nations 2015 preview: Wales

A vast sense of relief swept throughout the Millennium Stadium in late November, when Wales finally broke their southern hemisphere hoodoo by defeating the Springboks, thereby finishing 2014 on a high.

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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New Zealand All Blacks captain Richie McCaw. AFP PHOTO / Marty Melville

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Scott Higginbotham in action for the Rebels during the round 5 Super Rugby

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Dan Carter of the All Blacks. (AAP Image/Steve Holland)

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Handre Pollard is tackled by Richie McCaw

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South Africa Springboks Eben Etzebeth

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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