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The Rugby Championship: No rest for the big questions

The Rugby Championship might be taking a week off, as the Wallabies and All Blacks ready themselves to travel to the opposite ends of the earth, but not Biltong, Digger, and I.

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Super Rugby will make a feature out of next year’s Anzac weekend by scheduling five matches between Australasian rivals.

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The Australian Rugby Union is attempting to lure the British and Irish Lions back Down Under for a money-spinning kick-off to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.

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Will Genia returns but Will Skelton has been axed as the Wallabies look to restore pride and snare some silverware on their two-match tour of South Africa and Argentina.

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Former Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur wants at least 30 per cent of players inducted into the Western Force’s new junior academy to go on to play Super Rugby.

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The frustrations of being a Wallaby fan or coach

Some of you commented that the views I expressed in the article I posted from the ground after Saturday’s Test between the Wallabies and Pumas were too negative – after all the Wallabies had just won another Test and now have a record of only one loss in their last eleven Tests.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 5 preview, team lists

It was fantastic to see so many NRC games streamed over the last weekend. Brett McKay has been raving ever since about the quality of the BarTV stream, so we’ve kept him on ice again for the preview this week.

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Skelton axed for Wallabies tour of South Africa and Argentina

Rising cult hero Will Skelton has been axed from the Wallabies squad for their tour of South Africa and Argentina.

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SPIRO: The ARU needs to push for the fully monty ELVs

When Steve Hansen says the laws of rugby need to be revised, modified and made easier to play, to referee, and to understand, the rugby world should take notice.

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Four injured All Blacks headed by Jerome Kaino and Sam Whitelock are set to return for their last two Rugby Championship matches away to Argentina and South Africa.

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A neck injury will sideline flanker Francois Louw for about two months and deal South Africa another blow ahead of Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

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Another win but more uncertainty for the Wallabies

If last week’s win over South Africa offered up unanswered questions like I suggested it did, then none of those questions were answered on Saturday night.

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Hit hard by slumping crowds, the Australian Rugby Union has admitted the Wallabies’ Eden Park nightmare has taken the “wind out of our sails”.

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The Wallabies must overcome the granite-like Springboks pack without chief enforcer Wycliff Palu due to lingering concussion concerns.

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SPIRO: The Wallabies need to be smarter and fitter like the Waratahs

The good news is that the Wallabies (as the ARU’s media statement on the Test proudly announced) have won back-to-back home victories in the 2014 Rugby Championship.

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The NRC wrap Round 4: First semi-finalist locked in?

With Melbourne Rising still unbeaten after four rounds and now a bonus-point win clear of the chasing pack, it is hard to imagine them not playing in – or even hosting – one of the inaugural National Rugby Championship semi-finals.

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Wallabies player Nick Phipps

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Michael Hooper breaks free from a tackle during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Kurtley Beale stands in a rain soaked opening game of the series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw lifts Bill after winning the Rugby World Cup

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The Roar of the crowd

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Who are Australian rugby’s best impact players?

Modern Test rugby is a 23-man game. It is no longer 15-on-15. The fitter and better prepared team often wins in the last stanza of the match.

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The NRC rule variations are helping improve the game as a spectacle

Queensland Country finally broke their NRC duck at the fourth attempt with an exciting win over the Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore on Thursday evening.

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[VIDEO] Queensland Country vs Greater Sydney Rams: NRC Highlights, preview, banter

Round 5 of the NRC kicks off tonight with Queensland Country hosting the Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore, their first game at the venue.

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Hoping for a warm, not heavy, heart

By Andrew Jardine, 18 Sep 2014
Hoping for a warm, not heavy, heart

If predicting the outcome of a match is bullet-proof, you could hold the prize-giving first at Newlands next weekend, give the trophy to the Springboks and hold the game afterwards.

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How to build a perfect Wallabies back row

I have been equal parts bemused and annoyed by a lot of recent commentary of The Roar community regarding the performance and suitability of the Wallaby loose forwards.

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My Wallabies team to tour South Africa and Argentina

Ewen McKenzie has released his 28-man squad for the tour of South Africa and Argentina, with the players set to prove that the narrow wins at home were deserved.

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Perth Spirit looking to Savage North Harbour

By Luke Worthington, 18 Sep 2014

Palmyra prop Joe Savage will captain the Perth Spirit this Saturday when they take on the North Harbour Rays at Brookvale Oval for Round 5 of the NRC.

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McKenzie must reinvent the Wallaby game plan

Australia’s performance against Argentina confirms Ewen McKenzie’s Queensland Reds 2011 game plan is fast becoming redundant.

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NRC Round 4: Greater Sydney Rams player ratings

The Greater Sydney Rams have won their second game in a row and finally look like they could be players in the NRC.

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Pocock’s no Hooper, but he might be a hooker

Many of us have applauded Michael Hooper’s play at 7 for the Waratahs and Wallabies during the last two years. He rarely has a bad game and his style of play certainly fits the bill required by Michael Cheika and Ewen McKenzie.

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It was a clean sweep for the Irish provinces in Round 2 of the Pro12, with Leinster and Ulster achieving crushing victories, while Munster and Connacht had closer games.

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Perth Spirit have reached the midway point for their National Rugby Championship campaign, and is sitting on a not so satisfying record.

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How to make Brisbane City vs Queensland Country the best it can be

I am a passionate supporter of Queensland rugby. I have recently gone to or watched every NRC game that has been held here. I am a big believer in the competition and I hope it is successful.

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When you blog a game of rugby it is hard to make assessments during the match as you barely have time to think.

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All Blacks problem almost solved at the Cake Tin

The biggest problem in Test rugby to solve is how to beat the magnificent All Blacks in New Zealand.

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The rise of the Tier 2 rugby nations

By Yousef Teclab, 16 Sep 2014
The rise of the Tier 2 rugby nations

It’s safe to say that Tier 1 nations, those who compete in the Six Nations and Tri Nations (before Argentina joined the Rugby Championship), have dominated rugby union. Whether in Test matches, the Rugby World Cup or the IRB Rankings, it is made up of Tier 1 countries.

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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Australian Wallabies Rugby Union coach Ewen McKenzie. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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Queensland Country play North Harbour Rays

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Taniela Tupou carving it up

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

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Sam Cane of New Zealand (top) and Francois Louw of South Africa (C) compete for the ball during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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Sam Cane of New Zealand (top) and Francois Louw of South Africa (C) compete for the ball during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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