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Justin Bieber music has been banned from the Western Force gym this week, as players attempt to overcome their bumps and bruises in time for Thursday night’s Super Rugby clash with Queensland in Perth.

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Grieving NSW Waratahs plan to pay their respects to Dan Vickerman from South Africa after making the tough call to miss their former teammate’s memorial service in Sydney.

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Teams eyeing their Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves as a chance for easy points should think again, warn the Hurricanes.

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Brumbies looking to build from encouraging first-round loss

Brumbies back-rower Jordan Smiler sees shades of the 2012 Canberra-based side among the current new faces as the team looks to build on an encouraging first-round Super Rugby loss.

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Toulon won’t re-sign James O’Connor

James O’Connor’s alleged cocaine possession appears to have cost him a future at Toulon as the French rugby club weighs up his immediate punishment.

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New high contact edict still just a guide?

There was a little bit of discussion around World Rugby’s new ‘zero tolerance’ stance on contact higher than the shoulders in the weeks heading into Round 1 of Super Rugby, with opinions equally nervous and worried on what they might happen when first used with competition points on the line.

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Sean O’Brien insists Ireland would have known exactly what to do if faced with Italy’s no-ruck tactics that bamboozled England on Sunday.

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Daniel Vickerman’s death casts a dark shadow over the rugby world

Before play began, the players from the NSW Waratahs and the Western Force Super Rugby teams formed two circles to honour, with silence and bowed heads, the memory of Daniel Vickerman.

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The Wrap: Super Rugby start lacks fizz, JOC no whiz

There’s no sugar-coating it, this is going to be a long Super Rugby season. Problems with the confusing and illogical competition structure fed immediately into matches that, Dunedin and Cape Town excepted, lacked crowd engagement, colour and intensity.

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“That’s not rugby”: Jones fumes at Italy’s tactics after Six Nations win

England coach Eddie Jones launched an extraordinary attack on Italy’s innovative breakdown tactics in Sunday’s Six Nations clash, saying “that’s not rugby” and that the fans should get their money back.

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Skelton earns praise from rugby mentor

Will Skelton’s attitude has earned early season plaudits from his NSW Waratahs coach, with the giant second rower intent on staying in Australia and forcing his way back up the Wallabies lock pecking order.

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Lessons for Australian teams in Super Rugby

Australia’s teams showed promising glimpses but plenty of room for improvement while providing revealing insights into the form of some key players in the opening round of Super Rugby.

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The Stormers have won a pulsating South African Super Rugby derby as they defeated the Bulls 37-24 at Newlands to send out a warning of their potential in this year’s competition.

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Sexton’s boot helps Irish down France

Another perfect goalkicking effort by Jonathan Sexton led Ireland over France 19-9 in an often sloppy, rain-soaked Six Nations rugby match on Saturday.

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Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell shone as Scotland staged a rousing comeback to beat Wales for the first time in 10 years in an absorbing 29-13 Six Nations victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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James O’Connor arrested in Paris buying cocaine

Former Wallabies international James O’Connor has spent the night in a Paris cell after being arrested on suspicion of attempting to buy cocaine.

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Israel Folau NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Hurricanes' Matt Proctor

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Ben Te'o in action during the NRL Round 26, Brisbane Broncos v Manly Sea Eagles. AAP Image/Action Photographics/Charles Knight

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Dane Haylett-Petty of the Force

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Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

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England rucked off and five other thoughts from the weekend

It’s not a bad thing when a weekend of rugby begins on a Thursday evening and is still going strong on Monday morning – a bit like a couple of faded rugby stars on the disco dandruff… here’s six observations from the weekend’s action.

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The young Reds are stars of the future

By Norris Woodbine, 28 Feb 2017
The young Reds are stars of the future

Last Thursday night still brings a smile frequently to my face as I recall the totally committed performance from the youngsters in the Blues.

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The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 1

Each week we’ll, be looking at the best of the best in Australian rugby and piecing together the top 15 players from the Aussie Super Rugby sides from the round gone by.

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The big difference between the Rebels and Brumbies’ losses

A stream of similarities between the Melbourne and Canberra-based sides were evident this weekend as both opened their Super Rugby campaigns with losses to (gulp) Kiwi teams.

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The High Five: Super Rugby Round 1

By Diggercane, 26 Feb 2017 Popular article!
The High Five: Super Rugby Round 1

Round 1 of Super Rugby has been completed, some good, some bad and unfortunately some ugly across the opening weekend.

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Stormers vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Round 1 of Super Rugby 2017 comes to a close with a traditional grudge match between two of South Africa’s biggest rivals, the Stormers and the Bulls. Join The Roar from 4:30am (AEDT) for live scores from the match, and a live blog of the game.

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Kings vs Jaguares: Super Rugby live scores

The Kings will be looking to kick-start their 2017 Super Rugby campaign with a winning start when they take on Argentina’s Jaguares on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from the game, starting from 2:15am AEDT.

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Cheetahs vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores

The Lions are the favourites to get their 2017 Super Rugby campaign started with some winning form when they take on the Cheetahs. Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 12:05am AEDT.

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Waratahs vs Force highlights: Waratahs win by 6

Match result: The Waratahs have gotten their 2017 Super Rugby campaign off to the right king of start, bettering the Force by six points on Saturday night.

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Crusaders vs Brumbies highlights: Crusaders win 17-13

Match result: The Brumbies put in a good fight but it wasn’t enough to knock off the Crusaders, victorious by four points on Saturday.

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Sunwolves vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: Safe to say the reigning champs the Hurricanes are a bit ahead of the Sunwolves, after they smashed the Japanese side by 66 points on Saturday.

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Reds vs Sharks: Super Rugby live scores, blog, highlights

Match result: The Reds have gotten their season started the right way, with a two-point win over the Sharks on home soil.

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Highlanders vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog, highlights

An exciting night of rugby awaits as the first New Zealand derby for the 2017 Super Rugby sees the Highlanders take on the Chiefs. Join The Roar for live scores from the match and a live blog of the game, starting from 5:35pm (AEDT).

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Come on Quade, dominate Super Rugby like we know you can

Well folks, if you didn’t enjoy watching the Blues demolish the Rebels last night I can only assume you either one, don’t actually like rugby much, two, you have a strong bias against Auckland, or three, you are a diehard Rebels supporter.

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John O’Neill wades into Super Rugby debate

Former boss of Australian rugby John O’Neill’s abrasive style is both grating and polarising, but there’s no doubting his success rate.

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Rebels vs Blues highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Match result: The Blues have drawn first blood in 2017 Super Rugby, prevailing over a prematurely undermanned Rebels side in Melbourne, 56-18.

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Brumbies rugby player Henry Speight.

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Israel Folau NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Michael Hooper against the Brumbies (Source: AJF Photography)

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The Saracens defeated Exeter Chiefs 28-20 in the Premiership final

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Wallabies depth in 2017: The backs

By Rhys Bosley, 23 Feb 2017

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Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

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