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20 days to go: The Roar counts down to the Rugby World Cup

After New Zealand demolished Italy at the very first World Cup match in 1987, the tournament needed a boost. It came in very next game, as Scotland and France played out the first classic encounter in the tournament’s history with a 20-all draw that had everything.

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To win the World Cup, Wallaby locks need to learn to tackle

It is often said that defence wins big games. The fact of the matter is that a whole combination of factors wins big games, but defence is certainly a crucial component.

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21 days to go: The Roar counts down to the Rugby World Cup

David Dadunashvili became the youngest hooker in Rugby World Cup history at 21 years and 270 days when he replaced Akvsenti Giorgadze in Georgia’s starting line up against South Africa in 2003.

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Gifted back Kurtley Beale concedes it will be very difficult for him to regain a starting spot in the Wallabies’ side for the World Cup, but is excited by that challenge.

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David Pocock and Kurtley Beale re-sign with Australian Rugby

Wallabies and Brumbies openside flanker David Pocock and Waratahs back Kurtley Beale have re-signed with Australian Rugby and their Super Rugby franchises.

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Don’t let laziness keep you from loving women’s sport

Why do I know so little about women’s sport? It’s an interesting question, with quite an uninteresting answer, that being: I’m lazy.

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Wallabies experimentation to continue in Chicago

The Wallabies leave for the United States on Saturday, where they will bunk down for a two-week camp at the famed University of Notre Dame, Indiana, either side of the Test against the US.

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22 days to go: The Roar counts down to the Rugby World Cup

In any World Cup of substance there’s bound to be the odd one-sided result when the less-experienced nations try and match it with the big boys.

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Pocock’s peers send Cheika a clear message

Champion fullback Israel Folau last night became the first Wallaby to win back-to-back John Eales Medals.

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Tired of being quizzed over his selection of two specialist hookers, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika hit back at his critics on Thursday.

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Australian rugby boss Bill Pulver has indicated the ARU could bid if cost-cutting Japan should lose the hosting rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Wallabies captain Stephen Moore hopes to use America’s inability to differentiate between rugby league and union by declaring Jarryd Hayne one of theirs when they hit the US this weekend.

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Israel Folau claims 2015 John Eales Medal

Israel Folau has claimed his second straight John Eales Medal, finishing ahead of predicted frontrunners Michael Hooper and David Pocock at the awards ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night.

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National Rugby Championship: Round 2 preview

Round 1 of the NRC produced no great upsets, but it was clear that teams have upped their defensive intensity and base fitness levels; no doubt major lessons learned from last year.

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Opening weekend the key to Rugby World Cup

At the time of writing the Rugby World Cup is 23 days and 8 hours away, and closing fast. Of course, you knew that, despite being momentarily distracted by the Hayne Plane roaring towards a fat NFL contract in San Francisco.

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Why just winning lineout ball isn’t enough

With only two hookers announced in the Wallabies World Cup squad, there has been plenty of discussion about whether we will be capable of winning our own ball.

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Webb Ellis Cup

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Tevita Kuridrani celebrates a try

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Japan coach Eddie Jones won't be coaching their Super Rugby team next year (Photo: AFP)

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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Quade Cooper getting tackled

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England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster

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Webb Ellis Cup

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The Roar of the crowd

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2015 Rugby World Cup: Pool B preview

Without doubt the weakest of all the groups, South Africa should breeze through Pool B untroubled.

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Boks won’t bury All Blacks under mountain of caps

Heyneke Meyer has put his faith in experienced players he can trust, and I hope he gets what he prays for.

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I was recently in Donegal, Ireland, at a family gathering. While there I visited the town of Ramelton with my uncle Joe, which is the birthplace of rugby player David Gallaher.

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Perth Spirit vs North Harbour Rays highlights: NRC live scores, blog

Perth Spirit host their first home game of the 2015 against a North Harbour Rays side who will be smarting after a see-sawing loss last week.

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NSW Country Eagles vs Canberra Vikings highlights: NRC live scores

NSW Country Eagles will be looking to make it two in a row when they host the Canberra Vikings in Sydney. Join us on The Roar from 3pm (AEST) for live scores of this clash.

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Melbourne Rising vs Brisbane City highlights: NRC live scores

Melbourne Rising are defending the Horan-Little shield for a second time when they put it on the line against Brisbane City. Join The Roar for live scores of this National Rugby Championship clash from 2pm (AEST).

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How League can help his brother, Union

By Darrell, 29 Aug 2015 Video
How League can help his brother, Union

Many generations ago, after a monumental clash of powers, the two sons of the god William Webb Ellis declared war on each other.

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Five RWC players that will face their birth nation

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will see a few players represent a nation other than their birth country, with some poached by bigger sides and others settling for a lower level after failing to make Tier 1 squads.

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Wales and Ireland meet again in RWC warm-up match

Ireland’s third warm-up game for the Rugby World Cup takes place against Wales this Saturday, at 2.30pm (UK time) in the Aviva Stadium.

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Burgess’ selection is a stroke of genius

By Edward Pye, 29 Aug 2015 Video
Burgess’ selection is a stroke of genius

He may not be the sharpest offensive player in world rugby and he may not even know all the rules yet, but there is one very good reason why Sam Burgess was selected for England. And it could turn out to be a stroke of genius by Stuart Lancaster.

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The Roar’s all-time World XV Draft: Part 1

By Harry Jones, 28 Aug 2015
The Roar’s all-time World XV Draft: Part 1

Irascible Biltongbek, effervescent RobC, voice-of-reason Diggercane, sprightly near-genius Ben Gibbon, and rugby poet Harry Jones were invited by The Roar to select respective World XV teams from any and all eras, using an NBA-style selection draft.

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Poaching Pacific Islander players is weakening rugby

Since rugby union became a professional sport in 1995, many rugby union bodies have looked towards the Pacific Islands in order to fill their demand for top level rugby stars.

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Rugby World Cup: Pool A preview

By KiwiDave, 28 Aug 2015
Rugby World Cup: Pool A preview

Without a shadow of doubt, Pool A is the strongest and most interesting of the pools. It may not contain the best side in the tournament but it contains three sides ranked in the top six in the world – and one of them will not make it out of the pool stage.

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Who can win the Rugby World Cup?

By Will Tearle, 28 Aug 2015 Video
Who can win the Rugby World Cup?

The rugby World Cup is just over three weeks away now and excitement is building. Over the past few weeks we have seen a dominant Wallabies team go from beating the all-conquering All Blacks to receiving a master class by the very same team.

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Sydney Stars vs Queensland Country highlights: NRC live scores, blog

Match Result: The Sydney Stars remain undefeated in the National Rugby Championship with a high scoring 50-40 win over Queensland Country.

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Rugby’s Hunger Games avoided by better scheduling

World Rugby CEO and Australian Brett Gosper wants England to go through, Australian George Smith thinks Fiji will, while Welshman Lee Byrne has doubts about Wales going through at all.

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The Wallabies

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Sonny Bill Williams Japan

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Tevita Kuridrani celebrates a try

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Liam Gill of Brisbane City scores a try - Photo: Sportography

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New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams celebrates

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South Africa's coach Heyneke Meyer

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Daniel Carter attempting a goal

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All Blacks' captain Richie McCaw and coach, Steve Hansen

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Australia's Kurtley Beale, right, makes a catch for the Wallabies

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