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Apperances can be deceiving: the Beale saga from start to finish

When I heard about Di Patston and Kurtley Beale’s argument on the plane, my initial thought was that it had to be a storm in a teacup.

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Matt Hodgson to captain Wallabies against the Barbarians

Backrower Matt Hodgson has been named captain of the Wallabies side to play the Barbarians in their end of year tour match against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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Brisbane City name team to take on Perth in NRC Final

Brisbane City might be without Quade Cooper, but it hasn’t stopped them from naming a strong team to take on the Perth Spirit in the NRC Final.

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Perth Spirit name unchanged team for NRC final

Perth Spirit have named the same 23 players that the defeated Melbourne Rising last week for the National Rugby Championship final at Ballymore against Brisbane City this weekend.

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Barbarians team to play Wallabies announced: Honey Badger included

The Barbarians have named their team to play the Wallabies this Sunday morning, with Australia’s Nick Cummins included alongside New Zealanders Tim Nanai-Williams, Colin Slade, Matt Todd and Adam Thomson.

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Will Genia is keen to make the most of a fresh start under Michael Cheika by reclaiming his Wallabies starting spot and possibly rekindling his Test combination with Quade Cooper.

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Will Genia remains open to the prospect of linking up with Sam Burgess at Bath next season but it won’t distract him from his Wallabies spring tour duties.

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The ‘Honey Badger’ has adapted well to his new Japanese surroundings but Nick Cummins isn’t giving up on a possible return to Super Rugby he hopes could revive his World Cup dream.

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Fit Nick Frisby rates Perth NRC final favourites

Brisbane City’s hopes of claiming the inaugural National Rugby Championship title has received a major boost with gun halfback Nick Frisby shrugging off injury to play Perth Spirit on Saturday night.

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What can we expect from the Cheika led Wallabies?

When Robbie Deans was shown the door after the British and Irish Lions series in 2013, Ewen McKenzie had two weeks with the Wallabies squad to introduce his style of game before the first Bledisloe Cup match.

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Nothing in rugby is ever clear cut

When will the rugby stone-throwing in glass houses fraternity realise nothing is ever set in concrete within the 15-man code?

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Halfback Nick Phipps has passionately denied a culture of misogyny exists in the Wallabies as the fallout from the Kurtley Beale text message scandal continues.

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Get down the track and put the spinners off their game.

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Wales coach Rob Howley fully expects his team to face Australia’s tried and tested quality when the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool rivals clash in Cardiff next week.

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Wallabies prop Pek Cowan says his burning desire to see the Western Force taste long-overdue success was his major reason behind re-signing with the Super Rugby franchise for a further two years.

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2014 Melbourne Cup: The Offer withdrawn by Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse has withdrawn The Offer from the 2014 Melbourne Cup. The one-time favourite was her only horse on the 40-strong list of second acceptances.

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Quade Cooper Brisbane City

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Israel Folau, Stephen Moore, Dave Dennis, Kurtley Beale and Nick Phipps at Circular Quay in Sydney wearing the 201 Wallabies jersey (Photo: Supplied)

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Wallabies fly half Kurtley Beale (R) is tackled by Pumas' Juan Manuel Leguizamon

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Brisbane City's Nick Frisby

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Kurtley Beale after missing a goal to put the Wallabies ahead against the Lions (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Springbok management kills Springbok talent

With the 2014 ABSA Currie Cup done and dusted following the coronation of DHL Western Province, we Springbok fans find ourselves with some time on our hands.

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Dissecting the inaugural National Rugby Championship (part I)

Are you sick of off-field dramas, colleagues sticking it to each to other, instead of their opponents? Tired of penalty kicks and lingering scrum resets? Then the NRC is for you!

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One year out, who will play for the Wallabies at the World Cup?

With a tumultuous couple of weeks behind us, I wanted to try and discuss the future of Australian rugby.

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A cracking inaugural NRC deserves a fitting finale: Fill the hill!

The NRC is a lot better than its critics have given it credit for.

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A bit of mischief on tour would be good for the Wallabies

“Rugby touring is a lot like sex – when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s not good… Well, it’s still pretty darn good.”

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Rugby is Baa Baa back! Who will Cheika turn to?

After a few weeks off, the Wallabies are back in action early Sunday morning (Australian time) to take on a formidable Barbarians team laden with All Blacks, Springboks and of course former Wallaby Nick Cummins.

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Is it better to burn out or fade away?

By Kia Kaha, 29 Oct 2014
Is it better to burn out or fade away?

In High Fidelity, the character Barry asks Rob for the top five musical crimes perpetrated by Stevie Wonder, with a sub-question whether it was unfair to criticise a formerly great artist for his latter day sins.

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Five things Cheika should do when he jumps off the plane at Heathrow

It is time to brainstorm the options of a coach who has just taken over the national team on a spring tour.

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Who will save the ARU?

By alexander logan, 29 Oct 2014 New author!
Who will save the ARU?

Johnny Wilkinson kicked. He kicked me in the heart and kicked the Wallabies out of the 2003 World Cup.

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Wallabies stars’ disconnect with fans is disappointing

Following the post-game performance of the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup game in Brisbane, I would say the team are not even on the same page as their supporters.

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Let’s get back to the rugby

By Super Cooper, 29 Oct 2014 New author!
Let’s get back to the rugby

It seems with all the events of late, the Australian supporters have been distracted and have found it difficult to think about on-field rugby.

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Springbok squad for end of year tour announced

Heyneke Meyer has announced his Springbok squad for the November tour.

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Will the truth set Bill Pulver and everyone else free?

“In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” Buddha

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The sad decline of Australian rugby

By Who Needs Melon, 27 Oct 2014
The sad decline of Australian rugby

I suspect this will be my last appearance on The Roar. I might pop in to read Brett McKay’s pieces on the NRC from time to time but the actions of Australian rugby leaders over recent weeks has left me completely cold to the upper echelons of the game.

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ARU should restore integrity and not renew Beale’s contract

The decision not to tear up Kurtley Beale’s contract has shocked and divided the rugby community judging by comments on various rugby forums, including right here on The Roar.

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What Bill Pulver said; what Bill Pulver meant

With Australian rugby lurching through one of its lowest ever periods, and the Kurtley Beale code of conduct hearing throwing up as many new questions as answers, focus from media and fans is increasingly turning towards Australian Rugby CEO Bill Pulver.

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Jason Woodward slips the tackle of Brumbies captain Ben Mowen

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Luke Jones of the Melbourne Rising wins a lineout

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David Pocock will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season and the British and Irish Lions tour.

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Israel Folau

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NSW Country Eagles halfback Brendan McKibbin

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The Wallabies are despondent after their loss to Argentina (AP Photo/Marcos Garcia)

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Duane Vermeulen of South Africa (L) tries to tackie Brodie Retallick of New Zealand (R) during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks at Eden Park in Auckland on September 14, 2013. New Zealand won 29-15. AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley

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Michael Hooper goes down in a tackle during the 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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Australian Wallaby Hugh McMeniman runs at Johann Muller of the Barbarians. (AAP Image/Tim Hales)

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