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The Waratahs took 365 minutes this season to look something like a rugby team

Thanks to a barnstorming second half by Bernard Foley, the Waratahs turned a 25-6 half-time deficit into a miraculous 32-25 victory at AAMI Park last night.

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Gibson gives Tahs a half-time serve to inspire comeback

A halftime blast from Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson, that included the chilling reminder “we’re fighting for our lives”, helped propel his Super Rugby team to a gripping 35-26 win over the Melbourne Rebels.

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Saia Fainga’a in emotional Brumbies return

Saia Fainga’a will complete an emotional Super Rugby homecoming for the Brumbies, one month after the unexpected death of his father.

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Battered Force go down to Crusaders in Christchurch

Western Force coach Dave Wessels says his battered team will be better for the experience after conceding seven tries in a bruising 45-17 loss to the Crusaders in Friday night’s Super Rugby clash in Christchurch.

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Smith on the outer as Reds ring the changes for Jaguares clash

Wallabies great George Smith has been left out of Queensland’s Super Rugby clash against the Jaguares in Argentina in one of six changes to starting side.

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Brumbies try to boost not so Super NZ run

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has challenged his players to improve their dismal recent Super Rugby history against New Zealand sides as they prepare for a crunch match against the Highlanders.

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Blues pack ready to step up: Umaga

Coach Tana Umaga says the Blues are well aware what they’ll be up against when they meet a combative Bulls outfit in Auckland.

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Western Force offer fans shares in club

The Western Force want to prove to the ARU and SANZAAR that it would be a $10 million mistake to get rid of them – but first they need fans to put their money where their mouth is.

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Rebels see Tahs as Super Rugby must-win

The Melbourne Rebels are relishing the chance to measure themselves against another Australian Super Rugby team as they head into a must-win clash with the Waratahs at AAMI Park on Friday night.

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Brumbies make raft of Super Rugby changes

The Brumbies have made five changes to their Super Rugby starting line-up to face the Highlanders, with Scott Sio and Saia Fainga’a named on the bench to play their first match for the season.

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Waratahs conscious of empty trophy cabinet

The NSW Waratahs’ trophy cabinet is all but empty and skipper Michael Hooper wants something done about it. Pronto.

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All Blacks opt for Barbarians over England

Only a final approval from World Rugby stands in the way of the All Blacks taking on the Barbarians on November 4 at Twickenham, putting any prospect of a Test against England to bed.

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Peter Kimlin “seems to be definitively out of this affair” after helping French police with investigation

Former Wallaby Peter Kimlin has been helping police investigating a young woman’s allegation that she was raped by players from French rugby club Grenoble.

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Super Rugby Round 5 tips and predictions: Do your best, tipsters

If you thought last week was an easy round to tip, you need only look as far as my Round 4 result for the proof. If I’m picking the card, then it can’t have been too hard.

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Folau shifted to fullback as Waratahs aim to get a win

Daryl Gibson believes the NSW Waratahs will profit from Israel Folau’s 14-game stint in the centres after ending the “experiment” for the greater good of his fallen Super Rugby champions.

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Families unsettled by SANZAAR uncertainty

Western Force coach Dave Wessels says the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the franchise is hindering his chances of recruiting star players for next year.

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Australia's Brumbies Peter Kimlin is challenged by South Africa's Lions Elton Jantjies. AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

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Australian Wallaby Hugh McMeniman runs at Johann Muller of the Barbarians. (AAP Image/Tim Hales)

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The Waratahs' Nick Phipps makes a break

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England rugby union coach Eddie Jones

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Damian McKenzie Waikato Chiefs Super Rugby 2015

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Eddie Jones

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Sean McMahon of the Rebels fends off Nick Phipps

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Owen Farrell celebrating England's win

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The Roar of the crowd

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Blues vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Bulls make the long trip over to New Zealand off the back of a debut win for the season when they take on a struggling Blues side this afternoon. Join The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT) for all the live scores, highlights and action.

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Rebels vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

By Connor Bennett, 24 Mar 2017 Popular article! Video
Rebels vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Stuck at the wrong end of a struggling Australian conference, both the Rebels and Waratahs are in desperate need of a win when they do battle in Melbourne. Join The Roar from 7:45pm (AEDT) for all the live scores, highlights and action.

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Crusaders vs Force: Super Rugby live scores, blog

By Connor Bennett, 24 Mar 2017 Popular article! Video
Crusaders vs Force: Super Rugby live scores, blog

The Crusaders are looking to keep their undefeated start to the season alive when they host a struggling Force outfit coming off a bye. Catch all the action on The Roar from 5:35pm (AEDT).

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The British and Irish Lions will win the series

Perhaps the strongest British Lions team of all time is assembling to take on the All Blacks- – and they should be the favourites to win.

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Time for some big decisions in Super Rugby

By biltongbek, 24 Mar 2017
Time for some big decisions in Super Rugby

When you open a manufacturing business one of the first decisions you make is whether you are going into mass production or whether you are manufacturing niche products.

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If an Aussie team is cut, the Brumbies should be the last to go

The Roar’s Spiro Zavos wrote in a recent article ‘Given its great number of players, about 500,000, and the great wealth within the rugby community, it is actually something of a marvel how unsuccessful England has been as a rugby nation’.

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Romania takes the European six nations

By Harry Kimble, 23 Mar 2017
Romania takes the European six nations

This year’s Rugby European Championship has been one of the most interesting and closest in recent times. This series also was part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying process.

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Nostalgia will not save us from northern aggression

Not a decade passes between nostalgic politicians telling us how great they can make us, again. They ride in on horses, and leave in hearses, like the rest of us.

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How do you solve a problem like Super Rugby?

By Norris Woodbine, 22 Mar 2017
How do you solve a problem like Super Rugby?

SANZAAR are looking to revamp the Super Rugby competition, with an announcement due any day on a new format, and speculation is rife that current franchises will be culled.

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A Lions team to start the first Test

By Adam Julian, 22 Mar 2017
A Lions team to start the first Test

The Six Nations is in the book, but who will start for the Lions in New Zealand?

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No easy answers to this Super debacle

By Hugh Jarse, 21 Mar 2017
No easy answers to this Super debacle

As a long-standing Super Rugby fan, who has adored the competition for years – watching Lions versus Western Force replays just to satisfy my cravings – the funny business we seem to have stepped in is really grinding my gears.

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Rugby Europe’s drive to be part of the Six Nations

At Rugby Europe’s meeting on March 9 in Paris, the board of directors formalised a request for Six Nations Limited to admit other nations to their tournament.

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If the Brumbies are in the firing line, why not the Tahs and Reds?

Why does the so-called ‘rugby establishment’ of Sydney and Brisbane have this sense of entitlement that automatically relegates the Brumbies, Rebels and Force to the group that should lose one of its members?

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England aren’t yet ready to trouble the All Blacks

Are England really as good as some commentators have suggested? Are they worse? While the Six Nations has not definitively answered this question, England are still well below the All Blacks’ standards.

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Super Rugby needs to be saved – here’s how

Super Rugby suffers from ridiculous travel requirements, maddening scheduling and mystifying fixture lists. How does scrapping a side in Australia or in South Africa fix any of those fundamental problems?

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The Super XV: Australian team of the week, Round 4

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

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Israel Folau Waratahs Super Rugby Union 2017

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Henco Venter Cheetahs Super Rugby Rugby Union 2016

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Ireland's fly half Jonny Sexton kicks a penalty

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Highlanders' Aaron Smith celebrates his teams win over the Hurricanes

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Mitch Hunt Crusaders Super Rugby Union 2017

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