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What is the Cheika way?

Michael Cheika’s due diligence and dedication to detail and depth can win the Wallabies a record third William Webb Ellis Trophy.

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Any colour you want, as long as it’s All Black

What a shame the marketers ever got hold of the All Blacks. There was once a genuine aura about the New Zealanders, a mystique born of true New Zealand heritage and rugby history.

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Strong-finishing All Blacks beat Tonga

The All Blacks have hit their straps in the last half-hour to beat Tonga 47-9 in Newcastle and end a stuttering Rugby World Cup pool campaign on a high.

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Scotland’s failure to qualify for soccer’s European Championships has piled extra pressure on their rugby team ahead of their crucial World Cup clash against Samoa.

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Star Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has backed under-fire England rookie Sam Burgess to bounce back from a tumultuous World Cup campaign and become a success in the 15-man game.

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England assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree have been found guilty of making an illegal approach to match officials during halftime of the hosts’ 33-13 defeat to Australia, Rugby World Cup organisers announced on Friday.

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Wallabies are World Cup favourites: Waugh

The ripples won’t take long to reach New Zealand, but former Wallabies captain Phil Waugh believes Australia have wrestled World Cup favouritism from the All Blacks.

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Wallabies v Wales 2015 Rugby World Cup – kick-off time, date, TV schedule

The Wallabies are scheduled to battle Wales in a match to determine the winner of Pool A in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Sunday October 11 at 2:45am AEDT.

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2015 Rugby World Cup live stream: How to watch the Wallabies vs Wales online, on TV or on Radio

A win against Wales in their final match of the pools stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup would guarantee the Wallabies a top-of-the-table finish in Pool A. There’ll be a number of ways to watch or listen to the match, be it online through live streaming, on TV, or Radio.

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2015 Rugby World Cup Big Questions: Luck and disappointment

Right then, so the first big name casualty of the 2015 Rugby World Cup has been claimed, with England sent packing from their own tournament, and plummeting to number eight on the World Rugby rankings; their lowest ever recorded.

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Wallabies make a mockery of Clive Woodward’s predictions

The Wallabies’ win against England made a mockery of former World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward’s ridiculous public comments before the match that the Wallabies were “not the brightest team” and that “they give away penalties and pick up yellow cards when they are stretched”.

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Wallabies tight five key against the Welsh

There would be slim few who would deny the huge influence Australia’s tight five had on the result at Twickenham.

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McMahon in, Simmons out in Wallabies lineup to meet Wales

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika bit the bullet to throw Sean McMahon into the Twickenham World Cup cauldron against Wales early Sunday morning AEDT.

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Wallabies team to face Wales: McMahon, Mitchell named

The Wallabies will unleash tenacious flanker Sean McMahon on an injury-ravaged Wales as they go into Saturday’s World Cup shootout with top spot in Pool A on the line.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland has made six changes, including moving powerhouse wing George North to centre in one of two positional switches, when naming his side to play Australia in this weekend’s World Cup Pool A decider at Twickenham.

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The harder the Wallabies work, the luckier they get

Over his career, golfer Gary Player accumulated nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champions Tour major championship wins.

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Brisbane City face Canberra Vikings in a top-of-the-table clash in Round 8.

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Referee Jaco Peyper of South Africa

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England and Wales contest a line-out

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David Pocock

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper

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avid Pocock and Michael Hooper

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The Roar of the crowd

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Wallabies vs Wales: Sit back and enjoy, this is going to be huge

How rare it is that an international match that will decide so much has a festive vibe surrounding it rather than the nerves of anticipation we usually feel.

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Greater Sydney Rams vs Perth Spirit: NRC live scores

The Greater Sydney Rams are chasing their second win of the 2015 NRC season when they host the Perth Spirit. Join The Roar from 3pm (AEDT) for live scores.

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North Harbour Rays vs QLD Country highlights: NRC scores

The North Harbour Rays are shooting for their second win of the 2015 NRC season when they host Queensland Country.

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UC Vikings vs Brisbane City highlights: NRC scores

Two unbeaten sides face off in a game which has potential grand final implications, as the University of Canberra Vikings host defending champions Brisbane City. Join The Roar from 2pm (AEDT) for live scores.

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All Blacks vs Tonga highlights: Rugby World Cup scores, blog

The All Blacks scratchy form has come under scrutiny at the Rugby World Cup so far. Can they produce performance against Tonga that appeases their vocal critics in their last group game? Join The Roar for the live scores and coverage at 6:00am (AEDT).

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Schalk Burger as first receiver is terrifying

I know a lot of South African rugby supporters still blame Bryce Lawrence for the Springboks’ defeat at the hands of the Wallabies in the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-final, but I think they’re delusional.

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Where to for world rugby and World Rugby?

As the pool stages of the World Cup wind down this weekend, the smaller (some bigger) nations will be wrapping up their tours and heading home. Barring a spectacular run of luck, not even the incredible Springbok-slaying Japanese team will be pushing on into the quarter-finals.

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Rugby World Cup cheat sheet: Who can make the quarter finals and who will they play?

With just two matches left in each pool, all to be played over the next three days, we’re drawing closer and closer to the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

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Wales, beware the McMahon

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Wales, beware the McMahon

Wales should understand the problem they face if Sean McMahon is selected as Michael Hooper’s replacement on Saturday night at Twikenham.

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At last the Springboks look like a winning combo

At last we have a Springboks team that will stop our fans stamping their feet in frustration and biting their nails in trepidation.

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Inside the Jerry Collins memorial clash

The day of the final. Richie McCaw clutches his stomach. Looks over at Steve Hansen, fear etched into his face.

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Melbourne Rising vs NSW Country Eagles highlights: NRC scores

Melbourne Rising are out to break into the top four when they host the New South Wales Country Eagles. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEDT) for live scores.

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Georgia vs Namibia highlights: Rugby World Cup scores, blog

Namibia and Georgia will be keen to rise above their minnow tags when they clash in Exeter this morning. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6.00am (AEDT).

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Ireland struggle to overcome plucky Italy in Pool D

Sunday’s Rugby World Cup Pool D fixture between Ireland and Italy saw the men in green scrape a 16-9 win against a determined Azzurri team in uncomfortable circumstances.

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Could the Wallabies achieve a historic World Cup Grand Slam?

No Wallabies side has achieved the Grand Slam (defeating the four home nations – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – on the same tour) since 1984, but the current side could achieve a World Cup Grand Slam.

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2016 Trans-Tasman disguised as ‘Stupor Rugby’

If you are an Aussie or Kiwi, the newly formed Trans-Tasman rugby competition should sit well with you. Less matches against South African teams, same number of local derbies, better time zones and less travel, plus an extra international opponent.

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Kurtley Beale shapes to pass 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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Willie Le Roux giving instructions

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The physical strains on Rugby World Cup players is remarkable. (AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK)

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Michael Hooper playing for the Wallabies v France

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Bernard Foley

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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New Zealand's Kevin Proctor (left) celebrates with try-scorer Shaun Johnson during the Four Nations Rugby League match between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

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The All Blacks should fear the French. (AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE)

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Fiji are playing for pride against Uruguay. (Photo: AFP)

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