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Cheika will ensure Wallabies are a football team, not a business

Michael Cheika will not make the same fundamental mistake Ewen McKenzie made when he rated the Wallabies a business.

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Admitting the buck stops with him, ARU chief Bill Pulver strongly denies Australian rugby is “a complete mess”.

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Michael Cheika will embrace the Wallabies coaching challenge in the same cavalier fashion that led the NSW Waratahs to long-awaited Super Rugby glory in 2014.

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Kurtley Beale’s future in Australian rugby remains up in the air with the troubled playmaker officially overlooked for the Wallabies’ spring tour squad on Wednesday.

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Unwanted All Blacks Colin Slade, Steven Luatua, Dominic Bird and Matt Todd have been included in the Barbarians team to face Australia at Twickenham next week.

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Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper is well poised to become the first back-to-back winner of the John Eales Medal on Thursday night.

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He built a successful clothing company, has dabbled in restaurants, speaks four languages and once dazzled Collette Dinnigan in French to secure a job – utterly unqualified – with the Australian fashion designer.

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The man who gave Michael Cheika one of his biggest coaching breaks is sure the newly-appointed Wallabies mentor has what it takes to succeed at international level.

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Wallabies squad for end of year tour announced

The Wallabies squad for the 2015 end of year tour has been announced, with form flanker Scott Fardy the notable omission from the squad.

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Michael Cheika named Wallabies coach – to take team to 2015 World Cup

Michael Cheika has been named as the new coach of the Wallabies, and will take Australia to end of year tour and the 2015 World Cup.

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Michael Cheika expected to be unveiled as Wallabies coach today

Waratahs Super Rugby winning mentor Michael Cheika is set to be announced as the new Wallabies coach this afternoon.

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So close and yet so far for the Wallabies

Ignoring what happened after fulltime in the third Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallabies and All Blacks, it was a pretty good night for the Wallabies.

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SPIRO: The All Blacks system is the way to go for the Wallabies

You know an organisation is in trouble when jokes about it start making the rounds, like this gem from New Zealand that mocks the ructions that have rocked the Wallabies in recent weeks.

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Robbie Deans has endorsed Michael Cheika as the Wallabies’ coach-in-waiting.

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Alan Jones calls John Eales overrated

He played in Australia’s two Rugby World Cup victories, captained his country during one of the Wallabies’ most successful eras and even earned the nickname ‘nobody’ – because nobody’s perfect.

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Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has knocked back the chance to be part of the new Wallabies coaching set-up for the upcoming end-of-year tour.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and ARU boss Bill Pulver during the third Test match between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams celebrates

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The Roar of the crowd

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Three outta five ain’t bad: Let’s grant Cheika a few spring tour losses

It’s hard to fully comprehend the magnitude of what has occurred in Australian Rugby in the last few weeks, but I’m glad to see that the Wallabies once more have a coach.

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One year can make or break a rookie player

By Ball Handling Hooker, Today
One year can make or break a rookie player

Almost a year ago, I chronicled the journey of two young scrum-halves and their attempts to further their careers.

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Michael Hooper is not a captain. Not yet

The events we have watched unfold since that fateful plane trip to Argentina three weeks ago will be remembered as a shameful chapter in Australian rugby history.

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Hansen needs to rethink the breakdown

In 2013, after the 36-man training camp in Newlands, Heyneke Meyer made a presentation in which he claimed South Africa were languishing behind their Rugby Championship rivals in the breakdown.

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Don’t believe the hype: ARU culture is not rotten

The great shame is that we expect rugby to imitate life. We expect every pass to stick. But, guess what, we are human.

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Lack of on-field leadership lets the Wallabies down

I tried to be positive, I really did. I sat down with the remote and a notepad to watch the replay of Bledisloe III and had notions of writing a ‘five positives’ article to submit.

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Cheika won’t make the same mistakes as McKenzie

With the Wallaby squad leaving on Friday for their last chance to trial themselves in European conditions before next year’s world cup, it is extremely important we get the most out of them and the tour.

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Was Link too outdated for the Generation Y Wallabies?

Last year, Australia’s rugby fathers banished the outlander Robbie ‘Dingo’ Deans. As his replacement, they chose favourite son Ewen ‘Link’ McKenzie over brash South African Jake White, to wide acclaim.

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Australian rugby torn apart by childish gossip and innuendo

Recently in Australian rugby there has been a maelstrom of gossip and innuendo. The dust will settle, and when it does hopefully Australian rugby will look back and come to some sensible conclusions.

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Our next Great White Hope: If Cheika fails, then what?

The Wallabies are slowly turning into the English national football team. There seems to be a ghost hanging around these sides, haunting the hotel rooms of the players and the media following them.

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Why Australian rugby is in a good place

By niwdEyaJ, 21 Oct 2014
Why Australian rugby is in a good place

I’m sure a number of Roarers have read the book or watched the documentary called The Secret. For those that haven’t, the gist of it is that an individual’s thoughts and beliefs create, or at least influence, reality.

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Golden Wallaby performance again eclipsed by the darkness

Wallaby Tests are like the weather: you wait long enough, and every type comes along.

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All roads lead to an All Black World Cup in 2015

The All Blacks mounded yet another classical last-minute win last night, this time over old foes the Wallabies, to increase the heartache for Australian rugby union fans.

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Can Cheika avoid suffering the betrayals of McKenzie and Deans?

What is really going to change if Michael Cheika gets the job? We’ve seen two good rugby men, superb coaches with bulletproof credentials, betrayed. And betrayed is not too strong a word.

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A blueprint for Wallaby reformation

By Tony Harcourt, 21 Oct 2014
A blueprint for Wallaby reformation

Given the debacle that has been the Wallabies over the last few weeks, I thought it was time that we had a look at what has to happen for them to progress as a sporting team and an organisation.

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Why the Wallabies should turn White

By Zac McLean, 21 Oct 2014
Why the Wallabies should turn White

I am a diehard Waratahs fan. It therefore goes without saying that I am a huge believer in Michael Cheika and his abilities as a coach, a communicator and a winner.

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Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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Wallabies player Nick Phipps

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Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies puts a kick downfield. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

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The newly announced Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie (left) and ARU CEO Bill Pulver during a press conference in Brisbane, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. McKenzie replaces Robbie Deans who was sacked with 5 months left on his contract. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans looks on prior to the Rugby Union International between Australia and Argentina

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Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika. AAP Image/Julian Smith

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Bill Pulver, CEO of Australian rugby, faces the media after the Australian coach Ewen McKenzie resigned (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

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Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies puts a kick downfield. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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