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Scoring tries and making millions: The truly unique Tony O’Reilly

There has never been a rugby player even remotely like Tony O’Reilly.

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SBW enduring torturous pre-season

Sonny Bill Williams has embarked on one of the most punishing training blocks of his celebrated sporting career in preparation for his seventh professional boxing bout next month.

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Cheika unfazed by overseas exodus

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika remains unfazed about the prospect of a mass exodus of stars after next year’s Rugby World Cup despite two more stalwarts having confirmed their departures.

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All Blacks great Dan Carter is poised to become the world’s highest-paid rugby player when he moves to France after next year’s Rugby World Cup on a three-year deal with Racing Metro.

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Dual international Michael O’Connor has backed the Queensland Reds’ gamble on code-hopper Karmichael Hunt to spark them into Super Rugby title contention.

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James Horwill to leave Australia after 2015 Rugby World Cup

Former Wallabies captain, current Reds captain and Australian lock James Horwill has signed with English club Harlequins on a three-year deal that will start after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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All Black great Dan Carter is poised to announce details of a move abroad after next year’s Rugby World Cup.

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Veteran Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper has ended the chase for his signature, announcing he will join French team Bordeaux on a two-year deal after next year’s World Cup.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will keep his job until the end of 2017 irrespective of how New Zealand’s title defence goes at next year’s World Cup.

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SPIRO’s Rolling Maul: ARU is wrong to put boot into grassroots rugby

As Australian Rugby Union hurtles towards replicating the Feudal system, taking money from the poor supporters to fund their rich quest for Wallabies supremacy, Welsh Rugby Union may have figurative blood on its hands.

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South Africa defended their title on home soil by beating current series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit on Sunday.

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Australia will cllash with leaders Fiji in the quarter-finals of the South African round of the Sevens Rugby World Series.

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Former NRL star Sam Burgess will make his first start for his English rugby union club Bath in Friday night’s European Champions Cup clash against Montpellier.

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Quade Cooper re-signs with Australian Rugby until end of 2015

Queensland Reds and Wallabies fly half Quade Cooper has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2015, meaning he will be available for Australia at the Rugby World Cup.

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World Cup-winning England coach Sir Clive Woodward is backing Sam Burgess to make a rapid transition to rugby union and secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.

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Halfback Nic Stirzaker is a Melbourne Rebel until the end of 2017 after signing a new two-year deal with the Super Rugby club.

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Wallabies player David Pocock takes the ball forward. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

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Nick Cummins of Australia

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CEO of Australian Rugby Union Bill Pulver, and Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika

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David Pocock will look to make more damaging runs for the Wallabies

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

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Laurie Weeks of the Melbourne Rebels is tackled by David Dennis of the NSW Waratahs. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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The Roar of the crowd

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2015 Rugby World Cup preview: France

By John Cuffe, 21 Dec 2014
2015 Rugby World Cup preview: France

France are in no better shape going into the 2015 Rugby World Cup than they were going into the last one.

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Blazers and belligerence: An insight into the current state of school rugby

G’day everybody, hope you are all doing well, and let me state officially what a privilege it is to have you all peruse my thoughts, from those who are new here like myself, and others who have been involved in our beautiful game for over forty years.

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2015 Rugby World Cup preview: Ireland

Ireland are in a good place for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Their pool is probably the easiest of the four, with two second-tier teams in Canada and Romania, while Italy and France are two of the most preferable top-tier teams.

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What each rugby nation wants for Christmas

Deep in the unknown stretches of the North Pole, Santa Claus was coming to his favourite part of the year.

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The All Blacks will be hardest hit by the post-World Cup exodus

Another four-year cycle will conclude in 2015 with the Rugby World Cup. For the three southern hemisphere teams, this always marks a time where their squads change due to the exodus of current players to foreign shores.

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Random ramblings to close out the rugby year

At the risk of sounding like a blinkered old man, the week before Christmas was always a great time for rugby players in the pre-professional era.

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It’s an emergency, we need to replace every Wallaby

Rugby season for Australia is over, Christmas is approaching, and Scott Allen has retired… so it’s understandable that traffic on The Roar is trickling down into slender stream.

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ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

By Michael Essa, 19 Dec 2014
ARU fees will cause a mass exodus

The ARU have decided to lump the everyday rugby player with a registration fee to help secure a bit of revenue. All I can say is, will someone think of the children?

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Come on board the rugby train, it’s the best game out there

Ladies and gentlemen, I have something important thing to tell you. If you follow my game, rugby union, you will be part of the best thing ever.

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The burden of being an armchair critic

By biltongbek, 18 Dec 2014
The burden of being an armchair critic

At the end of the rugby season I find myself mentally fatigued and have come to realise the long season does have a timely break.

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Let’s hear it for the rugby battlers

By Kia Kaha, 17 Dec 2014
Let’s hear it for the rugby battlers

I’ve been busy this month. A little baby girl who was struggling to put on weight has been taking up all my attention.

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World rugby’s best of the best in 2014

By Harry Jones, 17 Dec 2014
World rugby’s best of the best in 2014

A piece like this is subjective and guaranteed to spawn heated debate, but I tried to look at the players in world Test rugby who stood out, were consistent, played their positional requirements the best, and influenced games the most.

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My Springboks XV for the 2015 Rugby World Cup

By Armand van Zyl, 15 Dec 2014
My Springboks XV for the 2015 Rugby World Cup

In the aftermath of a poor End of Year Tour in 2014, former Bulls and current Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has nowhere to hide.

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The best of The Roar’s comments for December 2014

It has been a sad few weeks for The Roar. The Wallabies let us down again on the end of year tour, and didn’t we know about it!

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[VIDEO] Rugby Sevens South Africa: Day 2 highlights, live scores, blog

The second day of competition at the Rugby Sevens World Series in South Africa gets underway at Port Elizabeth with Australia set to face Fiji up first. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEDT).

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[VIDEO] Sam Burgess will succeed in rugby union

Many people keenly await Sam Burgess’ first run-on start in rugby. Yet most pundits predict he will fail because he lacks the guile, the passing game and the speed to succeed as a rugby union centre.

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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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Wallabies outisde centre, Tevita Kurindrani takes on the French line. Image: Tim Anger

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Wallabies player David Pocock takes the ball forward. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

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Australia's head coach Michael Cheika, second right, walks with his side before playing Ireland

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Waratahs Head Coach Michael Cheika

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Dan Carter of the All Blacks. (AAP Image/Steve Holland)

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The Fiji team celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the final match of the IRB Sevens rugby tournament. AFP PHOTO / Patrick HamiltonThe Fiji team celebrate their victory over New Zealand in the final match of the IRB Sevens rugby tournament. AFP PHOTO / Patrick Hamilton

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Where should rugby be in 10 years time?

By Midfielder, 8 Dec 2014
Bill Pulver

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