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Which Australian sport produces the greatest athletes? Part Four: Rugby union

The fourth sport in our series is rugby union. The sport they say they play in heaven is far and away the most brutal, hellish spectacle from an athletic perspective.

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The Wrap: Lions and Wallabies prove to be slow learners

As if Australian rugby fans didn’t need reminding, the All Blacks and Lions demonstrated how healthy the game is in other parts of the world, opening their eagerly awaited series with a thoroughly enjoyable contest of high quality, convincingly won by the home side 30-15.

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Tolu Latu not fit enough for Test rugby, says Cheika

Tolu Latu didn’t see a minute of action in the Wallabies’ three June Tests because he wasn’t fit enough, coach Michael Cheika says.

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Wallabies DIY player ratings vs Italy: The results

The results are in! Yesterday, we asked you to rate the Wallabies side that took to the field against Italy, and now we’ve added up the data from all of our responders to bring your our DIY player ratings from the Test.

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Lions’ tactics likely to change: Hansen

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has tipped the British and Irish Lions to mix up their defensive strategy for Saturday’s second Test in Wellington, having been flummoxed by his side’s tactics in the series opener.

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Sefa Naivalu in doubt for Bledisloe opener

Wallabies winger Sefa Naivalu is in doubt for August’s Bledisloe Cup opener after suffering a mid-range ankle syndesmosis injury.

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Wallabies beat the Azzurri in a photo finish

The Michael Cheika way eventually shone through at Suncorp last night when the Wallabies fell over the line 40-27 against lowly Italy.

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Don’t laugh, Wallabies can win: Cheika

Coach Michael Cheika still believes Australia can end their 14-year Bledisloe Cup drought – even if he knows that thought alone will trigger belly laughs on both sides of the Tasman.

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Highlights: Lions tamed! All Blacks take first blood in Test series

The All Blacks are just one win away from denying the British and Irish Lions another Test series triumph in New Zealand, downing them 30-15 in an absorbing opening Test at Eden Park.

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Highlights: Wallabies win 40-27, but it was hardly comfortable

The Wallabies have triumphed in a thrilling win over Italy 40-27 at Suncorp Stadium. There were some tense moments throughout for fans as handling errors and scrum penalties threatened to derail the Australians.

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Ireland beat Japan in second rugby Test

Ireland have beaten Japan 35-13 in Tokyo to sweep the two-Test series between the 2019 Rugby World Cup group rivals.

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WATCH: Highlights from All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions First Test

New Zealand’s All Blacks have taken the first step towards winning their Test series against the British and Irish Lions with a 30-15 victory on Saturday night at Eden Park.

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WATCH: Highlights from Wallabies vs Italy

The Wallabies have wrapped up their June campaign with a 13-point win over Italy, but fans weren’t breathing easy during the match.

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Fiji has held off a late Scotland fightback to secure a 27-22 victory in a rugby Test at Suva on Saturday, bringing the tourists down to earth after their upset of Australia last week.

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All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions live stream: How to watch the first Test online or on TV

The trial matches, the practice, the talk. The time for all of that is done with the first Test between the All Blacks and British and Irish Lions set to be played at Eden Park in Auckland. This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to watching and streaming the match.

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Wallabies vs Italy live stream: How to watch Australia’s final June international on TV or stream online

The Wallabies will be looking to bounce back from a loss in their final June international when they host Italy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. This is The Roar‘s guide to watching and streaming the match.

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Rob Horne crossed twice for the Waratahs

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Michael Cheika thinking

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Christian Lealiifano Brumbies Rugby Union Super Rugby 2016

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Beauden Barrett All Blacks New Zealand Rugby Union Test Championship 2016

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Quade Cooper after the Wallabies loss to Scotland

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika (left) and captain Stephen Moore

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The Roar of the crowd

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The bunny chow wrap

By Harry Jones, Today
The bunny chow wrap

Bunny chow is a Durban delicacy: a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with hot curry. No cutlery required or permitted.

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Can Cheika coach, or just motivate?

By Wally James, Today
Can Cheika coach, or just motivate?

The more I hear and see from Michael Cheika, the less enchanted I become. It appears to me the Wallabies do not have a coach.

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After the All Blacks’ win, where to now for the Lions?

The New Zealand All Blacks have beaten the British and Irish Lions, 30-15, in the first Test of the 2017 series. Although the Lions managed to score one of the great tries, they still went down to a superior New Zealand side.

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The High Five: Wallabies vs Italy

By Diggercane, 25 Jun 2017
The High Five: Wallabies vs Italy

The Wallabies have stumbled to an entertaining, error-ridden victory over Italy at Suncorp Stadium in the Brisbane sun by 40 points to 27.

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The High Five: All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions First Test

The All Blacks have drawn first blood against the British and Irish Lions overcoming their rivals by 30 points to 15 in an intense, fast and bruising encounter at Eden Park in Auckland in front of over 41,000 fans.

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Dominated and destroyed: Is there any hope for the British Lions?

After seeing the All Blacks sweep all before them over the last few years, I was eagerly anticipating the series against the British and Irish Lions.

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All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International rugby scores, blog

Match result: The All Blacks are just one win away from denying the British and Irish Lions another Test series triumph in New Zealand, downing them 30-15 in an absorbing opening Test at Eden Park.

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Wallabies vs Italy highlights: International rugby live scores, blog

Match result: A try from Bernard Foley in the 76th minute has sealed a win for the Wallabies over Italy, but it was a long way from being a convincing victory.

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Australian rugby must go back to the future

It seems to me that the ARU has lost sight of commercial reality.

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Not so Super Rugby

By Alex James, 24 Jun 2017 New author!
Not so Super Rugby

Rugby in Australia is in a mess. There is no hiding from it.

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Irresistible force versus immovable object? Nah, not going to happen

As we move towards the first Test at the Garden of Eden, global rugby is abuzz with the pending clash of styles between the rush/press defence of Warrenball versus the wide running and unstructured play of Hansen’s All Blacks.

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Roar and Against: Watching rugby union on TV is better than being at the ground

They say rugby’s the game they play in heaven. But where do they watch it from?

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All Blacks vs Lions: Contrasting styles, but now it’s time for substance to matter

I can’t remember being this excited since the time I discovered my local Sydney supermarket had a Kiwi lollies section.

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Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

By DECLAN MURPHY, 23 Jun 2017
Can the Lions beat New Zealand?

Peter O’Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of the Test series against New Zealand, this Saturday, 24th June.

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The High Five: Chiefs vs British and Irish Lions

The Chiefs have succumbed to the British and Irish Lions in Hamilton, comfortably beaten by 34 points to 6 by their more experienced and composed opposition, with the Lions defence again proving too difficult to overcome.

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Have patience, Wallabies supporters, things will click

After the loss to Scotland and the tragedy of a year that’s befallen Aussie Super Rugby sides, it’s easy to dwell on the negatives. We all do it. It’s our default position when we get touched up by more than we think we should or by someone we think we shouldn’t.

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James Haskell British and Irish Lions Rugby Union 2017

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Big Rory Arnold looking big.

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Michael Cheika thinking

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

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Michael Hooper Wallabies Australia Rugby Union 2017

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