From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Wallabies mentor Ewen McKenzie has needled fired-up Wales with painful memories of their World Cup semi-final heartbreak by warning them to keep their red mist in check at Millennium Stadium.
The Wallabies have vowed to keep their boots on Welsh throats to maintain their psychological edge over the Six Nations champions heading into the 2015 World Cup.
In preparation for the Wallabies match against Wales this weekend, I had a chat with Richard Graham, the Queensland Reds head coach.
Wales coach Warren Gatland has dismissed his side’s clash with World Cup rivals Australia as irrelevant to the 2015 tournament, noting last week’s Test against Tonga was more important.
Lote Tuqiri’s code-crossing advice to Israel Folau to trust his attacking instincts is paying off in spades for rugby’s new leading dangerman.
The Wallabies will face major rivals England and Wales in their final two pivotal group games in the `pool of death’ at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Ticket prices for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England will range from STG150 ($A268) to STG715 ($A1,277), organisers announced on Wednesday.
The reasons for the Wallabies’ desire to make another tough, extended five-week European tour in 2014 have been highlighted by their cut-throat draw for the 2015 World Cup.
The Wallabies’ performance against Scotland last weekend was good without being outstanding.
On Sunday morning, my cousin rang me and asked if it was true the All Blacks had just beaten Ireland on time. “No Jim,” I told him, “that was the Kiwis beating England in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final.”
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The All Blacks are so used to winning that it becomes second nature, says Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell.
After eight straight losses to Australia, topped by three of the most tormenting defeats they’ve suffered, Wales have put the Wallabies in their crosshairs and declared: “Now is the time”.
The battle-weary Wallabies have told they must approach this weekend’s pivotal 2013 finale against Six Nations champions Wales like a World Cup final.
Wales selected 10 British and Irish Lions in a powerful starting team to play the Wallabies in this weekend’s year-ending Test at Millennium Stadium.
The Wallabies will play France in three Tests next year at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, the Australian Rugby Union has confirmed.
They’ll maintain that it wasn’t, but there can be little doubt that the escapades of the Dublin First XV were a major distraction that clearly affected the Wallabies’ preparations in Edinburgh.
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Heyneke Meyer may not have gotten the wet weather conditions he craved to test his players in, but he nevertheless got the poorest bogs to play on.
The talk leading up to the Wallabies’ Test against Scotland at Murrayfield certainly wasn’t the improved performance against Ireland in Dublin last week, but what happened after their victory.
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Having posted back-to-back victories in their Spring Tour over Italy and Ireland, the atmosphere inside the Australian camp should be one of confidence and optimism.
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Last week I wrote of my expectation that the All Blacks would manage to see off the English, but also of a feeling in my waters that they might still be heading for another end-of-year ambush, though this time in Dublin.
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Kieran Read has delivered exceptional performance after exceptional performance in 2013 to all but cement his IRB Player of the Year crown.
World Champions and IRB ranking leaders New Zealand hit the lead in the 10 Nations tournament over the weekend.
South African rugby players love France – 58 of them ply their trade in the Top 14 and five of the current Springboks ‘live’ in France.
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Well what a few weeks for the Wallabies. Two great wins in Torino and Dublin, followed by six players stood down and another nine on warnings after some Irish cheer in Dublin on a Tuesday night.
The dashing Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan was an ace South African fighter pilot.
Not so long ago Craig Joubert was regarded as the world’s best referee. While not everyone enjoyed his interpretation of the breakdown laws, we all agreed he was consistent.
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This week it looks like we will field a ‘Good Boy’ Wallaby side, as all the principal sinners have been suspended due to their involvement in a late-night drinking session in Dublin.
One area that Ewen McKenzie will surely be looking to improve on is the kicking from his team. Going through the performance in Dublin, some interesting stats emerge when looking at all of Australia’s kicking opportunities.
It doesn’t really matter whether you agree with Ewen McKenzie on this one or not. If you’re a Wallabies fan, you’ve got to back him to the hilt.
The Wallaby culture needs rebuilding and Ewen McKenzie has made the right call in standing down six players for the Test against Scotland.
You don’t like to crow too early, because everyone calls you a nay sayer and you don’t want to crow too late, because, then you’re just a follower or an urger or an imitator.
Roarer Biltongbek recently wrote an article asking whether SANZAR will find a solution to Super Rugby.
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