Posts Tagged "Israel Folau"
Bill Pulver – aka ARU Santa Claus – has delivered a full Christmas stocking to the ARU faithful.
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The Wallabies have sent a warning. After completing their Spring Tour, they have shown a lot of improvement – perhaps even enough to compete with the big guns.
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Sports writers Ryan O’Connell and Brett McKay are joined (and put in their place) by former ABC Grandstand Cricket commentator Glenn Mitchell, in a bumper edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.
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The win in Cardiff on Saturday night, even if the final score was closer than how the game played out, was just about the perfect way for the Wallabies to finish 2013.
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Wales against Australia has always been an excellent game whether played in Cardiff or in Sydney. Tonight’s game at the Millennium Stadium was certainly no different.
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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.
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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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He’s been slated to move to outside centre for the NSW Waratahs in 2014 but Israel Folau won’t be moving from fullback for the Wallabies any time soon; or ever.
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Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has had a bullet-biting week, sacking six of his squad for one game after a boozy night out in Dublin and warning nine others, but the bullet-biting doesn’t finish there.
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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.
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It is impossible to please some critics of the Wallabies, especially if they are British rugby writers.
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When will Israel Folau receive his rightful recognition? In the early hours of Sunday morning our time, the fullback was outstanding in the Wallabies very impressive 32-15 defeat of Ireland in Dublin.
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Quade Cooper produced his best Test display since his ill-fated 2011 World Cup campaign as the Wallabies released the pressure valve with a 50-20 tour demolition of Italy.
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There are some stark realities Ewen McKenzie has to face. The Wallabies have been sliding, and when you analyse their results over the past two years more closely, it seems the slide is continuing.
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Picking a team of the tournament based only on form (and time played) in this year’s Rugby Championship is not that difficult in most positions.
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Normally, a seven-tries-to-two victory would be enough to have Wallabies supporters singing from the rooftops. In the context of 2013, it would be a reasonably appropriate reaction.
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The Wallabies 54 – 17 victory over the Pumas was their biggest victory in Argentina and their biggest win in the Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship, a tournament that has been running since 1996.
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Hat-trick hero Israel Folau says the Wallabies’ impressive display of running rugby in their 52-17 win over Argentina should be a blueprint for future success.
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Israel Folau’s three tries and setting up a fourth gave the Wallabies a spine-tingling 54-17 win over the Pumas at Rosario this morning.
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Fullback Israel Folau hopes to reap rewards from halfback Will Genia’s return to the Wallabies starting side, which signals an intention to run the ball in Saturday’s Test against Argentina.
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