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Angus Crichton eyes return to rugby union

South Sydney youngster and NSW Origin-winner Angus Crichton has opened the door to a code switch, with the former union schoolboy star admitting the allure of playing for the Wallabies in the 2023 world cup “would be something special”.

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Danny Cipriani charged with assault on police

England rugby union international Danny Cipriani has been charged with assaulting police during an incident in the English Channel island of Jersey.

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Rugby Australia’s Bledisloe effort? Send in the clowns

“Isn’t it rich?/ Are we a pair?/ Me here at last on the ground/ You in mid-air/ Where are the clowns?”

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All Blacks name returning stars in side to face Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

Jack Goodhue has won the contentious outside centre berth in a near-full strength All Blacks team to face the Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

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Wallabies truly believe ahead of Bledisloe

The Wallabies have set themselves the outrageous aim of keeping the All Blacks scoreless as they bid to blow the Bledisloe Cup series wide open with a game-one statement on Saturday night.

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Kirwan: ‘Angry’ Retallick a game changer

Sir John Kirwan has warned the Wallabies they’ll face a more potent All Blacks team with Brodie Retallick at his intimidating best.

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Why Michael Hooper is the Six Million Dollar Man

The Six Million Dollar Man was one of the most popular television series on the box in the 1970s.

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The three greatest partnerships in Australian rugby history

Success in team sports is, funnily enough, all about teamwork. Individual talent is amplified in the presence of supporting colleagues.

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Super Rugby’s future: Same, same or World Series Rugby different?

At this time of year, when the six-month grind and rigour of Super Rugby has ended and the Rugby Championship is yet to kick off, Friday and Saturday nights are used to re-introduce yourself to family too often ignored during the season.

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Hooper the leader the Wallabies need

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper’s fitness and leadership have got a big tick from two of his predecessors, as he prepares to return from an eight-week layoff.

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Pocock promises to bother All Blacks

The All Blacks have gone a year without having to worry about David Pocock but they’re on high alert for the return of the Wallabies back-row menace in the Bledisloe Cup.

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Genia ranks Bledisloe as his top priority

Wallabies halfback Will Genia rates winning a Bledisloe Cup above the World Cup and admits there’s a greater sense of urgency for him as time advances.

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Genia: We should wear the Indigenous jersey more often

Halfback Will Genia would like to see the Wallabies wear their indigenous jersey more often, as a nod to all the many different cultures represented in an increasingly cosmopolitan lineup.

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Crusaders poach Australian schoolboy star

Schoolboy star Campbell Parata has promised his future to the Crusaders despite having played his most promising footy on Australian soil.

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The Wrap: World Series Rugby; what really matters

On July 15 last year, Matt Hodgson kicked a final-minute penalty goal to stamp a 40-11 thumping of the Waratahs, and to mark the final act of the Western Force in Super Rugby.

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Some of Michael Cheika’s Bledisloe Cup selections don’t make any sense

The biggest question mark in the Wallabies Bledisloe Cup squad is Michel Hooper.

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Wallaby players sign autographs for fans

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Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika speaks to his players during an Australian Wallabies training session

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Michael Hooper

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Brynard Stander

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Michael Hooper addresses a Wallabies huddle

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Michael Hooper of Australia

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Crusaders

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Toni Pulu runs for the ball with the Chiefs.

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Wallaby Joe Powell celebrates with Reece Hodge

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Eight talking points from the Super Rugby Final

By Oliver Matthews, 5 Aug 2018
Eight talking points from the Super Rugby Final

Well there we go. As many predicted way back in February, the Crusaders have picked up their ninth Super Rugby title and broken Lions hearts for the third year in a row at the final hurdle.

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2018 Super Rugby Final: Crusaders vs Lions live scores, blog

Match result: The Crusaders have won their ninth Super Rugby title in dominant fashion, defeating the Lions 37-18 at home in Christchurch.

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Does Mo’unga deserve All Blacks selection?

Crusaders first five Richie Mo’unga looks to take his team to back-to-back Super Ruby championships at AMI Stadium on Saturday, 4 August.

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Will the Wallabies be Cheika’s champs or chumps?

From primary school into my high school years I played two sports: cricket and rugby.

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Rugby verbs: A new lexicon

By Harry Jones, 3 Aug 2018
Rugby verbs: A new lexicon

Super Rugby has the best names. Listening to Super Rugby commentators every weekend is a splendid cacophony of Spanish, Japanese, Xhosa, Sotho, Afrikaans, Tongan, Maori, or Fijian names stewed into an expressive anthem of speed and power.

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Five things to be excited for in the Wallabies’ trial game

It might only be an under-strength Wallabies side playing against a Super Rugby XV, but there are still plenty of reasons to be excited about tonight’s trial game at Leichhardt.

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: What is a rugby shootout and how does it work?

Everyone knows rugby can be a cruel game. Hearts are routinely broken, dreams are systematically crushed, and spiffing young lads are magically turned into mouldy, old walking cauliflowers.

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The team Michael Cheika must pick to win the Bledisloe Cup

Ahead of the Rugby Championship, there are plenty of positions in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies side up for grabs, especially after the disappointing series loss to Ireland in June.

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New tackle laws have World Rugby courting disaster

World Rugby are set to test new tackle laws in the coming English second tier Champions Cup tournament. My fear is that rugby’s equivalent of diving to get penalties could be coming.

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Seven talking points from the Super Rugby semi-finals

So there it is then – after all those weeks of clubs from around the southern hemisphere (and Japan!) beating seven shades out of each other we have our two grand finalists – the Lions from the South African conference and the Crusaders from the New Zealand conference.

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Lions vs Waratahs: Super Rugby semi-final live scores, blog

The Lions host the Waratahs on Saturday night at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 11:05pm (AEST).

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Crusaders vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby semi-final live scores, blog

Match result: The Crusaders are through to another Super Rugby grand final and will enter as strong favourites after an 18-point win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

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Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

By Peter Taylor, 26 Jul 2018
Waratahs vs Lions: By the numbers

Of nine games the Lions have played at home this year, they have lost only twice – both times to New Zealand opposition – and the Waratahs have actually never won a finals game in Johannesburg.

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How promotion-relegation would reinvigorate Super Rugby

The Pro 14 conference system is better than the Super Rugby model, so should SANZAAR adopt promotion and relegation?

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Five talking points from the Super Rugby quarter-finals

Super Rugby has reached the Finals. Since the June internationals the competition has been staggering and stumbling as it has tried to get going again after the break.

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Lions vs Jaguares: Super Rugby quarter-finals live blog, scores

The Lions will host the traveling Jaguares in the fourth and last quarter-final of the 2018 Super Rugby competition in Johannesburg. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 11:05pm (AEST).

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Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs

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Bryn Hall

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TJ Perenara

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Gregan Larkham stand, Canberra Stadium

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Waratahs players celebrate after defeating the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final

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Sam Warburton

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Brad Thorn

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Fiji players and staff huddle as they win gold

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Brad Thorn

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