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Combined Rugby Championship Team Of The Tournament At Halfway Point

The Rugby Championship has passed the midway point and results have generally gone par for the course with the All Blacks far out in front, Australia and South Africa evenly matched and the Pumas petering out after a bright start.  So, who makes our Rugby Championship combined team so far? ________ 15. Israel Folau Folau might be causing controversy on …

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Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika Injured By Exploding Dumpling

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Michael Cheika watches on during the Australian Wallabies Captain's Run at GIO Stadium on September 15, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australian rugby coach Michael Cheika’s nose was the victim of an exploding dumpling in Canberra on the eve of the Test match against Argentina.   Cheika’s nose suffered the attack when attempting to quaff a plateful of dumplings at the CBD Dumpling House. Reviews for the restaurant mention the delicious dumplings, fast service and the complaints are mainly about the …

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New Zealand 35-29 Australia: Player Ratings

What a game. New Zealand versus Australia on Saturday was an all-time classic packed full of drama, edge and some truly world-class rugby.   Compared to the abysmal performance last week, the Wallabies showed why they are still one of the most dangerous teams on the planet. But, ultimately, the All Blacks’ class shone through. Here’s how the players fared …

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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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Mumm Will Miss Wallabies’ Clash With Wales After Accepting One-Week Suspension

Australian backrow Dean Mumm will miss his country’s opening game of their European tour after pleading guilty to a charge of striking and being handed a one-week suspension. The incident happened during the Wallabies loss to New Zealand over the weekend and left All Black Brodie Retallick suffering with concussion after the pair clashed at the back of the ruck. It was missed by …

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Wallabies And Toulon Star Denies He’s About To Announce His Retirement

A spell on the sidelines has prompted fresh speculation over the future of Wallabies and Toulon back Matt Giteau, with reports in France suggesting that 34-year-old veteran could retire at the end of the current season. The initial report originated from Midi Olympique but was widely reporting elsewhere – with the suggestion that injuries are taking a heavy toll on the Sydney native’s …

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Quade Cooper Has Absurd Clause Included In His Queensland Reds Contract Allowing Him Return To Boxing

New Zealand v Australia

Quade Cooper will return to the boxing ring in the near future. Yesterday the Queensland Reds announced the return of Quade Cooper after the mercurial fly half’s ill-fated stay at Toulon. Although the Melbourne Rebels were also said to be interested in the 59 times capped Wallaby international, Cooper’s decision to rejoin the Reds came as little surprise. However, what …

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Opinion: Injuries Can’t Excuse Misfiring Wallabies

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Will Genia of the Wallabies shows his dejection during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Murphy’s Law famously dictates that “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” and while Australia were decimated by injuries in their Rugby Championship mauling at the hands of the All Blacks in Sydney, injury cannot mask what was a spectacularly awful performance from Michael Cheika’s Wallabies side. Trailing 32-3 at half-time at Stadium Australia, the Wallabies were the new holders of the unwanted record …

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Wallabies Star Christian Lealiifano Diagnosed With Leukaemia

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies runs the ball during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Reds at GIO Stadium on July 1, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australian rugby is in shock after one of their leading players, Brumbies playmaker Christian Lealiifano was diagnosed with leukaemia, cancer of the blood cells and bone marrow. Lealiifano, 28, received the diagnosis after a brief illness and is currently undergoing treatment in a Canberra hospital. Brumbies interim chief executive Phil Thomson released a press statement via Brumbies’ official wesbite after …

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Izzy Fullback Or Centre? Cheika’s Israel Folau Positional Dilemma

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Israel Folau of the Wallabies scores a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Wherever Israel Folau plays, his freakish speed, power, balance and skills often decide the outcome of games. The Warratahs operated on a ‘get the ball to Izzy’ game plan in the Super 18 by moving him from fullback to centre. Is is time for Wallabies coach Michael Cheika to follow suit? Folau is undoubtedly Cheika’s biggest attacking weapon. At centre …

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Analysis: Is Australian Rugby In Crisis?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and Wallabies players look dejected after losing the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

On Friday, the bottom-placed team in the New Zealand Super 18 conference faced the top side from the Australian conference. The score? 40-5 to the Auckland Blues over the Brumbies. The subsequent trans-tasman clashes this weekend produced even more watching-through-the-fingers viewing for the Australian sides. This, following the 3-0 Test series loss to England, leads us to ask: has Australian rugby …

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England vs Australia: Second Test Player Ratings

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Jack Nowell of England is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Angus Cross reviews each and every England player’s performance following Eddie Jones’ side’s historic series victory down under.  ______ 1. Mako Vunipola: 8.5 A magnificent performance from Vunipola. His basic skills, for a prop, are marvelous and his work rate is unprecedented by another loosehead prop in world rugby. ______ 2. Dylan Hartley ©: 8.5 Hartley scored only his second …

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Australia’s McMahon And Kerevi Were Never Tipped For Stardom

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies is tackled by Anthony Watson and James Haskell (L) during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Sean McMahon and Samu Kerevi – the Wallabies’ two brightest prospects and two players who were never tipped for stardom or to have their names in the spotlight. The Brisbane-reared duo are two of the youngest players in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad but they are also esteemed graduates of one of Australia’s toughest rugby nurseries – the Brisbane GPS. McMahon is …

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