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Australia Rugby Commentator Criticised For ‘Golliwog’ Call

A veteran Australian rugby broadcaster said Sunday he regrets describing a Wallabies player as having a “golliwog” haircut during the first Bledisloe Test in Sydney. The word “golliwog” – a black rag doll that became a symbol of racial stereotyping – was once widely used, including for chocolate biscuits manufactured by Arnott’s that were renamed in the 1990s. Gordon Bray …

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Where Does Drew Mitchell Rank Among The Great Wallaby Wings?

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies attempts to break away from the defence during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Drew Mitchell called time on his playing days via Twitter on Monday, bringing to a close a long and very successful career in which he earned 71 caps for the Wallabies. So, how high does Mitchell rate in the ranks of the greatest wings to wear the green and gold jersey since the 1980s? _________ 5. Lote Tuqiri Tuqiri, alongside Israel …

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Australian Rugby Set To Begin Trial Of ‘Blue Cards’ This Weekend

With increasing concern over the frequency of concussions in the sport, the Australian Rugby Union is set to begin trialing an interesting new system this weekend. Looking to improve protocols for better management of concussion in rugby, referees will be afforded the opportunity to brandish blue cards in the coming weeks. The new system, which is only being trialed in …

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James O’Connor On The Brink Of Premiership Return [Report]


James O’Connor’s contract at Toulon will not be renewed, the club has admitted in recent weeks, and the mercurial back has been left searching for a new home. He had hoped to return to Australia with one eye on the 2019 World Cup but his arrest last month in Paris for cocaine possession proved to be in the nail in …

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An Anzac XV To Take On The British And Irish Lions

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 22: The All Blacks perform the haka prior to the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Eden Park on October 22, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

It has often been argued that the game of the century would be the Lions taking on an Anzac XV – a side made up of the Wallabies and the All Blacks combined.  The brilliance of Lions tours is the bringing together of four nations who are usually rivals (Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales) in the space of just a few …

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Winners And Losers – Ireland Vs Australia

As a writer you’re always looking for the narrative. No matter what the game is, how big or how small, you’re always looking for the story.  Some games are so meaningless it’s like trying to draw blood from a stone when you’re looking for a takeaway, while others naturally lend themselves to analysis and dissection. Ireland versus Australia was one of …

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Cheika To Reach Out To Beale About Potential Waratahs Return

Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika is reportedly set to reach out to former Waratahs utility Kurtley Beale about a potential return to the club following his summer move to Premiership club Wasps. Beale signed for Dai Young’s side in May, but did not arrive in Coventry until August after suffering a patella tendon injury whilst playing for the Waratahs in Super Rugby. The injury forced …

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Just The Stats: Australia’s Greatest XV

As we continue our look at the best players for each major rugby nation based entirely on statistics, we next come to Australia. Australia’s Wallabies have struggled of late to be the dominant force they were during the 1990s and for much of the 2000s. When one thinks of great Australian players, many of them come from the Rugby World …

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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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Watch: The Fox Sports Trailer Which Could Come Back To Haunt Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks on during the England Captain's Run at AAMI Park on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last week Fox Sports Australia released a trailer for the Australia-England series, in which they ridiculed the English team. In the video ex-Wallaby stars such as Phil Kearns, Tim Horan, Stephen Hoiles, Rod Kafer and Greg Martin are seen mocking Eddie Jones’ claim that anything but a series victory would be a failure. They also touched on past English failures such …

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Opinion: Australia’s Samu Kerevi On The Brink Of Stardom

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND - APRIL 09: Samu Kerevi of the Reds breaks away from the defence during the round seven Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Three uncapped players will make their Wallaby debuts on Saturday but Samu Kerevi is the golden egg, and at Suncorp we might be witnessing the start of a very special Test career. What has made Kerevi stand out from the pack over the last two seasons in Super Rugby has been his ability to play head and shoulders above the …

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Titanium Mesh Keeps Henry Speight’s Olympic Dreams Alive

Henry Speight - titanium mesh.

ACT Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been cleared for take-off in the pursuit of a spot at the Rio Olympic Games, but he’ll have to do it wearing specially made headgear to protect the titanium mesh in his skull, the Canberra Times reports. Speight’s dream of playing Sevens for Australia at the Rio Olympics was dealt a tremendous blow in …

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Beale Return Could Help Waratahs Avoid Unwanted Losing Streak

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Kurtley Beale looks on during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on April 14, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

If ever there was a time the NSW Waratahs could use an X-factor it would be now. The Waratahs sit in eighth spot in the Australasian conference, with two wins from five games and return to the Allianz Stadium looking to avoid becoming the first Waratahs team since 2007 to sustain three successive home defeats. To date, the Waratahs’ only wins this …

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