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Cheika Disappointed In Fijians Following Reece Hodge Citing

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has said that the manner in which Fiji cited Reece Hodge following their clash at the weekend was not “in the spirit of the game”. The Australian winger has been cited for “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D …

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High Tackle Framework Under Fire As Reece Hodge Escapes Punishment

Reece Hodge

World Rugby have come under fire for their initiative to clamp down on high tackles after an incident involving Reece Hodge went unpunished during Australia’s World Cup encounter with Fiji. The Australian winger’s shoulder made contact with Peceli Yato’s head in the 26th minute of the game while he also failed to use his arms in the tackle. The Fijian …

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Hodge Blow For Wallabies Ahead Of All Blacks Test

Reece Hodge

Wallabies back Reece Hodge was Sunday ruled out of their third Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand next weekend and the upcoming tour of Europe with a fractured ankle. The utility back, who has played in all nine of Australia’s Tests this season, picked up the injury in the team’s final training session on home soil on Friday before the …

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Five Things Ireland Must Do If They Are To Stop Australia’s Grand Slam

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 23: David Pocock of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Australia team has performed admirably during the northern tour, eking out an unbeaten record after wins over Wales, Scotland and France. However, the little Aussie engine that could may come to a shuddering halt if Ireland target the following five areas of Wallaby weakness. Stop Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani The two form horses of the Aussie backline thrive on …

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Michael Cheika Names Strong Australian Team To Face Ireland

Australia Captain's Run

After resting many of his key players for last weekend’s clash with France, Michael Cheika has unveiled a strong line-up to take on Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. In all, the Australian coach has returned Israel Folau, Sekope Kepu, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge and Rory Arnold back into what is arguably the best XV available to Cheika. Arnold will partner Rob Simmons …

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Player Ratings: Wales v Australia

Australia kicked off their spring tour in style with a comprehensive 32-8 win over Wales at the Principality Stadium. Wales were largely underwhelming as Bernard Foley put on a masterclass in Cardiff to steer Australia to comfortable win over Rob Howley’s side. Foley was exceptional but here’s how the rest of his Wallaby teammates and a downtrodden Welsh team fared. …

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Quade Cooper And Bernard Foley Could Start Against All Blacks In Radically Reshaped Wallaby Backline

Wallabies Training Session

Michael Cheika could be about reconstruct the Australian backline. It could be argued that Australian rugby is going through an identity crisis. Despite struggling at the set piece in years gone by, talented back lines had the ability to get them out of trouble with meagre possession. In the past, Australia deployed playmakers at 10 and 12 in order to maximise their devastating …

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Matt Giteau Named In Australia Squad Despite Toulon Controversy

Matt Giteau has put his country before his club and will join up with Australia for The Rugby Championship, despite his club Toulon refusing to pay him whilst he is with the Wallabies. According to Sky Sports, Giteau will face a two-month wage cut so that he can play for his beloved Australia. Drew Mitchell has also decided to join …

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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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Michael Cheika Cuts Six Players From The Wallabies Squad

New Zealand v Australia - Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

Michael Cheika had named a 39 man squad for the test series against England. When Michael Cheika originally named a 39 man squad for Australia’s upcoming three match series against England, he did so with the intention of cutting it’s size after overseeing the Wallabies first training sessions. Although few surprise inclusions were expected, Matt Giteau’s exclusion and Kurtley Beale’s injury …

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