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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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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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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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Tensions Rise As Michael Cheika Insists On Attending England’s Pre-Match Meeting With Referee

Australian Wallabies Media Opportunity and Team Photo

Australia were angered by Romain Poite’s interpretation of rugby’s scrum laws. In the aftermath of the Wallabies 39-28 defeat to England last weekend, the Australian media immediately began criticising Romain Poite’s decisions at scrum time. Former Australian coach Bob Dwyer and ex-captain Phil Kearns were particularly vocal, arguing that it was in fact Dan Cole who was scrummaging illegally, not Scott …

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Australia Make Four Changes For Second Test With England

Australian Wallabies Media Opportunity and Team Photo

Michael Cheika has unveiled Australia’s starting XV for second test. Michael Cheika has made four changes to the Australian side to face England this weekend. As expected the Wallabies coach has opted to keep with the dual openside structure adopted by Cheika last season, with Sean McMahon replacing David Pocock at number eight. After struggling in the scrum, both of Australia’s …

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Recall For Former Captain As Cheika Announces Australia Squad For England Series

MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 04: James Horwill of the Wallabies looks on during The Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the Australian Wallabies at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on October 4, 2014 in Mendoza, Argentina. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Despite calling upon 10 uncapped players in the 39-man preliminary squad, head coach Micheal Cheika has assured that no free caps will be handed out ahead of Australia’s three match test series against England next month. One such uncapped player is Queensland Reds full-back Karmicheal Hunt whose impressive form has seen the ‘Master of Ninjas’ Ayumu Goromaru feature on the …

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Eddie Jones Makes Startling Admission After Selecting Ellis Genge

Bath Rugby v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Eddie Jones shocked commentators when he selected Ellis Genge in the England squad. When Eddie Jones announced that he had included Ellis Genge in his squad to tour Australia, the England coach shocked both fans and commentators alike. After all, Genge only joined Leicester on loan form Bristol in February, and has started one game for the Tigers since signing. Nevertheless, the …

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A European Based Wallaby XV To Face England

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

Kurtley Beale became the latest Australian international to join a European Club. When Wasps announced the capture of Kurtley Beale last week, the utility back became the latest Wallaby international to join a European club. Indeed, this summer Beale will be joined by Matt Tooma, Greg Holmes and Liam Gill at northern hemisphere clubs. The quartet of player will join the likes of …

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In Light Of Michael Cheika’s Comments Will This Be The Australian XV To Face England?

New Zealand v Australia - The Rugby Championship

Australia will be without some of their top performers for this summer’s test series against England. Although Michael Cheika had previously hinted at the fact that he would not select any of Australia’s European based players for the upcoming test series with England, some commentators were taken aback when the Wallabies coach confirmed the news yesterday. Despite Cheika claiming he does …

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Pundit Arena Team Of The Rugby World Cup

2015 will go down as perhaps the greatest Rugby World Cup to date, with thrills, spills, and plenty of upsets throughout the month in England. As we look back at the tournament, the debate as to whom performed the best is raging, so naturally we compiled our team of the World Cup, taking every game into account with equal weighting. As …

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Five Reasons Why England Will Beat Australia

England face Australia in Twickenham on Saturday night knowing that they must win in order to keep their World Cup alive. Brian Barry argues that Stuart Lancaster’s side will bounce back from their loss to Wales last week, and defeat the Wallabies. _____ Precedent Recent ties would suggest that Australia are a good match-up for England. Out of the last five …

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