The Australian Rugby Union is proposing an eight-team domestic women's sevens competition from 2017 to capitalise on rugby's Olympics return and the world-beating form of its women's sevens team.
The Wallabies say they are driven by the fear of being whitewashed by England in their own backyard before the third Test in Sydney.
With the Cook Cup in the hands of the English, Michael Cheika and co. will be scrambling to try to come up with how best to address the deficiencies the Wallabies showed during the series in time for an onslaught from New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.
As if a first ever series loss to England wasn't bad enough, a top analyst is predicting more Bledisloe Cup pain for Australia.
Eddie Jones celebrated England's splendid victory over Australia by organising for Andrew Johns to give a master-class to his playmakers. Michael Cheika reacted to the loss by engaging in an irrelevant slanging match with Steve Hansen.
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Jones said it would be foolish to underestimate how hard the hosts will come at them, particularly with the prospect of losing a series in straight sets a real possibility.
England are winning hearts as well as Test matches after making a $2000 cash donation to the storm-ravaged Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.
Eddie Jones has rated George Smith as the best player he has ever seen and says Australian rugby's greatest sin was sitting by and letting him go overseas.
While England soaked up the sun and indulged in a few seaside treats, the Wallabies were making personnel changes and answering the tough questions. Can the Michael Cheika way win Test matches?
Will Skelton and Rob Simmons have had to deal with their own selection disappointments this year but have been given a chance to prove their worth as Australia's starting second-rowers in the third Test.
Brumbies playmaker Matt Toomua replaces Samu Kerevi at inside centre in one of three changes to Michael Cheika's starting XV for the third Test against England.
Vunipola is a player transformed under Jones: more dynamic, more assured, more at ease with himself and who he is: a Tongan, Sydney-born, Wales and England-shaped personality, who is beginning to realise his potential on the world stage.
Rob Horne says the microscope will be firmly on the Wallabies backline during the third Test in Sydney but is confident Australia can regain their attacking flair and penetrate England's brick wall defence.
Wallabies No.8 Ben McCalman will miss the third test against England in Sydney this weekend after being sidelined for up to six weeks with a fractured scapula.
Nick Cummins' Olympics dream is all but over after Australian sevens coach Andy Friend confirmed the former Wallabies winger faced the difficult task of clawing his way above 16 players picked for a camp in Darwin next week.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he's perplexed by New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen's suggestion he's been bullied in the media by England mentor Eddie Jones, slamming the comment as shallow.
Eddie Jones has revealed one of his greatest coaching disappointments was not being able to lure Andrew Johns across to play for the Wallabies in 2005.
Eddie Jones has not only returned to haunt the Wallabies, but he's also poached – at least temporarily – one of Australia's greatest rugby league players in a bid to heap further pain on Michael Cheika's side.
Wallabies captain Stephen Moore has put the acid on the team's leadership group and insists fixing small details is the key to avoiding a Test series whitewash against England in Sydney.