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Will Genia and Benn Robinson in, Will Skelton out as Wallabies invest in experience

GEORGINA ROBINSON 6:16pm It is out with the new and in with the old for the Wallabies after Ewen McKenzie reached for two of his most experienced players ahead of an opportunity to ''create reputation and credibility'' against South Africa in Cape Town next week.

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There's more to Wallabies game than running the ball, says halfback Nick Phipps

RUPERT GUINNESS Nick Phipps has warned against observers thinking the Wallabies are one-trick ponies who will not vary their game.

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Wallabies must get set-piece fixed despite injuries, says Stephen Moore

Won and lost: Positive results start at the set piece.

RUPERT GUINNESS For all the talk of the Wallabies needing to play running rugby, the spate of injuries in the hooking position that is poised to see the ninth ranked rake in the country called up again for their next tour emphasises the importance of set-piece.

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Wycliff Palu ruled out of Rugby Championship

Wycliff Palu will miss the remaining Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

Jim Morton The Wallabies must overcome the granite-like Springboks pack without chief enforcer Wycliff Palu due to lingering concussion concerns.

Wallabies crowd for Argentina clash the lowest this century

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie talks to captain Michael Hooper

Only 14,281 patrons turned out at Cbus Super Stadium to watch Australia survive a late Argentine onslaught and win 32-25 on Saturday night.

Wallabies survive late scare to down Pumas on the Gold Coast

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Israel Folau of the Wallabies is tackled during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks at Patersons Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

GEORGINA ROBINSON Australia survived a two-try second-half comeback from a spirited Argentina to keep a maiden Rugby Championship win beyond the Pumas' reach on Saturday.

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More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Put away the gun - referees' calls were correct

Spiro Zavos

SPIRO ZAVOS A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken during the Wallabies – Springboks and All Blacks – Pumas Tests matches last weekend. Both decisions by the referees were correct.  

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Wallabies won't let wild weather rain on their parade as they face Argentina

Danger man: Israel Folau claimed a hat-trick of tries against Argentina last year.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies are on a mission to rediscover their ''mojo'' against Argentina but they may have to do it on a wet track – again.

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Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau lends his head to concussion research

Georgina Robinson

GEORGINA ROBINSON Two days after Tatafu Polota-Nau said he had offered himself as an ongoing test case for the effects of concussion, the Breakdown can reveal he is also considering donating his brain to science after he passes away.

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Tatafu Polota-Nau to play 50th Test for Wallabies

Tatafu Polota-Nau will pack down for his 50th Test.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will play his 50th Test on home soil after being named to start against Argentina in his first match since the Super Rugby final.

Brumbies' hooker Josh Mann-Rea in shock at Wallabies call-up for Test with South Africa

Josh Mann-Rea, far left, on the Wallabies bench on Saturday night in Perth.

LEE GASKIN Brumbies journeyman Josh Mann-Rea didn't know where the missed call on his phone came from, but a text message from Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie solved the mystery.

Quade Cooper's contract talks with ARU have stalled

Quade Cooper could be in line for game time with Brisbane City in the NRC in bid to return to the Wallabies.

Danny Weidler Quade Cooper is very much the forgotten man of Australian rugby and there is a danger he may be on the way out as his contract talks have slowed to a crawl.

Springboks refuse to hang loss to Wallabies on Bryan Habana's controversial yellow card

Bryan Habana

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Springboks will seek "clarity" around Bryan Habana's controversial sin-binning but have refused to blame match officials for their one-point loss to the Wallabies in Perth.

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Wallabies edge Springboks in Perth with late seven-pointer

Captain fantastic: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies fends off a tackle by Tendai Mtawarira of the Springboks.

GEORGINA ROBINSON It was magic they needed and magic they produced, just in time.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie needs plans, not mind games, against Springboks in Perth Test

Spiro Zavos

SPIRO ZAVOS At half-time at Eden Park during the second Test between Australia and New Zealand the All Blacks jogged off the field but the Wallabies, who were in need of regrouping, stayed on the ground exposed to gleeful taunting by spectators. What was going on here?

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Michael Hooper defends Wycliff Palu over 'dogging' accusation

Defender: Michael Hooper, left, and Wycliff Palu playing for the Wallabies.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Michael Hooper has leapt to the defence of Wallabies team mate Wycliff Palu after the veteran No.8 was accused of "dogging it" against the All Blacks and repeatedly letting down Australia.

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Springboks glasses to help jet lag before Rugby Championship clash with Wallabies

Georgina Robinson

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Springboks are trialling top secret new technology to give themselves an edge in the gruelling Rugby Championship.

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Wallabies to debut Bernard Foley-Nick Phipps halves combination

Super form: Ewen McKenzie is set to give Bernard Foley a shot in the Wallabies No.10 jumper.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Ewen McKenzie is set to debut the Super Rugby title-winning combination of Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps on Tuesday when he names the side to take on South Africa at Paterson's Stadium.

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Wallaby Will Skelton laces up for NRC hit-out before facing Springboks

Different class: Wallabies cult hero Will Skelton will play for Sydney Stars in the NRC on Sunday.

RUPERT GUINNESS Wallabies forward Will Skelton will rub shoulders in a line-up on Sunday that includes players from Test, Shute Shield and sub-districts rugby. And he says he is nervous.

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How Mark Ella taught Michael Cheika to relax

Learning from the greats: Mark Ella playing for Randwick in 1984.

RUPERT GUINNESS When most people refer to the influence of Wallabies legend Mark Ella on the game of rugby union, they recall his on-field wizardry and brilliance with the ball in hand.

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Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales hail ARU contract changes

John Eales led the Wallabies to the World Cup in 1999.

Australia's two Rugby World Cup-winning captains have praised the flexibility of the new player contracting system.

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Wallabies suffer in silence after battering by All Blacks

Georgina Robinson dinkus Dinkus

GEORGINA ROBINSON It can be hard to silence Gen Y sometimes, such is their need to be heard and understood – not to mention "favourited", "liked" and "double-tapped".

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Tatafu Polota-Nau rushed back for Wallabies

Pushing forward a return: Tatafu Polota-Nau.

The Wallabies have included injured hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau in their 30-man squad for their Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie keen for Kurtley Beale to quickly sort his playing future

Deadly combination: Beale credits his improved form to a greater understanding with Bernard Foley.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Waratahs are hopeful of locking in off-contract playmaker Kurtley Beale within a fortnight. 

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Kurtley Beale has got to go, but to where in Wallabies' starting back line?

Wasted at No. 10?: Kurtley Beale.

RUPERT GUINNESS Kurtley Beale should be switched from the starting five-eighth slot to the wing in the Wallabies line-up that was thrashed by the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday night, former World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer says.

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We've got a lot of work to do on defence, says Wallabies star Israel Folau

Desperate struggle: Israel Folau is tackled in Auckland.

GEORGINA ROBINSON Dual international Israel Folau has described the All Blacks’ Bledisloe Cup lesson as one of the toughest losses of his career.

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Wallabies humbled by All Blacks in Bledisloe Cup massacre

Going nowhere: Kurtley Beale is closed down by Liam Messam and Ryan Crotty.

GEORGINA ROBINSON There is no hiding at Eden Park. The rain, wind and mud confused the picture in Sydney a week ago, allowing the Wallabies to draw with the All Blacks and their fans to hope.

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The constant doubts that drive Mr Rugby Adam Ashley-Cooper

GEORGINA ROBINSON Privately, Adam Ashley-Cooper is locked in battle with obsessive self-doubt.

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Rugby Championship 2014

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AUS 12 vs NZL 12 Report Stats
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NZL 51 vs AUS 20 Report Stats
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Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
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ARG vs AUS 09:40Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
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South Africa 4 2 2 0 4 10
Australia 4 2 1 1 -23 10
Argentina 4 0 4 0 -35 3
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