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Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby union looks to rich-listers to fund community game

Georgina Robinson Australian rugby cosies up to rich-listers for a helping hand, Michael Cheika settles on Wallabies coaching team and Bernard Foley still wants to go to Rio.

Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley to join Ricoh Black Rams on two-year deal

Japan break: Bernard Foley with Michael Cheika at Waratahs training on Friday.

Georgina Robinson It has taken more than two years, a truckload of hand-wringing and probably some top-shelf sake, but former Rebels and Sydney University coach Damien Hill has finally recruited Bernard Foley.

Bernard Foley Japan-bound between three more seasons with Waratahs

Five seasons in one deal: Bernard Foley's three-year contract with the Waratahs will also allow two seasons in Japan.

Georgina Robinson Wallabies and Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley will play two seasons in Japan as part of a new three-year deal to stay in Australian rugby. 

Waratahs still trying to lock in Dave Dennis, Bernard Foley, Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale

Signed on: Paddy Ryan at training on Tuesday.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika and Daryl Gibson will not breathe easy until their big four, including captain Dave Dennis, re-commit in coming weeks. 

Waratahs sweat on Jacques Potgieter for Hurricanes clash after visa issue grounds Taqele Naiyaravoro

Jacques Potgieter.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs face the unbeaten Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday in a match they need to win to kick-start their season... this is just what they didn't need.

SANZAR boss Greg Peters says no evidence NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika cheated

Michael Cheika is subject to a suspended six-month ban, running until August 31, after being found guilty of abusing a camera operator in South Africa last year.

Georgina Robinson Super Rugby boss Greg Peters has slammed cheating and cover-up claims in the wake of an investigation into an illegal halftime chat between Waratahs coach Michael Cheika and referee Jaco Peyper.

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NSW Waratahs' playmakers have to step up against Super Rugby leaders the Hurricanes

Bernard Foley is tackled during the match against the Stormers. He is likely to face an even more searching examination against the Hurricanes.

Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley will face heavy scrutiny against competition leaders the Hurricanes this week after the Waratahs attack had no answer to the Stormers at the weekend.

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'I wasn't careless': Waratahs coach Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said he would continue to respect New Zealand rugby despite accusations he cheated during a game against the Blues two weeks ago.

NSW Waratahs slip to defeat against Stormers in Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11:  Michael Hooper of the Waratahs reacts to conceding a try during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Stormers at Allianz Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs let slip countless attacking opportunities to fall to their second home defeat of the season and plunge further down the competition log in Sydney on Saturday.

Japanese jaunt no silver bullet for Australian rugby union player drain

Cashing in: Israel Folau would be well paid in Japan.

Georgina Robinson A single winter in Japan could net your garden variety, handful-of-Tests Wallaby a minimum of $250,000.

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Concussion guinea pig Tatafu Polota-Nau says rugby has it right on head knocks

Back in the line-up: Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau has backed Australian rugby's concussion protocols as he prepares for his first game since taking a head knock at training three weeks ago.

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NSW Waratahs ready for anything against changing Stormers

Storm boys:  Damian de Allende of the Stormers on the attack against the Warriors.

Georgina Robinson New Stormers or plain old Stormers, the Waratahs must be ready for anything the South Africans throw, run or kick at them on Saturday. 

Conspiracy theories run wild about the referee and Michael Cheika

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Georgina Robinson Was this the opening salve in the World Cup year mind games? In the grand tradition of Suzie Catering Co, allow us a conspiracy theory.

Michael Cheika warned after referee approach in Waratahs game against Blues

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is currently serving a suspended six-month ban.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been issued a warning by Super Rugby administrators after approaching a referee during his side's 23-11 win over the Blues in Sydney last month.

Australian Rugby Union confident of retaining Israel Folau 'longer-term'

Union man: Israel Folau at training on Tuesday.

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union is confident it can fend off a raid from the NRL and lock in dual international Israel Folau for as long as three years thanks to a new flexible contracting model to be...

Anzac Day Bledisloe Cup Test remains a pipedream

Georgina Robinson Australia and New Zealand are teaming up to launch a trans-Tasman Anzac Day campaign but a Bledisloe Cup clash on the historic occasion remains a bridge too far for rugby administrators. 

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Israel Folau confident NSW Waratahs not suffering from second-year syndrome

Defending champs: Israel Folau at training on Tuesday.

Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau knows a thing or two about second-year syndrome.

Stormers' Damian de Allende rates Israel Folau one of the best counter-attackers in the world

Stormers centre Damian de Allende.

Georgina Robinson First came Sonny Bill Williams, then Ma'a Nonu, and this weekend it's Israel Folau as the relentless Super rugby merry-go-round serves up another world class opponent against whom up and coming...

Stormers rest captain Duane Vermeulen ahead of Waratahs clash

Heading home: Duane Vermeulen will miss the match against NSW.

Georgina Robinson The Stormers have chosen their clash with defending champions the Waratahs to do without their captain and outstanding No.8 Duane Vermeulen.

Wallabies players warned about danger of burnout from endless winters

Heavy load: Matt Carraro has warned of the physical toll of playing continuous seasons.

Georgina Robinson Past and former players have cautiously backed the Australian Rugby Union's flexible contracting concept but warned that player burnout could be a major problem.