Rupert Guinness Michael Hooper knows there is no short cut to mastering the captaincy role – whether it is with the Wallabies or the Waratahs.
Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is declining to publicly embrace as motivation the lure of a No.2 world ranking that will come by beating the Springboks next Saturday.
Rupert Guinness The praise for Benn Robinson preceding his return to the Wallabies squad that many observers felt was overdue has been for his experience and scrummaging technique.
Rupert Guinness Nick Phipps has warned against observers thinking the Wallabies are one-trick ponies who will not vary their game.
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...
Rupert Guinness Taqele Naiyaravoro's is a name that will be spoken of regularly if his game for the Greater Sydney Rams in their 47-18 victory over the Sydney Stars at Pirtek Oval is anything to go by.
Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.
Rupert Guinness Benn Robinson can't wait to catch up with Paddy Ryan after a training week with the Wallabies that left him feeling "like a greenhorn … a young bloke coming in."
Rupert Guinness There are those who speak of a lack of depth in the Wallabies second-row stocks. Cadeyrn Neville is not one of them.
Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.
Rupert Guinness As Waratahs coach Michael Cheika looks far and wide to complete his Super Rugby roster for next year, he expects the void left by second-rower Kane Douglas will remain unfilled.
Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies No.8 Ross Reynolds has continued the Bledisloe Cup war of words by claiming All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and prop Tony Woodcock are past their prime - less than a fortnight after...
Rupert Guinness Pause. Take a deep breath. Think hard and and think of the big picture. That was the thrust behind the response of the national players' association to calls by the Western Force for a draft system...
Rupert Guinness When second rower Greg Peterson and the Manly Marlins lost their Shute Shield semi-final to Eastwood at home last month, the towering lock was a devastated man.
Rupert Guinness The short term future of James O'Connor and his return to Australia is shored up. But confusion reigns about his long-term plans after the World Cup in Britain next year.
Rupert Guinness Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is still of the belief that his side's thrashing by the All Blacks at Eden Park last Saturday week was more an "aberration" than than a measure of the gulf between the...
Rupert Guinness The signing of James O'Connor and Karmichael Hunt by the Queensland Reds left Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie happily declaring the "more people we have to choose from [for the World Cup] the merrier".
Rupert Guinness Wallabies lock Will Skelton would not speculate about his selection odds for Saturday's Test against the Springboks in Perth after his first full game in more than three months with the Sydney Stars...
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.
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.