Paul Cully

Paul Cully

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Rugby Union

Israel Folau considered a move to New Zealand, Chiefs coach says

Star performer: Israel Folau showed some interest in 2012 in moving to New Zealand.

Paul Cully Star's eligibility for All Blacks was looked into and parties met in Sydney in August 2012.

Rugby

Kiwis tried to convert Israel Folau, reveals Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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Paul Cully Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has revealed how he "would have loved" to sign Wallabies star Israel Folau, and interest levels were high enough that Folau's eligibility for the All Blacks was looked into...

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Rugby

Australian Super Rugby no longer out of its depth, says Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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Paul Cully The often maligned Australian Super Rugby conference has "turned the corner" after initially struggling to cope with its expansion to five teams, says Dave Rennie, the coach of back-to-back winners...

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TIGHT FIVE

Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

Paul Cully It was the last game of this calendar year, but this was as much about next year.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie’s fine-tuning is starting to pay dividends

Paul Cully Tumult, regardless of its nature, always creates an edge.

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Rugby

Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

Paul Cully It is not often that Richie McCaw is trampled as he was by Irish prop Cian Healy in the All Blacks’ 24-22 win against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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Rugby

Coach is still searching for strong leadership

Paul Cully The strength of the players' union response to the Wallabies' Dublin drinking sanctions, above the normal go-in-to-bat-for-your-members position, suggests the boundaries of what was acceptable may...

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Rugby

All Blacks have an unfair advantage - they're just too good for everyone

Paul Cully The difficulty of the Wallabies' task in chasing down the All Blacks would be easier if the New Zealanders would stand still for a minute.

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TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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Rugby

Ireland show enough against Samoa to suggest they'll be a real handful for Australia

Paul Cully On the morning of the deciding British and Irish Lions Test in Sydney in July, Irish captain Paul O'Connell by chance walked into a Bondi cafe and took the seat right beside me.

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Rugby

Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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TIGHT FIVE

Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

Paul Cully Nick Cummins was handed man of the match, but it belongs to the collective effort of the pack.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie's early Wallabies a concern but don't reach for panic button yet

Paul Cully This is the part of the journey when the kingmakers who appointed Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach start shuffling in the back seat and nervously seek some affirmations: "This guy does know where he...

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TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

Paul Cully There is blood in the water on this tour and every side in Europe knows it.

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RUGBY

Wallabies Spring Tour: Ten to watch from the home nations

Paul Cully The Wallabies start their grand slam tour this weekend armed with some players who bring real attacking purpose, but where do the opposition threats come from?

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Rugby

Stephen Moore sets new standard for Wallabies

Paul Cully Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore's comments on senior players this week will make long-suffering Wallabies fans keep the faith and may even encourage supporters who have turned away from the side to...

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Rugby

Dangerous England can take Wallabies to Farrell's hurt arena

Paul Cully THE improvements in the Wallabies' attacking game over the past two matches are timely. From a distance, the England team taking the field at Twickenham on Saturday week to start the Wallabies' grand...

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Rugby

Porous Wallabies score a D- for defence

Paul Cully The past two Wallabies performances will have given England coach Stuart Lancaster just enough to feel a little more uncomfortable in his chair as he examines the footage.

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Tight five

Gone in 60 seconds as Wallabies errors take their toll against All Blacks

Paul Cully It is rare that the difference between two teams can be distilled to one segment of play, but it happened in the 54th Bledisloe Test on Saturday night.

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