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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...

TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

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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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Rugby

Classy Cooper a perfect 10 but New Zealand just too good

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Paul Cully Better Quade Cooper. So much better. There is no sense of satisfaction for the Wallabies when the Bledisloe scoreline reads 3-0 and you have again been ripped apart at times but there can still be...

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Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

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Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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Rugby

Wallabies, All Blacks squads a case of haves and have-nots

Paul Cully The grass is not always greener on the other side but if Ewen McKenzie peered into Steve Hansen's backyard the Wallabies coach might be excused a tinge of envy.

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Rugby

Sonny Bill Williams is genuine, says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

Paul Cully All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has backed the "integrity" of Roosters back-rower Sonny Bill Williams and admitted he would be "very hard to leave out" of the All Blacks 2015 Rugby World Cup squad if...

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Rugby

The chosen ones: Rugby Championship's first XV

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Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.

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Rugby

Why Sonny Bill Williams should turn his back on league

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Paul Cully Rugby league has many qualities, and rugby has been smart enough to quietly steal a few of the best.

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Tight Five

Wallabies find form when the party is over

Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.

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Rugby

Expect crumbs from scrum as Pumas take lion's share

Paul Cully The Wallabies scrum is about to be put through an ordeal that could rival the 2007 World Cup quarter-final in Marseille as the game Wallabies fans tell children about to spook them.

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Rugby

Survival kit for being average will help Wallabies fans now ... and in future

Paul Cully There has been one benefit to following Irish teams throughout my life – a tremendous ability to cope with crushing sporting disappointment as if it were a friendly neighbour knocking on the door for...

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TIGHT FIVE

Gotta accentuate the positives ... if you can

Paul Cully Against the benchmark sides, the Wallabies are simply cloaked in mediocrity.

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Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

TIGHT FIVE

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

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Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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