Paul Cully

Paul Cully

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Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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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.

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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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White a bright spot in weak Wallabies

Paul Cully Nic White and his right boot have, for now, helped the Wallabies fend off a crisis that grows larger. The scrum is built of wet paper.

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Robinson's absence is bad news for scrum

Paul Cully The internal dialogue of discarded Wallabies loose-head prop Benn Robinson would make for interesting public material if Argentina, as they undoubtedly will, take on the Wallabies' scrum in Perth on...

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Waiting for Cooper to come good just isn't good enough for Wallabies

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Paul Cully When Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper hit a perfect little sand wedge from his own 22 straight into the arms of Springboks prop Gurthro Steenkamp on Saturday night, a couple of minutes after...

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McKenzie’s men come up short in power race

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Paul Cully The Wallabies have become spectators in Test rugby’s arms race.

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Starved of ball? Be grateful Izzy has the hunger to stay

Paul Cully There is something particularly Australian about the fanfare surrounding the re-signing of Israel Folau.

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Brooding about All Blacks no solution for Wallabies

Paul Cully To half of Ewen McKenzie's new dressing room, the complaints about New Zealand cynically killing the ball will have had a familiar ring to them.

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Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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Men in gold need to see more of Folau's flashes of brilliance

Paul Cully When the Wallabies awoke in Wellington the local newspapers were using a flattened marsupial by the roadside to illustrate their status. That diagnosis proved premature.

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Genia has become a victim of his reputation

Paul Cully WHEN Wallabies No.9 Will Genia departed the field after 72 minutes in the 47-29 Bledisloe Cup loss in Sydney last week, his success rate against the All Blacks dipped even lower, to 14.

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Wallabies learn they can't beat champs at own game

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie's decision to name the same 23 players - bar Kane Douglas - that coughed up almost 50 points last week is one of the more eloquent expressions of a Catch-22 situation...

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Wallabies' woes linked to lack of local action

Paul Cully The timing was everything. On the same weekend that the Wallabies suffered another significant Bledisloe Cup blow, the New Zealanders were kicking off this year's edition of the ITM Cup.

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Poms rise in rankings to add insult to injury

Paul Cully If you are already struggling to come to terms with the Ashes defeat, you might want to look away now.

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McKenzie's greenhorns put to the sword by ruthless men

Paul Cully Matt Toomua dominated the prologue, but the main chapters were written by the little fellow opposite. This was Aaron Cruden's night - a masterclass from the All Blacks No.

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McKenzie plays delicate balancing act between attack and defence

Paul Cully A PENNY for the thoughts of Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie as he hears ARU chief executive Bill Pulver bang on his drum for ''running rugby''.

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French lessons provide a little hope

Paul Cully What did the French series in June reveal about how the All Blacks are trying to play, and how successful they are at trying to do it?

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Outflanked: A little McCaw better than no Smith

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Paul Cully New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must tangle with the All Blacks without the services of George Smith but there is one small mercy - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is unlikely to go the full 80...

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Loose-heads show future is bright in tight for Wallabies

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Paul Cully Suddenly, the Wallabies' future on the loose-head side of the scrum is looking up.

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