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TIGHT FIVE

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.

Rugby

McKenzie's greenhorns put to the sword by ruthless men

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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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

Curb the mourning, for future glory beckons

Paul Cully Such heartbreak. The Brumbies' legs went with the finishing line in sight, those long kilometres taking from the limbs what the heart simply cannot replace.

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Rugby

Chiefs hold key to initials battle as well as final result

Paul Cully Last year, the three initials SBW were prominent in the Chiefs' Super Rugby-winning campaign. This year the letters TKB have been very influential.

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Rugby

Brumbies' northern exposure the Chiefs' concern

Paul Cully Future Wallabies prop Scott Sio and the Brumbies' "northern hemisphere" style of scrummaging to win penalties are exercising the minds of Chiefs tight-heads Ben Tameifuna and Ben Afeaki as well as...

TIGHT FIVE

White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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Rugby

McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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Rugby

Brumbies must soar to great heights at altitude

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Paul Cully If the Brumbies win in Pretoria this weekend engrave it in stone as one of the greatest successes by any Australian side in the history of Super Rugby.

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Rugby

McKenzie must avoid the predictable

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie will have been around long enough to allow himself a wry grin at the fickleness of his trade once the bitter disappointment of Saturday night has dissipated.

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RUGBY

White's stuff is all right for Brumbies

Paul Cully It has become modish to criticise the Brumbies' style as unfashionable, but Jake White's side has such respect for the fundamentals that they deserve their spot in the final top four.

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Rugby

Cooper still rated a danger over the ditch

Paul Cully Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper was ''unlucky'' to miss out on the British and Irish Lions series and holds the key to Queensland's Super Rugby hopes, says All Blacks and Chiefs No.10 Aaron Cruden.

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Rugby

Three things that will make or break Benji's big decision

Benji Marshall

Paul Cully Benji Marshall can make the transition to rugby and it would make him, like Sonny Bill Williams, a more complete player.

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Rugby

McKenzie faces stern test to find solutions at the breakdown and on attack

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Paul Cully A shackled attack and the changing No.7 role will be two issues on Ewen McKenzie's mind as he goes about the tricky task of wearing his Wallabies and Reds hats.

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TIGHT FIVE

Errors sink boot into Brumbies' title hopes

Paul Cully Matt Toomua started the game by kicking the ball out on the full against the Western Force in Perth, and never really recovered.

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Rugby

McKenzie less reticent about lobbing verbal grenades across Tasman

Paul Cully When Ewen McKenzie sat down with Fairfax Media in April and revealed he was already hatching plans to beat the All Blacks, the conversation ran well beyond the hour mark.

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Rugby

A roaring success: series was well worth the wait

Roaring Success

Paul Cully The discussion after the third Test was moving so quickly that it was the identity of the next Wallabies coach that was the subject of conversation, rather than whether the current one would survive.

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