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McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

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.

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

Paul Cully.

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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He dropped ball, but Genia keeps head up

Will Genia of the Wallabies

Paul Cully Shattered Wallabies halfback Will Genia has accepted his share of the blame for a knock-on in the opening seconds of the 41-16 loss to the British and Irish Lions and also revealed the side had...

Rugby Union

Wallabies fade as Lions roar

Marching on: Alex Corbisiero scores for the Lions in their commanding victory over the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium.

Paul Cully It was apt that on Saturday night when the Wallabies were soundly beaten, old values were at the heart of it.

Rugby

Position change beckons for O'Connor

James O'Connor

Paul Cully Wallabies No.10 James O'Connor has opened the door for a possible positional switch following the Wallabies crushing 41-16 loss.

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Rugby

Tourists rely on old-fashioned pride, power and technique to maul hosts

Alex Corbisiero

Paul Cully These Lions tours are based on tradition, values that hark back to another era.

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Tour diary

Special tour brings out best in all, says Moore

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Paul Cully THERE will be the usual questions about the relevance of the Lions if the Wallabies win on Saturday, but hooker Stephen Moore is in no doubt the event has retained its unique appeal.

Five key factors that will determine the third Test

James O'Connor.

Paul Cully The Wallabies have been selling the same message all week - that their back line has been crisper at training.

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Rugby

Deans stays true to ideals

Robbie Deans.

Paul Cully ROBBIE Deans wandered over and took the seat opposite in the foyer of a Brisbane hotel. It was days before the start of the series that would write one of the defining chapters in his career,...

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Rugby

He's hot property, but Lealiifano takes the pressure in his stride

Christian Lealiifano

Paul Cully More than 12 months ago, a former Wallaby with a good feel for the present playing group responded to an inquiry about Christian Lealiifano, who was playing his way into the Wallabies at that stage...

Rugby

Smith urged to rethink retiring and play until next World Cup

George Smith

Paul Cully, David Sygall Robbie Deans has revealed he tried to lure George Smith back for the 2011 World Cup and has asked the openside breakaway to keep playing for the Wallabies beyond the third Test against the British...

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LIONS TOUR DIARY

Odd man out, but Gill has time on his side to join future hunt for Lions

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully Liam Gill might be the odd man out this week, but Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has hinted moves will be made to secure the brilliant young Reds No.7's future in Australian rugby.

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