Competitions

Khoder Nasser discouraged Quade Cooper selection, says Robbie Deans

Paul Cully Quade Cooper's adviser Khoder Nasser challenged a bemused Robbie Deans over his decision to select the Reds No.10 against the All Blacks in 2012, the former Wallabies coach says.

Named for a champion, Jack Dempsey set to make his own name in NRC

North Harbour Rays

Rupert Guinness When Michael Dempsey first looked down at his new born son on April 12, 1994 he saw he had two black eyes.

Losing Robbie Deans to Wallabies hurt, says All Blacks Dan Carter

Robbie Deans

Darren Walton All Blacks superstar Dan Carter has admitted how shattered he was to learn that Robbie Deans was leaving New Zealand to coach the Wallabies.

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Wallabies wannabes Quade Cooper and Will Genia to reunite in bid for Test recalls

Will Genia

Rupert Guinness The pieces are falling in to place for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to judge for himself the prospect of selecting a reunited Will Genia and Quade Cooper halves combination for their final Test...

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Ma'a Nonu linked with move to Toulon

Duncan Johnstone All Blacks star Ma'a Nonu has been linked to French club Toulon as the European champions ramp up recruitment ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

Waterboy Aaron Cruden to play for province

Dumped New Zealand flyhalf Aaron Cruden will get some game time for his provincial side Manawatu on Sunday before an expected recall for the All Blacks' final Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia...

James O'Connor steers Toulon to big Top 14 win

Former Wallaby James O'Connor scored 25 points to steer Toulon to a commanding victory over Montpellier in French rugby's Top 14.

Springboks staple Schalk Burger bounces back from body blows

Springboks regular: The quarter-final clash against the Wallabies in 2011 was Schalk Burger's last match for South Africa before this year.

Georgina Robinson Schalk Burger has been to the edge and back and there are still things he cannot talk about. 

Les Bleus suffering from free market

Julien Pretot The Premier League is often dubbed the best football league in the world, yet England have not won the World Cup in almost 50 years and they look nowhere close to doing so.

Union

Canberra Vikings call up teenager Connal McInerney for NRC debut

Chris Dutton The Canberra Vikings have called up a teenage rookie to fill the void left by Australia's hooker crisis.

Quade Cooper targeting October Bledisloe Cup Wallabies recall

Let's get physical: Quade Cooper (left) with Karmichael Hunt at Reds training last week.

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper's path back to the Wallabies begins in low-key circumstances at Ballymore on Sunday as the Reds playmaker puts his injured hip and shoulder to the test in the National Rugby Championship.

Kenya's 7s squad decimated in wage dispute

Kenya has dropped ten players from their squad for the IRB world series opening tournament in Australia in a dispute with the national board over pay and contracts.

All Blacks stand down Aaron Cruden after night out

Aaron Cruden on Saturday night.

Liam Napier All Blacks five-eighth Aaron Cruden will miss the Rugby Championship Tests against Argentina and South Africa for disciplinary reasons.

Report card: how Wallabies have fared under Ewen McKenzie

Matt Burke dinkus Dinkus

Matthew Burke The school term has finished and the report cards have been dispatched. This makes it as good a time as any to deliver a summary on how the Wallabies have fared since Ewen McKenzie took over the top...

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Why Matt Giteau is worth €1millon a year

Mathew Giteau

Rupert Guinness Matt Giteau has long been lost to the Wallabies for next year's World Cup, but the bidding in French rugby for his services speaks volumes about his value as a player.

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When winning is not enough, what to do about the Wallabies?

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson On a humid morning in February, Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver made the extraordinary declaration that 2014 was the year of the Waratahs. 

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Union

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore aims for round-one Super Rugby return against Reds

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore.

David Polkinghorne Brumbies captain Stephen Moore pencils in round one return from knee reconstruction.

Matt Giteau sticks with Toulon

Sticking around: Matt Giteau.

Former Wallabies five-eighth Matt Giteau has turned down a record offer from a rival French top-division club to re-sign with Toulon.

Graham Henry says losing might be good for All Blacks

World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry has committed the ultimate sin in rugby-mad New Zealand, suggesting it would not hurt the All Blacks if they lose a game before they defend the Webb Ellis trophy...

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Wallabies unable to pinpoint cause of shrinking interest

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have lost one game in 11 Tests, are unbeaten at home and are averaging close to three tries a Test match this year.

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