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Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

Paul Cully The true strength of Australian rugby’s pulse will become that little bit clearer over the next week.

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Warringah Rats set out to show Shute Shield winning streak is no fluke when they face Sydney University

Fairfax Media writer

Rupert Guinness Warringah coach Haig Sare suspects many regard his side's undefeated run in the Shute Shield, which has put them on top of the table after four rounds, as "a fluke."

Rugby

Experience wins it: All Blacks fly flag for thirtysomethings

Richie McCaw.

Steve James Rugby is becoming a young man's game but Kiwis have learnt value of experience from England's past success.

Rugby

Toulon's superstar duo poised to take double

Springboks winger Bryan Habana returns to Toulon after a long injury lay-off.

Mick Cleary Two Toulon superstars were declared ready on Monday to boost the club's push for a historic European and domestic double.

Club Rugby

Manly Marlins overcome Shute Shield champions Sydney University

Fairfax Media writer

Rupert Guinness The Manly Marlins knew their round four Shute Shield away clash against the reigning champions, Sydney University, would provide the first major indicator of whether they are candidates for the title...

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Wallabies' spring tour to start and end in London

The Wallabies during a short training session before their diced ear tomorrow against the Lions
Brumbies players l-r Ben Alexander,Christian Lealiifano,George Smith,Jesse Mogg, Stephen Moore,Joseph Tomane and Ben Mowen
Canberra Times
Photos Ben Rushton
July 5 2013

SYDNEY, April 16 AAP - The Australian Rugby Union has confirmed the Wallabies' 2014 spring tour will start and end in London.

Rugby

News Limited deal cost Australian Rugby Union in future TV rights

Bill Pulver

Roy Masters While ARU boss Bill Pulver is confident he can lift TV rights from $25m a year to $40m, rugby is locked in a TV trap of its own making.

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Western Force set to shut the door on James O'Connor and Reds now his only hope

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Georgina Robinson James O'Connor's move home to Australia is shrouded in uncertainty with the door to his old club the Western Force poised to swing shut in his face.

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Coach Geoff Townsend hopes Gordon Highlanders are on a roll

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Rupert Guinness Gordon coach Geoff Townsend hopes his injury-ravaged and inexperienced Highlanders side will show on Saturday that it has found valuable momentum from its first win of the season when taking on...

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'Back-to-back World Cups are All Blacks' goal', says Dan Carter

Dan Carter has taken a six-month sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.

A sabbatical would once have seemed an alien concept to Dan Carter, an affront to the immersive experience of being an All Black.

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ARU has everything to lose in Super Rugby expansion

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Professional rugby union in Australia is lurching inevitably towards a financial cliff, with rising costs and falling revenue expected to exhaust cash reserves midway through next year.

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Israel Folau scenario likely to be repeated in World Cup year

Matt Burke dinkus

Matthew Burke I could empathise with Israel Folau over the past week – when someone else made decisions about his welfare, came in over the top and told him what was best.

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Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

Pirate Irwin South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on...

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Ewen McKenzie expects Michael Cheika to coach his way

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Rupert Guinness Ewen McKenzie believes Michael Cheika will continue to coach the Waratahs in his trademark passionate heart-on-sleeve manner, despite it having landed him in hot water with SANZAR during last...

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Eastwood wary of Gordon heist in Shute Shield

Glory days: Eastwood last lifted the Shute Shield in 2011 but are hoping to go one better than their runners-up finish last year.

Rupert Guinness Eastwood are firm Shute Shield contenders, but they are still wary about their vulnerability so early in the new season, especially against a team like Gordon under new coach Geoff Townsend.

Beasts emerge with some pride after tough University lesson

Rupert Guinness Sydney University reminded Shute Shield observers  why they are such a strong force in their round two away win  over Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval on Saturday, but the scoreline belied...

Easts emerge with some pride through tough University lesson

Rugby union - club rugby game. Shute Shield, round one - Eastern Suburbs v Randwick at Woolarah Oval.
Saturday 29 March 2014
SHD;NEWS;Pictures by Steve Lunam

Rupert Guinness Sydney University reminded Shute Shield observers why they are such a strong force in their round two away win over Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval on Saturday, but the scoreline belied how hard...

16-week ban upheld for Toulon rugby coach

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The French National Olympic and Sporting Committee (CNOSF) has upheld a 16-week ban on Toulon rugby coach Bernard Laporte for verbally abusing a referee, his lawyer said Saturday.

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Inspired Munster revive spirit of 2008 to rout Toulouse

Hosea Gear conjured a long-range try for Toulouse.

Ed Osmond Munster produced a typically inspired performance at their beloved Thomond Park to overwhelm Toulouse 47-23 in an emotionally-charged Heineken Cup quarter-final in Limerick on Saturday.

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Former Waratah Tom Carter enjoying life with Sydney Uni

Tom Carter

Rupert Guinness Former Waratah Tom Carter may be back playing rugby for Sydney University, but the 31-year-old centre says he is not intent on forcing a return to Super Rugby.