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Super Rugby semi-final: Stylish NSW Waratahs rekindle fans' love of football

Spiro Zavos Virtue has its own rewards. At 9.27pm last Monday a media release from the Waratahs franchise popped up on my laptop. It had this exuberant headline: "Over 33,000 Tickets Snapped Up For Tahs.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper ready to break finals curse with NSW Waratahs

Running man: Adam Ashley-Cooper training with the Waratahs on Thursday.

Georgina Robinson Decorated Waratahs utility Adam Ashley-Cooper may be six games off his Test century but he has rotten luck in finals football. 

Union

Australian Super Rugby semi-final a good omen for Wallabies as Brumbies and Waratahs go to battle

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander is back in the Wallabies' frame.

Chris Dutton Ewen McKenzie is salivating at an all-Australian semi-final which has the potential to launch World Cup dreams.

Henry Speight named in Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

New Wallaby: Brumbies flyer Henry Speight.

Georgina Robinson Rampaging Brumbies winger Henry Speight is the only new name in the Wallabies squad to play in the Rugby Championship next month. 

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NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika backs push for global game

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson A push for an integrated global rugby season from as early as 2016 appeared to die a sudden death in recent months but there are powerful voices claiming it must not be given up on.

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Rugby: Brumbies, Waratahs the right ingredients for Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies

Healthy competition: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie hopes Super Rugby stars such as Israel Folau and Henry Speight stay healthy.

Georgina Robinson It is a Wallabies coach's dream – so long as Henry Speight and Israel Folau don't break each other in the battle to make the Super Rugby final.

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Kurtley Beale in running to play five-eighth for Wallabies

Option for Wallaby 10 ... Kurtley Beale

Georgina Robinson Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says he sees "no reason" why Kurtley Beale cannot nab the coveted Wallabies No.10 jersey from NSW teammate Bernard Foley in the coming Rugby Championship. 

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Wallabies teammates Israel Folau and Henry Speight won't give inch in Brumbies-Waratahs battle

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson Israel Folau and Henry Speight will be two of the biggest names included in Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies squad for the looming Rugby Championship when it is announced on Wednesday.

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France rugby stars attacked with machetes

Attacked: French back Aurelien Rougerie was one of three players set upon in France's south.

French rugby is reeling after three Test stars who play for glamour club Clermont were rushed to hospital after being attacked by thugs wielding machetes, knives and swords.

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Union

Third-tier rugby competition should slow Australian player exodus

Vikings coach Dan McKellar.

Georgina Robinson The National Rugby Championship will be a success if the next Billy Meakes stays in Australia.

Rugby

Third-tier rugby competition should slow Australian player exodus

Next step: Billy Meakes has landed on his feet in England.

Georgina Robinson The National Rugby Championship will be a success if the next Billy Meakes stays in Australia.

Rugby club accused of homophobia refutes claim they banished gay player Jay Claydon

Homophobia claims dismissed: Jay Claydon.

A Canterbury rugby club has refuted a reported claim from a gay former player that he was banished from the club because of his sexuality.

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Michael Cheika shrugs off possible star defections as he prepares for finals

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has shrugged off suggestions NSW stars Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale are vulnerable to offers to defect to the NRL as the Waratahs build towards what looks to be a sold-out semi-final...

Women rugby refs taking charge

Amy Perrett will be in action in the Sydney club rugby round.

Jim Morton Rachel Horton - high school science teacher, microbiologist, Muay Thai fighter and fitness fanatic - admits she's a control freak.

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Super Rugby qualifying final tip: ACT Brumbies to win if they play the Rod Macqueen way

Spiro Zavos dinkus

Spiro Zavos They say in sports you have to lose a grand final before you win one. That is the prospect, anyway, facing the ACT Brumbies as they go into a successive Super Rugby finals campaign on Saturday night.

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Player drain has Wallabies on the hop

Nick Cummins

Ian Ransom The Wallabies' emphatic 3-0 series win over France last month might convey the impression that all is rosy in rugby Down Under but the game's power-brokers fear a quickening player drain could bring...

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Welsh rugby in crisis over future

Sam Warburton has a contract with Welsh Rugby but no club to play for.

Welsh rugby was plunged into crisis on Friday after acrimonious talks between Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) over the direction of the sport.

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Ben Smith shrugs off debate about All Blacks' aura

Highland fling: Fullback Ben Smith.

Georgina Robinson Endless chatter about the strength or otherwise of the All Blacks "aura" does not worry try-scoring sensation Ben Smith. 

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Nick Cummins quits Australian rugby for Japan

Nick Cummins

Georgina Robinson Australian rugby has been dealt another blow with Wallabies winger and cult figure Nick Cummins set to play in Japan next year.

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Waratahs take on Highlanders in Super Rugby in top home form

Captain's run: Michael Hooper goes through his paces.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs attack coach Daryl Gibson needs no convincing that the Waratahs' plum position two games out from the Super Rugby finals series has been reached on the back of a 100-per-cent winning record...

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