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Paul Cully

Six Nations kicks off with questions to be answered

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully IT IS apt in this year, a Lions year, that the Six Nations kicks off this weekend with a famous Lions voice ringing in many ears.

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Six Nations delivers strong message

Paul Cully There a couple of ways of looking at the opening weekend of the Six Nations.

Rugby

Dangerous England can take Wallabies to Farrell's hurt arena

Paul Cully THE improvements in the Wallabies' attacking game over the past two matches are timely. From a distance, the England team taking the field at Twickenham on Saturday week to start the Wallabies' grand...

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RUGBY

Wallabies Spring Tour: Ten to watch from the home nations

Paul Cully The Wallabies start their grand slam tour this weekend armed with some players who bring real attacking purpose, but where do the opposition threats come from?

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TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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LIONS TOUR DIARY

Pulver still seething at IRB chiefs despite final ruling on Horwill case

Paul Cully ARU boss Bill Pulver was in no mood to let up on his criticism of the International Rugby Board over its handling of the James Horwill case on Wednesday, but he also revealed, for the first time, the...

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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

Gatland opts for slabs of red meat

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Paul Cully There will be no real surprise in the Wallabies camp to this 37-man British and Irish Lions squad. Not even in the selection of Sean Maitland, the New Zealand winger given his debut at the Crusaders...

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Rugby

Lions scrum swallows pill to prove a lasting headache

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Paul Cully Such is the spread of rugby intellectual property these days (for example, there can be barely a player in the Wallabies or Lions camp not coached at some level by a New Zealander) there are plenty...

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Rugby

Lions to offer Wallabies a glimpse of the future ... either way

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Paul Cully Athletic, ambitious, skilled - the full array of the British and Irish Lions' repertoire became frighteningly clear on Saturday night.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

Paul Cully The talking points from the week 13 of Super Rugby.

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Scotland to unleash chaos theory on Pocock and Genia

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Paul Cully It is somewhat apt that, after years of jabbing digits into northern hemisphere chests for sending below-par squads, the Wallabies have announced a less-than-full-strength team just as Scotland and...

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Percentage boosters: Welsh hopes rest on winning battle for territory and possession, the points will follow

Paul Cully After the humiliation comes the hard part. Imposing inside-centre Jamie Roberts aside, the Welsh side that will face the Wallabies in Brisbane tomorrow night is the one that first won admirers at the...

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Mistake-riddled Welsh performance not likely to be repeated, but the Wallabies have their measure for now

Paul Cully It did not take long after last Saturday's Wallabies victory for a familiar lament to be heard. In a London television studio, former Welsh No.

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Talking Points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully The talking points from last week's games.

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Wales' Kiwi coach to lead Lions to Australia

Warren Gatland

Paul Cully NEW ZEALANDER Warren Gatland has confirmed he will coach the British and Irish Lions against the Wallabies next year, and has expressed his surprise at Australia's "disappointing" performance against...

ABs are knocking on the door of greatness

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Only the cheeriest rugby optimist would volunteer that the game is without its challenges. Dig into the numbers and they reveal the amount of time spent on resetting scrums was almost identical to...

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Rugby

European campaign a useful audition for Lions tour

Paul Cully If some members of the Wallabies squad to tour Europe announced yesterday are yet to fully comprehend the scale of the British and Irish Lions tour next year, they can be forgiven.

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Tests will shed light on Lions' pivotal man

Paul Cully It's a sign of the age that on the eve of an influential tour of Europe a Quade Cooper tweet about a computer game has been occupying rugby minds.

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Tourists face English side that dares to be different

Paul Cully In the 33rd minute of last week's 54-12 win against Fiji, England's loose-head prop, Joe Marler, popped up as a link in England's attacking chain with a try begging and tossed the ball into touch.

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