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Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

The Breakdown

Digby Ioane considers leaving Stade Francais

Georgina Robinson Which big-name former Wallaby is contemplating a return home just months into a lucrative overseas stint? Hint: it is neither Berrick Barnes nor Drew Mitchell.

Rugby

James O'Connor plans Super Rugby return in 2015

James O'Connor

Georgina Robinson James O'Connor will play out the year in Europe before returning to Australia in a bid to resurrect his Test career.

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Rugby

James O'Connor in sights of Western Force and Queensland Reds

Georgina Robinson The Force and the Reds are the Super Rugby clubs most likely to snap up wayward former Wallaby James O'Connor upon his mooted return to Australia at the end of the year.

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Players told only way to World Cup is via Super Rugby

Country comes first: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell will need to return to an Australian Super Rugby team to be in World Cup contention.

Georgina Robinson Australia's overseas-based rugby players will have to put country over money if they want to play in the 2015 World Cup.

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Rugby

Burgess surges back into Rebels' starting side

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson, Stathi Paxinos Returning Australian halfback Luke Burgess has been parachuted into the starting line-up for the Rebels' game against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

Rugby

Rugby close to wrapping up Folau, says Cheika

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has flagged a potential end-of-season sweetener for NSW, saying he is confident the Waratahs will retain Israel Folau and that a deal could be done "very soon".

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Rugby

Giteau open to bid Toulon au revoir for Wallabies tilt

Matt Giteau

Georgina Robinson Former Wallabies playmaker Matt Giteau has not ruled out a return to Australian rugby before the 2015 World Cup despite leaving two years ago with a ''bitter'' taste in his mouth.

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Rugby

Argentina captain backs Super Rugby

Radike Samo (C) of Australia's Wallabies eludes Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (R) and Juan Martin Hernandez (rear bottom) of Argentina's Los Pumas during their Rugby Championship match in Rosario October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Georgina Robinson Pumas captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe says he is 10 years too late to play in the "best" provincial competition in the world but he thinks younger Argentinians deserve the chance.

Rugby

More wriggle room over roster as Mitchell leaves

Drew Mitchell.

Georgina Robinson Another piece of the recruitment puzzle fell into place this week for Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

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Rugby

Ioane to look offshore after nasty spat in Queensland

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson While the dust settles on the Queensland Rugby Union's extraordinary, public fallout with Test flyer Digby Ioane, speculation is rife about where he may end up next year.

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Rugby

Waratahs wary of Kings ambush

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson PORT ELIZABETH: Officially it is known as the "friendly city" but there is a distinct feeling the Waratahs are walking around the sleepy Eastern Cape hamlet with a target on their backs.

An old-school coach makes his mark on the modern game

Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson On a cool afternoon in Parramatta this week a schoolboy walked up to Michael Cheika and introduced himself to the Waratahs coach.

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Burgess half a chance for Lions: Deans

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies may have to do without one returning son but another is still very much in the mix.

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THE BREAKDOWN

Club together: new names, new plans for city comps

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson The Premier Rugby Taskforce Review that set a cat among the Sydney and Brisbane club rugby pigeons earlier this year is close to turning around a few important decisions.

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French connection: Giteau makes peace with Deans, offers to step in

Mathew Giteau

Georgina Robinson THE injury crisis in the Wallabies back line has set in train several extraordinary events. But none more extraordinary than a gesture extended by Matt Giteau to Robbie Deans after a well documented...

Bleus ask young 'uns to settle old score

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 26: France forward Pascal Pape in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) 140084901.jpg

Georgina Robinson A REVAMPED French team with rankings and a two-year-old vendetta in mind will be gunning for Australia in the first of the November Tests in a fortnight.

Rugby

Timani among four Wallabies in doubt for French Test

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Georgina Robinson Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is waiting on medical updates on the fitness of starting lock Sitaleki Timani, flanker David Pocock, hooker Stephen Moore and winger Digby Ioane.

Samo's winning habit gives Wallabies an X-factor

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Georgina Robinson Amid the celebration of Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe over the past few months, the contribution of another elder statesman has been all but forgotten.

Rugby

Burgess torn as Lions tour beckons

Luke Burgess

Georgina Robinson PARIS: Luke Burgess has thrown himself into life in rugby-mad southern France. The former Wallabies halfback, who left Australia near the height of his career, is taking French lessons twice a week...

Dennis awaits the menace of giant Charteris

Dave Dennis

Georgina Robinson CARDIFF: As competitive as Dave Dennis is, the versatile Wallabies loose forward might be praying for the return of injured teammate Kane Douglas if it will save him from defending a lineout against...