Issues

Wallabies must get set piece fixed despite injuries, says Stephen Moore

Rupert Guinness For all the talk of the Wallabies needing to play running rugby, the spate of injuries in the hooking position that is poised to see the ninth ranked rake in the country called up again for their...

Wycliff Palu ruled out of Rugby Championship

Wycliff Palu will miss the remaining Rugby Championship Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

Jim Morton The Wallabies must overcome the granite-like Springboks pack without chief enforcer Wycliff Palu due to lingering concussion concerns.

Canes' big hooker issues for Chiefs clash

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All three Hurricanes specialist hookers are in doubt for the Super Rugby game against the Chiefs which could be their last of the season.

Victorian court issues arrest warrant for Wallaby

Digby Ioane.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Wallabies winger Digby Ioane after he failed to appear in a Melbourne court on an assault charge.

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Rugby

Sleep-deprived Foley can arise from his bed of nails - but he can't rest easy with rotation issues looming

Greg Growden dinkus

Greg Growden Next to where the Waratahs have their powwows at Moore Park is a small room that houses several bunk beds.

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Weepu hits Twitter to defend weight issues

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Embattled All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu has taken to Twitter to answer critics of his off-season weight gain, telling one outspoken tweeter to "get a life".

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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Union

ACT Brumbies hooler Josh Mann-Rea poised for another Wallabies jumper

Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea is third string for the Super Rugby side, but is getting his chance in gold due to injuries.

Chris Dutton Former coal miner Josh Mann-Rea is on the verge of another shock Wallabies call up after Australia's hooker crisis took another hit in the Test win against Argentina on Saturday night.

Ewen McKenzie sticks to his guns with Kurtley Beale

No wing and a prayer: Kurtley Beale won't be shifted to the wing despite the Wallabies' injury crisis.

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie has ruled out using talented playmaker Kurtley Beale on the wing despite a fresh raft of injuries in the Wallabies' back line.

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All Black Nonu out for rest of season with broken arm

Out for the year: All Blacks inside centre Ma'a Nonu.

Ma'a Nonu has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having a plate inserted into his left forearm, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen told reporters on Sunday.

Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns stake World Cup claim

Danny Cipriani inspired Sale to take an early lead over Gloucester.

Julian Guyer Freddie Burns was praised by Richard Cockerill after guiding Leicester to a 24-20 English Premiership win at Exeter on Saturday but the Tigers boss insisted there was more to come from his young...

Sloppy Toulon slump at home, Clermont compound Toulouse woes

Champions Toulon slumped to a 28-24 defeat at home to Stade Francais on Saturday in a match where they paid a heavy price for squandering 20 points with the boot.

All Blacks accuse Boks of time-wasting

Richie McCaw.

Daniel Gilhooly The All Blacks say South Africa have returned to their time-wasting antics, at the same ground where they first accused them of feigning injuries eight years ago.

Richie McCaw's try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

Skipper's score: Richie McCaw scores the all-important five-pointer.

The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.

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Union

ACT Brumbies to tap New York Giants and Eli Manning for secrets to Super Rugby success

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies hope to learn the winning secrets of four-time Super Bowl champions the New York Giants as they seek to break an 11-year Super Rugby title drought.

Refs must play by the rules, but let the play rule the refs

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Matthew Burke With the recent pedantic display of refereeing, it pains me to say that the World Cup could turn into a game of whistle-blowing, ruining the experience for the spectators and more importantly the...

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Rugby World Cup tickets in high demand as website struggles

Sought after: Rugby World Cup tickets.

Some supporters have had to wait for up to an hour online when tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup in England went on general sale on Friday.

Put away the gun - referees' calls were correct

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos A famous sign in the Wild West saloons read: Don't Shoot The Pianist, He Is Doing His Best. I was reminded of this when I read the mindless criticism of the referees for two important decisions taken...

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More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Wallabies turn to last winger sprinting

Jim Morton Henry Speight's continued pain is pinch-hitting Peter Betham's gain in the Wallabies wing roundabout.