Issues

Robbie Deans still has All Black ambitions despite Steve Tew rift

Richard Knowler Robbie Deans still wants to coach the All Blacks and would have no problem working under Steve Tew.

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

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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".

Ewen McKenzie to get creative as brutalised Wallabies sweat on recovery of Matt Toomua, Rob Simmons

Matt Toomua

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies will have to back up from the most brutal battle of their time under Ewen McKenzie to finish their Rugby Championship campaign on a high in Argentina this weekend.

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Union

ACT Brumbies flanker David Pocock on track for Super Rugby round one return

David Pocock scores a try during the touch football tournament near Parliament House.

David Polkinghorne David Pocock has taken the next step towards his comeback, in the most unlikely surroundings.

Wallabies not as bad as Springboks scoreline suggests

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Stephen Samuelson The Wallabies deserve greater credit than the 28-10 scoreline in Cape Town suggests. They were were far closer to the No.2 world ranking than the margin on the scoreboard

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Wallabies crumble in face of late Boks blitz

Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Georgina Robinson A three-try second half bonanza from the Springboks steam rolled the Wallabies on Saturday and ensured the Newlands Stadium hoodoo will celebrate its 23rd birthday next year. 

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James O'Connor steers Toulon to big Top 14 win

Former Wallaby James O'Connor scored 25 points to steer Toulon to a commanding victory over Montpellier in French rugby's Top 14.

Brumbies winger Joe Tomane hot to trot for Wallabies

White hot: Joe Tomane welcomes surprise visit by former mentor Jake White.

Jim Morton Jake White strolled into the Wallabies team hotel in Newlands on Thursday and his "reappearance" was perfectly timed for Joe Tomane.

Ewen McKenzie launches passionate defence of Wallabies' maul tactics

Defensive: Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

Georgina Robinson There is maul defence and then there is maul defence.

Ray Rice, Hope Solo raise questions about violent sports and violent behaviour

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos The video of NFL star Ray Rice punching his future wife, Janay Palmer, and then dragging her sprawled body out a casino elevator has raised issues about sexism in sport.

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Springboks staple Schalk Burger bounces back from body blows

Springboks regular: The quarter-final clash against the Wallabies in 2011 was Schalk Burger's last match for South Africa before this year.

Georgina Robinson Schalk Burger has been to the edge and back and there are still things he cannot talk about. 

Fiji clash at Cardiff blocks James Slipper's view of World Cup

Nathan Charles, left, and James Slipper.

Georgina Robinson James Slipper may not have given a spare thought to the World Cup, but his coach has.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper defies pressure as confidence in calls grows

Adjusting to the role: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper feels his captaincy skills are improving.

Rupert Guinness Michael Hooper knows there is no short cut to mastering the captaincy role – whether it is with the Wallabies or the Waratahs.

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Kenya's 7s squad decimated in wage dispute

Kenya has dropped ten players from their squad for the IRB world series opening tournament in Australia in a dispute with the national board over pay and contracts.

Senior All Blacks 'disappointed' in Aaron Cruden

Conrad Smith.

Liam Napier In a version of the catch cry ''we are not angry but disappointed'', two senior members of the All Blacks leadership group have expressed their sense of being let down by Aaron Cruden.

Andrew Blades says Wallabies ready for physical test against Springboks

No shortcuts: The Springboks have become the most fearsome side at the breakdown in world rugby.

Georgina Robinson A two-year transformation under collision king Richie Gray has turned South Africa into the most ferocious breakdown competitors in Test rugby, Wallabies forwards coach Andrew Blades has warned.

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Australian rugby winger Blair Connor keeps alive hope of playing in the French national colours

At home in France: Blair Connor in the Bordeaux colours.

Rupert Guinness Australian winger Blair Connor will still pursue the possibility of playing Test rugby for France where has lived four years, despite a tightening of the IRB's eligibility laws making it highly...

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