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Rugby Union

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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".

Rugby

Israel Folau man to watch in Waratahs' running of the Bulls

Fairfax Media writer

Spiro Zavos The “Easter Special” marketing for Saturday night’s Waratahs-Bulls match at Allianz Stadium features a photograph of a smiling Israel Folau charging down the field on his way to...

Saturday Serve

SANZAR can't stop us singing our anthems

Chris Wilson headshot

Chris Wilson SANZAR will not allow national anthems on Anzac Day, but who is to stop fans singing?

Rugby Union

Running rugby brings music to Rebel ears

Scott Higginbotham.

Scott Higginbotham So far this season, bar one or two games, the Rebels have kept every team we've played to less than two tries.

Rugby

News Limited deal cost Australian Rugby Union in future TV rights

Bill Pulver

Roy Masters While ARU boss Bill Pulver is confident he can lift TV rights from $25m a year to $40m, rugby is locked in a TV trap of its own making.

Union

SANZAR block national anthems at Brumbies' Anzac Day match

Nic White and Scott Fardy wearing the Brumbies' Anzac jersey.

Chris Wilson, David Polkinghorne SANZAR have put a massive dampener on the ACT Brumbies' Anzac Day commemoration by banning the Australian and New Zealand national anthems before the grand final rematch against the Waikato Chiefs at...

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Rugby

Western Force set to shut the door on James O'Connor and Reds now his only hope

Georgina Robinson dinkus

Georgina Robinson James O'Connor's move home to Australia is shrouded in uncertainty with the door to his old club the Western Force poised to swing shut in his face.

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Mealamu back for Blues after another calf injury

Blues and All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu  returns from a calf injury.

Veteran hooker Keven Mealamu will make his long-awaited return to Super Rugby this Friday after battling back from another calf injury that sidelined him for more than a month.

Rugby

'Back-to-back World Cups are All Blacks' goal', says Dan Carter

Dan Carter has taken a six-month sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.

A sabbatical would once have seemed an alien concept to Dan Carter, an affront to the immersive experience of being an All Black.

Stormers v Lions

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Rugby

ARU has everything to lose in Super Rugby expansion

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Professional rugby union in Australia is lurching inevitably towards a financial cliff, with rising costs and falling revenue expected to exhaust cash reserves midway through next year.

Rugby

ARU gives Israel Folau green light to return for Bulls match

He's back: Israel Folau will return for the Waratahs on Saturday night.

Rupert Guinness Israel Folau's absence in the Waratahs team that lost to the Force last week has revealed a need for all the NSW backs to "step up" and provide more "go forward" whenever he is not available,...

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Fairytale Force struck hard by injuries

Justin Chadwick Western Force winger Nick Cummins is confident the team's steely new attitude and willingness to work for each other will help them overcome a growing injury toll.

Rugby

Waratahs unsure of Israel Folau's inclusion after ARU intervention

Waratahs forward Michael Hooper looks perplexed after a Force try in Perth on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' preparations are in limbo for their crucial home clash with the Bulls this weekend because coach Michael Cheika says he has "no idea" if Israel Folau will be available.

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Rugby

NSW Waratahs confident about Bulls match despite blame game over Israel Folau sidelining

Ruled out: Israel Folau will not play for the Waratahs against the Force.

Rupert Guinness As debate over the rights and wrongs of Israel Folau's late sidelining from Waratahs game against the Force continued on Monday, his teammates maintained the issue had not impacted them – and nor...

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Union

ACT Brumbies finalise Anzac Day submission to SANZAR

The Brumbies celebrate a try against the Reds.

David Polkinghorne Should the nation's capital have its own Anzac Day footy clash?

Rugby

NSW Waratahs assistant coach says injured Super Rugby players like Israel Folau should have a say on when they're fit to play

Ready to play: Israel Folau trains with the Waratahs on Tuesday.

Rupert Guinness The voice of players such as Israel Folau who are on the comeback from injury should be heard before any decision is made on whether they should be allowed to play, says Waratahs assistant coach...