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Robbie Deans breaks silence on Wallabies, Lions and his dismissal

Paul Cully It is 14 months since an ashen-faced Robbie Deans sat in front of the media at ANZ Stadium after the Wallabies fell apart to lose the third British and Irish Lions Test 41-16.

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White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

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Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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Rugby

James O'Connor may have opened the sabbatical door for Australian rugby players

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Paul Cully When James O'Connor returns, as seems likely, to Australian rugby espousing the benefits of a European rugby experience, European holidays and a stint with the European champions in the south and...

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Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

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Paul Cully The true strength of Australian rugby’s pulse will become that little bit clearer over the next week.

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Super Rugby stats don't back up Australia's running game

Paul Cully Australian rugby's relationship with a running, ball-in-hand style of play is going through a complicated patch.

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Wallabies, All Blacks squads a case of haves and have-nots

Paul Cully The grass is not always greener on the other side but if Ewen McKenzie peered into Steve Hansen's backyard the Wallabies coach might be excused a tinge of envy.

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Stephen Moore sets new standard for Wallabies

Paul Cully Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore's comments on senior players this week will make long-suffering Wallabies fans keep the faith and may even encourage supporters who have turned away from the side to...

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Ewen McKenzie's early Wallabies a concern but don't reach for panic button yet

Paul Cully This is the part of the journey when the kingmakers who appointed Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach start shuffling in the back seat and nervously seek some affirmations: "This guy does know where he...

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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Wallabies vindicated as rugby board backflips

Referee Alain Rolland of Ireland looks on during their Rugby Championship between South Africa and Australia.

Paul Cully The International Rugby Board has made the startling admission that officials erred in denying the Wallabies a replacement last weekend in a Test they finished with 14 men.

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Tests will shed light on Lions' pivotal man

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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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Victory over Welsh doesn't mask woes

Paul Cully Given the Wallabies' year, it was entirely appropriate that even Kurtley Beale's brilliant late try against Wales on Saturday came with a caveat.

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Lessons from Scotland and Samoa losses give Wallaby hopefuls a short time to make big strides

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Paul Cully The tussle between the provinces and the Australian Rugby Union over the player release plans for the British and Irish Lions series should not disguise what it means for Wallabies candidates: the...

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Wallabies should heed the words of a Lion tamer

Paul Cully In 2009, a stocky 22-year-old openside helped to break the hearts of the British and Irish Lions.

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Wallabies will struggle to replace leader

Paul Cully Robbie Deans is reaching for the stress ball, if not the bottle.

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Genia's return must give Lions food for thought

Paul Cully The way that Will Genia has returned after knee surgery is nothing short of remarkable.

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'Split up' Three Amigos

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Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans must consider the drastic step of splitting up the Three Amigos of Australian rugby and decide which one is expendable, former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones says.

Rugby

Too early to open the champagne, but Australian conference is bubbling

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Paul Cully When the Reds survived a wobbly last scrum and put the ball out of play to record a 34-33 win against the Highlanders on Friday night, certain milestones were reached.

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Last calls for Cooper to tap form needed to sway Deans

Paul Cully When Robbie Deans went to Hobart in early February to watch the Rebels and Waratahs in a pre- season trial many assumed it was to see Israel Folau's first game of rugby.

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Tahs are off and running now but hurdles loom

Paul Cully One look beyond the fixture against the Rebels explains why the Waratahs' finals aspirations are on the line in Melbourne on Friday night.

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