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Rugby

Laurie Fisher's departure may be the costliest for Australian rugby

Paul Cully For all the talk of players leaving Australian shores, the costliest exit may be Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher, who is bound for Gloucester next year.

Rugby

Sorry about that Chiefs, but Brumbies too smart not to advance to Waratahs showdown

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Paul Cully The Brumbies are in good position to beat the Chiefs in Canberra on Saturday and set up a likely blockbuster against the Waratahs in Sydney the following week.

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Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

Paul Cully Against a side with a lesser defensive lineout than the Reds, the Waratahs could have headed into the finals with paper over the cracks, but their lineout problems on Saturday night will sharpen the...

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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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Tight Five

Waratahs hit first big hurdle with Dave Dennis injury

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Paul Cully Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.

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Rugby

Quade Cooper draws down credit with poor second half for Reds against Hurricanes

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Paul Cully When you play as well as Quade Cooper did on the end of season tour last year, you put a fair bit of capital in the bank.

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Rugby

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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Tight Five

Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

Paul Cully It would be no surprise if  Beale is the main beneficiary from Quade Cooper’s injury.

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Rugby

Western Force no-names the bolters for Wallabies

Paul Cully Matt Hodgson should be leading a merry quintet of Western Force players into the Wallabies' first squad of the season when it is announced next week.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie makes the right moves with a Wallabies squad not afraid to have a crack

Paul Cully A thread of sound logic weaves its way through Ewen McKenzie's first Wallabies squad of the year.

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Rugby

Wallabies can target 3-0 sweep of spluttering France

Paul Cully The French finished fourth in this year's Six Nations and do not look equipped to beat the Wallabies away from home.

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Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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Rugby

Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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Rugby Union

Israel Folau considered a move to New Zealand, Chiefs coach says

Star performer: Israel Folau showed some interest in 2012 in moving to New Zealand.

Paul Cully Star's eligibility for All Blacks was looked into and parties met in Sydney in August 2012.

Rugby

Kiwis tried to convert Israel Folau, reveals Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

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Paul Cully Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has revealed how he "would have loved" to sign Wallabies star Israel Folau, and interest levels were high enough that Folau's eligibility for the All Blacks was looked into...

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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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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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Rugby

McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

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Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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Rugby

Brumbies' northern exposure the Chiefs' concern

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Paul Cully Future Wallabies prop Scott Sio and the Brumbies' "northern hemisphere" style of scrummaging to win penalties are exercising the minds of Chiefs tight-heads Ben Tameifuna and Ben Afeaki as well as...

TIGHT FIVE

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

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

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