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Argentina still caught between the scrum as a weapon or platform

Paul Cully The amount of respect the Wallabies have for Argentina is clear in their selection. It's a pragmatic 23, even edging towards conservative in the 6-2 forwards split, Scott Higginbotham's place on the...

Rugby

Too many Tests decided by referees' blunders

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Paul Cully While the International Rugby Board fiddles around with re-branding, its referees burn us all - coaches, players and supporters.

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Only Suzie Catering Co can stop All Blacks from winning 2015 World Cup

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Paul Cully The awful truth about the Wallabies' hammering last weekend is that by 2015 the All Blacks could roll out an entirely different back line and dish it out all over again.

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Wallabies also culpable in Bledisloe bloodsport

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Paul Cully Hard questions for the Wallabies from top to bottom.

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Wallabies can do the world a favour by beating All Blacks

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Paul Cully So, it will be 18 wins on the trot if the All Blacks do what the punting markets expect them to do and beat the Wallabies on Saturday night.

Rugby

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

Paul Cully Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby...

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NSW Waratahs duo Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper in line for Wallabies selection

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Paul Cully The final was so breathless it took repeat viewings for some of the quality to really stand out.

Tight Five

Reds highlight Waratahs' lineout problems in the nick of time

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

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.

Rugby

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

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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.

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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

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

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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

Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

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

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Rugby

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

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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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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