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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

Israel Folau.

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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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

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

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TIGHT FIVE

Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

Paul Cully It was the last game of this calendar year, but this was as much about next year.

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Rugby

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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RUGBY

Wallabies Spring Tour: Ten to watch from the home nations

Paul Cully The Wallabies start their grand slam tour this weekend armed with some players who bring real attacking purpose, but where do the opposition threats come from?

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Rugby

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

Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

Paul Cully Nick Cummins was handed man of the match, but it belongs to the collective effort of the pack.

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TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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Rugby

Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

Paul Cully It is not often that Richie McCaw is trampled as he was by Irish prop Cian Healy in the All Blacks’ 24-22 win against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

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Rugby

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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Rugby

Pretty Lions will play into Wallabies' hands

Paul Cully The temptation is to write off the Lions' sweaty labours in Hong Kong as meaningless. But the tour is too short, and time too pressing, for that.

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Rugby

McKenzie ensures real contest for tourists

Paul Cully A combination of the Western Force's weakened team and the sporting public's fascination with State of Origin thuggery might have convinced the Lions there isn't much love for them in these parts,...

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Tour diary

Foley set to test tourists

Bernard Foley

Paul Cully Bernard Foley's injection into the Waratahs side to face the Lions on Saturday night will also benefit the Wallabies.

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Rugby

Wallabies mustn't ignore young bulls

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Paul Cully Remember the name of Bulls inside-centre Jan Serfontein. The outstanding young midfielder - big, strong, fast but with skills and vision- has the ability to change the way the Bulls attack and be a...

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Rugby

Legend's aura sure to make ref think twice

Paul Cully If George Smith passes muster at training this week, we would fully expect the No.7 to secure a position on the bench, at the least.

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Rugby

Deans needs to tread a fine selection line

Paul Cully The conundrum facing the Wallabies with James O'Connor is this: should they move the No.10 to the right wing, Kurtley Beale to No.

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Rugby

Genia turns the spotlight back to pitch

Paul Cully IT was Will Genia who reminded us all why supporters from five countries are so enthralled by this series.

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Lions Tour Diary

Wrestling gig awaits North after Folau fend

Paul Cully Wallabies winger Joe Tomane has suggested one potential way to stop hulking British and Irish Lions winger George North - send him off to wrestling.

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Lions Tour Diary

Former All Blacks coach just can't split old mates in the battle of tactics

Paul Cully Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell knows Warren Gatland and Robbie Deans very well.

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