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Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Rugby

Israel Folau and Jacques Potgieter back to boost Waratahs as Michael Cheika brushes off mind games

Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says victory over arch rivals the Brumbies is the only way to silence his side's critics

Union

Third-tier rugby competition should slow Australian player exodus

Vikings coach Dan McKellar.

Georgina Robinson The National Rugby Championship will be a success if the next Billy Meakes stays in Australia.

Rugby

Jacques Potgieter flattered by Bulls' pursuit, but happy at new home with Waratahs

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Georgina Robinson From outsider to cult hero in less than a year, Jacques Potgieter couldn't hide a grin when quizzed about the Bulls' futile pursuit of him in recent months. 

Rugby

James O'Connor in talks with Queensland Reds for next season

Edging back to Australia: James O'Connor.

Georgina Robinson James O'Connor is in talks to join the Queensland Reds in a bid to resurrect his Wallabies career before next year's World Cup.

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Rugby

Nick Phipps tips Kurtley Beale to shine in centres

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Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale's long-running halves partner Nick Phipps has backed the Test playmaker to be successful in his move to inside-centre in the Waratahs opening Super Rugby game against the Force this...

The Breakdown

Digby Ioane considers leaving Stade Francais

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Georgina Robinson Which big-name former Wallaby is contemplating a return home just months into a lucrative overseas stint? Hint: it is neither Berrick Barnes nor Drew Mitchell.

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Rugby

Waratahs prepared to test Alofa Alofa in Super Rugby opener against Western Force

Alofa Alofa

Georgina Robinson Alofa Alofa was supposed to be this year's back-line ''project'' for the Waratahs coaching staff.

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THE BREAKDOWN

Super Rugby: Merger talk has clubs on the defensive

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Georgina Robinson An east coast turf war has erupted around plans to centralise the operations and administration of the Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and NSW Waratahs.

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Rugby

Wycliff Palu at his best but Waratahs coach Michael Cheika plays it down

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Georgina Robinson Everyone can see it but no one inside the Waratahs wants to say it. Wycliff Palu is different this year.

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Rugby

NSW Waratahs announce squad for 2014 and target top two finish

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Georgina Robinson NSW coach Michael Cheika is targeting the top two in Super Rugby for the Waratahs next season and thinks a forklift driver from Flemington Markets can help get them there.

Rugby

ARU moves to halt young guns' slide to rugby league may have come too late

Australia A v Tonga.

Georgina Robinson ON a sparkling spring day in early September, two of Sydney's most renowned rugby schools played each other to decide who would take out the prestigious 1st XV GPS premiership.

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Rugby

Argentina captain backs Super Rugby

Radike Samo (C) of Australia's Wallabies eludes Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (R) and Juan Martin Hernandez (rear bottom) of Argentina's Los Pumas during their Rugby Championship match in Rosario October 6, 2012. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian (ARGENTINA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Georgina Robinson Pumas captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe says he is 10 years too late to play in the "best" provincial competition in the world but he thinks younger Argentinians deserve the chance.

Rows loom as ARU's Bill Pulver seeks reincarnation of national club championship

Bill Pulver

Georgina Robinson ARU chief executive Bill Pulver believes it was a mistake to axe the Australian Rugby Championship after one loss-making year.

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The Breakdown

2015 Rugby World Cup ticket costs hardly chump change

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Georgina Robinson With a bit of luck, the first thing rugby fans did after waking up from their World Cup hangovers two years ago was open savings accounts in preparation for London in 2015. This baby is going to cost.

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Pulver wants to take game to a new level

Bill Pulver

Georgina Robinson AUSTRALIAN Super Rugby ''B teams'' run by the state sides would form the basis of a new domestic competition under a so-called ''third-tier'' model favoured by ARU boss Bill Pulver.

Rugby

Turning his back on the west, Folau demonstrates what is really wrong in clubland

Folau signs with the Waratahs (Thumbnail)

Georgina Robinson NOTHING better demonstrated the yawning gulf between the haves and have-nots of Sydney club rugby than Sydney University's announcement on Friday that Israel Folau had chosen to play with them for...

Cheika to keep watch on Shield as a feeder

Shute Shield

Georgina Robinson Sydney club rugby has acquired a powerful ally in new NSW coach Michael Cheika, who says he sees the Shute Shield sides as ''direct feeder'' teams for the Waratahs.

THE BREAKDOWN

Fair or not, clock ticks for Hill as Rebels coach

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Georgina Robinson Embattled Rebels coach Damien Hill has handled well the recent speculation over his future in Melbourne.

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Rugby

Change at the top for struggling Rebels

Georgina Robinson Regime change is under way at the Rebels, with chief executive Steve Boland set to announce his resignation.

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Rugby

Rebels sign out-of-favour winger for two years

Tom Kingston

Georgina Robinson The Rebels have poached NSW winger Tom Kingston on a two-year deal starting next season.

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