Penalties

It's the penalties, stupid – Wallabies aim to tidy up their game

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie is chasing accuracy from the Wallabies to make sure opportunities are claimed and penalties do not cost Australia easy points.

Union

Stephen Larkham backs Wallabies penalties to set tone

Sport.  New director of rugby Laurie Fisher and head coach Stephen Larkham at the ACT Brumbies following the official announcement of the coaching structure of the team in Manuka.   1 November 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies are backing Ewen McKenzie's tough stance on Wallabies discipline, and World Cup-winning fly-half Stephen Larkham says tough punishments will ''set the tone'' for the Test team...

Union

Stephen Larkham says ACT Brumbies' penalties are part of the plan

The Brumbies were a force at the breakdown against the Waratahs, but conceded plenty of penalties.

Chris Dutton The ACT Brumbies will persist with their helter skelter breakdown mentality.

Rugby

Gamble on two penalties spurs dramatic turnaround

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Phil Lutton If the Queensland Reds go on to defend their Super Rugby title, or even make some noise in the finals, they will look back to a stretch of play before half-time against the Chiefs yesterday and...

Ewen McKenzie to get creative as brutalised Wallabies sweat on recovery of Matt Toomua, Rob Simmons

Matt Toomua

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies will have to back up from the most brutal battle of their time under Ewen McKenzie to finish their Rugby Championship campaign on a high in Argentina this weekend.

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Wallabies crumble in face of late Boks blitz

Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Georgina Robinson A three-try second half bonanza from the Springboks steam rolled the Wallabies on Saturday and ensured the Newlands Stadium hoodoo will celebrate its 23rd birthday next year. 

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Ray Rice, Hope Solo raise questions about violent sports and violent behaviour

Spiro Zavos

Spiro Zavos The video of NFL star Ray Rice punching his future wife, Janay Palmer, and then dragging her sprawled body out a casino elevator has raised issues about sexism in sport.

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James O'Connor steers Toulon to big Top 14 win

Former Wallaby James O'Connor scored 25 points to steer Toulon to a commanding victory over Montpellier in French rugby's Top 14.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper defies pressure as confidence in calls grows

Adjusting to the role: Wallabies captain Michael Hooper feels his captaincy skills are improving.

Rupert Guinness Michael Hooper knows there is no short cut to mastering the captaincy role – whether it is with the Wallabies or the Waratahs.

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Andrew Blades says Wallabies ready for physical test against Springboks

No shortcuts: The Springboks have become the most fearsome side at the breakdown in world rugby.

Georgina Robinson A two-year transformation under collision king Richie Gray has turned South Africa into the most ferocious breakdown competitors in Test rugby, Wallabies forwards coach Andrew Blades has warned.

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Kyle Eastmond not concerned by challenge of Sam Burgess

Kyle Eastmond

Andrew Baldock Kyle Eastmond claims that neither England nor Sam Burgess feature in his current thought process after he helped to inspire Bath's record-breaking 45-0 Aviva Premiership romp against Leicester.

Richie McCaw's try gives All Blacks tense win over Springboks

Skipper's score: Richie McCaw scores the all-important five-pointer.

The All Blacks have a third successive Rugby Championship crown in their sights after beating South Africa 14-10 Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash involving the world's top ranked sides.

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Sloppy Toulon slump at home, Clermont compound Toulouse woes

Champions Toulon slumped to a 28-24 defeat at home to Stade Francais on Saturday in a match where they paid a heavy price for squandering 20 points with the boot.

Refs must play by the rules, but let the play rule the refs

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Matthew Burke With the recent pedantic display of refereeing, it pains me to say that the World Cup could turn into a game of whistle-blowing, ruining the experience for the spectators and more importantly the...

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More desperation needed to beat All Blacks, says former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Wake-up call: Eddie Jones at Coogee Beach.

Rupert Guinness Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is back to full health and has some opinions on how Australia can improve.

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Danny Cipriani and Freddie Burns stake World Cup claim

Danny Cipriani inspired Sale to take an early lead over Gloucester.

Julian Guyer Freddie Burns was praised by Richard Cockerill after guiding Leicester to a 24-20 English Premiership win at Exeter on Saturday but the Tigers boss insisted there was more to come from his young...

Wallabies edge Springboks in Perth with late seven-pointer

Captain fantastic: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies fends off a tackle by Tendai Mtawarira of the Springboks.

Georgina Robinson It was magic they needed and magic they produced, just in time.

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Will Genia returns to Wallabies training squad but Henry Speight stays behind

Will Genia.

Georgina Robinson Will Genia, Benn Robinson and Joe Tomane will join the Wallabies this week but Henry Speight's Test start will have to wait, as Australia prepare to face an improved Argentina on the Gold Coast...

Julian Savea brace helps All Blacks to bonus point win over Pumas

Getting away: Beauden Barrett (L) runs with the ball.

Two tries to powerhouse winger Julian Savea propelled the All Blacks to a convincing 28-9 win over Argentina at a rain-soaked McLean Park in Napier on Saturday night.

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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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