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Bird, Fitzgerald cop one-week Super bans

Locks Dominic Bird and Michael Fitzgerald have both pleaded guilty to dangerous tackles during the Crusaders-Chiefs Super Rugby game in Hamilton on Saturday and copped one-week suspensions.

Rugby

'Scary' situation ends Schwalger's season

Toby Robson Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has revealed the seriousness of the season-ending blood clots on prop John Schwalger's lungs, saying it was a "scary" situation.

Rugby

Lote Tuqiri says ARU must go for broke to keep Israel Folau

Rupert Guinness The on-field brilliance of Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been so good he has even exceeded the expectations of one of the former NRL and AFL player's first and biggest supporters when he...

Union

Jesse Mogg wants to stay with the ACT Brumbies

David Polkinghorne But he's just one of several whose contracts will end this season.

Club Rugby

Manly Marlins overcome Shute Shield champions Sydney University

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Rupert Guinness The Manly Marlins knew their round four Shute Shield away clash against the reigning champions, Sydney University, would provide the first major indicator of whether they are candidates for the title...

Rugby

Stormers move off the bottom with win over Lions

Damien de Allende.

Mark Gleeson The Stormers moved off the foot of the Super Rugby standings with an 18-3 win over the Lions at Newlands on Saturday to end a run of five successive defeats.

Union

ACT Brumbies lock Sam Carter likely to return after knee injury

David Polkinghorne If the 200-centimetre lock gets through this week's training he will be back in for the Anzac Day blockbuster.

Rugby

NSW Waratah Stephen Hoiles says they're ready for a Super Rugby finals fight

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Georgina Robinson NSW journeyman Stephen Hoiles says the Waratahs have attitude on their side as they prepare to fight hard for a finals spot during the next eight weeks.

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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says top two finish in sights

Adam Ashley-Cooper is crunched by the Bulls' defence.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs are "on track" but must keep improving to reach their goal of a top two finish, according to coach Michael Cheika.

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Sharks stay top after grinding win over Cheetahs

Too sharp: Lourens Adriaanse of the Sharks beats Sarel Pretorius during his side's easy Super Rugby win which saw them consolidate top spot.

Mark Gleeson DURBAN, South Africa, April 19 (Reuters) - A late try from flanker Jean Dysel ensured a seventh win in eight matches for the Super Rugby leading Sharks who ground out a 19-8 win over the Cheetahs at...

Rugby Union

Benji Marshall's absence fine by Cheika

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Georgina Robinson No Benji Marshall, no worries.

Rugby Union

Tough love the key to bringing out the best in the Melbourne Rebels' Luke Jones

Luke Jones wins the ball in the lineout on Friday.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels second-rower Luke Jones has been one of those prodigiously talented players – a schoolboy when he signed to former club Western Force – but there was always a sense that...

Rugby

NSW Waratahs will stick with high-octane plan for Super Rugby clash with Bulls

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs refuse to change their ways, despite the considerable risks associated with their approach.

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Union

ACT Brumbies keen to retain Wallabies star Christian Lealiifano

Christian Lealiifano is one of several leading Brumbies players off-contract at the end of this season.

Lee Gaskin Wallabies star Christian Lealiifano could become the latest Australian to join the exodus to France.

Rugby

Crusaders upset Chiefs in Super Rugby

The boot of Colin Slade has carried the Crusaders to an 18-17 upset win over defending champions the Chiefs in a tough Super Rugby clash in Hamilton.

Union

Melbourne Rebels aim to follow ACT Brumbies blueprint

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan.

Melissa Woods Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan says the ACT Brumbies, who boast 12 Test players, have a successful Wallabies pathway blueprint which his Super Rugby franchise wants to emulate.

Rugby

Israel Folau returns in style to guide NSW Waratahs to victory over Bulls

Welcome back: Israel Folau made an immediate impact in his return to the Waratahs,

Georgina Robinson It took 24 seconds for Israel Folau to draw a line under a week of controversy and lay a platform for a tight 19-12 victory against the Bulls in Sydney on Saturday.

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NSW Waratahs v Bulls

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Stephen Samuelson The NSW Waratahs welcome back Israel Folau as they face another must-win home game.

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Rugby

Hurricanes beat Blues in fine style

TJ Perenara scores a try for the Hurricanes during the round 10 Super Rugby match against the Blues at Westpac Stadium.

The Hurricanes breathed further momentum into their revived Super Rugby campaign by overcoming a mid-match hiccup on Friday to beat the Blues 39-20 in Wellington.

Rugby Union

Scott Higginbotham the Melbourne Rebels go-to man

Rebel surge: Melbourne's Mitch Inman brushes past Marcel Brache.

Stathi Paxinos Scott Higginbotham scores the decisive try to take the Rebels to a 22-16 win.

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