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Jones, Neville target Test squad

Luke Jones leaps high to take the ball in the lineout.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels second-rowers Luke Jones and Cadeyrn Neville would have no better chance to snare a berth in the Wallabies squad when they face off against Queensland's Test incumbents in...

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Aidan Toua set to miss Super Rugby kick-off

Aidan Toua

The Queensland Reds' best-laid fullback plans may have turned to dust with earmarked No.15 Aidan Toua injured and in doubt for their Super Rugby kick-off.

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Ben Tapuai given second chance against Lions

Time to shine: Ben Tapuai.

Queensland coach Richard Graham wants recalled centre Ben Tapuai to be more assertive to give the Lions' unfancied backline headaches at Johannesburg's Ellis Park this weekend.

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Quade Cooper prepares to face "terrifying" Pat McCabe in Reds v Brumbies

Quade Cooper

Chris Dutton Wallabies linchpin Quade Cooper is expecting an onslaught on Friday night.

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Wallabies to stick with tried and true formula

Robbie Deans

Adrian Warren Australia selectors will stick with the old guard and infuse just a little new blood into their squad for the inaugural Rugby Championship.

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Future looks gold as ill memories of loss fade

New Zealand

Greg Growden NEW ZEALAND will be wasting their time trying to psych out the Wallabies by reminding them of last year's World Cup semi-final loss, because it has been erased from their memory.

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Centres of attention

Adrian Warren ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER is more than happy to be on the wing against the All Blacks this weekend, predicting centres Rob Horne and Anthony Faingaa would have their hands full with the Sonny Bill...

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Reputation trumps form in Wallabies selection

Owen Finegan Brumbies supporters would no doubt be disappointed after such a revival season in Super Rugby that the ACT has only two representatives in the Wallabies squad of 22 for tonight's Bledisloe Cup opener.

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Bledisloe prep has Wallabies battered

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Greg Growden INSIDE-CENTRE Anthony Faingaa was nursing a rolled ankle and second-rower Sitaleki Timani sporting a bleeding eye after another brutal Wallabies training session preparing for the All Blacks.

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No spot for Cooper in Wallabies squad

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Quade Cooper passes during an Australian Wallabies training session at Coogee Oval on May 28, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Quade Cooper has been omitted from Australia's 22-man squad for Saturday night's opening Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand at ANZ Stadium.

Mitchell and Barnes earn reward with Cup call-up

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Greg Growden BERRICK BARNES will be rewarded for his excellent series against Wales by holding onto the No.10 Test jersey, Dave Dennis is in line to move into the Wallabies' back row and Drew Mitchell's long wait...

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Rock-solid defence key to blunting the All Blacks

Will Genia

Greg Growden THE Wallabies have struggled to score tries this year but still believe they have the attacking prowess and game breakers to worry the All Blacks in tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.

The five key contests

Anthony Faingaa

A few key pairings will decide the fate of tonight’s Bledisloe Cup game, writes Paul Cully.

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All Blacks' house of bricks too tough for huff-and-puff Wallabies

Greg Growden THE WALLABIES are the ultimate huff and puff merchants. They can talk it up, and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter, and fall short.

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Lost Wallabies fade to Black

Rising high: Wallaby Dave Dennis jumps in the lineout in the Bledisloe Cup match last night. Otherwise it was a low night for the Wallabies.

Greg Growden, Sydney All Blacks get the better of Wallabies in the opening game of the Rugby Championship.

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Knee injury has Pocock in doubt for Auckland

David Pockock. Getty Images

Adrian Warren A knee injury threatening to keep Wallabies captain David Pocock out of at least next week's Bledisloe Cup must-win match in Auckland is another headache for coach Robbie Deans as he contemplates...

Bumbling Wallabies give All Blacks victory

Israel Dagg

Greg Growden The Wallabies are the ultimate huff-and-puff merchants. They can talk it up and sound as if they can blow the All Blacks' house down, but when it really matters, they cough, splutter and fall short.

Another blow to Wallabies as Kepu joins Pocock on sidelines

Adrian Warren The Wallabies' forward stocks continue to take a battering with key prop Sekope Kepu joining David Pocock on the sidelines ahead of Australia's return Rugby Championship match against New Zealand in...

Cheap shot shows cost of coasting is expensive

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Blanket accusations of a lack of spite from the Wallabies last Saturday night are not quite true.

Tweet nothing: Quade's social media conference

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Josh Rakic ''UM, WELL, all I want to say is I'm back, I'm fit, healthy, I'm ready to go and I'll see everybody at Eden Park.''