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TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

Paul Cully There is blood in the water on this tour and every side in Europe knows it.

Rugby

Coach is still searching for strong leadership

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Paul Cully The strength of the players' union response to the Wallabies' Dublin drinking sanctions, above the normal go-in-to-bat-for-your-members position, suggests the boundaries of what was acceptable may...

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

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 Union

Folau set for Wallabies

Israel Folau

Paul Cully Israel Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans naming the NSW Waratahs full-back on the right wing against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

LIONS TOUR DIARY

Fired-up Folau ensures Palu bleeds for the cause

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Paul Cully DEBUTANT Israel Folau has signalled his readiness for the intensity of the British and Irish Lions by splitting open Wallabies enforcer and mate Wycliff Palu at a ramped-up training session on...

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At the breakdown it will be a match of two halves

Paul Cully The five keys to deciding the first Test.

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Agony on big stage for Horwill

So near and yet so far: Wallabies captain James Horwill after the final whistle.

Paul Cully When the final whistle went, James Horwill could only look on and wonder what could have been.

Rugby

Horwill rues missed chances as tourists deliver body blow

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Paul Cully When the final whistle went, James Horwill could only look on and wonder what might have been. Short. Agonisingly so. The 28-year-old had only previously led his country eight times.

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TOUR DIARY

Fabulous Folau in a league of his own in the global game

Paul Cully 'I told you he was a threat,'' Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell deadpanned as the inevitable question about Israel Folau arrived.

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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

Deans lets fly as O'Connor and Beale face a firm hand

Kurtley Beale

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has read the riot act to James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale for their late-night fast-food stop, and suggested senior players might consider action over the incident later.

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Rugby

Genia turns the spotlight back to pitch

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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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Rugby

O'Connor stays at five-eighth for second Test

James O'Connor

Paul Cully James O'Connor has held on to the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions, with coach Robbie Deans making only two injury-enforced changes to the starting XV...

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All-action strategy to finish brutal series full of running

George Smith

Chris Dutton, Paul Cully The Wallabies will target the breakdown and the lungs of the British and Irish Lions after handing George Smith a recall to the starting line-up and naming Ben McCalman and Michael Hooper on the...

Union

Smith to return for Wallabies-Lions decider

George Smith

Chris Dutton and Paul Cully Western Force back-rower Ben McCalman is the surprise inclusion in the Wallabies' 23-man squad for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Rugby

Wallabies' tactics for the decider all in their tempo

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Paul Cully The ability of the British and Irish Lions to match the tempo of the Wallabies will decide the third Test after it emerged the tourists had nine stoppages for injury treatment last week compared with...

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Rugby

Deans stays true to ideals

Robbie Deans.

Paul Cully ROBBIE Deans wandered over and took the seat opposite in the foyer of a Brisbane hotel. It was days before the start of the series that would write one of the defining chapters in his career,...

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Rugby

A roaring success: series was well worth the wait

Roaring Success

Paul Cully The discussion after the third Test was moving so quickly that it was the identity of the next Wallabies coach that was the subject of conversation, rather than whether the current one would survive.

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RUGBY

White's stuff is all right for Brumbies

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Paul Cully It has become modish to criticise the Brumbies' style as unfashionable, but Jake White's side has such respect for the fundamentals that they deserve their spot in the final top four.

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