Paul Cully

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Tight five

Gone in 60 seconds as Wallabies errors take their toll against All Blacks

Paul Cully It is rare that the difference between two teams can be distilled to one segment of play, but it happened in the 54th Bledisloe Test on Saturday night.

History is just that, and Tahs can crack Crusaders' weakened backbone

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Paul Cully The burden all Crusaders teams carry is to be constantly compared to the great sides that preceded them. The one the Waratahs will face tonight is labouring somewhat to get out of those shadows.

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Tight Five

Even the Kiwis would envy Australia's openside stocks

Paul Cully Michael Hooper provides the Waratahs' silver lining.

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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.

Rugby

Another giant leap as Folau gets Test call-up

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies passes the ball during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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

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Rugby Union

Deans spoilt for choice, but strategy will dictate picks

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Paul Cully With the Lions series fast approaching and the highly charged Reds v Brumbies game doubling as a virtual Wallabies trial, Fairfax Media looks at five key Test positions.

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Rugby

Folau shows skills to take off on the wing

Paul Cully The Herald looks at five more Wallabies positions before the British and Irish Lions series, with three Super Rugby rounds before Robbie Deans names his first squad of 25 players.

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Rugby

Debate likely to rage over who is best at crucial No.10

James O'Connor

Paul Cully About two hours after the final whistle at Suncorp Stadium, the main group of the Wallabies trudged back into their city centre hotel.

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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

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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RUGBY

O'Connor runs hot and cold but keeps his cool when it matters the most

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Paul Cully It was the selection which was always going to define this series, the one that asked to be judged. It was the system as well as the player that was on trial. James O'Connor wore No.

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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 Union

Wallabies fade as Lions roar

Marching on: Alex Corbisiero scores for the Lions in their commanding victory over the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium.

Paul Cully It was apt that on Saturday night when the Wallabies were soundly beaten, old values were at the heart of it.

Rugby

Tourists rely on old-fashioned pride, power and technique to maul hosts

Alex Corbisiero

Paul Cully These Lions tours are based on tradition, values that hark back to another era.

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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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TIGHT FIVE

Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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Rugby

Robinson's absence is bad news for scrum

Fairfax Media writer

Paul Cully The internal dialogue of discarded Wallabies loose-head prop Benn Robinson would make for interesting public material if Argentina, as they undoubtedly will, take on the Wallabies' scrum in Perth on...

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TIGHT FIVE

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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