Berrick Barnes

Rugby

Berrick Barnes suggests rethink of Test eligibility rules

Georgina Robinson Former Wallabies star Berrick Barnes has taken to life in Japan like a koi to water.

Rugby

Berrick Barnes to lead Waratahs in first trial

Berrick Barnes

Berrick Barnes will get first crack at captaining the NSW Waratahs in the absence of Rocky Elsom in their opening rugby trial match against Samoa in Tamworth on Friday.

Rugby

Bernard Foley is not intimidated by the Crusaders in Super Rugby final

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Georgina Robinson History can take a walk on Saturday night. 

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Rugby Union

Horror Reds season ends amid familiar themes

Adam Ashley-Cooper of the Waratahs skips past Liam Gill of the Reds during Saturday's match.

Phil Lutton The season of the Queensland Reds ended amid a chorus of familiar themes; missed tackles, schoolboy errors, yet more injuries and to top it all off, a record defeat at the hands of the finals-bound...

Rugby

Robbie Deans to coach in Japan

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans

Richard Knowler Robbie Deans is set to re-start his coaching career in Japan.

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Rugby

Kane Douglas shouldn't be ignored for French Tests, says Nathan Grey

Still deserving: Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey hopes the Wallabies stick with Kane Douglas (right).

Georgina Robinson Waratahs assistant coach and former Wallaby Nathan Grey says he hopes Kane Douglas will not be punished for his decision to play in Ireland next year.

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Rugby

Others make a fuss while rugby kicks off with a whisper

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Matthew Burke I am wondering if anyone else out there has the same lethargy about the start of this year's Super Rugby season as I do.

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Rugby

Quade Cooper breaks points record as Queensland Reds outscore Cheetahs

Quade Cooper

Phil Lutton Quade Cooper became Queensland's record point-scorer and the Reds bagged five tries but they still have concerns after a Jekyll-and-Hyde 43-33 win over the Cheetahs on Friday night.

Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika leads NSW in the right direction

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson They were the cappuccino-sipping glamour boys harnessed by a history of under-performance and hometown indifference.

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Rugby

Israel Folau confident Kurtley Beale will direct Waratahs attack in Cape Town

Folau signs with the Waratahs (Thumbnail)

Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau has backed Waratahs teammate Kurtley Beale to right the NSW attack with or without him this week.

The Breakdown

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika could benefit from pressure-cooker conditions

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Georgina Robinson If the misconduct case against Waratahs coach Michael Cheika does not have the same outcome as Football Federation Australia's case against Brendon Santalab this could turn into a major headache for...

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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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Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

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Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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Wallabies grand slam is possible but not probable, says Nathan Sharpe

Ewen McKenzie

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have not claimed a grand slam sweep of the Home Nations in 29 years and a dismal three-from-10 win record this year does not augur well for this attempt.

Rugby

Wallabies were clueless under Robbie Deans, says Rob Kearney

Deans

Jim Morton In a damning reflection on the failed James O'Connor five eighth experiment, the Wallabies side that fell to the British and Irish Lions have been painted as clueless, headless chooks.

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The Breakdown

Digby Ioane considers leaving Stade Francais

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Georgina Robinson Which big-name former Wallaby is contemplating a return home just months into a lucrative overseas stint? Hint: it is neither Berrick Barnes nor Drew Mitchell.

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Wallabies want to avoid being Scottish scalp again

Ben Mowen

Georgina Robinson Australia are sick of being Scotland's prized ''scalp''.

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Players told only way to World Cup is via Super Rugby

Country comes first: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell will need to return to an Australian Super Rugby team to be in World Cup contention.

Georgina Robinson Australia's overseas-based rugby players will have to put country over money if they want to play in the 2015 World Cup.

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Union

Christian to maul Lions: Larkham

Lealiifano

Chris Dutton Champion Wallabies playmaker Stephen Larkham has backed Christian Lealiifano to fire in his Test debut

Rugby

Big men Folau and North shine as goal-kicking woes cruel Wallabies

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Stephen Samuelson Israel Folau joined rugby at a fortuitous time. Former league players like the ball in hand, the 13-a-side code demands it, and the former NRL star and AFL poster boy joined the Waratahs at a point...

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