Berrick Barnes

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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.

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Berrick Barnes to lead Waratahs in first trial

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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.

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

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

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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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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika leads NSW in the right direction

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

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Quade Cooper breaks points record as Queensland Reds outscore Cheetahs

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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.

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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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

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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.

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Wallabies were clueless under Robbie Deans, says Rob Kearney

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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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Wallabies want to avoid being Scottish scalp again

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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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Origin link played up as ARU practises art of war

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Spiro Zavos ROD Macqueen, the coaching brains behind the Wallabies' only series victory over the British and Irish Lions, in 2001, liked to quote this aphorism from Sun Tzu's The Art of War before big games:...

At the breakdown it will be a match of two halves

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Paul Cully The five keys to deciding the first Test.

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Wallabies fortified by return to scene of bravest of battles

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Georgina Robinson The last time the Wallabies ran out at Suncorp Stadium they produced one of their most courageous performances in recent memory.

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Kick in the guts for Wallabies

Back in action: Kurtley Beale slips as he misses his final attempt against the British and Irish Lions.

Georgina Robinson Dazzling two-try Test debut by Israel Folau fails to save Wallabies from nailbiting loss.

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.

HOW THEY RATED

Player ratings: Wallabies

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Alex Rowe Alex Rowe rates Robbie Deans' men after the first Test.

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Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

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Phil Lutton Live: Wallabies v British and Irish Lions

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