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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.

TIGHT FIVE

Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

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Paul Cully It was the last game of this calendar year, but this was as much about next year.

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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

Who will squeeze into Deans' 25-man tent

Reds

Paul Cully Trying to squeeze in 25 names for the initial Wallabies squad to be announced on May 19 is akin to putting away a tent for the first time.

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Rugby Union

Folau set to face Lions, Cooper stakes his claim

Two against one: Israel Folau beats the tackles of Stormers' winger Gio Aplon (centre) and flyhalf Gary van Aswegen.

Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey after another good showing..

Rugby

Folau's Wallabies stocks up in leaps and bounds

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Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey.

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LIONS TOUR DIARY

Fired-up Folau ensures Palu bleeds for the cause

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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Rugby Union

Debate to rage over who's best at No.10

Wallabies v British Lions

Paul Cully Lions deserved to win, but showed some weaknesses in the last quarter.

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

Legend's aura sure to make ref think twice

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Paul Cully If George Smith passes muster at training this week, we would fully expect the No.7 to secure a position on the bench, at the least.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies pair given a bake for late-night outing

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Paul Cully Robbie Deans reads riot act to James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale for their late-night fast-food stop.

Rugby

James O'Carter - now there's a name to fear

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Paul Cully Not long after last weekend's shattering loss to the Lions, James O'Connor was standing in the bowels of Suncorp Stadium, answering questions about his own performance.

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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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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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LIONS TOUR DIARY

Pulver still seething at IRB chiefs despite final ruling on Horwill case

Paul Cully ARU boss Bill Pulver was in no mood to let up on his criticism of the International Rugby Board over its handling of the James Horwill case on Wednesday, but he also revealed, for the first time, the...

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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

He's hot property, but Lealiifano takes the pressure in his stride

Christian Lealiifano

Paul Cully More than 12 months ago, a former Wallaby with a good feel for the present playing group responded to an inquiry about Christian Lealiifano, who was playing his way into the Wallabies at that stage...