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Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

Rugby

Quade Cooper draws down credit with poor second half for Reds against Hurricanes

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Paul Cully When you play as well as Quade Cooper did on the end of season tour last year, you put a fair bit of capital in the bank.

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Rugby

Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

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Paul Cully Michael Hooper is 10 years the junior of this week's opposite.

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Rugby

The chosen ones: Rugby Championship's first XV

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Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.

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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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Rugby

Coach is still searching for strong leadership

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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Timani's size not the only answer needed for a win in Rosario

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Paul Cully There was a wonderfully expressive look on the pained face of Argentina's Patricio Albacete in the 71st minute against the All Blacks.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully There's no doubt about it, the All Blacks dominate the Wallabies in every department.

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Wallabies off the mark and still drifting away

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Paul Cully No one has ever claimed it wasn't a cruel game: for most of the match Italy's five-eighth Luciano Orquera had outplayed his opposite, Kurtley Beale, yet it was left to him to hit a 79th-minute...

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Rugby

Players under delusion code can't thrive without them

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Paul Cully When the Brumbies lost to the Stormers at the weekend, they did so obviously hindered by the lack of the booming left boot of their exciting fullback Jesse Mogg, a name already mentioned as a...

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Argentine jape a kick to Australia's mojo

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Paul Cully There was a cheeky quip doing the rounds last week, the provenance of which points to one of the travelling Argentine scribes with a mischievous streak.

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On the radar

On the radar: the five Super Rugby players to watch

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Paul Cully The five players, in no particular order, from New Zealand and South Africa that made us sit up and take notice last weekend.

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Bulls play the percentages but don't expect much flair

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Paul Cully Placed alongside some flashier examples of the modern age, Bulls five-eighth Morne Steyn cuts an unprepossessing figure. But take a second look.

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