Paul Cully

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James O'Connor may have opened the sabbatical door for Australian rugby players

Paul Cully

Paul Cully When James O'Connor returns, as seems likely, to Australian rugby espousing the benefits of a European rugby experience, European holidays and a stint with the European champions in the south and...

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully

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

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Rugby

European campaign a useful audition for Lions tour

Paul Cully If some members of the Wallabies squad to tour Europe announced yesterday are yet to fully comprehend the scale of the British and Irish Lions tour next year, they can be forgiven.

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Pitiless schedule plays in favour of the Welsh

Paul Cully When the Welsh started hiring a succession of New Zealanders to hammer that fundamental rugby building block - fitness - into their players, they had games such as the one against the Wallabies in...

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Six Nations kicks off with questions to be answered

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Paul Cully IT IS apt in this year, a Lions year, that the Six Nations kicks off this weekend with a famous Lions voice ringing in many ears.

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Rugby

Farrell evokes Johns in Irish stew

Paul Cully After the openness of the first round of Six Nations, came something more familiar. Ireland and England, adventurous just a week ago, succumbed to a force greater than either of them: Dublin's grey...

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All aboard the player-go-round

Hooper

Paul Cully Paul Cully takes a look at the top 20 signings for the three SANZAR nations and what they will bring to their new teams.

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Rugby

Wallabies should heed the words of a Lion tamer

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Paul Cully In 2009, a stocky 22-year-old openside helped to break the hearts of the British and Irish Lions.

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Rugby

Thrills as rebranded Tahs run it straight, charge inside channels

Paul Cully Waratahs coach Michael Cheika probably allowed himself a grin as he read comments from Brumbies opposite Jake White that his NSW side were playing with few alterations to campaigns past.

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Rugby

Wallabies will struggle to replace leader

Paul Cully Robbie Deans is reaching for the stress ball, if not the bottle.

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Rugby

Streetwise Warburton stakes his claim

Paul Cully The role played by two hands stuck in the head after watching Wales grind out a 28-18 win against Scotland at Murrayfield at the weekend.

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Rugby

Genia's return must give Lions food for thought

Paul Cully The way that Will Genia has returned after knee surgery is nothing short of remarkable.

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Rugby

Deans in for pleasant viewing as Tahs take on Brumbies

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will be sitting reasonably comfortably when he settles in to watch the Waratahs v Brumbies game on Saturday evening.

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Rugby

Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

Berrick Barnes.

Paul Cully The significance of Berrick Barnes' cameos against the Stormers and Brumbies in successive weeks is that he could be playing his way into the Wallabies starting XV, let alone the 25-man squad.

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Tight Five

Quade Cooper, time-space and the Galacticos theory

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Paul Cully Nic White showed Wallabies mettle. If you were looking for a reaction from one of those overlooked for last week's 25-man Wallabies squad, this was it.

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Rugby

Legend's aura sure to make ref think twice

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

George has a warm glow

George Smith.

Paul Cully and David Sygall Robbie Deans reveals that he tried to lure George Smith back for the 2011 World Cup.

Rugby

Smith urged to rethink retiring and play until next World Cup

George Smith

Paul Cully, David Sygall Robbie Deans has revealed he tried to lure George Smith back for the 2011 World Cup and has asked the openside breakaway to keep playing for the Wallabies beyond the third Test against the British...

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TIGHT FIVE

White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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Missing out on chocolates comes with sweetener for Wallabies

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Robbie Deans this week engaged in some worthy attempts to sweeten the absence of Australian franchises from the pointy end of the Super Rugby season.