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Waratahs v Queensland Reds

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Andrew Sonter Full live coverage of the Australian Conference blockbuster.

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Skipper on ice for opener

Sam Warburton.

The British and Irish Lions will miss injured captain Sam Warburton for their opening two matches in a worrying start to their six-week tour.

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Parisse to lead Baa-Baas against Lions

Barbarians player Sergio Parisse

Barbarians coach Dai Young named Italy No.8 Sergio Parisse as captain on Wednesday to lead a strong Barbarians line-up against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong.

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Wales added to fixture list in ramped-up Wallabies tour

Wales' Alex Cuthbert (R) tackles Australia's Drew Mitchell during their international rugby union match at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales, December 1, 2012.  REUTERS/Darren Staples   (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Georgina Robinson The traditional spring tour slog for Test players has just been ratcheted up a notch.

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Timani returns to Waratahs starting side

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Sitaleki Timani will make his first appearance in the Waratahs starting side for 2012 after being named in the second-row at the expense of veteran Dean Mumm for the clash against the Brumbies at...

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Waratahs paying hefty penalty as veteran second-rower becomes main offender

Dean Mumm

Georgina Robinson HALF a season is a long time in rugby, just ask Dean Mumm.

Wild horses could not stop Timani from proving he's the right stuff

Sitaleki Timani

Georgina Robinson THE once-forgotten Brumby who scored the winning try for the Waratahs against his old club last season has another opportunity to inflict maximum pain again this weekend.

Brumbies v NSW Waratahs

ACT Brumbies captain Ben Mowen at the Old Canberra Brickworks.

Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Foley swings Tahs axe in bid to reverse form

Ben Horne Just as time is running out on their Super Rugby season, the NSW Waratahs are racing the clock to master new combinations after coach Michael Foley made drastic changes for tomorrow night's clash...

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Foley shakes up Waratahs for Bulls match

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  Adam Ashley-Cooper trains during a Waratahs Super Rugby training session at Moore Park on April 24, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson Adam Ashley-Cooper will move to inside centre in a major back-line reshuffle ahead of the Waratahs' must-win clash with the Bulls in Sydney on Friday.

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Ashley-Cooper ready for bullfight as he moves closer to centre of the action

Adam Ashley Cooper

Georgina Robinson WARATAHS utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper says he is readying his shoulders in anticipation of his return to the midfield against South African conference leaders the Bulls tomorrow night.

Live: NSW Waratahs v Bulls

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Stephen Samuelson Join editor of RugbyHeaven for tonight's crunch game between the Tahs and Bulls. Kick-off 7.40pm.

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Visitors barge over to leave Tahs scratching their heads

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Greg Growden THE long flight from Sydney to Johannesburg is a trial at the best of times. But for the Waratahs, who head to the Republic this morning, it will turn into a torture trip, as they will spend hour...

Mitchell set to return from injury

Drew Mitchell

Georgina Robinson Test winger Drew Mitchell will go to South Africa with the Waratahs this morning and may be up for selection against the Cheetahs in two weeks' time.

Foley reshuffles Tahs' playmakers with eye on Stormers' brutal defence

Michael Foley?

Josh Rakic NSW coach Michael Foley has issued a raft of changes in a last-ditch effort to rescue the injury-plagued Waratahs' season as the side prepares to play its third game in 12 days while shaking off jet...

Stormers v Waratahs

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Down and out: Waratahs' finals hopes are kicked into touch by dour and ill-disciplined display

Fullback Bernard Foley (C) of Australia's New South Wales Waratahs is tackled by Deon Fourie (L) and Steven Kitshoff (R) of South Africa's Stormers, during their Super Rugby union match in Cape Town, May 19, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Greg Growden NOT since the miserable 2007 season, when they completely lost their way, have a kick-obsessed Waratahs suffered such a lengthy losing stretch.

Frustrated Foley refuses to write off wretched season just yet

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11:  Waratahs coach Michael Foley looks dejected after losing the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Bulls at Allianz Stadium on May 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson WARATAHS coach Michael Foley might have watched his season slip well and truly through his fingers in Cape Town on Saturday night, but he won't tell you that.

NSW Waratahs v Bulls

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Injuries may push Dennis into second row

Dave Dennis

Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS'S versatility will be tested in Bloemfontein as he is scheduled to move to the second row to provide cover for the Waratahs' growing injury list when they play the Cheetahs on Saturday...