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Digby Ioane considers leaving Stade Francais

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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Digby Ioane awaits green light to begin French adventure

Digby Ioane.

Australian international winger Digby Ioane is still waiting for the medical staff of his Top 14 club Stade Francais to give him permission to start playing again, he said on Wednesday.

Digby Ioane's tattoos

Digby Ioane.

Digby Ioane added to his collection of tattoos over the off-season. Here's a look at his body of work so far.

Nine-try Toulon rout La Rochelle, Clermont end away blues

Toulon's centre Mathieu Bastareaud scores a try.

French and European champions Toulon went on a nine-try rampage on Saturday in a 60-19 mauling of promoted La Rochelle while Clermont ended a six-match away losing streak with a 21-6 victory at Brive.

Wallabies also culpable in Bledisloe bloodsport

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Paul Cully Hard questions for the Wallabies from top to bottom.

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George Smith warns Brumbies not to use France as a cash grab

Heads up: George Smith has warned players not to sign rich French deals too early in their careers.

Chris Dutton Australian Wallabies great George Smith has warned players will regret signing rich French deals if their only motivation is to "cash in", declaring a Test jersey is still the No 1 prize in rugby...

Stunned Reds left speechless by Crusaders hiding

Horror show: Reds captain James Horwill and Richard Graham.

Phil Lutton The Queensland Reds are officially out of answers after being humiliated by the Crusaders in a one-sided romp at Suncorp Stadium.

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Western Force set to shut the door on James O'Connor and Reds now his only hope

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Georgina Robinson James O'Connor's move home to Australia is shrouded in uncertainty with the door to his old club the Western Force poised to swing shut in his face.

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Rugby union year in review: play dominated by off-field dramatics

Georgina Robinson This was a year of big matches and big stories, but nothing trumps a coaching change at the top, especially not one with the dramatic build-up and aftermath of Robbie Deans's departure.

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Farr-Jones urges plan for 2015 World Cup

Nick Farr Jones, former Wallaby captain now at Taurus. Tuesday 5th July 2011 Boss photo Louie Douvis job# 1766210620

David Polkinghorne Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones says he would not pick Australian skipper Ben Mowen for this year's Tests.

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Will Genia not considering taking Wallabies' captaincy after Ben Mowen quits

Will Genia.

Wallabies half-back says he has not thought about the national team captaincy.

Wallabies captaincy not on Will Genia's mind

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Ed Jackson Will Genia says his primary focus is on the Queensland Reds and he hasn't given the possibility of becoming Wallabies captain any thought at all.

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Berrick Barnes suggests rethink of Test eligibility rules

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Georgina Robinson Former Wallabies star Berrick Barnes has taken to life in Japan like a koi to water.

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Wallabies need a rest on long road to World Cup, says Elsom

Rocky Elsom

Rupert Guinness Rocky Elsom believes the ARU should allow players who have accrued the most Test time this year to miss the spring tour and spend the off-season training at home to help them strengthen for the next...

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Lachie Turner to trial at fullback for Reds

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Jim Morton The Queensland Reds will trial NSW wing recruit Lachie Turner at fullback as they plan to boost their flagging attack with extra speed.

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Peter Betham to cap meteoric rise with Wallabies jersey

Peter Betham

Tackle-shedding Peter Betham, battling for a Super Rugby contract 12 months ago, is set to be pitchforked into the Wallabies' backline against the All Blacks on Saturday.

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Peter Betham and Matt Toomua called up for Bledisloe duty

Matt Toomua

Georgina Robinson Waratahs flyer Peter Betham will make his Wallabies debut against the country of his birth when he starts on the wing against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday.

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Polota-Nau reviews defensive style to reduce injuries

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Waratahs leaves the field with an arm injury during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson Eight years after making his international debut, Tatafu Polota-Nau has realised his trademark disregard for his own safety was hampering his career.

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Tevita Kuridrani ban hard to understand

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Georgina Robinson This is not another "Irrational Rugby Board" whinge. Promise. But it is a look at the facts around Tevita Kuridrani's five-week ban.

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Scotland a test of character for everyone: Ewen McKenzie

Ewen McKenzie

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies are facing one of their "greatest challenges" against Scotland this weekend after losing eight of their top squad in a horror week of controversy and injuries.

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