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Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

The Breakdown

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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Berrick Barnes suggests rethink of Test eligibility rules

Berrick

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

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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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Players told only way to World Cup is via Super Rugby

Country comes first: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell will need to return to an Australian Super Rugby team to be in World Cup contention.

Georgina Robinson Australia's overseas-based rugby players will have to put country over money if they want to play in the 2015 World Cup.

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

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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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Pay row prompts Ioane Reds exit

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23:  Digby Ioane of the Reds runs in attack during the round 6 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium on March 23, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson Digby Ioane says he had "no choice" but to quit the Reds after a long-running dispute over third-party payments, but he will continue to give his all for the side this season.

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Ioane to look offshore after nasty spat in Queensland

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Georgina Robinson While the dust settles on the Queensland Rugby Union's extraordinary, public fallout with Test flyer Digby Ioane, speculation is rife about where he may end up next year.

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Visitors look North to stick to game plan

Georgina Robinson The British and Irish Lions will be boosted by the return of powerhouse winger George North for Saturday's first Test.

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Horwill cleared to stamp impression on second Test

James Horwill

Georgina Robinson James Horwill has been cleared to play in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions after the citing commissioner dismissed a charge of stamping against the Wallabies captain.

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Lions scorn Wallabies' firepower, Beale's boot

Kurtley Beale

Georgina Robinson British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has questioned the Wallabies' attacking potency, criticised Kurtley Beale for wearing the wrong style of boots and backed the decision to refer an...

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Beale's former lawyer to defend Ioane

Digby Ioane

Georgina Robinson Injured Wallabies winger Digby Ioane has hired the same lawyer who successfully defended Kurtley Beale on an assault charge last year.

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Horwill treads carefully to keep squad focused

James Horwill

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have brushed aside a week of high drama to focus on Saturday's must-win second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

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Cooper, Foley front up for early audition for new boss

Quade Cooper

Georgina Robinson There may be little tangible riding on Saturday's final-round clash between old foes the Waratahs and Reds but for two young playmakers it is a valuable chance to impress the new Wallabies coach.

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McKenzie sees future for O'Connor on the outside

James O'Connor.

Georgina Robinson James O'Connor's flirtation with the Test five-eighth jersey is over.

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ARU pulling power at limit as Folau edges closer to deal with Waratahs

Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson The ARU has done all it can to convince Israel Folau to stay in the sport and is waiting for the dual international to put pen to paper, the union's chief executive said on Friday.

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Hoping for a subject change in O'Connor conversation

James O Connor

Georgina Robinson Even Ewen McKenzie is sick of talking about James O'Connor.

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THE BREAKDOWN

ARU goes into huddle to help retain the gay World Cup

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Georgina Robinson No Bledisloe, no Tom Richards, no Webb Ellis? No worries. Australia still has one piece of silverware in the cabinet, the Bingham Cup, awarded to the winners of the gay World Cup held every two years.

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