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Rugby

James O'Connor in talks with Queensland Reds for next season

Edging back to Australia: James O'Connor.

Georgina Robinson James O'Connor is in talks to join the Queensland Reds in a bid to resurrect his Wallabies career before next year's World Cup.

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Rugby

Three former Wallabies named in World XV

Three former Wallabies have been named in a World XV squad to play South Africa in Cape Town.

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Chris Ashton faces ban for shouting at kicker

England and Saracens winger Chris Ashton is facing a potential ban after allegedly shouting at Harlequins five-eighth Nick Evans as he attempted a conversion during the English Premiership semi-final.

Rugby

Kane Douglas shouldn't be ignored for French Tests, says Nathan Grey

Still deserving: Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey hopes the Wallabies stick with Kane Douglas (right).

Georgina Robinson Waratahs assistant coach and former Wallaby Nathan Grey says he hopes Kane Douglas will not be punished for his decision to play in Ireland next year.

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Rugby

Michael Hooper appears a perfect fit for captaincy role

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Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie is keeping his cards close to his chest on the Wallabies captaincy but the time could be right for Michael Hooper.

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Matt Giteau scores as Toulon defend European Cup title

Try time: Matt Giteau score the first five-pointer for Toulon.

Tries by Matt Giteau and Juan Smith and a faultless kicking display by Jonny Wilkinson in the penultimate game of his career gave Toulon a 23-6 victory over Saracens on Saturday as the French side...

Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

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Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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How did Australia let him go: Wilkinson lauds Giteau

The ultimate professional: Matt Giteau.

Jonny Wilkinson said playing alongside "inspirational" former Australian centre Matt Giteau had convinced him now was the right time to retire.

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Carter is king but Jonny was a genius

Jonny Wilkinson

Mark Reason Jonny Wilkinson retired from rugby in the early hours of Sunday morning steering Toulon to their first French title in 22 years. Jonny says that he is a fraud.

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Rugby

Matt Giteau opens up on his bitter departure from Australian rugby

Matt Giteau

Rupert Guinness When Matt Giteau reflects on his decision to leave Australia after he missed selection in the Wallabies squad for the 2011 World Cup, he admits the episode that centred on his publicised divide with...

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Matt Giteau to captain World XV against Springboks

Jonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau celebrate winning the French Top 14 final last weekend.

Matt Giteau will captain a World XV against South Africa in a non-cap game on Saturday.

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Matt Giteau to lead World XV against Springboks

Matt Giteau

Australian fly-half Matt Giteau will lead a strong World XV side out against the Springboks on Saturday in Cape Town.

Rugby

Chasing the green overseas should prohibit Wallabies gold

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Matthew Burke Having once been an Aussie abroad, I always find time to follow those who have travelled overseas to play and track their performances. 

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Australia v France: First Test

Israel Folau

Paul Suttor Join Paul Suttor for full, live coverage of the First Test between Australia and France.

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Dumped Wallabies halfback Will Genia courted by French clubs: report

Will Genia was a shock omission from the Wallabies team to play France.

Rupert Guinness Wallabies halfback Will Genia is the next Australian representative player on French rugby’s wish list with the Queenslander named as a player of interest for two Top 14 clubs, French rugby...

Rugby

James O'Connor picked by Barbarians

James O'Connor will appear alongside Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.

James O'Connor's stint in European rugby union will include an appearance against an England XV after he was named in the Barbarians squad to play at Twickenham on June 1.

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The Breakdown

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika could benefit from pressure-cooker conditions

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Georgina Robinson If the misconduct case against Waratahs coach Michael Cheika does not have the same outcome as Football Federation Australia's case against Brendon Santalab this could turn into a major headache for...

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Rugby

Israel Folau and Cam Crawford combine for Waratahs' Super Rugby game against Western Force

Back in business: Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson Perth: The return of Israel Folau and Cam Crawford to the Waratahs' starting line-up for their clash with the Force reunites one of last year's most consistent and productive partnerships.

Rugby

James O'Connor set to take on Springboks

James O'Connor will appear alongside Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau.

Former South Africa coach Nick Mallett will take charge of a World XV made up European-based club players in a game against the Springboks in their build-up to next year's World Cup.

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Waratahs left seething by ARU's Israel Folau benching

Israel Folau

"Frustrated" doesn't begin to explain the reaction to the Australian Rugby Union's 11th-hour intervention to stop Israel Folau playing for the Waratahs this weekend.

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