Drew Mitchell

Matt Giteau sticks with Toulon

Former Wallabies five-eighth Matt Giteau has turned down a record offer from a rival French top-division club to re-sign with Toulon.

Barbarians select Nick Cummins to play against Wallabies

Baabaa boy: Nick Cummins is set to play against the Wallabies.

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies are set to face one of their own at Twickenham after Nick Cummins agreed to wear the black and white of the Barbarians against Australia in November. 

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Sloppy Toulon slump at home, Clermont compound Toulouse woes

Champions Toulon slumped to a 28-24 defeat at home to Stade Francais on Saturday in a match where they paid a heavy price for squandering 20 points with the boot.

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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The constant doubts that drive Mr Rugby Adam Ashley-Cooper

Georgina Robinson Privately, Adam Ashley-Cooper is locked in battle with obsessive self-doubt.

Rugby

Nadolo vs the Waratahs: it's not a vendetta

Feared: Nemani Nadolo has scored 11 tries in 13 games.

Richard Knowler There may have been some polite coughs behind closed fists in Sydney when the Crusaders revealed they had signed Nemani Nadolo.

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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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Queensland Reds see red over referee Stuart Berry

Referee Stuart Berry.

The Queensland Reds' referee relations sank to new depths as they gave up a 17-point Super Rugby lead in a flurry of penalties and yellow cards in Johannesburg.

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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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Rugby

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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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...

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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...