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Waratahs left seething by ARU's Israel Folau benching

"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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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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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.

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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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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: Cam Crawford is waiting in the wings for the Waratahs

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Georgina Robinson He was a NSW success story last year, scoring eight tries in seven games and establishing himself as a key figure in the "new Waratahs" under Michael Cheika.

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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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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika leads NSW in the right direction

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Georgina Robinson They were the cappuccino-sipping glamour boys harnessed by a history of under-performance and hometown indifference.

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The Breakdown

James O'Connor's rugby future could be in red

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Georgina Robinson Queensland is emerging as the most likely destination for former Wallaby James O'Connor.

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Clash between Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs has enough star power to light up a stadium

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Georgina Robinson When preparing to face your mortal enemy, do you take a world-class halves pairing and an electrifying young fullback, or two proven game-breakers and a clutch of power runners? The good news is you...

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The Breakdown

Digby Ioane considers leaving Stade Francais

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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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James O'Connor plans Super Rugby return in 2015

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Georgina Robinson James O'Connor will play out the year in Europe before returning to Australia in a bid to resurrect his Test career.

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James O'Connor signs with Toulon, putting World Cup chances in jeopardy

James O'Connor.

Big-spending French Top 14 side Toulon have agreed a one-year deal for next season with Australian back James O'Connor, club president Mourad Boudjellal announced on Thursday.

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Wallabies debutant Peter Betham caught on the hop

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Georgina Robinson The joke was on Pete Betham this week. Called into Wallabies training in Sydney, the 24-year-old NSW winger thought he might strike it lucky and be handed a spot on the bench for Saturday's third...

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Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

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Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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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 sent off as Wallabies down Ireland

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Georgina Robinson A red card to Australian centre Tevita Kuridrani marred the Wallabies' most convincing performance yet on the spring tour with a 32-15 win over Ireland on Saturday.

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Former Wallabies weigh in on decision to stand down players

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Georgina Robinson Former Wallabies have weighed in on Ewen McKenzie's decision to come down hard on six players who went out drinking in Dublin last week.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper upset by booze link

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Jim Morton Late owl Adam Ashley-Cooper wasn't drinking excessively but the Wallabies have "made an example of him" by banning him due to his seniority.

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Ewen McKenzie wins support of James Horwill for action against Wallabies revellers

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Georgina Robinson Former Wallabies captain James Horwill has thrown his support behind Ewen McKenzie's decision to suspend six players for excessive drinking and believes more surprises will come.

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