Paul Cully

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie's early Wallabies a concern but don't reach for panic button yet

Paul Cully This is the part of the journey when the kingmakers who appointed Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach start shuffling in the back seat and nervously seek some affirmations: "This guy does know where he...

Rugby

Ewen McKenzie’s fine-tuning is starting to pay dividends

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Paul Cully Tumult, regardless of its nature, always creates an edge.

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Stephen Moore sets new standard for Wallabies

Paul Cully Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore's comments on senior players this week will make long-suffering Wallabies fans keep the faith and may even encourage supporters who have turned away from the side to...

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TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

Paul Cully There is blood in the water on this tour and every side in Europe knows it.

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Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

Paul Cully Nick Cummins was handed man of the match, but it belongs to the collective effort of the pack.

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Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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Rugby

Ireland show enough against Samoa to suggest they'll be a real handful for Australia

Paul Cully On the morning of the deciding British and Irish Lions Test in Sydney in July, Irish captain Paul O'Connell by chance walked into a Bondi cafe and took the seat right beside me.

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Coach is still searching for strong leadership

Paul Cully The strength of the players' union response to the Wallabies' Dublin drinking sanctions, above the normal go-in-to-bat-for-your-members position, suggests the boundaries of what was acceptable may...

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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Tour diary

Foley set to test tourists

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Paul Cully Bernard Foley's injection into the Waratahs side to face the Lions on Saturday night will also benefit the Wallabies.

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Rugby

Cooper still rated a danger over the ditch

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Paul Cully Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper was ''unlucky'' to miss out on the British and Irish Lions series and holds the key to Queensland's Super Rugby hopes, says All Blacks and Chiefs No.10 Aaron Cruden.

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RUGBY

White's stuff is all right for Brumbies

Paul Cully It has become modish to criticise the Brumbies' style as unfashionable, but Jake White's side has such respect for the fundamentals that they deserve their spot in the final top four.

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Rugby

McKenzie must avoid the predictable

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie will have been around long enough to allow himself a wry grin at the fickleness of his trade once the bitter disappointment of Saturday night has dissipated.

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McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

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Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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TIGHT FIVE

White can be forgiven a wry smile in direction of ARU board members

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Paul Cully Jake White said before the Bulls game that he had nothing to prove to the Australian Rugby Union.

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Rugby

Curb the mourning, for future glory beckons

Paul Cully Such heartbreak. The Brumbies' legs went with the finishing line in sight, those long kilometres taking from the limbs what the heart simply cannot replace.

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Outflanked: A little McCaw better than no Smith

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Paul Cully New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must tangle with the All Blacks without the services of George Smith but there is one small mercy - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is unlikely to go the full 80...

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French lessons provide a little hope

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Paul Cully What did the French series in June reveal about how the All Blacks are trying to play, and how successful they are at trying to do it?

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McKenzie plays delicate balancing act between attack and defence

Paul Cully A PENNY for the thoughts of Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie as he hears ARU chief executive Bill Pulver bang on his drum for ''running rugby''.

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McKenzie's greenhorns put to the sword by ruthless men

Paul Cully Matt Toomua dominated the prologue, but the main chapters were written by the little fellow opposite. This was Aaron Cruden's night - a masterclass from the All Blacks No.

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