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Ewen McKenzie makes the right moves with a Wallabies squad not afraid to have a crack

Paul Cully A thread of sound logic weaves its way through Ewen McKenzie's first Wallabies squad of the year.

Rugby

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

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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...

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

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

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Rugby

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

Paul Cully Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby...

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James O'Connor may have opened the sabbatical door for Australian rugby players

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Paul Cully When James O'Connor returns, as seems likely, to Australian rugby espousing the benefits of a European rugby experience, European holidays and a stint with the European champions in the south and...

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Tight Five

Wallabies too good for Les Bleus, but they're not at All Black standard yet

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Paul Cully The Wallabies were good, but only good. Cast your mind back just one year and it is clear that the Wallabies are in a better shape than they were.

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Super Rugby stats don't back up Australia's running game

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Paul Cully Australian rugby's relationship with a running, ball-in-hand style of play is going through a complicated patch.

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Michael Hooper's form kicks in for Waratahs just as Israel Folau loses his edge

Paul Cully Michael Hooper is the form player in the country, bar none. The Waratahs openside was probably the difference between NSW winning and losing against the Hurricanes, his outstanding form coming as...

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Tight Five

Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

Paul Cully It would be no surprise if  Beale is the main beneficiary from Quade Cooper’s injury.

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Rugby

Western Force no-names the bolters for Wallabies

Paul Cully Matt Hodgson should be leading a merry quintet of Western Force players into the Wallabies' first squad of the season when it is announced next week.

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Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

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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Rugby

Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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Rugby

The Wallabies still need Will Genia

Paul Cully The halfback's omission from the Wallabies 23 does not change the fact the Wallabies are a better side when he is at his best.

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Rugby

Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

Paul Cully The true strength of Australian rugby’s pulse will become that little bit clearer over the next week.

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Rugby

Quade Cooper draws down credit with poor second half for Reds against Hurricanes

Paul Cully When you play as well as Quade Cooper did on the end of season tour last year, you put a fair bit of capital in the bank.

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Rugby

White a bright spot in weak Wallabies

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Paul Cully Nic White and his right boot have, for now, helped the Wallabies fend off a crisis that grows larger. The scrum is built of wet paper.

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TIGHT FIVE

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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Expect crumbs from scrum as Pumas take lion's share

Paul Cully The Wallabies scrum is about to be put through an ordeal that could rival the 2007 World Cup quarter-final in Marseille as the game Wallabies fans tell children about to spook them.

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