John Eales

John Eales

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John Eales commends gay rugby players as Sydney Convicts create history

Darren Walton Wallabies great John Eales has hailed the courage and spirit of the Sydney Convicts after they became the first gay rugby team to feature at a professional sporting fixture.

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How Wallabies captain John Eales almost got the knife at secret lunch meeting

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Georgina Robinson It was the lunch that almost changed the course of Wallabies history, when rugby powerbrokers met after Australia's 61-22 record loss to South Africa in August 1997.

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Michael Hooper wins 2013 John Eales Medal

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Georgina Robinson Workaholic Wallabies breakaway Michael Hooper was awarded the John Eales Medal - after just his second year of Test rugby - at a ceremony in Sydney on Thursday.

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Sharpe wins John Eales Medal

Nathan Sharpe is interviewed by former Wallaby Matthew Burke during the John Eales Medal presentation at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday.

Sydney Australia's latest rugby captain continues his incredible final season.

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Wallabies players won't be allowed to take sabbaticals, says chief

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is rounded up by the French defence during the second Test in Melbourne.

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union is digging its heels in on the controversial issue of player sabbaticals, with chief executive Bill Pulver declaring there is "zero appetite" for relaxing Australia's...

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Israel Folau pushes for Australian Rugby Union to add sabbaticals option

Israel Folau says he is happy playing in Australia but can understand why players might want to take up offers overseas and still be available for Test selection.

Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau has added his voice to calls for the Australian Rugby Union to introduce sabbaticals for its top players.

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Next skipper of the Wallabies needs to lead, not seek consensus

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Georgina Robinson Once upon a time, John Eales was a somebody like the rest of us. Now known as the Nobody (because "Nobody's perfect") who led a Wallabies side dripping with talent to World Cup glory in 1999, Eales...

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Michael Hooper's pride at being linked to Wallabies captaincy

Keeping his mind on the job: Waratahs star Michael Hooper has been mentioned as a potential Wallabies captain.

Georgina Robinson Michael Hooper hasn't been living under a rock.

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Western Force captain Matt Hodgson readies for Richie McCaw

Raring to go: Matt Hodgson.

For Western Force skipper Matt Hodgson, there'll be more than just team glory on the line during Friday night's crunch Super Rugby clash with the Crusaders in Christchurch.

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Is Stephen Moore the next Wallabies captain?

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Chris Dutton, David Polkinghorne World Cup-winning captains, coaches and players have backed Stephen Moore as the man to lead the Wallabies into the future, Nick Farr-Jones declaring the ACT Brumbies hooker would be a "safe pair of...

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Stephen Moore's 'time has come' as Wallabies captain: John Connolly

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore should be the Wallabies' next captain, according to former Test coach John Connolly.

Chris Dutton Former Test coach John Connolly is adamant ACT Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore "ticks all the boxes" to be the new Wallabies captain, revealing he almost made Moore Australia's captain for the 2007...

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New Wallabies captain Stephen Moore could get leadership role at ACT Brumbies

Chris Dutton Brumbies open door for Stephen Moore to captain both Australia and the Super Rugby club.

Waratah Wycliff Palu keen to repay Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie

Jim Morton Wycliff Palu plays his 50th Wallabies Test against France on Saturday night, 10 seasons after leaving rugby league as an oversized prop.

Stephen Moore named Wallabies captain

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Georgina Robinson Veteran Australian hooker Stephen Moore was named the 81st Wallabies captain on the Gold Coast on Monday.

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Wallabies hitman Wycliff Palu to target vaunted French forward trio

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Georgina Robinson Wallabies hard man Wycliff Palu has a simple recipe for beating France on Saturday.

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Brumbies Nic White replaces dumped Will Genia

Axed: Wallabies halfback Will Genia has been dumped in favour of Nic White and Nick Phipps.

Georgina Robinson Dumped Test halfback Will Genia became a victim of his own world-class standard when he was dropped from the Wallabies match day squad for the first time in four years on Tuesday.

James Hanson called in to Wallabies camp

Wallabies call-up: James Hanson.

Jim Morton The Wallabies have added Queensland hooker James Hanson to their training squad to replace injured skipper Stephen Moore.

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Pocock nervous before comeback match

Chris Dutton Star Wallabies flanker David Pocock admits to being nervous ahead of his first game in 10 months as he starts his bid to reclaim his Test spot from John Eales Medal-winner Michael Hooper.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs runs the ball during the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and the Blues at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Nick Phipps tips Kurtley Beale to shine in centres

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Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale's long-running halves partner Nick Phipps has backed the Test playmaker to be successful in his move to inside-centre in the Waratahs opening Super Rugby game against the Force this...