Paul Cully

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Tight five

Gone in 60 seconds as Wallabies errors take their toll against All Blacks

Paul Cully It is rare that the difference between two teams can be distilled to one segment of play, but it happened in the 54th Bledisloe Test on Saturday night.

TIGHT FIVE

Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

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

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TIGHT FIVE

Israel Folau stamps his class as Wallabies beat Ireland

Paul Cully Michael Hooper was awarded man of the match, but, in terms of influence, this was Folau's best game for the Wallabies

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TIGHT FIVE

Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

Paul Cully It was the last game of this calendar year, but this was as much about next year.

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TIGHT FIVE

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

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

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TIGHT FIVE

Poms rise in rankings to add insult to injury

Paul Cully If you are already struggling to come to terms with the Ashes defeat, you might want to look away now.

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Rugby

Wallabies learn they can't beat champs at own game

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie's decision to name the same 23 players - bar Kane Douglas - that coughed up almost 50 points last week is one of the more eloquent expressions of a Catch-22 situation...

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TIGHT FIVE

Lack of intensity can't be blamed on referee

Paul Cully Jaco Peyper did not decide the result. The gap between the Wallabies and the All Blacks is far more significant than any influence the referee had on Saturday

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TIGHT FIVE

McKenzie’s men come up short in power race

Paul Cully The Wallabies have become spectators in Test rugby’s arms race.

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TIGHT FIVE

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

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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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Tight Five

Wallabies find form when the party is over

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Paul Cully There were fears before the game that this game would send the Wallabies back to Marseille, 2007.

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Rugby

The chosen ones: Rugby Championship's first XV

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Paul Cully The Rugby Championship is done and dusted for another year, but who were the players that caught the eye? It is hard to go past the All Blacks for the bulk of the side.

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Rugby

Why Sonny Bill Williams should turn his back on league

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Paul Cully Rugby league has many qualities, and rugby has been smart enough to quietly steal a few of the best.

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History is just that, and Tahs can crack Crusaders' weakened backbone

Paul Cully The burden all Crusaders teams carry is to be constantly compared to the great sides that preceded them. The one the Waratahs will face tonight is labouring somewhat to get out of those shadows.

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Crunch time for Tahs pack despite some chinks in Crusaders' armour

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Paul Cully When NSW pack down against the Crusaders on Sunday we will find out just how much New Zealand will miss Brad Thorn - and if Benn Robinson has the ability to exploit the absence of his 116 kilogram...

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Talking points

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

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Paul Cully The talking points from the six matches in week 10 of Super Rugby.

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International team of the week

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Paul Cully Paul Cully selects the form team from the weekend Tests.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt from Super Rugby

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Paul Cully Beware the Reds. The Brumbies will not be the only ones keeping a close eye on Queensland over the next two weeks.

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Rugby

Wallabies' Bledisloe mission: to show McCaw his powers have been bettered

Paul Cully There is one scoreline edgy Wallabies fans could use to transport themselves to their mental happy places as they contemplate the importance of the breakdown in the coming Bledisloe Cup double-header.

Kiwis' great expectations play into Wallabies' hands

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Paul Cully On a bitterly cold Christchurch night in June, squat Irish loose-head prop Cian Healy pushed, the vaunted right side of the All Blacks' scrum wobbled and eyebrows in two hemispheres were raised.