Paul Cully

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Kiwis' great expectations play into Wallabies' hands

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.

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Wallabies must balance risk and reward in Pretoria Test

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Paul Cully Amid the heavy collisions of the All Blacks v Springboks Test in Dunedin two weeks ago a game of chess integral to the outcome was unfolding, with 115-kilogram-plus pieces.

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Sharpened team has grounds for optimism

Paul Cully Rugby's difficulty at dealing with an unwelcome visitor, the drawn Test, has produced a divergence of views about Saturday night's absorbing third Bledisloe Test.

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully The talking points from Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash.

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Deans' men undone by problems old and new

Paul Cully It will be the infuriating predictability of the Wallabies' loss to France in Paris that sits like acid in the guts of the bleary-eyed loyalists.

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Pitiless schedule plays in favour of the Welsh

Paul Cully When the Welsh started hiring a succession of New Zealanders to hammer that fundamental rugby building block - fitness - into their players, they had games such as the one against the Wallabies in...

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All aboard the player-go-round

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Paul Cully Paul Cully takes a look at the top 20 signings for the three SANZAR nations and what they will bring to their new teams.

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Rugby

Capital gains being made with Brumbies' fine form

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Paul Cully Influence in Australian rugby is shifting from Brisbane to Canberra.

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Tight Five

Emotions run hot in the debate over five-eighth

Paul Cully In the third instalment of the Herald's look at the race for Wallabies jerseys, we look at five more positions. We start with five-eighth.

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Rugby

Deans in for pleasant viewing as Tahs take on Brumbies

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will be sitting reasonably comfortably when he settles in to watch the Waratahs v Brumbies game on Saturday evening.

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Rugby

Gatland opts for slabs of red meat

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Paul Cully There will be no real surprise in the Wallabies camp to this 37-man British and Irish Lions squad. Not even in the selection of Sean Maitland, the New Zealand winger given his debut at the Crusaders...

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Rugby

Tahs face tough Lions line-up as Test side emerges

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Paul Cully The Waratahs might not get the Lions at absolute full noise in Sydney next Saturday, but it'll be a stronger side than the one the Reds, Brumbies or Rebels have to face.

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Missing out on chocolates comes with sweetener for Wallabies

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Paul Cully Robbie Deans this week engaged in some worthy attempts to sweeten the absence of Australian franchises from the pointy end of the Super Rugby season.

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Stability the key as Deans deliberates over Wallabies squad to slay Dragons

Paul Cully OF rugby's many proposed truisms, there is one piece of wisdom that never changes: good coaching always begins at the selection table.

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Rugby

Waratahs must exploit vulnerable Force

Paul Cully The Force are durable, admirable - and vulnerable.

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Mistake-riddled Welsh performance not likely to be repeated, but the Wallabies have their measure for now

Paul Cully It did not take long after last Saturday's Wallabies victory for a familiar lament to be heard. In a London television studio, former Welsh No.

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