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Georgina Robinson is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Kurtley Beale, David Pocock, Matt Hodgson and Luke Burgess prove why NRC is needed

Georgina Robinson It is the best 45-second justification of why, after a rushed and difficult labour, the National Rugby Championship will kick off in Brisbane on Thursday night.

Rugby

Kurtley Beale and Peter Betham find schooldays fluency against Reds

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Georgina Robinson NSW winger Peter Betham says playing with former high school teammate and born-again Waratah Kurtley Beale feels as natural as "backyard footy".

Rugby

Peter Betham and Matt Toomua called up for Bledisloe duty

Matt Toomua

Georgina Robinson Waratahs flyer Peter Betham will make his Wallabies debut against the country of his birth when he starts on the wing against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday.

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Rugby

Waratahs keep Crusaders hanging as photo-op flops

On his lonesome ... Michael Hooper with the Super Rugby trophy.

Georgina Robinson If the Crusaders had been clutching at straws for motivation this week, the Waratahs handed them a big stick on Friday. 

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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says Kane Douglas should have gotten Wallabies call-up

Kane Douglas

Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said workhorse second rower Kane Douglas "deserved" to wear a Wallabies jersey this year despite his upcoming move to Ireland.

Rugby

NSW Waratahs wary of Brumbies wrecking ball Henry Speight in Super Rugby semi

Georgina Robinson For the scant few uninitiated, he heralded his presence in Super Rugby with a freakish performance against defending champions the Chiefs in Canberra at the weekend. 

Rugby

Wycliff Palu and Matt Carraro want to make most of Waratahs' best shot yet at Super Rugby title

Golden chance: Wycliff Palu knows the Waratahs' chances of winning a Super Rugby title have never been better.

Georgina Robinson A week off, a home semi-final and, if they make the cut, a home final. Waratahs veterans Wycliff Palu and Matt Carraro know this is NSW's best shot yet at an elusive Super Rugby title.

Rugby

Michael Cheika shrugs off possible star defections as he prepares for finals

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson Michael Cheika has shrugged off suggestions NSW stars Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale are vulnerable to offers to defect to the NRL as the Waratahs build towards what looks to be a sold-out semi-final...

Rugby

Hitman Jacques Potgieter in Waratahs' frame for Brumbies Super Rugby blockbuster

Jacques Potgieter, seen here during a Waratahs training session on Monday, is in the box seat for a return to the second row.

Georgina Robinson Rampaging NSW second-rower Jacques Potgieter is likely to return to the starting line-up against the Brumbies in the Waratahs' first sudden-death finals encounter in three years.

Rugby

Israel Folau and Jacques Potgieter back to boost Waratahs as Michael Cheika brushes off mind games

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Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says victory over arch rivals the Brumbies is the only way to silence his side's critics

Rugby

Kurtley Beale confident Waratahs won’t fall in a heap as finals beckon

Sitting pretty: Kurtley Beale.

Georgina Robinson Kurtley Beale says it is all in the mind for the Waratahs against the Brumbies and beyond.

Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika not surprised by Western Force

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.

Georgina Robinson The Western Force's run up the Super Rugby ladder might have surprised most Australian rugby fans but not Michael Cheika.

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The Breakdown

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika could benefit from pressure-cooker conditions

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Georgina Robinson If the misconduct case against Waratahs coach Michael Cheika does not have the same outcome as Football Federation Australia's case against Brendon Santalab this could turn into a major headache for...

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Rugby

Israel Folau and Cam Crawford combine for Waratahs' Super Rugby game against Western Force

Back in business: Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson Perth: The return of Israel Folau and Cam Crawford to the Waratahs' starting line-up for their clash with the Force reunites one of last year's most consistent and productive partnerships.

Rugby

Waratahs prepared to test Alofa Alofa in Super Rugby opener against Western Force

Alofa Alofa

Georgina Robinson Alofa Alofa was supposed to be this year's back-line ''project'' for the Waratahs coaching staff.

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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika picks Jacques Potgieter on 'gut' instinct

Jacques Potgieter

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs have called on the flinty edges of South African import Jacques Potgieter to prevent a sixth straight loss to the Reds in Sydney this weekend.

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Rugby

Waratahs lay down a marker by thumping Queensland Reds

Israel Folau celebrates with Kurtley Beale

Georgina Robinson It isn't often second-rowers are cheered off the paddock, or any member of the tight five for that matter.

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Rugby

Wycliff Palu at his best but Waratahs coach Michael Cheika plays it down

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Georgina Robinson Everyone can see it but no one inside the Waratahs wants to say it. Wycliff Palu is different this year.

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Rugby

Waratahs unsure of Israel Folau's inclusion after ARU intervention

Waratahs forward Michael Hooper looks perplexed after a Force try in Perth on Saturday night.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs' preparations are in limbo for their crucial home clash with the Bulls this weekend because coach Michael Cheika says he has "no idea" if Israel Folau will be available.

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Union

Michael Cheika sticks with winning Waratahs line-up for grudge match against Brumbies

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs will throw their full attacking arsenal at the Brumbies in what coach Michael Cheika predicts will be an epic clash of footballing styles in Canberra this weekend.