Paul Cully

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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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Quade Cooper puts swagger back into the game

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

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Quade Cooper, time-space and the Galacticos theory

Paul Cully Nic White showed Wallabies mettle. If you were looking for a reaction from one of those overlooked for last week's 25-man Wallabies squad, this was it.

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Kurtley Beale's selection at No.10 for Wallabies against All Blacks riskier than it need have been

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Paul Cully Damnation awaited either way for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie regarding his Kurtley Beale call.

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Waratahs hit first big hurdle with Dave Dennis injury

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Paul Cully Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.

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Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

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

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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

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.

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Lack of depth leaves weary Wallabies with little in tank

Paul Cully When Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie replaced Quade Cooper after 59 minutes of the Test against Italy in Turin, it was a sensible bit of squad management he probably longs he could do a bit more of.

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Coach is still searching for strong leadership

Paul Cully The strength of the players' union response to the Wallabies' Dublin drinking sanctions, above the normal go-in-to-bat-for-your-members position, suggests the boundaries of what was acceptable may...

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Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

Paul Cully It is not often that Richie McCaw is trampled as he was by Irish prop Cian Healy in the All Blacks’ 24-22 win against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday.

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TIGHT FIVE

It might be ugly, but skipper has the goods

Paul Cully It was fitting that Ben Mowen had the final say, winning the turnover to secure the match.

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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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Waiting for Cooper to come good just isn't good enough for Wallabies

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Paul Cully When Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper hit a perfect little sand wedge from his own 22 straight into the arms of Springboks prop Gurthro Steenkamp on Saturday night, a couple of minutes after...

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All Blacks have an unfair advantage - they're just too good for everyone

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Paul Cully The difficulty of the Wallabies' task in chasing down the All Blacks would be easier if the New Zealanders would stand still for a minute.

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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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Australian Super Rugby no longer out of its depth, says Chiefs coach Dave Rennie

Paul Cully The often maligned Australian Super Rugby conference has "turned the corner" after initially struggling to cope with its expansion to five teams, says Dave Rennie, the coach of back-to-back winners...

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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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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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Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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