Paul Cully

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Rugby

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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Tight Five

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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Tight Five

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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Kurtley Beale shows he's the real deal for Wallabies selection

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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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Anzac Super Rugby showdowns will sort Wallabies from chaff

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

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Rugby

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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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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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

McKenzie's greenhorns put to the sword by ruthless men

Paul Cully Matt Toomua dominated the prologue, but the main chapters were written by the little fellow opposite. This was Aaron Cruden's night - a masterclass from the All Blacks No.

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Rugby

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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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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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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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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Classy Cooper a perfect 10 but New Zealand just too good

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Paul Cully Better Quade Cooper. So much better. There is no sense of satisfaction for the Wallabies when the Bledisloe scoreline reads 3-0 and you have again been ripped apart at times but there can still be...

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

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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.

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TIGHT FIVE

England's muted celebrations tell a sorry tale for Wallabies

Paul Cully There is blood in the water on this tour and every side in Europe knows it.

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TIGHT FIVE

Improved Wallabies pack the driving force behind crushing win over Italy

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

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