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I preferred Graham Henry over Robbie Deans for All Blacks job, says skipper Richie McCaw

Paul Cully Richie McCaw has revealed that he told the NZRU that the Graham Henry-led ticket was the better option than appointing Robbie Deans after the All Blacks' 2007 World Cup failure.

Rugby

NSW Waratahs forward Will Skelton proves size matters

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Paul Cully Big man, big occasion, big impact. No one else in Australia could have done what Will Skelton did in setting up that try for Bernard Foley to put the icing on the Waratahs' cake in their Super Rugby...

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Rugby

It is now or never for Waratahs' Super Rugby title hopes

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Paul Cully The Super Rugby title window is ajar for the Waratahs, and they know it.

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Tight Five

Waratahs' season continues to blossom into greatness

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Paul Cully How well are the Waratahs playing? Well enough to go to the Chiefs in New Zealand this week and feel quietly confident.

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Rugby

Michael Hooper symbolises youth versus ageing All Blacks

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Paul Cully Michael Hooper is 10 years the junior of this week's opposite.

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Rugby

Coach is still searching for strong leadership

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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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Rugby

Outflanked: A little McCaw better than no Smith

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Paul Cully New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie must tangle with the All Blacks without the services of George Smith but there is one small mercy - All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is unlikely to go the full 80...

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Rugby

Men in gold need to see more of Folau's flashes of brilliance

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Paul Cully When the Wallabies awoke in Wellington the local newspapers were using a flattened marsupial by the roadside to illustrate their status. That diagnosis proved premature.

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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

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

Wallabies find form when the party is over

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

Forget threats of a split, SANZAR helps everyone

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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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Rugby

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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Rugby

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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Rugby

Stephen Moore sets new standard for Wallabies

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Paul Cully Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore's comments on senior players this week will make long-suffering Wallabies fans keep the faith and may even encourage supporters who have turned away from the side to...

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Rugby

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

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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.

Wallabies off the mark and still drifting away

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Paul Cully No one has ever claimed it wasn't a cruel game: for most of the match Italy's five-eighth Luciano Orquera had outplayed his opposite, Kurtley Beale, yet it was left to him to hit a 79th-minute...

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Pitiless schedule plays in favour of the Welsh

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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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