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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.

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How the Waratahs can do Robbie Deans a favour

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Paul Cully Spare a thought for Robbie Deans and the Wallabies selectors as they sift through the resumes of the men with a No.10 on their backs over the first two weeks of Super Rugby.

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Only Suzie Catering Co can stop All Blacks from winning 2015 World Cup

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Paul Cully The awful truth about the Wallabies' hammering last weekend is that by 2015 the All Blacks could roll out an entirely different back line and dish it out all over again.

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Rugby

Western Force no-names the bolters for Wallabies

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Paul Cully Matt Hodgson should be leading a merry quintet of Western Force players into the Wallabies' first squad of the season when it is announced next week.

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McKenzie will do well to make par with Deans win stat

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie was a golfer he'd be at the stage of the round when he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

Paul Cully If Ewen McKenzie were a golfer, he'd be at the stage of the round where he starts shooting grumpy glances at his caddy and asking if he has any better clubs in the bag.

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Rugby

Wallabies, All Blacks squads a case of haves and have-nots

Paul Cully The grass is not always greener on the other side but if Ewen McKenzie peered into Steve Hansen's backyard the Wallabies coach might be excused a tinge of envy.

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Rugby

Ewen McKenzie's early Wallabies a concern but don't reach for panic button yet

Paul Cully This is the part of the journey when the kingmakers who appointed Ewen McKenzie as Wallabies coach start shuffling in the back seat and nervously seek some affirmations: "This guy does know where he...

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Five key factors that will determine the third Test

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Paul Cully The Wallabies have been selling the same message all week - that their back line has been crisper at training.

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Position change beckons for O'Connor

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Paul Cully Wallabies No.10 James O'Connor has opened the door for a possible positional switch following the Wallabies crushing 41-16 loss.

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McKenzie less reticent about lobbing verbal grenades across Tasman

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Paul Cully When Ewen McKenzie sat down with Fairfax Media in April and revealed he was already hatching plans to beat the All Blacks, the conversation ran well beyond the hour mark.

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Rugby

McKenzie plays delicate balancing act between attack and defence

Paul Cully A PENNY for the thoughts of Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie as he hears ARU chief executive Bill Pulver bang on his drum for ''running rugby''.

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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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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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Wallabies got substitution wrong: IRB

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Paul Cully The International Rugby Board has backed referee Alain Rolland on the substitution debacle that left Australia with only 14 men for the final eight minutes of the Test against South Africa last...

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Five things we learnt

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Paul Cully Five points to consider for troubled fans.

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Timani's size not the only answer needed for a win in Rosario

Paul Cully There was a wonderfully expressive look on the pained face of Argentina's Patricio Albacete in the 71st minute against the All Blacks.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies vindicated as rugby board backflips

Referee Alain Rolland of Ireland looks on during their Rugby Championship between South Africa and Australia.

Paul Cully The International Rugby Board has made the startling admission that officials erred in denying the Wallabies a replacement last weekend in a Test they finished with 14 men.

Talking points

Five things we learnt

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Paul Cully There's no doubt about it, the All Blacks dominate the Wallabies in every department.

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McCaw: 'players like Quade get sorted'

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Paul Cully All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has confirmed what most people had thought all along: the duel with Wallabies No.10 Quade Cooper became personal, and somewhat bitter.

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