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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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Rugby

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

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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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Lions to offer Wallabies a glimpse of the future ... either way

Paul Cully Athletic, ambitious, skilled - the full array of the British and Irish Lions' repertoire became frighteningly clear on Saturday night.

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Brumbies five hint at fabulous future

Paul Cully There were a few big winners in the Brumbies' victory against the Lions on Tuesday night

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Rugby Union

Folau set for Wallabies

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Paul Cully Israel Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans naming the NSW Waratahs full-back on the right wing against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Another giant leap as Folau gets Test call-up

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Christian Lealiifano of the Brumbies passes the ball during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Paul Cully Israel Folau's stunning rise in his third code is complete, with Wallabies coach Robbie Deans naming the Waratahs fullback on the right wing to face the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Wallabies improving, just don't tell them

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Paul Cully It would be easy to imagine Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with a look of contentment as he surveyed the state of play after the weekend.

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Folau shows skills to take off on the wing

Paul Cully The Herald looks at five more Wallabies positions before the British and Irish Lions series, with three Super Rugby rounds before Robbie Deans names his first squad of 25 players.

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O'Connor the offloader close to wrapping up No.10 spot

Paul Cully When the Rebels take on the Chiefs in Melbourne on Friday night, the man who will wear the coveted Wallabies No. 10 jersey against the British and Irish Lions could well be on view.

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Who will squeeze into Deans' 25-man tent

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Paul Cully Trying to squeeze in 25 names for the initial Wallabies squad to be announced on May 19 is akin to putting away a tent for the first time.

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Rugby Union

Folau set to face Lions, Cooper stakes his claim

Two against one: Israel Folau beats the tackles of Stormers' winger Gio Aplon (centre) and flyhalf Gary van Aswegen.

Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey after another good showing..

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Folau's Wallabies stocks up in leaps and bounds

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Paul Cully Israel Folau has one arm in a Wallabies jersey.

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Hold the phone: the one call no Wallaby wants to get

Paul Cully If you find yourself nervously checking your mobile device on Sunday waiting for the release of the Wallabies' initial 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, you will be in good company.

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Lions gamble on thin cover at all-crucial breakdown

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Paul Cully One week ago, Lions captain Sam Warburton was gently reminded he needed to perform against the Waratahs to keep the No.7 jersey.

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At the breakdown it will be a match of two halves

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Paul Cully The five keys to deciding the first Test.

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Debate to rage over who's best at No.10

Wallabies v British Lions

Paul Cully Lions deserved to win, but showed some weaknesses in the last quarter.

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Fabulous Folau in a league of his own in the global game

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Paul Cully 'I told you he was a threat,'' Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell deadpanned as the inevitable question about Israel Folau arrived.

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Debate likely to rage over who is best at crucial No.10

James O'Connor

Paul Cully About two hours after the final whistle at Suncorp Stadium, the main group of the Wallabies trudged back into their city centre hotel.

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Legend's aura sure to make ref think twice

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Paul Cully If George Smith passes muster at training this week, we would fully expect the No.7 to secure a position on the bench, at the least.

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