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Rugby

Deans lets fly as O'Connor and Beale face a firm hand

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has read the riot act to James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale for their late-night fast-food stop, and suggested senior players might consider action over the incident later.

Rugby

O'Connor stays at five-eighth for second Test

James O'Connor

Paul Cully James O'Connor has held on to the Wallabies No.10 jersey for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions, with coach Robbie Deans making only two injury-enforced changes to the starting XV...

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Union

Smith to return for Wallabies-Lions decider

George Smith

Chris Dutton and Paul Cully Western Force back-rower Ben McCalman is the surprise inclusion in the Wallabies' 23-man squad for the third Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies fade as Lions roar

Marching on: Alex Corbisiero scores for the Lions in their commanding victory over the Wallabies at ANZ Stadium.

Paul Cully It was apt that on Saturday night when the Wallabies were soundly beaten, old values were at the heart of it.

Rugby

Tourists rely on old-fashioned pride, power and technique to maul hosts

Alex Corbisiero

Paul Cully These Lions tours are based on tradition, values that hark back to another era.

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Rugby

McKenzie's Wallabies wish list

Ewen McKenzie.

Phil Lutton and Paul Cully Ewen McKenzie has named his first Wallabies training squad - now the tough work begins. Phil Lutton and Paul Cully look at five things on the coach's wish list.

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Rugby

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

Paul Cully.

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

Timani's cameo shows McKenzie size matters

Fairfax Media writer

Paul Cully There are question marks about the big second-rower's all-round game, but his urgency and sheer size from the bench on Saturday night gave the Wallabies something they have been lacking in the...

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Tight Five

Emotions run hot in the debate over five-eighth

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully In the third instalment of the Herald's look at the race for Wallabies jerseys, we look at five more positions. We start with five-eighth.

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Rugby

Who will squeeze into Deans' 25-man tent

Reds

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

Deans in for pleasant viewing as Tahs take on Brumbies

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will be sitting reasonably comfortably when he settles in to watch the Waratahs v Brumbies game on Saturday evening.

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Rugby

Barnes' storming efforts could have him in starting side

Berrick Barnes.

Paul Cully The significance of Berrick Barnes' cameos against the Stormers and Brumbies in successive weeks is that he could be playing his way into the Wallabies starting XV, let alone the 25-man squad.

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Rugby Union

Folau set for Wallabies

Israel Folau

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.

Rugby

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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Crunch time for Tahs pack despite some chinks in Crusaders' armour

tahs

Paul Cully When NSW pack down against the Crusaders on Sunday we will find out just how much New Zealand will miss Brad Thorn - and if Benn Robinson has the ability to exploit the absence of his 116 kilogram...

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Talking points

Five things we learnt

Paul Cully

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

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Rugby

Senior Australian players not focused on Super Rugby: Hansen

Steve Hansen

Paul Cully Wallabies scratching around for Super form might already have one eye on the British and Irish Lions series, says All Blacks coach.

Rugby

Genia's return must give Lions food for thought

Paul Cully.

Paul Cully The way that Will Genia has returned after knee surgery is nothing short of remarkable.

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Rugby

Second row must be first priority for Deans

Paul Cully The Wallabies have big problems in the second row: that's a hard concept to grasp

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Paul Cully

Stale Tahs will keep serving up stinkers if they don't freshen up their ideas

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Accurate conclusions in the aftermath of last week's performance might have, at first, seemed difficult for Waratahs followers to reach.

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