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Rugby

Matt Toomua's defence can be both a strength and a weakness

Paul Cully The old adage about the tight-head prop being the most important player in the side plays out across the Super Rugby semi-finals this weekend.

Rugby

Waratahs are fitter and faster, leaving the fans happier

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Outstanding Tahs have become the opposite of why their fans deserted them. You play like you train, and the Waratahs look like a side that has been told that if an offload goes to deck, the offloader...

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Tight Five

Waratahs hit first big hurdle with Dave Dennis injury

Paul Cully

Paul Cully Dennis may not be a highlight reels man, but he gives the Waratahs such great balance.

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Rugby

Pack will have to provide more go-forward if Wallabies are to give kicking game the boot

Paul Cully

Paul Cully The Wallabies forwards need to be a bit sharper in the contact area this weekend against France otherwise No.10 Bernard Foley will remain a peripheral figure.

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Rugby

Quade Cooper draws down credit with poor second half for Reds against Hurricanes

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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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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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Rugby

Waratahs pack and on-fire Israel Folau crank up the fear factor

Paul Cully Add Israel Folau to this Waratahs pack and you have a mix that can go a very long way in Super Rugby, if injuries are kind.

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Rugby

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

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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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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Tight Five

Emotions run hot in the debate over five-eighth

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

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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.