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Foley makes one change to starting side as Sitaleki Timani returns

NSW Waratahs coach Michael Foley has made one change to the starting line-up for Saturday night's clash against the Western Force at the Sydney Football Stadium.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher backs Brumby Jack's bid to get on field after being banned by Waratahs

Brumby Jack has been relegated to the stands with the supporters this weekend.

Chris Dutton ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has weighed into the Brumby Jack debate, calling on NSW Premier Mike Baird to step in to allow the ACT Brumbies mascot on to the field for a Super Rugby blockbuster...

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Brumby Jack nothing more than a show pony: Tah Man flies into mascot horseplay

Protecting his turf: Waratahs mascot Tah Man.

Georgina Robinson Waratahs mascot Tah Man has weighed into the controversy over Brumby Jack's presence at the Super Rugby semi-final, declaring Allianz Stadium a showpony-free zone this weekend.

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Wallabies stalwart Benn Robinson and Wycliff Palu duo in danger

Benn Robinson's spot in the Wallabies team is under threat.

Jim Morton Wallabies stalwarts Benn Robinson and Wycliff Palu are in danger while a shortage of wingers may see Pat McCabe gain a remarkable Test reactivation out wide.

Rugby Union

Jones, Neville target Test squad

Luke Jones leaps high to take the ball in the lineout.

Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Rebels second-rowers Luke Jones and Cadeyrn Neville would have no better chance to snare a berth in the Wallabies squad when they face off against Queensland's Test incumbents in...

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Kane Douglas shouldn't be ignored for French Tests, says Nathan Grey

Still deserving: Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey hopes the Wallabies stick with Kane Douglas (right).

Georgina Robinson Waratahs assistant coach and former Wallaby Nathan Grey says he hopes Kane Douglas will not be punished for his decision to play in Ireland next year.

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Michael Hooper appears a perfect fit for captaincy role

Georgina Robinson dinkus

Georgina Robinson Ewen McKenzie is keeping his cards close to his chest on the Wallabies captaincy but the time could be right for Michael Hooper.

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Wycliff Palu on hold for Waratahs' time of need

Georgina Robinson Wycliff Palu has been missed by the Waratahs but expect him to lay low for a few more weeks yet.

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Parlous state of union not enough to give Origin concept legs

Malcolm Knox dinkus

Malcolm Knox Is it time for rugby union to have a State of Origin match? Probably not.

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Super Rugby: Jacques Potgieter kicks Kane Douglas into top gear as intensity lifts at NSW Waratahs training

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Georgina Robinson There is nothing like the arrival of a South African loose forward to bring the mongrel out in everyone. Just ask Kane Douglas.

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Waratahs coach Michael Cheika leads NSW in the right direction

Michael Cheika

Georgina Robinson They were the cappuccino-sipping glamour boys harnessed by a history of under-performance and hometown indifference.

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Waratahs hard man Wycliff Palu wary of Brumbies trip

Taking nothing for granted: Wycliff Palu.

Georgina Robinson The Waratahs hard man has grown to dread the three-hour bus ride down the Hume Highway to Canberra, not least because wins there have been so hard to come by for NSW.

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Will Skelton back from the brink for NSW Waratahs

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Georgina Robinson This time last year Will Skelton was an oversized play thing for the Waratahs' athletic development team.

Rugby Union

Scott Higginbotham laments loss of Rebels' Hugh Pyle to French club

Hugh Pyle.

He hasn't worn the Wallabies jersey but the departure of lock Hugh Pyle will leave a big hole in Australian rugby, according to Melbourne Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham.

Players told only way to World Cup is via Super Rugby

Country comes first: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, James O’Connor and Drew Mitchell will need to return to an Australian Super Rugby team to be in World Cup contention.

Georgina Robinson Australia's overseas-based rugby players will have to put country over money if they want to play in the 2015 World Cup.

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Cheika eyes 2014 finals berth for Waratahs

Israel Folau

Georgina Robinson If the Brumbies could do it, so can the Waratahs.

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McKenzie plays delicate balancing act between attack and defence

Paul Cully.

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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Top Dog rules out Folau return to league

Israel Folau.

Georgina Robinson Dual international Israel Folau is set to finally announce he is staying in rugby after the Canterbury Bulldogs revealed they had ruled him out as a replacement for Brisbane Broncos-bound Ben Barba.

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THE BREAKDOWN

ARU goes into huddle to help retain the gay World Cup

Georgina Robinson

Georgina Robinson No Bledisloe, no Tom Richards, no Webb Ellis? No worries. Australia still has one piece of silverware in the cabinet, the Bingham Cup, awarded to the winners of the gay World Cup held every two years.

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James Horwill out of Wallaby team

James Horwill

Georgina Robinson The Wallabies have been rocked by the loss of captain and inspirational second-rower James Horwill before their clash with South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.

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