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Rugby

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.

Australian Rugby Union changes contract rules in bid to keep elite players

Wanted man: Israel Folau plays against the All Blacks.

Georgina Robinson The Australian Rugby Union has armed itself with what it hopes will be a powerful tool to keep its top players in Australia and lure a few big names to sevens before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in...

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Tyro Wallaby Sam Carter tipped to face All Blacks in Rugby Championship opener

Big test: Sam Carter will lock horns with the All Blacks pack.

Georgina Robinson One-Test wonder Sam Carter is less than a week away from staring down one of the most successful second-row partnerships in world rugby.

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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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Rugby

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika says Kane Douglas should have gotten Wallabies call-up

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Georgina Robinson Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said workhorse second rower Kane Douglas "deserved" to wear a Wallabies jersey this year despite his upcoming move to Ireland.

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.

Rugby

Wycliff Palu on hold for Waratahs' time of need

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

Rugby

Parlous state of union not enough to give Origin concept legs

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

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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...

Rugby

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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Rugby

Michael Hooper appears a perfect fit for captaincy role

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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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Will Skelton back from the brink for NSW Waratahs

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

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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Rugby

Extra beef a key ingredient in recipe for Test success

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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

Horwill calls for measured attack, and in the hosts' half

James Horwill

Georgina Robinson Wallabies captain James Horwill says Australia will play a far more judicious game against the Springboks in Cape Town this weekend in an effort to arrest an unexpected form slump under new coach...

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Springboks rout Wallabies in Cape Town horror show

Zane Kirchner.

Georgina Robinson Newlands is sometimes called Mordor by Capetonians, lurking as it does at the foot of Table Mountain with cloud and mist spilling ominously off the mountain's rugged peaks.

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TIGHT FIVE

Gotta accentuate the positives ... if you can

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Paul Cully Against the benchmark sides, the Wallabies are simply cloaked in mediocrity.

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Rugby Union

Wallabies look for more

Georgina Robinson There are no silver bullets for the Wallabies' woes and Ewen McKenzie knows it.